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Two New Reference Titles Made Available in MMC Format

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary Mobile Digital Media has announced two new reference titles for Palm OS and Pocket PC handhelds, as well as the Nokia 3650: Merriam-Webster’s 11th Edition Collegiate Dictionary with Thesaurus and the Britannica Concise Encyclopedia. Both titles are provided on MMC Cards for cross-platform compatibility. The suggested retail price for each of the cards is $39.95, and they are expected to be available shortly.

For more information or online purchase, please visit the Mobile Digital Media web site.

Can Your Handheld Use the SanDisk Wi-Fi SD Card?

SanDisk’s much-delayed Wi-Fi SD card is scheduled to be available in a few days but the company has already posted the list of handhelds it is compatible with. It only works with devices running Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, and not all of them. The Dell AXIM X5 is notably absent from the list. The full list is available on SanDisk’s web site.

This card will fit in the handheld’s SD slot and allow it to access Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networks. It is currently scheduled to be available on August 23 for $129. Drivers for Palm OS devices are expected to be available in several months. (Read Brighthand‘s Review).

Handmark Preparing Warfare Incorporated

Handmark is currently developing Warfare Incorporated, a real-time strategic war game. Little is know about this game at this point, but it will run on on both Palm OS and Pocket PC devices and support a wide variety of screen resolutions, including Hi-Res+ and landscape on Pocket PCs.

Warfare Incorporated is expected September 15. Handmark has posted numerous screen shots and a 6.5 MB preview movie on its web site.

Quickoffice Premier 7.1 For Palm OS Handhelds Now Available

Mobility Electronics has just released a major update to the Quickoffice family of products, including Quickoffice, Quickoffice Pro, and Quickoffice Premier. The premier version offers support for opening native PC file formats on Palm OS devices and two new applications. Quickpics is a desktop utility that allows users to create Quickalbums for viewing on a Palm OS device, while PrintBoy is a printing application that supports infrared, Bluetooth, and network printing.

All the new versions of Quickoffice have added support for images, tables, printing, and picture albums, as well as a new user interface. Quickword also has an enhanced spell-check module and dictionary with a larger word list.

Quickoffice is a suite off Office applications, including a word processor and a spreadsheet that are compatible with Microsoft Word and Excel. In addition, the Pro and Premier versions offer Quickpoint, which allows users to view and edit PowerPoint files on their handheld.

Quickoffice retails for $29.95, the Pro version sells for $39.95, and the Premier version is $49.95. For more information or online purchase, visit the Quickoffice web site.

StorageTools Version 1.7 For Pocket PC Now Available

SoftWinter has released StorageTools version 1.7 for Pocket PC devices. The update includes support for Microsoft Windows Mobile 2003 devices, as well as the iPAQ File Store on the h1940 and the h2210.

StorageTools is a card management application that provides verify, repair, format, and defragment utilities on all media types for supported handhelds, including Compact Flash, Secure Digital, Multimedia cards, PCMCIA memory cards, and MicroDrives. After a scan, the user is prompted if repairs are necessary, or they can optionally be set to run automatically without user intervention.

A 14 day trial version is available, and a license can be purchased for $14.95. For more information, visit the SoftWinter web site.

PDAapps Updates Instant Messenging Application

Verichat 1.86 from PDAapps now supports Hi-Res+. This is a Palm OS application that works with a persistent wireless connection (GPRS, CDMA 1xRTT, Bluetooth or Wi-Fi) to give users an always-on presence on the AOL, Yahoo!, ICQ, and MSN chat networks.

It is $24.95 to get the application and for the first year for service. Renewals for subsequent years will be $19.95. More information is available on the PDAapps web site.

Seidio Offering SeidioPak S-G1 With iPAQ Car Mount

The Multi-Function Super Bundle with SeidioPak S-G1 for the iPAQ car mount includes a CF slot for use with a Storage or I/O card (such as a GPS receiver) as well as a powered PDA long arm cradle with DC power cord, 8 inch windshield mount, locking vent clip pedestal, a multi-angle adhesive dash/console pedestal, a 360 degree swivel adaptor, and the SeidioPak CF expansion sleeve. It is compatible with the iPAQ 3600, 3700, 3800, 3900, 5100, 5400, 5500 series. The bundle is currently being offered for the special price of $89.95.

Another version of the bundle without the SeidioPak is currently offered for $49.95. Deluxe versions of both bundles are available with 14 inch windshield mounts instead of the standard 8 inch windshield pedestal included with the standard bundles. For more information or online purchase, visit the Seidio web site.



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