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Mobile E-Commerce Service Launched

Digital Paths launched a deluxe version of its DPWeb service that will enable mobile device users to conduct secure e-commerce transactions.

The deluxe version, designated DPWebDX, is aimed at users of Internet-enabled wireless devices such as the Palm VII personal digital assistant (PDA), smart phones and hand-held computers.

DPWeb, first introduced last November, incorporates industry-standard SSL 40 and 128-bit encryption (browser dependent) for transactions originating on a Palm VII. The new software also supports bookmarking and permits access to Web sites that use cookies, both of which are not currently available on the Palm VII.

Like its predecessor, DPWebDX also will provide unrestricted access to Internet sites by transforming Web pages into displays suitable for hand-held devices. The deluxe service may be downloaded at no charge for basic browsing functions, but a one-time registration fee will be charged for enhanced services.

"Secure access and bookmarking are just the beginning of enhanced software functions that we are developing for registered users of wireless devices such as the Palm VII and smart phones," said Kia Shirali, Digital Paths chief executive officer.

Mobile appliance users that browse via the Digital Paths portal receive data reformatted from the HTML Web standard to the special requirements of each device. The type of device is automatically recognized by the Digital Paths server at log-on.