PDA News – PPC phone rumors, Video iPod, Stowaway Bluetooth on WM5

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Samsung i730, HTC Apache rumors

Take it for what you will. Solid information on release dates and/or upgrades for smartphone devices is notoriously difficult to come by. But according to what appears to be a leaked Verizon presentation obtained by Engadget, the carrier will be offering at least two Windows Mobile 5 PocketPC phones in the near future. The currently offered Samsung i730 will receive an OS upgrade, while Verizon will also bring out their own version of the HTC Apache, branded as the XV6700.

Curiously, however, the presentation lists the Apache as being “Upgradable to WM5 Q106,” while the Apache version available on Sprint already runs Windows Mobile 5.0.



Apple offers video-enabled iPod

You know, for a company that says they have no intention of joining the handheld computer market, Apple sure is displaying a lot of feature creep. The company’s newest moneygra–ahem, market expansion, brings video playback capability to the iPod. Of course, being that the iPod doesn’t have a real operating system, this support is limited to mostly Apple formats.


ThinkOutside updates Bluetooth drivers for WM5

ThinkOutside, makers of the popular Stowaway Bluetooth keyboard, now have updated and digitally signed their keyboard and mouse drivers for use on Windows Mobile 5.

Direct download link


Computerized breast implants possible, says analyst

And now for something from deep left field. I solemnly swear that this is not a joke. At least, not one perpetrated by me. I can’t speak for the analyst.

An analyst for BT Laboratories in the UK says that within 15 years it will be possible to include flexible electronics and memory into such things like breast implants, so that a lady equipped in such a manner could carry data or a music player with her at all times, and access it via Bluetooth. The article skips over how this system would be powered, but does mention that such implants could also be used as an early warning system for heart trouble, high blood pressure, and breast cancer.

I feel compelled to relay the truly horrible pun made by a user on AximSite: “This brings new meaning to the phrase ‘flash RAM’.”




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