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Mozilla Programmers Join Palm in Apple War

While the current battle is over in regards to iTunes, the war still rages on between Palm and Apple, as two programmers have left Mozilla and are now signed on with Palm. Dion Almaer and Ben Galbraith, who previously worked on Mozilla's Bespin tool as well as created elaborate Web interfaces for the Ajaxian website, said that it was time to use browsers to "bypass Apple's controlling role in mobile applications" according to CNET. However, neither programmer mentioned Apple by name in their blogs.

But many of the comments made by both developers offer a tinge of Apple-related issues, namely the way the company dictates how developers can program content for the iPhone and iPod Touch platform. Galbraith's blog praises how "desktop computers have somehow shrunk down to pocket size," however he expressed his concern in regards to the technology's current trajectory.

"My enthusiasm for this amazing new world is tempered by some unfortunate decisions made by some of the players in this space," he said. "It seems that some view this revolution as a chance to seize power in downright Orwellian ways by constraining what we as developers can say, dictating what kinds of apps we can create, controlling how we distribute our apps, and placing all kinds of limits on what can do to our computing devices." Sound familiar?

Ultimately the programmers look to bypass Apple and it's confusing App Store laws by developing Web-based applications. As CNET points out, Web-based programs are typically slower and less capable than applications installed locally on the device. However, Web-based programs are written only once, and can be used on the Palm Pre, Apple iPhone, or any other mobile device that provides the minimum browser and hardware requirements. Now just imagine how baked Apple will be when iPhone users are running Palm Web-based applications.

  • dman3k
    Boycott Apple.
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  • iPhone is now obsolete. Palm Pre is now in style.
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  • apple puts up a wall and everyone else blows it down. this is how it should be.
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  • ssalim
    Apple sucks
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  • hellwig
    Apple will start filtering web-apps from its browser to "enhance the web browsing experience and to shields its customers from potentially harmful web content".

    Apple users will bitch and bitch and bitch, but in the end, they'll line up for the new Apple iPhone 3.1GS, which is identical to the 3GS, but comes with a second camera embedded within the device, which can only be used to take dark, grainy pictures of the inaccessible interior. Apple faithful will praise the companies ingenuity for placing a camera "where its competitors are simply too scared to put it". Apple will sell another million iPhones that day, AT&T will extend new contracts (4-year minimum + $90/mo data plan) A software issue with the new camera will prevent sending the pictures taken on the second camera via MMS, and people will complain they can't send pics of their iPhone to their friends iPhone. Apple admits the second camera was just a gimmick, but iPhone users demand to be able to send pictures taken on it via MMS, and Apple, begrudgingly, release iPhone OS 3.2.2 to handle the correct the issue. Tom's releases article lambasting the lack of feature updates, but praises everything that already existed in the phone.
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  • burnley14
    Apple will start filtering web-apps from its browser to "enhance the web browsing experience and to shields its customers from potentially harmful web content".

    Apple users will bitch and bitch and bitch, but in the end, they'll line up for the new Apple iPhone 3.1GS, which is identical to the 3GS, but comes with a second camera embedded within the device, which can only be used to take dark, grainy pictures of the inaccessible interior. Apple faithful will praise the companies ingenuity for placing a camera "where its competitors are simply too scared to put it". Apple will sell another million iPhones that day, AT&T will extend new contracts (4-year minimum + $90/mo data plan) A software issue with the new camera will prevent sending the pictures taken on the second camera via MMS, and people will complain they can't send pics of their iPhone to their friends iPhone. Apple admits the second camera was just a gimmick, but iPhone users demand to be able to send pictures taken on it via MMS, and Apple, begrudgingly, release iPhone OS 3.2.2 to handle the correct the issue. Tom's releases article lambasting the lack of feature updates, but praises everything that already existed in the phone.

    That was absolutely perfect. As is the picture at the top of the article.
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  • davehcyj
    Its a good strategy by Palm -- simultaneously make their device more attractive by giving it good application options, while putting a dent in Apple's revenue when some of their users choose to use free webapps instead of the paid for apps.
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  • fflam
    Web-based programs are typically slower and less capable than applications installed locally on the device

    although that may be generally correct. look at quake live and battlefield heroes. its amazing what can be done in a web browser these days.
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  • matt87_50
    Yeah, this really isn't acceptable. IBM and Unix ect defined how these 'PC' devices should be. and Microsoft has for the most part played ball, you can do pretty much anything you want on it with out the original maker controlling what you can and can't do. This is the kind of freedom people have come to expect from their 'PCs' you buy it, you can clearly see the things you can and can't do with it, then you are left to your own devices. Apple has taken it upon them selves to try and make us think that these handheld devices are some how completely different to our conventional 'PCs' (desktop or laptop) and that a completely different model to how the usage of the device works is acceptable. that it can all of a sudden be completely locked and controlled by the company that sold you it. that 'fare use' can be completely redefined (or thrown out the window) just because its a 'handheld'.

    well screw you apple. I don't care how awesome your hardware is, I will sooner build my own handheld device from scratch than submit to your way of doing things.
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