Greg Christie retiring from Apple

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Date: Thursday, April 10th, 2014, 09:11
Category: Announcement, Apple, iPhone, Patents, PDA, User Interface

apple_logoAfter 18 years with Apple, Human Interface chief Greg Christie is leaving the company at the end of the year. Christie was instrumental in the development of the first iPhoneOS. There were recent suggestions that the retirement announcement was promoted by difficulties regarding working with Senior VP of Design, Jony Ive. Apple has denied any problems in their official announcements, and have stated that Christie has been planning his retirement from Apple for some time, and that he will be staying on until the end of the year while some restructuring of Apple’s Human Interface Group takes place.

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My Dream PDA Moves a Step Closer

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Date: Wednesday, November 8th, 2006, 08:00
Category: PDA

htc-p3300.jpgFor many years ‘convergence’ has been a buzzword bandied about by pundits in the computer industry, and by just about anyone who has ever thought ‘Wouldn’t it be nice if I could carry just one compact, easy-to-use, stable, attractive, sturdy, cool device that allowed me to store my contact details, manage my diary, browse the web, ‘phone, ‘skype’, text and email my friends, capture images and video, control my hifi, navigate my car, listen to my music collection…’
It’s not JUST me who has thought that is it?
Oh, OK.
Well, anyway, back in April I blogged on this, using the, then soon-to-be-released Mio A710 as an example of how close we were to a device that fulfilled these requirements.
The main areas where the Mio fell short was flaky software/hardware implementation, no built-in WiFi, and just a little bit too much bulk (150g).
HTC are a Taiwan-based smartphone/PDA designer/manufacturer. Up until recently they have produced phones that mobile networks put their own badges on. However, recently HTC have started marketing a number of ‘own-badged’ products.
The soon-to-be-released HTC P3300 is their most advanced offering to date, boasting:
- Windows Mobile 5 (eek!)
- 320 x 240 pixel colour screen
- Quad Band GPRS/EDGE
- GPS
- FM Radio
- MicroSD smart card
- 2.0 megapixel camera
- Bluetooth 2.0
- WiFi
All in a 58x108x16mm (not much bigger than this picture), 127g package.
Early reports indicate that the HTC P3300 is less than perfect. The camera is average, the processor a little slow, the screen not bright enough in direct sunlight, nobody seems to like the ‘rollerball’ pointer device… and did I mention it runs Windows? Not something I’d be willing to part with £450.00 for.
But the important thing is that this is not a ‘concept machine’. It IS possible to put all the components that I want into a box that is light enough to carry around in my shirt pocket. Now, imagine if Jonathan Ives’ team worked their magic on this thing. Shoved one of those new Samsung 640 x 480 pixel lcd panels on it. Enclosed it all in a drop-dead gorgeous casing. Shaved a few grammes and millimetres off it. Added a couple of memory slots. Finish it off with a decent operating system and Bluetooth earbuds. Now that is a product that would have me parting with (over) half a grand.
Ah well, that’s me dreaming…
but Christmas IS coming.
Contributed by: Brett Jordan

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Treo 600 Sneak Preview, Sony Handhelds on the Way

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Date: Sunday, June 19th, 2005, 14:00
Category: PDA

Palm got a great deal with the Handspring merger: the Treo 600, for which Handspring has just posted a preview. It’s a combination PDA-smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, but it actually resembles a phone. (As long as you don’t mind microscopic keyboards.) Features include Palm OS 5, ARM processor, built-in camera and a full-featured web browser with JavaScript support and software download capability for surfing “any web site.” Oh, and it may feature porn. BBC’s Mark Ward says saucy material, porn or not, is likely to show up as companies try to push 3G. In other PDA news, Sony is prepping new handhelds of its own as successors to the classic clamshell design. We’re guessing Playboy Bunny ears will be optional.

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PalmOne Announces LifeDrive HDD PDA

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Date: Wednesday, May 18th, 2005, 12:07
Category: Hardware, PDA

PalmOne LifeDrive Mobile ManagerJust when you might have considered Palm down for the count they breathe new life into the PDA with a hard drive-based device called LifeDrive MobileManager (US$499). The LifeDrive is the first HDD-based Palm and features a 4GB hard drive, Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and high resolution screen, this device is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Read more…

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Veta Universal Palm Edition is here

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Date: Sunday, August 31st, 2003, 13:39
Category: PDA

Salling Clicker isn’t the only way to control your Mac via Bluetooth devices. You can use Romeo for free, and install a slick application called Veta on your Palm OS handheld or Series60 mobile phone. Now you can use your Palm or your Nokia 3650 and get very similar functionality. –Emory
Veta Universal Palm Edition 1.0 allows controlling your Macintosh via Bluetooth.
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Hands-On with the Sony Clie PEG-UX50

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Date: Monday, August 18th, 2003, 07:02
Category: PDA

Sony Clie PEG-UX50I went over to the Sony Building in Ginza after our iChat about the new Sony Clie PEG-UX50. They had two units of the CLIE PEG-UX50 on display and there were people waiting in line to try them out as it was lunch time.
The units went on sale here last Saturday, August 9th for ¥69,800 (roughly US$580). The UX50 was very light and this is due to the abundance of magnesium and plastic used in these units. Gone is the cool metallic “weight” of the NR/NX series. Even with the power cradle (PEGA-JC40K) attached to the bottom it felt quite light. Read More…

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New Sony Clie UX Series Ships September 12

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Date: Tuesday, August 12th, 2003, 23:57
Category: PDA

Sony PEG-UX50According to the SonyStyle Web site the new PEG-UX50 Personal Entertainment Communicator “ships on or before Sep. 12th.”
The killer new PDA is a departure from the previous Clie’s “bar” form factor and looks more akin to a Motorola two-way pager. Features include:
- Swivel screen (480×320, 65k color)
- Built in keyboard
- Wi-Fi
- Bluetooth
- Digital camera (300k pixel, 3x digital zoom)
- 32MB RAM, with 16MB available
- IR port
- Speaker
- Microphone
- Stereo headphone jack
- Memory stick pro slot
- Magnesium body
- Battery life: 14 days (30 min. use per day)
- Weight: 6.2 ounces (175 grams)
The US$699 Clie PEG-UX50 runs Palm OS 5.2 and uses a new processor system developed by Sony called the Handheld engine. The Handheld engine combines a Sony manufactured ARM926 based processor, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a CXD2230GA graphics accelerator.
I really want one of the new UX series Clie’s but my biggest problem is that it is not a phone, so I’d have to carry two devices, and it has no Internet access (i.e. GPRS) when you are away from a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. At least the Danger hiptop (a.k.a. T-Mobile Sidekick) is only US$299 and is available with mobile Internet access. For now, I’ll stick with my P800 thanks. What about you?

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Palm Tungsten|T2 Released

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Date: Wednesday, July 23rd, 2003, 07:31
Category: PDA

Palm has released the Tungsten|T2, with 32MB of RAM, compact slider design, and integrated Bluetooth. A better display, Palm OS 5.2.1 and Graffiti2 input are also included.

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New Sony Clie PEG-UX50 Has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

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Date: Thursday, July 17th, 2003, 22:04
Category: PDA

Sony Clie PEG-UX50Sony Japan has taken the wraps of the new Clie, expected to be officially announced in San Francisco tomorrow. The Clie PEG-UX50 has a mini laptop like design with a swivel screen and built in keyboard. The device has a integrated in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless as well as a digital camera.
The Clie PEG UX50 runs Palm OS 5.2 and uses a new processor system developed by Sony called the Handheld engine. The Handheld engine combines a Sony manufactured ARM926 based processor, a Digital Signal Processor (DSP), and a CXD2230GA graphics accelerator.
The screen is a swivel design that can be rotated and used in both the flip up and tablet mode. It is a 480×320 pixel, 65k color screen. The display is used in a horizontal landscape mode. It has 32mb of RAM, with 16mb available for use. (Read more…)

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Treo 600 Sneak Preview, Sony Handhelds on the Way

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Date: Monday, June 16th, 2003, 13:12
Category: PDA

Palm got a great deal with the Handspring merger: the Treo 600, for which Handspring has just posted a preview. It’s a combination PDA-smartphone with QWERTY keyboard, but it actually resembles a phone. (As long as you don’t mind microscopic keyboards.) Features include Palm OS 5, ARM processor, built-in camera and a full-featured web browser with JavaScript support and software download capability for surfing “any web site.” Oh, and it may feature porn. BBC’s Mark Ward says saucy material, porn or not, is likely to show up as companies try to push 3G. In other PDA news, Sony is prepping new handhelds of its own as successors to the classic clamshell design. We’re guessing Playboy Bunny ears will be optional.

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