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Briefly: Palm up for sale; top wines on iPod

updated 06:30 pm EDT, Tue March 20, 2007

Palm for sale; iPod wines

In brief: Palm may go on sale by the end of the week, the best wines come to the iPod, Softpress and iView announce a discount bundle, and CandyBar gets replacement sticker icons. Though a famous developer of PDAs and smartphones in its own right, Palm may be sold to a competitor by the end of the week, according to an anonymous analyst. The company has reportedly been approached by both Nokia and Motorola, the latter of which is said to be extremely interested. The move would help keep Nokia out of the U.S. business market, and increase Motorola's competitiveness with Research in Motion, creators of the famous BlackBerry. Microsoft would stand to benefit as well, since it would increase the marketshare of Windows Mobile phones versus the threat posed by RIM and Apple's forthcoming iPhone.

A wine guide for the iPod

Mogopop has published a free iPod version of the Top Wines of 2006 guide, as compiled by Wine Spectator magazine. The guide will allow iPod owners to make quick wine decisions in restaurants and liquor stores, and is visually-based which restricts usability to iPods with screens; the guide also requires users to have Mogopop's Manager software.

Softpress and iView discount bundle

Softpress and iView have jointly announced a bundle of Freeway 4 Pro, an HTML generator application, and MediaPro 3 -- a program that imports, organizes and archives numerous digital files. Together the programs have a reduced cost of $330, and are available at either company's website as well as certain retail outlets. Those who already own one product can purchase the other at a 25 percent discount.

Replacement icons for CandyBar

Iconfactory artist David Lanham has produced a collection of 65 new sticker-themed icons for CandyBar, an application that changes previously inaccessible Mac OS X icons. Some icons in the pack include substitutes for iTunes, network drives and system preferences. The download is a free 3.8MB from the Iconfactory website.

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