HP Introduces webOS 2.0

There should be an image here!Since HP bought out Palm, there has been a lot of questions surrounding where Palm’s efforts were going to end up and how WebOS was going to evolve in such a way as to make sense in the future.

Today it appears that question has received its answer. Introducing WebOS 2.0, now with more features and Flash 10.1. In addition to badly needed functionality like card-grouping, new plugins and the ability to favorite a contact, the inclusion of Flash for web browsing was badly needed for this mobile OS to stand-up against Android.

On another positive front, WebOS’ latest browser now supports HTML5 functionality which is a huge deal as we continue our growth into this area of web browsing both mobility speaking and at the local PC level.

Palm Pre Users Get The Shaft

The good news is that the Pre will be supporting Flash as the company had promised by the end of 2009… the bad news is the Pre you wanted came out after you foolishly purchased the first one. Today’s Pre Plus has the features users wanted from the first unit. Better slider mechanism, improved keyboard — which also means more responsive keys.

What was interesting, as Mashable had noted, was that the new Pre felt more like the Pixi… which, again, if going to miff a number of existing Pre owners as the phone was pretty clunky. The final smart move, too, was to take the emphasis off of it being a Palm device and instead go with the Verizon branding.

Sadly, Palm is not really a brand anyone uses proudly anymore. Hopefully the Verizon branding will help with this. Plus the great news for everyone, too, is that Flash is still coming. And unlike what the rumors say, it’s coming too all Pre phones.

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The Palm Pre Creating Privacy Concerns

Recently there have been concerns brought against the Palm Pre that user privacy might be in peril. The charge is that the phone sends data back to Palm on a daily basis. Apparently, this was not something that sat well with this individual.

This data sent not only included how long each application was used for, it also provided Palm with a rundown of the user’s current location. Hmm, at least part of this sounds like how my iPhone 3G always asks me if I would like to allow the device to know where I am… for the phone’s location-based applications.

Frankly, the fault here is that when the phone is first used, the user is not given a CLEAR option to turn this service off. Instead, Palm expects people to read articles like this one, then discover what is happening, then choose to dig through the settings to disable the service should they want to. Palm is clearly in error on that one. And as for the statistical data sent back to Palm, frankly, unless it is giving these phones away, this is none of Palm’s business.


So What About The Palm Pre?

Just as this article points out, there has been some limited speculation that the Palm Pre has not done as well as expected. And to back up this point, I would admit that I only found TV commercials and Internet ads moving about for a relatively short amount of time. Then, suddenly, I was not seeing any mention of the phone any longer.

This is not to say that the ads have stopped. Rather, that they are not as noticed as they once were. And it is here that we rethink what we know about the Pre. Right away, I know that those who own one are thrilled with it for the most part. But I would also point out that despite frustrations with Apple’s alignment with AT&T, the iPhone is where all of the buzz is at.

So this brings me to you folks. Is the Palm Pre a DOA device, despite perceived advantages? With what appears to be a cooling of events happening with Palm, I am finding myself curious as to whether you think the Pre has a shot at making a name for itself over the course of 2009 and into 2010? Hit the comments, share your thoughts.


Vista + Palm + UMPC Question – Can They Sync?

Reader Michael 2005 posted this question and I thought I would toss it out here, to see if anyone could help him with his problem. He stated:

Ron: 11-20-07 (Tues)
Hi! I am intending to replace Palm LifeDrive & iPod with the UMPC – OQO’s Model 02. I’ve read on both Microsoft’s & Palm’s websites that Vista will NOT work with Palm’s HotSync nor DataViz’s Documents To Go (both Windows-based software). As I want to use my old Palm OS software on the OQO (in its own partition), I will have to use a Palm OS emulator. Thus, I think that I will need 3 partitions = (1) Windows Tablet PC, (2) Windows Vista, & (3) Palm software. The OQO comes with 1G RAM & 120 Gb HD along with Tablet PC functionality (digitizer pen, screen rotation) & Windows Table PC edition (can choose Vista also). It is my understanding that the only need for Windows XP will be (1) for the Palm OS emulator (to run the Palm software) & (2) for the Windows software – HotSync & Docs To Go. Is this possible? Am I being too ambitious? The total package for the OQO will be about $4,600 (no other software but OS). I’m even curious if one could boot the OQO into an iPod OS to run iTunes without loading a full OS (to save battery life).

Please comment. This is an expensive undertaking & I don’t want to screw it up. I’m tired of carrying around my Palm LifeDrive (which has been discontinued) & my 3rd generation iPod (which now won’t run past 30 min). As Steve Jobs has gone over to the dark side (i.e., new iPod has chip to prevent unauthorized – “old” – accessories from being used), I won’t be purchasing another iPod for any reason. Really want to just carry 1 device and the OQO may be it. Yikes.

My first reaction when I read what Michael 2005 wanted to do was ” I don’t have a clue!”. LOL  I’m not familiar with the UMPC make and model he is referring to, though I did take a look at the web site.

If anyone has any suggestions, please post your comments.

[tags]windows, vista, palm, ipod, umpc, sync,  [/tags]

What Happened To The Palm Foleo?

Several months ago I wrote an article about my old IBM Z50 which was a small notebook computer that weighed less than a pound and was easy to travel with. Several of the readers left a comment that the Palm Foleo would be a likely replacement since it would be similar in style and function. But on Palm’s sight they stated:

As many of you are aware, we are in the process of building our next generation software platform. We are very excited about how this is coming together. It has a modern flexible UI, instant performance, and an incredibly simple and elegant development environment. We are working hard on this platform and on the first smartphone that will take advantage of it.

In the course of the past several months, it has become clear that the right path for Palm is to offer a single, consistent user experience around this new platform design and a single focus for our platform development efforts. To that end, and after careful deliberation, I have decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration and focus all of our energies on delivering our next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market. We will, of course, continue to develop products in partnership with Microsoft on the Windows Mobile platform, but from our internal platform development perspective, we will focus on only one.

Because we were nearly at the point for shipping Foleo, this was a very tough decision. Yet I am convinced this is the right thing to do. Foleo is based on second platform and a separate development environment, and we need to focus our efforts on one platform. Our own evaluation and early market feedback were telling us that we still have a number of improvements to make Foleo a world-class product, and we can not afford to make those improvements on a platform that is not central to our core focus. That would not be right for our customers or for our developer community.

Strange. If you believe there is a ready market for your product, and you are ready for production, what could really be the cause of Palm not proceeding?

Any thoughts or comments are appreciated.

Complete Palm article here.
[tags]palm, foleo, canceled, [/tags]

Making Money With Skills You Already Have – A Guide To Monitizing User Generated Media

It’s been a long time since I offered any advice to those of you out there in the PC Repair field. A lot of this has to do with the fact that I have all but retired from this market myself. So I suppose that it is safe to share an idea that I had about a year ago without fear of my local competition trying this concept themselves. I’m sure this sounds paranoid, but I have found that local Bellingham Techs do in fact read Lockergnome. Especially since 2004.
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Luau, Luau, Me Gotta Go!

When you wanna party Hawaiian-style, you gotta go to a luau. This ain’t a regular ol’ barbeque, however. You can get lei’ed, witness hula skirt twirling, sit beneath the palm trees, sip pina coladas, watch the sunset, and eat pig – all in one place! We opted to go to the Renaissance Wailea Beach Luau, and it turned out to be a good one. Our host was very informative, although I don’t think I’ll remember everything he imparted upon us. “Maui” was named after a warrior / protector of sorts… I think? That was explained after my third Mai Tai, so I’m a little Fuzzy Navel on the details. OH! And I had poi for the first (and last) time! If someone offers it to you, make sure there’s salt handy. That said, I’d say the luau spread was above average. The luau entertainment was top notch, too.
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