Celebrate 4th July with Fireworks from Astraware

KEELE, Staffordshire, UK – June 28th 2007 – Astraware is pleased to announce a brand new version of their fun application Fireworks which is available for a limited time.

Fireworks is a simple application which is FREE to register, showing sequences of fireworks flying and exploding into the air. As 4th July is traditionally a time for fireworks and celebrations in the USA, the features have been created to help our American friends highlight one of their major holidays – Independence Day! Fireworks features a selection of patriotic backgrounds including the Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore and the Stars and Stripes, and offers a choice of stirring tunes including the Star Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes Forever!

Fireworks is available for devices running Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® including support for 240×240 square screens and QVGA landscape smartphones. What better way to celebrate 4th July than with some Fireworks? Download your copy here today – it’s available for a limited time only! Oh, and did we mention, it’s FREE?!

Astraware Sudoku and Astraware Solitaire Games Developed for Palm’s New Foleo Mobile Companion

SUNNYVALE, Calif., and KEELE, Staffordshire, UK, June 18, 2007 – Palm, Inc. (Nasdaq: PALM) and Astraware Limited today announced the first two games for Palm’s new Foleo™ mobile companionAstraware Sudoku and Astraware Solitaire. Additional titles from Astraware will follow.

[NOTE: Palm announced the Foleo mobile companion on May 30. Video and images are available from Palm’s Multimedia Library

The Palm® Foleo™ mobile companion is for people who understand that sometimes less is more. With the press of one button, the mobile companion’s large screen displays wireless e-mail from a paired smartphone. A smartphone is great for finding quick bits of information or sending a brief response to an e-mail. But there are times when a full-size keyboard and a big screen is preferred to view attachments, type longer e-mails, or to get a bigger-screen look at web pages and photos. Plus, Internet access is available anywhere there is cell phone coverage, or when the Foleo is within range of a Wi-Fi hotspot.(1) With Foleo’s instant on/off capability, light and small size, and 5-hour battery life, Palm expects the mobile companion to establish a new category of personal-computing products.

Astraware Sudoku is a logical puzzle game suitable for players of all abilities. Features include six levels of difficulty, pencilmarks in a choice of styles, optional completion and tracking of pencilmarks plus an advanced hint system. In addition, it comes with a selection of built-in puzzles and, after registration, allows the addition of pre-built puzzle packs available free from SudokuoftheDay.com.

Customers who register Astraware Sudoku are rewarded with additional capabilities such as a puzzle creator and a puzzle solver that can be used on other Sudoku games found in newspapers, online or in books. The game also includes a ‘Puzzle of the Day,’ which delivers a new puzzle daily to the Foleo plus the ability to share personal completion times or compare scores with other players worldwide. (2)

Astraware Solitaire features 12 of the most well-known and best-loved single-player card games including Klondike, Spider, Freecell and Pyramid. Each game has a wide range of custom gameplay options so users can enjoy the games with their favorite variations on the standard rules. The game’s style and interface has been designed to mirror the feeling of playing with real cards and offers a range of display options as well as detailed statistics to track progress. Astraware Solitaire has been optimized for the high-resolution display on the Foleo mobile companion and for use with the trackpoint controller.

“The Palm Foleo is a unique and exciting new type of device, and we’re thrilled to make two great popular games available for its users,” said David Oakley, chief technology officer for Astraware. “The Foleo is an ideal companion for high-powered, time-starved executives, and Solitaire and Sudoku are ideal games to let them relax once their work is done.”

By building the Foleo on an open Linux-based platform and publishing the tools developers might need, Palm hopes to establish a vibrant developer community to create new applications that extend the mobile companion’s built-in capabilities. Astraware demonstrates the ease with which exciting technology and applications can be ported to the Foleo mobile companion.

“Business productivity is a major driving force for mobile computing; however we also believe in the importance of balancing work and personal time,” said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for Palm, Inc. “This is why we give mobile professionals the option to relax with a game of solitaire or a stimulating puzzle during downtime.”

For more information on the Foleo mobile companion, please click here. To sign up for notification about Foleo availability, please visit this site.

About Palm, Inc.

Palm, Inc., a leader in mobile computing, strives to put the power of computing in people’s hands so they can access and share their most important information. The company’s products for consumers, mobile professionals and businesses include Palm® Treo™ smartphones, Palm mobile companions and Palm handheld computers, as well as software, services and accessories.

Palm products are sold through select Internet, retail, reseller and wireless operator channels throughout the world, and at Palm Retail Stores and Palm online stores.

More information about Palm, Inc. is available here.

(1) Requires compatible phone with Bluetooth wireless technology. Email requires data services from a mobile service provider at an additional cost. ISP and/or VPN may also be required. Within wireless service coverage area only. A dial-up networking plan from a service provider may be required at an incremental cost above and beyond the service provider’s regular smartphone data plans.

(2) Requires Foleo Wi-Fi connection.

Also, a social media news release version of today’s announcement is available here. The social media news release contains “Web 2.0” features, including subscription via RSS, multimedia downloads, commenting, track-backing, links to social bookmark sites and other resources.

Palm, Foleo and Treo are among the trademarks or registered trademarks owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their respective owners.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Jim Christensen
Palm, Inc.
408.617.7455
jim.christensen@palm.com

Alison Barclay
Astraware Limited
+44 (0) 1782 667826
alison.barclay@astraware.com

Dolleen Casey
A&R Edelman for Palm, Inc.
650.762.2811
dcasey@ar-edelman.com

Pick up a great pack of card games with Astraware Solitaire!

THE MIDLANDS, UK – June 13th, 2007 – Astraware® is excited to announce their version of the classic card games pack – Astraware Solitaire for Palm OS® and Windows Mobile® PDAs and Smartphones.

Astraware Solitaire features 12 of the most well-known and best-loved single player card games, chosen based on direct feedback and suggestions from Astraware customers. The games include Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, and Freecell, and to make the playing experience both familiar and fun, each game has custom gameplay options so everyone can enjoy the games using their favorite variation on the standard rules.

The game’s controls have been specially designed to be simple and comfortable with both stylus or 5-way play, and along with just the right balance of effects really make it easy to play and feel like you would when playing with a real pack of cards.

“We really wanted to capture the best things about Solitaire, easy to get into, enjoyable to play, and the nice feeling of playing with cards that sometimes computer games don’t capture.” Said Howard Tomlinson, Astraware CEO and Game Designer. “Playing just one game at a time is great, but we added the extra incentive of collecting trophies for various achievements within each of the games for those people who want to have a longer goal too. You can play straight off with the normal settings, or customise it in all kinds of ways – it’s your game, so we feel you should be able to play it the way you want to!”

PDAs and Smartphones are very personal and everyone loves to customise the look of their handheld. Astraware Solitaire also offers lots of choices including decorative backgrounds, changeable color themes, and a beautiful selection of cardbacks to enhance the look of your game.

Most important of all, there is a choice of card front including a familiar traditional set with beautiful face cards, and a clear card face which is better for those with visual impairments, or for playing in bright daylight.

If you like to track your progress, the game statistics will tell you how long you’ve played and how often you win, and Astraware Solitaire also includes a fun trophy system which unlocks extra card graphics and the highly sought-after golden trophy pack of cards. Once you’ve collected them all, you can even be use them to play with!

With 12 highly-absorbing, traditional card games, Astraware Solitaire is the perfect pastime for everyone’s handheld.

Astraware Solitaire is available for PDAs and Smartphones running Palm OS® 5 (with hi-res screens), and Windows Mobile® for Pocket PC and Smartphone 2003, 5.0 and 6.0, priced $19.95. To save $10 off the regular price, get Astraware Solitaire before 30th June 2007!

The complete list of games included is: Calculation, Canfield, Clock, Four Seasons, Freecell, Golf, Idiot’s Delight, Klondike, Pyramid, Spider, Sultan’s Harem, and Yukon. To try Astraware Solitaire for yourself, click here.