Monday, July 27, 2009

Enhancing the Blackberry-PC Collaboration

The Blackberry personal digital assistant is a great way to stay connected and productive while on the move. It gives its users the ability to make and receive phone calls, access the Web, handles emails and text messaging, maintains appointment schedules, and manages contact databases. The Blackberry can also be a source of entertainment, providing music, photo, and video playback, as well as being a GPS navigation device.

Connecting the Blackberry to a PC via a USB cable or a WiFi network enhances these capabilities. The connection not only allows the two devices to exchange data files, it allows the Blackberry to use the PC’s network connection as an alternative to the cellular network. This can improve performance while inside buildings where reception is poor, and can save on cellular connection and usage fees.

The key to maximizing the Blackberry-PC connection’s effectiveness lies in a piece of software that many users don’t even know about: the driver. A driver is code that the PC needs in order to communicate with attached devices like the Blackberry. Every attached device on the PC needs its own driver.

Technology is constantly improving, however. Over time, then, the driver software that came with the device when purchased becomes out-of-date. Having out-of-date drivers creates problems accessing new features and can lead to system crashes. The solution is to periodically update the PC’s drivers but there can be hundreds of them on a typical PC and some updates are difficult to find, making the process both frustrating and time consuming.

Fortunately there is an application program called DriverAgent(tm) from Phoenix Technologies that eliminates those issues. DriverAgent can scan your PC to see what drivers it uses, then compare them against more than a million drivers in its database to ensure that what you have is the most up-to-date version available. It can also automatically download and install driver updates with a simple mouse click. Your time investment is minimal, but you will maximize the performance of your Blackberry-PC collaboration.

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