Personal digital assistant
Personal digital assistants (PDAs) are handheld devices that were originally designed as personal organizers, but became much more versatile over the years. A basic PDA usually includes a clock, date book, address book, task list, memo pad and a simple calculator. One major advantage of using PDAs is their ability to synchronize data with desktop, notebook and desknote computers.
The term "personal digital assistant" was coined on 7 January 1992 by John Sculley at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, referring to the Apple Newton.
The currently major PDA operating systems are
PalmSource's Palm OS,
Pocket PC (Windows CE) from Microsoft,
BlackBerry from Research In Motion,
Symbian OS (formerly EPOC)
According to a Gartner market study, the overall market has shrunk by 5% in the first quarter (Q1) of 2004, compared to Q1 2003, and the shares are:
- Palm OS - 40.7% (stable)
- Pocket PC - 40.2% (slightly increasing)
- BlackBerry - 14.8% (strongly increasing)
- Linux - 1.9% (stable)
- Other - 2.4% (strongly decreasing)
The usually cited reason for this decline are the growing capabilities of communicators — mobile phones with PDA-like communication functions.
You can download AskFactMaster.Com to your PDA:
- port of Linux for the Nintendo DS (http://dslinux.com/)
- PDA Hotspots (http://www.wacklepedia.com/pdahotspots/pda_hotspots.htm) Sites suitable for small screen PDA's
- Linux on PDAs (http://tuxmobil.org/)
- Repair and upgrade instructions for PDAs (http://tuxmobil.org/disassembly_pda.html)
- medPDA.net Medical application reviews, news, discussions. (http://medpda.net)
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