America Online version 9 syncs to Palm and PocketPC
America Online has included calender synchonization support for PocketPC and Palm handhelds in it’s 9.0 version.
"For those of us who are on the go, a featured dubbed "Shared Family Calendars" can help people stay connected. Family and friends who choose to "subscribe" to a calendar will receive automated updates on events that can be synched to Palm and Pocket PC PDA’s. There is also said to be off-line updating."
Toshiba bugfixes for e740
Toshiba has released a new ROM image for the e740 PocketPC. This is not an OS upgrade, it is just a bug fix. The following are included in the new ROM:
Resolves an issue where ActiveSync would periodically disconnect from the PDA when connected via USB.
Update display driver.
Update DataBackup utility
Updated to support ‘RAW’ IR mode.
Updated to keep D+ pin in High to improve USB connection success on some machines.
Updated to remove Intel PCMCIA 8 bit workaround solution.
I’m sure e740 users will be happy about the ActiveSync fix, they’ve been complaining about the problem since the e740 was released.
Pumatech aquires Spontaneous Technology, Inc.
Pumatech is living up to their name and eating lesser software vendors. It’s not that long since they bought Loudfire, and now Pumatech has aquired "substantially all" of the assets of Spontaneous Technology, described as "a leading provider of secure, carrier-grade enterprise VPN solutions that extend existing corporate applications to any wireless device and operating system, including Microsoft (NT & Pocket PC), SUN (Solaris, Java, J2ME), Palm and Symbian."
Along with Loudfire’s access-anywhere LoudPC technology, it doesn’t take a genius to see that Pumatech is thinking big. They want to be the big dog of data access and secure synchonization, and it looks like they’re in a good position to do it.
Proporta hardcase for XDA
The newest model of aluminum hardcase from Proporta features a couple of distinctions from the rest of it’s class–for one, all the XDA’s functions, including use as a phone, remain fully accessible in the case. Two, the XDA case is the first from Proporta to offer an optional belt clip.
Tapwave confirms Zodiac info
Tapwave has publicly confirmed that the name of their Palm-powered gaming device will be ‘Zodiac’, which is in line with information reported last week by CNN. The only interesting piece of information in the Tapwave press release is the notation that the Zodiac runs on Palm OS 5.2.6. This is interesting because there is no 5.2.6 version of the Palm OS, at least not formally. Tapwave’s Zodiac is expected to use a landscape screen–a feature not previously common on Palm. Also using landscape is Sony’s newly announced UX series, and a landscape mode is featured on Palm’s rumored Tungsten T3. Are we seeing a new, landscape compatible build of the Palm OS? We’ll have to get a hold of one of the devices to be certain, but it seems probable.