Palm Returns From The Dead, Making Money From BitTorrent [Tech News Digest]
Palm is declared alive and well, Radiohead frontman makes money on BitTorrent, play free MS-DOS games in your browser, use AnyPen on Lenovo tablets, and how to draw without using your hands.
The Palm Brand Is Resuscitated
Weekend at Bernies 3: Palm.
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) January 6, 2015
The Palm brand is being brought back from the dead, with Chinese electronics firm TCL Communications resurrecting Palm for a new generation of consumers. TCL announced the return of Palm during CES 2015, currently taking place in Las Vegas. No timeline has yet been announced, but TCL is seeking to crowdsource any developments using the existing Palm fanbase.
In its clumsily translated press release, TCL claims, “Palm brand has always been synonymous with innovation throughout its history. As such it has consistently acted as a pioneer of mobile technologies. Now is the time to revive and bring back this pioneer spirit.” What’s more, “The objective goes far beyond proposing a more advanced device. It is to deliver absolute breakthrough innovations in Technology, Design, User Experience, Eco-system, Marketing, Supply Chain, and Business Models.”
TCL is reviving the Palm brand after acquiring it from HP through its Alcatel One Touch division. However, no new Palm device will run on webOS, as that’s still owned by LG, which bought it in 2013 for use in its smart televisions. Which all means this is literally just the brand name being dug up to gain interest from nostalgic nerds .
Thom Yorke Makes Money From BitTorrent
Thom Yorke is reported to have made a hefty wedge of money from his experiment with BitTorrent . Yorke is probably the most high-profile musician to have so far used BitTorrent Bundle, which allows artists to sell their wares in a non-traditional manner. And the album he released through BitTorrent, titled Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, ended up doing rather well.
With a total of 4.4 million downloads by the end of 2014, GigaOM suggests Thom Yorke could have made up to $20 million. This as a result of the seven-song album costing $6 to download and BitTorrent offering 90 percent of revenue to the artist. Billboard suggests it’s more likely Yorke made between $1 million and $6 million due to the percentage of people only downloading the free part of the album.
Regardless, this has to count as a successful experiment proving BitTorrent has a future as a legal outlet for artists and that it is possible — at least for established musicians — to cut out the money-grabbing middlemen.
Play Thousands Of MS-DOS Games For Free
Ok, confirmed that I found the ultimate time waster. MS-DOS games available via the browser: https://t.co/koCGzJ240k
— ? Not All Monads (@mattpodwysocki) January 5, 2015
You can now play thousands of classic (and not-so-classic) MS-DOS games online and directly in your Web browser for free. This is thanks to the latest release from the Internet Archive, which has compiled the collection and made them available to play within the DOSBox emulator running on a virtual machine.
This is the latest addition to the Internet Archive, which already contains hundreds of classic video games offered through the Internet Arcade . Look out for a longer article exploring the MS-DOS collection later this week.
Lenovo Reveals AnyPen Tablet Technology
Lenovo has revealed its new Yoga Tablet 2, which, while somewhat lacking in innovations over its predecessor, introduces the AnyPen technology. As you may have guessed by the name, AnyPen lets you use any kind of pointy implement as a stylus. This includes pencils, screwdrivers, scissors and even forks. All of which can be dragged around the screen without inflicting any damage.
Beyond AnyPen, the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 features an 8-inch 1080p display, Windows 8.1, a 64-bit Intel Atom CPU, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Like its predecessor , the Yoga Tablet 2 can be used in a number of different modes, hence the Yoga name. It will be available in the U.S. later this month and priced at around $300.
Hands Are So Overrated
And finally, repetitive strain injury is common in those who spend their days working on computers. But few sufferers go to such extreme lengths to beat RSI as designer Michelle Vandy.
As can be seen in the video above, she has successfully adapted to using parts of her face instead of her hands. She now draws designs on an Apple Magic Trackpad using her nose and lips.
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