It was AXE Inc. of Kyoto, Japan, which succeeded in operating Linux on iPAQ. AXE is a developer of a real-time operating system. The company realized the graphical operations by combining Linux for iPAQ developed by a project called "the Familiar Project" and the company's graphical user interface environment "Sikigami," which still is under development.
Handspring plans on Monday to announce two new handhelds, one of which features 16MB
of built-in memory--a first for a device using the Palm operating system.
The $299 Visor Pro will come with double the memory of most current Palm OS handhelds. The
$199 Visor Neo is essentially a renaming of the 8MB Visor Platinum, although the Neo will come
in three colors. Both the Pro and the Neo feature grayscale screens and use the same design as
Handspring's current Visor Deluxe and Platinum.
Sony has released an adapter for their Clie PDA line that allows the units without built-in MP3 capability to play digital music files. The Clie Audio Adapter sells for $130 and comes with headphones and RealJukebox 2 Basic to upload and manage song files on the player.
Palm's upcoming wireless handheld has moved closer to launch after the company received regulatory approval Monday for the device, which Palm is calling the i705.
According to documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission, the i705 will have a built-in antenna, a universal connector for add-ons and syncing, and a postage stamp-size Secure Digital expansion slot. There will also be new features aimed at making e-mail a key function of the device.