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webOS notifications designer defects to Apple

webOS notifications designer defects to Apple

One of the things that has always bothered me about the way the iPhone gives me notifications is that they are very intrusive. You can’t ignore them if you don’t care what they say and you can't finish what you are working on at the time the notification appears without fussing with the notification. Palm's Pre and Pixi on the other hand have slick notification banners you can ignore easily.

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Palm Pixi Plus (AT&T) Review

Palm Pixi Plus (AT&T) Review

The Palm Pixi Plus isn't exactly new, but its launch on AT&T this coming Sunday will mark the debut of the GSM version in the US market. Priced at a featurephone-rivalling $49.99 (with a new agreement, naturally), the obvious question is whether you're getting more for your money by opting for the webOS handset. Check out our review after the cut.

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HP bought Palm for webOS IP, not smartphone future

HP bought Palm for webOS IP, not smartphone future

HP CEO Mark Hurd has thrown the cat among the webOS pigeons, by suggesting that the company's acquisition of Palm was predominantly for their IP and not "to be in the smartphone business."  Speaking at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch technology conference, Hurd revealed that HP have no plans to "spend billions of dollars trying to go into the smartphone business," explaining "that doesn’t in any way make any sense."

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Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

Has the iPad killed tablet innovation?

How foolish I've been. Five months ago I wrote that tablets had come of age, and even sifted my way through the line-up cherry picking what must-have features would make for the perfect device. A month later, in the afterglow - or should that be aftermath? - of the iPad announcement, I marvelled that, while Apple's slate wouldn't necessarily satisfy every user, there was nonetheless plenty of choice on the horizon for those given a taste for tableteering. Our analyst contributors wisely told me not to count my touchscreen chickens before they'd hatched onto the market, but I wouldn't listen. I thought the iPad's arrival would rejuvenate the tablet segment, but all it seems to have done is killed off any attempt at innovation.

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Palm webOS UI chief taking new role in Android team? [Update: Confirmed!]

Palm webOS UI chief taking new role in Android team? [Update: Confirmed!]

The man responsible for the Palm webOS UI, Matias Duarte, has apparently jumped ship and taken a new job at Google, most likely in the search giant's Android team.  That's according to AllThingsD's sources; Palm have confirmed Duarte's resignation, but neither they nor Google will confirm exactly where he's headed.  As Senior Director of Human Interface and User Experience at Palm, Duarte took the lead in developing the distinctive and flexible webOS interface, one of the things many - us included - believe will make the platform so ideal for the upcoming HP webOS tablet.

Update: It's confirmed, Duarte will be Google's new "User Experience Director for Android"

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NVIDIA CEO: Tegra 2 will sweep tablets & smartphones; Moorestown “an elephant”

NVIDIA CEO: Tegra 2 will sweep tablets & smartphones; Moorestown “an elephant”

We've made no bones of our love of NVIDIA's second-gen Tegra chipset, and how excited we are about seeing it in upcoming tablets like the Notion Ink Adam, and unsurprisingly NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang, is just as keen on the SoC.  He's been talking up the Tegra's potential (again) against Qualcomm's Snapdragon - "we use the right processors to do the right job" - as well as saving some particularly biting criticism for Intel's Z6xx Moorestown chips - "you could give an elephant a diet but it's still an elephant" - and even teasing a little about the possibility of a webOS tablet.

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HP: no webOS netbooks, HP Slate due October 2010

HP: no webOS netbooks, HP Slate due October 2010

HP's confirmation that it would be putting webOS into tablets and even printers was happily received, but anyone looking forward to a webOS-based netbook should think again.  According to Monty Wong, vice president of the personal computing systems group at HP Taiwan, netbooks are too like mainstream computers to make them appropriate for webOS, and as such the company has no plans to develop them.  Meanwhile he also had some news on the HP Slate.

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The Daily Slash: May 20th 2010

The Daily Slash: May 20th 2010

Only 11 more days left in the month, and today marked a pretty loud, and impressive, announcement from Google. Of course, there's just 11 more days in the month, and that means June's getting closer and closer. And we all know what's coming in June. Tonight though, in typical Daily Slash fashion, we'll focus on what else happened out there today. First up, in the Best of R3, we've got a report card with some pretty impressive statistics, and Versace has a new phone out (it's "unique"). And then in the Dredge 'Net, Steve Jobs isn't a fan of WebM, the white iPhone HD looks very sleek when it's rendered, and it looks like the AT&T Pre Plus has been given an unlock.

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The Daily Slash: May 18th 2010

The Daily Slash: May 18th 2010

Welcome to the latest edition of the Daily Slash. Tonight, on the eve of a relatively large convention, we've got quite a bit of news to go through. First up, in the Best of R3, it looks like Android versions are starting to get handled, and the Pixi Plus gets a release date for AT&T. And then, in the Dredge 'Net, we've got a hint at one of the things Google might announce soon, Sprint's CFO doesn't think too much of the Pre, and London wants a lot of WiFi.

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