BrightBytes™: CTIA, iPAQ Update, XCPUScalar, and More

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CTIA Wireless 2003, the largest and most highly attended wireless show in the telecommunications and computing industries, begins today in New Orleans. Expect plenty of wireless-related news articles for the next few days.

Hewlett Packard has released the iPAQ Pocket PC h5400 Battery Driver, which fixes a problem these models have with occasionally refusing to run on battery power. This is not a ROM update; it’s a RAM installed driver and will need to be reapplied if the iPAQ has a Full Reset.

XCPUScalar 2.0 from ImmierSoft can dynamically scale the processor speed of many Pocket PC models. Users can reduce the speed of their handheld or increase its speed automatically depending on CPU usage of their applications. The processor can be scaled down to extend battery life when not very demanding apps are being run or the speed can be increased when playing games or multimedia programs. It is $10 shareware.

A public beta of JackFlash 3.0 has been released by Brayder Technologies. This app allows many Palm OS handhelds to move applications into ROM, saving valuable RAM space. The new beta supports OS 5 on the Tungsten T and Sony NX Series and NZ90. The NX series and NZ90 offer about 4 MB of extra storage, but U.S. models of the Tungsten T only have 64 k available. The beta is available only to registered users of JackFlash, which costs $20.

ProfileMD 2.0 is an app for storing personal health records on Palm Powered handhelds. This physician-designed program has been designed to assist in the organization of complex medical data. It allows the creation of personal health records for all family members (including pets). It sells for $15.

AFZANE has released Monkey Menace, a Donkey-Kong type game for the Pocket PC. It costs $5.

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