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  • Panasonic to launch durable PDA

    Posted November 21, 2001 - 12:00 pm

    Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. has unveiled a rugged PDA which is water resistant and can withstand drops of up to 1.2 meters. The ProNote FG Handy, to be sold in North America as the Toughbook 01, is the company's first PDA device.
  • Palm, Handspring deny merger talks

    Posted November 20, 2001 - 12:25 pm

    Handheld device makers Palm Inc. and Handspring Inc. both strongly denied that they are in merger talks, the day after rumors to the contrary pushed up the stock prices for both companies.
  • COMDEX - Gmate to debut Linux PDA next month

    Posted November 14, 2001 - 7:39 pm

    Gmate Co. Ltd. plans to put on sale its long-awaited Linux-based PDA in December, the company announced at Comdex Fall.
  • COMDEX - Handspring's Hawkins looks to future of handhelds

    Posted November 13, 2001 - 7:11 pm

    Size, security, and network access costs are the keys to the future of handheld devices, Handspring Inc. Chairman and Chief Product Officer Jeff Hawkins said in a keynote speech at the Comdex trade show.
  • COMDEX: Handhelds quiet, await 'next big thing'

    Posted November 9, 2001 - 5:39 pm

    At last year's Comdex trade show, Internet connectivity was the hot topic for handheld makers, with Palm and Microsoft both announcing deals or products that gave devices mobile connections to the Internet. This year, few major new handheld products are slated to be announced as the market waits for the next breakthrough in this area, observers say.
  • PDA sales fall in wait for Pocket PC 2002

    Posted November 5, 2001 - 5:07 pm

    Sales of PDAs dropped in the third quarter as users waited for Microsoft Corp.'s Pocket PC 2002, according to market researcher Dataquest Inc., a division of Gartner Inc.
  • Handspring unveils line of PDA-phones

    Posted October 16, 2001 - 2:59 pm

    Handspring Inc. unveiled a new line of products that is designed to integrate phone capabilities and PDA functionality.
  • Companies offer application support for Pocket PC 2002

    Posted October 4, 2001 - 3:54 pm

    Several companies announced products using Microsoft Corp.'s new Pocket PC operating system.
  • CEATEC - Organic EL displays make many appearances

    Posted October 4, 2001 - 9:09 am

    Organic electroluminescent (EL) displays, which many regard as a next-generation display capable of replacing LCDs (liquid crystal displays), made appearances at the CEATEC Japan 2001 exhibition.
  • Digital video goes mobile

    Posted October 2, 2001 - 10:08 am

    Japan's consumer electronics giants are dreaming of freeing video from the home and allowing people to enjoy their choice of viewing while on the move. The first prototypes of such devices were on show Tuesday as the CEATEC exhibition opened just outside Tokyo.
  • 1 million frames per second video camera developed

    Posted September 28, 2001 - 10:42 am

    Japanese, German and Dutch engineers have designed the world's fastest digital video camera, capable of recording at up to 1 million frames per second.
  • Canon unveils latest EOS digital camera

    Posted September 25, 2001 - 2:21 pm

    Canon Inc. unveils its latest digital still camera, a 4.15 million-pixel model intended for professional users, which features what the company claims is the world's fastest continuous shooting speed.
  • Palm launches 33MHz m125

    Posted September 20, 2001 - 9:34 am

    Palm Inc. launched the Palm m125, the first 33MHz offering in its m100 family of handhelds.
  • Handspring launches two new Visors, camera

    Posted September 18, 2001 - 10:05 am

    As expected, Handspring Inc. introduced two new models in its Visor family of handhelds, including the Visor Pro, with 16M bytes of memory.
  • Olympus unveils small 4M pixel-class camera

    Posted September 14, 2001 - 10:24 am

    Olympus Optical Co. Ltd. has launched a 4 megapixel digital still camera that measures 43.5 mm thick by 87 mm wide by 68.5 mm tall, and weighs 190 grams, making it the smallest and lightest in its class, the company claims.
  • RIM, HP partner for remote printing from BlackBerry

    Posted September 11, 2001 - 9:45 am

    Hewlett-Packard Co. and BlackBerry PDA maker Research in Motion Ltd. have entered into a strategic alliance to create software for printing documents over the PDAs.
  • Microsoft lifts the lid on Pocket PC 2002

    Posted September 6, 2001 - 3:23 pm

    The Pocket PC 2002 OS, which will begin to show up on PDAs on Oct. 4, features such improvements as the inclusion of Microsoft's instant messaging software and the ability for users to customize the startup page.
  • HP to unveil Jornada 560 series of handhelds

    Posted September 6, 2001 - 9:46 am

    HP to unveil two new models of its Jornada handheld at the Demomobile 2001 conference, bringing more memory and longer battery life to lighter versions of its personal digital assistant.
  • Palm preps next wireless device

    Posted August 29, 2001 - 10:35 am

    Palm Inc.'s long-awaited new wireless handheld moved one step closer to the market as the company received regulatory approval for the device. The Palm i705 will allow users to tap into their corporate e-mail accounts and surf the Internet via the MyPalm portal.
  • Intel drops Rex

    Posted August 23, 2001 - 9:37 am

    Intel Corp. is discontinuing the credit card-sized Rex organizer, a product it acquired when it took over Xircom Inc. in January.
  • Sharp is ready to enter the global PDA market

    Posted August 22, 2001 - 9:40 am

    Sharp Corp., the leader of Japan's PDA market with its Zaurus series, is ready to enter the competitive markets of North America and Europe. The company will unveil its prototype PDA for overseas markets at the Internationale Funkausstellung show that starts on Aug. 25 in Berlin.
  • Handspring cuts PDA prices as market heats up

    Posted August 20, 2001 - 12:00 pm

    Faced with stiff competition in a market that is becoming increasing crowded, Handspring Inc. has lowered its suggested retail price for its Visor line of handheld PDAs.
  • NEC, Matsushita near alliance on mobile Internet

    Posted August 20, 2001 - 10:20 am

    NEC Corp., Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd. and Matsushita Communication Industrial Co. Ltd. are in the final stages of talks regarding an alliance on cellular handsets for 3G mobile services.
  • Palm puts Be in its bonnet

    Posted August 16, 2001 - 9:24 am

    Palm Inc. has signed a deal to acquire the intellectual property and technology assets of Be Inc., a maker of an operating system for so-called Internet appliances, for $11 million in stock.
  • Linux game developer Loki files for bankruptcy

    Posted August 15, 2001 - 11:00 am

    Loki Software Inc., one of the better known companies porting PC games to the Linux operating system, filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this month, marking another setback for the open source community.
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