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SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 17 2010

SlashGear Morning Wrap-up: November 17 2010

Today we talk about, believe it or not, methane powered computers! Better hope you don't get too close to a heat source. Uh oh. Then there's a Berlin showing of some fantastic looking color e-paper, sponsored by Bridgestone, Epson, and Samsung, but made by an unknown producer. Then PALM throws down the gauntlet saying they'll reclaim their smartphone "birthright" soon, and BYD Alice Tegra 2 Froyo tablet wants a chomp of the tablet market too. All this and MORE on todays SlashGear Morning Wrap-up!

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Palm to reclaim smartphone “birthright” with phones & “a great tablet” tips Rubinstein

Palm to reclaim smartphone “birthright” with phones & “a great tablet” tips Rubinstein

Palm chief Jon Rubinstein has blamed a shortfall in resources for the company squandering its "birthright" to the smartphone market, an omission it seems has quickly been addressed since the acquisition by HP. Speaking at the Web 2.0 conference, Rubinstein said that "we've actually pulled a couple hundred people out of HP and made them part of Palm. We're using them to broaden our scope and we're just cranking away." As to what they're cranking away on, Rubinstein says to expect "some smartphones, a great tablet coming."

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UK Palm Pre 2 on sale November 12

UK Palm Pre 2 on sale November 12

The Palm Pre 2 is apparently set to hit the UK on Friday, November 12 - the end of this week - with Palm expecting to sell the 1GHz smartphone SIM-free initially. The company let slip the date to Pocket-lint, but failed to mention any potential carriers for the webOS 2.0 handset; in France, where the Pre 2 has been on sale since late October, carrier SFR is offering the phone exclusively.

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New Palm Device Codenames: Broadway, Windsor, Mantaray, Stingray, and Roadrunner

New Palm Device Codenames: Broadway, Windsor, Mantaray, Stingray, and Roadrunner

New evidence has sprung forth from the secret news fountain of a tiny batch of names named by WebOS Internals as they dug through SFR's webOS 2.0 build for the Palm Pre 2. Each of the words found is more than likely a codename for a new Palm device, as evidenced by the fact that they were found in a string designed to display the message "temporarily not restoring logs for newer devices." The names are thus: Broadway, Windsor, Mantaray, Stingray, and Roadrunner.

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Palm’s Hot Apps Winners Finally Unveiled, Angry Birds Takes Top Position

Palm’s Hot Apps Winners Finally Unveiled, Angry Birds Takes Top Position

Back in March, we told you about the PDK Hot Apps competition that Palm was holding, hoping to get some of the best mobile applications shown off for their webOS-based devices. In the process, application developers had the opportunity to win upwards of $100,000 in prize money. And, finally, while the competition ended a couple of weeks ago, Palm has finally unveiled who the winners were, and in which category.

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webOS torrent tipped as Palm plan 5-6 devices for 2011

webOS torrent tipped as Palm plan 5-6 devices for 2011

With the mildly-tweaked Palm Pre 2 leaving a less than pleasant taste in our collective mouths, the news that there are 5-6 new devices in the pipeline for 2011 is like a blast of cool, refreshing seltzer to the face.  According to CENS, Palm has inked contracts with Foxconn, who will provide four to five new devices, and Compal, who will provide one further device, in the coming year.  Among the line-up is the Foxconn-made PalmPad webOS tablet.

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Spotify for webOS arrives on Pre and Pixi

Spotify for webOS arrives on Pre and Pixi

Spotify continues to be one of the more compelling mobile applications out there, and the company's next target is webOS.  They've announced that Spotify for the Palm Pre, Pixi, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus - and, we're presuming, the upcoming Palm Pre 2 - has just landed in the webOS app store.  As with the Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and Symbian versions, it allows for searching Spotify's catalog of streaming music and offline playback.

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Palm Pre 2 Hitting Verizon Shelves November 11th, Sources Claim

Palm Pre 2 Hitting Verizon Shelves November 11th, Sources Claim

We've already seen an internal training document claiming that the Palm Pre 2 would be landing on Verizon's network some time in the future, but then we got confirmation from HP that the device, the true successor to the original Palm Pre (or Palm Pre Plus, even) would be landing on Verizon "in the coming months." To some, that "coming months" part would mean that HP is aiming for a holiday shopping release, but it could also mean that they'll miss that date and land some time in early 2011. According to some sources speaking with Droid-Life, it may be sooner than we all assumed.

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Palm Pre 2 gets official with HP webOS 2.0

Palm Pre 2 gets official with HP webOS 2.0

HP has officially announced the Palm Pre 2, the much-rumored replacement to the original Pre, and running HP webOS 2.0.  Headed to Verizon and a Canadian carrier "in the coming months", but making its debut on French carrier SFR this Friday, the Palm Pre 2 has a 3.1-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 1GHz processor and 16GB of onboard storage.

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Ex-MeeGo VP joins Palm with Samsung R&D boss tip insiders

Ex-MeeGo VP joins Palm with Samsung R&D boss tip insiders

Executive positions at the big mobile makers are a little like musical chairs: the same people just keep circulating.  According to AllThingsD, Ari Jaaksi - who left his position as Nokia's MeeGo division head earlier this month - has joined HP as Senior Vice President of webOS.  Meanwhile ex-Samsung R&D boss Victoria Coleman has also jumped ship to the Palm division, where she will now be overseeing platform and app development for future versions of webOS.

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