Monday, August 29, 2011

Rumor: Samsung Looking to Buy webOS from HP? [UPDATED]


Palm employees and fanatics alike have lived through many near death experiences with their company, hardware, and software.  The latest rumor, if true, may give webOS a new lease on life after HP announced a drastic cut back on webOS hardware, canceling the HP TouchPad and greatly reducing the markets the HP Pre3 would be released in.

Now, according to DigiTimes, via AllThingsD's blog, Samsung may be talking to HP about acquiring webOS.
"The latest: That Samsung is mulling a bid for webOS as a way of reducing its reliance on Google’s Android OS and competing more effectively with Apple. Samsung could conceivably pick up where HP left off, bringing the operating system not just to phones and tablets, but to PCs as well. Added bonus: the accompanying IP would likely prove helpful in the company’s patent battle with Apple."
Publicly, at least, HP has pledged to continue to develop webOS for use on the company's PCs; which they are also looking to spin off, in a move similar to the one that IBM made a few years so.

Update:

"Samsung CEO Gee-Sung Choi has struck down any such thoughts (and unlike Leo Apotheker, Choi has a firm grasp of what’s going on in his company), saying outright to reporters at the IFA conference in Berlin that Samsung would “never” pursue a purchase of webOS. Bloomberg reported that a Samsung spokesperson confirmed the statement. He went on to say that “It’s not right that acquiring an operating system is becoming a fashion,” and that creating an OS is “harder than people outside think.”

Facebook for webOS Updated


HP's Palm unit has released an update to their Facebook application.  The maintenance update includes an Exhibition update for webOS smartphones running webOS 2.x.  (If you are one of the many webOS users who are locked into webOS 1.4.5, this update will do little for you.)

To get the Facebook for webOS 1.5.562 update for your webOS device, use the Software Manager application, or use the HP App Catalog to search for the Facebook application.

Apple Releases iTunes 10.4.1 Update


With all the fun and excitement that we've been experiencing here on the east coast (earthquakes, hurricanes, and power outages) you may not have seen that Apple has released a maintenance updates to iTunes 10.

The maintenance update to iTunes 10.4.1 fixes issues with things like the addition of artwork, unresponsiveness when purchasing HD movies, issues launching iTunes after waking your Mac, VoiceOver support, and issues between iTunes and some third-party keyboards with multimedia controls.

The 12MB update is available now via the Apple Software Update control panel.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

A Letter from Steve Jobs


To the Apple Board of Directors and the Apple Community:

I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple’s CEO, I would be the first to let you know. Unfortunately, that day has come.

I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.

As far as my successor goes, I strongly recommend that we execute our succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO of Apple.

I believe Apple’s brightest and most innovative days are ahead of it. And I look forward to watching and contributing to its success in a new role.

I have made some of the best friends of my life at Apple, and I thank you all for the many years of being able to work alongside you.

Steve


I wish both Steve Jobs and Tim Cook the best of luck.


[Via Apple PR website...]

Steve Jobs Steps Down as Apple CEO; Tim Cook Promoted to CEO

Earlier today, the leadership of Apple, Inc. passed from co-founder Stephen P. Jobs to former Chief Operating Officer, Tim Cook.

"CUPERTINO, California—August 24, 2011—Apple’s Board of Directors today announced that Steve Jobs has resigned as Chief Executive Officer, and the Board has named Tim Cook, previously Apple’s Chief Operating Officer, as the company’s new CEO. Jobs has been elected Chairman of the Board and Cook will join the Board, effective immediately.

“Steve’s extraordinary vision and leadership saved Apple and guided it to its position as the world’s most innovative and valuable technology company,” said Art Levinson, Chairman of Genentech, on behalf of Apple's Board. “Steve has made countless contributions to Apple’s success, and he has attracted and inspired Apple’s immensely creative employees and world class executive team. In his new role as Chairman of the Board, Steve will continue to serve Apple with his unique insights, creativity and inspiration.”

“The Board has complete confidence that Tim is the right person to be our next CEO,” added Levinson. “Tim’s 13 years of service to Apple have been marked by outstanding performance, and he has demonstrated remarkable talent and sound judgment in everything he does.”

Jobs submitted his resignation to the Board today and strongly recommended that the Board implement its succession plan and name Tim Cook as CEO."

[Via Apple PR website...]

Saturday, August 20, 2011

HP Halts All webOS Hardware Sales


Earlier this week, HP announced during their quarterly earning call that they will halt the sale of all webOS devices, including the recently launched HP TouchPad tablet and the Pre3 smartphone.
"HP will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. The devices have not met internal milestones and financial targets. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward."


This is yet another sad day for fans of the Palm product family, but, unfortunately, not a surprising one.  The sell through of webOS devices has not risen to the levels to allow HP and webOS to compete against the likes of Apple iOS and Google Android.  HP executives where quick to point out that they had not killed the webOS operating system, but with the OS not available on any new devices and a dwindling customer install base, I don't see how HP will hope to attract third-party developers to their platform if HP themselves are not fully committed to it.

The good news, if you are a die hard fan of Palm and webOS, HP is suppose to be starting a fireside sale on their remaining inventory of HP TouchPad tablets.  The 16GB TouchPad is suppose to go on sale for $99, while the 32GB TouchPad will sell for $149.


Keep and eye on the HP online store for your last chance to pick up a TouchPad before they disappear.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Apple Releases OS X Lion 10.7.1 Update

Today, Apple released Mac OS X Lion 10.7.1 as a maintenance update the latest version of the Mac operating system.

Even with today's minor bug fixes to Lion, many Mac users are waiting for OS X Lion 10.7.2 to arrive.  It is widely expected that OS X 10.7.2 will include the updates necessary for using upcoming iCloud software.

To download and install the software, simply use the Software Update control panel in Mac OS X Lion.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Google Android: Now With Motorola Inside

Early this morning, Google announced their plans to acquire Motorola Mobility - the Android smartphone OEM.

Writing for AllThingsD.com, John Paczkowsi states:
"With its $12.5 billion deal to acquire Motorola Mobility, Google is gaining not only a major Android handset manufacturer, but a vast trove of intellectual property with which to defend it."
The punch line here folks is that Google was feeling a little light in the Intellectual Property (IP) department, so they when out and acquired a company that already had a lot of IP build up.  Google intents to use their new found IP and patents to protect not only themselves, but their Android licensees from patent trolls like Microsoft and Apple.

[Via AllThingsD.com...]

Sunday, August 7, 2011

KHOMO Waterproof Cover for Apple iPad, iPad2

I still have a few weeks to go before I get to take my summer vacation, during which time, I will be forced to sit on a beach in direct sunlight.

While looking for accessories to protect my gear, I came across the KHOMO Waterproof Case Cover for iPad 2.  As far as I can tell, this kit is compatible with the original iPad also.  The kit comes with what looks like a giant zip bag with a velcro secured flap.  The bag also features a plastic loop that connects to a carry strap.  The bundle I found over on Amazon also includes a 6-foot black sync cable and sells for $12.99 plus tax and shipping.


There are other waterproof options available, all of which cost more than this bundle.  If your iPad spend a lot of time near water, you might want to spring for a more expensive solution. Since I only go to the beach, if I'm lucky, twice a year, I might consider other options.  Since I'm most worried about keeping sand and drink spills away from my iPad while I"m traveling, this looks like the perfect balance between protection and cost.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

End of the Road for Jailbreakers Stealing Cellular Tethering Service


If you have a jailbroken/rooted Apple iPhone of one of the many Google Android and have been using apps to essentially "steal" wireless tethering services between your phone and your notebook or tablet computer, your days of "free" service are almost over.

AT&T and now Verizon are putting technology in place on their networks that allows them to sniff out people who are tethering devices like laptops, typically over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, to their smartphone's data plan as a sort of wireless modem to get on the Internet.

Both AT&T and Verizon required you to subscribe to an additional service before you can tether another device to your phone.

I may not be a fan of the prices that are charged to tether or setup your smartphone as a mobile Wi-Fi hot spot, but I like the idea of people stealing bandwidth and driving up the cost of my smartphone data plans even less.

[Via EngadgetMobile.com, Electronista.com...]

HP TouchPad - $100 Off This Weekend Only

HP is running a $100 instant rebate promotion this weekend only (Friday - Sunday) on their new webOS 3.0 TouchPad when you purchase the tablet online directly from the HP.com website.

I have mixed feeling about the TouchPad.  In the time since I purchased my Palm Pre, the webOS market share has failed to catch on.  Then, once it became painfully clear that HP and Sprint would not bringing webOS to the Pre and Pixi smartphones, nor where they going to released updated models, HP "graciously" offered early Pre owners $50 off the TouchPad.  Now, less than 60 days after launch, HP is cutting the price of the TouchPads by $100.  This weekend only, the 16GB TouchPad is $299 and the 32GB model is $399.

If you are inclined to get a tablet, and don't want an iPad, or confused by all the various Google Android tablets, then the HP TouchPad is probably the device for you.  If you don't need a massive selection of apps.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

HP Releases webOS 3.0.2 68 for TouchPad


Yesterday HP rolled out webOS 3.0.2 68 for their new TouchPad tablet.  The update includes enhancements to the Calendar, Email, Photos & Videos, and Browser applications.  webOS also gets tweaked in this release.

HP has posted the full change log for the webOS 3.0.2 update on their website.

[Via PreCentral.net...]

Monday, August 1, 2011

Rumor: iPhone 5 to Launch in October


Ugh!  This was not the news I was hoping for today if John Paczkowski over at AllThingsD.com has reliable information on Apple's new iPhone.

"So those rumors claiming the iPhone 5 will debut in late September? They’re wrong.

Instead, it’s going to be an October surprise — the month in which Apple plans to launch its next-gen iPhone."
I guess it's a good thing that I was able to my Sprint Palm Pre screen repaired by Sprint and then upgraded my Pre to HP webOS 2.1.  Looks like we're in for a few extra weeks of waiting.

[Via AllThingsD.com...]

iCloud.com Beta Goes Online


I saw that iCloud.com has gone live today and I was able to log in using my existing Apple ID.  Aside from being able to look around, I'm not sure that there is much more we can do until we get iOS 5 installed on our iDevices or a update to Mac OS X that replaces the MobileMe control panel with the iCloud control panel (I'm assuming that there will be a new control panel or other software integration with the Mac OS X or Windows PC).

If you are registered as a paying Apple software developer, you will be able to download some additional API tools for building into your applications.

I was able to login to iCloud.com from my MacBook only.  When I hit iCloud.com from my iPad, I was greeted by a beta page.