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HP and Palm confirmed in a newly found casting call that at least three previously leaked webOS devices are getting close to launch. Actors who sign up for the role are told they would be starring in web videos for the Broadway and Manta smartphones as well as the Topaz tablet. The Pre Central-intercepted recruiting attempt didn't say what would happen in the ad other than that it would involve under-35 "hip" and "stylish" people.
A new rumor Tuesday afternoon has claimed that HP will bring its Topaz webOS tablet out in large fashion at CES 2011. Referring to it as the PalmPad, Fox claimed three models will be on show, each of which will have minor differences. One would focus on the home and would have both a mini HDMI output for video as well as built-in WiMAX for using Sprint's 4G network.
HP's and Palm's webOS tablet was given some of its first more tangible details through a leak of an accessory. Internally, the slate is now codenamed the Topaz and will have a companion Bluetooth keyboard. Details unearthed by Engadget suggested it would take cues from Apple's Wireless Keyboard with a numberpad-free, chiclet layout but also with special function keys that work both for a mobile OS and the desktop, in this case webOS and Windows.
TI teased a major performance boost for smartphones and tablets today by unveiling the OMAP 4440. The design uses a dual-core, up to 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor at its heart, already representing a leap, but also adding two Cortex-M3 cores to shoulder tasks that need to be handled in real-time. It marks a 50 percent overall speed boost over current chips and is fast to enable 3D video, even in 1080p, and 3D photos from two 12-megapixel cameras.
The touchscreen keyboard hidden in webOS 2.0 has been successfully exposed through a relatively easy hack late Sunday. A flag change in the HP and Palm code makes the input an option and brings up the keyboard with the same upward gesture that would previously have brought up the "wave" of app shortcuts. A webOS Internals check found that the release is still buggy and, among other flaws, tends to crash when in landscape mode.
Taiwan-based electronics maker Inventec is expected to be tasked with building one million Nook Color e-book readers for Barnes & Noble before the end of the year, industry sources have told DigiTimes. The manufacturer is also said to be preparing for an order of 6-7 million webOS-based tablets from HP.
Palm's rumored Mansion may be a smartphone and tablet hybrid much like the Dell Streak if a rumor is accurate. An unnamed tip puts a webOS device with a slightly over five-inch screen launching three months from now, or February and possibly March. The connection to the Mansion made by GoRumors isn't definite but is backed by the screen size, which would be too large for a phone with a hardware keyboard.
Palm leader and now HP executive Jon Rubinstein today told those at the Web 2.0 Summit that his company should have led the smartphone market. The company was one of the very earliest in the category, having established PDAs with the Palm Pilot and getting into smartphones early with the Treo, but squandered its lead and let others catch up. He likened his position from 2007 to the situation Steve Jobs faced at Apple in 1996 and 1997, when the goal was primarily to fix years of mistakes.
The iPad has almost all of the entire world market share for tablets, according to a new study from Strategy Analytics. Apple accounted for 95.5 percent of the 4.4 million tablets sold in the summer. Android in spite of high publicity marked just 2.3 percent, while Windows and other platforms made up the rest.
D Conference creators AllThingsD today unveiled a new conference specifically tailored to mobile with both conspicuous additions and omissions, including Apple. The D: Dive Into Mobile event will be held in San Francisco on December 6 and 7 and will include a relatively rare appearance by Palm chief Jon Rubinstein, who has been mostly silent since a takeover by HP. Other highlights should include RIM co-CEO Mike Lazaridis, Microsoft Windows Phone lead Joe Belfiore. Both Google's Android and ad VPs, Andy Rubin and Susan Wojcicki, should be present.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE