BrightBytes™: Dell, Zaurus, TextMaker, and More

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Dell has once again changed what it charges for its Axim X5 line of Pocket PCs. As previously mentioned, it is no longer offering $50 rebates on these models but it has taken 10% off the cost. This makes the X5 Basic $225 and the X5 Advance $315. This is not a permanent price reduction. In addition, Dell is offering a free 64 MB CompactFlash card with either.

Several weeks ago it was announced that the Sharp Zaurus SL-5600 would be available soon. Several webstores have it in stock now, including MobilePlanet and PC Connection, both of whom list it at $500. The SL-5600 runs a version of the Linux operating system on a 400 MHz XScale processor.

SoftMaker is giving away 5,000 copies of TextMaker for Windows. No strings attached. This is the Windows version of its word processor, not the Pocket PC one.

Xigma Style Japan is now offering two leather cases for the new Sony SJ33. One is a flipcover and the other a bi-fold case. Both have slots for a pair of Memory Sticks. They come in two color combinations: black exterior with a blue interior and black exterior with a yellow interior. They sell for $80, including shipping.

Socket has updated the Pocket PC driver for its Bluetooth CompactFlash card. It now allows users to exchange files and other information with OBEX-compliant Bluetooth devices.

There is an update on the status of CompactFlash memory card drivers in development for the Sony NX Series and NZ90 on ClieSource.

TB Labs has released Mono Games Pack 2.0, which contains a collection of games specially designed to play on the Palm Zire, which has a monochrome screen and fewer buttons than typical Palms. Mono Games Pack 2.0 sells for $15.

A new version of America Online for Pocket PC 2002 is expected in the near future. AOL users can learn more about this at keyword PDABETA. A user who has tried the beta reports that it works well.

HPT Interactive is looking for beta testers for Blade of Betrayal, a 2D, action-packed, side-scroller currently in development. It will offer over 14 Levels, a developing storyline, numerous special attacks, 15+ power ups, and 30+ enemy types. Those who would like to be included in the program should send an email to beta@hpt-interactive.com with some basic information about their Pocket PC and a brief explaination as to why they want to be a beta tester.

Don’t forget Daylight Savings Time goes into effect today.

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