Everybody seems to have them: in the airport VIP lounge, waving a cab down and at that posh restaurant: those little black boxes with a wire for your ear. No,...

Everybody seems to have them: in the airport VIP lounge, waving a cab down and at that posh restaurant: those little black boxes with a wire for your ear. No, we’re not talking about Bill Gates’ fightback against iPod: we’re talking about the ultraportable e-mail device, the BlackBerry. But thanks to a Silicon Valley start-up software company called Good Technology the New York Times argues will make the need-large-hands-held BlackBerry’s future dim.

The software, arguably superior to BlackBerry’s is about to be launched on PalmOne’s Treo 600 and is the first to continuously and wirelessly synchronize every module of Outlook, needing no cradle to connect gadget to computer. Ken Dulaney, an analyst with the Gartner Group, predicts that smart-phone buyers in the future will outnumber BlackBerry purchasers 10 to one!

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