BrightBytes™: WebLink, 1 GB SD Card, MobileWise

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PalmSource and WebLink Wireless have announced that they are working together to allow handhelds running Palm OS 5 to do e-mail, text messaging, and mobile Internet access via WebLink’s ReFLEX wireless network. This is an IP based system that covers 90% of the U.S. population.

According to IDG, Matsushita (Panasonic) announced last week that it had developed a 1 GB Secure Digital memory card prototype. However, it will be about a year before these are available for purchase because they are currently too expensive. When available, these cards will be able to transfer data at up to 20 MB per second. Matsushita says it plans to release 2 GB SD card in 2004 and eventually work its way up to 16 GB cards.

Several months ago, MobileWise said that it was developing a system that would recharge electronic devices without them having to be plugged in. Instead, the device would be placed on a special recharging pad, which the company hopes will eventually be built into office furniture. The goal is to create mobile devices that never need to be plugged into a wall for any reason. Last week, the company announced that Acer would be building the technology into its handhelds and laptops, making it the first company to do so.



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