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Palm Returns From The Dead, Making Money From BitTorrent [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 07-01-2015

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

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 Nerd Nostalgia: MakeUseOf Remembers Geeky Gifts From The Past While looking forwards is ultimately positive, occasionally looking back can also be a good thing. Nostalgic nerdgasms now! Read More .

Thom Yorke Makes Money From BitTorrent

Thom Yorke is reported to have made a hefty wedge of money from his experiment with BitTorrent Ello Starts Charging For New Features, Yahoo Directory Shutting Down, And More... [Tech News Digest] Also, Thom Yorke sells torrents, the end of PlayStation Home, and BendGate continues into a second week. Read More . 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 8 Legal Uses for BitTorrent: You'd Be Surprised Like HTTP, which your browser uses to communicate with websites, BitTorrent is just a protocol. You could use your browser to download pirated content, just as you could use a BitTorrent client to download pirated... Read More 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

You can now play thousands of classic (and not-so-classic) MS-DOS games How To Get Old DOS Computer Games To Run On Windows 7 Read More 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 Run Old Games In DOSBox Without Mounting Drives Tired of mounting drives in DOSBox every time you want to run an old game on a modern Windows machine? With a little trick you can play your game without wasting time mounting drives. Read More 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 Internet Archive Brings 900 Classic Arcade Games To Your Browser. Here Are 7 Of The Best Your town's arcade may have shut down in the mid-90s, but that shouldn't stop you from getting your classic games fix. Read More . 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 Lenovo Yoga Tablet Review and Giveaway We've taken the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8-inch for a spin and now, we have the answers. Read More , 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 Be Lazy: 3 Tips To Reduce The Risk Of RSI By Resting Your Hands Here are three tips that can ease the burden on your hands and make computer or mobile usage slightly more comfortable. Read More 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.

You can read more about Vandy on her website, Look No Hands. [H/T Core77]


Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Are you pleased to see Palm return from the grave? Will you be playing MS-DOS games in your browser? Can you imagine ever using your computer using your face instead of your hands?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. A Horse With No Name
    January 13, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Autoplay is a setting within your own browser or plugin, not from the sites you visit. You have to disable it if you don't want autoplay. Many plugins now set autoplay as the default setting.

  2. tsupdike
    January 10, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    No autoplay on my android HP Touchpad.

  3. Swerve
    January 8, 2015 at 4:57 pm

    The yoga tablet appeals to me, however I wonder if 2GBs of RAM is enough for a tablet.
    And o, none of the videos were autoplayed on my browser.

  4. RP
    January 8, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    Nose and lips??'re doing it wrong.

  5. Andy
    January 8, 2015 at 10:19 am

    Me too!!

  6. PaulinSF
    January 8, 2015 at 5:22 am

    What KT and etim said!

    • Dave Parrack
      January 8, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      Which video autoplayed? I can assure you this wasn't intentional on our part :)

  7. KT
    January 8, 2015 at 12:00 am

    Lots of great info in the article...but, this is the first time I've had a problem with this site. Please, for the love of all that's un-holy, do not have imbedded videos set for auto play! It's as rude as farting at a funeral. (and it ruins the sweet sound of heavy metal coming from my speakers!) Thanks.

    • etim
      January 8, 2015 at 12:56 am

      I agree with KT wholeheartedly!
      NO AUTOPLAY VIDS on this site please! Those damned things have ruined too many other sites already. Don't let 'em infest MUO too.

    • Dave Parrack
      January 8, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      None of the videos are set to autoplay. And they're not autoplaying for me at all! Is it any of the videos in particular?

  8. CJ Cotter
    January 7, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    The palm? THE PALM? They're ripping off the image from one piece of the statue "The Awakening". Check it out:

    • Dave Parrack
      January 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

      That image is just there to reference the story. You'll be pleased to hear it has nothing to do with Palm.

    • Sam Park
      January 16, 2015 at 10:56 pm

      Also, the picture is similar to Floop's throne in Spy Kids...