BrightBytes™: PalmSource, TextMaker, Free DVD Player

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PalmSource’s CEO David Nagel said recently there will soon be several more Palm OS licensees, according to CNet. However, he declined to say who any of them would be.

The third beta of the word processor TextMaker for Pocket PCs is now available. This fixes all known bugs, improves execution speed yet again, and adds several new features. Beta 3 is close to the final release which is slated for December.

Handspring is offering a free Apex DVD player with the purchase of a Treo 90, Treo 270, or Treo 300. The Treo must be purchased from here.

Club Pocket PC will be holding a Fan Fest at COMDEX. It will be held at the top of Bally’s Las Vegas in Skyview 5/6 on November 20. It’s free but registration is required.

Research in Motion has announced that it is going to lay off 10% of its employees. This will cost the company between $8 million and $9 million this fiscal quarter but it hopes to save between $20 million and $25 million annually. Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO said, “In order to solidify our position and achieve our financial targets, we are moving ahead with a difficult, yet strategically important, decision to tighten operational efficiencies and adjust our current staffing level. We believe this streamlining will prove to be a prudent move for RIM in both the near-term and the long-term.”

On Saturday, November 16, DreamQuest Software will conduct the first-ever wireless card game tournament. This will begin at 4 PM PST in the company’s free Internet lobby. Entrants will play either DreamQuest Software’s Championship Hearts or Championship Spades, version of which are available for Palm OS, Pocket PC, and Symbian. Prizes have been donated from Nokia, Handango, and others. The Grand Prize winner will receive a Nokia 9290 Communicator.

Doctors Gadgets is a new website to help doctors get to grips with using handheld computers. Its first article is an introduction to handhelds for healthcare professionals by Yelena Schnyder, Pharm D.

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