PDA News – Top ebooks, Sony cuts prices, RIM acquisition rumor

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List of top Palm Digital Media books for July

Palm’s hottest sellers for the past month have been rounded up into their customary list. The strongest showing is by Dan Brown, with his bestselling ‘Da Vinci Code’, and the up-and-coming ‘Angels & Demons’. There also seems to be a distinct action emphasis in the Fiction list for this month.

Palm Digital Media Top 10 Best-selling Fiction Book for July 2003

1. “The Dark Tower #1: The Gunslinger” by Stephen King
2. “The Da Vinci Code” by Dan Brown
3. “Robert Ludlum’s The Altman Code” by Robert Ludlum & Gayle Lynds
4. “The Gates of Dawn” by Robert Newcomb
5. “Lara Croft, Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life” by Dave Stern
6. “Angel’s & Demons” by Dan Brown
7. “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” by Kevin J. Anderson
8. “Air Battle Force” by Dale Brown
9. “Department Thirty” by David Kent
10. “When the Wind Blows” by James Patterson

Palm Digital Media Top 10 Best-selling Non-fiction Books for July 2003

1. Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate(R) Dictionary 11th Edition
2. “How to Make Love All Night (and Drive a Woman Wild)” by Barbara Keesling
3. “A Short History of Nearly Everything” by Bill Bryson
4. “The Matrix and Philosophy” edited by William Irwin
5. “Seabiscuit” by Laura Hillenbrand
6. “Treason” by Anne Coulter
7.  New International Holy Bible
8. “The Ten-Day MBA, Revised Edition” by Steven A. Silbiger
9. “Stephen King’s The Dark Tower: A Concordance” by Robin Furth
10. “The Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren



Sony cuts prices on low-end

In an unsurprising move, Sony has lowered list prices on their SJ20, SJ22, and SJ33 low-end and midrange models. The SJ22 has been reduced to $180, and the SJ33 is now listed at $220. The SJ20 remains at $130 MSRP, however Sony will offer a $30 mail-in rebate reducing the price to $100.


Rumor: HP to acquire RIM

An unconfirmed rumor of acquisition by HP sent Research In Motion’s stock up 13% on Friday, taking the share price higher than it’s been in over a year. According to the rumor, the acquisition would have been to support HP’s plans to produce a PocketPC based wireless communications device using Blackberry technology. Both companies declined comment.



Screenshots of Tapwave Zodiac

PDArcade has gotten ahold of some screenshots from the Tapwave Zodiac developers’ simulator. The images confirm that the Zodiac supports both landscape and portrait modes, virtual Grafitti in both modes, and show what may be an early rendering of the Zodiac’s case.



Intel processor optimization kits

Intel has put out new XScale optimization kits aimed at maximizing performance and minimizing battery drain on cell phones and handheld computers. The press release reads like an excercise in weasel wording, ‘up to 50 times faster!’ and other inflated claims, while promising absolutely nothing. Looking at the bright side, however, anything that can help squeeze out a little more performance and battery life is good.

The new kits are priced at $1000.



Sony Bluetooth driver update

Sony has updated the Bluetooth drivers for the NZ90 and TG50 Clies. The catch is that the new driver version takes up 1.3 MB of RAM. Yes, megabytes. Yes, that’s out of your normal 11 megabytes. And no, you can’t store them on a Memory Stick. No, I don’t know what they’re thinking. As a matter of fact, I don’t believe that they are thinking.




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