PDA News – Palm Loses $172.3 Million, New NEC Handheld PC, CTIA in Photos Day 3, More…

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Palm losses continue to mount, totaling a $172.3 million loss for the QUARTER

All you can say is “Ouch!” Palm blames most of the loss on restructuring charges from splitting of the software unit, PalmSource, and other one time charges. Palm also saw a near 30% drop in revenue from the same quarter last year. Interestingly the software unit made a profit for the first time. Does that mean the OS is sound but the hardware stinks? Perhaps. Yahoo has more on Palm’s SEC filing.

 

HP and most other manufacturers dropped their Handheld PC’s, but NEC thinks the market is viable

I was actually a fan of the Jornada 720 and was sad to see the form factor go. Somewhere between a PDA and Laptop, I thought it was a good mix of portability and power. Obviously I’m in the minority or HP wouldn’t have stopped making them! Perhaps they only work in the Uber Geek market in which I fall. So the HPC form factor is dead.

No more – enter the NEC 900!

Handheld Addict is reporting this unit will be released this quarter:

With HP abandoning the clamshell form factor, we have decided to move a product that my company manufactures and that includes a Handheld PC to the NEC MobilePro line. I received permission to share information tonight from NEC with you folks about the new MobilePro 900, to be released later this quarter. First of all, like the Jornada 728, the MP 900 is based upon the StrongArm processor. Our software designed for the Jornada 728 installed on the MP900 without any modification or recompilation whatsoever. I am also told that the .NET runtime is being ported to the product at this time. The unit offers a built in serial port, USB port, VGA port, modem, IrDa, Compact flash slot and PCMCIA slot. Get more of the juicy details here.

 

Catch up with Joel from Geek.com on his last day at the CTIA

Day Three was more of a “what didn’t I see the other two days?” day. In addition, it was the first official day of Microsoft’s Developer Conference, not to mention that it was also the day that Bill Gates was coming to town to do his keynote address, which also meant that I had many press briefings under NDA. Here’s a wrap-up of the day’s events.

Karma Studios has released a nice 3rd person shooter for Pocket PC

Try not to focus on the rear end of this game’s heroine, I know it’s hard, maybe they should have made this in first person. Anyway, it looks fun. Here’s the overview –

Radium is a futuristic-styled 3D action/adventure game, using a third person perspective. The game features a total 16 levels with very realistic 3D environments in 4 different sceneries. The game will also feature state of the art technology, high quality graphics, a multitude of weapons, bonuses and upgrades and a nicely balanced gameplay.

You can pick up a free trial or purchase for $25 from Handango (product link).

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