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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: Linux, PalmSource's Palm OS, Pocket PC from Microsoft, and Symbian OS (formerly EPOC)

Some examples of PDAs:

See also: ebook, laptop, personal area network, sub-notebook, telephone, wearable computer