In our association we operate as a consortium, like the open source consortium. They want to promote open source and Linux. But if you begin from the PC you are afraid of Microsoft. They try to go to the smart phone or PDA to start again.
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The iPhone may have hit the trifecta with Microsoft Exchange support (take that RIM!), the new SDK, and now the probable June arrival of a native JVM. These add up to an enterprise-ready mobile endpoint that ushers the iPhone from a smart phone/PDA/browser into the first (but not last) true mobile Internet device (MID) for fun and work.
It is quite rare to find a dedicated PDA without phone functionality today, but it looks like HP is now shipping their iPAQ 210 Enterprise Handheld. This is quite a powerful PDA with a 624MHz processor, 256MB ROM, 128MB RAM, integrated Compact Flash and integrated Secure Digital slots, 4 inch VGA (480x640 pixels) display, integrated WiFi and integrated Bluetooth radios. Actually, the Dell Axim X51v I have from a couple years ago has just about the same specs, the display is 3.7 inches instead of 4 inches. However, you can no longer find the Axim X51v or HP hx4700 so this new HP is really your only choice for a high-end stand alone PDA.
In less than three hours from now, I will be live-blogging Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's keynoter from the CTIA show in San Francisco.It appears so much more than likely that Ballmer will talk about new functionality that will enable users to sign up for a Live ID from their Windows Mobile-running Nokia PDA or mobile phone.
It seems the rumors of HP's full re-entry into the Windows Mobile and Windows CE market were spot on. There have been a couple of HP iPAQ Communicators released since the last incredible HP x4700 PDA, but they didn't seem to do very well and never lasted that long in the market. I recommend you check out MobilitySite's post that links to all of the specs and a photo of each of the new 5 series announced last night in New York.
An HP Jornada 548 was my first Pocket PC back in 2001 and then for the next couple of years I primarily stuck with the HP line (568, 4340, 1940, etc) and was very happy with the HP Jornada and iPAQ models. HP has been quite silent in the Windows Mobile world for a couple of years, but a new post at Unwired View reveals rumors of 5 new Windows Mobile devices from HP. There are Phone Edition, Smartphone, and standalone PDA models in the collection. I was really surprised to see a non-phone model since it has been quite some time since we have seen a non-Palm PDA.
CRN: Demand Generator: Mitchell Kleinman, CCS Technology Solutions; The Client: Chick´s Sporting Goods
Story of why one customer migrated fromExchange to Domino....The first step was upgrading Chick'se-mail system and consolidating its Compaq servers running Microsoft software."We were on Microsoft Exchangeand having multiple problems with that," Diebold said. "They[CCS] came to us and said, 'Now you have AS400, and [IBM Lotus] Dominois native on the 400.' They came with the recommendation to convert usto Lotus."CCS replaced Chick's system with anIBM iSeries system running IBM Lotus Notes and Domino. "We wanted less paper in the officeand a more streamlined workflow that Domino would allow us to do when wegot the resources and the time to implement those things," Dieboldsaid.Link: CRN:Demand Generator: Mitchell Kleinman, CCS Technology Solutions; The Client:Chick's Sporting Goods >
According to The Register, LG, which is not only the world's fifth largest handset manufacturer, but also the number one provider of 3G phones, is the first major phone manufacturer to buck tradition by going with SavaJe's pure Java-based handset operating system. Exactly three years ago today, after seeing how the company had packed J2SE (the desktop version of the Java Runtime Enviroment) into a Compaq iPaq, I wrote about SavaJe.
In Q3 2004 Microsoft became an unquestioned leader of the PDA OS market, growing its market share to 48.1%, with the closest leader, PalmOS taking 29.
Global sales of PDAs totalled 2.75 mln units between April and June, marking the end of 10 consecutive quarters of falling shipments.
Hewlett Packard kicked off its Wireless and Mobility Roadshow in San Francisco today, bringing along its major wireless partners including Microsoft, Cisco, and T-Mobile. HP's Manager of Mobility Solutions, Richard Stone, took the better part of his presentation this morning to show off a couple of new iPAQ Pocket PCs.
Western European PDA shipments were up 38% in the fourth quarter and up 28% during the whole of 2003, the first full year of growth since 2000. According to the latest numbers from IDC, PDA (personal digital assistant) shipments in Western Europe hit 2.
XML, Smart Personal Object Technology and form factors smaller than a PDA all have a place in Microsoft chairman Bill Gates' vision of the future
A blueprint for PDA management? We wish we could tell you...
Sprint PCS on Monday began selling a cell phone that uses Microsoft Windows-powered Pocket PC 2002 software and an embedded modem from Sierra Wireless. The phone, manufactured by Toshiba and marketed by Audiovox, is similar to the "Thera," a combination PDA (personal digital assistant) and cell phone that Verizon Wireless began selling in January.
David Berlind couldn't get any 802.11b-based adapters to work with his iPaq--until he tried Symbol's Wireless Networker Wi-Fi card. Minutes later, his PDA was on the Net.
A programmer and self-avowed fan of classic video games has created software for Pocket PC and Palm handhelds that faithfully re-creates a breed of inexpensive handheld electronic games made popular by Mattel in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In creating LEDhead, software programmer Peter Hirschberg has managed to capture much of the essence of the simple games, which consisted of a few blinking light-emitting diodes (LEDs) moving around a painted screen. The software, when run on a $600 Compaq iPaq, does a good job capturing the low-tech environment of the games, complete with blinking lights and high-pitched sound effects. Hirschberg offers 11 of the games, taking on a particular sport such as basketball, soccer and football, with LEDhead software. LEDhead is being offered free, although Hirschberg is accepting donations. For those without a handheld, Hirschberg offers a Windows version. --Ian Fried, Special to ZDNet News
This relatively compact GPS receiver for Pocket PC handhelds has the advantage of a CompactFlash interface, but the software urgently needs an upgrade.
Hewlett-Packard is set to debut two new handhelds, the HP iPaq 3970 and the HP iPaq 3950--the first handheld devices to use the iPaq name since HP aquired Compaq Computer and the iPaq line.
British handset maker Sendo International will start shipping a cell phone that incorporates Microsoft's Smartphone 2002 software come September. The Sendo Z100 Smartphone will initially be available to subscribers of mobile operator CSL in Hong Kong. First announced last year, the highly anticipated device is a tri-band phone with GPRS (General Packet Radio Services) capabilities and an interface based on the Windows platform. The handset offers various features such as e-mail and Web browsing using a pocket version of Internet Explorer. It has a 176-by-220-pixel thin-film transistor screen that's capable of displaying 65,536 colors. PDA-like features found on the device, powered by an ARM9 core-based processor from Texas Instruments, include audio and video playback using Windows Media Player, file viewers for Microsoft office files, and a cradle to sync with your PC. Ernest Khoo reported from Singapore. To read the full story, visit CNETAsia.
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