Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Palm Offers Sneak Peak at New WebOS 2.0 Features

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Palm, now owned by HP, has offered a sneak peak at some of the new webOS 2.0 features and released a beta version of the webOS 2.0 SDK to developers.

Stacks: Experience the next-generation of multi-tasking
Palm's groundbreaking card metaphor made multi-tasking on a handheld device easy and intuitive for the first time. webOS 2.0 takes it to the next level by grouping related cards in stacks, reducing clutter, and making it even easier to move quickly between tasks. webOS 2.0 automatically stacks cards for you when it makes sense, and you can also drag and drop cards to manage stacks yourself.

As a developer, you don't need to do anything special to take advantage of Stacks—new cards resulting from user actions in your app will automatically be grouped with your app's main card.

Just Type: Let users “just type” to search or act within your app
Universal Search has always been the fastest way to find stuff in webOS, whether that stuff is on your device or online. In webOS 2.0, Universal Search has gotten even better—and it's not just for searching anymore, so we've renamed it Just Type.

Among the many Just Type enhancements is a powerful feature called Quick Actions. Start an email, create a message, update your status, search your favorite websites—all without having to launch an app. With webOS 2.0, whenever you want to do something on your phone, whether it’s emailing, texting, searching, or almost anything else, just type!

As a developer, you can expand your apps' capabilities using the power of Just Type. You can hook into Just Type in a couple of different ways:
● Enable users to search within your app. If your data is stored on device, Just Type will present real-time suggestions as the user types. If your data is online, users will type a query and then tap to launch your app, where you'll present the results.
● Define your own Quick Actions. Make it easier than ever for your users to update social status, set reminders, add items to a shopping list—or do whatever it takes to get things done in the context of your app.

Exhibition: Deliver all-new experiences for the Palm Touchstone
Run new apps designed specifically for phones placed on the Palm Touchstone Charging Dock. Set your phone on the dock and Exhibition launches automatically, showing you anything from today's agenda to a slideshow of your Facebook photos.

A few Exhibition options will be built into webOS 2.0, but we're counting on you and your fellow developers to make Exhibition truly great-- think slide shows; stock, news and sports tickers; social network updates; virtual pets; a killer alarm clock--you get the picture! You can add Exhibition support to an existing app, or build something new just for Exhibition.

Synergy: Connect with webOS Contacts, Calendar, and Messaging
When webOS was introduced, Palm Synergy instantly set a new standard for accessing and managing your personal data on the go. Synergy brings together information from multiple sources automatically, so everything you need is in one place. Sign in to your Facebook®, Google™, Microsoft® Exchange, LinkedIn, and Yahoo! accounts, and information populates your phone automatically. Facebook friends' birthdays show up in your contacts. Work and personal calendars appear side by side. IM and text messages are combined into a single conversation.

In webOS 2.0, we're opening Synergy up to our developer ecosystem, so your customers can pull more of the web onto their phones. You'll be able to develop Synergy connectors for Contacts, Calendar, and Messaging--and later, for other webOS data types as well. Using the new Synergy APIs, you can let your users:
● Connect to your chat or IM network from the webOS Messaging app
● Access their personal contacts, their favorite businesses, or your community's shared address book from the webOS Contacts UI
● View and manage their personal and shared calendars, keep track of their favorite sports and entertainment events, and more, from within the webOS Calendar app

JavaScript Services: Roll your own services with Node.js
The popular Node.js runtime environment is built into webOS 2.0, which means that you can now develop not just webOS apps but also services in JavaScript. The active Node ecosystem is on hand to provide community support and a rapidly growing library of modules that you can use in your webOS services.

Besides powering the new Synergy APIs, JavaScript services strengthen webOS's support for background processing and add new capabilities—like low-level networking, file system access, and binary data processing—to the web technology stack.

PDK Plug-ins: Mix web technologies and C/C++ components in a single app
Today, you can use the webOS Plug-in Development Kit (PDK) to build games and immersive apps in C/C++. But the feature that gives the PDK its name—the ability to build C/C++ plug-ins for your HTML/JavaScript/CSS apps—is still in beta as of 1.4.5.

This feature will exit beta in webOS 2.0, opening the door for you to distribute apps that incorporate PDK plug-ins. Using plug-ins, you can more easily port app logic from other platforms while leveraging the Mojo Framework to give users a familiar interface and integrate seamlessly into webOS.

Even if you’re not porting, plug-ins give you the option of utilizing the PDK for graphics- and performance-intensive features as needed, while building the rest of your app in HTML/JavaScript/CSS—and enjoying the lightweight development process and rapid iteration that these web technologies enable.

HTML5 Enhancements: Tap in to new capabilities for your apps and sites
webOS 2.0 adds a number of new HTML5 features and enhancements, giving you more tools to work with when building apps and sites for webOS. Highlights include:
● Enhanced Canvas support, including image data and gradients
● Support for Web Storage—both local and session storage
● Geolocation support, allowing websites to access location information with the user’s permission
● Application Cache, which lets websites cache resources on the device for offline use

WebOS 2.0 will be released later this year, and a beta version of the webOS 2.0 SDK is available now via the SDK Early Access Program.







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Monster.com iPhone App Lets You Search for Jobs On the Go

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Monster.com has released an iPhone application to help you search and apply for jobs using the iPhone or iPod touch.

The Monster app is the perfect addition to your Monster account. Now you can search and apply for jobs anytime, anywhere. Best of all, the Monster app makes it easy to keep up with the latest job opportunities when you’re on the go. Download the app today and find your next job from the palm of your hand.

You can download Monster.com from the App Store for free.














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iPhones, iPads Could Accept Input By Pen or Finger Using New Hitachi Panel

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Hitachi has developed a capacitive touch panel that enables input by pen, gloves, or finger, according to TechOn.

The new touch panel allows a variety of input means such as a multi-touch function for controlling the panel by using multiple fingers, a function to input small characters by using a synthetic-resin pen and a function to operate the panel while wearing gloves in a cold region.

The current touch panels used in the iPhone and iPad won't recognize input from insulating materials and as such are difficult to use in cold climates with gloves or for precise drawing with a normal stylus.

TechOn notes that on the new panel when the diameter of the tip of a synthetic-resin pen is 0.8mm, the margin of error in detecting coordinates is ±0.5mm (detection accuracy: ±1.0%). The panel can detect other insulating materials including natural leather, artificial leather, wool and artificial fiber.

Hitachi plans to exhibit the touch panel at Ceatec Japan 2010, from Oct 5th to Oct 9th, 2010.





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Sanyo Announces Eneloop Mobile Booster for iPad, iPhone

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Sanyo has announced the eneloop mobile booster, a lithium-ion battery with USB power ports capable of supply power to the latest gadgets, including the iPad, the iPhone, and the XPERIA. It offers output current of 1A but can also simultaneously charge two devices at 500mA.

At the same time, SANYO will also release the eneloop stick booster, a handy power source with USB power port, together with charging adapters for the Nintendo DS series portable game consoles.

These new products will go on sale in Japan as new members of the eneloop universe. The eneloop mobile booster is scheduled to go on sale globally after its release in Japan.





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Plex Lets You Stream Your Media to iDevices

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The Plex application allows you to use your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to browse and play your media (video, photos and music) using the Plex Media Server installed on your Mac. In addition, you can view online media from a variety of sources. If you have Aperture, iPhoto, or iTunes installed you can also stream the content to your mobile device.

The application also functions as a full-featured remote for the Plex Media Center application.

The media is streamed directly from your Mac, and there is no need to convert before viewing. You can stream over the Internet over 3G, but you will need to set up port forwarding to do so.

Please note that streaming of DRM-protected content such as older music from the iTunes store, or video files purchased from iTunes, is not supported.

You can purchase Plex from the App Store for $4.99.





























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Telcel Director Claims iPhone 4 Hardware Update By End of September

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Marco Quatorze, Telcel's Director of Value Added Services in Mexico, says that Apple will release an iPhone 4 hardware update at the end of September to fix reception issues.

As of September 30 Telcel will be available in new devices that do not have the malfunction of the reception and explained that the company will have several options to make changes from one phone to another flawed not to take: "If the previous plan is over, you will need to hire a new change for iPhone 4. If, for example, already has one and take three months for payment, change the cell with a re-employment and takes into account the previous time, so instead of paying 24 months, only done in 21."

It's unclear whether there is any truth to this statement or whether the director is simply assuming the new hardware since Apple put an expiration of September 30th on its free bumper program.




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Most Media Companies Oppose $.99 iTunes TV Show Rentals

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Most media companies are reportedly against Apple's plan for $.99 TV Show rentals with one exception and one undecided.

According to the NY Times, NBC, CBS and Time Warner are opposed to Apple's plan because they worry that Apple's commercial-free offerings will eat into DVD sales and reduce cable subscriptions.

Disney is said to be a go on the plan; however, that is not surprising given Steve Jobs' position as Disney's largest shareholder.

News Corp (FOX) executives are divided over offering TV shows at such a discount due to the same concerns expressed by the other networks; however, CEO Rupert Murdoch is said to be in favor. Murdoch is reportedly prepared to join a six month pricing trial to cement a relationship with Steve Jobs and hopefully reap benefits for the company's newspaper division.

We will find out if Apple has been successful in pitching its plan during a 'Special Event' tomorrow.




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I'm against this idea it should be $0.49-0.79 for each episode, why would I pay $0.99 for a day or two when I can pay $1.99 to own it forever?

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Google Announces Priority Inbox for Gmail

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Google has announced Priority Inbox for Gmail, an email filter that splits your inbox into three sections: "Important and unread," "Starred" and "Everything else":

As messages come in, Gmail automatically flags some of them as important. Gmail uses a variety of signals to predict which messages are important, including the people you email most (if you email Bob a lot, a message from Bob is probably important) and which messages you open and reply to (these are likely more important than the ones you skip over). And as you use Gmail, it will get better at categorizing messages for you. You can help it get better by clicking the or buttons at the top of the inbox to correctly mark a conversation as important or not important. (You can even set up filters to always mark certain things important or unimportant, or rearrange and customize the three inbox sections.)

Check out the video below for more information...



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AutoCAD Returns to the Mac in October

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Autodesk is bringing AutoCAD back to the Mac after a 16 year absence along with a free viewer application for iOS devices, according to a Financial Times report.

Autodesk’s $4,000 AutoCAD has been available only on computers running Microsoft’s Windows since the mid-1990s. However, fans of Apple’s Mac had to install Windows and other software first before they could use AutoCAD. Autodesk’s move comes as Apple is making headway with sales inside corporations with both the Mac and iPad.

Amar Hanspal, Autodesk senior vice-president, said the company will also introduce a free viewer application for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that will allow users to preview designs and make minor changes.

The full version AutoCAD will ship by the end of October and will be the same price as the Windows version.

You can see some leaked images we posted back in May here.







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Apple to Double iTunes Song Preview Length?

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Apple may at least double length of time users have to preview music tracks on iTunes, according to a CNET source.

Currently, iTunes offers 30-second snippets of songs, a feature designed to give users a taste of the music to help them decide whether they like it enough to buy. Some users have long complained that half a minute isn't enough time to really hear a song.

CNET also notes that it's unlikely that Apple will reveal iTunes Cloud services on Wednesday, given that they have not acquired permission from the labels to do so.




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Angry Birds for iPhone Gets Another Update

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Angry Birds, a very popular game for the iPhone, has been updated to version 1.4.1 and brings 15 reconstructed levels, a new golden egg, and more

The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. Use the unique destructive powers of the Angry Birds to lay waste to the pigs’ fortified castles. Angry Birds features hours of gameplay, challenging physics-based castle demolition, and lots of replay value.

Features:
180 levels, leaderboards, achievements, Facebook and Twitter integration, and lots and lots of Angry Birds! Each level requires logic, skill, and brute force to crush the enemy. Protect wildlife or play Angry Birds!

What's New In This Version:
SQUEAL OR NO SQUEAL!

New Features in version 1.4.1:
● 15 RECONSTRUCTED LEVELS!
● A NEW GOLDEN EGG!
● NEW ACHIEVEMENTS!
● FANTASTIC FEATHERED FUN!

You can purchase Angry Birds from the App Store for $0.99.
















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Auto3G Extends Your iPhone Battery Life By Switching 3G Off During Standby

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Auto3G extends your battery life by automatically turning off the 3G radio (leaving on the 2G radio) when you lock your iPhone and automatically turning on the 3G radio when you unlock your iPhone. This way you always have the speed of 3G when you need it without the battery loss.

As explained by Apple, this results in up to 100% greater battery life: "7 hours of talk time on 3G, 14 hours of talk time on 2G." (apple.com/batteries/iphone.html)

Auto3G can be purchased from the Cydia Store for $5.99


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Maddysoft Releases Palettes 3.0

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Maddysoft has announced Palettes 3.0, an update to their popular color palette tool for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Developed specifically to take advantage of an iOS device's unique capabilities and touch interface, Palettes is a powerful productivity tool for creating and maintaining color palettes. Create a color palette anywhere at anytime.

Perfect for web site design, marketing campaigns, home decorating, wardrobe, color coordinating or anywhere colors are needed, the uses for Palettes are limited only by the user's imagination. Grab colors from a photograph, a website, camera, color scheme or add colors using any one of 5 color models. Quickly find matching colors with support for many different color schemes. Users may create and store any number of palettes.

The Pro version of Palettes extends its capabilities even further by allowing users to effortlessly import and/or export palettes from/to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks, GIMP, Paintshop Pro, and the OS X Color Chooser. Designers can easily backup and restore their Palettes data directly to/from their own computer (Basic, Pro). Among only one of Palettes Pro's most prolific features is its ability to email color sets to friends and colleagues. This makes the application incredibly useful for team development.

Feature Highlights:
* Single universal application works on all your iOS devices
* Quickly create a color palette from a web site, image, camera, or color scheme
* Unlimited number of palettes (Free only supports 3)
* 25 colors per palette (Free and Basic allow 5)
* Import/Export palettes from/to Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Fireworks, GIMP, Paintshop Pro, and OS X Color Chooser (Pro)
* Import/Export palettes via email. Team development made easy with one click import (Pro)
* Backup and restore Palettes data directly to/from a computer (Basic, Pro)
* Import and export palette files directly to/from a computer (Pro)
* Email color palettes to friends and co-workers
* "Palette Flow" (not on iPad)
* Display a color full screen to compare against a real world item (press and hold color briefly)
* Palette preview screen
* Backup a palette as an image in the photo library for later restore (Basic, Pro)
* Rename, reorder, or delete palettes
* Sort palette colors by RGB, HSV/B, HSL, CMYK, or Gray color model (Pro)
* All work is saved on the fly
* Always remembers where the user left off last
* Built in context sensitive help system
* Preferences can be set directly within the application (Basic, Pro)
* Excellent customer support.

Pick Colors from:
* RGB, HSV (HSB), HSL, CMYK, or Gray scale sliders
* Standard colors lists (SVG, Web Safe, HTML, Java, Apple) or other palettes
* A website URL (webpage, image, CSS file, 3rd party palette file (Pro))
* An image or camera
* Any valid CSS3 color representation

Create Colors via:
* Color blending (Pro adds using 1 of 4 color models)
* Color schemes (monochromatic (Pro), analogous, triadic (Pro), complementary, split complementary (Pro))

Review color information:
* Details (integer, hex, percent, decimal, CSS)
* As both a foreground and background color

"At the time there were no color creation applications for the iPhone," said Rick Maddy, founder of Colorado based Maddysoft. "Since I had just completed my first two iPhone applications, I thought it would be cool to write an iPhone app to help pick colors and be able to view technical details about the color. After some time brainstorming ideas for features I began writing the app. What started as a quick need for some website colors turned into a several hundred hour project resulting in the release of Palettes. Since its initial release I've added many features, largely based on customer requests and feedback."

Pricing and Availability:
Palettes 3.0 is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Productivity category. Palettes runs at one of three levels: Free, Basic, and Pro. The initial free version runs at the Pro level for a limited time allowing users to fully test the application. It will then revert back to the Free level. Palettes features in-application purchasing to upgrade to either the Basic or Pro level at any time. Users may upgrade to the Basic version for $3.00 (USD), $6.00 to upgrade to the Pro version and only $3.00 to upgrade from Basic to Pro. Review copies are available upon request.




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New iPod Nano 6 Cases Reveal Dock Connector [Images]

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Cases and screen protectors for the unannounced and unreleased iPod nano 6 have begun appearing on Alibaba.

The cases show that the rumored device will still utilize the 30-pin dock connector for compatibility with the huge amount of iPod accessories on the market.

Have a look at some of the cases below...











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