PDA News Bits – Patch for Clie NX Series, BSQUARE Update, SplashPhoto Upgrade

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Sony has released a patch for the Clie NX60 and NX70V

The patch fixes a number of issues including:

  • Compatibility with external Memory Stick Adapters for Memory Stick media that was formatted with an PEG-NXxx device
  • Improves low battery issues with the Communications Card
  • Improves Communications Card recognition
  • Improves ATRAC3 Audio sound quality
  • Improves power-up issues involving Memory Stick media and the Communications Card.
  • Improves MP3 playback for 96kbps encoded MP3 files

    BSQUARE, makers of the great little CE.NET reference design, give a status update

    BSQUARE announced slightly better revenues than expected for 2002, but that wasn’t te interesting part. They also commented on the reference design that has been driving PDA enthusiasts crazy as they hope for its release. We saw a working unit at the CES and much of the hype and hope is warranted.

    Power Handheld Reference Design

    “2002 was a challenging year for us,” said president and chief executive officer Bill Baxter. “The sluggish global economy forced a number of our customers to abandon or postpone major projects, and Microsoft continued to reduce our volume of work for them. These factors caused a fall-off in service revenue throughout the year. Beginning in the second quarter, however, we were able to partially offset the declines in service revenue with increasing sales of licenses for third-party products. Throughout the year we continued to adjust our business model and reduce our spending wherever possible. With the reductions in staff that we announced in December, we have taken steps necessary to focus squarely on core strengths that I believe will position us to meet our goals in being able to deliver sustained, profitable growth in the future,” Baxter said.

    “In 2003, BSQUARE remains firmly committed to our goal of becoming a one-stop shop for smart device development,” Baxter continued. Our skills are second to none in this area. We recognize that we must be selective in the range of development projects we undertake, and over the next several quarters we intend to focus more sharply on the immediate needs of our business partners and customers.”

    “The growth of our customer base in 2002 was fueled primarily by our increased sales of third-party products, and the relationships we have built with those customers have opened new doors for the sale of our core products and services. Despite current economic conditions, many of those customers are proceeding with new product rollouts, and we believe that we are in the best position to win their business as they move forward,” Baxter said.

    “Along with the strength of our new customer relationships, the renewed vigor of our relationships with our key partners provides solid growth opportunities for BSQUARE in 2003. And as a result of our increased licensing activity, those companies have raised their stake in promoting our products and services to their customers and other business partners. Over the next several quarters, we will attempt to leverage their efforts by coordinating our sales and marketing programs with theirs.”

    On the product front, Baxter said: “BSQUARE’s focus on a few core products will not only lower our development costs, but also will allow us to concentrate our sales and marketing efforts on near-term revenue opportunities associated with those products. I am especially excited about the prospects for our Power Handheld Reference Design, which is currently being evaluated by several wireless carriers and OEMs. With its low-cost, light-weight configuration, retractable keyboard, full-screen functionality and powerful processing capabilities, we believe that our Power Handheld device represents a superior alternative to laptops and less powerful handheld devices.”

    SplashPhoto has been upgraded with Palm OS 5 support and more

    SplashPhoto turns your Palm OS Handheld into a mobile digital picture frame. Simply edit and upload your favorite images with the included desktop software and you re ready to view images while on the go. Check out their list of upgrades including OS 5 support and improved JPEG options.

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