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Programs For Your PDA

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, October 16, 2003

Programs for your PDA. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. There is no shortage of software these days for Palm and PocketPC devices. One of the biggest collections is sold by a company called Handmark, where VP Douglas Edwards tells us...

"We have about sixty titles that are available from Handmark.com that are our own titles as well as we also sell best in category from other publishers, that's at Handmark.com. In retail, we have about 12 titles. There are three titles that are consistently the best. That's PocketMoney, our Scrabble-Monopoly bundle and Rand McNally StreetFinder, which is the leading application for putting maps onto a handheld."

The chief competition to PocketMoney is PocketQuicken... from LandWare... now available for PocketPCs as well as Palm devices. LandWare President Ken Landau...

"The most common use is for people to quickly capture their spending while they're away from their desk. I can also check, accurately, the account balances for my credit cards or my checking or savings accounts. I can also see my investment accounts."

If golf is your game, Intelligolf has carved out a niche in the handheld market. It's software contains data on over 18 thousand courses... and keeps track of scores, statistics and bets. CEO Craig Schmidt...

"Not only do you get the handheld software, but you also get Windows based desktop software for graphing and reporting and it synchronizes between those two platforms."

The price is about forty dollars. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.