PDA News – iPaq rumors, 16 GB CompactFlash card, eBay acquires Skype

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Alleged new iPaq models; Conflicting rumors about iPaq hw6500

Rumors, rumors, rumors galore over the weekend, and some of them contradictory. First, there was a rumor circulating that the 6500 was going to be recalled by HP to fix an issue with the internal GPS receiver. This ran headlong into another rumor that the hw6500 wouldn’t be receiving an upgrade to Windows Mobile 5.0.

Add to this an article by Pocket PC Italia that claims to refute both rumors, saying that there will be no recall, there is no GPS issue, and there will be WM5 support.

No matter who you believe, it’s still not relevant for most users. the iPAQ hw6500 is available from a few retailers, particularly overseas, but no carrier in North America offers it on their network.

Last but not least, we have reports of two new iPAQ Phone models, courtesy of PDAClub.pl. Their article includes two images depicting different designs, one with a slide-out side keyboard and front numeric pad, the other with a Treo-style micro keyboard. While the images are obviously renderings, not real photos, PDAClub.pl has an excellent record on such things. The site came up with similar renderings of the Dell Axim X3 and X50 models prior to their releases. No specifications on the devices were noted, but from the key layout we can deduce that if they exist, they run Windows Mobile 5.




Samsung produces 16 GB CompactFlash card

For those people who feel that their mobile Storage capacity must be not merely obscene, but actually pornographic, Samsung has you covered. The company just announced that they’ve perfected a new flash memory chip that contains 16 gigabits in the size of a human fingernail. And to prove it, they’ve whipped up a CompactFlash card using 8 of these little marvels, totaling up to 16 gigabytes of pure flash storage.

As if that wasn’t enough, the company is also forecasting 32 GB cards for some time next year. There’s no indication yet when and if Samsung plans to market the 16 GB card, but the new chip isn’t expected to go into mass production until next year. No word on what the new cards will cost, either, however previous bleeding-edge cards have easily reached $10-15,000 apiece.



eBay acquires Skype

Online auctionhouse eBay has agreed to acquire upstart Voice-over-IP service provider Skype. The price? An absolutely stunning $2.6 BILLION dollars. That’s billion, with a B. The stated rationale for the takeover was to open “new lines of business” for the company, as well as integrating VOIP communications into eBay’s transaction platform.




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