BrightBytes™: iPAQ h5400, Treo 270, Media Player 9, and More

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HP Releases Firmware Update for iPAQ h5400 Series

Hewlett Packard has released a firmware update for its iPAQ h5400 series models that adds some WLAN functionality. Specifiacally, it adds LEAP authentication client support and it allows the Pocket PC to connect with a WLAN Access Point that supports both 802.11b and 802.11g.

Treo 270 for $70 is currently offering the Handspring Treo 270 smartphone for $270. In addition, Amazon is offering a $100 mail-in rebate on this model. Plus, T-Mobile is offering a $100 mail-in rebate to anyone who buys a Treo 270 and starts a new service that includes both voice and data and is more than $35 a month. This drops the price of the smartphone to $70.

The Treo 270 runs Palm OS 3.5 and includes 16 MB of RAM. It has a 160-by-160 pixel color screen and an integrated keyboard. It runs on GSM/GPRS wireless networks. (Read Brighthand’s review of this smartphone.)

Skins for Windows Media Player 9

The Skins Factory has created a collection of skins for the new Windows Media Player 9 for Pocket PC, which comes with Windows Mobile 2003. These are free and available now.

Galactic Realms Now in Hi-Res

Crimson Fire Entertainment has released a new version of Galactic Realms, its real-time strategy game. It now offers high-res support for Sony Clies, Palm’s Tungsten line, and Zire 71. It also uses the full screen on PocketPCs. It costs $15.

New Version of Atomic Cannon Pocket in Beta

Isotope244 Graphics has begun a public beta test of the next version of Atomic Cannon Pocket for the Pocket PC. This is a strategic tank simulation against the computer or friends on 2different landscapes. The new version adds scrollable landscapes up to five screens wide. It also allows up to 16 players with 5 tanks per team.



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