BrightBytes™: h5400 ROM Update, New Cases, eWallet, and More

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HP releases important iPAQ h5400 series ROM update

Hewlett Packard has posted on its support site a ROM update for the iPAQ h5400 series that adds SDIO support, improves Wi-Fi performance and battery life, and adds support for Multicast and LEAP.

It also updates the SD driver to support additional cards and makes numerous other improvements while actually managing to reduce the operating system’s memory footprint. This update is available now, free of charge.

Sena announces h1910, NZ90 cases

Sena Cases, a maker of high-quality leather cases for PDAs, has announced an ultra-slim case for the iPAQ H1910, featuring a magnetic closure, optional belt clip, 2 SD card slots, and 1 multi-purpose pocket. It has openings for the microphone and headphone jack and easy access to the reset button. The clipless version comes in black/red, black/blue, red/camel, and solid black, but the Ultra-clip version comes only in black. The cases will sell for $39.99, but a 25% discount will apply until June 17, 2003.

Sena also announced an ultra-slim case for Sony Clie NZ90 handhelds. The cases are slimmer than previous NZ90 cases, and they feature new edge styling that makes them more durable.The new cases have a snap closure, optional belt clip, 4 credit card slots, 2 Memory Stick slots, and a multipurpose pocket. They feature a camera cut-out, access to all side buttons, CF port access, and openings for the microphone and speaker.The cases are available in black and tan for $39.99 without the belt clip and $44.99 with the belt clip.There is a 20% discount on the cases until June 17, 2003.

Ilium Software releases eWallet 3.1 and FreeWallet

Ilium Software has released eWallet 3.1, which adds support for renaming fields and for saving cards as templates. They also released FreeWallet, a freeware version of eWallet. FreeWallet has all of eWallet’s features, including strong 128-bit encryption, but it is limited to five cards. Both products are available for Pocket PCs, Palm-Powered handhelds, and Handheld PCs. eWallet is also available for Windows PCs.

Elegant Algorithms announces FlyZip XR 2.5

Elegant Algorithms has announced the public beta release of FlyZip XR 2.5, featuring native ARM support. FlyZip XR is a compressing and decompressing utility that works with databases on the handheld itself. Version 2.5 gives the user the choice between modes that optimize for compression speed or compressed size. Using speed mode on a Palm Tungsten T, the compression/decompression speed is close to 1 MB/sec and can be as high as 1.7 MB/sec for selected applications. The compression or decompression of a 100kb file now takes a tenth of a second on a Palm OS 5 device and 2-3 seconds on a Palm OS 4 device. In both modes, the compression speed has been increased over previous versions.

The public beta version of FlyZip XR 2.5 can be downloaded at and installed on any handheld running Palm OS 3.2 or later. The final version will be released in 2-3 weeks at a price of $19.95. Upgrades will be free for registered users of FlyZip XR.



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