PDA News – iPaq hw6500 review, RIM vs. NTP, 8 GB Microdrives

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Infosync review of iPaq hw6500

Don’t ask us how they got a hold of one when HP hasn’t even announced them yet, but Infosync has published a short review of the upcoming iPaq hw6500. Based on a pre-production device reportedly given to them by HP, the review lauds the GPS and EDGE features, but gives thumbs-down on a poor thumb keyboard and mediocre battery life. Availability is reported to be June for most of Europe.



RIM, NTP restart court battle

You may recall that back in March, Blackberry maker Research In Motion settled a patent infringement lawsuit by NTP for some $495 million. Shortly thereafter, one of the five NTP patents that were the basis of the suit was invalidated. Now, the court battle has resumed, with RIM suing to have the terms of the settlement enforced, accusing NTP of failing to “honor its obligations.”

It’s difficult to tell what RIM’s strategy is at this point, but it’s possible that this is the first move in an effort to get the entire settlement thrown out, since part of the original settlement hinged on RIM’s unlimited use of the supposedly infringed patents.


Seagate touts 8 GB microdrive

At a press event unveiling a large variety of new hard drive products, Seagate has shown off an 8 GB, 1-inch hard drive of the type used in CompactFlash microdrives. While this isn’t the first such platter to be shown off, it will likely be the first one to make it into an actual drive and onto the market. Limited quantities of the drives are shipping now to OEM customers. No word on retail pricing or availability.




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