BrightBytes™: Mark/Space, Mio339, MMS, and More

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There are several applications that will let Palm OS users send faxes with their handhelds but Mark/Space Fax 2.0 is the first to allow people to also receive fhem. Users can send text, Memo Pad, To Do, or Address Book records, as well as pictures, logos, or signatures created with Mark/Space Sketch, which is included. Mark/Space Fax 2.0 adds other features, including enhanced fonts, cover pages, and increased speed. It sells for $30.

Mark/Space also makes an application that allows Sony handhelds to synchronize with computers running Mac OS X. The company has released The Missing Sync for Palm OS, a version that works with any type of Palm OS handheld. Unlike the Palm Desktop, this allows users to mount an SD or MMC card loaded in the handheld on the Mac OS X desktop. It also includes plug-ins for iPhoto and iTunes and comes with registered copies of SplashPhoto by SplashData and AeroPlayer by Aerodrome Software.

MiTAC is a Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer that makes the Mio line of Pocket PCs, which are available only in Asia. The French-language site mobi-mania.com has discovered a PDF file on MiTAC’s website giving the details on the Mio339, an upcoming handheld slated to run Microsoft’s PocketPC 2003 operating system. This will include a built-in 300k pixel CMOS camera. The Mio339 will have a 400 MHz XScale processor, and a 3.5 inch, 16-bit color, transflective LCD at the standard 240 by 320 pixels. It will have 32 MB of user-accessible RAM out of 64. It is not yet known if this handheld will be available outside of Asia.

Electric Pocket is now offering Pixer MMS for Palm OS, a standards-compliant multimedia messaging service (MMS) application. A version of this app for the Pocket PC Phone Edition is now in public beta. Users can either import photographs or choose from a catalog of message templates featuring commonly used business stationery and cartoon characters. Pictures and photographs can be annotated and sent to an email address or another MMS-enabled wireless device. Support for new multimedia, including sound and video, will be added as host platforms and networks support them. It costs $30.

DreamQuest Software has released Championship Cribbage Pro for Palm OS, Pocket PC, and Symbian OS. This offers eight animated opponents, five difficulty levels, and hundreds of game options. It sells for $20.

America Online has a public beta of Intellisync for AOL which allows Palm OS users to synchronize their AOL address book with their handheld.

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