News Bits: Case for the NR70, new goodies for the Palm m500 series and smaller memory sticks (pictures)

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NR70 Case from Vaja

The new iVolution looks beautiful, but weighs in at a hefty $119. Vaja has never been cheap though, so why expect it now? Their cases are always top notch and debatably the best made on the market. You can also purchase an add-on to hold headphones, memory stick, etc. The pouch goes for $30. For more, visit Vaja’s site.

They also came out with a few more models, modestly priced at $50. The 730 opens like a book and the 731 is a flip open. Both have snap closures and plenty of room for storing credit cards, memory sticks and the like.

Smaller memory sticks from Sony

Sony has announced plans to release their “Duo” series of memory sticks, which are much smaller than the current stick. Don’t worry…they will continue making the regular size for the forseable future. The press for the smaller ones, comes as devices continue to shrink in size, not just PDA’s, but MP3 players and other electronics as well. Sony’s attempting to increase adoption, and getting their memory near the size of an SD card is important.

The Duo sticks are roughly half the size and weight of their cousins. An adapter will come with each one that will allow it to work on devices that are built for the larger sticks. At first release they will only be available in 16MB, but that is sure to grow quickly. Sony has also indicated they will be releasing ROM (write only) memory sticks designed todistribute games and entertainment. By 2005, Sony plans on releasing a 4GB memory stick.

Magellan GPS available for the Palm m500 series

Yesterday Magellan announced a new GPS system for the Palm m500 sereies, Geocacher’s rejoice! It comes bundled with Rand McNally’s software that lets you download maps to theh PDA for turn-by-turn directions. The device is expected to sell for $200. Here are the full specs.

If you’re not familiar with GeoCaching, check it out here. Basically you use GPS to find hidden treasures. Some are as easy as a walk in the park, some require climbing gear. They are all rated and are great Summer activities.

Palm releases the mini keyboard for the Palm m500 series

In the same mold, almost literally, as the mini keyboard for the Palm i705, Palm has released a version for the m500 series. It retails for $60, click here for specs and pricing.

Brian

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