BrightBytes™: PalmSource, 4GB Microdrive, Master Thief

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Palm, Inc. has announced that it plans to distribute the shares of PalmSource, which develops and licenses the Palm operating system, to Palm shareholders in the first half of this year, pending approval of the distribution from the Palm Board of Directors. The company received a ruling today from the Internal Revenue Service that a proposed distribution of PalmSource shares will be tax-free to Palm and its U.S. shareholders for federal income tax purposes.

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies today announced plans to create a 4 gigabyte Microdrive that will be a CompactFlash Type II card. This is expected to be available in the Fall of 2003. Pricing will be announced later this year.

MobileWizardry has released a version of its 3D Deity engine that’s Palm OS 5 compatible. This has allowed Cascata Games to release Master Thief for OS 5. This can runs at 40 frames per second on a 320 by 320 pixel screen. Players will need to use different weapons and outwit a host of opponents to complete a mission. They will also find a series of mini-puzzles they must use to crack the secret codes that open doors and disable traps. Master Thief is free and comes with a single mission. Additional missions cost $12.

Mapopolis is now offering the first GPS bundle for Sony Clie handhelds. This includes a “mouse” GPS from Holux and a Mapopolis Platinum +GPS subscription. North American and European versions of the bundle are available. This new bundle is available from the company’s website for $220.

Ilium Software has just released eWallet 3.0 for Pocket PC and Palm OS handhelds. This app stores, protects, and backs up important information. New features in this version include detail fields, card colors and icons, and more. It sells for $20. A pro edition, which includes a Windows app, is $30.

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