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Instant messaging services aren’t necessarily new to the Blackberry. in fact, there are already a few third party solutions available. The news here is that it’s going to be bundled in now. Research In Motion just signed up a deal to offer instant messaging services from both Yahoo and AOL right out of the box on future Blackberry models. Current owners will also be able to download this feature for use on their existing handsets. Great news for those who want to stay in constant touch without the hassle of being near a PC at all times.
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Sony has officially let it be known that the Clie will be no more. You know, I bought a nice mid-range Sony Clie about a year ago. It was the TH55, which had a bunch of nice features built in. Funny thing is, although it was full of features, I just didn’t use it all that much. I ended up selling it within 6 weeks of purchase. I realized that a bunch of other tools that I use could do everything that thing could do. That is when I realized the PDA market would soon begin to fade. Expect the Sony Ericsson line, as well as the Playstation Portable, to fill in the gaps - and do things the Clie could never do.
When I first read MobilePC’s “Greatest Gadgets” article in the magazine’s print edition, I remember thinking to myself: “This is one of the best gear articles I have ever read. Thank God I didn’t cancel my subscription.” Two days later, I find out that anyone can find the same article for free at the magazine’s website. Highly informative, entertaining, and a must-read for anyone with even a remote interest in consumer technology. I still won’t cancel my subscription…just in case something else comes up.
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Have you held off buying a PDA because they are just too big? If so, you need to check out Fossil’s new PDA watch line. A few of the features include a high density 160 x 160 pixel grayscale LCD with touch screen and backlight, a stylus is integrated into the watch buckle, while the 3-way Rocker switch and Back button lets one-handed navigation. The watch also has customizable watch faces to suit each users style. True to the Palm, you can hotsync this to your PC or Mac. Depending on the style you choose, the watch will cost you $199 to $249.
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Sony has created a new PDA, the Sony Clie VZ-90 using OLED (organic light emitting diode. OLEDs are made from organic material and are lighter, faster, thinner, and have better contrast than LCD’s while using less juice). The 3.8” 480x320 screen has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, check that number again, 1000 1 and 3 zeros. The buttons and controls slide out along the horizontal base of the unit, and can be hidden when not in use. Additional features include integrated stereo speaker, a CF slot, memory stick slot, wifi, IrDA and will play MPEG4 video, MP3 and ATRAC3 audio. It is just a shade over 4 inches wide, and 3 inches long and under an inch thick. It weighs a little more then half a pound. It will run smoothly with the included 64 mb of RAM and 128mb of flash, with a little of each given over to the operating system. According to Palm Infocenter, “Sony has announced they will no longer market or release handhelds for the US and European markets.” I guess this means even if you would part with the $820 dollars for a new PDA you would have to take courses in Japanese to use it.
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Looks like Virgin and Tapwave are taking steps to establish a bigger presence in the portable audio market. Today’s announcement from the CES Show floor indicates that the two are working together to pair up the Virgin music download service with the versatile handheld, which through the help of SD cards, could store up to 2GB of music. Details are still unclear as to how the two devices will work seamlessly, but I can imagine an option on the Virgin service that allows transfers directly to the SD card, with minimal mouse-clicks. Virgin’s downloadable songs are going for $.99 each, while the Zodiac sells for $269.
Pretty soon, we’re going to be flooded with lots of news on all the new gear products coming out later this year and beyond. It’s because the annual Consumer Electronics Show opens up this week in Las Vegas. The show runs January 6-9, and features a messload of exhibits showcasing the latest in everything from BlueTooth technology to home theatre to WiFi. Some of the major products that debuted in past CES shows include plasma TV’s, HDTV, CD’s and DVD’s. It’s just huge, with some 129,000 attendees. Special events to look out for this year include a pre-show keynote speech by Bill Gates, and a show-floor gaming competition. Speaking of games, PSXExtreme reports that details on the Sony PSP’s US launch, pricing, and titles will all be revealed at the show.
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I was as surprised as you were when I found out the PDA we hinted at last week was actually going to be palmOne's Tungsten T5. For $399 you get: 215 Megs of storage space, portable drive functionality, a 320 x 480 display, MP3 playback, and Bluetooth. While I love the form factor, I still find it a little steep, plus it's sorely lacking Wi-Fi. And this is supposed to be their high end model.
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Today an image of an upcoming Tungsten handheld was posted (and then removed, apparently) on Amazon.com. As you can see, it appears to be a slider-less model, with a 320x480 display. Rumors are also pointing to a release as early as next Tuesday. October has traditionally been a month for new handheld announcements by palmOne, so I'm inclined to believe this news. There's no word as to whether it's the successor to the Tungsten E (most likely) or if it will be billed as the Tungsten T5. I'm still holding on to see how long my M515 lasts, but if it did break, I'd probably jump for one of these, considering I don't like slider designs.
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