RIM unveils new voice-enabled GSM pagers
Research In Motion today unveiled their BlackBerry 6710 and 6720 pagers for GSM/GPRS networks. Both offer voice and data services, including email, phone, SMS, browser, and organizer applications. The 6710, with its 900/1900 MHz dual band radio will work in North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific, while the 6720 will work in Europe and Asia with its 900/1800MHz dual band radio. Both devices employ the Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) for running applications. They weigh 4.86 ounces and measure 4.76 x 2.99 x 0.70 inches. Both the screen and keyboard are backlit. Pricing was not announced. The company instead said that both pricing and availability, plus airtime rates, will be available from carriers selling the device. -- Posted Wednesday, October 16, 2002 by sab
Sony invests in PalmSource
PalmSource, the soon-to-be-independent software arm of Palm, Inc. has announced that it has received a US$20 million minority equity investment by Sony Corporation. Sony, a licensee of the Palm OS used in their CLIE line of handheld products, will own around six percent of PalmSource. "We are delighted that Sony has chosen Palm OS as the platform for its handheld computing products and look forward to continued innovation and leadership resulting from this relationship," said David Nagel, President and CEO of PalmSource, Inc. -- Posted Tuesday, October 8, 2002 by sab
Palm launches first product in Zire line
In a move to both return to its roots and differentiate product lines, Palm Inc. today launched the first product in its new Zire family of handheld computers. Aimed directly at the first time buyer, the Zire is simple and light weight; lighter, in fact, than any Palm OS product to date at 3.8 ounces. Unlike previous products which were shipped in boxes 10 to 20 times the size of the device itself, the Zire is packaged in a hanging or free-standing blister pack, designed for store shelves. With 2MB RAM, a monochrome display, a 16MHz Dragonball processor and a rechargeable Lithium Ion battery, it's equipped to handle basic data tasks with as much aplomb as the Palm III, but with slightly better-thought-out integration. While it will be a step back for many current Palm users, it will offer plenty of power for someone just seeking to manage their schedule. Zire is not the only product family announced last week, however. Zire will be the consumer line and Tungsten will be for the business user. No Tungsten products have been announced. US$99. -- Posted Monday, October 7, 2002 by sab
Sony announces first Palm OS 5 device: NX70V -- Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by sab
Sony's new NX70V really revs up the popular swivel-screen CLIE, taking it from a 66MHz SuperVZ to a 200MHz ARM processor. The new device runs Palm OS 5, slightly modified to make it a Sony original. The new application launcher is none other than stunning, operating with either the jog dial or stylus. When used with the jog dial, applications scroll smoothly up or down the screen. Unlike the NR series, the virtual Graffiti area can be moved out of the way in more programs, including the application launcher. The NX70V also comes with an improved digital camera, capturing 640 x 480 stills, as well as full-motion video. Along with the built-in MP3 player, the new CLIE finally includes voice recording as well, with the ability to capture up to 535 minutes (8.91 hours) of audio on a 128MB Memory Stick at 8KHz sampling frequency. Voice recordings can be programmed as alarms, so your sweetheart's voice can awaken you on while you're traveling (or something less corny).
The only major physical modification was necessary to add 802.11b wireless to the device. A large port was added to the mold, allowing an optional CF-sized Wi-Fi card to be inserted on the back. Sony is quick to point out that this is not an actual CF slot, and makes no assertion that it might become one in the future. The Memory Stick remains the external storage standard for the CLIE line. They've also included a new browser, which is able to view most Web pages full screen. Combined with the 802.11b connection, the browsing experience is impressive. CLIE Mail can send and receive images, voice, and even movies generated on the device. The NX70V comes in a new robotic-looking gunmetal gray or the older champagne. Both have a magnesium body. With all that power, the NX70V only has 16MB RAM. Users will have to rely on the Memory Stick for many purposes, but thankfully that's a pretty fast interface, and they include the CLIE Files application for quick swapping between card and RAM. Suggested retail will be US$599. Optional accessories: CLIE Wireless LAN Card, US$149.99, CLIE
Speaker Cradle (for music, voice playback), US$99.99. The product is available for preorder on the SonyStyle website, and is
expected to ship in early November, according to company representatives.
-- Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2002 by sab