Category Archives: PDA

Sony CLIÉ Death Rattle

The end of the line is almost here for the Sony CLIÉ. Following the announcement this summer that Sony was exiting the US PDA market, I just received this message from the CLIÉ Handheld Developer Support website:

Sony Electronics Inc. hereby announces pursuant
to the CLIE(R) Handheld Development Membership
Agreement that the CLIE Handheld Developer
Website and all related services shall terminate
effective December 31, 2004. After this date, the
CLIE Handheld Developer Website, Developer Tools,
and related Services will no longer be available
for use/download, and Sony shall provide no
further support. Sony would like to thank to great
number of dedicated developers who have supported
the CLIE Handheld platform the past several years.

Update: For more history, see the Wikipedia entry for Sony CLIÉ.

Zodcasting

While at Gnomedex this past weekend, there were numerous mentions of “PodCasting”. I had heard of this briefly in the last couple of weeks, but had not looked into it yet. There seems to be a lot of buzz around this simple but interesting concept. Basically, it’s an application of audio enclosures within an RSS feed. A special aggregator automatically downloads the audio files (perhaps overnight) and pushes them to the MP3 device.

A lot of people are now publishing internet talk shows and other content in this way and it seems to be gaining a ton of momentum. I’ve been following DotNetRocks (a .Net developers’ talk show) by burning MP3s to CD and listening in the car. Now they have PodCast feeds as well.

I don’t have an iPod (yet), so I’m using my Tapwave Zodiac instead, syncing the MP3 content to the main memory and an expansion card. Not quite as cool or automatic as an iPod, but I’ve already got the Zodiac! How about a new phrase: “ZodCasting”?

Some links for further reading:

palmOne Tungsten T5

Today palmOne announced the Tungsten T5 which is the latest in the handheld (i.e. non-Treo) family or PDAs. It's kind of a sad day — the first product release since I left.

This should be a nice product with full 320×480 display (no slider like the T3) and a total of 256MB of storage — 160 MB flash drive and about 55MB of usable RAM. The flash drive is being touted as a way to store and carry your files with you, kind of like a USB keychain drive. Compared to comparable PDA devices, that's a good chunk of on-device storage. Compared to today's iPod, though, it's not a huge amount if you're planning to carry a lot of music with you.

Oddly, the device is announced today but won't be available until November 3rd. That's a shift from the old Palm standard which was to avoid pre-announcing any products.

No detailed reviews yet, but announcements on Palminfocenter and MyPalmLife.

palmOne Tungsten T5

Misleading Headlines

When I first saw palmOne amputates handheld wireless services for its Treo 600 phones, I was fairly confused. Why “amputate” handheld wireless services for the hottest-selling Palm product?

Upon further inspection, it turns out that this is just the old news that the Palm.net service for Palm VII and i705 devices is ending. Maybe they should have said “…amputates wiress services and moves users to Treo 600 phones…”, but hey, I'm not a PR guy. At least make it not be so misleading.