PDA News – RIM and Good settle, Firestorm, Video recorders

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RIM, Good Technology settle lawsuits

Research In Motion, makers of the Blackberry software and wireless email devices, along with wireless technology firm Good Technology, have come to a settlement for lawsuits filed by the two companies against each other in 2002. Details were not released, but the settlement does provide a payment of unknown lump sum to RIM next quarter, and and quaterly royalty payments thereafter.



Firestorm gbaZ released without main attraction

Gamers awaiting Crimson Fire’s Gameboy Advance emulator Firestorm gbaZ have a bit longer to wait–though the program is now available for purchase, the current version does not include emulation for the Gamboy Advance as was promised by the developers. The last-minute removal was attributed to an error in the code, and a decision to release now without the Advance emulation and offer an update later rather than further delay the program.

Firestorm was originally slated for release a few weeks ago, but was delayed after threats concerning alleged patent infringement leveled by Nintendo, which claims to own all rights to game emulation on mobile hardware. The developer then decided to release the program as free ‘open source’ software, but ended up returning to a commercial version. The program is currently only available for the Tapwave Zodiac, though the developer plans a version for other Palm OS 5 units.



Video recording software for Treo 600, Zire 71

Hot on the heels of the first video recording program for the Treo 600, a commercial solution is available. However, at $15, it doesn’t seem to offer anything more than the freeware MovieRec does.

PalmGear page for Live!

Also converting a still camera to video use is Dmitry Grinberg’s Zire Movie Maker 1.0. This takes a slightly different track in offering also some basic video editing functions, to let you snip the videos that you create.

PalmGear page for Zire Movie Maker



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