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PalmOne grows rich on Treo

Siemens unveils SL75

Microsoft will pay 775 million to IBM for OS/2

PalmOne grows rich on Treo

Several days ago palmOne, the vendor of mobile communicators, published information about its financial quarter of which there are two things to say: 1) company profits grew considerably... 2) ...because of the great success of Treo 650.

In the past quarter the company profit made $335.8 million which is 26% more than in the same quarter last year and is 18% more than the profit of the previous quarter. The net profit made $17.7 million comparing to $13.3 million of the last year and $4.4 million of the previous quarter.

The total profit for the fiscal year that ended on June 3 made $1.27 billion which is 34% more than the last-year profit. Ed Colligan, underlined that such success strongly bases on sales of the new Treo communicator which grew by 250% comparing to the same period of the last year and by 57% comparing to the previous quarter.

Speaking of absolute values, last quarter the company sold 442,000 Treo devices comparing to 126,000 units last year and 282,000 units last quarter.

Source: palmOne

Siemens unveils SL75

Siemens unveiled new SL75 slider with 1.3Mp camera (LED flash, 5x zoom, movie recorder), bright color display, MMS/email client and multimedia player.

The latter supports MP3, AAC, AAC+ as well as the most space-saving AAC++. Songs can be stored on 52MB of phone´s internal memory.

Sized 92x48x23mm, SL75 features an 1.8" TFT display of 132x176 resolution capable of displaying 262,144 colors.

Speaking of accessories, SL75 can work with HHB-700 Bluetooth headset and such and even with Mobile Music Set IMS-700 active speakers.

Siemens SL75 is to go on sale in October 2005 in black and silvery bodies for about 400. The white "winter" variant is to be released in December.

Source: Siemens

Microsoft will pay 775 million to IBM for OS/2

The long antimonopoly suit between Microsoft and federal government has been closed recently. As a result the software developer from Redmond agreed to pay 775 million dollars to IBM and also provide 75-million credit to use Microsoft´s software in IBM.

IBM was considered complainant of Microsoft´s monopoly actions. The court confirmed that these negatively affected IBM OS/2 and SmartSuite applications.

Well, it seems IBM was compensated for its forced leave from the personal OS market. But what about users? In many cases there are no real alternatives to software from Microsoft, no matter what OpenSource fans say.

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