PDA News – Pocket GMail, PalmSource joins Linux forum, 2 GB SD cards shipping

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GMail now works on mobile devices

Recent changes to the GMail web interface now allow for access by all Windows Mobile and most Palm OS based devices. Unsupported browsers, such as those on a PocketPC, Palm, or Windows Smartphone, will be redirected to a basic HTML login page, which allows normal access to GMail without some of the advanced functions such as spell-checking and address auto-completion.

https://gmail.google.com/gmail

 

PalmSource joins Consumer Electronics Linux Forum

In a move likely prompted by their acquisition of Chinasoft Mobile Systems, and their plans to move the PalmOS to a Linux base in the future, PalmSource has joined the Consumer Electronics Linux Forum. The CELF is a group of companies that–judging from the number and density of buzzwords on their website–does very little but wants you to believe otherwise. Or, in their words, “[T]he CELF intends to leverage the benefits of the open source community and process to maximize the re-use of common solutions to common problems and thereby create a foundation on which the CELF members and others can build compelling networked products.”

Other members include IBM, Motorola, and Sun Microsystems.

http://www.celinuxforum.org/

 

ATP shipping 2 GB SD cards

According to several reports, memory manufacturer ATP Electronics is now shipping their new 2 GB SD memory cards. Current retail prices for the cards start at approximately $240, though this should decline with time.

May I be the first to say, droooool? Though 1 GB SD cards are getting fairly cheap, I’m of the opinion that you can never have too much Storage space. The only thing nicer than a 2 GB SD card would be pairing it with a 4 GB CF card.

Sandisk, who had originally slated a November 2004 release date for their cards, seems to have pushed their release back to mid-April at the earliest.

 

Cradle now available for HTC Magician

A company in Europe has begun offering a third-party cradle to replace the USB sync cable on the HTC Magician PocketPC phone. The cradle also supports the versions of the Magician sold under the MDA, O2, Qtek, and i-mate brands. The cradle is available from Bluehand.de for 20, or about US $27.

http://www.bluehand.de/shop.php3?artnr=2287

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