Week in Review: Oct. 14 - Oct. 20

Certainly the big news of the week was the official announcement of the Handspring Treo 180 and 180g, which will eventually have always-on email. The company also announced their most recent financial results. Acer announced the s10 for the Chinese market. Palm gave some details on their OS subsidiary and started a hardware upgrade program. Sony dropped the price of the S320 by $30 and there's a webstore with Clié peripherals from Japan.

In software news, CodeWarrior 8 was released and SyncWizard allows easier access to expansion cards.

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OT - What has happened to Palmstation?

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/21/2001 10:15:56 PM #
Sorry about the off-topic post, but what is going on with Palmstation? Palminfocenter and Palmstation were always the two sites I checked with for Palm news, but Palmstation really seems to have fallen on hard times the last few months. Does anyone know if Hal is ok? They seem to only have a few former regulars like Quasar posting articles. Unfortunately, the few "articles" are usually just press releases or ads for giveaways.

Any info?

RE: OT - What has happened to Palmstation?
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/22/2001 9:38:05 AM #
The rapid decline of Palmstation is glaring. Unfortunately, in some instances, the level of discourse has transferred to PalmInfocenter. I wonder if PIC has experienced an increase in hits in the past few months?

Sony T-415 - Surprise!

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/22/2001 1:19:34 AM #
From c/net article:

"The electronics giant on Monday will announce the $299 Clie PEG-T415, which will incorporate features of a handheld computer and a universal remote control. Consumers will be able to look up appointments and contacts while channel surfing on a TV set or controlling audio and video equipment such as a VCR or a stereo receiver. The company has boosted the reach of the Clie's infrared port--usually used to exchange data with other handhelds--to 15 feet and added software support for remote control of products from about 20 consumer electronics manufacturers. Sony is working on software upgrades that will allow the PEG-T415 to control additional products."

"The device will be available in retail stores at the end of November and can be preordered from Sony's e-commerce Web site. The PEG-T415 will come with version 4.1 of the Palm operating system, and the monochrome screen will have a resolution of 320 pixels by 320
pixels. The new Clie will measure 0.41 inches thick--thinner than other models--and come with a Jog Dial navigation button and a Memory Stick expansion slot. It will have 8MB of memory. The consumer electronics giant will also announce a new digital camera add-on for the Memory Stick slot. The Memory Stick Camera module will cost $149 and will be available by the end of November. It can capture images at a resolution of 320 pixels by 240 pixels. Sony also will announce a different version of an MP3 player attachment, designed for the new Clie. The Audio Adapter will cost
$129 and will be available at the end of November."

RE: Sony T-415 - Surprise!
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/22/2001 1:22:52 AM #
Any photos?

Now let's see...
S320 - $169
T415 - $299
S610 - $399
S760 - $499

Looks like Sony is moving in for the kill. Handspring was smart to get into the PDA-Phone game when they did. If they're fast, they might be able to make some money before Sony applies the Japanese SmartPhone designs to the Palm OS and takes over there as well.

RE: Sony T-415 - Surprise!
twizza @ 10/22/2001 1:52:40 AM #
see pdabuzz.com for pics...darn this looks nice

RE: Sony T-415 - Surprise!
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/22/2001 2:53:12 AM #
Thanks. Looks like Palm is screwed. Too bad Sony didn't include 16 MB of RAM, though.

Sony has now got every segment covered - from entry level monochrome to high end color. They definitely have come a long way in just a year!

RE: Sony T-415 - Surprise!
I.M. Anonymous @ 10/22/2001 10:16:39 AM #
I agree the T-415 would have been nice with 16 mb of RAM, but maybe Sony thinks this would cut into MS sales. I still don't think Palm is "screwed" because the m500 is still "priced" competitively, even though it has less features (res, jog, etc.) than the T. Palm's name still has cachet in the non-geek PDA world and some people will choose Palm over Sony, et. al, on the basis of name recognition only. It looks like Sony's going after the couch-potato market with the remote-thingy. I wonder why other PalmOS PDA makers haven't thought of increasing the range of the IR.

PALM should cut a deal with PC makers

I.M. Anonymous @ 10/25/2001 12:32:04 PM #
To have them AUTOMATICALLY put Palm Desktop (with ICON) on all PC's pre-loaded. I think this will help gain market share as people may be triggered to go buy Palms once they see/use Palm Desktop. What do you all think???



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