Winner of our ZAGG Invisible Shield for Palm Pre Giveaway

Congratulations go out to Steve in Illinois, the winner of our ZAGG Invisible Shield Giveaway. Thanks to everyone who joined our Palm webOS forums and took part in the contest. If you didn’t win, there are still plenty of chances to win a case of your choice in our Summer of Palm Cases Giveaway. Giveaway #1 is underway.

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Win a ZAGG Invisible Shield for Palm Pre from everythingpre

If you’re familiar with everythingwebos.com, then by now you’ve noticed we’ve made some big changes to our blog and our Palm forums. If you visit the site from your Palm Pre or Palm Pixi, you’ll notice a new mobile version that makes it easier to view the latest news and comment. On the forum front, we’ve added some deep Facebook integration. You can sign up using your Facebook account or tie your existing forum account to Facebook. This provides a one-button login to our Palm Pre Forums. By tying your accounts together, you can ‘like’ topics and post your topic back to your wall on Facebook. We’ll be introducing some new writers this week to amp up the coverage. If you’re interested in paid or volunteer positions, be sure to hit us up. To celebrate all the goodness happening at everythingwebos.com, we’ve decided to have a giveaway where one lucky member will win a ZAGG Invisible Shield for the Palm Pre.

How to enter:

  • You must be a registered member of our Palm Pre Forums. Not a member? Register today for free.
  • Let us know your favorite webOS app in the contest thread. Please, only one post per member. If you post more than once, you will be disqualified.

That’s it. The contest ends on Friday, July 16th. We’ll randomly select one winner who will receive the ZAGG Invisible Shield for the Palm Pre (valued at $24.99).

Contest rules and guidelines

  • Contest open to US residents only.
  • One post per member.
  • No purchase necessary.
  • Not open to employees of Smart Phone Resource, Inc. or HP.

Mark Space Releases Update to The Missing Sync for Palm Pre

Mark/Space has released version 1.2 of The Missing Sync for Palm Pre. The new version now synchronizes notes and tasks between a webOS phone, such as Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, and a Windows PC or Mac computer. For those of you who run Windows, version 1.2 includes a built-in ringtone editor, a feature previously available in the Mac version only. The update is available for free if you currently own a license. The Missing Sync for Palm Pre retails for $39.95.

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Bell Eliminates 1, 2 year contracts on Palm Pre

Outside of Verizon Wireless, Bell in Canada is another carrier that seems to have consistent changes in pricing on the Palm Pre. With the Palm Pre already being available for $0.00, the wireless provider has now removed 1 and 2 year contract options. That leaves customers with the option of a getting the Palm Pre for free with a 3-year contract or buying it contract free for $295. The latter seems like a better option, but we’re thinking most consumers shop device price as the key purchasing factor as opposed to the price of the contract. Either way, Bell has great options for our neighbors up north.

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Super PreKernel Released, Makes Palm Pre Fly Like Superman

A few weeks back, we reported on the patches that allowed you to overclock the processor on the Palm Pre and Palm Pre Plus. At the time, Palm issued a statement saying that it wasn’t recommended. That hasn’t stopped countless individuals, who aware of the risks, blasted through the 500MHz boundary. Two industrious hackers over at PreCentral have now made it easy as pie to overclock your Palm Pre or Palm Pre Plus. The release of Super PreKernel allows you to select from 550, 600, 720 or the mighty 800MHz. Disclaimers abound (it will void your warranty, etc), but if you’re looking to go fast, SuperPre Kernel aims to do just that.

via Engadget

Palm Releases Facebook 1.2 Update in App Catalog

One of the more important apps for any platform is Facebook and clearly Palm recognizes this with consistent improvements in Facebook for webOS. The lastest update Facebook 1.2 is now available for download in the App Catalog and offers some great new features including notification support and “polish around the user experience”.

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Facebook 1.2 for webOS is a free download from the App Catalog. Let us know how it works for you.

Palm Warns Against Overclocking Your Palm Pre

Palm, via their developer blog, issued a warning regarding the overclocking patches that are now available for the Palm Pre. Simply put, they don’t recommend it and you’ll void your warranty if you fry your Palm Pre. To our knowledge, this hasn’t happened yet. Overclocking in general usually means you’re limiting the life of your {insert device name}. It could mean days, weeks or months off the life of your Palm Pre. Is it worth the risk? That’s up to you, but let us know if your Palm Pre starts to sizzle. Their official statement:

Palm is working hard to improve the speed and performance of webOS, as shown in our recent 1.4 update. While we appreciate the effort the webOS community has put forth to try and help us along that path, the use of this application is neither endorsed nor recommended by Palm and will likely result in a voided warranty. Palm encourages webOS users to let Palm release official updates that provide safe, reliable, over-the-air features that improve their device in a number of areas, as we have in the past at a rate of approximately once per month.

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via PreCentral

Analyst Eightball: Palm AT&T Launch Delayed?

According to Canaccord Adams analyst Peter Misek, Palm’s oft-rumored launch on AT&T is being pushed back from April until June or July. Analysts are often incorrect, but to his credit, Misek was first to provide warnings about weak sales on Verizon. Misek claims his “recently learned” information regarding the launch “is more than just an ordinary delay, as AT&T cited a long list of technical issues” with the phones. The news gets worse as Misek reports AT&T has decreased their initial order size and “decided to sharply reduce its marketing budget for the launch“.

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Palm, nor AT&T have indicated a release date for any webOS phones. For all we know, June or July has always been the timeline for release. If so, this timeline falls right in line with what is normally Apple’s yearly update of the iPhone.

via PalmInfoCenter

Palm Releases webOS 1.4 for Sprint, O2 UK, O2 DE, O2 Ireland, and Movistar

Last night (and we’re serious when we say night), Palm released webOS 1.4, available as an OTA (over the air) update. Palm expects the update will be available soon on other networks. Palm has provided details on what you can expect from webOS 1.4.

Wake up to webOS 1.4? Let us know how it’s working for you?

via Palm’s Blog

Adobe Demos Flash on Palm Pre at MWC

Adobe is using Mobile World Congress to showcase Flash on a variety of mobile platforms, most notably the Palm Pre. We are anticipating the release of webOS 1.4, which will support Flash, but will require a plug-in that will be available for download from the App Catalog. It’s unclear when the required Flash plug-in will be available once Palm webOS 1.4 hits. So, how does Flash perform on the Palm Pre? What can you expect? Sashca Segan of PC Magazine writes,

“The implementation runs both video and games, and once the video or game is running, it runs smoothly – but getting there felt sluggish. The Palm presenter blamed it on a very slow Internet connection. But Flash on the Nexus One definitely loaded more quickly and felt snappier.”

Segan goes on to write that we could be “potentially several months from this Flash implementation going live”. Perhaps our thinking that we’d see Flash on the Palm Pre in February was off base. Stay tuned.

[via Gearlog]