Psion moves from Epoc OS to WinCE.Net
European palmtop maker Psion has decided to stop making new devices based on the Epoc operating system. Though never popular in North America, the Epoc OS was quite widely used in Europe, partially thanks to Psion’s popular Netbook line. Psion also originated the Symbian OS, a system predominantly geared towards mobile phones. However, it’s specialization makes it impractical compared to Windows CE.Net.
iPaq 3900 series upgrades ‘in the wild’
They aren’t even shipping yet, but copies of the Windows Mobile 2003 upgrade for iPaq 3950 and 3970 PocketPCs are already circulating online. Dedicated hacker groups have acquired and begun distributing the finalized ROM images in a move proving that if you don’t lock up every copy, one’s bound to get out. Toshiba e750 upgrade packages are also being distributed.
Standalone WiFi detector
For those times when you just can’t be bothered to turn on your laptop or find your WiFi enabled handheld, Kensington is offering a standalone WiFi locator. A tiny box, smaller than a Palm Vx, the detector finds WiFi signals from up to 200 feet away, filtering out ‘junk’ transmissions in the 2.4 GHz range including microwaves, Bluetooth, and cordless phones, and indicates the signal strength with three LEDs.