Weekly wrapup: Palm is back and the best of CES (and Macworld)

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Have we just witnessed the second coming of Palm?

Ex-Engadget editor Ryan Block put it best when he said that Palm’s much anticipated CES announcement “will either mark the beginning of the company’s second coming — or the beginning of the end.” Thankfully, for those like me who were rooting for Palm, it looks very much like the former.

See also: Video: Palm Pre and webOS in action

How do you use your Netbook?

It seems that 08 is the year of the Netbook (see my top ten Digital Lifestyle products of 08). What’s less clear, however, is how Netbooks are actually being used. Or more specifically, what role they play in a user’s digital life.

Hackintosh Netbook: Goodbye XP, hello OSX

While I’ve been largely off the grid during the holiday period, I did spend part of New Year’s day tinkering with my beloved Netbook. The mission was to rid the device of Windows XP and install a hacked version of Mac OSX and, as you can see from the image above, it was a success!

We’ve been featured on “The Phones Show”

Steve Litchfield’s The Phones Show (previously “The Smartphones Show”) is a must-see video podcast for anybody interested in the rapidly evolving mobile phone space. And so it’s with great honor that my two recent video demos of T-Mobile’s Android-powered G1 have made it into shows 71 and 72.

Internet TV

Deja vu: Internet ‘widgets’ coming to the TV in 2009

I’m getting a case of deja vu. Apparently, 2009 will be the year that Internet ‘widgets’ come to the TV. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in Las Vegas next month, Samsung, Toshiba and other manufacturers will unveil new televisions that bring Internet content into the living room.

Internet TV partners: Intel and Adobe, Roku and Amazon, Netflix and LG

A number of industry players have announced partnerships relating to getting Internet content onto the TV – a theme that will, once again, be prevalent at CES.

With iPhone support on the way, I’m getting a SlingBox

No more hesitation, I’m getting a SlingBox. That’s New Year’s resolution number one, especially now that we know that support for Sling Media’s ‘place shifting’ device will be coming to Apple’s iPhone and iPod touch within the next three months.

CES: ASUS Eee ‘media center’ Keyboard, Eye-Fi does video, and Netgear Internet TV

Although the expo floor of the Consumer Electronics Show doesn’t open until tomorrow, there’s already been a flurry of press conferences and sneak previews fueling the tech press and blogosphere. Here are a few products that have caught my eye.

See also: Zatz Not Funny: Best of CES (Hulu, Slacker, Sling, Hava, Kodak and XBox 360)

Digital Music

Apple caves to major labels in return for DRM-free iTunes

Major record labels to Apple: You can ditch DRM completely in return for higher prices. That’s right, the major labels have finally got their way as, come this April, Apple’s iTunes will introduce “variable pricing”, with tracks costing either 69 cents, 99 cents or $1.29, depending on how popular they are likely to be.

That’s a wrap! Thanks for reading.

– Steve

last100 is edited by Steve O'Hear. Aside from founding last100, Steve is co-founder and CEO of Beepl and a freelance journalist who has written for numerous publications, including TechCrunch, The Guardian, ZDNet, ReadWriteWeb and Macworld, and also wrote and directed the Silicon Valley documentary, In Search of the Valley. See his full profile and disclosure of his industry affiliations.

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