Tag Archives: Palm Pre

Palm Pre gets virtual keyboard, not official

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You can now get a virtual keyboard for the Palm Pre and not have to slide open the phone every time to type on the cramped physical keyboard. Now you can also type in landscape mode. Take a look at the video for a brief explanation by precentraldotnet.

To install the patch, follow the steps that PreCentral posted on its blog. To install WebOS Quick Install, follow the steps in its forum.

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Palm Kicks and Screams, Reports Apple to USB Compliance Organization

Well, it seems like Palm is pouting over the fact that they didn’t invent iTunes, and now can’t use it. Today they released Web OS 1.1, and with it, a new mechanism to sync the Pre with iTunes, which was previously broken by Apple.

“Palm has released webOS 1.1, which, along with offering more robust EAS support for business users, re-enables Palm media sync,” said company spokesperson Lynn Fox. “Palm believes that openness and interoperability offer better experiences for users by allowing them the freedom to use the content they own without interference across devices and services, so on behalf of consumers, we have notified the USB Implementers Forum of what we believe is improper use of the Vendor ID number by another member.”

However, the USB Compliance Organization might be in favor of Apple here:

When you apply for a USB Vendor ID, you sign a form that explicitly states that:

“Unauthorized use of assigned or unassigned USB Vendor ID Numbers and associated Product ID Numbers are strictly prohibited.”

But isn’t it Apple’s right to keep iTunes exclusive? How long have they been developing it, keeping it available, free, and working on iPod/iPhone features? One of the iPhone’s major selling points is that everything syncs with iTunes. Is it really Palm’s right to claim that they are an “iPod” and use iTunes, which they had no part of developing?

If you developed iTunes/iPod/iPhone, would you let Palm use your software FOR FREE? Without your permission?

Why is this even an argument?

iTunes Breaks the Pre, and Microsoft’s Revenge

Turns out Apple decided to break the Palm Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes today in their update 8.2.1.

itunes-821-2Heres Palm’s official statement:

“Palm’s media sync works with iTunes 8.2. If Apple chooses to disable media sync in iTunes, it will be a direct blow to their users who will be deprived of a seamless synchronization experience. However, people will have options. They can stay with the iTunes version that works to sync their music on their Pre, they can transfer the music via USB, and there are other third-party applications we can consider.”

A major selling point of the iPhone and iPods is that iTunes can sync all you media with the devices, and iTunes is also the leading provider of all kinds of media. Over the years, Apple has worked hard to expand the iTunes store (recently making it all DRM free and of the highest quality) and to keep it FREE. To let Palm duplicate an iPod and use iTunes is just wrong.

And in other news, Microsoft has confirmed that it will be setting up shop next to Apple stores. COO Kevin Turner confirmed the plans at the Worldwide Partner Conference in New Orleans yesterday, saying the stores are due to open this fall, and that some stores will sit right next to an Apple store. Here’s the pic provided:

7-15-09msstroeI’m sure the people will look just like that, and not be some fat cheeto-eating snorting employee. Right? Right.

Hey, You’re Not Getting Ripped Off! +New Rumors & Updates

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Well, it looks like Apple may be economically friendly after all! iSuppli, the leader in…uh… tearing things apart and deducing how much they really cost, has just torn apart the new iPhone 3GS (the G and S no longer have a space between them) in it’s 16GB form. The device only cost’s about $180 to build, which is only a $20 difference from the $199 subsidized price! Way to go!

Also making the rounds today it the “iPod 3,1” place holder in the 3.0 version of Apple’s SDK. The new iPhone was proven to be marked by place holders like this, so a new iPod Touch is likely.

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iTouch But in more important news,/iPhone owners can control their Apple TV a new way, and wirelessly charge it too. Apple has updated Apple TV’s (streaming box for computer/online to TV) firmware to 2.4, which allows it to use the newly updated “Remote” app from Apple (available for free on the App Store) which features touch gestures (like swiping) to control Apple TV. This is a great use of an app considering that using the Apple TV remote can sometimes be painful. iPhone users can also charge their phone wirelessly just like those evil doers (just kidding) who carry a Palm Pre with their “TouchStone” charger. “WildCharge” is allowing iPhone (3G and 3GS included) and iPod touch users to order a WildCharge Skin along with a WildCharger Pad in order to bring wire-free charging to their smartphone. Just snap on the skin, plug the pad in and put the handset down on that pad. One downside however: it’s $34.99 for the skin, or $79.99 for the skin and pad.

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Palm Pre now available for Sprint

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Introduced at CES 2009 in January, Palm Pre was expected to be an “iPhone killer.” Unfortunately, the Palm Pre is not even close to killing the iphone yet, not to mention the new fast iPhone 3G S. However, it does beat the iPhone in multi-tasking, and it is easily the best phone for Sprint. It runs Palm’s new WebOS and has a physical slide-out keyboard. The browser has zooming capabilities and is smooth. It does have an App Store, but it is in Beta and has only around a dozen Apps currently. The voice quality is great also. The Palm Pre includes Bluetooth, Wi-fi, GPS, and 3G. It is currently available for $199 with 8GB of storage. It has only been two days since its release and we don’t know what the Palm Pre can really do. Can it satisfy the Sprint users as much as the iPhone does to AT&T users? Can the Pre save Palm from the terrible economic crisis it is in? Is the Pre Palm’s and perhaps Sprint’s only hope (this one went a little too far)?

Roundup For June 4th – WWDC Edition

Before we get into roundups for WWDC, there were a few announcements worth recognizing today.

To start off, Sony announced that they are working on a plan to get all your UMD games over to your PSP Go. This raises speculation if the PSP 3000 and below, which actually contain UMD drives, are going to become extinct. Either way, it’s a step in the right direction.

Secondly, Apple has patented “Multi touch Click Wheels”. For those few who don’t know what a click wheel is (probably the one who use Zunes), it is the control wheel that is used by all iPods to use the iPod itself. These click wheels are being shown even for Macs.

Thirdly, Palm Pre’s intro video is now up on YouTube, and showcases some things that you can do with the phone. How cool.

Lastly, Nintendo is set to launch black Nintendo Wiis and Red DSis in North America, due to the fact that they are already in production over in Japan.

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NOW, to roundup those expectations for WWDC. (Here’s where I lose those Zune users.)

Firstly expected, are MacBook refreshes, including the addition of a MacBook Mini, which also surfaced in the past on Adium’s (IM client for Mac) logs. Much isn’t rumored on this product, and neither is an Apple Tablet speculated much either.

Also expected is a refresh of current “Pro” software, such as Final Cut or Aperture. Not much has been rumored on this either.

Snow Leopard has been said to be concluding shortly, giving way for it to be announced at WWDC and launched in the near future. Videos have been posted giving demos of new features, although Snow Leopard features mainly on Grand Central, which is Apple coding to allow access to multi-core processor’s full power. 64 bit Leopard also comes along with Snow.

The biggest rumor speculation causer has to be the iPhone by far. iPhone 3.o is expected to be covered, including new video capture and editing capabilities, a compass, FM tuner, camera firmware improvements, and so on and so forth. With these software enhancements, however, comes the speculation of a new iPhone. Multiple pictures have surfaced with 32GB iPhones having placeholders in system/store logs, and leaked photos of a new iPhone ditching the chrome band around the phone. Along with a 3.2MP camera, hardware improvements are expected to be mild, iPhone pricing should remain the same, and a front facing camera is expected. While not much can truthfully be said, these are all plausible options for Apple to take.

And to finish it off, few people are speculating that Steve just might make a surprise appearance at Apple’s keynote. This comes after a sighting of a “healthy” Steve Jobs at Apple’s Campus being confirmed by multiple sources. The fanboys can only hope.

WWDC’s climax will be Monday, during Apple’s keynote, after which Mac and iPhone hands on labs will be available, along with iPhone keynotes and lessons in the vicinity of Moscone West (presentation center).

As usual, we cannot be there thanks to the $1600 price tag, and the fact that we don’t live in San Francisco, but be sure that we will have complete coverage of the keynote around the late afternoon/dinner time. Let’s see what that one last thing is…… (Apple people should know what I mean!)

It’s All Business, Right?

Dell today announced that it’s profits have sunk 63%. Dell says they are counting on Windows 7 to drive business.

BUT, in more important news, is the Palm Pre’s ability to sync with iTunes. How does this work?

The Pre just has to assume an iPod Vendor ID, imitate its file structure and spoof an iPod information file for iTunes. Apple could break that anytime they wanted with a minor update to iTunes. However, it would make Apple look bad. But is this right? Palm is basically REPLICATING an iPod, which is similar to replicating Mac’s just like Pystar did, right? Well, even so, this could blow over because the music must be DRM free, or Apple’s Legal department could see what Palm couldn’t, and sue them or take some legal action for sneaking the Pre into iTunes, and claiming false identity to a program Palm has nothing to do with.

And lastly, Hulu “Desktop” application puts it’s Boxee form right on your computer.

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For those who don’t know, Boxee is an open source project for Apple TV which allows you to stream more than Apple TV lets you, such as Hulu. However, Hulu issued a cease and desist to the Boxee folks, and they had to comply, therefore Hulu is no longer on your TV.

Hulu Desktop’s “laid back” design features a Video Panel Designer offering customized embeddable widgets for website owners, a Recommendations section based on what you’ve already watched and a new Time-Based Browsing option to order programs by when they originally aired.

Check it out at Hulu.