BrightBytes™: Zire 71, Wi-Fi Hot Spots, and More

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Update Fixes Expansion Card Problem with Zire 71

Palm has released the Zire 71 Expansion Update. This patch resolves a problem with the Zire 71 failing to recognize some expansion cards after repeated use. The update is only for the Zire 71, and should not be used with any other handheld.

My AvantGo Helps Mobile Users Find Local “Hot Spots”

AvantGo has added a Wi-Fi Hot Spot Locator channel to its popular mobile service. My AvantGo users can now conveniently locate the nearest hot spot for wireless connectivity by entering a local ZIP code or city.

Nominees Picked for Pocket PC Magazine’s Best Software Awards 2003

Pocket PC magazine has published the list of nominations for its Third Annual Best Software Awards. Over 400 pieces of end-user Windows Mobile Pocket PC software have been nominated in categories ranging from Action Games to Calculators, from Music Composition to Bibles.

The nominations will be finalized on July 31. In August, over 50 experts will cast their ballots for best software. Award finalists will be announced in September. Winners will be honored in a ceremony on October 22 during the Pocket PC Summit.

Spb Software House Releases Full Screen Keyboard 2.0

Full Screen Keyboard 2.0 Full Screen Keyboard is an application designed to enhance data entry comfort and speed on Pocket PC devices with a full screen keyboard suitable for thumb-typing.

One of the main features in the new version is word completion, which speeds data entry by suggesting words after only a few letters are entered. It comes with an 8,000 word dictionary, and the user can add words to the database to enhance the feature even further. It also has a duplicate of the normal onscreen keyboard that replaces one key with the Full Screen Keyboard icon. This allows for fast switching between the two data entry methods.

Other new features include sound profiles so that the user can control what effects are generated when using Full Screen Keyboard. Eight new skins are also available from the developer’s web site, as well as 12 language-specific skins. Users can create their own skins with a PhotoShop template available from Spb Software House.

Full Screen Keyboard 2.0 sells for $9.95. For more information or to download a 15 day trial version, please visit the Spb Software House web site.

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