PDA News – Site slowness, Palm TX hack, NGage dead

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Traffic spike causes site slowdown

You may have noticed that late last week the BargainPDA site was loading slower than normal. Our sister site NotebookReview.com was experiencing a massive spike of traffic from people seeking the best laptop PC deals for Black Friday. Just two articles on NBR accumulated well over 60,000 hits in a few days last week. Since our websites share a cluster of servers, this caused reduced performance for users of BargainPDA.com, TabletPCReviewSpot.com, SpotStop.com, DigitalCameraReview.com, and TechnologyGuide.com. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by our excessive popularity, although we cannot guarantee that our tendancy towards thorough and reliable information delivered in a cynically entertaining manner won’t result in future stampede-induced service outages.


Palm TX modified for voice recording

A Palm OS programmer has hacked his Palm TX to add a voice recorder function. By attaching a capacitor, resistor, and a small microphone to the device’s hardware, Dmitry Grinberg was able to create a usable audio recorder. Grinberg says that this same hack could work for other Palm devices that use an Intel XScale processor, including the Zire 31, Tungsten E2, and Tungsten T5. Don’t try this as home, though, as it requires electronics expertise.



Nokia drops NGage line

Phone giant Nokia has officially announced that they’re dumping the NGage line of gaming-oriented phones. The company says that they’ll move their gaming efforts over to their Series 60 line of cell phones, and focus on music and video until at least 2007.

This is hardly surprising, as the NGage was both badly developed and not very good to begin with. If you’re not Sony or Nintendo, you can’t do a gaming device in the current mobile market, and certainly not one that’s as flawed as the NGage models have been.


CEA to standardize on connectors

The Consumer Electronics Association has announced plans to adopt a standard connector type for mobile devices, one which would permit both cable and cradle type connections in a vehicle or other environment. A leading candidate for the role is expected to be mini-USB, which has already become the de facto standard for many devices including smartphones, video players, and PDAs.



Cingular to remain Cingular

Remember last week when it was revealed that Cingular would be converting back to the AT&T brand name? Well, not so much. As it turns out, when they said that they would be completely returning to the AT&T brand, what they really meant was that they would not be returning to the AT&T brand, although the newly merged parent company does reserve the option to resell Cingular service under the AT&T name.



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