Posts tagged with: webOS
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    There comes a time in every tech geek’s life when they have to ask themselves a question – “What else is out there?” There was a time when every platform – iOS, Android, Blackberry, PalmOS/webOS, Symbian, etc – offered something unique to the mobile space. They offered something compelling to keep you locked into their own ecosystems, so that you wouldn’t dare stray afield.  These days, that is becoming less and less of a concern. Platforms are catching up with other platforms and there is a lot more parity then there used to be. This isn’t universally the case, but the ...

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    Palm's webOS – at least the webOS we knew and loved - is dead. Sure, LG's picked up the platform for use in its smart TVs, and aspects the OS have lived on as they inspired devs working on current mobile platforms, but we're never going to see another Pre, Veer, or Pixi. But while webOS itself may be fading into the background, the minds behind it continue to contribute to this industry, and we just got word of a couple big webOS names finding a new home with a smartwatch manufacturer, with Pebble hiring both Itai Vonshak and Liron Damir. Vonshak and Damir both moved to LG after HP ...

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    Interesting news hit the feeds last week. HP former smartphone maker and barely-tablet maker wants to make its own smartwatch. Yes. A smartwatch. There have been some rumors and teaser graphics surrounding this device and that’s all fine and good. Some speculation came to our attention regarding this HP smartwatch, and it has some merit, or at the very least should be considered. HP’s smartwatch should run webOS. Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Did I leave the oven on when I left the house this morning?” I have good news for you. Probably not. But now ...

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    Looks like the history of Palm isn't over yet, after the company has been purchased by HP in 2010. It looks like Palm is changing hands once again, as now, according to an official press release, Qualcomm is acquiring it from HP, alongside others, including a patent portfolio consisting of around 1,400 granted and pending patents from the US, and 1,000 more from other countries. The chip-maker's move comes almost a year after webOS has been sold by HP to LG. In addition, Qualcomm also purchased IPAQ and Bitfone patents from HP, but the Palm move brings Adam Doud's editorial into the ...

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    This week at CES, we will see a rebirth, or as the Verge calls it, a reboot. Our old friend, webOS is making its triumphant return to the large screen it was always meant for. No, I’m not referring to tablets, but to TV’s. Oh, didn’t you hear the news? Yeah, we review TV’s now. (No, we don’t). But webOS’s return to electronics is definitely interesting. Sure, it’s not the electronics we want, nor does it resemble the interface we’ve all come to know and love - and more on that later - but it is confirmation that the webOS zombie has dug itself out of its grave and begun to ...

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    "Avalanches above, business continues below." That's a lyric from a very weird song, but it also encapsulates the goings-on in the Pocketnow offices this week - with technology news bubbling up from the outside world even as review devices tumble down from above. We'll talk about those devices as well as the rest of the happenings in the mobile technology world, and we'll take questions from your listener mail in the ninety minutes of this week's podcast. (We'll also take every opportunity to distract you from Michael Fisher's awful audio quality with promises of G Flex coverage, coming ...

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    Legacy. There are few words in the English language that carry more power, more prominence, or more distinction. Legacy is what lives beyond. It’s what carries forward whether its creator moves forward with it or not. Everyone strives for a legacy, whether it's a parent who wants to put their child in a better place than they had, or a king who desires a strong and prosperous kingdom. Legacy is on every mind and in every heart on the planet. Big or small. Our favorite operating system is dead as we know it. Sure there are a few devices still making the rounds, a few stalwart fans that ...

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    Two years and one week ago, Leo Apotheker, then-CEO of HP, changed the face of mobile technology. To some, it was reconstructive plastic surgery. To other, it was the popping of a pimple. But regardless of your perception, a face was changed. To commemorate the occasion, Managing Editor Anton D. Nagy challenged me to brush off my Pre 3 after about a year of retirement, and fire that puppy up again. My task for the week was to use my Pre 3 and webOS as my daily driver – as much as possible. Basically if I had a mobile technology task to accomplish, I was to reach for the Pre 3 first. I ...

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    Before we begin, we'd just like to say something to everyone who's going to call us out for click-baiting with that "Galaxy S 5" title: your allegations are completely founded and true. But look here: even though Galaxy S 5 rumors are (to say the least) premature and indicative of a serious problem with our nasty-fast industry -an issue we discuss on the air- they're also important. That's because, as unreliable and, frankly, stupid as they are, they also give us an opportunity to discuss the future of Samsung industrial design. And any opportunity we get to talk about the Galaxy family in ...

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    The HP TouchPad Go was to be the savior of webOS as we knew it.  It would have, with one swipe up and one swipe over, cast aside all doubt that HP and webOS were major players in the tablet space. But HP just couldn't give it a chance to swoop in and save the day. OK seriously, the TouchPad Go would have been a nice little tablet – emphasis on little – and may have stalled webOS's decline. Realistically though, it would not have stopped the great “Too Many Cards” in the sky from ultimately claiming webOS into her bosom. But it would have been really nice to try. So, for those of ...

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    Today marks the anniversary of the release of the first webOS handset, the Palm Pre. As such, you're bound to see plenty of nostalgic looks back on the much-beloved platform throughout the day – and we're certainly no exception. But beyond all that, we have ourselves somewhat of an oddity today, with some actual webOS news crossing our desk – that's saying something for a platform that's been shuttered for the better part of two years. This development concerns one of the key digital signatures webOS uses to authenticate communication with HP's servers. Like a credit card, these ...

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    Sometimes you get listener mail that asks how the band got together in the first place. Sometimes that happens the day after you drop some nostalgic sentimentalism all over the internet. Sometimes, simultaneously, there are some sweet, juicy rumors and leaks about a top-of-the-line camera phone with what looks like a moon crater on it. Sometimes you gotta put all that into a podcast with the original cadre of Pocketnow 'casters, and see what comes out. All that, plus the longest outtake reel in the history of Pocketnow, more Nokia EOS rumors than you can shake a stick at, the first-ever ...

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    It's been four years to the day that Palm's would-be savior platform, webOS, launched to much hoopla with the original Pre. And though the days since have been dark ones indeed for the all-but-dead platform, we thought it would be nice to indulge our nostalgia on this, the anniversary day of "20090606," with a Palm Pre unboxing. Fortunately, our own Michael Fisher happened to have a like-new Palm Pre box, an artifact from a launch-day excursion to his local Sprint store all those years ago. And while the Pre within might charitably be called "well-loved" in terms of its physical condition, ...

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    We had an interesting bit of synchronicity crop up in the offices of Pocketnow -and in the recording studios of our weekly tech podcast- this week: we're simultaneously in possession of one of the thinnest, newest tablets in the world - and one of the clunkiest, oldest ones. The interesting part about the latter: it never officially existed. We'll talk about that, plus rumors of yet another mini-Galaxy that ain't bashful about skimping on specs, and a Motorola smartphone that's all-American from design to manufacture. We'll also cover rumors of a newer, flatter iOS 7 as well as updates to ...

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    Everyone has their own idea of what "perfect" means. What I, personally, see as the perfect device may be a hunk of useless junk to the next guy. And every existing smartphone – and any other device or product, for that matter – comes with its own set of flaws, large or small. So the term "perfect" in a broad, general sense is virtually impossible. It's very unlikely for a company to deliver one product that not one person has a single complaint about. It's also unlikely that everyone can and will agree on that same product being great. One person might not like the way it looks, ...

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