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iPhone gets "Palmized"

Thu Mar 25, 2010 - 1:03 PM EDT - By Annie Latham

Two interesting stories appeared this week that reach back into Palm's past. Over at CNET, Rick Broida wrote about the arrival of BugMe! at the iTunes Store. He remarked:

There's something to be said for a simple, straightforward note-taking app that borrows from the familiar: sticky notes. BugMe! is one such app.
If the name rings a bell, you probably owned a PalmPilot at some point. That's where the app originated, and call me nostalgic, but I'm happy to see it reborn for the iPhone.
Ultimately, I can't say BugMe! is the best of the sticky-note apps. (Do you have a favorite? Name it in the comments). But I do admire its ease of operation and mostly smart features. For this PalmPilot veteran, it's 99 cents well spent.

For Palm OS, BugMe! Notepad by Electric Pocket ($9.95) has fun features like "quick visual alarms" and a way to create a note by importing a photo or picture from a memory card. Any note or picture can be annotated or used an alarm.

Electric Pocket also has a version for Windows Mobile PPC called Bug Me! Mobile ($19.95).


The other Palm-related story had to do with Styletap bringing Palm OS to the iPhone. Clearly this is a move to support the diehard Palm app fans who have perhaps reluctantly, left their Treo or Centro behind -- latching onto the iPhone.
Engadget ran a story by Joshua Topolsky. The thing is, Styletap only let's you run Palm apps on a jailbroken iPhone. He noted:

"...you'll need to violate Apple's rules (and break Steve's heart) to get the emulator on your device, but once you do you'll be able to run Palm OS applications (compatible up to version 5.2), with support for native ARM apps, Audio recording and playback, virtual memory cards, and TCP/IP connectivity, amongst other features."

According to StyleTap, to run a Palm OS app with the StyleTap platform, simply Tap the StyleTap icon will run StyleTap Launcher from the iPhone SpringBoard (program launcher). Any installed Palm OS applications will appear in the StyleTap Launcher.

Regarding which apps actually work with the StyleTap emulator, the FAQ from StyleTap's website states, "We have tested many popular applications and determined that they run normally under StyleTap Platform. Our goal is to support as many applications as possible. If you discover that an application that you wish to use does not run as expected under StyleTap Platform, please let us know."

There doesn't appear to be a list of compatible apps on StyleTap's website. That's why it really makes sense to take advantage of the free 14-day trial. StyleTap Platform for iPhone runs a steep $49.95.


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