Palm @ CES

It’s that time of year when the world descends upon Las Vegas for the Consumer Electronics Show, and Palm is announcing some great things:

Today at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Palm and Verizon Wireless introduced Palm Pre Plus and Palm Pixi Plus, two new phones combining the power of the Palm webOS platform with several new enhancements. Palm Pre PlusPalm Pre Plus sports a streamlined design that simplifies navigation, 16GB of storage (15GB user available storage), and a Touchstone Back Cover. The incredibly thin and lightweight Palm Pixi Plus adds Wi-Fi along with an optional splash of color, thanks to new Touchstone Back Covers Palm Pixi Plusavailable in pink, blue, green, orange and black for all Palm Pixi phones. Both Verizon Wireless phones will be available January 25.

The companies also introduced Palm mobile hotspot, a Palm webOS app that turns your Palm Pre Plus or Palm Pixi Plus into a mobile Wi-Fi router. The app provides wireless broadband access for up to five Wi-Fi enabled devices. Palm mobile hotspot will be available in the Palm App Catalog for Verizon Wireless customers.

Mobile Content Pioneer Vindigo Shuts Down, Lays Off 30+ (Silicon Alley Insider)

New York-based Vindigo, a mobile content company with a history that dates back to the first Web boom, is being shut down by its owner, Japan’s For-Side. Sources familiar with the company tell us more than 30 people are being laid off. Vindigo was founded in 1999 and was originally supposed to supply city guides for Palm Pilots. It survived the bursting of the first bubble, albeit in severely diminished form, and in 2004 was acquired by For-Side, which was making a foray into mobile content in the U.S. and the U.K. Some of that history is hinted at in the company’s corporate bio, but for the best info, we’d suggest visiting Rafat Ali’s PaidContent and MocoNews, which have spent a lot of time on the subject. At one point Vindigo also included ringtone company Zingy, but that was shuttered last year, leaving it with a handful of revenue-generating products, namely Vindigo City Guides and MapQuest Mobile.


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Palm’s Revenue Declines 24%

from the NY Timespa:

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Palm Inc., which makes the Treo smartphone, fell short of Wall Street expectations Thursday as it reported a 24 percent drop in third-quarter revenue.

The company lost $31.5 million, or 30 cents a share, compared with a profit of $11.8 million, or 11 cents a share, in the year-ago period.

The chief executive, Ed Colligan, said in a conference call with investors that Palm’s reorganization was working, however, and emphasized sales of its $99 Centro smartphone. Palm sold 833,000 Centros in the quarter.

Revenue for the fiscal third quarter was $312.1 million, compared with $410.5 million a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, the company, based in Sunnyvale, Calif., lost $17 million, or 16 cents a share.

On that basis, analysts polled by Thomson Financial expected Palm to report a loss of 14 cents a share on $315.3 million in revenue.

Layoffs coming as Palm sinks lower (Cnet)

Palm plans to get smaller in the coming weeks, as less money coming in the door means less money to spread around.

A company representative confirmed a report earlier Wednesday by PalmInfocenter that the struggling company has begun informing employees of job cuts, just as the holiday season kicks into full gear. The representative said Palm is not disclosing how many employees were affected by the decision to cut jobs, but PalmInfocenter said the number could be in the “hundreds.” Palm had 1,247 employees as of May 31, according to its annual report.

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SMARTPHONE EDITOR REVIEW: The Palm Centro on Sprint (PalmAddicts)

Despite a few shortcomings, the Palm Centro has the price, performance and pedigree to induce cellphone and feature-phone users across the chasm to smartphones. Unfortunately, the cockamamie advertising will never resonate with the Centro’s target audience.

* The Centro is a full-blown smartphone for only 99 bucks
* Its sports the freshest, funnest design that Palm had produced in years
* Sprint’s EvDO network is faster then Verizon’s, just as wide-spread and a lot cheaper
* Battery life is pretty good for a smaller device
* Palm Garnet OS is still the lowest learning-curve on the block
* Palm and Sprint are doing heavy multi-media marketing for this product

* While fresh for Palm, the design isn’t as sexy as its competitors
* The pygmy keyboard is too small for larger hands to use, and older eyes to read
* The screen is sharp, but too small for contact lens wearers
* The Centro looks and feels toy-like, compared to competitive offerings
* Palm’s & Sprint’s marketing campaigns are off-target and obscure

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Daylight Saving Time Update for Palm OS Devices (Palm)

What does this update do?

  • Replaces the old DST rule with new DST rule on your smartphone or handheld. Then it notifies the Date & Time application that DST rule change occurred.
  • Replaces the old DST rule embedded in any Calendar events that occur after March 11, 2007 (when the DST change begins). This allows events within the DST rule change window to remain at their original times.

It is always a good idea to make a backup of your important information. Prior to installing this update, Palm recommends backing up your Calendar events, or printing them out for reference, in the event that Calendar information is lost. To back up your Calendar by exporting it, see Knowledge Library article 28751: Export PIM data.