BrightBytes™: Kiosks, TextMaker, eVest, and More

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PalmSource, Handango, and WideRay worked together develop kiosks where Palm OS users can buy software and have it beamed to their handheld via infrared. Handango is a software distributor while WideRay makes the kiosks that distribute information via infrared to tradeshow attendees. The “Beam-Me-App” kiosks are ready and should begin appearing in stores soon. The companies hope wireless companies that offer Palm OS smartphones will put the kiosks in the stores where the devices are sold.

SoftMaker has released an updated version of TextMaker, its word processor for the Pocket PC. The new version allows users to save documents to ave documents to Microsoft Word 6.0, 97, 2000 and XP; improved import of Microsoft Word documents; faster screen redraws; and more. It normally sells for $70 but is available for $50 until February 25.

There is now a leather version of the Scott eVest. Despite its name, it’s actually a jacket, though the sleeves are removable. It includes 25 hidden pockets for holding all types of electronics gear, most of which are interconnected to allow them to be networked together. The company is taking pre-orders at $300.

The Paris Ile-de-France Tourist Committee has developed the Paris Ile-de-France, The Official Pocket Guide for the Pocket PC. It offers over 600 listings, including ones on the Louvre, Versailles, the Musee d’Orsay, and much more. It lists more than 2,500 hotels and 130 campgrounds. It also includes maps, tourist offices, transportation and more. This guide costs 25 Euros and subsequent updates for the Paris region are free.

McGraw-Hill/Irwin has released Study Studio, an app that gives access to course-related quizzes, key terms and flashcards. Currently available subjects include finance, management, accounting, and marketing, Study Studio is available free-of-charge to McGraw-Hill/Irwin textbook users.

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