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PC Briefs: Intel, Linux, Palm, Dataram

PC Briefs: Intel, Linux, Palm, Dataram

Intel to manage PCs

IT managers will get new tools to manage systems on demand with the introduction of a new software product and a monthly service in the US by Intel. Instant Support Suite software provides a variety of tools for remote problem resolution, and the Intel LANDesk Asset Service collects data on systems across a corporate network. Administrators at help desks can send a small piece of client software (less than 300KB) to the end system whenever they need to troubleshoot a problem.

Linux PDA hits the spot

Sharp's Linux-based Zaurus handheld computer has hit US shelves with one unexpected feature: a $US50 price cut. When it goes on sale this week through Sharp's Web site and several online retailers, the Zaurus will cost $US499. The Zaurus is one of the first Linux-based PDAs to hit the market, and the only one that is positioned for commercial success as it competes against PocketPC and Palm devices. It runs on Lineo's embedded operating system, called Embeddix.

Palm targets Mac users

Mac users can now download the final version of Palm Desktop 4.0 for Mac. The new Palm Desktop software features native Mac OS X support, improved handheld-to-desktop synchronisation, vCard and vCal support, and the ability to use multiple languages. Developers are supporting the new software but users will need to upgrade their third-party applications to synchronise successfully. It is available as a free download at www.palm.com/macintosh.

Dataram merges sites

Memory manufacturer Dataram has launched its new corporate Web site, integrating the company's previous three sites hosted from Denmark, Australia and the US into a single interface. The site, at www.dataram.com, incorporates characteristics of the three prior locations to give information about Dataram's memory products, service and support and relevant industry news.


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