News Roundup: Is Palm about to make a comeback?

A roundup of the week’s technology news including hacking pacemakers, Google ARCore, and Burger King cryptocurrencies.

A roundup of the week’s technology news including hacking pacemakers, Google ARCore, and Burger King cryptocurrencies.

 

The return of Palm

Could there be two PDA devices out on the market next year? Before the great iPhone smartphone revolution, Palm was the great rival to Blackberry. But after the company’s acquisition by HP (and later sales of WebOS to Qualcomm, with LG licensing for its TVs), the name fell by the wayside.

But the Palm name could be about to make a comeback. TCL – the company making Blackberry’s KEYone – is planning to revive the name for a line of products next year. TCL Marketing Manager Stefan Streit told Android Planet that the name would be coming back but didn’t say whether that would be with phones or PDAs. It’s entirely possible TCL could license WebOS for authenticity, but most likely will go for Android for whatever devices come out.

 

No Cook for President

We live in interesting Times. And if you believe the speculation, we could have Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johson and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg making credible runs for the White House come 2020. One person we won’t see bidding to be President, however, is Apple CEO Tim Cook.

“You've got to be kidding,” Cook told The Des Moines Register this week after speculation appeared online. “I've got a full-time job. And I love Apple deeply. So no, there's no connection there at all.”

In 2015 a poll reported that Elon Musk is the tech CEO people would most likely vote for in a Presidential race, with Cook narrowly beating Zuckerberg and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos for third place.

 

AR Wars

Apple ARKit has seemingly woken people up to the world of phone-based Augmented Reality beyond Pokemon Go and Snapchat filters. It’s scared Google so much that the company has retired the Tango name and announced the ARCore SDK. Much like ARKit, it’s an AR platform to develop proper AR experiences and apps. With Facebook also offering an AR platform, the space is about to get very crowded. But as Ars Technica points out; wasn’t Microsoft leading this space not two years ago? How quickly things change.