PDA News – WiFi MiniSD card, RIM disappoints, Tungsten C discontinued?

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Spectec WiFi MiniSD card

Spectec, a company out of Taiwan, has listed on their website a rudimentary image and information about a WiFi MiniSD expansion card. This would provide devices equipped with MiniSD slots, such as the much celebrated HTC Typhoon/SMT5600 Windows Smartphone, with WiFi connectivity, making it an attractive option for those who want alternate internet access, or local network access, on their smartphone. This, of course, assumes that the hardware becomes available, at a reasonable price, and in a timely manner. Currently, there’s no solid information on the card besides the image on the site. Spectec does, however, also manufacture what is reputed to be the world’s smallest SDIO WiFi card.



RIM doubles earnings; stock slides

Research In Motion, makers of the Blackberry mobile email devices, reported their first-quarter numbers on Wednesday. Earnings per share more than doubled to 67 cents per share, or $132 million, compared to 28 cents per share, or $55 million, for the same quarter a year ago. Following the announcement, RIM stock slid 6% in after-hours trading.

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The reason given for the pessimism was that RIM stated a worse-than-expected outlook for the current quarter, where investors were expecting another huge increase in sales and earnings. This isn’t unsurprising–RIM is in a sales spike, saturating their market segment, and it can’t go on forever.



Reports: Tungsten C discontinued

A variety of online retailers have listed the Tungsten C as ‘unavailable from manufacturer,’ out of stock, or simply removed it from their listings, indicating that the long-lived WiFi Palm model first released in April of 2003 may be finally on its way out. Relieved of the WiFi torch by the LifeDrive, the TC has long been the only option for 802.11b wireless on Palm OS.

There has currently been no rumors or indication from PalmOne that they intend to replace the TC with another similarly enterprise-oriented model.


Garmin iQue 3600 on clearence

Speaking of long-lived models on the chopping block. Retailer Office Max has put the Garmin iQue 3600 handheld with GPS on clearence for $374, down from the $589 suggested retail price. This has lead to speculation that Garmin intends to retire the 3600, which at almost 23 months since release is the oldest of Garmin’s PDA-related GPS systems.

OfficeMax page for iQue 3600



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