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User-Specified Time-Limited Data Synchronization Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020798D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-15
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-15
Document File: 1 page(s) / 9K

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Disclosed is a technique for a user to limit the amount of data synchronized between a handheld device and a server by the variable of time. With this, the user can optimize the synchronization experience by forcing the system to monitor the amount of time elapsed during the operation and terminating it when appropriate. Further, the user may prioritize items to synchronize within this time period, such as synchronizing all urgent emails first, then all new calendar events, and so forth. Similarly, in circumstances in which there is a fee associated with wireless connectivity, a network administrator may create a device profile or some other specification that limits the total of a user's synchronization activity to a specific amount of time each hour, day, or week.

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User-Specified Time-Limited Data Synchronization

For PDA users, data synchronization between the handheld device and the desktop (or laptop) computer is an important and often-used function. In most cases, data synchronization is achieved by placing the PDA in a cradle that is physically connected to the computer. Recently, information technology has enabled users to access and synchronize data from any remote location with the use of an internet connection and a browser. As wireless network infrastructures unfold and wireless connectivity is more available and common, the concept of data synchronization between the handheld device and the network server will become even more important and more frequently used than the current desktop model. When synchronizing in this manner, the handheld device user receives (or sends) recently created data, typically from PIM applications such as email and calendars, over an active connection and then works with the received data offline. However, the remote and mobile data synchronization model currently has limitations - bandwidths are relatively low, which results in slow data transfer, and the handheld device has limited storage space to accommodate large amounts of data. Consequently, in order to maximize the remote and mobile data synchronization experience, the user must be more discriminant in limiting the type of information that is sent and received during a particular synchronization. Such limitations can currently be achieved by creating filters to synchronize only urgent emails or selecting to synchronize data only in particular applications, I...