Apple’s strategy of a “walled garden” now seems to be inspected by U.S. antitrust authorities. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department are overhauling Apple’s latest license change for the iPhone OS SDK 4.0. Although the process is at a preliminary stage, the interest of antitrust authorities show how powerful Apple has become in the field of mobile computing.
Some critics contend Apple is now engaging in the kind of tactics that got Microsoft Corp. in trouble with antitrust enforcers in the 1990s. “Apple is playing right out of Microsoft’s playbook—and it’s one they complained about a lot,” said David Balto, a former FTC official now at the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank.
Apple could try to head off trouble with antitrust enforcers by changing the terms of its developer agreement, one person familiar with the situation said.
As of version 1.4 it seems Palm has managed to get WebOS out of beta status. Anyway there are still some things that could be a tiny bit better. We therefore compiled an (incomplete) list ;-) of packages, we are currently using on our Pre’s.
These packages require a Palm Pre put into developer mode and an installed Preware installer.
Putting Palm Pre into Dev Mode by simply entering the Konami Code – see here how to do it
Install WebOS-Internals’ Preware installer – see here how to do it.
Both steps are easy as saying “1, 2, Pre”…
The Incomplete Preware Packages List
Done and happy? Ok then, here we go:
Turns on airplane mode each night at a defined time
Brightness of Keyboard and Brightness of Screen can now separately be adjusted
Turns your Pre into a WiFi to 3G router. Extremely helpful on vacation.
Selected developers who recently downloaded the Palm Mojo SDK now received mail that Palm has some open positions for their Early Access Program.
Developers need to apply with their app. If being accepted they will be provided an assigned Palm account manager for technical and review questions.
As early birds devs will get the developer registration almost for free – only a $5 fee will be required for PayPal verification.
Palm seems to be in the final preparations with their Developer Program and App Catalog. They explicitly write they want developers to help with “final scalability testing”.
Palm will officially open the doors for the Developer Program in december. So if you’re a developer the Early Access Program seems to be the last chance to get into the developer program early and rebated.
On November 15th, 2009 it is rumored the new webOS 1.3.1 will be made available to worldwide Palm Pre users. On Monday a video on YouTube appeared that already shows a Palm Pixi running the new webOS 1.3.1.
Besides some boost in speed, the web browser in the 1.3.1 update obviously is able to recognize Adobe Flash already, though it does not run it (screenshot below captured at 0:24).
According to Mac4Ever (french) the Snow Leopard 10A432 version seems to be the Gold Master (GM) release, meaning this is the final release-to-manufactoring (RTM) version. Although latest rumors (german Golem.de) say Snow Leo might be released in late August, newest information tell release is in September.
In a press release Apple yesterday announced to drop the “non-disclosure agreement (NDA) for released iPhone software (..)”, because it “created too much of a burden on developers, authors and others interested in helping further the iPhone’s success (..)”. Developers are now allowed to publicly discuss matters of Apple’s iPhone SDK. Anyway, Apple added this does not apply to unreleased software. Unreleased software will remain under NDA until release.
John Timmer of ars technica took the time to write an introduction into developing iPhone apps.