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Palm Pre Announced

palm-preI know this is one of 800,000 blog posts about this today, but I felt like this was big enough that I should add to the noise.

When I heard that Palm was going to have a big announcement and this year’s CES, I wasn’t sure if we’d see the revolutionary and promising direction the company needed to stay relevant, or another misstep that would be lost in the noise and seal Palm’s fate for good. I have to be honest, I had my imaginary money on the latter. It wasn’t easy for me to take this stance though. The Handspring Visor Deluxe got me started in the world of PIM, and I didn’t move away from the PalmOS until 5 devices later. Unfortunately, the industry progressed and Palm didn’t.

As the live coverage of the event from Engadget and GDGT progressed I started to believe that Palm was pulling it off. The Palm webOS, from what I can tell, is basically a powerful web browser running applications coded with standard web technologies like HTML, CSS, and Javascript. This promises to make application development extremely accessible and quick.

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Tapwave Taps Out

Tapwave ZodiacWell… it has happened. Tapwave is slapping the mat and crying uncle. After spending a couple of years trying to get their Zodiac game-oriented PalmOS handhelds to take hold of the market Tapwave is getting out of the business. They had mentioned doing work for OEM partners, but as Engadget states, a statement on their homepage points toward bankruptcy. This is a true shame, as the Zodiac really pushed the envelope in a lot of areas for it’s class of products. Just take a look at what the PSP is now, and know that the Zodiac had many of the same features two years ago (though it obviously lacked the very impressive graphics hardware packed into the PSP).

Via: Engadget