Sharp comments on its US Linux PDA plans

In response to recent reports that it has discontinued selling Linux-based PDAs in the US, Sharp issued a brief statement to LinuxDevices.com today, commenting on its intentions relative to offering and supporting Linux PDAs in the US market.

Cross-compile tool helps Debian ARM Linux catch up with x86

Scratchbox, an open source project to simplify cross-platform software compilation, has recently made several advances that may interest embedded device developers. This whitepaper describes how Scratchbox -- which was originated by Movial and is being sponsored by Nokia -- is helping Debian ARM strive for parity with Debian x86.

PalmSource takes hit on investment report

Shares of PalmSource, the handheld operating system developer, dipped Monday on an investment bank's report that said key licensee PalmOne will use Microsoft's OS in its Treo line of devices.

Preview: RIM BlackBerry 7100t

RIM is branching off into new types of devices with the more phone-like BlackBerry 7100t: Larry Garfield takes a sneak peak at RIM's new style.

Palm-based Smart Phones vs. The Others

Recent news has covered the release of many new smart phones. We have the new Treo650, the new Sony P910, the new Audiovox PPC 6000, the new Blackberry 7100, and the new Nokia 6670. Recently, I've been speaking via email almost daily with my AT&T (now Cingular) rep. For some reason, the conversation always steers towards his wanting to push the latest from Nokia, Blackberry, etc.

Smallest in-car navigation system runs embedded Linux

The TomTom Go is a Linux-based in-car GPS navigation system available with or without preloaded maps. The device mounts to the dashboard or windshield, providing a 3D view of the road ahead, as well as text-based and spoken driving directions.

Looking for an ''in wall'' Tablet PC?

One of the more interesting aspects of mobile computing to me is how computing stays with you in your home and how that can be incorporated into home automation. While searching for products, pocketpctools came across a 12" Inwall Touchpanel computer built by Nobu and offered by Smarthome.

PDA Freedom with OpenZaurus

Despite Sharp's cancellation of its Zaurus SL-6000 PDA in the US, the Sharp Zaurus continues to have a strong following among Linux gurus in the US and all over the world. No one proves this point better than the people behind the OpenZaurus project. The OpenZaurus Project provides an alternative to the original Sharp Zaurus ROM for different models of the Sharp Zaurus Personal Mobile Tool.

New Linux PDA features camera, cell-phone add-ons

Empower plans to ship a $200 Linux-based PDA with a color display by December. The PowerPlay 1x is based on a dual-core RISC/DSP Texas Instruments OMAP5910 processor, along with the company's LEOs (LinuxDA Embedded Operating System) software platform. Empower has previously sold sub-$100 PowerPlay PDAs based.

Report finds handheld device market in continued decline

The worldwide market for handheld devices saw its third successive quarter of year-over-year decline in the third quarter of 2004, according to a new report released by IDC. Specifically, handheld device shipments decreased 4.6 percent sequentially and 8.7 percent year over year in the third quarter to 2.1 million units.