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Comment Re:small impact, android will trump (Score 1) 251

Yes.... carrying around a full-size bluetooth keyboard will make an iPhone more palatable. Totally.

Switching language layouts? I've never done it on any device I own. Not a selling point whatsoever. /shrug. Maybe you need it. I don't. /shrug

Back in the Palm dayze, I had one of those unfolding IR keyboards for my Lifedrive. It kinda worked, and wasn't too big, but wasn't a great solution because now yer stuck carrying around 2 devices. A slideout keyboard is *WAY* better for entering contact info or search terms than dragging another piece of hardware around.

Hints of Life Found On Saturn's Moon Titan 227

Calopteryx writes "New Scientist reports that in 2005, researchers predicted two potential signatures of life on Titan. Now, thanks to research done with the help of the Cassini spacecraft, both have been seen, although non-biological chemical reactions could also be behind the observations. NASA's writeup has further details: 'One key finding comes from a paper online now in the journal Icarus [abstract] that shows hydrogen molecules flowing down through Titan's atmosphere and disappearing at the surface. Another paper online now in the Journal of Geophysical Research maps hydrocarbons on the Titan surface and finds a lack of acetylene. This lack of acetylene is important because that chemical would likely be the best energy source for a methane-based life on Titan, said Chris McKay, an astrobiologist at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., who proposed a set of conditions necessary for this kind of methane-based life on Titan in 2005. One interpretation of the acetylene data is that the hydrocarbon is being consumed as food. But McKay said the flow of hydrogen is even more critical because all of their proposed mechanisms involved the consumption of hydrogen.'"

Submission + - Leaked Palm CEO Memo: We're Going With Android

An anonymous reader writes: Team,

Within the past 14 months, Palm has proven to the world that our greatest talent and hardest dedication has been poured into our webOS platform. Our competitors have taken note, implementing numerous ideas of ours into their own design in order to emulate our product.

While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers simply have not caught on. To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition most of our new hardware and software releases to the Android platform.

A public announcement will be made within due time. We wish to keep all aspects of the webOS platform that make it great, such as our revolutionary notification system, unmatched design and user interface during and following this transition, which is still in the works as we speak. In addition, we will work hard to make sure that those devices that have webOS will continue to be updated in the future, and users may even have a chance to upgrade to Palm's own Android blend when ready.

We appreciate all the hard work and dedication our team has spent in making the Pre, Pixi, Pre Plus and Pixi Plus a success. The Palm Pre is now on the three biggest networks in the United States (someting no other one device can state), and it continue to grow in sales overseas.

We look forward to bringing the new future of Palm to our consumers, and helping our team members grow with this exciting new path.

Once again, thank you all for making our product such a success. I hope to release more details in the future.


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