Palm Pre

Palm restore iTunes sync for Pre with webOS 1.1.0

Palm restore iTunes sync for Pre with webOS 1.1.0

Palm have released their latest update for Pre, webOS 1.1.0, and along with increased speed and various UI tweaks they've also addressed one of the more contentious issues from the past month: iTunes synchronization.  After Apple seemingly purposefully blocked the Pre from using iTunes in their 8.2.1 update midway through the month, webOS 1.1.0 "resolves an issue preventing media sync from working with latest version of iTunes (8.2.1)."

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Apple block Palm Pre sync in iTunes 8.2.1

Apple block Palm Pre sync in iTunes 8.2.1

Apple have yanked Pre compatibility from iTunes 8.2.1, in an update to the media management software described as "an issue with verification of Apple devices."  The move is not exactly unexpected; the two companies traded feints in mid-June, with Apple suggesting that future versions of iTunes "may no longer provide syncing functionality" with anything other than iPods and iPhones, while Palm accused them of threatening "a direct blow" to users seeking a seamless experience.

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Palm Pre hacked for Verizon network [Video]

Palm Pre hacked for Verizon network [Video]

One enterprising Palm Pre owner has hacked his smartphone to run on Verizon's network, rather than Sprint's.  "cleanser" of the PreCentral forums has managed to get both voice and text messaging to work as expected, but so far data access is presenting a problem.

The hack involved attempting to persuade a Verizon Wireless customer services' rep to add the MEID - the electronic serial number and unique identifier of the handset - to cleanser's account with them.  Once that had been done, the network accepted the Pre as just another CDMA phone.

Video demo after the cut

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SlashGear talk GSM Pre with Palm and O2

SlashGear talk GSM Pre with Palm and O2

Palm's big news for today was it's announcement of the GSM Palm Pre and the exclusivity deals the company has carved out with O2 in the UK, Ireland and Germany, and Movistar in Spain.  We had the opportunity to sit down with Palm and O2 today, and talk about what changes they've made to the smartphone, how they see it sitting in a range dominated by the iPhone 3GS, and why European customers will have to wait until the Christmas holidays before they can pick one up.

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