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I am right on the heals of hearing Apple’s CEO, Steve Jobs, wrap up this years WWDC keynote. I have to say that while the keynote didn’t introduce any big-ticket items that some Mac fans were looking for, I think it was what everyone realistically thought would happen. The biggest and most pleasant surprise came right out of the gate when EA Games announced that it will be bringing some of its most popular titles to the Mac, including EA Sports favorites starting in August. Steve continued on into Leopard, and like last year, showed 10 new features coming in the new version of OS X. He unveiled the sleek new desktop and finder, which all appear to be big gains; but, both are more or less eye candy. A new previewing feature called Quick look was introduced and that also looks very nice. Beyond that, nothing ‘new’ was really shown about Leopard. Steve Jobs re-outlined the features shown at last year’s WWDC.

Once the 10 features were covered, Jobs announced that Apple’s Safari has grown to nearly 5% of the browser market share. Furthermore, Apple plans to port Safari fully over to Windows XP/Vista. This should be very interesting and Steve announced that a beta of Safari 3 for Windows and OS X Tiger will be available today via www.apple.com/safari

Finally, ‘one more thing …’

Apple announced that it will open developers to the iPhone via Safari. Meaning that developers will be able to develop applications for iPhone using the latest in web standards within iPhone’s Safari browser. This news proved to be unpleasing to most developers, who wanted all out control to develop more client style apps for Apple’s much anticipated phone.

I will post more on this soon as possible but so far, this keynote is exactly what many expected. Sure, the games and Safari news was a surprised, but both are definite positives for Apple. While developers appear to be unpleased, I think it is not a decision that Apple wanted to make but had to because of AT&T. Much like Apple is puppeted with iTunes and DRM. Steve Jobs is all about healthy partnerships and he knows that forcing too much can hurt those partnerships. Apple also realizes that web development is a hot thing right now and is really where things are headed. So, this development move does not surprise or even upset me.

With the recent popularity in smartphones, Palm today launched a new product, Foleo. Foleo will be a mobile companion for your smartphone, even if you do not own a Palm Treo. It’s laptop-like design allows consumers to connect to their smartphons and surf the web, email and even view Word Documents and Powerpoint presentations. Palm sees this as a springboard to use your smartphone more efficiently and on a larger screen while on the go. The website doesn’t give any specs for the weight but I have to say, it looks very sleek. It looks just like a very small and sleek laptop, but it drives all the information and processing from your smartphone using Bluetooth. What’s even better, since it is not a full computer, you don’t even have to boot the unit. Palm touts a ‘Instant On’ button and it is to do just that; press the button, you’re ready to go, press it again, you’re done. Furthermore, there is an auto-sync button that allows you to instantly sync your mail from your phone. The unit will also feature a full keyboard and a 10 inch screen. Sounds pretty cool, I would love to get my hands on one when it comes out … I guess that means I would need to get a smartphone first!

Palm announced that Foleo will be released in mid-summer and will sell for $499.