My mobile writing career really began with Geek.com back in 2001 when Chief Geek, Joel Evans, gave me the chance to write about the latest PDA. My first short post was actually about the HP 565 Pocket PC in August 2001. Joel and Sal asked me to participate in this week's Geek.com podcast and I had a great time sharing my thoughts on the latest gear and mobile news on Geek.com podcast 19. We covered several topics and I think the show sounds great.
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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.
OQO Talk claims that a junior member has successfully hacked the OQO to run Mac OS X Leopard.In case you're not familiar, OQO developed several subnotebooks that have the functionality of a tablet PC in a form-factor slightly larger than a PDA.
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.
As someone who lives in the Skype world as well as in the BlackBerry world, I am really tempted to try WebMessenger Mobile for Skype.Leveraging the capabilities of desktop (as opposed to mobile) Skype, WebMessenger Mobile for Skype is sort of a bridge between a mobile device and PC-based Skype connectivity.
Code for a 'PC to mobile' virus that emerged last week has not been shared between some antivirus researchers and vendors, amid allegations of bullying and untrustworthiness
"Crossover" is the first virus found that can jump to a mobile device after infecting a PC, security researchers say.
In the interests of research, one of my colleagues at the Labs is walking around wearing a LifeShirt from VivoMetrics. The LifeShirt contains sensors that track heart rate, body temperature and respiration, and wirelessly transmit the data to a PDA or PC.
Skype for Pocket PC Version 1.0 promises to bring Internet telephony to Wi-Fi enabled PDA devices using the Pocket PC operating system. CNET's Rafe Needleman gets a demonstration from Skype product manager Eileen Broch at DemoMobile in La Jolla, Calif.
The xda II features a tri-band GSM/GPRS phone, a VGA-resolution digital camera and Bluetooth built in, along with 128MB of RAM, an SDIO-compatible card slot and an improved screen. This makes it one of the best handheld/mobile phone combos around.
In today's PC world, desktops and notebooks can be easily upgraded via expansion or PC card slots. The same doesn't apply in the PDA world, where an expensive and torturous upgrade path still confronts users.
As a 10-year veteran user of handheld devices, I've suffered a torturous and expensive upgrade path. PDA vendors need to paymore attention to their products' compatibility issues, or riskrepeating the costly mistakes of their PC predecessors.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Intel demonstrates how users can play games from a PC and then take games on the go wirelessly on their laptop, PDA or cell phone.
You've got your laptop/PDA and your PC card and you even know what Wi-Fi is - so which locations are 'hot'?
With their respective announcements at Comdex Fall 2002, the world's two biggest PC sellers set the stage for a holiday showdown in a whole new arena: the PDA market.
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.
Palm, Handspring, and Sony had early--and overwhelming--success in the consumer PDA market, but Tech Republic's Tim Landravesays that if the Palm OS is going to beat Pocket PC, it needs to win over enterprise developers.
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.
The Western European market for personal digital assistants (PDAs) is still hungover from its 2001 binge, with shipments for the first quarter of this year declining 16 percent from the same quarter a year ago, according to analysts Gartner Dataquest. Palm is left with 34.8 percent fewer shipments for the first quarter of this year, compared with the same quarter last year. However, it is still Europe's leader, shipping 221,175 units and holding 39.4 percent of the market. Handspring also declined in PDAs, its shipments falling 28.1 percent to 32,010. The winners in both shipments and market share were Pocket PC PDA vendors Compaq, Casio and HP, all of which increased their market share due to their focus on corporate sales, Gartner said. --Matthew Broersma, ZDNet UK
The company has been showing off a new Loox PDA at the CeBit trade show this week. It announced plans Wednesday to begin selling the Pocket Loox, which is based on Microsoft's Pocket PC 2002 software, in the United States this May for $599. It will also sell the device in Europe and Japan. The 5.9-ounce Loox incorporates Intel's new PXA250 Xscale processor along with 32MB of ROM (read-only memory) for application storage and 64MB of RAM for data. It will also offer a 3.5-inch color touch screen display and handwriting-recognition software. A pair of Compaq Flash and Secure Digital slots will allow for add-ons such as wireless modems. The PDA (personal digital assistant) will operate for about 15 hours on a single charge of its built-in battery. An optional add-on battery can extend battery life up to 24 hours, the company said. --John Spooner, Special to ZDNet News
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