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Bay Area local news, Banter, PC Tables, Vizario, Pulse, Iambic, and Hifn. profiled

Local online community Web site was recently profiled on the national PBS television show “NetCafe,” which aired on 100 PBS stations nationwide. The segment highlighted Local2Me’s efforts to connect San Franciscans online so that they can share recommendations, local concerns, and interests.

Local2Me, created by San Francisco resident Michael Olivier, was originally designed to connect Bay Area Peninsula cities but recently was expanded nationwide. The largest group of users is in the San Francisco area.

Olivier is a Silicon Valley software engineer executive who runs the online site in his spare time. -CU Staff

Banter hooks up with Tucows

San Francisco-based Banter, a provider of natural-language automation technologies, has inked a deal with Tucows, a provider of wholesale domain name registrations. Banter will provide the company with its Self Help software, a customer relationship management solution that will be implemented on Tucows Web sites.

Tucows will use the software to improve customer service and satisfaction. -CU Staff

PC Tables debuts laptop device

Yuba City-based PC Tables Inc. has released a new portable device that enables laptop users to turn their laptop computers into portable workstations. The Table Tote is a collapsible table that gives users a stable workstation that can be used in airports, lobbies, and other areas not normally conducive to working. For more information visit -CU Staff

Vizario releases data-gathering system

San Carlos-based Vizario has released a proprietary advanced Internet-based information gathering system that collects data from the Internet or World Wide Web and downloads it to users’ laptops, cell phones, or PDAs. The software product has been endorsed by Microsoft.

Once a business purchases a Vizario Server software license for about $500, the Vizario Server administrator enters the type of information desired along with the frequency with which updates are needed. News or information is then found, fetched, summarized, reformatted, and relayed to the user’s handheld device and updated automatically. -CU Staff

Pulse releases audio application

San Francisco-based interactive media provider Pulse has released a new online solution, Pulse Sonifier. The technology is a Web-based application that allows Web designers to add music or other audio to Web sites.

Web designers designate the sounds to be played when site visitors arrive, or when a cursor is moved over or clicked on a particular element. Pulse Sonifier creates an interactive, multilayered soundtrack that is woven into the site’s HTML code and instantly responds to the visitor’s actions on the Web page. -CU Staff

Iambic lauded by Handheld Computing

San Jose-based Iambic was recently honored by Handheld Computing Magazine as having designed the “Best E-mail Client for the Palm OS.” The company’s Iambic Mail application was considered the most advanced and flexible mail client for Palm devices.

Iambic Mail, used in conjunction with a Palm handheld and Palm modem or with a wireless or Internet-enabled Palm device, lets users download, read, and respond to e-mails directly to and from a handheld device. It works with such commonly used features of PC-based e-mail applications as multiple accounts and mailboxes, built-in folders, and other preference settings. Iambic Mail also lets users view Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel e-mail attachments on their handheld devices. -CU Staff

Hifn, Athena Group sign pact

Los Gatos-based Hifn announced a licensing agreement with The Athena Group of Gainesville, Fla. The company will use the TeraFire family of security accelerator cores designed by Hifn. The TeraFire products make it possible to scale performance from 5,000 to 100,000 1,024-bit RSA private-key operations per second for Secure Socket Layer and Internet Key Exchange computations.

Designed specifically for computationally intensive SoC (System on a Chip) applications, TeraFire application-specific accelerator engines execute more than one trillion 16-bit multiply-accumulates per second in power-efficient IP cores. Future Hifn processors will utilize the Athena public key cores for its platforms. -CU Staff

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