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Vegas Plans Mobile Gambling Trials

The Venetian hotel and casino in Las Vegas will soon begin field trials of a system that will allow people to use handhelds to gamble. Users of these devices will be able to play video slots, poker, blackjack, and roulette.

However, this doesn’t mean people will soon be able to use these handhelds to gamble anywhere they go. They can only be used while in  public place inside the Venetian, because Nevada law forbids gambling in hotel rooms, parking garages, etc.

It is not known what company will be manufacturing the PDAs. The Venetian is the only hotel currently participating in the trials, and other hotels are on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen.

Issues of security, underage use, and potentially more gambling addicts does give pause to some who would like to see this solution implemented.

From Wired News


Handheld Computing Magazine Ends Publication

Subscribers to Handheld Computing have received an email telling them that this long-running magazine has ceased publication.

Those who still have time left in their subscriptions will instead receive issues of Smartphone & Pocket PC Magazine, which covers somewhat similar topics but without the Palm OS-related articles Handheld Computing readers were accustomed to.

From PDA24/7


Plantronics Releases New Headsets

At the recent Plantronics Design: Body & Form event, Plantronics introduced several new headsets.

Headlining the new releases is the Discovery 665 Bluetooth headset, which uses a digital signal processor (DSP) in order to reduce background noise and provide clearer conversations. Along with a newer, more ergonomic design, the Discovery 665 includes a AAA charging pocket that gives up to 10 hours of talk time.

Other new models introduced by Plantronics include:

  • Discovery 640E – same design as the Discovery 640 but comes with fewer adapters and a lower price
  • Three new MHS headsets: the MHS 113 with flexible ear-bud speakers; the MHS 123 with noise-isolating ear cushions and flexible ear loops; and the commuter friendly MHS 213 that has occluded ear buds that both block out sound and give outstanding voice and audio quality

For more information about Plantronics’ headsets and the Body & Form event visit the Plantronics web site.

SanDisk Introduces 2-Gigabyte microSD Mobile Phone

In the every increaingly smaller yet larger category, SanDisk has introduced a 2GB micor-SD memory card for phone users. The micro SD card, which is sold with an adapter that enables it to fit into a standard-size SD slot of other devices, will debut in the U.S. exclusively at 1,900 Verizon Wireless stores for the next 60 days. Internationally, it will be sold by a variety of mobile retailers.

The Verizon Wireless Chocolate by LG mobile phone will be the debuting device from Verizon Wireless that will come with a micro-SD card. It can capture digital still and video images with its 1.3-megapixel camera/camcorder.” Featuring a color screen, slider-style design and backlit red navigation, the phone is available today on the Verizon Wireless website ( and will be in Verizon Wireless stores on Aug. 7. The SanDisk 2GB microSD card will then also be sold by Verizon Wireless for $99.99.

SanDisk also announced the addition of a 2GB capacity to its OEM line of microSD cards, providing manufacturers with flash memory cards that range from 64 megabytes (MB) to 2GB. On the retail side, SanDisk offers capacities beginning at 256 MB. SanDisk’s previous highest capacity was 1GB.

More information can be found at

Palm Appoints Bill Coleman to Board of Directors

Palm, Inc. has announced the election of Bill Coleman, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of Cassatt, Corp., to its board of directors.

Coleman also was a co-founder and first chief executive officer of BEA Systems, Inc., a world-leading infrastructure-software company. Prior to BEA, Coleman held various management positions at Sun Microsystems, Inc., including vice president and general manager of Sun Professional Services; vice president of system software, overseeing the Sun operating system, Solaris; and co-founder of the Sun Federal Division. 

 He is a member of the board of directors of Symantec Corp. and the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a member of the Trilateral Commission, a group formed in 1973 by private citizens of Japan, European Union countries, the United States, and Canada to foster closer cooperation among core democratic industrialized areas of the world. He also is president of the Coleman Colorado Foundation, which supports the University of Colorado Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the U.S. Air Force Academy and master’s degrees in computer science and computer engineering from Stanford University.




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