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HP to buy Palm

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Is HP trying to catch up with the industry?

HP already bought Compaq a couple of years ago to become a major player in the PC market.

Although I’ve never tried it, I love the concept of the Palm Pre. A sound alternative to Apple’s iPhone. But it seems to have been a too big project for Palm. Will this purchase be enough for HP to become a major player in the handheld computer market? Or will it allow HP to become a player on the handheld tablet matket?

In any case, this will need HP to fight on the operating systems market. Apple on one side, Google on the other side (not to mention Microsoft who will probably try not to be left behind), not an easy task…

Do you aka-aki?

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Combine Facebook and twitter and Google Latitude. You have aka-aki.

Operated by a Berlin, Germany based company, aka-akiaka-aki is an online community that puts social networking on the street. That’s why aka-aki does not only consist of this community website but also includes a mobile phone application. Using the GSM, Wi-Fi or GPS information which ever is available, the aka-aki mobile phone application shows you details about people belonging to your circle. In the city, in the region or up to 50km away. For instance, when other aka-aki members are there, your mobile phone will show you a photo, mutual friends etc.. Even other functions associated with an online community like writing messages, saving friends, etc. will work while you’re on your way using the aka-aki mobile phone application.

Going into some details, aka-aki shows you on your mobile phone the profiles of people in your circle. You also see which friends in the community are online at that moment and may exchange mails with other members. You can also use aka-aki to show people around you, who you are and what you like by adding stickers to your profile. You can create and maintain your profile at the aka-aki community website. There you may also check whom you recently met while out and about, since aka-aki logs the encounters. And probably more of things still to come.

Installing it on the iPhone is a straightforward task as the application is available from the App Store. Some quick information and your account is created.

While the application is obviously big fun to use, who knows what can be done with it and the stored information especially when in wrong hands? Google Latitude raised some scepticism, why should it be different for aka-aki? Not sure I really want to use it.

Palm’s revival?

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Palm  PrePalm webOS, Palm Pre, App Catalog, Palm has managed to create a strong buzz at CES 2009 and seems back in business with a updated and complete range of products.

Wi-Fi, GPS, keyboard, connected applications, calendars and contacts, and so much more, Palm Pre has all the features expected in the product category created by Apple’s iPhone.

Palm webOS applications are easy to write using Mojo, a new application framework based on the HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript standards. WebOS applications are installed and run directly on the device and have access to a wide range of device services.

Last but not the least, Palm will provide an App Catalog, on-device application catalog to deliver your apps directly to users. No doubt App Catalog will grow rapidly.

More about Palm Pre on the Palm Pre product page.

Is the community of Palm lovers still strong enough for a real Palm revival?

Internet radio to hit the roads?

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At CES 2009, Blaupunkt and miRoamer have announced a partnership that will put internet radio into car dashboards for the first time.

Blaupunkt has put together two prototype devices, the Hamburg 600i for single-height dash configurations and the dual-height New Jersey 600i. The devices use the 3G phone’s Bluetooth connection to get online and access miRoamer’s thousands of internet radio stations. In addition to these stations, the devices can pull playlists put together and hosted online, pointing to MP3s and other music files found across the internet. Embedded 3G connectivity will probably be the next step…

Internet radio really looks more and more as the future of digital radio.

Wired Reviews as an iPhone application

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Wired launched its first free iPhone application “Reviews” available from the iPhone App Store. All their reviews on your iPhone; automobiles, camcorders, desktops, digital cameras, gaming gear, home audio & video, household, mobile phones, notebooks, portable media players, sports & outdoors and televisions… Just to make sure you will always be busy with your iPhone.

Features:

  • Authoritative reviews from trusted Wired editors
  • Latest, most innovative products
  • Concise rating system cuts through the hype
  • Search or browse 12 product categories
  • Sort by product name, date, price and rating
  • E-mail reviews to a friend

Unfortunately, there is some advertisement when you enter a category.

Download the application for free on the iPhone App Store.

Enjoy!

Nokia N97

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Is Nokia willing to release the ultimate phone?

NokiaN97Nokia today unveiled its latest generation of its multimedia range of mobile phones, the feature packed Nokia N97.

The Nokia N97 is often presented as been a serious Apple iPhone killer. It supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The Nokia N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN.

The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of 550 € before taxes or subsidies.

From the desktop to the laptop and now to your pocket, the Nokia N97 is the most powerful, multi-sensory mobile computer in existence.” But is the Apple iPhone really only a collection of features?

Read the Nokia press release.

Google Earth on the iPhone

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As the first Google Android phones hit the market, a new Google application finds its way to the iPhone: Google Earth.

Google Earth for the iPhone obviously packs the power of its parent application. But it also makes good us of all of the iPhone resources, the multipoint touch screen, the GPS positioning system, the motion capture, making it a very slick application. The navigation in a 3D environment is really impressive.

Make sure high bandwidth is available as Google Earth is as data savvy as it is in its desktop version.

Gmail, Google Maps, now Google Earth, the boundary between the iPhone and Android based phones gets thinner everyday. In the end, who is the winner if not Google?

Needless to mention that Google Earth is available free of charge from the AppStore.

Will Android change everything?

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As the first Android enabled smartphones are about to hit the streets, the buzz is heating. Apple’s iPhone 3G is a success, RIM launches new smartphones, Windows Mobile 7 will be available… in a year…

Google’s open source OS stands a chance of dominating the handset software market in part because of its wide support. Google’s brand power, and the fact that it’s not aiming to be a mobile handset maker are prime reasons for Android’s likely rise.

A recent report from J. Gold Associates predicts Android will reach 4.8 percent of business market share in the next three years. According to ABI, the current smartphone market accounts for 14 percent of of worldwide handsets.

Unless crisis reshuffles the game…

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Fring for the iPhone 3G

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About one year ago, I already mentionned why I loved Fring. now Fring has recently released an official version (V1.0.1.4) for the iPhone 3G or the iPod Touch.

It installs in a snapshot and off you go… Once signed in, I recovered all my previous settings and contacts. When used for a call, you will be prompted which service to use for each call – Skype, SIP or Cellular in my case – could not be easier.

Pros:

  • Straightforward install for the Apple AppStore
  • Support of numerous services
  • Access to the iPhone contact list

Cons:

  • No resident software, software needs to run to receive incoming calls
  • WiFi only, no calls when connected on 3G or EDGE networks