BrightBytes™: 256MB SD Card, Socket, XI-ART, and More

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256 MB SD Card for $50

SanDisk is currently offering a $20 mail-in rebate on its 256 MB SD Card when purchased from PC Mall, Mac Mall, or eCost. This card is $70 at PC Mall/Mac Mall and eCost, bringing the final cost down to $50. This offer is good through July 7. has a 256 MB Viking SD Card for $60 after a $15 mail-in rebate.

For those who don’t want to hassle with mailing in a rebate, ebuyer has a 256 MB SD Card from PQI for $60.

Socket Connection Products Compatible with Windows Mobile 2003

Socket Communications today announced that its broad range of CF and new SDIO form factor connection products work with Windows Mobile 2003, Microsoft’s newest version of software for Pocket PC devices. Drivers for its Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other cards are available in the company’s support area.

In conjunction with the launch of Windows Mobile 2003, Socket is offering a $40 rebate on its Low Power WLAN Card for the next 60 days. During the same period, customers can visit to take advantage of a 30-day free Wi-Fi service offer from T-Mobile, Wayport, or Boingo, as well as get more information about the Socket WLAN card rebate.

New Pocket PC Games

XI-ART has released five games for the Pocket PC, including Cattery, Towers, Pick11, ZooPip, and WonderBall. Customers who purchase the games by August 1 will get a 24% discount on two games. There is a 38% discount on the complete set of five games, so it’s $36.55 for the entire package. This offer applies to existing XI-ART customers – to get the discount, users should register at and send a letter to The games can be downloaded from Handango or PocketGear.

Astraware Announces Insaniquarium Update

Astraware has launched its Insaniquarium game for Palm HiRes+ and Pocket PC devices. The new versions take advantage of the 320×480 HiRes+ Sony Clie devices and the 240×320 screen size of the Pocket PC by adding a landscape format that brings a new dimension to the game. Insaniquarium is a conversion of the original web-based game developed by PopCap that enables players to become aquarium owners and buy and raise a selection of fish while fighting off nasty aliens with the help of an assortment of underwater creatures.

SYWARE Introduces Visual CE for Windows Mobile 2003

SYWARE has announced Visual CE for Windows Mobile 2003, a full-featured, relational database program. Visual CE provides an intuitive, drag-and-drop interface for quickly designing flexible forms and databases, with no programming required. Database forms can be designed, maintained, and run in full color either on the handheld device or the desktop computer. Once the application is developed, records can be beamed from one handheld device to another. Users can also share data with popular ODBC-enabled software like FileMaker Pro, Lotus Approach, Sybase, Oracle, or Microsoft SQL Server, Access, and Visual Basic. Designed for a wide range of application environments, from sales force automation to insurance forms to inventory management, Visual CE provides Windows Mobile 2003-based devices with a powerful array of mobile development tools, including full support for GPS devices, complete picture control, multi-device synchronization, and a wide range of numeric, string, and date functions.

Visual CE for Windows Mobile 2003 runs on any Microsoft Windows Mobile-based device and is available for immediate purchase from the SYWARE online store. Visual CE Lite Edition is priced at $79. Visual CE Personal Edition, with full synchronization capabilities, is priced at $129. Visual CE Professional Edition provides a more advanced feature set and includes royalty-free distribution rights; it is available for $399. Visual CE Enterprise Edition includes all the features of the Professional Edition plus SYWARE’s Report CE and mEnable software; it is priced at $599.

CrunchIt 3.5 Introduces Self-extracting ZIP Files and Benchmarking Features to Microsoft Pocket PC

Noisette Software Corporation (NSC) today announced the immediate availability of CrunchIt 3.5 software, a professional compression and security utility for the Pocket PC. The latest release includes many new features to help users navigate archives, benchmark their PDAs, and create self-extracting ZIP files.

The application supports ZIP, TAR, GZIP, BZIP2 and JAR file formats and integrates with Microsoft File Explorer and other Pocket PC applications so that working with compressed files is made easy. It also includes file encryption and decryption so that users can secure and share their data over the Internet. A trial version of CrunchIt 3.5 is available for download immediately from CrunchIt 3.5 is available directly from NSC and is priced at $24.95.

Universal Tracking System Adds Expansion Card Support to All Products, maker of multipurpose tracking software for Palm Powered handhelds, has released updates for all products distributed under the UTS brand. The updates add expansion card support to all UTS products. The new UTStoCard utility can move any Universal Tracking System components to the card, so now users can switch among UTS plug-ins with one tap, whether they are in RAM or on the card. The update is free to registered users, and trial versions can be downloaded from



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