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Showing posts from May 20, 2008

Has Palm Given Up The Fight? 850W To Roll With 32Mb.

I've discussed at great length what I think is wrong with Palm at the moment: accountants making decisions that engineers should be making.
Here is another.
TamsPPC have recieved specs of the 850W and if we are to believe them then Palm has corporately taken leave of its senses. SDRam is listed at 32mb, not the 64Mb normal on today's devices or the 128Mb that we're beginning to see on high devices.
This is such a crazy decision that I'm going to have to say that the info is flawed. Its the only rational explanation. Either it got misread in the data transfer or Tam's contact was ill-informed.
Whatever the cause, I'm calling it incorrect. No self-respecting company would make that kind of decision in today's competitive market.
It would be commercial suicide.

New iPhone To Do GPS?

Funny how leaky the Apple ship has apparently become in the last few months, with all the alleged iPhone rumours floating about.
The latest one probably passes the likelihood test: GPS. Its hardly guaranteed, but rumours of a geotagging service would point to its presence. Of course those rumours may amount to nothing more than a bit of wishful thinking but whilst we wait until June 9th and the likely launch date they may be the only things we clutch hold of for stories.

Save The Start Menu

Adam Z Lein at Pocketnow has a great post on the much-maligned Windows Mobile Start menu

Its been a point of dispute for Windows Mobile naysayers for some time, yet as Adam points out its a brilliantly simple way of providing two press access to the Today screen and your most common apps.

What's Going On At Yahoo?

Yahoo's AGM, due on July 3rd has been postponed until ''the end of July" and the company has lost one board member, Edward Kozel, likely as a result of the failure to reach agreement with Microsoft on the on-off-on again takeover deal.
With Microsoft supporter Carl Icahn increasing his shareholding and proposing to force through the replacement of the whole board at the AGM, it seems to be a strange decision to delay and allow him to strengthen his position further. Unless of course a deal with Microsoft is now seen as inevitable and the board is looking to get the best proposal on its terms before it has to face the shareholders.
Looks like Steve Ballmer will eventually get his prize, one way or another.

Palm CFO Hints At Summer Linux Release

You can pick up some gems in the strangest of places, Engadget have been fishing in Palm CFO Andy Brown's Tech Conference wth JPMorgan and hooked what appears to be a promise of Palm-Linux this summer.

Given the years of Palm underperformance I'm inclined to take a big pinch of salt with this one. Are we talking about an actual shipping device (unlikely) or a demo of a working system itself?

Palm needs to score big with this, whatever they plan to deliver. Another debacle of Foleo proportions really will bring about the end very quickly indeed.

Nokia N810: Impressions

Another new device that I've been playing with for a while, but not really mentioned very much, is the Nokia N810. Its been around for four or five months now, but I've yet to see anyone else using one in anger. In fact at a recent Microsoft seminar I could see the technical people straining their necks to try and work out what it was.

Aside from OS2008, which is much the same as the version released for the N800, the important thing with the N810 are the hardware changes. Gone are the rotating webcam, from mounted speakers and nav-pad; in comes a keyboard, GPS and built-in flash memory (2GB). The two SD card slots have disappeared too, replaced by the aforementioned flash and a single mini-SD slot which is HC compatible, so should work with cards up to at least 32GB, as they come out.

The screen remains the same, which is a positive thing, as it remains a fantastic and unique feature on Nokia's Internet tablets. When combined with the really rather good Mozilla based web br…

3G iPhone To Feature Over The Air iTunes?

With the accepted wisdom being that the much anticipated 3G iPhone will launch next month, speculation is turning to what Apple will use all the additional bandwidth for. And the obvious answer is over the air downloads of music, video and other content.It seems a logical strategy, after all users are already locked in to the iTunes music store and spending money freely. Why not take advantage of the extra ability to sell to them whilst they are out and about. Especially as they have already demonstrated a blatant preference for style over value in purchasing the iPhone in the first place... Its likely that an OTA download will be more expensive than your regular download, the content owners and mobile service providers are likely to want a bite of the profits after all. Yet I think Apple's involvement will probably make this a viable service. Unlike those which have been unsuccessfully pushed by the operators and manufacturers in the past. Remember those adverts from a decade ago…

Palm OS Is Dead?

PDA247 is one of my regular visits, its a good place for news and today's article by Shaun McGill really emphahsises a theme that's becoming more and more prevalent: Palm OS is Dead. For those who don't know the origins of PDA247 are buried deep in the depths of the PalmOS, as Clieworld, so these guys are usually quite kind about Palm.

I'm afraid when Palm start losing these sorts of people they've reached the end of the road. Palm OS ruled the roost as recently as five years ago, yet now most sane people won't go near it. So far out of date that its laughable, Palm OS can't even handle the simple requirements of a relatively simple smartphone, never mind anything advanced. Palm's best devices run Windows Mobile and even they are some way behind the competition.

Anyone comparing a Treo to an iPhone or a modern Windows Mobile device, would peg the former as a relic of years gone by. And lets be honest, the Treo has barely advanced since Palm's takeover…

Battle of the SuperPDAs: Advantage vs Universal

As I mentioned in a previous post, I've been playing around with HTCs mammoth Advantage PDA for the last few weeks. I've actually had it for much longer than that, but because of its shortcomings (more of which later) I'd used it very little.

Of all the machines I've used in the last few years the HTC Universal (aka XDA Exec, MDA Pro) has been the one with the form-factor I've been most impressed with. The device itself has some issues, but a lot of these have either been addressed through ROM updates or by the community at XDA-Developers.

So having spent some time with the Advantage has it won me over? Well, more of that later. I like the fast processor, the bigger screen and the built-in Microdrive. And I'm sure that the replacement 7510 will impress me even more.

But it is a flawed device.

You can't really fit it in your pocket. Which means you won't always have it with you, which means more often than not the time you need it most is the one where you d…