Author: Steve St. Pierre

Linux OS on its way from Palm

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pallinos.jpgMaybe Palm’s head-honcho wasn’t bluffing when he was talking about focusing on improving Palm instead of selling it to the highest bidder. Word from the Boy Genius Report via a helpful-hinter has Palm developing a version of the Palm OS that is based on a Linux Modular monolithic kernel. Details are sparse (what’s new there?), but some information has come to light:

- PalmOS 5 devices (currently the latest version) will still be released later this year
- Devices based on the Linux kernel should be released by the end of the year.
- The OS is separate from the Access Linux Platform, it is Palm’s own homegrown OS.
- Palm will not license the OS to other manufacturers
- It is highly likely that the new OS will use Opera as its default browser, given the recent agreement between Palm and Opera.

The Opera thing makes sense, and that’s not a bad move for the Treo-makers since Opera’s proven itself to be a pretty solid and reliable browser. I’m just wondering, though, if there’s going to be any apprehension when it comes to adoption.

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Canadian data pricing woes

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coupland.jpgBreak out the violins, pals. I’m going to depress you with more talk about us Canadians and the battle we’ve got going on with the data pricing available to us. Fellow blogger and fellow Canadian Thomas Purves has just pieced together a nice little package for us to give a once over in regards to what he calls the “travesty of Canadian mobile data rates”.

Canada, as it turns out, is worse than third world countries when it comes to our pricing – and that just blows my mind. Check out these numbers and the coinciding chart after the jump. Maybe some folks will finally understand where we’ve been coming from all this time.

500MB is about 100 minutes of usage at a Canadian Carrier’s maximum (advertised) download speed of 700kB/s (your mileage will vary, International carriers are typically twice or four times faster). 500MB is not a lot of data in the grand scheme of things, a few GB could make a better example but in that case the red bars would be completely off the charts.

If you don’t live in Canada but you or your small business depends on mobile connectivity or net neutrality in general, don’t come here.

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Is email the new IM for BlackBerry users?

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devicestatus.jpgI don’t know if it is (I hope not, at least), but Phil Wolff over at the Skype Journal appears to disagree. We’re all aware of the 24/7 connectivity that owning a BlackBerry brings, and the incessant checking for emails may slowly be turning those little notes into the new form of instant messaging. The article cites companies like Google and Yahoo who’ve implemented IM systems into their emailing services, but you know what, I still don’t see emailing replacing the original IM.

Now that Google, AOL, and Yahoo! are blending IM into their webmail services, you should be able to tell if someone is getting your message right now. You still won’t know if it was lost in a massive inbox or misfiled in a spam bucket. And it won’t apply to people outside your hosted mail service. But it works and will increase its reach.

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Verizon shakes up voice/data pricing

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A topic that’s near and dear to most of our Canadian readers is the cost of data pricing and it’s ridiculousness. Well, looks like Verizon’s customers might be joining our choir thanks to the company’s recent raise in PDA data and voice bundle prices (thanks, Engadget). Looks like they’re not so unlimited anymore. According to the source, Verizon’s now limiting their “unlimited” plan to 5GB and only to Internet browsing, email, and intranet access. And there’s more.

We now have price increases for those Verizon PDA data and voice bundles. Check it: 450 minutes for $79.99 per month, 1,350 minutes for $109.99 and 4,000 minutes for $169.99 (all plans have “unlimited” data and night and weekend minutes).

Just in time for that new Cyclone to hit the shelves, right?

Flowfinity Actions 5 launches

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I love it when companies constantly try to improve. There’s no resting of laurels going on for Flowfinity who’ve just launched Flowfinity Actions 5, the “latest and most innovative version of a multi-purpose wireless application designed for coordinating both people and information”. The new service from Flowfinity makes some solid usage of the BlackBerry, and provides solutions for managing everything from projects, to sales, to compliance issues. Seems like a pretty solid offering.

“Flowfinity Actions 5 combines the best of both worlds for businesses needing wireless solutions,” said Dmitry Mikhailov, CEO of Flowfinity Wireless. “As an out-of-the-box application, businesses can deploy quickly and get results immediately. As an extensible and adaptable application, businesses can integrate with enterprise systems to maximize business value and long-term impact.”

To learn more about Flowfinity Action 5, check out its official site here.

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BlackBerry IM’ing questions answered

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icq.jpgSo yesterday we let you know about ICQ and AIM becoming available for the BlackBerry (and Windows Live Messenger has been added into the fray since). We’ve received a bunch of emails from various tipsters, but a couple were more helpful than others. BBCool contributor and Forums moderator Jibi (with the assistance of another user, jungleland), have put together a great guide for all of the clients, and you can check that out here (all information’s been confirmed by the Boy Genius).

Take a sneak peak at the FAQ about the clients after the jump, it’ll hopefully clear some things up for you.

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