Sharp appears to be completely dropping the Zaurus in the US, and at the same time their Japanese arm will introduce a new clamshell model with a 4 GB hard drive.
Sharp is once again leapfrogging the competition by announcing a clamshell-shaped Zaurus handheld with a built-in hard drive, something no Palm OS or Pocket PC yet offers.
Sharp is reportedly planning to unveil a new Zaurus handheld at a tradeshow in late October. Hopes are running high that this model will be the first clamshell Zaurus to offer both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
Empower Technologies has announced it will introduce an embedded version of LinuxDA, its operating system for handheld devices.
Ever since President Bush declared an end to the hostilities in Iraq and all is peaceful (cough, cough) it's time for the military to start experimenting with new toys and technology. This month GIs and other military personnel in Iraq will start using PDAs to collect intelligence data in a real-time fashion. To gussy up the name PDA, they're being called Commander's Digital Assistants (CDA) though. This is all part of the U.S. attempt to develop it's "Future Soldier" for the digitized battle-fields of tomorrow. The burning question however, is the CDA they're using Palm OS, Microsoft OS or Linux?
Motorola yesterday hosted a press event dubbed "Seamless Mobility". Motorola announced their new ultra-thin RAZR V3 clamshell phone, iTunes Alliance -- a strategic alliance to between Apple and Motorola to bring iTunes to Motorola's next-generation phones, and finally their new Linux based A780 SmartPhone and MPx220 SmartPhone. Both SmartPhones are slated for a Q4 release.
An English version of the Zaurus SL-6000L is now available from several online retailers. This offers built-in Wi-Fi, a mini keyboard, and a 4-inch VGA screen.
Sometime this spring, Royal Consumer Information Products will finally ship the Linea LX, its delayed Linux-powered handheld.
After a week of being taken to court by Europe and having their face rubbed in the dirt by HP who announced they'll be releasing Linux PCs and notebooks, Microsoft finally has some good news. Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition is here, and it's got some cool features to attract developers and new users.
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