Dell has posted a ROM upgrade for the Axim X5 line on its support site. This has a number of small improvements, like a faster start up time. Possibly the most significant is support for the PXA250 C1 processor.
Sony has released a new driver on its Clie support site for its WL100 wireless card for the NX series and NZ90. This adds compatibility for more wireless access points and displays the MAC address in the “Wireless LAN Detailed Settings” window. It has also released printer drivers to allow the NZ90 to use some Epson printers.
Man & Machine has just begun selling versions of its FX100 flexible keyboard that will work with the Sharp Zaurus, RIM Blackberry 957 and 6710, and the Kyocera 7135. These cost $80 or $100, depending on model.
Pocket Backup Plus 2.0 is now available from Sprite Software. This offers several improvements over earlier versions. Backing the handheld up to a PC is 20 times faster than using ActiveSync. iPAQ 3900 and 5400 owners can now upgrade their iPAQ Backup application to Pocket Backup 2.0 for free. This app sells for $30.
TealPoint Software has released TealScript 3.00 for Palm OS handhelds. This is a replacement for the built-in Graffiti and Graffiti 2 text-recognition systems. Instead of forcing the user to adjust to a fixed set of reference strokes, TealScript is fully configurable, allowing training and modifying of existing strokes or addition of new ones for improved personal handwriting recognition. It also supports advanced features such as macro strokes, multi-stroke characters, easy capitalization, better accuracy, and entering text using the full screen surface under OS 5. TealScript retails for $20.
PocketMVP .8.40603 is the latest version of this freeware DivX player the Pocket PC. It has a variety of speed improvements and other bug fixes.
Research In Motion (RIM) has received Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) approval for operation on all Wireless Network standards supported by BlackBerry, including Mobitex, DataTAC, GSM/GPRS, Nextel and CDMA 1X. RIM’s cryptographic firmware embedded in the Java-based series of BlackBerry Wireless Handhelds has been awarded the FIPS 140-2 security validation by the U.S. Government’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FIPS validation is an important and often mandatory purchasing criteria for many government organizations.