Palm, the company that invented the PDA but has struggled to stay relevant in recent years, will be acquired by computing giant Hewlett-Packard.Palm's history The company, which took the handheld computer into the mainstream, has traveled a bumpy road. Date Event November 1998 Jeff Hawkins and Donna Dubinsky leave Palm to start Handspring February 1999 Palm introduces the slimmer Palm V November 2001 Palm announces plans to split into two public companies June 2003 Palm buys Handspring Sept. 2005 Palm introduces its first Windows-based Treo June 2007 Palm introduces the ill-fated Foleo June 2007 Palm announces it is … Read more
Is this the ultimate early adopter penalty? If you buy more than two iPads to send to your friends overseas or give to your family, you risk a lifetime ban on future purchases? That just can't be right. Also not right: the sweet little child who calls tell us how to get porn on the iPhone. Just upsetting. Plus: Palm deathwatch and Facebook's privacy untangled (er, sort of).Subscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1213
Lenovo interested in buying Palm http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTOE63M04J20100423 http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=33519… Read more
Lenovo has reportedly emerged as the leading candidate to buy Palm after HTC bowed out, but would the Chinese PC maker really pull the trigger? Logic dictates that Lenovo is an unlikely savior.
Reuters is reporting that Lenovo is in the running for Palm, which is up for sale as it tries to avoid a death spiral. Lenovo emerged as a likely buyer after HTC bowed out of the running. Reuters cites investment bankers who say Lenovo "is looking into" buying Palm. Lenovo would allegedly pay $1.3 billion or so for it.
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Recently, AT&T announced an eco-friendly cell phone charger called the AT&T Zero Charger.
The allure of this device is it automatically shuts down when not in use, offering what AT&T claims is "zero vampire draw" from the wall outlet. Vampire draw is a term for the power that devices draw out of outlets they are plugged into while they are turned off. AT&T's charger will be USB-compatible, making it practical for many of the phones on the market today.
Sure, a zero-draw charger sounds helpful. With that said, we … Read more
Palm's WebOS, the software on which the company's Pre smartphone is based, is "riddled" with dangerous security flaws, according to security researchers who said they were able to crack the operating system via text message.
A probe of WebOS uncovered a number of easy-to-find bugs, giving the impression that Palm had put minimal effort into security, researchers from Intrepidus Group said in an advisory published Friday.
The firm also published a video demonstrating a Palm Pre being cracked via text message.
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Palm implemented an executive-retention plan Friday as a key leader decided to move on amid reports that the company is up for sale.
Engadget spotted a company filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission late Friday notifying investors that Michael Abbott, senior vice president of software and a key representative before developers, is leaving the company. In a separate but definitely related statement, Palm said it has given senior executives incentives to remain with the company for two years, including $250,000 in cash for its chief financial officer and senior vice president of global operations.
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We're encouraged by several things about Microsoft's messaging phones, but the name isn't one of them. Especially naming a button on it the Kin Spot. But we did figure out what they're up to. We think. Also it's a bad day for developers as Apple and Adobe's fight somehow ends up with Adobe's CTO talking about swinign chickens, and Twitter angers its devloper crowd by acquiring Tweetie. At least the US is changing it's tune on ACTA... oh wait, no it's just getting worse on that too. We hate Mondays.Subscribe with iTunes (audio) … Read more
Palm is putting itself on the block and starting its search for bidders as early as this week, according to Bloomberg.
Who is on the short list of potential buyers? It's not Google, but close enough: HTC. That makes sense because buying Palm could save HTC in Apple's patent infringement lawsuit. How? HTC may find in Palm the patent portfolio and thus the leverage it would need to settle the suit.
Bloomberg said that Lenovo may want to buy Palm too. However, the most interesting bidder by far is HTC.
Apart from Apple and Google, Palm--which currently has … Read more