November 2012

Getac introduces PS336 rugged handheld computer with exchangeable end-caps
Getac USA introduced the Getac PS336 rugged handheld computer that can fill various functions via a variety of exchangeable "Flexiconn" end-caps. End-caps initially are available with RFID, long-range Bluetooth, laser scanner, and a 3-in-1 combo (HF RFID, Smart card, SAM), but with an open interface, third parties can create additional modules. The 1GHz TI Sitara-powered PS336 -- which runs Windows Embedded Handheld on a 3.5-inch VGA touch screen -- can handle 6-foot drops, extreme temperatures (-22 to 140F) and carries full IP68 sealing. [See description, analysis and specs of the Getac PS336] -- Posted Friday, November 9, 2012 by chb

Socket reports Q3 2012 financials
Socket Mobile reported revenue for Q3 2012 of US$2.8 million, compared to US$4.7 million Q3 2011. Net loss for the quarter was $983,000, compared to a net loss of $727,000 in Q3 2011. Socket CEO Kevin Mills said that "Sales of our barcode scanning and our handheld computer products were both impacted by marketplace transitions during September, but we have seen a healthier order pace return in October. With our handheld computer products, we experienced purchasing delays in September after the supply of SoMo650s ran out as customers that had stocked SoMo650s were working to exhaust their inventories before purchasing the SoMo655 (see our preview of the SoMo655." [See press release] -- Posted Wednesday, November 7, 2012 by chb