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Twitter Will Add Options to Limit Replies ➝

Dieter Bohn, reporting for The Verge on a statement from Suzanne Xie, Twitter’s director of product management:

Xie says Twitter is adding a new setting for “conversation participants” right on the compose screen. It has four options: “Global, Group, Panel, and Statement.” Global lets anybody reply, Group is for people you follow and mention, Panel is people you specifically mention in the tweet, and Statement simply allows you to post a tweet and receive no replies.

I mean, this does seem incredibly easy to bypass. Presumably, you could simply mention the person who published the Statement and not give your tweet the reply distinction. You could also just add a link to the statement to specifically reference what you’re “replying” to. Unless Twitter blocks tweets with links to Statements. But then couldn’t you use a URL shortener?

This will probably prevent some harassment and toxicity on the platform. But unless they make some more fundamental changes to the service, I don’t think it’ll have too much of an impact.

➝ Source: theverge.com

Early Apple Watch Sales Beat the Original iPhone and iPad ➝

Dieter Bohn, writing for The Verge:

In an interview with The New York Times, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said that sales for the Apple Watch “sales in its first nine weeks exceeded those of the iPhone and iPad in their first nine weeks of availability.” Apple itself said that the iPad sold 3 million units in the first 11 weeks, so that gives us some kind of ballpark. […]

One thing we can look at is the revenue in that “Other” category. As you can see in the chart below, Apple earned around $1.7 billion last quarter in the category. This quarter, that number jumped to $2.64 billion. That’s a big jump, and though of course we can’t say it’s all due to the Apple Watch, that’s going to be the thing everybody supposes until Apple tells us otherwise.

Don’t worry, columnists will still find a way to predict the imminent demise of the Apple Watch.

How LG Rethought the Smart TV ➝

Great piece by Dieter Bohn, showcasing LG’s use of webOS on their new line of HDTVs.

Unreleased webOS Products ➝

Dieter Bohn writing for the Verge:

Even if HP had not decided to give up on webOS hardware and all but abandon webOS software, the chances that any of these products would have seen the market and gained any sort of real success seems awfully small. Both Palm and HP had difficulties shipping on time and competing successfully even in the best of circumstances — and it was clear that HP didn’t think it would be able to take on the challenges that would have lain ahead for webOS.

Dieter did a great job with this piece on webOS software and devices that never saw the light of day. The team that Palm and HP built that worked on webOS obviously saw where things were headed with software interfaces and did a pretty good job at building for that future. It’s just unfortunate that the whole project had to implode the way it did.

Mobile operating systems would be in a very different place if webOS would have had the opportunity to push the competition in new and interesting directions.

I do think it’s interesting how much of an impact Apple has on the industry, though. From Dieter Bohn’s aforelinked piece:

If the documents we obtained detailing HP’s product plans are any indication, the iPad 2 sent the company into a panic. In a document distributed in late March, HP admitted that the iPad 2 had “changed the competitive trajectory” and foresaw rapid responses from Samsung — which had shaved over 2mm from its Galaxy Tab tablet in response to the iPad 2. HP had also gotten pushback from the likes of AT&T, which wasn’t happy with the TouchPad’s “thickness, weight, [and industrial design].”

Between this and Fred Vogelstein’s recent article in The Atlantic entitled “The Day Google Had to ‘Start Over’ on Android,” I’m starting to get the feeling that Apple has a tendency to send other companies into a tizzy whenever they release new products.

Keyboard-Less webOS Device Pictured ➝

Dieter Bohn publishes images of what appears to be a keyboard-less webOS device. The image was sent to him by the same person who sent a picture of a Pre 3 on Verizon’s network a couple days ago.

I’ve always thought that webOS had a nice future, but I’m not a fan of hardware keyboards and wouldn’t even consider buying a smartphone with one. This webOS device, however, looks quite slick.

HP webOS Tablet Rumors

There’s been a lot of rumors published recently regarding HP’s webOS event on February 9. It started when Engadget’s Nilay Patel published rendered images of the upcoming “Topaz” webOS tablet.

The 9-inch Topaz is said to be just one of two tablets announced at the event. There will also be a 7-inch tablet codenamed Opal. The rendered device on Engadget’s site looks quite nice. It’s similar in design to the iPhone 3GS, just blown up to 9-inches. There’s a front-facing camera, micro USB, and a three speaker arrangement that Nilay Patel speculates would allow for stereo audio in both portrait and landscape orientations.

But, that was just the beginning. The following day Thomas Ricker reported that Topaz and Opal would have inductive charging and that HP would be offering large amounts of cloud storage for the devices. This cloud storage would “dwarf” the local storage of the devices and could store apps and app states. This could allow users to seamlessly switch from tablet to handset without having to deliberately transfer data.

However, all of Engadget’s rumors were trumped by Dieter Bohn who managed to get his hands on inductive charging details and the HP Topaz specifications.

The new tablet-compatible inductive charger will be named the “Touchstone v2” and may allow for wireless audio streaming over Bluetooth, wireless video streaming to VGA or HDMI out, and wireless gaming using your television as a display and the tablet as a controller. The Touchstone v2 sounds more like HP’s answer to the Apple TV than it does a wireless charging dock for tablets. The video gaming angle could be huge and I hope that HP has managed to secure content partners to go along with their wireless video streaming feature.

The target specifications that Dieter Bohn obtained are as follows:

  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 9.7-inch 1024×768 display
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 8+ hours of battery life

The specifications are better than the iPad all around (aside from the battery life). Which makes it clear that HP has designed Topaz to compete with the iPad 2, not just to play catch-up with the current iPad. HP is really swinging for the fences with this announcement, and I hope they’re successful. It’s clear that HP knows where the industry is headed and their acquisition of Palm put them right where they needed to be development-wise. All that’s left is to bring devices to market and sell as many of them as possible. And, HP is ready to do just that.

HP CEO Leo Apotheker recently spoke with the BBC’s Tim Weber about the future of the company. Regarding product announcement timelines:

“HP will stop making announcements for stuff it doesn’t have. When HP makes announcements, it will be getting ready to ship,” he promises, saying the products launched on 9 February will be on sale just a few weeks later.

“A few weeks later” sounds perfect to me. That will put the release date before the RIM PlayBook and likely before the Motorola Xoom.

Dieter Bohn Details webOS 2.0 ➝

Palm has released their developer beta of webOS 2.0 today and PreCentral’s Dieter Bohn has taken the time to detail all of the new features.

My feature in 2.0 is “Just Type,” which is a beefed up and rebranded Universal Search.

Dieter Bohn:

The more exciting changes here are underneath the hood: developers can now open up their apps to Just Type searches, making them fully searchable from anywhere on the phone. […] Just Type will be able to both search and initiate actions directly from the interface. So, for example, a developer could make a “Tweet This” Just Type action so users could type a tweet and send it all from the Just Type Interface.

The best way to explain it is: Quicksilver for webOS. I would love for Apple to open up their iPhone search feature to developers. My life would be a lot easier if I could search emails, tweets, and Instapaper articles all from one search box.

webOS Notification Developer Leaves for Apple ➝

Dieter Bohn writing on PreCentral:

The man who “Invented the non-intrusive banner notification system used in webOS” and also did all sorts of other work for the OS, Rich Dellinger, is leaving Palm to return to his earlier employer, Apple, as a Senior User Interface Designer.

There’s no way of knowing whether or not he’ll be working on a new notification system for iOS. But, I think we all hope he does.