The other day I was perusing the Amazon App Store and noticed that Graffiti Pro for Android was available. I immediately downloaded (it’s free) and installed it on three Android devices. I’ve been mostly pleased with the results. To those of you that are not familiar with Graffiti, it’s a character recognition system that utilizes [...]
As I finish this article I learned that Hewlett-Packard, Inc. has decided to discontinue operations for webOS devices specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. What this means for current owners has yet to be announced. It’s a shame that yet another nice operating system is going to end up in the tech graveyard, but while [...]
The HP Touchpad that's been available in the US since July finally has a release date of August 15th in Australia. Following it's permanent price drop in the US, the Australian release price will also be $100 cheaper than first indicated. Harvey Norman will be the initial exclusive retail partner. Will webOs have the features [...]
This is sad to say, but I had pretty much forgotten about Palm until earlier this week when they announced the new Palm Pre 2 and version 2.0 of webOS. Ok, maybe I didn't completely forget that Palm existed, but in my mind I had put them in the same category as Nokia - off my radar. [...]
Wow, I sure didn't see this one coming... It was announced today that HP will purchase Palm at a price of $5.70 per share of Palm common stock in cash or an enterprise value of approximately $1.2 billion. HP is not a company that even sprang to my mind when we heard that Palm were [...]
I was recently given the opportunity to try out the new Palm Pre Plus and Pixi Plus from Verizon. The "Plus" refers to the ability of both these phones to function as 3G hotspots (like a mi-fi). You can connect up to 5 devices through Wi-Fi to access the internet through the phones. Since we [...]
It didn't surprise me today when I learned that Palm has been put up for sale. I am saddened by this news though. My first real PDA was the original PalmPilot 1000 followed by model after model through the years. I'm probably not alone when I say that Palm lost its luster long ago. I [...]
Wouldn't It Be Nice? To start with, I’m not a big cell phone fan. In fact, I have a reproduction of a turn of the century candlestick phone…you know.. the kind where you hold the earpiece to your ear but speak into a mouthpiece mounted on a slender structure? It works just fine for me. [...]
In mid-June of 2009, Palm sent me a Pre, its first webOS-powered smartphone, to try out as a "Real Reviewer." That program, I was told, was launched to get the Palm Pre into the hands of a few people Palm could count on to use it daily for an extended period (about six months, to [...]
Who has a mobile device and a little time to kill throughout their day? My guess is just about all of us, especially when it comes to having a bit of fun. Over the past few days I was able to spend some time playing games. Sounds tough right? Well, I was able to play [...]
It's a phone, it's a music player, it's a camera, it's a Palm Pre. Is it good at any of those tasks? I have been trying these feature for the past couple of days and here are the results... Before I get into anything else, I did want to mention that I haven't experienced any [...]
HP Mini 1000 Netbook, remember? Whole series of reviews by some really cool people (and me)? A major strong point was easy wireless connectivity? Remember all of that? So, what about when you are not near a Wi-Fi source and don't wanna pop for a cell modem and the related costs? My Palm Centro is [...]
As Google absorbs more and more of my cyber-life (resistance IS futile!), I am wanting to coordinate between things like their calendar and my Palm Centro more and more. (Yes, I can look things up on-line on the Centro, but it is slow and awkward to work with.) GooSync is a free on-line tool that [...]
The zen of the Palm OS is that it is easy to use, intuitive, and helpful. A key element of this is being able to quickly jot, store, and retrieve notes- but... is your note a memo? A contact? An SMS? How many times have you had to actually (**shudder**) write something down and add [...]
Judie Lipsett mentioned the original Insaniquarium in a 2003 article about Spring Break and what she was going to take. While brief, the comment points out how much fun the program is. Well, PopCap Game's Insaniquairum Deluxe is better. You may as well buy a wrist brace to wear on your stylus-slinging hand, because this [...]
Another in my series of pet peeves with my Palm Centro (which I swear I cherish even with all of the peeves and annoyances) is the fact that the memory card is literally trapped inside. Some reviewers said they can open the card cover without removing the battery cover, but most of us cannot. I [...]
Palm's press conference at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas just ended a few minutes ago. Since they originally announced this "New-ness" event, quite a few people have been speculating that their announcement would be underwhelming at best. We've been hearing that Palm has been down for the count for months now. As a [...]
Astraware is one of my favorite software places but I admit that I have not popped by much recently. On my last visit, I noticed they had tweaked their prices, updated their PopCap Games Pack 1 to version 2.61 back in August, and are selling it for $19.95. This collection of popular Web games was a lot of fun when I first got it, so I decided to try it again- especially since my old registration code still works for them!
The Palm Centro. Small. Cheap. Powerful. No Notepad program.
Ah, Palm... I know things are not going that great for you right now, but come on- leaving NotePad off the Centro? Forcing thousands of your devoted fans to use (shiver) pencils and paper for quick notes? You might think that Voice Memo is good enough, but one cannot scribble the design for a working Flux Capacitor in Voice Memo now, can one?
The Palm Centro is an amazing device for its price and size. I love mine almost unconditionally- almost. Today, I am going to rant about a couple of the things that bug me.
New Palm games are getting less and less frequent. This really saddens me- I really love my Palm Centro and I get bored with games quickly, so constantly need fresh blood... er, I mean 'games'- yeah, that's what I meant.
Ashley Glenister wrote 'The Belt: 2120' in her spare time, and it compares nicely to games offered by many of the 'big boys'.
This is not the game I planned on reviewing. That was going to be Astraware's Westward, but I was beseiged by demons while trying it out (named Small Screen, Bad-Eyes, and Lotsa Rulez) so it will have to wait.
Hobbyist Software offers a great line of software for the Palm
Centro user, and some of it can even be used for other Palms. When I asked for some codes so I could trial their products for a long enough time to figure them out, they were very helpful. They started me with Initiate Pro and Power Hero. I am still learning about Initiate Pro, so let's look at Power Hero.
As I was a cruzin' for new games, I found that eSoft Interactive, the home of one of my 'All Time Favorite' games, Traffic Jam, had several titles I had not seen before, including the previously reviewed Traffic Jam 2. I also asked for codes for a couple of other games that looked interesting- Earth Day, and Spot!, They were kind enough to provide codes for all of them.