PDAs are being squeezed into extinction by smartphones from one side, and Ultra-Mobile PCs (UMPCs) from the other. The smartphones do most of what a PDA does (if arguably not very well), and the UMPCs do something a PDA arguably can't--they can browse the Web.
The reasons are obvious: it's survival of the fittest. All you have to do is hold the Fujitsu Lifebook U810 in your hand for two minutes to want one forever. It looks like a convention clamshell notebook, but it's tiny, weighing a little over 1-1/2 pounds. The screen flips up and the keyboard sits flat on a desktop, but that's not the way you'll use it.
The keyboard is too small for touch-typing. But when you pick it up and lay the screen back parallel to the keyboard, it handles like the popular slider smartphones, only better: The full QWERTY keyboard is large enough to make thumb-typing a pleasant experience.
The screen diagonal is only 5.6 inches (smaller than other UMPCs' 7-inch screens, like the Samsung Q1 Ultra's, but it's bright and readable, and the fact that you can swivel the touchscreen and lay it flat against the keyboard in tablet-PC mode makes for a smaller, more easily handled package. Battery life is rated at 5 hours.
If you need a full-sized screen and/or keyboard, the other new Fujitsu model, the LifeBook T2010 convertible notebook, may be the answer. This "single-spindle" PC (meaning it has only a hard drive, no CD/DVD drive built in) weighs about 3-1/2 pounds and comes standard with an extended battery rated at 11 hours.
With Web browsing becoming the primary function of any device with a display screen, it's easy to understand why PDAs look, paradoxically, like dinosaurs. Today, larger devices like these look like the future, with screens big enough to read, and keyboards big enough to use, but overall size, weight, and battery life that makes them easy to take with you.
Read a longer version of this note and see a picture of the U810, here.
Virtualization At The Desktop?
Examine how more than 250 companies plan to adopt server virtualization technology in this recent InformationWeek Research report, Server Virtualization.
The BI Explosion
Examine the business intelligence strategies of 500 companies, including deployment drivers and challenges, spending plans, and vendor selection, in this recent InformationWeek Research report.
Imagine John Lennon On iTunes
It's easy if you try... Now Lennon and Beatle fans can wake up from their Number 9 Dream and sing out in unison: "All we are saying... is do you take checks or cash?"
What Makes For A Good CIO?
Anyone wanting to be a CIO should have his or her head examined. To judge from a recent CIO appointment, it might help!
To Groklaw's 'Pamela Jones': Get Your Facts Straight
A misleading article appeared Monday on an anti-SCO Web site called Groklaw run by a blogger who calls him or herself 'Pamela Jones.' Jones tried to pick apart a story I wrote about SCO v. Novell. I need to set the record straight because virtually everything 'PJ' said about my article is wrong.
Access Prepping Linux OS For Palm?
A new Web site has appeared from Access touting its next-generation mobile Linux operating system. According to the site, the new Linux OS will be loaded with capabilities desired by smartphone users around the world. Will Palm take advantage of it?
The Line Between Laptops And PDAs Gets Fuzzier
Fujitsu is announcing two new devices today -- an ultramobile PC with a 5.6-inch display, and an ultralight tablet/laptop PC with a 12.1-inch WXGA screen. They are nifty devices that underscore the movement in not just one market, but two, because they come just days after IDC reported that the PDA market has dropped 42% since last year.
Get Skype On Your iPhone
Do you want Skype on your iPhone? Well, you're in luck. Shape Services has launched a version of Skype for the iPhone, no hacking required.
Thumb Surgery Hoax Exposed
Okay, for those of you still posting messages to my earlier blog, questioning whether the story (about a Denver man who allegedly got his thumbs surgically altered to more easily manipulate his iPhone) was real or not ? and impugning my fact-checking ability and my judgment ? you can stop wondering now. It's a hoax. Really.
Look, Ma, No Batteries!
Here's another startup that's been starting up for a while now. Active Power was founded in 1992 and provides what it calls flywheel-based UPS systems.
How to Succeed with Offshore Software Testing When Almost Everyone Else Fails Offshore software testing projects fail at a greater rate than most other types of offshore projects. Most of the research into this problem points to very generic reasons. This paper identifies why offshore software testing projects fail, quantifies the impact of a failure and gives a list of actions that can prevent failure from happening.
Business Technology Marketing Benchmarks 2007-2008 PDF Slides Find out what 1,038 B2B marketers revealed about what works for lead generation and nurturing tactics. Invite your entire team to view this free Webcast and learn about B2B email, search marketing and surprising Webcast and white paper marketing statistics.
Apparel Manufacturer Improves Business Processes Using Everest Software Managing business for menswear manufacturer Kenneth David Apparel was a difficult process. With Everest's ability to analyze and automate everything from e-commerce to point-of-sale functions, Kenneth David Apparel has been given unprecedented visibility into their business and is now able to easily track important factors like profitability.
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5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.