The Official Palm Blog: A Message to Palm Customers, Partners and Developers:
“I have decided to cancel the Foleo mobile companion product in its current configuration and focus all of our energies on delivering out next generation platform and the first smartphones that will bring this platform to market.”
I’ve been sat here for a couple of minutes trying to work out what to say to this, and the best I can manage is “what the hell…?”
To announce a major product, then cancel it just before launch on grounds which should have been obvious before it was originally announced makes Palm look extremely stupid. Although, arguably, not as stupid as launching Folio – a product which no one seemed keen on apart from Ed Colligan and Jeff Hawkins.
Browsing around at lunchtime, I found this post on the RoughlyDrafted Forums, complaining about how tech sites don’t understand what "proprietary" means:
rival proprietary formats [AAC and WMA] … words fail. Just how hard is it for
people who don’t know to actually check these things? If all else fails
Wikipedia is only a click away.
is specified both as Part 7 of the MPEG-2 standard, and Part 3 of the
MPEG-4 standard. As such, it can be referred to as MPEG-2 Part 7 and
MPEG-4 Part 3 depending on its implementation, however it is most often
referred to as MPEG-4 AAC, or AAC for short.
Of course, if he’d have read a little further, he’d have found this on the Wikipedia post:
AAC requires a patent license, and thus uses proprietary
technology. But contrary to popular belief, it is not the property of a
single company, having been developed in a standards-making
Just because a system isn’t owned by a single company doesn’t mean it’s not proprietary technology. AAC depends on licensed patents from a range of companies, including AT&T, Dolby, Nokia, NEC and Sony. And if you want to release an encoder or decoder for AAC, you have to pay. Just because something is a standard doesn’t mean it’s either free or open.