Handhelds

  • Pitrec: Handheld to digitize business cards

    It’s 2010, and we’re still exchanging printed business cards. There are quite a few solutions to digitize the cards, but most existing scanners, for example, aren’t practical enough. This is where Pitrec [JP], a new handheld for digitizing business cards made by Japanese stationery maker King Jim, comes in. Read More

  • It's on! Pandora open source handheld available for pre-order


    I love these little open handhelds. The GP2X has been the standard for a while, but the Pandora looks to be the new king of the hill. You can order one now for $329, and various accessories as well (not in America? click here). There are only 3000 available in the first batch, and no more will be ready until ’09, so be quick about it and get yourself an early Christmas present. Read More

  • GamePark releasing new GP2X portable in October

    GP2X, fine purveyor of open source handheld gaming devices, will be releasing the GP2X Wiz on October 9th for around $180. The Wiz will replace the F-200 from about a year ago. You can pre-order the Wiz at Play-Asia if you’re the type that likes to cross stuff off the to-do list well in advance. The device features a 533MHz processor with 3D accelerator, Linux-based OS, an SDK… Read More

  • All About Linux 2008: Five cool devices running embedded Linux that you aren't using

    [photopress:five1.jpg,full,center] As previously mentioned in this week’s Orientation, Linux is not limited to just desktops. It’s far reaching, actually. Not that you’d have a Terminal app on it or anything, but you could. Some of you may have a mobile phone running Linux and you probably don’t even know it. The most popular phone in the world runs Unix. Read More

  • Dell looks to be eyeing handhelds and smartphones

    According to a DigiTimes article, Dell “may team up with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to develop Windows Mobile-based handheld devices.” The company hired Ron Garriques away from Motorola last year, which led many to speculate that something like this was in the works. It’s thought that Dell’s been ramping up for a stronger push into the mobile… Read More

  • HP shipping iPAQ 210 PDA with big VGA touchscreen

    Remember PDAs? HP does. Indeed HP remembers PDAs so ferociously that it’s released a new one called the iPAQ 210. For $449, you’ll get a 4-inch 640×480 VGA touchscreen plus a bunch of other stuff like a 624MHz Marvell PXA310 processor — Marvell bought Intel’s XScale unit back in June of 2006 so you’re basically getting an XScale processor if you’d like… Read More

  • DS Lite now available in cornflower – I mean cobalt blue


    If you’ve been holding off on getting a DS lite because none match your new blue kicks, it’s time to pull out that bankroll. The handheld world’s undisputed champion is now available in sweet, sweet cobalt blue. In addition to being a cool color, cobalt has one of the coolest names of all the elements — just say it to yourself right now, “cobalt,” it… Read More

  • The Xboy Could Be A Reality (Updated)

    AMD’s next-generation of mobile graphics parts will be pretty badass thanks to the suite of tools that were announced today. Rendermonkey 1.7 is the most notable tool as it’s a shader tool that allows developers to write graphics code for a variety of devices that support OpenVG 1.0, OpenGL 2.0 and Unified Shader Architecture technologies. Unified Shader Architecture is a big… Read More

  • Microsoft Introduces PlayReady DRM

    We don’t need any more DRM at this point in time. We have way too much of it now and it seriously has to stop. There, I said it. But why do I bring it up? Microsoft decided that they need to implement yet another DRM system, this time for mobile phones and mobile devices. Dubbed “PlayReady”, this new DRM system is far more advanced than past Microsoft-designed systems. Read More

  • Blown Up Game Boy From The Gulf War

    So back during the Gulf War, some GI had a Nintendo Game Boy with him. He got attacked and not only did he make it, his Game Boy did too. Some people are claiming it could just be a re-built Game Boy with the damaged casing re-attached, but I think not. I had one back in 1990 with Tetris and Super Mario Land. That thing was Thick As A Brick. (Video) Fully Functional “Gulf War”… Read More

  • Top 10 Worst Gaming Handhelds

    Ah yes, the wonderful world of handheld gaming. Though we’ve seen some pretty good handhelds come out in the past (Sega GameGear and Nintendo DS), for the most part they’ve just been extremely disappointing. Modojo’s top 10 list of handheld failures lets gamers reminisce on how much money they threw down the drain over “promising” portables. I myself took a blow… Read More