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Palm Raises $18 Million

Palm, Inc. has sold 1.2 million shares of its common stock in order to raise $18 million. They were sold at $15 per share, which is slightly below the price the stock has been selling for lately. Palm had approximately 29.3 million shares outstanding as of July 25, 2003.

Palm says the money will be used for general corporate purposes by the Palm Solutions Group, which is the division of the company that makes the hardware.

Palm will shortly split into two companies. The Palm Solutions Group, which makes the handhelds, will be renamed palmOne after the split. The other is PalmSource, which develops and licenses the Palm OS.

Scott eVest 3.0 Available Now for Purchase or Pre-order

Scott eVest 3.0 has has been introduced. There are several different versions, including Finetex, Fleece, Microfiber, and Limited Edition Leather. All of the jackets will be available in black, with the Finetex and Microfiber versions also featuring a red color option. Prices range from $130 to $450, and there are pre-order specials available now for estimated delivery within the next two months. The Fleece and Nylon versions are available now, while Scott is taking pre-orders for theFinetex, Microfiber, and Leather jackets.

Scott eVest outerwear is designed to allow the wearer to carry and use a variety of electronic devices, including handhelds, digital cameras, and music players, as easily as possible. Features include a large number of pockets, a “personal area network” to hide cables and earphone wires, stylus and keyholders, and advanced fabrics designed to keep electronics safe in a variety of weather conditions. For more information or online purchase, please visit the Scott eVest web site.

Use A Handheld to Pick Wines with Confidence

LandWare Inc. has released the Wine Enthusiast Guide 2003 for Windows Mobile-based Pocket PCs, the first version of this application for this platform. Created in partnership with Wine Enthusiast Magazine, this application includes an extensive wine-buying guide with more than 10,000 entries, cellar management tools, a vintage chart, and a 1,400 term glossary.

It retails for $24.95. For more information online purchase, visit the Landware web site.

SugaTris Available for Five Different Mobile Platforms

MobileWizardry has released SugaTris, a game based on the classic Tetris. What makes it unusual is it was developed using the SHARK development kit, which allows a single code base to be recompiled natively onto multiple platforms. This allows the company to easily create versions of this application for Palm OS, Pocket PC, Smartphone 2002, Symbian Series 60, and Windows.

The game is available for $7.50, which buys a license for all five platforms. To learn more, visit the MobileWizardry web site.

Special Offer on IA Style CF Digital Camera

The IA Style CF Digital Camera for Pocket PC devices is now available for the special price of $79.95, which is 20% off of the normal price. The camera is designed to be very easy to use, by simply plugging it into the CF slot of the Pocket PC and pressing a button to take a picture or start audio/video capture. The camera comes with full versions of several software packages, including IA Capture, IA Album, iView Cards, and Ulead Photo Express (for image editing on a desktop PC). For more information or online purchase, visit the IA Style web site.

Synchronize Text Files with the TextSync Conduit

Palm OS word processors come with conduits to synchronize documents on the desktop with documents on a handheld. However, for some people a full handheld word processor is overkill. TextSync conduit will synchronize Palm DOC files on the handheld with regular text files in PC, merging them if both have changed.

This application is freeware and can be downloaded from PalmGear. There are also several free applications that can display the Palm DOC file.

Free Public Beta of Anthelion For Pocket PC Now Available

PDAmill is offering a free public beta of an upcoming Pocket PC 3D space shooter game called Anthelion. The beta, along with a series of screenshots, is available at the developer’s web site.

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