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Mazingo has a Palm OS version in beta of its service that delivers video, audio, and text to handheld users. PDA Avenue has an interview with Bill Dettering, Mazingo's CTO. -Marcus Bankuti

STNE Corp. has reduced the prices on its memory upgrades. All 8 MB upgrades cost between $56 to $80, and all 16 MB upgrades are from $95 to $110. -Will

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Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?

Wilson @ 5/16/2002 10:13:59 AM #
I checked the website and could not find where I could get the beta.

RE: Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/16/2002 10:19:29 AM #
That's a good sign that it isn't a public beta. Not all betas are available to anyone. Many, probably most, are open only to a select few who will give useful feedback. Far too many people in public betas just use the software for free and don't help the developers.

You could try writing the company and asking to be a part of the beta group.

RE: Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?
kilo94 @ 5/16/2002 10:25:34 AM #
Try here:

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RE: Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/16/2002 10:32:38 AM #
The EXE is 2mb! If anyone ran it, how much space does it take up on the Palm?
RE: Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/16/2002 10:42:03 AM #
I have both a M505 and an Ipaq. I find that Mazingo takes super long to load up...even up to 15 minutes, and thats not for big channels either. Hopefully this palm version is faster. Avantgo leaves Mazingo in the dust.
RE: Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?
popko @ 5/16/2002 12:43:30 PM #
It talkes 15 minutes to load on your M505 or iPAQ?

Thank you
marcusbankuti @ 5/16/2002 4:05:32 PM #

I'm Marcus Bankuti of PDA Avenue. We appreciate you mentioning us.

And to reply to the BETA wanter, most developers don't allow public BETA versions.

I noticed more people than usual registered in our forums today, maybe your mention was why.


RE: Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?
I.M. Anonymous @ 5/16/2002 6:43:17 PM #
The public announcement will appear on our Home page by Friday May 17, with links to the documentation, etc.

Check for details...

And please let us know how the beta goes for you!

Best Regards,

Bill Dettering
Mazingo Network

RE: Where can you get the Beta for Mazingo?
jackie_bebe @ 5/16/2002 7:26:22 PM #
tried it (from the link in one of the replies above). i subscribed to 2 channels, PalmInfocenter and MSNBC Mobile. I wanted to try subscribing to Joke A Day, but apparently there is a charge for subscribing to these channels... nothing of the sort in Avantgo.

updating these 2 channels took a while, quite longer than my 13 channels on avantgo. also, i was hoping it to have hi-res support, since avantgo didn't... too bad it doesn't.

i'm stickin to avantgo for now. maybe as the beta moves along, things will get better, and a move will be more appealing. and maybe then the subscription cost for premium channels will be understandable.

Repackaged Pendragon Browser

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/16/2002 12:50:13 PM #
I downloaded the Beta (which is pretty nice) and it uses Pendragon's Browser on the Palm end and wraps it up to provide access to the Mazingo Channels.

Quick review: Mazingo

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/16/2002 8:11:12 PM #
Application takes 657kb on my m515, set for color.
Two smallish channels take about 90kb.
Graphics look dotty.

The user must sync Mazingo's desktop application first (2 minutes for 90kb), then sync the PDA (adds about 20 seconds.) The desktop application is fairly simple (unless you are testing two different accounts for two different PDAs.) It is definitely not set up to handle multiple PDA users on the same PC!

Mazingo has a reasonable amount of content-sites, although the good stuff requires paying a $7.91/month to $14.95/month fee. Each free sync adds an advertisement-channel for a premium channel that wastes space.

I couldn't find a way to delete a channel on the PDA - the user must login to Mazingo to do housekeeping.

It's not Avantgo. I'm testing the channel creation tool now. Apparently Mazingo checks each channel request. I could find a way to create a personal channel.

Memory Chip for Clie

I.M. Anonymous @ 5/19/2002 6:54:33 PM #
Where can you buy a RAM module to upgrade a Clie to 16mbs (or 32mbs if possible) and how difficult is it to to install? Thanks.


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