This has been a bitter-sweet week for Palm fans. On the positive side, WebOS 1.4 hit this weekend (Saturday morning for Sprint and Sunday morning for Verizon), adding some much-needed feature enhancements. On the bad side, so did some preliminary numbers for this quarter.
WebOS 1.4 was a bit of an overhaul on what we think about when we think of the WebOS. Everything from the application load screen to the Memos application were altered. A lot of the changes involve adding interoperability to the apps, like clicking a phone number in a memo to call the number, etc. However, there are a few big changes to the way it works. A new application does not go full-screen until it finishes loading, so users know why they cannot use it yet. Also, you can change the alert sounds for each event, as opposed to one alert sound for all events. The most important addition, however, is video. You can now record video and then edit it right on the phone. The edit feature is similar to that on the iPhone, without the lag some users experience when the phone tries to re-render the preview images.
As if trying to keep yourself and your children safe on the Internet wasn't difficult enough already, a new website known as Chatroulette takes risky to a whole new level. The chatroom allows you to hook up with complete strangers, communicating via text AND webcam. Once you get tired of talking to your new "friend," just click and begin a new conversation with another random stranger.
The site is completely unpredictable, you never know what may pop up in the little webcam box. Some users partake in the chatroom just for some entertainment, like a French man who has been known to wear a jester's hat and tell jokes in his native language, but there is always the possibility of partially to completely naked people appearing on the screen.
We here have all been excited about
the release of the DSi XL, because who doesn't need a huge piece of technology in their pockets. Nintendo finally announced this week, at their day-long media summit in San Francisco, that the device will be released in the US on March 28th. Looks like we won't have to wait too much longer to get our hands on the latest in the DS family.
In case you don't remember, the DSi XL will sport a screen nearly double the size of the current DSi, offers a better viewing angle and longer stylus. But it also comes bundled with DSiWare pre-installed, so no work on your part.
You can look for the device to hit shelves with a price of $190 on March 28th. Are you guys going to get one for yourselves or did you buy the DSi when it came out? Let us know in the comments section below.
Last July I told you about
Inspired Media Entertainment launching a Christian gaming portal. Well, the road to Damascus has been a little longer and harder than they thought, because since then their public name has changed to Left Behind Games and they have now merged with Digital Praise, creators of the rhythm games Guitar Praise and Dance Praise. I bet you can guess what type of company they are. Troy Lyndon, CEO of Left Behind Games, described it like this:
It all makes sense. At first we thought
Jon couldn't get the PSP Go because of a long story involving the act of a disappearing console, illegitimate credits and spontaneously combusting receipts. But we have now learned that it could just be the fact that the launch of the PSP Go, along with the higher price, may have just caused Jon to join the ranks of the Metal Gear Solid Russian soldiers by having a question mark over his head. At least, that's what Sony Senior Vice President of Publisher Relations Rob Dyer told us. Go ahead, ask him!
You know we here at PLuGHiTz Live! just love numbers. So when our fellow techies at Distimo came out with an application store study, we just had to share the news! However, we have to point out that they may seem a little bit Android-biased. They reported that the Android Market is expanding by more than 3000 apps per month, which is about 15% of the total applications available for the platform. Kudos to Android for stepping up to fight the Apple app store, but most of us on our show have Palm Pres, and because of that, we found some other numbers to be as equally exciting.
On January 1st, 2010, the webOS App Catalog hit 1000 apps. Awesome, right? Well, it gets better. Since then, over 500 apps have joined in on the fun, keeping a pace of 10 apps per day, or 300 apps per month. That means a 20% growth, which after I have checked in with our resident accountant Jon, is more than 15%. So take that, Android!