Ever since the launch
of the Pocket PC 2002 Operating System, Toshiba has
had a growing interest in and around the mobile computing
spectrum. Toshiba seems to really be doing their homework.
In my view, it appears that Toshiba is looking at
other Pocket PCs on the market and really trying to
home in on the ground that has not been covered yet.
Originally, Toshiba seemed to be focusing on the enterprise,
providing mobile solutions for companies. Their much
Source: IonSide web site
According to Matthew Zanni of PocketMatrix, Argentum may well be the first comercial grade entertainment title for the Pocket PC. “No matter what you expected, good or ill, you WILL be impressed.”
Currently, IonSide had released the demo version of the game. (Click here for the download page.) The full version of the game will be available on May 6th.
If you’re wondering what the game is all about, click here to view Matthew’s review.
Source: Yahoo News
Delaware Chancery Court Judge William Chandler upheld HP’s March 19th shareholder vote today. The case was brought to court by the now-former HP board member Walter Hewlett who claimed that HP executives had mislead several major stockholders to sway their vote in favor of the merger.
Judge Chandler said that Hewlett failed to meet the burden of proof for either coercion or failure to disclose investor information. Hewlett was forced to admit, under questioning, that the case was based on heresay and rumors.
While Hewlett’s lawyer [...]
Source: Primavera press release
Primavera Systems has released a new handheld module, called Primavera® Mobile Manager, for its Primavera TeamPlay project management suite that is compatible with Pocket PC and Palm OS® platforms. Primavera will provide a free copy of the module* to users of TeamPlay Project Manager with current maintenance agreements as of June 30, 2002.
Mobile information technology executives, software developers and team members can now conveniently view, collect and change project information using handheld devices. This easy access to [...]
Alchemy Semiconductors, recently acquired by AMD have announced at the Embedded Processor Forum at San Jose that they will start producing processor chips based on the MIPS-64 bit based architectures, and plan to implement them in internet-enabled mobile devices. MIPS64 bit processors are enabled to both handle 32 bit code and 64 bit code. Changing processors to 64 bit allows the processor to handle data and stream data in a larger chunk and also processes the data much more efficiently than the current 32 bit processors.
Two companies which have produced processors used in Pocket PCs are thinking over whether they should include onboard cache in the next generation of processors. The alternative is to provide an external cache, linked to the external memory bus. An external cache could be larger than would be practical for an internal cache. An external cache would also reduce the complexity of the of the processor and thus produce less heat and consume less power. The only drawback is that the longer linkage between the processor and cache may reduce performance slightly.
The industry’s leading provider of 16/32-bit embedded RISC processor solutions, today announced at the Embedded Processor Forum in San Jose, Calif., the launch of the ARM11 microarchitecture, designed to address the needs of next-generation wireless and consumer devices. The ARM11 microarchitecture targets a performance range of 400 to 1,200 Dhrystone MIPS, while meeting the low power needs and cost requirements of battery-powered and high-density embedded applications.
The ARM11 microarchitecture is the first implementation of the ARMv6 instruction [...]
These different devices can track measurements with your Pocket PC, all of which I have never heard of. Nevertheless, click here if you know a few things about car performance.
“IA Phone Manager has generated a lot of interest, and this new version features Bluetooth support and other interesting applications. But there are so many phones out there, we need your help.
Doing a beta test is easy. The software is a free time-limited download, but keep in mind that it may not work 100% (this is the purpose of a beta test.)
All we ask is that you download and try it out for a few days, and then tell us what you think. Hopefully it will be fun for those of you that like new technology, and we will learn a lot.
Also, you can send us [...]
Source: IT Business, Canada
Dell has a very simple business plan: Enter a large and profitable market that has a clear set of standards and beat the competition with low prices. That business plan is exactly why Dell isn’t making Pocket PCs… yet. “If it happens in six months, we’ll be in the market in six months. But if it’s six years, we’ll be in the market in six years,” said Michael Dell during an interview with Computing Canada.
Albert Daoust, director of special projects for Toronto-based Evans Research Corp., thinks [...]
Source: Compaq Service Advisory
Compaq is pre-announcing two upgrades for the iPAQ Pocket PCs. Both will be available for downloading on June 15th.
Both include ClearType enhancements, Virtual Memory improvement, a fix for SD 12bit FAT Format, a fix to shut off the Reminder LED, a fix for Screen Calibration, a fix for the Battery Gauge, a fix for Lock-up During Boot, an update to the Backlight User Interface, and Bluetooth Manager v1.1
The difference between the two updates is that one is for Bluetooth enabled iPAQs (387x) and the other is for all the rest (36xx, [...]
With all the big names from the vast Pocket PC community, including our Senior News Editor Russ Smith, the Pocket PC TV Show has attracted tens of thousands of viewers from all around the world.
Click here to download episode 3.
Also note that pocketnow.com hosts the official forum for Pocket PC TV, click here to view it.
Source: PDA Avenue with thanks for the link to Pocket PC Thoughts
Is the success of the Pocket PC essentially the success of the iPAQ? Marcus Bankuti of PDA Avenue doesn’t think so. He’s convinced that someone else would have come out something very much like the iPAQ if Compaq didn’t.My Opinion:
I’m not so sure. Compaq did a number of things that were unique in creating the iPAQ. They don’t look so unique now because Microsoft included nearly all of them in the specification for Pocket PC 2002. Comparing the original iPAQ to the rest [...]
When Microsoft was creating Pocket PC 2000, they invited huge numbers of Palm users in to test beta releases of the software and make comments. They learned from the strengths of their most obvious competitor.
Now that Microsoft is entering the cellular phone operating system market, they’re doing even more. One of Microsoft’s chief PPC evangelists, Juha Christensen invited 20 of the top developers currently working with the chief rival in phone operating systems, Symbian, to breakfast. The main thrust of the breakfast was to see if they [...]
BVRP Software and Hewlett Packard are offering the essential features of pocket PhoneTools specifically adapted for your HP Jornada PDA. This is not just for Jornada Pocket PCs, but also Palm-sized PCs and Handheld PCs.
Click here and get pocket PhoneTools for HP Jornada.
BVRP has also just released a laptop program for mobile messaging. Click here to get more information on mobile PhoneTools.
InfoSync has just published pictures and a short article on what appears to be a new HP Pocket PC. The Jornada 575 looks almost identical to the 560 series with the exception that the hardware buttons and the yolk around the directional pad are silver instead of dark grey. The article also shows pictures of the unit with the accessories that are currently available for the 560 series: the CF camera, the clip-on keyboard, and the PC-Card sleeve.
While InfoSync says that the pictures prove that the unit is running Pocket PC 2002, Phone edition all the [...]
NTT DoCoMo is the world-renowned leader in wireless innovation. And now, they’re offering wireless video streaming on their 3G network using PacketVideo’s software technology. This means that subscribers will be able to download video without having to install video-playing software. I’m sure this also means that NTT DoCoMo has just developed another revenue opportunity. My question is, “isn’t this just the same as streaming video from the Internet on your Verizon Wireless 1xRTT phone/service using Windows Media [...]
The Pocket PC TV Show is a video magazine which brings some of Pocket PC’s biggest names with news, views, reviews, and more to your desktop or PPC every month. The latest installment is available for download from the JustPPC site. You can download a simple Windows Media File or a fully interactive user interface that will allow you to visit the sites named in the show, engage in a chat about the topics, and much more.
Click here to visit the download page.
Source: Yahoo News
Ken Bellanger claims that he owns the rights to the name “Pocket PC” by virtue of creating a “gag gift.” Bellanger’s Pocket PC was a coin that allowed the user to make binary (yes/no) decisions by flipping it.
Microsoft never claimed rights to the Pocket PC title, but rather claimed that is was essentially a generic term which they could freely use.
Bellenger knew that he wouldn’t be able to take on Microsoft in a civil suit, so instead, he took Microsoft to small claims court. He tried to show that [...]
It’s been a sad truth of handheld device manufacturing that you had to trade readability for power. Color displays have always been more power-hungry than their less readable, less colorful counterparts. That may change soon… sooner than expected.
The Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) display has, since it’s invention, been looked upon as a lower-power, thinner, alternative to today’s Liquid Crystal Displays. The problem has been one of being able to produce the new technology in quantities usable in the handheld markets. The [...]
Source: Yahoo News
Although the handheld market is showing some signs of life, it saw a 12.1 percent year-over-year decline in units shipped during the first quarter of this year, according to preliminary numbers released Monday by market researcher IDC.
The industry is trying to rebound after a tough 2001 in which the market leader, Palm, was beset by a glut of products, leading to a brutal price war that spread throughout the industry.
Bucking the downward trend in the first quarter was Compaq Computer, which saw shipments up 18 percent worldwide from a year [...]
Source: c/net News.com
The technological imperative is the idea that because something is possible, it will be done. Obviously that raises some issues. A microcosm of the debate appears in releases from Microsoft and GM on yesterday. At the same time Microsoft is working to allow users of Windows CE Automotive 3.5 to do so more safely, using voice commands, GM has sponsored a study to determine how distracting such in-dash devices can be to drivers.
Both companies are approaching their efforts from a combination of concern for safety and concern for making money. [...]