BrightBytes™: Bad Batteries, Good Deals, and New Software

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Toshiba Recalling High Capacity Battery for e740

Toshiba is recalling some of the optional High-Capacity Batteries for the Toshiba Pocket PC e740 because they may become disconnected, causing unexpected shutdowns, hard resets, or inability to turn on the device. The company will replace all of these whose serial number does not end with the letter “A”. Batteries that have a serial number ending with the letter “A” will not be replaced.

For replacement instructions, contact Toshiba PDA Support at 1-800-949-7993. Visit the company’s website for more details.

Good Deals Available on the Web

Seidio is offering a very special price for their USB Travel Kit: normally $35.95, it is currently available for $21.95. The kit includes a USB charge and sync cable, a cigarette lighter adapter, and a travel charger adapter, which allows the user to charge a handheld with a computer or laptop, a car cigarette lighter, or a standard AC adapter. Most major handheld models are supported, including devices from Dell, Handspring, HP, Palm, Sony, T-Mobile, Toshiba, and ViewSonic. For more information, or for online purchase, please visit the Seidio web site.

PalmGear is offering a 15% discount on software in its “Best of Class” category. This includes 100 applications ranging from games to utilities to productivity apps. The discount will last through August 3, 2003. This is being done to celebrate the newly redesigned PalmGear website.

Kasparaov Chessmate Now Available for Pocket PCs

Hexacto Games has released Kasparov Chessmate for Pocket PC devices, with a Palm OS version coming soon. Kasparov Chessmate is designed to provide challenging play for chess lovers of all skill levels, and has been endorsed by Garry Kasparov, known as one of the greatest chess players of all time.

Several game modes are included, from standard play to drills and problems based on historic matches, and players can either challenge the computer or play against virtual opponents at the Kasparov Chess Club. Three levels of tournament play are included, and there is also a personal game history function to help track progress in skill improvement. 2D and 3D playing boards are also included..

Kasparov Chessmate is available for $24.95 at the Hexacto web site.

VeoTransfer Makes the Veo SD Camera More Useful

The Veo Traveler is a mini camera that fits in the SD slots on Palm OS models. This saves images in a proprietary format on the handheld. VeoTransfer 1.00 can export these images as full size JPEGs to a memory card. From there they can be viewed with an external application such as PhotoBase or AcidImage.

VeoTransfer 1.00 is $10 and can be downloaded from PalmGear or Handango.

Headphone Adapters for Tungsten C/W and Samsung SCH-i700 Annouced; WriteSHIELD Compatibility Update

PocketPCTechs is now taking preorders for headphone adapters for the Palm Tungsten C and Tungsten W, as well as the Samsung SCH-i700. Each adapter converts the device’s proprietary connector to a standard 3.5mm standard headphone jack and includes a built-in microphone and answer button. The Tungsten adapter is available here for $19.99 and the Samsung adapter is available here for the same price.

The HP iPAQ 1940/45 does NOT use the 1910 WriteSHIELD kit. The 1940/45 requires the WSHPTSH01 version of the WriteSHIELD. For a current compatibility matrix, please visit the PocketPCTechs web site.

MovieMentor Now Has Top Ten Lists

MovieMentor is a subscription-based service that automatically installs information for over 2,000 newly released and classic movie and video titles to Palm OS handhelds. A new version is available that provides Top Ten lists of box office and video rental hit movies.

An annual subscription to MovieMentor is $11.95 per year and a free trial version can be downloaded at

Brighthand Gets New Server

Brighthand‘s discussion forums were moved to a new, much more powerful, server yesterday. Users should notice a considerable increase in speed, especially during peak times.



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