PDA News – Bluetooth Modem Coming, New Sony WiFi Card, PDAs in the War With Iraq, Toshiba e750 Review

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Connect to a land line via Bluetooth model with this new product

This is a pretty neat concept. The Bluetooth modem plugs into a land line phone connection acting as a dialer when prompted by another Bluetooth enabled device. For those of you without WiFi at home, this might be a nice solution. Other applications could include things like web access on a PDA or laptop at an otherwise unconnected location.

“Based on CSR’s BlueCore V.90 Access example design, the BT56R offers Class 1 Bluetooth performance with a range of up to 100m; this is more than sufficient for use in the home or small office and equivalent to the range of an 802.11b WiFi network yet with much lower power demands on the portable device. Many mobile phones are now Bluetooth-enabled as are PDAs and notebook PCs. Desktop PCs with Bluetooth on the motherboard will hit the market soon, but in the interim; low-cost USB adapters are readily available to Bluetooth-enable existing PCs.”

The modem will be available in the U.S. in Q2 from Cadmus Micro Inc. under an OEM brand and with a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $99. For more information and technical specifications click here.


Sony is releasing another CompactFlash WiFi card

Sony has yet to confirm, but they have been granted approval by the FCC for the WL110 WiFi card. It’s designed to be used with the NR, NX and NZ series Clie’s. The only clear difference is this new one is being manufactured by Sony, instead of Symbol. Some retailers are taking pre-orders for the card at roughly $140. Thanks to Brighthand for the tip.  View pricing for the WL110 here.


Coalition troops are using all types of technology to help in the fight, including PDAs

Troops on the ground in Iraq are using ruggedized portable PCs and personal digital assistants to support operational and logistical applications.

Equipped with a Global Positioning System receiver and a tactical military modem, and coupled with a laser range finder, PCs and PDAs can be used to transmit firing coordinates to artillery on the ground or to aircraft overhead. They supply maps and personnel information for medical evacuations and carry maintenance manuals for military vehicles. More from Government Computing News


PDA Buyers Guide has already posted their review of the e750

The e750 is Toshiba’s follow-up to the very successful e740. It uses the same case design as its predecessor, and has built-in WiFi, SD and CF type II slots just as the e740 did. What’s new? It’s the first Pocket PC with the new PXA255 XScale processor running at 400 MHz. Previous Pocket PC 2002 PDAs had PXA250 Intel XScale processors running at speeds up to 400 MHz. The e750 adds a transflective display, making it competitive with the iPAQ 3900 and 5400 series as well as the Dell Axim X5. Many users wrote to us stating that they’d buy an e740 if only it had a transflective display, so this is an important step forward for Toshiba. You’ll also get 32 more megs of memory available on the e750. More…

You can order the e750 for $589 right now. Our unit just arrived, expect Andrew to post a review in a little while.



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