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Palm may have released its Mojo SDK Beta for webOS developers earlier this month, but we've yet to see any real action spawn from it. In contrast, it only took developers a matter of days with Apple's iPhone SDK to start pumping out quality software, and now the App Store has well over 65,000 programs to choose from.Still, we can't help but be excited by the news that two more applications are now available in Palm's App Catalog. They aren't ground breaking by any measure, but they're definitely worthwhile and definitely act as signs that progress is happening. The first new application, which is available to Palm Pre owners today for free, is OpenTable. For those familiar with the online version,... Read more...
Developers and Palm Pre owners received some good news yesterday when Palm announced the public release of its Mojo Software Development Kit for the webOS platform. Palm also announced a new developer portal, Palm webOSdev. This portal has FAQs, forums, and all of the associated documentation for the SDK. Palm plans to open the app submission process to all developers this fall. New applications are already in the pipeline thanks to Palm’s early access program. The initial response to Palm webOS apps from both developers and customers has been enthusiastic. In the initial beta stage, over 1.8 million apps were downloaded from the beta App Catalog. Palm says thousands of developers participated... Read more...
When Palm first unveiled its new Pre at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year, one question that was on everyone's mind received a very murky answer. We were assured that a GSM version of the smartphone was in the works, but no one knew when or where it would appear. In fact, it wasn't even clear then when exactly the CDMA Pre would launch on Sprint.Now, however, Palm has issued the details that everyone outside of North America has been clamoring for. Before the end of this year, Palm's first webOS-based device will arrive in the UK, Ireland, Germany and Spain on each nation's respective Telefónica network, which means O2 for the first three countries mentioned and Movistar for... Read more...
On Sprint’s Facebook page, we find a new ad that is directed at 1st generation iPhone users. The ad brings to light the fact that the new Palm Pre can run multiple applications at the same time and can save users up to $1,200 over two years compared to the iPhone.The ad also suggests that since many 1st generation iPhone users are just getting out of their contracts, now is the perfect time to make the switch to Sprint and the Palm Pre. Sprint’s new and upcoming 4G network, the first of its kind from a national carrier, is also used as a compelling feature to try to convince users to make the switch.As Sprint explains below the ad, “You can have a mighty fancy phone, but it’s only as good as... Read more...
Wow -- Sprint cannot be fond of this. Yesterday, Verizon Wireless' CEO proudly stated that his company would be carrying the Palm Pre...just a week before it launches "exclusively" on Sprint. At CES, Palm announced that Sprint would be its one and only US launch partner for the Pre, and at the time, it seemed like a huge boon for Sprint. Apple has its iPhone, T-Mobile has its G1, Verizon has loads of options and Sprint was all set to finally pull itself up to par with the Pre. Now, things aren't so clear cut.Needless to say, the news sent Palm's stock skyward, but it's pretty awful for Sprint. The company was likely banking on this release to pull over lots of customers from other carriers, but... Read more...
Palm showed off the latest features of its webOS platform at The Wall Street Journal’s D: All Things Digital conference. The three new features the company showcased included Palm media sync, the integration of Twitter in universal search, and a beta version of its App Catalog. Palm media sync can seamlessly synchronize music with iTunes, providing a simple and easy way to transfer DRM-free music, photos, and videos to your Palm Pre. To use this feature, all you have to do is connect your Pre to your Mac or PC, select media sync on the phone, and choose which DRM-free media files to transfer. The Pre can also act as a mass storage drive, letting you side-load your media content. The Pre will... Read more...
At long last, we can wonder no longer. After waiting months and months, Palm and Sprint have finally come to an agreement on when the company's forthcoming flagship product will launch: June 6th. Originally announced this past January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the much-hyped Pre was slated to hit Sprint sometime during the first half of this year. Until today, however, we've had no idea what exact day that would be.The smartphone will be the first ever to utilize Palm's newly created webOS operating system, and obviously it will be offered exclusively from Sprint. The phone will be on sale starting June 6th across America in Sprint  stores, Best Buy, Radio Shack, select... Read more...
On Thursday, Palm and Sprint had a webcast to go over --- what else? --- the Palm Pre. Unfortunately, the information we all wanted to hear, meaning pricing and availability, was not revealed. What they did dish on were the service plans. Individuals can choose from 450 minutes ($69.99), 900 minutes ($89.99) or unlimited plans ($99.99). Families can choose from 1500 minutes ($129.99), 3000 minutes ($169.99) or unlimited plans ($189.99). Business customers can pool their minutes together using an unlimited plan.Oh, and why the name Pre? "Because it’s anticipatory," and indicates looking forward to the future, "ahead of time." Well, at the rate things are going we could be anticipating the Pre... Read more...
Whoa, brother. Talk about lighting the world on fire with a single interview. Palm investor Roger McNamee has reportedly stated that loyal iPhone users will be jumping at the chance to ditch their cellphone in favor of the upcoming Pre (a Sprint exclusive), which has led to all sorts of opinions on the matter. So we figured, why not one more? The exact quote was this: "You know the beautiful thing: June 29, 2009, is the two-year anniversary of the first shipment of the iPhone. Not one of those people will still be using an iPhone a month later." The "month later" bit refers to a month after Palm's much hyped new smartphone launches sometime in the first half of this year, and while it's perfectly... Read more...
To all of you who wondered if Apple indeed had the patents to back up its thinly veiled threats against Palm regarding the multi-touch feature of the iPhone and iPod Touch: it appears the answer is yes. On January 20th, 2009, Apple was awarded patent number 7,479,949 which appears to cover much of the iPhone's multi-touch user interface. Apple's earnings conference call was January 21st, the day after the patent was awarded. Small wonder that COO Tim Cook should say the following during the call (emphasis ours): I don't want to talk about any specific company. I'm just making a general statement that we think competition is good. It makes us all better. And we are ready to suit up and go against... Read more...
SRS Labs Introduces the Much Anticipated Premium Sound™ Suite for PCs Advanced audio solution delivers a high-quality, immersive audio experience for playback of music, video and game content over any speaker configuration Platform and development support available for immediate implementation on PCs SANTA ANA, CA, October 28, 2008 -- SRS Labs (NASDAQ:SRSL), the industry leader in surround sound, audio, and voice technologies, announced today the introduction of SRS Premium Sound™ for the PC market. SRS Premium Sound is a comprehensive suite of state-of-the-art audio technologies that deliver a superior entertainment experience for playback of music, video and game content on the... Read more...
It looks like Dell is moving forward with its somewhat bizarre idea of pre-bundling movies starting at $25 a pop onto new systems. Dell's first foray into this new business model was a few weeks ago when you could order Iron Man pre-installed on a Dell system. Now that it has partnered with CinemaNow, the selection of titles grow. The press release is below...Dell Jump-Starts Digital Libraries with Pre-Installed Movies Powered by CinemaNowMovie Bundles include Spider-Man, The Matrix, and Children’s pack starting at $25Round Rock, Texas, October 23, 2008--Today Dell and CinemaNow teamed to provide a simple, economical way to jump-start a digital music library by pre-loading movie bundles on select... Read more...
It's hardly a game-changer, but it's pretty cool. Anyone who's looked at the comments on YouTube posts know that they are certainly not works of literary art. Well, if you heard your comment read back to you, would you still post it, with all its grammar and spelling errors? Perhaps not. YouTube has added an audio preview feature to its comments. They didn't publicize it, so we only happened to notice it as we were going to comment on a video myself (which we don't do that often). You can see it below. Our guess is, the lack of publicity is because: they didn't think of it themselves. As a friend of ours pointed out, a couple of weeks ago, xkcd posted a strip called "Listen to Yourself" (below)... Read more...
We have to admit, we keep having trouble typing the name of this.  We keep typing Mail Googles. We also have to admit: if this were April 1st, this would be an obvious prank.  That said ...Anyone remember when on Friends Rachel got drunk and left Ross a voicemail telling him she had "closure" over their non-existent relationship? Well, that's called "drunk dialing." In a "not-that-useful-but-at-least-offbeat" Gmail Labs "feature," Google is introducing Mail Goggles, which aim to prevent you from "drunk emailing."To access it, you go into Settings, and then the Lab subsection. Scroll down and you'll see it (by default it's disabled). Enable it, and now you're "protected" from sending... Read more...
Weezer has done it again in a stroke of viral genius.  With their recent exclusive Yahoo! video release of the song "Trouble Maker, they offer a encore show-stealing performance.  Just as they did with the ground-breaking YouTube release of their hit "Pork and Beans", where they featured a number of viral internet video "stars", the group breaks new ground by once again, calling upon a "crowd sourced' concept, getting their fans into the act in a very special way.  In August, the band shot the video for Troublemaker in Los Angeles where they summoned fans to help them break several world records.  The entire shoot was overseen by Guiness Book of World Records... Read more...
With Windows 7 slated for either late 2009 or early 2008, those of us foolish enough to buy into Microsoft's hype over Windows Vista Ultimate Extras are probably running out of time in which we might see a really useful Extra come down the pipe. The latest set of underwhelming Extras were released last week, so quietly we sure didn't notice. Microsoft announced them in a blog post on the official Windows Vista blog. The new release includes: Microsoft Tinker: Microsoft Tinker is a casual game that provides players with short puzzle game play sessions set in a warm, calming environment. Ultimate Extras Sounds from Microsoft Tinker: Based on the positive feedback we received from the release of... Read more...
Thermaltake is ready to formally introduce its Xpressar RCS100 Micro Refrigeration Cooling System, which was first shown off at Computex in June. If you haven't yet seen the Xpressar RCS100, it is somewhat similar to the famed VapoChill Vapor Phase-Change Cooling systems we have shown you a few occasions in the past, but Thermaltake's offering differs in that it utilizes a DC Inverter type micro compressor to cool the PC. In fact, Thermaltake is claiming to be the first to use such a design.To quote Thermaltake, the company summarized the Xpressar as "... a micro vapor-compression refrigeration system. The vapor-compression refrigeration system has been the most widely used method for air-conditioning... Read more...
There should be no doubt that streaming video is quickly gaining in popularity. Recent studies shows that about 20 percent of U.S. households are watching TV online. Hulu has quickly grown to be the eighth-largest video site in the U.S., and it is even hosting a number of TV season premiers before the shows' officially broadcast dates. A new video search site, VideoSurf has recently sprung up, leveraging the mounting mountain of disparate online videos. Even Internet veteran, IMDb.com, has finally embraced streaming video and added the ability to view of 6,000 movies and TV shows.   Credit: HDTV on the DishIf there is one constant to be found among these online video sources, it is... Read more...
Hulu, the joint venture between NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox) announced on Tuesday post the premieres of many shows not as soon as they appear on TV, but rather prior to broadcast. Hulu said it would be showing the season-opening episodes of Knight Rider, Lipstick Jungle, Chuck, Life and 30 Rock a full week before the shows hit the airwaves. You can find Hulu's fall premiere lineup here, which will be coming to the site over the next seven weeks. While new to Hulu, this isn't the first time that season premieres have appeared online prior to broadcast. For example, earlier this year NBC Universal launched season four of Battlestar Galactica on SciFi.com 10 hours before broadcast, and... Read more...
With the release of EA/Maxis's Spore (one of the most hotly anticipated games of 2008) only a mere 10 days away, more details about the $49.99 game have come out as well as another sneak-peek video of what gamers can expect come September 7. In the meantime, players have been busy creating creatures for Spore, with the $9.99 Spore Creature Creator, which has been available since June 17. And the many varied user-created creators have been quickly populating the Sporepedia for users to admire and even download if they wish. For the truly die-hard Spore wannabe, EA/Maxis even sponsored an "Ultimate Spore Creature Creator Dance Off Contest" on YouTube, where users uploaded videos of their creatures... Read more...
Physics: as geeks, we just have to love the subject. We loved learning about geniuses like Isaac Newton and concepts like gravity, acceleration and inertia. Also, typical of geeks, we love gaming. So, combining physics acceleration and gaming just sounds like a really cool idea. For the past several years, we've been learning more and more about physics in gaming in the form of PhysX, a technology created by a company called Ageia. The original approach to PhysX by Ageia was a dedicated PhysX card that sported a PPU (physics processing unit). Ageia partnered with companies like BFG and ASUS to bring the PhysX cards to market. We actually reviewed the BFG version here in the HotHardware labs over... Read more...
Physics: as geeks, we just have to love the subject. We loved learning about geniuses like Isaac Newton and concepts like gravity, acceleration and inertia. Also, typical of geeks, we love gaming. So, combining physics acceleration and gaming just sounds like a really cool idea. For the past several years, we've been learning more and more about physics in gaming in the form of PhysX, a technology created by a company called Ageia. The original approach to PhysX by Ageia was a dedicated PhysX card that sported a PPU (physics processing unit). Ageia partnered with companies like BFG and ASUS to bring the PhysX cards to market. We actually reviewed the BFG version here in the HotHardware labs... Read more...
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