BrightBytes™: Wi-Fi SD Card, Battery Extender, and More

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Socket Wi-Fi SD Card Coming August 31

Some of the most highly-anticipated products of the summer are the Wi-Fi SD cards coming from several companies. MobilePlanet is now taking pre-orders for Socket’s version at $150 and says this accessory will be available August 31.

This card will fit in the handheld’s SD slot and allow it to access Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networks. It will be part of BSQUARE’s SDIO Now! program which means that handhelds that run Pocket PC 2002 or Windows Mobile 2003 and are also part of the SDIO Now! program will be able to use it. Socket will not produce drivers to allow this card to be used with Palm OS devices.

Semsons Releases Universal Battery Extender for Handheld Devices

Semsons has updated their Universal Battery Extender. The new version features a retractable DC jack that is compatible with many iPAQ, Toshiba, and Cassiopeia Pocket PCs, as well as the Audiovox Maestro and the Sharp Zaurus. It runs on four AA batteries and includes a USB ouput jack for use with non-supported handhelds such as Palm OS devices and cell phones via USB charging cable (not included). There is also a power-off switch to prevent power loss when not in use. An LED status light and removable belt clip are also included.

The Universal Battery Extender normally sells for $35 but is currently on sale for $20. For more information or online purchase, visit the Semsons web site.

HP Releases Fixes for Various iPAQ Models

Hewlett Packard has posted on its support site a firmware update for the iPAQ h5400 series. This allows these devices to connect with WLAN access points that support both 802.11b and 802.11g.

HP has also posted a driver update for the iPAQ h3950 and iPAQ h3955 that fixes various problems these devices have with SD cards. It also posted a version of the same driver that works with the iPAQ h3970 and iPAQ h3975.

PalmSource Europe and pdassi.de Offer Developer Conference Tickets on eBay

PalmSource Europe and pdassi.de are auctioning a number of tickets to the next PalmSource Developer Conference, which will be held September 22-23 at the Munich Park Hilton in Germany. The starting bid is one Euro; the normal conference fee is 250 Euros. The auctions are listed on eBay and will be over in just a few hours.

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