Thanks in part to small MP3 files, digital audio is also on the rise, and it's becoming clear that music and PDAs are a natural match. Why bulk up your pockets with multiple, single-purpose devices when you can carry around a PDA that's nearly as powerful as the desktop PC of just a few years back?
It's not all gloom and doom in the handheld market. At least not from Microsoft's perspective. On Tuesday, the software giant said worldwide sales of handheld computers using its Pocket PC operating system passed the one million mark in less than one year.
TAIPEI, Taiwan--Personal computer maker Acer said on Wednesday it planned to license Palm's operating system for its handheld computers, or personal digital assistants (PDAs).
The current price war in the handheld computer market between heavyweights Palm and Handspring may have consumers on the fence, but analysts don't expect prices to go much lower.
Psion, Europe's biggest maker of handheld computers, will end its joint venture with media group United Business Media and write off up to $1.44 million (1 million pounds).
Handhelds using Microsoft's Pocket PC operating system marched to the million-unit shipment mark in under a year, according to the software giant.
Shares of Palm surged Monday as one analyst upgraded the stock and called it a bargain. The gains, however, were not enough for the handheld maker to recover the 28 percent it lost Friday after it warned of weak sales.
OK, we admit it--reviews of wireless email devices and add-on modems aren't as easy to find as they should be on CNET Wireless. Part of the problem is that they cross over a couple of different categories: wireless handhelds and two-way pagers. On top of that, the handheld category is split between Palm OS devices and Pocket PCs.
Palm issued a double dose of bad news after the bell Thursday. The handheld maker warned that revenue in its current quarter will come in at roughly half its forecast, which had already been sharply curtailed. In addition, Palm said it will not acquire Extended Systems.
OTTAWA (Reuters) - In a move that takes its technology one step closer to the consumer market, Kasten Chase Applied Research Ltd. (Toronto:KCA.TO - news) said on Thursday that its data security products will help protect handheld communication devices powered by Palm Inc. (NasdaqNM:PALM - news).
The Pocket Printer A6 is the size of a paperback and prints from PDAs or notebooks with no ink cartridge or ribbon.
Palm has seen its share of the European handheld market slip over the past year, according to a report released Wednesday.
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