Pocket Supercomputer

Amazon Wants To Buy WebOS; That Could Mean Kindle Phones, PCs Too, says Paid Content.

A report in VentureBeat says HP is currently looking to rid itself of Palm and Amazon may be the closest to finalizing a deal. It may be about the patents. Apple and Microsoft led a $4.5 billion purchase of patents from Nortel, while Google paid $12.5 billion for Motorola Mobility, a holder of more than 17,000 patents.

The Kindle Fire is powered by Android, but it’s been heavily customized by Amazon. Kindle Fire includes a cloud-accelerated “split browser” called Amazon Silk. Its frontend is based on the WebKit browser engine, which is also used by the webOS web browser.

WebOS is a mobile operating system based on a Linux kernel, initially developed by Palm. It was later acquired by Hewlett-Packard. By purchasing the remnants of Palm, Amazon would have free rein to further differentiate its Kindle devices from the slew of Android tablets in the market, says Venture Beat.

HP paid $1.2 billion for Palm in 2010, but Amazon will end up spending a fraction of that if the deal goes through. Perhaps Tizen, the Linux-based, open-source software platform, has the right stuff. And the right price.

Is “cloud computing” a new paradigm?

It’s not about surfing the web. Think Tricorder, brain augmentation, Cyborg-like super powers.

Fire is a pocket supercomputer.

The Tricorder X Prize is a $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution that can diagnose patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.

What Amazon needs more than anything else is fast, cheap, reliable broadband. Google, Apple, Microsoft and Intel probably do too. Clearwire has the spectrum.

Let’s get this show on the road.

Posted by Sam Churchill on .

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