Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Avvenu Access 'n Share Coming to the Palm Foleo

Palm an Avvenu have announced that a Foleo Mobile Companion client for Avvenu's Access 'n Share service will be made available on the same day that Palm releases the Foleo.

Previously available for Palm Treo smartphones and PC/Mac web browsers, this new version of Access 'n Share was developed to take full advantage of Foleo's large screen size and wireless capabilities. Foleo users can securely browse PC files and folders, preview photos, download and upload documents, and share files with others. Access 'n Share also provides an optional personal digital locker that allows users to securely store and synchronize files from their PCs to an Avvenu server, providing remote access even when their PCs are turned off or not connected to the Internet.
"Palm Foleo is a great way to display and edit documents and information available on a Palm Treo smartphone," said Richard French, chief executive officer for Avvenu. "Avvenu Access 'n Share completes the proposition by allowing Foleo users to remotely access and share files stored on their work or home personal computers, whenever they are connected to the Internet."

"The combination of a Foleo, Treo and Avvenu Access 'n Share gives mobile professionals a direct route to access business-critical information without the worry of carrying everything with them," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for Palm, Inc. "And the Foleo's large screen and full-size keyboard is optimal for viewing and editing downloaded PowerPoint or Word documents."
More information on the Palm Foleo Mobile Companion can be found at the Palm website. Additional information on Avvenu's Access 'n Share service can be found on the Avvenu website.

Palm and Bluefire Announce Mobile Security VPN

Earlier today Palm and Baltimore based Bluefire announced a virtual private network (VPN) client for the Palm Foleo Mobile Companion.

"Palm is truly demonstrating its leadership by selecting Bluefire's mobile VPN client for the Foleo," said Mark Komisky, chief executive officer for Bluefire. "It is essential that device manufacturers, wireless carriers and other industry leaders be proactive about the growing threat of wireless attacks. Palm Foleo users can be sure that their mobile data is secure."

"Security features and service are a priority among companies, and we continue to work to make our products compatible with security standards," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for Palm, Inc. "Teaming with Bluefire to deliver a secure VPN solution on the Foleo will help protect customer data."

The announcement of Bluefire VPN client application should be a big win for mobile professionals who will want to access the resources of their corporate network without having to carry their laptop. This should open the door to the corporate network's secure web applications using the Opera browser and either a broadband cellular data connection from a Treo smartphone or the Foleo's own built-in Wi-Fi radio.

More information about Palm's upcoming Foleo Mobile Companion can be found on the Palm website. Additional details about Bluefire's VPN solution can be found on the Bluefire website.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Palm Reposts the Sprint Treo 700p Update

Yesterday afternoon, Palm posted an update to their company blog stating that the Treo 700p maintenance release (MR) update had been made available again on the Palm website.

Paul Loeffler writes for Palm:

The SD card updater has been reposted to the Palm site - installation details can be found here. We are working to resolve the installation issue with the desktop updater and will make it available as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Verizon Wireless users, we will make the 700p MR available as soon as we can.

It would seem that the problem is with the HotSync update method and not with the SD card install method. I've used the SD card method on a few Treo 700p devices now and all upgraded without a problem.

Verizon customers are still waiting for their update. This may not be a bad thing as I have experienced some annoying issues with my Treo since applying the MR update. While these issues, which include a dial tone bug, do not out weight the number of things that Palm has fixed with this update. I only hope that Verizon customers get the additional bug fixes that Sprint customers didn't get.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

mDayscape for Palm Foleo Announced

MotionApps has jointly announced with Palm to develop mDayscape a complete personal information manager (PIM) for the Foleo Mobile Companion. The joint press release reads (in part):

"Bringing a contacts, calendar and tasks application to the Foleo further increases usability of the Treo and enhances the user experience in a continued shift away from the desktop and toward a smartphone as a center of computing," said Voja Lalich, chief executive officer of MotionApps. "All of us at MotionApps are very excited to announce the launch of mDayscape on Palm's first mobile companion product."

By building the Palm Foleo on an open Linux-based platform and publishing all the tools people might need, Palm hopes to establish a vibrant developer community to create new applications that extend the mobile companion's built-in capabilities. MotionApps demonstrates the ease with which exciting technology andapplications can be ported to the Palm Foleo Mobile Companion.

"Using MotionApps' Quick Add feature, a user can add a new calendar event in seconds, and the event will be mirrored automatically on the user's smartphone. All this is done with the comfort, efficiency and convenience of the full-size keyboard and wide screen on Foleo," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for Palm, Inc.

MotionApps announcement to deliver a full featured PIM suite to the Palm Foleo is welcomed news. One of the criticisms of the Foleo was that it lacked basic personal information management tools that made Palm's PDA handhelds and Treo smartphones so popular.

For more information about Palm's new Foleo Mobile Companion you can visit the Palm website. Additional information about mDayscape and release notification can be found on the MotionApps website. mDayscape will be available for purchase on the same day the Palm Foleo is released. Further details about pricing and availability has not been announced.

Read the complete press release

Astraware Announces Titles for the Palm Foleo

Palm and Astraware have issued joint press releases to announce Astraware's support of the Foleo Mobile Companion. Two of Astraware's most popular games, Soduko and Solitaire will be developed for the Palm Foleo with a pledge to release additional titles in the future. The press release reads (in part):

"The Palm Foleo is a unique and exciting new type of device, and we're thrilled to make two great popular games available for its users," said David Oakley, chief technology officer for Astraware. "The Foleo is an ideal companion for high-powered, time-starved executives, and Solitaire and Sudoku are ideal games to let them relax once their work is done."

"Business productivity is a major driving force for mobile computing; however we also believe in the importance of balancing work and personal time," said Mark Bercow, senior vice president of business development for Palm, Inc. "This is why we give mobile professionals the option to relax with a game of solitaire or a stimulating puzzle during downtime."

According to the Astraware representative that I spoke with, Astraware Sudoku and Solitaire will be available for purchase on the same day the Palm Foleo Mobile Companion launches. Pricing and availability is not known at this time, except in so far as Palm has committed to releasing the Foleo later this summer.

More information about Palm's Foleo Mobile Companion can be found on the Palm website. Additional information about Astraware's line up of popular mobile games can be found on the Astraware website.

Read the complete press release...

The Foleo Team Interviews Jeff Hawkins

The Palm Foleo team has posted a new audio interview with company founder Jeff Hawkins to try to answer some of the questions that have been appearing in discussion forums on blogs like Foleo Fanatics.

You can listen to the interview or download the .mp3 file here.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Brighthand: Why I Like the Mobile Companion Concept

Ed Hardy has a new editorial over on Brighthand. In it he writes:

"A few weeks ago, Palm, Inc. unveiled the Foleo, the first product in its new "Mobile Companion" category.

This won't be a handheld, smartphone, or laptop. As its name suggests, it will be a special-purpose device intended to act in conjunction with a smartphone and not replacing it, letting people view the Web and their email on a larger screen and enter text with a full-size keyboard

Even though Palm doesn't want to admit it, it's not the first company to develop something like this. The first one I can think of that that attracted worldwide attention was the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet, which was recently followed up by the N800.

Whether you call the device a Mobile Companion or an Internet Tablet, this is a class of devices that I believe has a great deal of potential."

Keep reading...

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

IT Business Edge Foleo Article

Rob Enderle has written an good editorial over on ITBusinessEdge.com on the state of computing, and discusses how an idea like the Palm Foleo can play a role in the transformation of computing. Mr. Enderle writes:

"The Promise of Foleo

You shouldn’t look at Foleo as a done product. It isn’t. Much like the first Palm Pilot, smartphone, or PC, this is the beginning of what could be a major change. Palm doesn’t have all of the parts, many are being created by others, some of whom are Palm partners, and some Palm likely doesn’t even know about yet.

As cool as it looks, the Foleo is only the beginning. We are at the forefront of a major change, one that could make obsolete the PC as we know it, make products like the iPhone, as a class, look foolish in hindsight, and could provide us with a level of security, reliability, and portability we have only seen in science fiction."

Read the full article...

Thanks to 1SRC member bulls96 for sending in this tip.

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Foleo Fails to Address Mobile User Needs

Ryan, over at Palm InfoCenter, has posted an article called "Analyst Says Foleo Fails to Address Mobile User Needs".

In the article, Gartner's PDA/Smartphone sector analyst Todd Kort goes on about how the Foleo is going to be a flop. While I don't have access to the entire report, I have to wonder: Has Kort ever said anything good about Palm?

Here is to hoping that Kort is wrong. (Again.)

Read the PIC article...


You can read the summary of Todd Kort's Palm Foleo analysis on the Gartner website.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Chad Garrett - Why I Think the Foleo is Brilliant

Chad Garrett has posted an article over on Ranting...In a Mobile World titled "Why I think the Palm Foleo is brilliant".

At first, I did not know what to think of the Palm Foleo. What is it? A mobile companion? A laptop? It certainly is not the "new" Treo or device I was hoping for. That aside, it is just what I think any mobile professional or tech person needs.

The Palm Foleo is essentially a very thin, light flashed-based, instant on/off, Linux powered "laptop". I say "laptop" because that is instantly what it will be compared to. Every one I have spoken to says, "Why would Palm do this. I carry a laptop, Treo, now this? It's too much!". These people are missing one big point: the device is an accessory meant to sync with your smartphone to make your portable life easier- it is not meant to replace your laptop.

Keep reading...

Answers to Common Questions on the Palm Foleo

Brighthand's Ed Hardy tries to tackle some of the unanswered questions in the wake of last week's Palm Foleo product announcement.

Palm, Inc. took the wraps off the Foleo Mobile Companion a few days ago, but many people still have questions about this upcoming device.

Much of this is a result of the fact that Palm is keeping mum on many of the details on the Foleo. The timing of Wednesday's announcement seems to have been more about taking advantage of all the publicity around the All Things Digital conference, rather than because Palm is close to releasing this new product.

Still, some additional information on the Foleo has emerged since the announcement.

Keep reading...

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

We've Moved!

I have just completed the move to a new domain and hosting service. Hopefully this move will ensure that the Foleo Fanatics website will be ready to serve up all of the Foleo goodness that you need.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Foleo Fanatics Video Podcast 001

The first Foleo Fanatics video podcast has been posted for your viewing pleasure. The inaugural podcast covers:

  • I'm your host, Alan Grassia
  • Palm Foleo overview

Download Foleo Fanatics video podcast 001...

The Foleo Fanatics video podcast is encoded in the Apple QuickTime file format. You can download the free QuickTime Player here.

Foleo Discussion at the NYPC PalmPilot Meeting

Grace & Ted dropped me a note to remind me that the NYPC PalmPilot special interest group meeting will be held this Wednesday.

NYPC PalmPilot SIG meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month and start at 6:30 PM. All user levels are welcome.

NYPC membership is not mandatory, but highly recommended to Palm SIG members.

Location: Meetings are held at NYPC's offices in the New Yorker/Ramada Hotel, 8th Avenue & 34th Street, Suite 551. Take the A, E, or C trains to 34th Street.
(Map: http://tinyurl.com/yavrxj)

June 6th meeting: We'll discuss the new Palm Foleo mobile companion.

For more info about the Foleo: (http://tinyurl.com/2ee4r5)

See you on Wednesday!

Grace & Ted

NYPC PalmPilot SIG
Grace Lee & Ted Cohn, Co-Chairs
email: nypcpalmpilot@gmail.com
URL: http://nypc.org/palm.php

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Palm Foleo turns smartphone into genius

Pocketables.com has a new article called "Palm Foleo turns smartphone into genius".

Dubbing the Foleo a mobile companion and "the best idea [he's] ever had," Hawkins suggests that even though the 10.55" x 6.67" x 0.94" clamshell is the size of a subnotebook and is equipped with wi-fi for independent use of the preloaded Opera Web browser, it "isn't intended to replace a laptop."

Of course, depending on the amount and kind of third-party applications developed for the Linux-based operating system, all of that could change.

Read the full article...

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Foleo - The Yahoo! Discussion Group

1SRC co-founder Joel Suplido has just dropped me a note to inform me of his new Palm Foleo Yahoo! discussion group called 'foleo.' You can view the group and sign up for membership here. I've just submitted my request to join. Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 1, 2007

1SR Podcast 131 Covers the Foleo

This week on the 1SRC Podcast, show 131, I am joined by Gadgets On The Go editor, Jimmie Geddes and PalmAddict podcast host Tyler Faux to discuss the launch and initial reaction to the Palm Foleo.

Listen to 1SRC Podcast Show 131...

Welcome to Foleo Fanatics!

Earlier this week Palm founder, Jeff Hawkins, took the wraps off of what I believe is the beginning of a new exciting platform, the Palm Foleo.

Right now, Palm is positioning the Foleo to be a mobile companion to the Treo smartphone. Later on, Palm hopes to work with other mobile phone manufactures to add support for Foleo.

What really interests me is that the Foleo runs a version of the Linux operating system. Palm has committed to releasing a software development kit, or SDK, at the same time the Foleo begins shipping. I believe that the same enterprising spirit that helped build up the original Palm Pilot will help drive the enhancement and extension of the Foleo from a mobile companion to a user accessible, portable computing platform...with or without a mobile phone.

The Palm Foleo will begin shipping "later this summer." Until then, keep checking back for news and information about this exciting new product from Palm.

Foleo Product Information

Learn more about the Palm Foleo...
Watch Jeff Hawkins Foleo announcement...