Quick Byte: Palm Kills Foleo

We here at Zero Sum One are not surprised that Palm killed off its Foleo ‘mobile companion’ before arrival.

With limited potential and the ability to only handle basic applications, it didn’t seem to fit into Palm’s philosophy and direction.

Read more about this story over at Engaget.

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400 Million Downloads for the Orange Fox

FireFox, the open-source browser distributed by Mozilla, has reached a milestone of more than 400 million downloads.

It was first released in 2004 reaching 100 million downloads within two years, and by the end of 2006 had over 300 million.

The browser is enjoying this exponential growth, with its market share ever closing in on the heavyweight Internet Explorer.

US consultancy firm Janco and the IT Productivity Center says Firefox currently has 17.4 percent of the browser market – up 5.6 percentage points in the last year. Also within the last year, Microsoft’s market-leading Internet Explorer browser dropped 9.6 percentage points to a market share of 63.9 percent.

1 Million iPhones for Apple

Apple has declared in a small press release they have reached their target of 1 Million iPhones by the end of the current month.

From the press release:

“One million iPhones in 74 days—it took almost two years to achieve this milestone with iPod,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “We can’t wait to get this revolutionary product into the hands of even more customers this holiday season.”

It would seem that Apple has sold more than half a million iPhones since August 1, due to market research.

More affordable iPhone, Jobs Open Letter

Another little tiff that has many consumers hot under the collar is the slashing of the iPhone’s price in the US – $399, down from $599 when it was released two months ago.

Apple has dropped the 4GB model completely, citing lack of demand.

Many iPhone buyers who wanted to be some of the first were understandably annoyed at the sudden and drastic drop, and many demanded compensation.

Steve Jobs himself responded with an open letter, giving iPhone customers $100 store credit for the Apple online store.

Justifying the drop, Jobs said:

I am sure that we are making the correct decision to lower the price of the 8GB iPhone from $599 to $399, and that now is the right time to do it. iPhone is a breakthrough product, and we have the chance to ‘go for it’ this holiday season. iPhone is so far ahead of the competition, and now it will be affordable by even more customers.

The technology road is bumpy. If you always wait for the next price cut or to buy the new improved model, you’ll never buy any technology product because there is always something better and less expensive on the horizon.

We want to do the right thing for our valued iPhone customers. We apologize for disappointing some of you, and we are doing our best to live up to your high expectations of Apple.

He does have a point there – you have to expect the price of technology to drop, and drop hard within a short timeframe.

A one-third drop though? That’s pretty steep, but Jobs is being generous.

iPhone Patent Deal Signed Between Apple and Interdigital

Recently Apple signed a 7-year patent-licensing agreement with technology-developer InterDigital, for around $20 million plus ongoing royalties.

Currently InterDigital is said to be focusing efforts on developing technology for HSDPA (high-speed downlink packet access) standards that power faster 3G networks.

This would imply that Apple does have a 3G enabled iPhone or has one in the works, which is hardly surprising.

Apple’s Europe campaign gearing up – 3G anyone?

Rumours of a 3G iPhone have started to crop up, with the frist aparent leak as an ad from T-Mobile Germany.

The ad specifies the European iPhone model will be 3G-capable with enhanced storage of 16GB, along with HSDPA and UMTS compatability.

It is also aparant from the ad that a two-tier pricing will return with the introduction of the 16GB model.

Details of possible plans are also featured in the German ad.

iPhone 3G leak

iPods Galore

Last Wednesdays announcements by Apple had everyone in the usual frenzy, with the release of a brand new line of iPods.

New iPods, 2007

The range now stands from the small shuffle with a few new colors, to the new iPod Touch, with a similar form-factor to the iPhone and with 16GB of storage.

A new Nano has also been released, with a tiny screen for watching video and an even slimmer body. The old Video iPod, now the iPod Classic, has a larger hard drive and better battery life.

Also announced was a WiFi iTunes music store and the ability to purchase ring-tones at US99c.

Most of the reaction seems to be positive, however there is some questioning into whether Apple’s current line-up is too large? Are they trying to cater to too many groups or users? Remember, about 6 years ago there was only one iPod, and it took a few years for the Mini to come out.

The usual naysayers are grumbling about what Apple didn’t announce, namely wireless syncing and a subscription model for the iTunes store.

We here at ZSO have to agree with the wireless grumps – in a world fast becoming wireless, why can’t we have our iPod load a new playlist when we walk through the door.