This year was a big one in mobile technology, as far as design innovation – many new devices were introduced to the market with the XScale processor, and some without, (Tungsten). What will 2003 bring? Tell us what you think…
Keeping that all in mind, we’ve come to expect
a lot from this 4th incarnation of a proud line.
Let’s see if this iPAQ measures up.
Looking at this Pocket
PC, you come to realize just how many features
are packed in. Although it is still quite trim
when compared to previous Pocket PC designs,
you can really begin to tell that this unit
is feature packed when picking it up. It seems
to be the heaviest Pocket PC we’ve seen [...]
Source: Internet News
Sybase, a Business to Business software firm recently aquired AvantGo through an all-cash transaction. AvantGo provides off-line viewing of web sites as well as specialized content for hand-held computers. While it began as a consumer-oriented program, AvantGo had been moving toward an enterprise focus. The purchase of AvantGo by Sybase promises to focus it even further into the enterprise segment.
Source: T-Mobile Downloads
T-Mobile has addressed some bugs and added speed to their Pocket PC, Phone Edition hand-held with a new ROM upgrade. The upgrade is for units running ROM version 3.08.10 or less. The ROM upgrade does the following:
* upgrades the radio to class 8 for higher speeds * eliminates device freeze-ups by T-Mobile applications * corrects operator name display which was wrong in certain geographic locations * significantly reduces missed-call incidence * upgrades Windows Media Player to version 8.5 * supports the tab key in Pocket Internet [...]
Intrinsync has come up with an impressive PDA design with the following features:
* Support for Windows CE.Net, Microsoft SmartPhone, PocketPC 2002 and Linux operating systems. * Intel PXA250 XScale CPU @ 400MHz * Integrated GSM/GPRS tri-band communications * Integrated Camera * Color TFT VGA display (touchscreen LCD with backlight) * 64Mb SDRAM, 32 Mb Intel Strata Flash * Bluetooth and IrDA communication support * USB Client/Host controller * Multimedia Card/Secure Digital (MMC/SD) support * Compact Flash, Ethernet and RS232 serial [...]
The new HP 5450/5455 has been available on-line for almost two weeks now and it’s now appearing in CompUSA retail locations in the U.S. Call the retail location near you to find out it they have them in stock if you’d like to take a hands-on look. Sleeves for the iPAQ and other accessories that work with the 3800/3900 iPAQs are compatible with the 5400 and are already available. Replacement batteries and the external charger for the 5400 should be available before the end of the year.
Source: pocketnow Store
If you do statistics on the complaints people have with Pocket PC 2002 OS, at the top of the list you’ll find the “smart-minimize” instead of closing applications, the lack of repeating alarms, and Pocket Internet Explorer’s inability to use more than one window. SPB Software House’s Pocket Plus solves these complaints and adds some other nice features to your Pocket PC 2002 device. Features include:
* Close (X) button will really close programs * Easy to use task manager as a pop-up menu on the X button * Multiple [...]
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Source: ZDNet UK
If you’re reading this, you’re on-line. That means you’d likely suffer some of the consequences of terrorism-driven attacks on the Internet. IDC’s research arm has predicted that a major cyber-terrorism event will occur in 2003. The event could take the form of a denial of service attack, a network intrusion or even a physical attack on key network assets, said John Gantz, chief research officer of IDC as part of announcing 10 predictions IDC has made for the coming year.
As with all predictions, there is an element of chance [...]
The FCC is attempting to gain more spectrum space for wireless network operations. Advances in wireless technologies allow devices to operate in bands that are currently closed because previous devices would “bleed over” into used bands or could not dynamically adjust to bands that are unused only in certain areas. The new bands the FCC is proposing for wireless use include several that are now used for TV broadcasts. “Frequency agile” equipment could use those frequencies in locations where no TV station has licensed the band. [...]
Source: All Net Devices
Scientia has developed a Home Automation System which is compatible with a number of existing standards as well as being controllable by PDAs and phones. The company plans to unveil the Plexus Home & Life Automation system at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January.
The Plexus system will enable consumers to control household electronic appliances and information using palmtop PCs, Pocket PCs, Palm devices, cellular phones and Windows-based computers. It also supports a variety of wireless and wired signal standards, including [...]
In keeping with HP’s long-term policy of continuing to support devices for three years after they’ve been discontinued, HP has released the End User Update, version 3 for Jornada 560 series Pocket PCs.
EUU, v3 contains all the updates from versions 1 and 2 but it does require the Jornada firware update (available here) to load. If you’ve installed version 2 of the EUU, you already have the firmware upgrade installed.
Version 3 contains the following enhancements and fixes:
Fixes: * Includes all fixes from the previous EUU [...]
It’s a case of good news, bad news, and bad news again. The good news is that Sony is on the cusp of releasing a higher-capacity memory stick. That’s good for camera and other device manufacturers who use the memory stick to store data. (That would include the Sony Clie PDAs.) Currently Memory Sticks top out at 128MB. The new format would come in 256MB, 512MB, and 1GB capacities.
Unfortunately, it is a new format which, according to some sources, won’t be compatible with existing memory stick ports. Also unfortunately, the format is [...]
Source: http://www.proximitymail.com/pm_ipaq.html]Proximity Mail press release
ProximityMail is collaborative messaging software for Bluetooth-enabled PDAs. Inventop has updated it to supports HP’s full iPaq line of PocketPCs with built-in Bluetooth, as well as BrainBoxes CF Cards. ProximityMail 1.4 also includes significant new capabilities including improved device discovery and an increased data exchange limit to 100k. ProximityMail 1.4 is available for free download from www.proximitymail.com, Download.com and other sites.
The software creates a localized [...]
2-in-1 Charger December
Jason Machtemes, Contributing EditorINTRODUCTION
One thing that I see as
a problem with all Pocket PC’s is that the battery
life just isn’t as long as we need it to be.
If your battery dies, not only [...]
Source: CDW and Mobile Planet
Mobile Planet and CDW on-line technology shops both have the iPAQ 5400 series Pocket PCs in stock and available for immediate shipping to customers. Some buyers have already received their new 5450 today. As yet, there are no reports of these units being available through any of the usual retail chains. A source at CompUSA expects them to be on the shelves Friday, December 13th.
Source: c/net News
Some BlueTooth devices are fairly easy to set up but the ones that aren’t sour the experience. The BlueTooth Special Interest Group has said “Enough!” They’re asking developers to insure that their devices will set up and bond within five minutes of the user taking them out of the box. To that end, the SIG will be highlighting serveral technologies in the BlueTooth Developers Conference which will aid manufacturers in meeting the “five minutes out of the box experience” goal.My Opinion: When I first read the goal, I [...]
HP Mobile Printing for Pocket PC software extends the capabilities of your PDA by enabling you to print business content or personal information to a wide array of Bluetooth, infrared and network printers. You can print email, appointments, contacts, Pocket Word documents and images. You can also print desktop PC Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF documents using Westtek® ClearVue viewing software.
Click on the “Source” link above to download the program.
Source: the Register
Owners of the new Viewsonic Pocket PC noticed a discrepancy between what was advertised (“a whopping 64MB RAM”) and what they found when they checked the memory applet (38MB of RAM). Their dismay, documented on a Pocket PC Thoughs thread, caught the attention of Viewsonic who eventually explained the problem: Apparently, Viewsonic is using a different type of ROM which does not allow programs to be executed in place. As a result, the ROM image needs to be loaded into RAM to execute, taking up 16MB in the process.
The new type of ROM [...]
Source:Tom’s Hardware Guide
Is it really worth the upgrade from StrongArm to XScale based PDA’s? Find out in Tom’s Hardware Guide and their comprehensive in-depth review. They prove that processor speed may not be everything, and that battery life is a critical issue in PDAs.
Source: Casio Downloads
» Enhancements and New Features 1. Microsoft(R)Windows Media(TM)Player with improved performance and a new theme. 2. “Bliss” Today Theme. 3. TAB key is now supported in Pocket Internet Explorer.
» Fixes 1. Pocket Internet Explorer stops responding when attempting to view some secured Web sites. 2. PPP LCP renegotiation request causes unexpected disconnect. 3. PocketWord and Notes stops responding after tapping ENTER at the end of a very long string that has no spaces. 4. Pocket Outlook Object Model (POOM): adding recipients [...]
We are at that time again…a currency alteration. The last redesign of US money occurred in the late 1990s…the US government took a lot of criticism for the bland and odd looking bills, with the larger heads and monopoly-money-like rears.
COLOR IS COMING, and government money makers are hoping for a warmer reception for the changes. The new $20, with its public unveiling set for the spring, is supposed to be in circulation as early as next fall. Jackson is first in line for a makeover. After the new $20 makes its debut, the new $50 [...]