PDA News – Motorola sells Symbian stake, iQue bundle, New ebook device

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Motorola sells 19% share of Symbian

From C|NET:

Motorola is planning to sell its 19 percent ownership stake in Symbian, the leading developer of operating systems for smart phones that use next-generation cellular networks.



Seidio bundle for iQue

Seidio is selling a new kit aimed specifically at Garmin iQue users. The “PDA Super Plus Bundle for Garmin iQue 3600″ is a mounting system that allows you to hold the iQue in place and supply it with power and an audio output boost for the GPS software. It also provides three different mounting options for windshield, vent, and dashboard.

On a personal note, I would like to lodge a complaint with Seidio’s marketing division. I’ll skip over the grammar, since I don’t like to nitpick on that account–you never know when English is somebody’s second or third language. However, no matter what language you speak, it behooves you to insure that when you send out press releases, you actually include the press release.



HP develops ebook device

HP engineers have designed a new type of electronic book reader. Capable of holding ‘a whole library’, the device features a page-turning animation and touch-sensitive strips for controls.

Now, I’m as big a fan of electronic books as you are likely to find, but this new machine brings nothing new to the table. Trying to simulate a paper book is a failure, and will continue to be a failure, because of a little noticed fact. If someone is so set in their ways that they insist on reading paper, they will read on paper, rather than buy an expensive electronic gadget to simulate paper. Anyone else who doesn’t care about simulating paper won’t use this because it is designed around simulating paper, and the exclusion of other features. In essence, paper-substitute book readers are playing to a market niche that wants nothing to do with them.

Ebook acceptence and use will increase as handheld computers become more widespread. You won’t convert the old-school paper readers, but that’s a given anyway. Where the market lies is with convenience readers, the young, and the already-wired.

The HP device is a reference design, not intended for sale, however it was implied that that could change in the future when new Display Technologies come out.




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