January 2007

Palm brings Microsoft Push Technology to more Treos
Palm announced the availability of a Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync Update for Palm OS devices for the Palm Treo 680 and 700p smartphones. The update enhances VersaMail by adding Microsoft's Direct Push Technology, allowing users connected to Microsoft Exchange Server fast, automatic wireless updates of email, calendar and contact information. In addition, Exchange ActiveSync Update for Palm OS complements Palm's Windows Mobile based Treo 700w, Treo 700wx, and the recently announced Treo 750 smartphones. [see full release] -- Posted Thursday, January 25, 2007 by chb

Wyse dual video capable thin computers runs Win CE
Wyse Technology, a leader in Thin Computing, today announced the availability of the new Wyse V-Class Dual-Video family of thin computers with advanced display capabilities. The V-Class Dual-Video family addresses the requirements of customers asking for higher display resolutions (up to WUXGA 1920 x 1080 pixels), superior image quality, and support for analog and digital displays through a DVI-I interface. It is based on the VIA Eden C7 processor, uses only 12 watts of power, yet is four times faster than the models it replaces, at the same or lower prices. The line includes models based on Windows CE 5.0, Linux, and Windows XP embedded. Models are available starting at $399. Dual video capability requires optional DVI-I to dual display cable. -- Posted Tuesday, January 16, 2007 by chb

i-mate to see PDAL and JAQ3 in the US
At CES, i-mate announced that it would now market its unlocked PDAL and JAQ3 Windows 5.0 devices in the US. Both are small and handy GSM quad-band phone/Pocket PCs powered by 200MHz OMAP 860 processors. Both have 128MB ROM/64MB RAM, Bluetooth, 802.11b/g, a 2 megapixel digital camera, a 2.4-inch 320x240 pixel display, and use a Micro-SD card slot. The JAQ3 is a little larger (5 x 2.7 x 0.55 inches) due to its full QWERTY thumb-type keyboard. The PDAL has a conventional PDA design and measures 4.45 x 2.2 x 0.6 inches. Both use Microsoft Direct Push (requires MS Exchange Server). What does it mean? That i-mate is adding yet more WinMo devices to its already formidable PDA/PDA phone lineup. -- Posted Wednesday, January 10, 2007 by chb

PSC upgrades Falcon 4400 Series
PSC announced the expansion of the Falcon 4400 line of rugged flashlight-style Windows CE 5.0 handhelds to include Bluetooth, 128MB RAM/128MB Flash memory, full alpha-numeric numbers-up keypad, and a high-density 2D scan-engine. A new 52-key numbers-up keypad designed for single-handed operation complements the keypad suite of 26-key, 48-key, and 52-key keyboards for application customization. Customers can also choose between Windows Mobile 5.0 or Windows CE 5.0 operating systems. [See capsule review and specs of PSC Falson 4400] -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2007 by chb

Fujitsu Siemens introduces Pocket LOOX N100
Fujitsu Siemens unveiled the co-developed Pocket LOOX N100 to the U.S. market at CES. Designed as a personal navigation device (PND), the Pocket LOOX is just 0.6 inches thick and weighs 3.9 ounces, making it the thinnest and smallest multifunctional PND available. It has a 2.8 inch color screen, a five-hour rechargeable Li-Ion battery, an MP3 player, video player, photo viewer and games in a trendy design that can hang off a keychain. The Pocket LOOX guarantees one-click operation; directed by NAVIGON's customized MobileNavigator Premium software featuring touch screen capabilities and a multilingual user interface. The Pocket LOOX will be available in Spring 2007 for $499. [see full LOOX n100 page] -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2007 by chb

Microsoft and Broadcom aim for mobile HD DVD playback
At CES, Microsoft Corp. and Broadcom announced a joint effort to support a hardware and software reference design for more cost-efficient HD DVD playback. The new platform uses Windows CE 6.0 and Broadcom's BCM7440 system-on-chip solution, allowing consumer electronics manufacturers, ODMs and systems integrators to more easily and affordably deliver HD DVD playback. Several of the more innovative, high volume electronics companies that plan to use this new hardware and software platform to speed the production of HD DVD players include Lite-On IT Corp. and Zhenjiang Jiangkui Group Co. Ltd./ED Digital. -- Posted Monday, January 8, 2007 by chb