HP to Expansys: No non-European iPaqs
HP has won a trademark infringement suit against UK based retailer Expansys. The dispute stems from Expansys’ grey-market importation of HP iPaqs from other regions, such as the United States, and selling them in Europe for well below HP’s official European market prices. HP claimed–and was backed by the UK’s High Court–that selling iPaqs at a price HP didn’t like constituted trademark infringement. Are they now going to prosecute eBay users who ship worldwide?
Rumor: Sprint to relaunch HTC Harrier with EVDO support
Reports attributed to Sprint customer service representatives suggest that the carrier may be planning to replace their existing version of the HTC Harrier, called the PPC-6600, with a nearly identical version, the PPC-6700, that activates the Harrier’s EVDO wireless broadband capability.
The report has many users livid, describing the rumored 6700 as “a $649 software update,” since the existing 6600s are capable of EVDO if Sprint sees fit to issue software for them. Even those not using the 6600, or even Sprint in general, are furious.
There has also been some user speculation that the reports stem from a misunderstanding: that the PPC-6600 would receive a ROM update activating its EVDO capabilities, and would maintain its current $649 price. As with any rumor originating with Customer Service, it’s difficult to tell what’s true and what they made up to get the customer off the phone.
MMCmicro: Yet another memory format
Just in case you didn’t think that that the polyglot menagerie of M&M sized memory cards wasn’t quite annoying enough, there’s a new member of the club: MMCmicro. The successor to MMC and ReducedSizeMMC, MMCmicro is meant to compete against the MiniSD and MicroSD formats for use in adding memory expansion to cellphones, smartphones, and other small devices. A prototype card is shown below. Whatever you do, don’t sneeze.