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Palm webOS 1.2.0 update adds software killswitch to Pre

Palm webOS 1.2.0 update adds software killswitch to Pre

The list of feature tweaks, new functionality and general polishing webOS 1.2.0 brings to the Pre is enough to make a Palm addict get all misty-eyed, but the company have also taken the opportunity to sneak in a less-welcome addition to their App Catalog.  Over at My Pre they've been digging through the new T&Cs for the App Catalog which show up when you next run the download store after installing webOS 1.2.0; in them, Palm reveal that the Pre now has a "remote killswitch" to deactivate and remove applications you might have installed on your handset.

This killswitch, Palm says in the user agreement, gives them access to "add, remove, disable access to, block, or modify remotely" any application you may have installed to your Pre.  Several reasons for them doing this are suggested, including restrictions from third-party license holders.

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Palm webOS 1.2.0 update arrives for Pre

Palm webOS 1.2.0 update arrives for Pre

Palm have finally pushed out their latest update for the Palm Pre, webOS 1.2.0, a 79MB over-the-air firmware install that adds support for paid apps, Amazon MP3 downloads while on a mobile network (rather than WiFi) and cut/copy/paste support of text in the web browser.  There's also a new gesture - swiping down from the top of the screen toward the bottom - which opens the application/connection menu, together with music playback controls on the lock screen.

However what hasn't changed is iTunes compatibility, with the Pre still unable to sync with Apple's media software after the Cupertino company changed their settings to block the Palm smartphone.  Recently Palm was scolded by the USB-IF for their attempts to circumnavigate Apple's settings by using an iPod USB identification number.

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iPhone OS 3.1 blocks tethering on all unlocked handsets

iPhone OS 3.1 blocks tethering on all unlocked handsets

Apple's latest iPhone OS, version 3.1, may bring along with it Genius recommendations for applications and ringtone downloads, but it also takes away tethering functionality with non-Apple-partner carriers.  While that may not come as a great surprise, given Apple's dislike of jailbroken and unofficially unlocked iPhones, the new firmware also blocks tethering for those using "official" unlocked handsets.

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HTC Hero updated firmware arrives in Denmark [Update 2]

HTC Hero updated firmware arrives in Denmark [Update 2]

The first signs of HTC's promised update for the Hero Android smartphone have appeared, in the shape of a download on the company's Nordic support site.  HTC Hero firmware version 2.73.405.5 promises to smooth screen transitions, increase HTC Sense performance and the introduction of touch-to-focus in the 5-megapixel camera.

Update: There's talk from a Swedish forum that HTC support in that country are advising not to use this update, warning that it "misses an important piece in the ROM". The "real" one is said to be coming tomorrow, though other users are claiming to have installed it with no problems; might be worth waiting to see what arrives over the weekend. [Thanks John!]

Update 2: We've spoken to HTC and they assure us that there's no problem with the ROM on the Swedish site.

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