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Toshiba Adds 512MB SD Card

Toshiba Corp. has announced that will soon be offering an SD card that can store 512 MB of information. However, this card won’t be sold by Toshiba directly to consumers. Instead, other companies will be able to buy this card in large numbers then sell in under their own brand. It will cost these companies $200 each when bought in large quantities. The actual price for consumers is expected to be somewhat higher.

TextMaker for Pocket PC and Handheld PC Updated

SoftMaker Software has updated TextMaker, featuring improvements in the Microsoft Word and HTML filters, code page support for many international languages, and compatibility with the soon-to-be-released Pocket PC 2003. TextMaker allows users to open, work on, and save Microsoft Word documents, keeping content and formatting intact.

The upgrade is free to registered users. TextMaker for Pocket PC retails for $49.95, and TextMaker for Handheld PC costs $69.95. However, customers ordering TextMaker no later than June 22, 2003 will receive a discount of up to $20 off the regular price.

ViewSonic Developing Wi-Fi SD Card

PDAGeek reports that ViewSonic is showing off a Wi-Fi SD card at CeBIT. This will cost $130, when it is available. There is no word on which handheld models this will be compatible with, other than ViewSonic’s own V35 and V37.

Socket recently reported that its Wi-Fi SD card for the Pocket PC will be available in August for $150. SanDisk says it is making one, too. The Pocket PC 2003 version of it will be available in July, while the Palm OS version will be out some time this Fall. SanDisk is expected to charge $100 for its card.

EruWare Updates CF Driver for Clies

EruWare has released version 1.2.0 of its driver that allows Sony Clies with Compact Flash slots to use CF memory cards. The new verion includes a Dual MS Mode, which allows the use applications such as Audio Player and Movie Player without the need to enter MS Cloaking (formerly called “MS Masquerading”) mode. In addition, Movie Player now works without the need for a Memory Stick. This app costs $27.

HPC Notes 4.3 Released

PhatWare Corp. has released new Standard and Lite versions of HPC Notes, an award-winning notes organizer for Microsoft Windows Powered mobile devices. In addition to several UI enhancements and performance improvements, both the Lite and Standard Editions now include a free copy of HPC Spell, an English spell checker. HPC Notes Standard edition also includes an improved synchronization module for Microsoft Outlook that allows the synchronization of multiple Outlook notes. The upgrades are free for registered users.

SanDisk to Offer More Memory Sticks

SanDisk already had an agreement with Sony to make a couple of types of Memory Sticks. Recently the two companies signed an agreement that will allow SanDisk to manufacture and sell regular Memory Sticks, plus Memory Stick Duo, Memory Select and Memory Stick I/O cards under the SanDisk brand.

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