BrightBytes™: Zire 71, PocketPCTechs, Proporta, and More

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Palm Announces Version of Zire 71 for Students

Palm, Inc. has announced the Zire 71 Education Limited Edition handheld, which will include DataViz Documents To Go and Road Scholar 2003-04 – Student Edition from Handmark, Inc., a suite of Palm OS applications designed to organize class schedules and assignments. The Zire 71 Education Limited Edition handheld will be available in August for $309.

The Zire 71 has a 320-by-320 pixel, transflective color screen, a built-in digital camera, and runs the latest version of the Palm OS. A version without the additional software is available now. (Check Shopper.com for the lowest prices.)

PocketPCTechs.com Lowers Memory Upgrade Pricing

Based on an increased volume of memory upgrades, PocketPCTechs.com has been successful in negotiating lower memory costs from its SDRAM suppliers. As a result, memory pricing has been reduced 11% to 27% depending on make and model. Any open orders or units in house currently, will receive the new pricing.

For example, upgrading an iPAQ 3900 to 128 MB of RAM was $159 but now is $129, a 19% reduction. Upgrading an iPAQ 3600 from 64MB of memory to 192MB was $329 and now is $239, a 27% reduction

Proporta Debuts New Hardcases

Proporta is now taking pre-orders for hardcases for the Toshibe e740, Palm Tungsten T and W, the Zire 71, and the Sony TG50. These are made of aluminium and are lined with neoprene. They are priced at $35 each.

These cases aren’t available yet but those who pre-order will be shipped a neoprene softcase immediately at no extra charge.

Connecting Your Pocket PC to the Outside World

The Microsoft TechNet Webcast put on last week by Pocket PC Thoughts‘ Ed Hansberry on connecting a Pocket PC to either the Internet or a corporate LAN is now available for download. It is over 80 minutes long and about 13 MB.

NPUG Holding Mini-Meetings

The Nashville Palm Users Group (NPUG) is launching a new type of meeting called the “Mini Meeting.” This an informal get together that focuses on the usage of a Palm OS device in various situations. These are not taking the place of regular monthly meetings, simply supplementing them with additional ways that NPUG members can get together. The first mini-meeting is this Wednesday July 2. More details are available on the NPUG site.

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