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SanDisk Drops Plans for Palm OS 4.x Support for Wi-Fi SD Card

SanDisk will soon release its much-delayed Wi-Fi SD card but initially this will only work with handhelds running Microsoft’s Windows Mobile 2003. The hardware is compatible with devices running the Palm OS but drivers need to be written. Unfortunately, the company has recently dropped plans to produce a driver that will allow this card to be used with Palm OS 4 devices. However, it says one for Palm OS 5 devices will be available this Fall.

This card will fit in the handheld’s SD slot and allow it to access Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless networks. The Pocket PC version will cost $129 and is expected to be available August 23. More information is available on the SanDisk web site.

Microsoft Posts More Free eBooks

Microsoft Corp. is giving away 60 best-selling ebooks to users of Microsoft Reader. The 20-week promotion will feature three new titles each week. This week’s selections are Mike Resnick Short Story Collection by Mike Resnick, The Compleat Angler by Izaak Walton, and A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr. These can be found on the Microsoft Reader Web site.

Official YAHTZEE Game Now Available For Palm and Pocket PC

Handmark has released YAHTZEE for Palm OS and Pocket PC devices. Designed to play just like the original game, the application features high-resolution graphics and 3D dice-rolling animations. Game modes include single player and multiplayer, using one or many handheld devices. YAHTZEE costs $19.95 and is now available for online purchase at the Handmark web site.

Take Handwritten Notes with PhatPad

PhatWare Corporation has released PhatPad for Pocket PC, which lets users take handwritten notes anywhere. It uses a new digital ink technology that provides smooth ink flow. PhatPad allows users to draw pictures, jot text notes, or put a mix of pictures and text on a virtual scratch pad. It offers a 39-color pen palette, variable pen width, up to 1,000 handwritten pages per file, and more. Notes and drawings can be exported as bitmap or JPEG images, emailed as file attachments, and transferred to other Pocket PCs via infrared.

PhatPad is normally $19.95 but the company is offering a back-to-school special price of $9.95. For more information or to purchase this app, visit the PhatWare web site.

TealPrint Updated, Now Includes Palm OS 5 Support

TealPrint 2.0 is now available from Tealpoint Software. New features include Palm OS 5 support and high resolution graphics, as well as “HotSync printing” connectivity to any Windows printer without special cables with a HotSync cradle. TealPrint supports printing from the standard Datebook, To Do, Address, and Memo databases, as well as the clipboard and several other popular third party applications.

TealPrint is available for $19.95 at the Tealpoint web site. Additional printer drivers and font packs are also available for download, as well as a list of third-party Palm OS applications that include support for TealPrint.

CalliGrapher Gets Windows Mobile 2003 Update

CalliGrapher 6.5.2 is now available. The latest version of this award-winning handwriting-recognition application addresses several compatibility issues with new the Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC.

For more information about CalliGrapher, to download a free update, or 30-day trial, visit the PhatWare web site.

PXA Clocker 2.7

PXA Clocker 2.7 allows owners of handhelds running Palm OS 5 on an Intel XScale processor to underclock or overclock their device, depending on whether the user wants to enhance performance or increase battery life. The new version adds support for the Palm Tungsten C, which can be overclocked to 600 MHz. A license may be purchased for $12.95 at the PalmGear web site.

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