BrightBytes™: Toshiba Upgrades, Low Cost Memory, and More

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OS Upgrades for the Toshiba e740 and e550g

After the release of Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC, many users of the Toshiba e740 were angered when Toshiba only announced an upgrade for its e755, but not the e740. However, recently the company released a statement that siad, “Toshiba is not initially offering an upgrade for the e740, but will continue to gauge demand and evaluate customer requirements,” according to The Register.

Toshiba also hasn’t said anything about offering an upgrade for its Genio e550g, either. Now users of this model are hoping to pressure the company to make a Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade for them. To do so, they have organized an online petition to let the company know there is demand for this.

256 MB SD Card for $46, 256 MB Memory Stick Select for $40

eCost is offering a SMART 256 MB SD Card for $46 after a $25 mail-in rebate.

In addition, eCost is offering a Lexar 256 MB Memory Stick Select card for just $40 after a pair of mail-in rebates. As a Memory Stick Select card, this has two banks of 128 MB that the user has to manually switch between.

XCPUScalar Increases the Speed of Windows Mobile 2003 Pocket PCs

XCPUScalar 400, a CPU scaling utility for 400 MHz XScale processors, has been updated to support the new Windows Mobile 2003 devices like the Hewlett-Packard iPaq 2215 and Toshiba e755. This app can slow the 400 MHz processor down to 100 MHz to save the battery or increase it to 530MHz for blazing fast speed.

The new version of this app still supports all handhelds running Pocket PC 2002 with 400 MHz XScale processors. It sells for $12.95 and more information about it can be found on the ImmierSoft web site.

Magnetic Stripe Reader for Palm Handhelds Now Available

Scanning Devices Inc. has announced the 2500 Series Magnetic Stripe Reader for Palm devices, including the Tungsten C, Tungsten T, and Tungsten W models. Previous models such as the m515, i705, Palm III, and Palm VII are also supported. The 2500 Series is designed to attach to the device and read/process magnetically encoded cards, such as credit cards and ID badges. It requires no batteries, as it is powered by the Palm device. Communications are handled through the serial port of the handheld, with the 2500 Series reading the card and the Palm device decoding the ASCII data.

The 2500 Series measures 6.0″ x 3.5″ x 1.3″ and weighs 3.8 ounces. The peripheral is designed for mobile data capture, including wireless credit card processing and surveys/polling. Scanning Devices has made a Development Kit (SDK) and Programming Documentation for 2500 Series Magnetic Stripe Readers available on their web site. For more information, visit the Scanning Devices web site.

Matrix Screensaver Now Available For Palm OS Handhelds

The Matrix “screen saver” for Palm OS handhelds features a cascading display of glyphs, reversed letters, numbers, and Japanese katakana characters. The application starts only when the handheld is in the cradle or connected to a power supply, preventing battery drain. It can be disabled or enabled with a hardware button or Graffiti stroke.

Palm OS 5 is required for the Matrix Screensaver, which is a free download at the Handy Entertainment web site.

QuickSpell for Palm OS Updated

QuickSpell is a spell checking and correction utility for Palm OS devices. It is designed to detect misspelled words and offer a list of alternatives for quick correction. The application comes with a default vocabulary with commonly used words and word forms, with enhanced English vocabularies also available. QuickSpell is available in Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish, and costs $14.95

The application is a system extension, which requires HackMaster, XMaster, or another similar utility. The new version, QuickSpell 4.00, detects the software version of the Palm OS device, and will therefore work on OS 5 devices with its own “built-in” extension manager, since Hackmaster will not work on OS 5 devices. More information can be obtained at the Mobile Systems web site.

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