PDA News – Mobile Phone Camera Abuse, Free Pocket PC Game, Smartphones to Surpass PDA Sales

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Cameras in cell phones and PDAs are becomming more popular, but they’re also a problem

You had to know putting mini cameras in cell phones and PDAs would lead to a whole host of problems with perverts and other illegitimate activity. The Japan Times Online reports –

But as use of the new medium expands, so too will abuses involving the products, not to mention public concern that current ordinances will not curb abuses.

Perverts taking snapshots aren’t the only illicit use; the phones can be used for other forms of privacy invasion as well as copyright infringements.

Experts say phone cameras are so handy that people grow careless about when they release the shutters. More…


Garga Games is giving away a nice little time killer for the Pocket PC

From the site –

Have you ever played that old plastic or wooden puzzle called “15”?

Here it comes in fabulous digital colors on the screen of Your PocketPC.

The rules are simple : Just match the big pictures with the small one at
the bottom of Your screen.

The game is played by moving a piece to the empty place and this way
shuffling the pieces so the picture gets reconstructed in it’s original shape.

You move a piece by clicking on it – if it’s next to the empty place it will slide over it.

A few images come with the download for free, and you may purchase more if you wish, for a price of $1.55 each pack. Want something more? You can pick up the nude cartoon pack for $3.55. Yes, they have screenshots, but we’re not brave enough to post them here. Visit Garga Games for the free download. [Link may not be safe for work and minors]

According to the latest study, Smartphones will surpass PDA sales in Europe

Leading European analyst firm Canalys expects shipments of smart phones to exceed those of handhelds in the Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region for the first time in 2003, according to its new report – EMEA Mobile Device Trends 2003.

Senior analyst Andy Buss said that the smart phone segment of the mobile device market (which includes devices such as the Orange SPV and Sony Ericsson P800) is expected to be around 3.3 million units in 2003, compared with around 2.8 million handhelds and wireless handhelds (such as the Palm Tungsten T, the HP iPAQ series, the RIM Blackberry, O2 xda and T-Mobile MDA).

“We anticipate that smart phone shipments alone will be an order of magnitude greater in 2003 than in 2002,” Buss added. “2002 was the tip of the iceberg for this category of device, but we expect the handheld segment to grow in 2003 too, after performing poorly last year.”  More…



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