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Gemini PDA will ship with Android, but it also supports Debian, Ubuntu, Sailfish, and Postmarket OS (crowdfunding, work in progress)

The makers of the Gemini PDA plan to begin shipping the first units of their handheld computer to their crowdfunding campaign backers any day now. And while the folks at Planet Computer have been calling the Gemini PDA a dual OS device (with Android and Linux support) from the get go, it turns out the […]

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Hands-on with the Gemini PDA handheld PC with Android, Linux and a 6 inch display

The Gemini PDA is a tiny computer that’s small enough to hold in one hand, but with a keyboard that makes it possible to touch-type… maybe. Planet Computer introduced the Gemini PDA nearly a year ago and launched a crowdfunding campaign to take the device from prototype to shipping product. Now it’s about ready to […]

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Crowdfunded Gemini PDA mini-laptop ship date pushed back to January, 2018

The Gemini PDA is a tiny laptop with a 6 inch screen, a MediaTek deca-core processor, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of storage, and a QWERTY keyboard. It’s designed to dual boot Google Android and Linux. Planet Computer launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for the Gemini earlier this year. Originally the company had planned to ship […]

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Motorola acquires Psion (maker of the original “netbook”)

Canadian company Psion makes rugged mobile devices for industrial and enterprise use. But once upon a time, Psion was known for making PDAs and handheld PCs running the EPOC operating system, a predecessor of Symbian. In fact, at the turn of the century Psion offered a tiny laptop-like computer called the Psion netBook long before Asus introduced […]

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Smartbook trademark battle heats up: Qualcomm gets a restraining order

The fight over the term “smartbook” is starting to look about as contentious as the battle for “netbook.” The difference is that the Germany company that owns the trademark for Smartbook might have a better case. It’s currently selling products under the name and it’s actively working to protect the trademark just a few months […]

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Microsoft: Now that you can say “netbook” again… don’t

Sure, Psion may have dropped its trademark claim to the word “netbook,” but now Microsoft doesn’t want you using the word. Not because the big M is claiming some sort of stake in the trademark. But because it’s just not very descriptive. That’s something I’ve been arguing for the past year, but which Microsoft and […]

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It’s official: Psion drops “netbook” trademark suit against Intel

After months of trading barbs, calling each other names and, you know, filing documents in court, it looks like the trademark dispute between Psion and Intel has come to an end. The two companies have settled the case with Psion voluntarily withdrawing all of its trademark registrations for the term “netbook.” In other words, bloggers, […]

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Rumor: Trademark battle over the term “netbook” ends in a settlement?

It’s been a while since we checked in on the trademark dispute between Intel and Psion over the term “netbook.” Last I’d heard, the two companies were busy throwing legal documents at one another to establish whether the term was generic, whether Psion had been actively taking steps to protect it, and so on. Now […]

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Intel to Psion: Nuh uh, you did NOT sell netbooks after 2003

And the shouting match between Intel and Psion continues. Psion, if you’ll remember is the company behind a series of ahead-of-their-time clamshell mini-computers. The last few products in Psion’s handheld PC lineup were called Netbooks. Late last year the company started threatening legal action to retailers, computer makers, and bloggers who were using the word […]