Mobile Tech News — Cake Mania, S60 Contest, Treo 750v, and More

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Astraware Releases Cake Mania for Palm OS Handhelds

It has been a little while since hearing from the Astraware camp, but it has recently opened its fall releases with a new game called Cake Mania. Compatible with Palm OS devices, it challenges the player to create over 500 different cakes over several levels of gameplay.

Cake Mania is based on the best-selling PC game by leading casual game publisher and developer, Sandlot Games. It is now available for download from Astraware’s website as a free trial, or for purchase ($19.95).


Nokia Announces Winners of S60 Third Edition Challenge

On the eve of the Symbian Smartphone Show, Nokia has announced the winners of its Forum Nokia S60 Third Edition Challenge. The S60 Challenge entailed 117 entrants whose applications spanned many various categories within the Symbian OS (operating system) space. The winning submissions were:

The top winners received a 25,000 top prize, a one year free membership to NokiaPRO, and a demo spot at Nokia World 2006. Other benefits to the winners include free on-site technical support and consultancy, devices, and additional marketing support from software distributer Handango.


Palm Releases Windows Mobile Treos in Malaysia and Indonesia

Keeping with the seemingly daily Treo news from Palm, the recently released 750v has been introduced in both Malaysia and Indonesia. In Indonesia, the new Treo 750v will be available next month through XL, a Vodafone network partner. While in Malaysia, the 750v will be featured on the Celcom network.

The 750v is Palm’s third Windows Mobile-based Treo released this year, however it is its first to support the GSM network standard used my many cellular carriers around the world. Packing a slimmer design to the familiar Treo keyboard and Palm’s usability tweaks to Windows Mobile, Celcom and XL are positioning the 750v as a primary solution for business and prosumer customers.

For more information about the 750v, visit Palm’s web site.


SanDisk Introduces 2-Gigabyte microSD Cards In Japan

SanDisk has been pushing higher capacity and smaller memory cards for some time now. Its latest release has been the 2 GB microSD card. Already featured in some mobile phones, SanDisk has announced this larger 2 GB capacity alongside Japan’s NTT DoCoMo latest releases. With those latest releases, NTT DoCoMo has half of its mobile phone lineup that uses SanDisk’s microSD memory cards.

MicroSD cards were developed in 2004 by SanDisk as TransFlash .  Last year, the SD Card Association approved its specification as the microSD memory card, thus creating a new standard.  microSD cards are one-fourth the size of standard SD cards and are about the size of a fingernail (15mm x 11mm x1mm). 

For more information about microSD cards, or compatible devices that use microSD cards, visit SanDisk’s web site.



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