BrightBytes™: Clie Updates, Pharos GPS, Tungsten C, and More

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Updates for Sony Clie Models

Sony has posted updates for several of its Clie models on its support site. This includes a newer version of the NetFront Web browser for the NX70V, NX60, and NZ90 that fixes some bugs, like the program’s tendency to go into an idle state when retrieving data from a page memo.

Sony has also posted an updated version of the Macromedia Flash Player for the NX70V, NX60, and NZ90. This improves the audio replay function, supports Flash content with MP3 audio, adds a text handling function, and more.

And finally, it posted an update for the camera application on the NZ90 that improved the start time by almost a second and adds an upload function for Sony’s ImageStation service. It also adds other new features and performance improvements.

Toshiba Customers Get Discounts on Pharos GPS Receivers

Pharos Science & Applications Inc. has made an agreement with Toshiba to offer discounts off the cost of Pharos Pocket GPS Navigator kits for people who purchase Toshiba’s New Handhelds running Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 software for Pocket PCs.

Customers will find details on getting a $50 discount off the Pharos products in the box with their handheld.

Tungsten C $430 on Amazon.com

Palm Tungsten C The giant online retailer Amazon.com is now offering the Palm Tungsten C for just $430, which is $70 off the list price. Shopper.com lists a few other places that are offering it for that price, too.

The Tungsten C is the first Palm OS model to include integrated Wi-Fi wireless networking, the first to offer 64 MB of RAM, and the first to use a 400 MHz processor. (Read Brighthand‘s review.)

MobileWizardry Announces SHARK Application Development Package for Handhelds

SHARK is a development kit designed to help build applications for handheld computing. Developers with C/C++ programming skills can use SHARK to develop applications for several different handheld platforms, including Palm OS, Pocket PC, Smartphone 2002, and Symbian Series 60. Other platforms are available on request.

The idea behind the development package revolves around a simple abstraction layer designed to let programmers create programs that run on a variety of handheld platforms, without spending extra time and money to develop detailed expertise on each platform, or porting applications between platform to another. SHARK works with Visual Studio for Windows and established development kits.

More information, including a sample development project, is available at the MobileWizardry SHARK page.

SmartphoneThoughts Debuts

SmartphoneThoughts is a new website devoted solely to handsets running Microsoft’s Smartphone OS.

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