Fingerprint sensors are so yesterday. Let’s use palm and vein detection to unlock your iPhone
Sep03

Fingerprint sensors are so yesterday. Let’s use palm and vein detection to unlock your iPhone

Fingerprint sensors on smartphones aren’t even mainstream yet, but they’re about to be obsoleted nevertheless. Bigtime. Softbank, one of Japan’s biggest carriers, and Universal Robot have co-developed software that will allow you to unlock your smartphone with your palm pattern and veins. No, really. How it works is easy enough, like the image above shows. You just hold your hand in view of your device’s camera...

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Verizon Palm Pre 2 now free on contract
Mar09

Verizon Palm Pre 2 now free on contract

Although the HP Pre 3 has been announced recently, Verizon has only gotten around to starting selling the Palm Pre 2 in the second half of last month. Having the newer model announced while trying to sell the older model can clearly hurt sales, and Verizon’s decision to stock the Pre 2 so late (after all, it’s been announced by HP in October of last year) makes little sense. However, there’s good news for those in...

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Verizon Palm Pre 2 pre-orders have started, it costs $99.99 and will ship on February 17
Feb10

Verizon Palm Pre 2 pre-orders have started, it costs $99.99 and will ship on February 17

HP has started taking pre-orders for the Verizon Palm Pre 2. Contrary to what we found out yesterday, the phone will only start shipping on February 17 (a week from now), in line with previous rumors. We also know the price now. It will be $99.99 if you sign a new two-year contract. Getting the smartphone sans contract will cost you $439.99. You can ‘reserve’ (that’s the term HP likes to describe pre-orders with)...

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Palm Pre 2 will finally be available on Verizon tomorrow
Feb09

Palm Pre 2 will finally be available on Verizon tomorrow

Tomorrow, February 10, will be a big day for Verizon. The iPhone 4 will finally become available in stores for those who aren’t already Verizon customers. Also, Big Red will finally release the Palm Pre 2. No, that’s not a typo. Verizon will not be selling the just-unveiled HP Pre 3, but the Palm Pre 2, its predecessor. Why start selling the phone a day after its successor has been unveiled? Who will buy the Pre 2...

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Verizon will launch the Palm Pre 2 on February 17
Feb04

Verizon will launch the Palm Pre 2 on February 17

The Palm Pre 2 was always going to eventually be sold by Verizon, but perhaps no one anticipated just how long it would take for that to happen. The device, the first one to run webOS 2, was unveiled back in October, and has since become available in the US in unlocked form. Now it looks like Verizon will finally launch it on February 17. That’s if the information in a leaked internal product page from a third party retailer is...

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Palm teases new HP WebOS devices (smartphone and tablet?) before next week’s announcement
Feb03

Palm teases new HP WebOS devices (smartphone and tablet?) before next week’s announcement

HP and Palm will host an event next week, on February 9, where new WebOS products are going to be showcased. But before that, Palm has posted a video teaser and a countdown timer which provide a glimpse on what we should expect from the upcoming event. While the device seen (well, almost seen) next to the countdown timer can only be a tablet – probably the Palm Topaz – things aren’t that clear when it comes to what’s shown in...

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HP Palm Topaz tablet specs leak
Jan25

HP Palm Topaz tablet specs leak

On February 9, HP is going to unveil new devices running webOS, the mobile operating system developed by Palm, which HP acquired last year. And as we get closer to that date, we get more and more details on HP’s upcoming tablet range. At this point, it’s quite clear that there will be two tablets in this line, the Topaz and the Opal – the former being the bigger one, the latter the smaller. Comprehensive information...

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HP / Palm tablets detailed, one of them may be called HP Touchpad
Jan19

HP / Palm tablets detailed, one of them may be called HP Touchpad

Just yesterday, we’ve heard that HP plans to unveil two new Palm tablets next month, which will be called Opal and Topaz. Now we have more info on the upcoming tablets, courtesy of Engadget. Reportedly, the HP Palm Opal has a 1024 x 768 pixels TFT LCD display and measures 180 x 144 x 13 mm – thus it’s somewhat comparable in size with the Samsung Galaxy Tab (190 x 120.5 x 12 mm) The HP Palm Topaz (pictured below) will be larger than...

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HP to launch two Palm WebOS tablets this year, one of them will be out in September
Jan18

HP to launch two Palm WebOS tablets this year, one of them will be out in September

HP is hosting an event on February 9, and basically the entire world already knows that they’re going to announce something tablet-related, Palm-related, and WebOS-related. But until today no one knew any hard details about what’s going to be unveiled. Everyone assumed that there will be at least one HP Palm WebOS-based tablet, but it looks like there will be two. Engadget got this information, along with pictures of the...

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HP to host a Palm WebOS event on February 9, may launch new smartphones and tablets
Jan05

HP to host a Palm WebOS event on February 9, may launch new smartphones and tablets

HP will host a WebOS-related event on February 9. The event banner, as received by LaptopMag, has the following written on it: “Think big. Think small. Think beyond.”. First of all, this ensures that there will be no HP, Palm or WebOS-related news to come out of CES, contrary to past speculation. Second, the ‘big’ and ‘small’ references may of course mean that we should expect both the launch of a...

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