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    http://blog.internetnews.com/skerner...d-by-linu.html

    Palm Pre WebOS powered by Linux 2.6.24

    By Sean Michael Kerner on June 22, 2009 9:41 AM

    From the 'Linux Inside' files:

    There has been a lot of media coverage in recent weeks about the Palm Pre smart phone. One of its key attributes is the webOS operating system that could potentially help save Palm from oblivion.

    Palm has posted many of the open source applications that are part of webOS -- as they are required to do under the terms of the GPL license -- and it's an interesting list.

    At the heart of webOS is the Linux 2.6.24 kernel which originally was released by Linus Torvalds in January of 2008. It's also got BusyBox -- yeah that same busybox that the has been the subject of legal lawsuits -- which provides an embedded tool set.

    For the audio/video portion there are some interesing applications in use - including ffmpeg, gstreamer, pulse audio and alsa (advanced linux sound architecture). It's not clear to me whether or not Palm is using those open source audio/video applications in conjunction with a proprietary codec (or not).

    For instant messaging, Palm is using libpurple -- which is the core open source instant messaging stack behing the Pidgin (formerly gaim) open source IM program that is in (nearly) every Linux distribution.

    On the browser side, Palm is using WebKit -- which of course is the same core rendering engine used by Apple's Safari (in the iPhone) and Google Chrome (in Android). Though all three vendors are using WebKit that doesn't mean that all three mobile browsers are the exactly the same, but it does give them a common base.

    Make no mistake about it, Palm Pre is powered by open source software - time will tell whether that will be the catalyst that enables Palm to succeed with developers and users.
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    http://www.brighthand.com/default.as...lassic+Sprint#

    New Version of MotionApps' Palm OS Emulator for Palm Pre offers Sound, Other Enhancements

    BY: Ed Hardy, Brighthand.com Editor
    PUBLISHED: 6/22/2009

    MotionApps has released Classic 1.1, a new version of its emulator that allows the Palm Pre to run Palm OS apps. This adds support for sound, as well as a number of other enhancements. As the Pre is not going based on the old Palm OS, it isn't be able run applications written for the older operating system. MotionApps Classic helps fill in this gap.

    Now Fingertip Friendly
    The latest version -- Classic 1.1 -- also offers other new features besides sound support. The Palm Pre was designed to be used with a fingertip, but many Palm OS app have small elements designed to be tapped on with a stylus. Classic now lets users enlarge sections of the screen, so they can use a fingertip to select small items.

    Alarms, Too
    This version of Classic is also the first that can notify users that an alarm in the Palm OS calendar has gone off when the emulator is running in the background. It can't do the same when this app is completely closed though. It also offers improved keyboard behavior and enhanced preferences.

    Opening Night Jitters
    MotionApps says that Classic 1.1 offers "greatly improved stability" but in reality it has at least one serious bug. This app allows users to install Palm OS applications and databases by connecting the Palm Pre to a PC via a USB cable. As it stands now, this function has significant problems.

    Try It Out
    MotionApps Classic 1.1 is available now in the on-device App Catalog. There is a 7-day trial available, or it can be purchased for $29.99.

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    CrunchDeals: The Palm Pre Touchstone for only $29.99

    http://www.crunchgear.com/2009/06/23...for-only-2999/

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    http://www.marketwire.com/press-rele...c-1008658.html

    MobiHand and MotionApps Announce the Grand Opening of the First Classic App Store

    Palm Pre Owners Now Have Access to Wallet-Friendly Deals on a Growing Selection of Certified Palm OS Apps


    Classic on the Palm PreSAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwire - June 24, 2009) - MobiHand, Inc., a leading provider of mobile content and application stores, and MotionApps, a leading developer of software for smartphones, today announced the grand opening of the MobiHand Classic App Store. It is the first and only store dedicated to offering a large selection of Palm OS apps that will run on the new Palm Pre using the MotionApps Classic Palm OS emulator. The MobiHand Classic App Store http://classic.mobihand.com features daily, weekly and monthly special offers and exclusive deals on a wide variety of games, entertainment, personal productivity and other popular apps....

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    If you haven't read it or figured it out, there's a way of taking almost any picture you've taken on the pre or uploaded to the pre and making it a wallpaper. If you have a landscape photo, you can pinch or stretch it the same way you zoom, and it will fit the screen. I've only done it with pictures i took on my pre, but I'm pretty sure if the picture resolution is bigger then the screen it can be done.

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    http://www.cio.com/article/495810/Pa...ctory_Settings


    Palm Pre How-To: Wipe Handheld Clean, Restore Factory Settings

    Palm Pre owners may want to wipe and reset their devices to factory default settings for a variety of reasons. The following four-step process will have your Pre wiped cleaner than Grandma's kitchen linoleum in no time.
    By Al Sacco

    Wed, June 24, 2009 — CIO — Perhaps you found a manufacturers' defect in your Palm Pre handheld and need to swap it out for another? Maybe you decided to trade the Pre with a friend of colleague for a new iPhone 3GS or a BlackBerry Curve 8900? Or possibly you found that the Pre's just not for you, and you're returning it to Sprint.
    Whatever your reason for moving from the Pre to another device, you'll want to completely wipe your handheld and restore it to factory settings for security/privacy reasons before bidding it adieu--and so the next user starts their Pre experience with a clean slate.

    Follow these four-step processes to partially or fully wipe your Palm Pre.

    Palm Pre: Partial Erase:
    Performing a Partial Erase on your Pre deletes any and all applications you installed on your device, as well as any associated settings and data. However, it will not wipe content stored on the device's internal memory, like images, music files and video clips.

    To initiate a Partial Erase, locate and click your Pre's Device Info icon. Scroll to the very bottom of the following screen and choose Reset Options.

    The Reset Options screen lists three different choices: 1) Restart; 2) Partial Erase; and 3) Full Erase. Select Partial Erase by rapidly tapping that option twice. You'll then be prompted to confirm or deny the action. If you choose to confirm it by clicking Partial Erase one more time, your device's display goes black, shows a pulsating Palm logo for a few minutes and then restarts.

    Palm Pre: Full Erase
    Performing a Full Erase on your Pre deletes any and all applications you installed on your device, as well as any associated settings and data. It also does away with images, music files and video clips stored within on the device's internal memory.

    A Palm Pre Full Erase is initiated in exactly the same way as a Partial Erase, but you should choose Full Erase on the Reset Options screen.

    Confirm or deny the Full Erase on the following screen, and you're all set.

    Note: After resetting your Pre, you'll need to create a new "Palm Profile" or log in to an existing profile to employ the device.

    The Palm Pre uses Palm Profiles to register users, associate them with specific devices and to backup up personal information to "the cloud." You must setup a new Palm Profile the first time you use a Pre.

    After resetting your Pre, you can log back into an existing Palm Profile using the e-mail address and password you provided when creating it. Your device will then sync your previous contacts, applications and associated information from the Web to your device.

    You can also log in to an existing Palm Profile with a new Pre so, for instance, you could use your original information to log in to your Palm Profile on a completely new Pre.

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    http://www.wirelessandmobilenews.com...ealplayer.html

    New Realplayer with video conversion for the pre

    If you are the kind of person who likes take your video with you where every you go than the the new beta version of RealPlayer, RealPlayerSP is for you. The SP stands for social/portable because this player helps users share their video through social networking sites and transfer video to smartphones in the correct format. Because you download the video to your PC first, you save on data charges and battery drain.

    Once you install RealPlayerSP you can use their new system for transferring downloaded videos to mobile devices. The player will convert videos to the correct format and transfer them to smartphones including BlackBerry (Storm, Bold, Curve, Pearl) Palm Pre, iPhone and other mobile devices....

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    http://palmdoc.net/?p=2443

    Fix for Classic’s Blue Screen of Death on the Palm Pre

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    Palm Pre Tip of the Day: View Email in Landscape

    http://jkontherun.com/2009/07/01/pal...-in-landscape/

    The Palm Pre auto-rotate feature is very useful, but I occasionally get one of those HTML emails that is too wide for the narrow screen. The email app doesn’t natively rotate into landscape, which would make it easier to read such email — that is, it didn’t rotate until this simple little hack was reported.

    PreCentral points out that enabling landscape mode in the Pre email app is as simple as typing in:

    RocknRollHax

    This has to be done in the mailbox listing view (top level), and it’s not sticky. This means you need to do this every time you open the email app, so just leave it running in the background all the time. That’s what multi-tasking is for, anyway.

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    VIDEO: Car gets turned into a Palm Pre
    VW Golf madeover


    http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/news...palm-pre.phtml

    3 July 2009 9:40 GMT / By Amy-Mae Elliott
    Part of a what-would-you-do-for-a-Pre contest, the crazy funsters at precentral.net have transformed a VW Golf "into a Palm Pre" (they stuck some stickers on it) before driving said vehicle to an Apple Store and shouting "iPhone sucks".

    http://www.youtube.com/v/UjDAEHC6w9Y&hl=en&fs=1&rel=0

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    Palm Pre Keyboard Tricks

    http://www.precentral.net/palm-pre-keyboard-tricks

    There are many hidden keyboard shortcuts and tricks on the Palm Pre. We've already discussed many of them here at PreCentral.net, but here's a list of most of the currently-known keyboard combinations for the Pre. New to these blog pages: the ability to enter text in bold and italic and also to view developer information on open cards.

    Before we get to them, though, we will note that the Palm Pre Tips and Tricks PDF from forum member milominderbinde has seen plenty of updates and now includes over 200 tips and tricks! If you haven't yet, you absolutely must register as a member and download this amazing guide!

    On to the keyboard shortcuts!

    Key Combos
    Screenshot: Orange + Shift + P. There will be no indicator that your screenshot succeeded, but check out the Screencapture gallery in your Photo app to see them

    Open Card Information: Orange + Sym + i. You will see information about the open card, including how many images the app is using, how many DOM nodes, Render nodes, and Render layers it's calling. Potentially useful to web developers learning how to program for the webOS.

    Soft-Reset: Orange + Sym + R. Will automatically reset your Palm Pre.
    Bold and Italic

    New to us - in certain apps you can enter text as Bold and Italic. It's a little buggy yet, but we expect that we'll see these as official features as soon as Palm is able to work out the kinks.

    Bold text: Sym + B. This will only work in apps that can accept rich text. So it works in email but not in memos, for example. You can hold this combo down before you start typing or highlight your text and then hit it to make your text bold.

    Italic Text: Sym + i. As with bold, only works in certain apps. Also note that the Pre will try to enter international "i" characters
    Longer keyboard tricks

    Landscape email: on the mailbox listing view, (the top level), type RocknRollHax (hold down shift + letter for the caps). This will allow you to rotate into landscape mode. Resets after you close the card.
    Developer Mode: Type upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart. This will allow you to turn on Developer Mode so you can hack away at your Pre.

    Other Keyboard Tricks

    Advanced Calculator functions: Hit the spacebar to toggle calculator functions: M-, Percent, Square Root, and +/-

    Open a link in a new browser card: Hold down Orange + Space and tap a link.

    Take a photo: You can hit the spacebar to take a picture in the Camera app.

    Delete an app: Orange + Tap

    Select text: hold down Shift then slide your finger left, right, up, or down to move the cursor. Only works in editable text fields
    Move the cursor: hold down Orange and slide your finger left, right, up, or down to position the cursor more accurately than tapping.

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    Palm Pre Extended Battery Offers 20% More Juice With No Size Difference

    http://www.mostreviews.com/reviews/21255

    Earlier today when pitting push notifications against background apps on handsets, I mentioned that battery life is one disadvantages of a multitasking operating system. With the original 1150mAh battery in the Palm Pre, many folks find they can’t get through a full day on a single charge. You can replace the battery in the Pre, but I personally find it difficult to remove the back case. It’s not something I’d want to do on a daily basis, although I appreciate the option.

    Another option would be an extended battery, but I don’t want the Pre to be any thicker than it is. Luckily, Palm Infocenter noticed that Seidio is now shipping a higher-capacity power pack for the Pre and it’s the same size as the original battery. At $44.95, the Innocell battery is rated for 1350mAh, or just shy of 20% more capacity than the 1150mAh battery that comes with the Pre. If you’re finding a low battery six or eight hours in your day, this replacement ought to last you between 7.25 and 9.5 hours on a single charge, all things being equal.

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    Kazaa Movie Download Exclusive On Palm Pre - Watching Movies in Your Pocket

    http://www.prweb.com/releases/downlo...web2609794.htm

    Studio City, CA (PRWEB) July 7, 2009 -- The popular free music download website Kazaa is planning to release a major new service that is hoped to shake up the online media industry, currently dominated by iTunes. Kazaa hopes to build on their success and continue to build brand loyalty and differentiate themselves from iTunes, Napster, Amazon and Rhapsody. The new service will allow Kazaa members the ability to upload and share their Standard and High Definition videos direct with the Kazaa community. Anticipation for this service has been monumental as it completes an integral piece in the development of a more comprehensive product for their membership.

    This exciting addition will allow for home videos and HD quality movies to be transferred for free. Members will be given the opportunity to share videos, HD movies, photos and documents freely and without restriction. The capacity to network within the community has been increased to meet the demands of users seeking a multifaceted approach for social networking. Kazaa now supports any phone that can connect to a PC. The Palm PRE was the first device to handle full feaure Kazaa HD quality movies.

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    IM+ for Skype Webapp for the Palm Pre

    http://www.palminfocenter.com/news/6...-the-palm-pre/

    Shape Services has released a new web based application for the Palm Pre and webOS. IM+ for Skype brings the ability to use many Skype account features on your Palm Pre. It enables text and voice based communication with other Skype users who are logged in with their Skype accounts on PC. It can also utilize the Skype-out calling feature that allows you to make and receive Skype calls through the service.

    IM+ for Skype is web based mobile software. You can head over to s4palm.com on your Pre in order to use the application. The app comes with a free 10-day trial, after which it costs $9.99 to purchase.

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