Tech News Today 406

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Episode 406

Tech News Today 406: Wendy Puts Rupert In The Corner

Huge beautiful TVs set to conquer CES, why WebOS flopped, how to properly treat a bootloader, and more.

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Top Stories

  • In Flop of H.P. TouchPad, an Object Lesson for the Tech Sector
  • Palm Software Director: “We Just Weren’t Able To Execute”
    • NY Times Brian Chen reports
    • “Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using Web technology, and we just weren’t able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design,” said Paul Mercer, former senior director of software at Palm, who oversaw the interface design of WebOS and recruited crucial members of the team. “Perhaps it never could have been executed because the technology wasn’t there yet.”
    • Mercer also said WebKit was a mistake because it prevented applications from running fast enough to be on par with the iPhone.
    • a former member of the WebOS app development team said the core issue with WebOS was actually Palm’s inability to turn it into a platform that could capture the enthusiasm and loyalty of outside programmers. There were neither the right leaders nor the right engineers to do the job, said this person
    • Took 9 months to develop. Wrote programs from scratch.
    • Some blamed Jon Rubenstein's hardware background, he did not understand the logistics of creating a powerful new operating system, and he was ultimately responsible for the decision to rely on WebKit. --- Departures after HP acquisition didn't help Matias Duarte, vice president of human interface and user experience for WebOS, left a month after the acquisition for a job at Google. HE WAS WebOS according to one.

Discussion Stories

  • Microsoft to quash homebrew on Windows Phone? Not so fast
  • ChevronWP7 Labs and the misinterpreted tweet
    • ChevronWP7 team — Rafael Rivera, Chris Walsh and Long Zheng have approval from Microsoft to sell a WP7 unlocker
    • Rivera posted on the ChevronWP7 Twitter account that the team had exhausted the 10,000 tokens MS had granted it.
    • the team is discussing among themselves whether to approach Microsoft for more tokens at this point.
    • If we do request more, we’re sure Microsoft will respond positively – as they have in the past.

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- Tom Thompson"

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I am fourteen years old, and I live a dark, sad, CES-less life. (Cue dramatic music.) Whenever I hear tech news reporters complaining about how tiring CES is, I think to myself, "I'd take their place". Sadly, I cannot. I have to go to school, and CES has something called an "age limit". So, while you guys are walking in a gadget wonderland in Vegas, think of us. Think of the fans, and cover it well. As a new TWiT listener, I am anxious to see how well CES coverage goes. I trust you. (End dramatic music.)

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