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Friday, June 24, 2005
HTC Universal Clamshell design

Tekguru are talking about a new Pocket PC slated to appear later this year called the HTC Universal which will run Windows Mobile and have a clamshell design with what looks to be a very good keyboard. Kinda reminds me of the Psion handheld which also had a clamshell design.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, June 22, 2005
iSilo beta

Darren from DC & Co. released the second beta of iSilo and iSiloX V4.27 today. More at MobileRead.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

50% Off: TextMaker and PlanMaker at Half Price

SoftMaker, makers of the TextMaker word processor and PlanMaker spreadsheet, announced a one-week 50% discount on their software today. Already selling at customer-friendly prices of just $49.95,
TextMaker and PlanMaker can now be had for less than US$25 or EUR 25. Even better: Each additional eligible product is priced at just US$10 or 10 Euros! But hurry: This sale lasts only one week!

TextMaker is a lightning-fast and reliable word processor, needs little memory, and offers the rich feature set of Microsoft Word. Most importantly, TextMaker reads and writes all Microsoft Word files from 6.0 up to the current Word 2003 seamlessly.

TextMaker is available for Windows, Linux, Pocket PCs, Handheld PCs, Windows CE.NET, Sharp Zaurus, and FreeBSD. PlanMaker offers the feature set and ease-of-use of a modern high-end spreadsheet application and is closely modeled after market-leading Microsoft Excel. Its key features are more than 320 calculation functions, seamless import and export of all Microsoft Excel files, fully Microsoft Excel-compatible charting, and full support for Microsoft Excel's AutoShape drawings. If you can do it in Excel, you can do it in PlanMaker! PlanMaker is available for Windows, Linux, Pocket PCs, Handheld PCs, and Windows CE.NET. TextMaker and PlanMaker are available with user interfaces in English, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Translations into French, Russian, and Simplified Chinese are under development.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

HP Jornada 680e at a low low price

Expansys at the moment are selling HP Jornada 680e's (English - Factory Recon.) for the low price of £153 which wayyyyyyy cheap. A very good price. More details.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Flybook A33i

The link between the PDA and the notebook is getting even closer with the Flybook. Dialogue presented its fully-functional 9”x 6” laptop at Computex. The Flybook weighs in at 2.6 pounds, will have a 1.1-GHz Pentium M “Dothan” chipset and up to 512MB of RAM. Bluetooth, SM card slot, and built in WiFi capabilities are also included.More over at Gizmodo.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Monday, June 13, 2005
Sharp Updates Its Clamshell Zaurus

Last fall, Sharp introduced the Zaurus SL-C3000, which was one of the very first handhelds to have a built-in hard drive. Now, the company has announced a slightly updated version of this model. Like its predecessor, the Zaurus SL-C3100 will include a 1-inch hard drive that can hold 4 GB of data. Both models use a clamshell design with a 3.7-inch, 640-by-480-pixel (VGA) screen on one side and a keyboard on the other. In addition, their screens can rotate and then be closed down over the keyboard. More over at Brighthand.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, June 08, 2005
A SmartRider in Every SmartCar?

A Taiwanese company called PDC have announced an in-car computer called the SmartRider, which runs on Windows CE.NET 4.2. It uses a AMD Geode GX1 (300Mhz) processor, has 128MB RMA / 128 ROM, a 7" Touch Panel TFT screen, GSM Tri-band, a DVD Rom drive and a SD/MMC Reader. More on this over at Pocket PC Thoughts
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Linux PDA with VoIP

Stephen Trew dropped me a line to point me towards this Linux Clamshell PDA called The Unication Magpie. "Anyway, while we’re on the topic of Linux-powered clamshell PDAs, is this that “VOIP PDA” that Unication was showing off at Computex last week? Not 100% sure, but the Magpie does look about the same and it does come with built-in VoIP software. Besides running on Linux, the Magpie also has a 200MHz processor, built-in 802.11b WiFi, a mini QWERTY keyboard, an FM radio transmitter (which is a little unusual for a PDA, but whatevs), stereo speakers, and an SD memory card slot." More details on the Engadget site.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Sunday, June 05, 2005
HTC Universal Pocket PC first hands-on preview

Dale Coffing managed to get his hands on a pre-production unit of the HTC Universal, one of the first Pocket PC devices that will run Microsoft's recently announced Windows Mobile 5 software. More at Mobileread
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Saturday, June 04, 2005
For anyone who is interested...the latest free issue of The Handheld PC Newsletter (Issue 5 - June 2005) is now available for download at: www.hpcnec.com/hpcnl.htm
- John Ottini

Eventhough I have a laptop, I still use my h/pc
Eventhough I have a laptop, I still use my h/pc. I'm the scretary at a small church my mother belongs to and not having to lug the laptop there is a (no pun intended) Godsend. I'm able to update the congregation with upcoming events, take notes/make appointments for the Pastor, as well as use the free Olivetree Bibile Reader (the KJV). Like others, I use the NEC MobilePro 780 and although it's not the latest and greatest, for me it's still a usefull alternative to a notebook when full computer use isn't needed. Also, with one of my cellphones still having an IR port, I can cruise the web on it wirelessly. ;)
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