Wow. This isn’t the new iPAQ which many people have been talking about, but it’s sure a good upgrade!
A website called PDAorDIE has been working on a little project – Project PDAorDIE01. What is it? Think – iPAQ on steroids!
The technically new device, which was born from an iPAQ 3600 series, has been dubbed the Power Gear Force. So, you’ve got a 64mb iPAQ with its great screen and fast processor… Now take a look at the new added hardware features of the Power Gear Force:
Yep, a vibrating iPAQ. [...]
John Clavey emailed me to inform me that Sapphire’s Route Accounting System program has been updated. It is now available for SH3 as well. Furthermore, Sapphire has also released the GZip DLL. GZip allows eVB developers to compress and decompress files to and from GZip format.
FABS emailed me recently informing me of a hardware solution they have created. Here is a quote from their email:
Unable to source a practical solution for the inevitable question of iPAQ device robustness, FABS developed its own solution, suitable for boardroom, warehouse, delivery truck, construction site or potentially harsh working environments.
Their solution is the “iPAQ Pouch.”
The FABS iPAQ Pouch is ideal for carrying around your iPAQ in harsh environments or “in the field.” More information at the FABS Site.
A number of iPAQ users were surprised yesterday when thier version of Norton Anti-Virus suddenly reported that they had the PS-MPC.kit.gen virus. A few tracked it down to the ListPro and EWallet programs that were included on the “Getting Started” CD shipped with their Compaq iPAQ Pocket PCs.
Fortunately, the virus alert is in error; the programs contain no virus. Norton has already issued a corrected version of their virsus definition files today.
Special thanks to Illim Software Product Manager Marc Tassin who alerted users to the mistake.
Source: New York Times/Reuters Technology
Sonic the Hedgehog will soon be speeding aroung Pocket PC screens. Sega of America, the U.S. unit of Japan’s Sega, will license the game content of its 1991 Game Gear system to software developer Synovial of America. According to Synovial sources, the virtual Game Gear software and some games will be imbedded into Pocket PCs which will be released later this year. Further content for the emulator will also be available.
Sega continues to have a licensing agreement with Palm, Inc. to produce some games for that [...]
Source: InfoSync Special thanks to Jason Dunn at PocketPC Thoughts for the link
The image above is just a photo-manipulation but it gives the gist of what Compaq will be releasing on September 4th, 2001. The specifications are still not certain but the new iPAQ may have integrated BlueTooth and possible even some form of speech recognition as a result of sporting the Pocket PC 2002 version OS.
There’s no word yet on whether the latest iPAQ will have a faster processor although other sources say the XScale ARMs won’t appear until Spring [...]
Sources: Pocket PC Thoughts and CEGadgets
Jason Dunn at Pocket PC Thoughts posted a link to the CE Gadgets article above which talks about a security flaw in ActiveSync 2.0 which can reveal your Windows NT password. Before you breathe a sigh of releif because you’re not using either NT or AS2.0, you should know that the flaw is in the method RAS passwords are stored in the Registry of Windows CE machines and that the flaw is still there on Pocket PCs.
What that means is that any dial-up or serial connection in which you use a password to connect your Pocket PC can [...]
Sources: AllNetDevices and CNet News
BlueTooth wireless connectivity has had a rough childhood. From the initial hype which made BlueTooth out to be the solution to every cabling problem in existence, to the early spectacular and public failures, to the subdued and slow release of actual comercial products, BlueTooth has kept tech analysts guessing.
BlueTooths adolescence may be more of the same. BlueTooth products are continuing to be developed and released. Tuesday AnyCom added a Compact Flash BlueTooth card which is compatible with Pocket PC 3.0, Win 95/98/NT/ME, [...]
eBook Reader on Steroids?
Review by: Kevin
R. Kulic, Contributing Editor
Due to hardware
difficulties I am unable to publish the pictures
I took of my eBookMan unit. I have supplied
the review with stock pictures from the Franklin
website, and will provide updated pictures
in the near future.
There are suddenly a lot of handheld/PDA devices
on the market today. We’ve gone from [...]
Source: CNet News
The FCC downgraded the approval of the new wireless PDAs from Handspring and Palm today (29-Aug) at the request of Handspring and Palm. The Palm i705 and Handspring Treo K180 and Treo g180 were approved by the FCC for production on Monday. They are now listed as “pending” which will require a minimal effort on the part of both companies to change to “approved” later.
The reason for the companies request was that information about the units is public knowledge for approved items whereas pending unit specifications do not have [...]
An unregistered poster on this thread posted a link to a press release by Symbol where they announced that they will soon be releasing a new CompactFlash LAN card. The card, which will be compatible with both Type-I and Type-II slots will be feature packed.
The card will have everything from Advanced Power Management to a range of 300 feet. More information is available here (PDF document) or here. Release date is expected to be September 19th, 2001!
I noticed this on Flashenabled a day or two ago and almost forgot to post about it. Phillip Torrone has come up with a fabulous idea. Phillip’s idea is to use the concept of a Baylis Clockwork Generator to make a one of a kind iPAQ sleeve. FreePlay Radios are powered by the user – who turns a crank to power the radio. The idea here is to use the same concept to make an iPAQ sleeve that will power your iPAQ as long as you are able to turn the crank. Phillip says that about 60 turns gives this type of a radio aboout 30 minutes of power. However, let’s not forget that [...]
Yes, Pocket Slides by Conduits has finally arrived. Key features of this amazing program include:Simple drag-and-drop desktop conversion of existing PowerPoint presentations Transitions (slide effects), animations (shape and text effects) Projector, TV and monitor output with supported VGA cards Create or edit your presentation on-the-go! Add shapes, edit text, change speaker notes, and more! Hide or reorder your slides View speaker notes or slide contents Copy slide and shape text to Pocket Word or Inbox View slide shows in [...]
For those of us who use
the Pocket PC to do a lot of writing, the printer
aspect is like the final frontier. It’s full
of compromises, where different printers emphasize
different features. But if you narrow it down to the
most important question related to the Pocket PC,
being the portability itself, there aren’t many
options left. In fact, if you want full-scale A4-printing
from the back of your pocket (or at least from within
your coat), there’s only one option for you.
The Pentax [...]
Source: PocketLance web site
Pocket PCs connected to their desktop counterparts by network, have not been able to do much. They could synchronize at network speed and browse the internet through the LAN but they couldn’t access network drives or resources. CreSoTech changes that with their PocketLance software; available now.
Key features of Pocket Lance include:
* Can browse, manage and transfer Windows Network resources from your Pocket PC. * Supports all popular Pocket PC models (iPaq, Cassiopeia, Jornada, Symbol, etc.) * Has easy-to-use file [...]
Pocket PCs have always been able to multi-task. You can have up to ten programs (and a number of little applets besides) running at the same time on your machine. You haven’t, however, been able to see more than one at a time until now.
JaroSoft’s Semour splits your Pocket PC into two panes and allows you to run a program in each pane. Semour has the following features:
* Swappable panes. * Maximization of either pane. * Centering of the Splitter. * Capturing most Top-Level Windows.
The gameplay is similar to xonix, you must conquer or fill up as much area as you can for each level. Once you fill up the target amount of area, you can move on to the next level. Each level is filled with a combination of different enemies and increasing target value. To help you through, there are items that can give you life, speed you up, or even provide you with a force field (plus more). You want to try to conquer as much area as you can at one time for maximum points! Try the demo – it will give you access to the first level to see if you like it!
In the 80’s, a company called Infocom released many high quality text adventure games. They wrote these games using an imagined ‘z-machine’ computer, and then wrote interpreters for this z-machine for all the popular computers of the day. ZipCE is such an interpreter, written for Windows CE. It is based on the excellent Zip by Mark Howell, and ported to Windows CE. There are many new infocom type games written by other people now, using the Inform compiler.
More information is available at the ZipCE website.
Here is an interesting CNet article about HP’s Jornadas. CNet explains that their sources say that Hewlett Packard will soon announce that their new Jornadas will be using the Merlin OS, also known as Pocket PC 2002. Their sources also say that the OS will be officially released on September 6th of this year… not such a long time to wait ;)
Here is a part of the article which I found important:
Merlin is designed to make Pocket PC look and feel more like Windows XP, Microsoft’s upcoming desktop OS, according to one source familiar with Merlin. Like the [...]
“Whom the telcom powers seek to destroy, they first call names.” In the world of wireless access providers the latest name is “parisitic grid.” It’s the name some choose to refer to a blanket of wireless access points, available to any user, which are already installed in New York; San Francisco; Seattle; Aspen, CO, Portland, OR, British Columbia; and London by users and other volunteer groups. These networks are also called “free metro wireless data networks” and “symbiotic grids” by those more [...]
Intel founder Gordon Moore observed in 1965 that the number of components on a chip would double every 18 months. Moore’s “Law,” as it’s been called, poses a challenge to chip manufacturers as the limits of physics are reached. The current silicon chip technology will reach such a limit within the next decade. For that reason, researchers have been looking for a replacement for silicon that will continue to meet Moore’s prediction.
Researchers at IBM may have the answer in a “Cabon nanotube” circuit [...]
Source: ZDNet Australia
In the corporate world, as in the personal world, the issue of Palm vs Pocket PC is a pretty live one. PDAs are becomming commonplace in the work environment and, with issues of access to corporate data and linking to the corporate network, Information Systems people are expected to provide support.
In the business world, they’re used to thinking in terms of Total Cost of Ownership (TCO). That’s the cost of purchasing and maintaining a unit throughout it’s useful life. What TechRepuplic found when they evaluated both Pocket PCs [...]
Source: edie news
They’ve got a microchip-sized power plant that’s fueld by methanol, deisel fuel, or gasoline. The plants can be fabricated using the same techniques used to produce electronic microchips. They’re powered by fuel cartridges that have a nearly infinite shelf life and provide power with no time-out to recharge. The only problem is how to get the fuel to the chip.
Researchers at at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, in the United States have a working model of a new type of fuel cell which powers a laptop computer for 10 hours [...]