Sunday, December 30, 2007

2007 and all that

Well, 2007 is nearly over. It has been an odd year in mobile computing with half starts and promises a lot of the time.

We expected the much hyped Foleo, then it was rapidly cancelled. Although we were told it wasn't a laptop, it looked a lot like one to me.

The Palm told us they were going to launch a new OS based on linux with the first devices coming in late 2007. This has gone back too now.

Google has promised to bring its own open source mobile OS to the market. Who knows what that will bring?

So 2008 has lots to look forward to, or so it seems.

Perhaps a new OS from Palm? Maybe Google's Android? New devices from Palm and not just more smart phones? The Apple iPhone SDK and the possibility of native applications?

PicselPowered down?

PicselPowered site is down for development. I wonder what will come out of this. Proviewer is a good application, but I don't think you can run a site with just one product however good it is.

Maybe they'll bring something new in 2008?

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Palmorama

Palmorama has been since quite quiet this year, but next year I plan to do a lot more on Palmorama, more reviews, more news and lots of other stuff too.

I think 2008 will be a very interesting year in mobile computing. Apple will release the iPhone / iPod Touch SDK and we'll have to wait and see what innovations developers come up with.

Palm will hopefully release the new linux based OS at last, and maybe some new devices. Perhaps they'll return to the innovative organisation they once were.

Google's Android will debut, who knows what it will bring?

So, lots to look forward to next year.

Monday, October 08, 2007

iPod Touch becomng a real PDA...


This story from Mac Rumors suggests that the Touch will get proper PDA functionality soon. So it seems that it becomes more and more like a newton of the new century.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Long awaited NinerPad

I've been waiting for this app for a long time now, I do hope that it won't be a big let down.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Multitasker 1.0



This is what palm software is all about. People releasing strange conceptual software that they've made themselves and continuing to develop it. I think it is brilliant quite frankly.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Cloner...


This looks like a really handy application for making a PDA go a long long way further. This cloner application from Northglide seems to give you some interesting possibilities. I wonder if it will run inside Styletap?

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

4Pockets releases Pocket Goo




A rather nice new app from 4Pockets allows you to bend and distort photos and images. Here's what the 4Pockets site says:

"Do you own a digital camera? If so then all you need is Pocket Goo and a few choice mug shots. Have hours of fun creating hilarious characatures of friends and family by simply dragging the stylus over the screen. Once complete you can then save your goofy masterpieces.

The program features various deformation tools and exposure tools such as Hue/Saturation, Brightness/Contrast.

Loads BMP, JPEG and GIF formats
Saves in JPEG format
Grow, Shrink, Move, Rotate and Eraser Tools
Compare transition mode with apply & undo
Full Screen Mode
Definable Canvas Size
Mirror Effects
Adjustable Hue / Saturation
Adjustable Brightness / Contrast"


Not bad for £6.95!

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Z88 An early predecessor to the PDA?



I must be getting old, because this actually looks completely cool to me. The Z88 was designed by Clive Sinclair in 1987, and closely resembles a ZX spectrum. It had a built in word processor / spreadsheet / database on board, and as far as I can see there is still a relatively active community.

Saturday, June 30, 2007

What's coming in NinerPaint 2.0?

New things are coming in another version of NinerPaint (soon I hope). What can we expect?

- Landscape support
- Collapsable PIN area support

What would I like to see?

- Flash export
- Audio support

Monday, May 07, 2007

Rex



Couldn't help myself. I always liked Rex, but can't think of a use for one at all.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

NinerPaint boards back and some news

It seems that the Niner boards are back and that NinerPad will be the next delivery from NinerMedia. I look forward to that.

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

What to do with an old TE?

I am about to get an old Tungsten E for which I have no use whatsoever. I'd like to do something experimental with it, but what? Circuit bending? Maybe, if you have any suggestions, please comment them.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Monday, April 23, 2007

NinerPaint boards gone

It appears that the NinerPaint forum has been down for a few days now. Not there's been much going on there for a while, but one lives in hope that there'll be some news on the next release of NinerPaint.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Palm new OS!

So, all the major sites have the news that Palm are developing their own OS based on a linux kernel. Where does this leave ALP and ACCESS? What does it mean for existing devices? Will it be as before where the OS can't be upgraded?

iSpin?

I was having a little look over at taptarget's site today. I always liked the iSpin concept, but I wonder if it will ever gain momentum again? It would be nice to see something really moving forward, but I don't hold out much hope sadly.

Screens Environment: Update: Palm stuff

Seems to be moving forward on the palm front, although a little bit technical for me.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Saguaro: Update

Saguaro moves forward with another test of MojaveGL, which looks amazing! Let's hope it really is the shape of things to come.

More on screens

Things still moving on at screens. Check the title link for more...

Sunday, April 01, 2007

Palm Applications I'd love to see: Part 1

What are the applications you'd like to see on your Palm, the things that would make life easier, or more fun, or more productive, or apps that would just be totally cool?

Saturday, March 24, 2007

Screens Environment: Getting close to a screen shot?

Could be....

What I'd like to see in NinerPaint next

Here are some thoughts, that's all really:

- The ability to add in audio and export a finished animation with sound to flash
- A timeline view rather than having to adjust time in each shot
- Thumbnail views
- More import options

Not much really, but it is a great app already and does a lot of the things I want.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Screens Environment: Plan?

Not as such, but you have to take your hat off to the guy for keeping at it all on his own. Go on over and give him some moral support!

Friday, March 09, 2007

Apple Sub-Notebook, iPhone, and goings on at Palm

Well, there's lots going on isn't there. As I read it the big news is that Palm has hired an ex-Apple interface guru to help them with their "iPhone killer" device. Or so the rumors go anyway. Paul Mercer is credited with development of the core software behind the Newton and is widely regarded as leading his field.



Add to this the fact that Palm claim to be making an announcement about their elusive "third product category" in May and maybe something interesting might be going on. What, I don't know, but so long as it isn't just another Treo it will be an improvement in my book anyway.

The next interesting thing as far as I'm concerned is the continued rumor over an Apple sub-notebook. Now, I would love to see an Apple handheld, and a sub-notebook would be almost as good, but it gets better. The current rumor is that the sub would be running a cut down version of OSX that is going to be on the iPhone, and may well be flash based. So, fast boots, less moving parts. Starts to get quite interesting.

Now, if you launch a device like that you have to let people be able to load software to it, and so developers have to be able to develop for it. If it is the same OSX as in the iPhone, then that whole OS may be opened up to third party apps. This is getting really cool now.

I know that this is loads of speculation, and no one really knows what will happen with either Palm or Apple, but it is fun to speculate about it all.

I also think that the more innovation that can come into these markets the better, it has been sadly lacking for a while,

Screens Environment: Update: Moving Along

More on the screens project, moving forward still, which is encouraging.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007

PalmGear and PocketGear savings

In case you hadn't seen it you can get 20% off at PalmGear and PocketGear currently on any order. They don't say when these could be pulled, so it could be any time.

Friday, February 23, 2007

Screens Environment: Interfaces

I enjoy reading this stuff about screens. The last few posts gave me more hope of an alpha being released soon. This post is technical again, and I struggle to follow it. Never mind, as long as it is moving forward.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Mac Nano?

There have been lots of recent rumours about a mac sub-notebook, and yesterday Apple posted a job for a Mobile Architecture Manager creating lots of speculation around the possibility of sub/micro notebooks or even the resurrection of the long lamented Newton.

Mac rumours are fun. I have to say I like them and read them daily, but the serious issue here is around the possibility of Mac entering a market that is ripe for innovation. That is after all what they're good at.

I have to say that I find the idea of a Mac Nano or MacBook mini fantastic. It would of course depend on what it was capable of. However, if the iPhone running OSX is anything to go by it should cause a stir and polarise people's opinion. But is this just desktop technology taking over the handheld space? Perhaps.

Maybe it is time to redefine handheld uses. If desktop power is available and usable in very small devices, what is there left for PDAs to do?

I don't have the answers, but the questions are worth asking I think.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Do you really need a PDA?

I love this article from Mike Rohde at Rohdesign. I find the whole thing very inspiring indeed. Do we really need all this computational power sitting in the palm of our hands? Does it really help you out and make you more production?

I'm not sure I could completely do without my PDA(s) I think I'd find that a hard thing to do.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Safire begins

More news from the Screens Environment camp. Things are really moving forward now. It is all looking to be quite exciting what with Screens / Safire coming along, and Saguaro as well. Is there still hope for Palm devices?

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Screens Environment: Safire

Screens environment has been updated again. More tech stuff, but another mention of Safire. I wonder how long till we see a screen shot or two?

Friday, January 19, 2007

Screens Environment: Safire in a few months?

There's another update from Screens Environment. As usual it is stuff that I don't really get (maybe one day I will), but the main thing it says from my point of view is that there might be some release of Safire in the next few months.

I'd love to see that. I've been watching this blog for ages, and it would be great to see a real application or OS come out. Let's hope it works out for 2007.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Saguaro: Update

Looks like the first version will be available in the next few days.

iSpin


I messed about with the iSpin Launcher ages ago when it was first free. I had a look today and found this image on their forums. It seems that the idea of iSpin 2.0 and using a form of multi-tasking has never really come about, which is a shame. It looked like fun.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Screens Environment: Safire

I'm looking forward to seeing the final product of the Screens Project. The Safire application. I'm waiting for a day when I can run all sorts of environments on my Palm doing various kinds of multi-tasking.

The future is all Sagauro and Safire.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

How will PDA's respond to Apple's iPhone

Now that the cat is out of the bag and Apple really have developed a phone which contains OSX in the device, what will happen to handheld operating systems like Palm and Windows Mobile? Will they really survive?

Looking at the capabilities of the iPhone, it look like it has everything that a real smartphone would need. It has:

- The internet
- Text SMS
- Phone (obviously)
- Calendar
- Email
- Notes
- Widgets

Then it has...

- an iPod
- Video
- Photos
- Conference calling
- Google maps with satellite nevigation

But, I expect that is just the start. I predict that there will be a growing application ecosystem for the iPhone. If developers can easily convert / adapt their applications to run on the handheld version of OSX (if indeed it is a "version" of the OS). If developers can do this easily there will be a large portfolio of apps around for the iPhone. With a big app portfolio running on a powerful robust multi-tasking OS, how will the other platforms respond? Will they be able to compete at all?

I bet that within a few months or sooner we'll have versions of many other popular applications enabling functions like making small movies on your phone, podcasting on your phone, word processing and spreadsheets, and many more.

I think that the iPhone really will change the mobile phone market, but in a way that will make many users realise just what a smartphone should be about.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Saguaro



Well, I've signed up for the beta programme for Saguaro. I can't wait. It looks fantastic doesn't it...

It seems like the first release will only use Saguaro bespoke applications, but later releases will allow legacy applications to run as well.

All very exciting.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Saguaro



I had only just heard about this. It looks totally amazing. Wow, I can't wait to try it out.

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