The 3rd chapter is now available on the webOS book. The first chapter was free, the rest you got to pay. First chapter of the book talks about the Overview of webOS, the second on the Application Basics, and the third is all about widgets.
Widgets are dynamic UI controls, that can be integrated within any application. They can be tailored to the application, yet provide reusable, stylistically consistent UI functions. Widgets is a term widely used within web development but Mojo widgets are different than other widgets. Mojo widgets have a defined behavior but with many options; they generate complex HTML and are easily styled with CSS.
It helps to understand the HTML that the widget generates. This is especially true for widgets like List and Dialog, where the app specifies HTML templates that largely define the widget's structure.
Greg Kumparak over at MobileCrunch has gotten a handy tidbit for us soon to be Pre owners. The iPhone has a simple way of capturing its screen, holding down the home button and push the top button once. While taking a screen shot on the Palm Pre is as simple as holding down 3 buttons, the Orange, Sym, and P keys. The screen grab is then saved to the Photo App, ready for anything.
Sprint has aired yet another "Now Network" ad featuring their new 4G Network and the Palm Pre. I believe we'll be seeing a few more of these new ads before launch.
Not long after enagadget showed off an internal doc from Sprint, they got their paws onto another internal info about the Palm Pre. Looks like the Pre's Touchstone charging dock could be ours for just a payment of $69.99, special battery back cover included! I'll admit that for 70 bucks, it's going a bit over my expected price range for it.
Engadget got their hands on an internal Sprint document suggesting that the targeted release date for the Palm Pre is no earlier than May 16th. Following Sprint's product launch trend, May 16th will most likely be Sprint Store's preparation for a May 17th launch, that is if they have enough inventory. Don't know if anyone else noticed it, the very second item from the list reads, "P100(Code name for Palm Pre) FAQs for Search/Support and Learn", happening exactly a week before launch. My guess it's a product update for Sprint employees to answer the FAPQ(P as in Pre), so they can stop answering by, "we'll get more information on that when it's close to launch", since it will be close to launch by then.
The image above was reportedly taken during an annual event called "Bring Your Own Big Wheel race". An attendee spotted two people, seen in the photo above, recording the race with their Palm Pre's. *drools* They were asked the common Palm Pre question, when is it out to the public, when they replied with, “probably won’t have to wait too much longer”. From the sound of it, the rumored May 17th launch may be true. Could they be super young Sprint employees or Pre beta tester? Either way I have to say, I'm jealous, very jealous...
After watching a 45 minute long Palm Pre demo video from Myriam over at tnkgrl, an interesting tidbit slipped out from a marketing manager at Palm.
"The Touchstone is the name of a entire line of products. This is the first Touchtone product in that family. This is the charging dock."
What other Touchstone accessories can we be looking forward to here? First off, I'm thinking there must be more features to the "Palm Pre Touchstone back cover" than just for charging. As of now, we know that the Touchstone back cover has these magnets that hold the Pre in place and align it with the Touchstone for charging. The only other features it might hold is the ability to send and receive data with inductive coupling technology via the Touchstone back cover. If this is true, it's definitely going to open up a world of new possibilities for hardware and accessories. Hmm, I wonder what else they're hiding...
Here're a few accessories/things I can think of right now:
1) You know those stereo speakers where you plug the iPod/iPhone in and leave it there? For the Pre, you just leave it on top of these made for pre stereo speakers.
2) Touchstone USB dock, where you have this Touchstone charging dock lookalike. And basically have it plugged into your computer's usb hub which acts as the connection between the Pre and your PC.
3) Have your Pre touch back to back with another pre, where it will transfer contact info and other data.
4) Walk into a Sprint store and place your Pre on this table, where it will give the Sprint reps some useful info to help better serve you.
Let your imagination run wild!
[Thanks, Anonymous tipster]