Friday, May 21, 2010

SIM unlock now available for AT&T Palm Pre Plus

SIM unlock now available for AT&T Palm Pre Plus: "

The method ain't new -- it's the same jictechnology developers offering the same code over at NextGenServer -- but it will yield different results when used on the latest and greatest webOS device. Yep, that Palm Pre unlock that enabled international GSM Pre units to work on AT&T, Telus and T-Mobile is now officially certified for use on AT&T's own Palm Pre Plus. That means your shiny new smartphone can now hop onto T-Mobile and Telus networks with a functioning SIM card from either carrier, but unlike other unlocks, this one will cost you $35.79. Or, you know, you could pick up Verizon's Pre Plus, nab a free mobile hotspot along the way, and pocket an old Nokia candybar for those overseas jaunts -- your call, broseph.

SIM unlock now available for AT&T Palm Pre Plus originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 May 2010 14:58:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Announcing Google TV: TV meets web. Web meets TV.

Announcing Google TV: TV meets web. Web meets TV.: "If there’s one entertainment device that people know and love, it’s the television. In fact, 4 billion people across the world watch TV and the average American spends five hours per day in front of one*. Recently, however, an increasing amount of our entertainment experience is coming from our phones and computers. One reason is that these devices have something that the TV lacks: the web. With the web, finding and accessing interesting content is fast and often as easy as a search. But the web still lacks many of the great features and the high-quality viewing experience that the TV offers.

So that got us thinking...what if we helped people experience the best of TV and the best of the web in one seamless experience? Imagine turning on the TV and getting all the channels and shows you normally watch and all of the websites you browse all day — including your favorite video, music and photo sites. We’re excited to announce that we’ve done just that.

Google TV is a new experience for television that combines the TV that you already know with the freedom and power of the Internet. With Google Chrome built in, you can access all of your favorite websites and easily move between television and the web. This opens up your TV from a few hundred channels to millions of channels of entertainment across TV and the web. Your television is also no longer confined to showing just video. With the entire Internet in your living room, your TV becomes more than a TV — it can be a photo slideshow viewer, a gaming console, a music player and much more.

Google TV uses search to give you an easy and fast way to navigate to television channels, websites, apps, shows and movies. For example, already know the channel or program you want to watch? Just type in the name and you’re there. Want to check out that funny YouTube video on your 48” flat screen? It’s just a quick search away. If you know what you want to watch, but you’re not sure where to find it, just type in what you’re looking for and Google TV will help you find it on the web or on one of your many TV channels. If you’d rather browse than search, you can use your standard program guide, your DVR or the Google TV home screen, which provides quick access to all of your favorite entertainment so you’re always within reach of the content you love most.

Because Google TV is built on open platforms like Android and Google Chrome, these features are just a fraction of what Google TV can do. In our announcement today at Google I/O, we challenged web developers to start coming up with the next great web and Android apps designed specifically for the TV experience. Developers can start optimizing their websites for Google TV today. Soon after launch, we’ll release the Google TV SDK and web APIs for TV so that developers can build even richer applications and distribute them through Android Market. We’re looking forward to seeing all of the ways developers will use this new platform.

We’re working together with Sony and Logitech to put Google TV inside of televisions, Blu-ray players and companion boxes. These devices will go on sale this fall, and will be available at Best Buy stores nationwide. You can sign up here to get updates on Google TV availability.

This is an incredibly exciting time — for TV watchers, for developers and for the entire TV ecosystem. By giving people the power to experience what they love on TV and on the web on a single screen, Google TV turns the living room into a new platform for innovation. We're excited about what’s coming. We hope you are too.

*Nielsen, Three Screen Report, Fourth Quarter 2009

Posted by Salahuddin Choudhary, Google TV Product Manager


Palm Pre Challenge: Interview with Paul Smith, Developer of TweetMe

Palm Pre Challenge: Interview with Paul Smith, Developer of TweetMe: "

Recently, Paul Smith, the developer of the Palm app TweetMe, gave me some time out of his busy schedule to do an interview. Paul’s TweetMe has grown faster and more successfully than other Twitter apps in the catalog (faster than nearly all apps, in fact). And rightfully so. This app is great.

Perhaps better than his ability to build a great app, though, is Paul’s willingness to talk to me honestly about webOS development. I promised you that the transcript would be published eventually, so here it is.

This interview, by the way, is brought to you with the support of David Strack, webOS developer of Cabbie and Digloo.

If you would like to follow future interviews with developers, follow @twintrview or #twtv. If you are a developer and are interested in doing an interview, just DM me at that account.

Can you tell everyone a little bit about what you do (with both webOS development and other work)?

Well I originally started building websites a few years ago and then started doing freelance web development with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and the Ruby on Rails framework. I did a lot of client work and about a year ago started working on TweetMe for webOS. Right now TweetMe is my only webOS app. I designed it and did all the programming

What do you think is the biggest reason for your app’s success?

One big reason for success was all the testers that helped create buzz before launch, the other reason I’d say would be that I wanted to start with a solid foundation. It has the looks, it has a lot of features, but the biggest thing is that TweetMe has a solid base, it’s fun and it just kind of “flows” or at least that was my hope ;)

Where would you say you’ve gotten the most inspiration for your app? Any developers, apps or websites come to mind?

I’ve had a lot of input from friends and family. No one really knew about TweetMe until a few weeks ago actually. I’d say Tweetie, Birdfeed and the combo of other websites and apps I’ve built have all inspired how I approached and built TweetMe.

Do you have an online portfolio where we can see some of your other work?

Sadly, I took it down once I focused on TweetMe. I couldn’t handle all the extra load.

That’s understandable. Gotta focus on priorities! Since you’ve been developing TweetMe for a year, what made you choose webOS?

I chose webOS because it used web technologies, which I already knew pretty well. It was a really good fit :)

Seems to be a trend among developers. What are the best and the worst things about developing for the Palm community?

There are lots of good things. Everyone is very receptive, the developer relations team rocks and is extremely responsive and I believe webOS has the most potential of all the mobile Operating Systems. Only bad thing is documentation can be hard to come by.

Mostly just a whole ton of great experiences so far.

Has developing with TweetMe become a full-time job for you? If so, that’s a sure sign of success! Think that others can do it?

Right now, it’s my number 1 priority. I have other clients, but it’s been doing pretty well. I definitely think others can do it if they put enough time and effort into the product and make sure that it is much better than what’s out there.

Also the webOS community (especially early testers of TweetMe) has been FANTASTIC. They spread word about apps they like, it’s great!

What bit of advice would you give to developers thinking about building their first webOS application?

My advice would be to design first, think about flow, think about how it works. Don’t code till you’ve got those things down. It’s VERY hard to go back and fix those things. I didn’t start coding till 4-5 months in.

Follow Up Question: Did you start on TweetMe Before the phone’s official release in June of 2009?

Around then, yes. I started designing it around May or June and coding a few months after that.

What are your favorite three apps/patches/things on your phone right now?

My #1 favorite thing is the potential of webOS. I’ve seen it from the start. It’ll be good. Second thing is Paratroopers, I love that game! Third, would be Tasks. I like having everything I have to do, right there in my Palm.

Thanks so much for your time, Paul. It’s been a lot of fun! Any last words? :)

Thank you! It’s been great! Last words: HP & Palm… I have a good feeling about those two.

- Sent from my Palm Pre

The Palm Pre Challenge is a series of articles written by Tim Stiffler-Dean. For 30 days he uses a Palm Pre exclusively for all of his computing needs. You can read all of the Palm Pre Challenge articles here.

Follow Tim Stiffler-Dean and his Palm Pre Challenge here on or on Twitter: @anotherguy and #PalmPreChallenge. You can also see his personal blog


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Palm Pre Empty PNG - Now you can customize it.

Google Wave (Labs) available for Google Apps

Google Wave (Labs) available for Google Apps: "Google Wave is a new web application designed to make groups of people more productive when communicating and working together. In Google Wave, everything takes place in flexible, hosted conversations known as waves. Waves are shared spaces on the web that update live as you type and support rich media and real-time gadgets.

Today, Google Apps admins can give their users access to the Google Wave preview through Apps. Domain administrators can turn Google Wave through the control panel and users can sign in at[].

Editions included:

Standard, Premier and Education Editions

Languages included:

US English (Next generation control panel)

How to access what's new:

Administrators can enable Google Wave for your domain from the administrator control panel by clicking on 'Add more services'.

To enable the preview of Google Wave:

1) Click 'Add it now'

2) Confirm that you would like to enable Google Wave

3) Visit the 'Settings' tab to specify domain access controls and email notification defaults

4) Sign in to Google Wave at

Note: In ‘Domain Settings’, make sure that the checkbox ‘Enable pre-release features’ is also enabled. Google Wave for Google Apps is currently a Labs service and is not supported by the Google Apps Support team.

For more information:

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Google Wave Now Open to Everyone [Google]

Google Wave Now Open to Everyone [Google]: "
Google Wave now lets anyone with a Google account to jump in and see what the early adopters have been squawking (and snarking) about. Head to now to get Waving, but read on for some beginner tips and use cases. More »


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Google's VOIP buying spree continues with Global IP Solutions offer

Google's VOIP buying spree continues with Global IP Solutions offer: "
Google's VOIP buying spree continues with Global IP Solutions offer

We're not entirely sure what Google is up to, but we're inclined to think that there's an awful lot of voice over IP magic coming, with the company announcing the anticipated acquisition of another VOIP company. Back in November it acquired Gizmo5 for about $30 million, and now it has made a $68.2 million offer for Global IP Solutions. That company provides VOIP solutions for a number of clients, including Yahoo, and recently announced plans to release an Android library that would enable easy video conferencing in apps. We're guessing someone in Menlo Park liked what they saw and decided to bake it right into the OS, but that's pure, unfounded speculation. This offer still needs to be approved by 90% of Global IP's shareholders but, since that $68.2 million represents a nearly 30 percent boost in the company's stock price last week, we don't think there will be any problem there -- but there we go speculating again.

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Google's VOIP buying spree continues with Global IP Solutions offer originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 18 May 2010 10:17:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Ultimate Start to Finish Guide to Your XBMC Media Center [How To]

The Ultimate Start to Finish Guide to Your XBMC Media Center [How To]: "
XBMC is a fantastic and free cross-platform media center application we're nuts for. If you've wanted start using it or just wanted to customize the XBMC installation you're already running, this guide will walk you through everything, from installation to total customization. More »

Media center - XBMC - XBMC Media Center - Microsoft Windows - Operating Systems


Overclock and Seriously Amplify a Linksys Wi-Fi Router [Hacks]

Overclock and Seriously Amplify a Linksys Wi-Fi Router [Hacks]: "
The WRT54GL is a hacker's dream Wi-Fi router, capable of running third-party firmware and upping its signal power internally. A brave Instructables user shows how to go whole-hog on the blue box with extended antennas, fan-cooled overclocking, and the DD-WRT interface. More »

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Monday, May 10, 2010

Droid Incredible Disassembly by TechRestore

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Extended range wireless (WiFi N) delivers the best quality video virtually anywhere in your home.

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Sprint cans Nexus One in favor of EVO 4G

Sprint cans Nexus One in favor of EVO 4G: "

In light of Verizon's recent decision (or was that Google's decision?) to say goodnight to the Nexus One in favor of the Droid Incredible, we thought it might be wise to reach out to Sprint and get a comment on its own version -- the EVO 4G is just around the corner, of course, and it's lying in wait to cast a long, long shadow over any other Android device in Sprint's lineup. Sure enough, the carrier says that it's now taking a pass on Google's first 'superphone,' seeing how the EVO 4G is basically better in every respect: WiMAX support, larger screen, better camera, and so on. Of course, this might peeve a few folks who'd prefer stock Android over HTC's Sense UI, but otherwise, the move seems to be a perfectly logical one. Oh, and as for that EVO? No update on a launch window, but Sprint says that it's still targeting Summer, thank goodness.

Sprint cans Nexus One in favor of EVO 4G originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 10 May 2010 15:39:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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webOS apps surpass 55 million downloads

webOS apps surpass 55 million downloads: "

A quick look at our webOS Apps Gallery reveals a nice number: if you add up all the downloads from the App Catalog, Beta, Web Distributed, and Homebrew apps, you'll find that webOS users have downloaded apps more than 55 million times and if you include patches and downloads from other repositories that number is surely much higher. That number likely includes upgrade downloads as well as new downloads.

While we still don't know how many Palm Pre and Pixi phones have been sold to put that number in context, if we had to guess we'd say that number is still relatively small - making the 55 million download count look fairly decent proportionately.

How many webOS apps have you downloaded? Poll after the break!

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