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Wednesday, July 27, 2005
NEC Infrontia’s Pocket@i EX, industrial strength PDA

Some PDA news of a device running Windows CE. 5.0 "NEC Infrontia has announced a new PDA called the “Pocket@i EX” that is equipped for industrial use. In addition to being able to withstand a 5 foot drop to solid concrete, it is dust/waterproof, and can allegedly be used even while wearing gloves. Things get more industrial when you learn about how it will be available in four different models: one for scanning barcodes, one for scanning QR codes, one for RFID tags, and one with no scanner at all. Sure, it leaves a bit to be desired on the technical end with a screen resolution of only 240 x 320, but given the applications of the device, that’s probably not a huge deal. Runs Windows CE 5.0."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, July 26, 2005
FIC AquaPAD+ runs Linux, includes 802.11g, Bluetooth

Taiwan’s First International Computer (FIC) has upgraded its AquaPAD webpad; the AquaPAD+ now includes 802.11g WiFi, IrDA, PCMCIA, USB, VGA output and embedded Linux, powered by a Transmeta Crusoe running at 800 MHz to 1 GHz. The 2.6-pound unit has an 8.4-inch 800x600 touchscreen display, and can also run Windows XP, XP Embedded or CE (it includes a CF/Microdrive slot as well). More on this over at the Engadget website.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Friday, July 22, 2005
Mossberg down on the Pepper Pad

We have talked about the Pepperpad before and it looks like that Walt Mossberg is not too happy with it according to Engadget. "Good ol’ Walt had a look at the Pepper Pad, the Linux-based tablet device that wants to be a simple, convenient tool for surfing the web and playing digital media around the house. Mossberg’s not so hot on it, though — he reports it’s not as easy or intuitive to use as claimed, and that many of the built-in applications seem limited and rough around the edges."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Thursday, July 21, 2005
OQO Model 01 handheld PC reviewed on The Register

For those interested in what a Palmtop PC is like, Mike Cane has given me the heads up that the OQO has been reviewed over at The Register today. "There's no denying that the OQO Model 01 is one of the coolest devices that I've ever got my paws on. It is an amazingly compact yet fully featured PC, in a very similar vein to the Sony Vaio U series. However, there are some obvious advantages that the Model 01 has over the U70P. Top of that list has to be size: the Sony was pretty close to pocket size, but the Model 01 really is. I've been carrying the Model 01 around with me for the past couple of weeks and it fits snugly into my back pocket."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005
Sony breeding an OQO competitor in the U?

The Engadget reports, "They could have made it happen in the PEG-VZ90 (let alone the U series, no doubt), but rumor has it—now don’t get too worked up, this is totally unsubstantiated—that Sony’s planning a U series update that may well combine the early (like the now discontinued U101, right) with the late (U50, U70, etc.) of the line on something of a keyboard equipped palmtop with a swivel screen—in other words, something to really take on the OQO."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Tuesday, July 19, 2005
Symbol Introduces MC1000 Enterprise Mobile Computers

"Symbol Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:SBL), The Enterprise Mobility Company, today introduced the MC1000, a new value-priced enterprise mobility tool designed to improve operational efficiency in the retail, manufacturing, warehouse and logistics industries. The new MC1000 expands Symbol's rugged mobile computer product portfolio with a cost-effective, feature-rich handheld device that enables organizations to automate processes and efficiently capture data. "The new MC1000 handheld computer provides an enterprise mobility tool to address our supply chain and customer demand chain needs," said Kevin Huang, IT operations manger, ICI Paints. "With a highly ergonomic and lightweight design, the MC1000 provides an affordable solution to reduce employee training requirements and increase productivity and profitability.""The device runs Windows CE .NET 4.2. More on this over at Pocket PC Thoughts.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Friday, July 15, 2005
Microsoft debuts new version of Windows Automotive

This over at Engadget this morning. Microsoft has released Windows Automotive 5.0, a new version of the Windows CE-based OS for embedded car computers. According to the company, the latest rev includes new tools for developers, such as a new UI toolkit, as well as support for Bluetooth, WiFi UPnP, USB, XML, SOAP and other common standards.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Thursday, July 14, 2005
Sharp’s “veil view” angled dual-display LCD

Not Handheld related but I still thought it was interesting. Engadget picks up on this. "We’ve got a feeling they spent more time developing this one than they did thinking of reasons it should be developed (uh, yeah, you know what we mean), but Sharp’s announced a new dual-displal technology (which Babelfish translated to “veil view”—we kinda like it) capable of showing completely different screens at different viewing angles. Apparently with mass production already started, Sharp wants to get these things in notebooks asap—but we can’t help but wonder if their reasoning is a little flawed."
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Monday, July 11, 2005
Clio NXT pushed back to fall

Looks like those rumors of a delayed launch for the Clio NXT were right, after all. The long-awaited successor to the cult Windows CE-based laptop/tablet was due out in April, but manufacturer Data Evolution now says the NXT won’t be available until the fall, due to engineering delays. More on this over at Engadget.
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

Monday, July 04, 2005
The Handheld PC Newsletter (Issue 6 - July 2005)

John Ottini dropped me this note a couple of days ago. For anyone who is interested...the latest free issue of The Handheld PC Newsletter (Issue 6 - July 2005) is now available for download at: www.hpcnec.com/hpcnl.htm
- Sammy (Manchester, UK)

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