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Toshiba e755 for $450

Toshiba e750 is offering a $50 mail in rebate off the cost of the Toshiba e755 with Mobile Windows 2003 for Pocket PC. This reduces the price of this handheld to $450.

The e755 runs a Intel XScale processor at 400 MHz. It comes with 64 MB of RAM. In addition, it has 32 MB of ROM to allow the user to store files that won’t be erased if the handheld has a hard reset or the battery is completely drained. It has a separate 32MB of CMOS Flash ROM to store the operating system. In addition, the e755 comes with built-in Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networking.

Spb Kiosk 2.0 Controls Pocket PC Devices in the Enterprise

Spb Software House has released Spb Kiosk 2.0, an application designed to allow IT staff to completely control Pocket PC devices used for enterprise applications. Three different versions provide differing levels of control. Spb Kiosk Explorer locks the device into Internet Explorer for Web-based applications and demonstrations. Spb Kiosk Terminal allows only the Terminal Services client to be used, such as for access to server-based applications on a wireless network. Spb Kiosk Engine is more open-ended, allowing the specification of custom applications for use on the device.

When activated, Spb Kiosk does not allow the user to access any other applications on the Pocket PC device. A full screen mode can hide the normal navigation elements, and Spb Kiosk automatically launches after a soft reset of the device. An administrator mode allows for normal use of the device after a code is entered via the hardware buttons.

Licensing is handled on a per-site basis, and implementation is a two step process involving installation on a PC and then to the Pocket PC device. More information and trial downloads of each version of Spb Kiosk are available at the Spb Software House web site.

Covertec Announces New Cases For Zire, Tungsten, Clie Handhelds

Covertex recently announced new leather cases for severals. The SX38 for the Palm Zire 71 is designed to allow use of the built-in camera while the handheld is in the case, and the SX31 for the Tungsten C and/or W provides the ability to sync the handheld via cradle without requiring removal from the case. The SX33 for the Sony Clie NZ90 has a cutout that allows the user to take pictures with the integrated camera without removing the device from the case. Each model features credit card slots and space for memory expansion cards.

The cases are available in a variety of colors with a removable belt clip, and are priced at $51.99 each. For more information or online ordering, visit the Covertec web site.

StylusCentral Announces New Aircraft-Grade Aluminum PDA Cases

New aircraft-grade aluminum cases are now available for the Palm Zire 71, HP iPAQ 1910, and Toshiba e740. Each case features SD card Storage and a Neoprene inner lining to protect and secure the device inside the case from scratches or drop damage. Exterior cutouts allowing access to the stylus, headphone jack, IR port, expansion card slot, and power button, depending on the specific features of each device.

The cases are priced at $29.99 each. For more information or online ordering, visit the StylusCentral web site.



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