HP and Palm have been trying their best to keep the lid tight on the next Palm device. No doubt we haven’t received any leaks of Palm Pre 2. Though initially it looked like a mistake when Palm Pre 2 surfaced on the website of French Carrier SFR but the page hasn’t yet been taken down even after hours which forces us to assume that the Palm Pre 2 is kind of official now.

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Its been a long wait but we knew it had to be soon, O2 has finally made official the launch date of the Palm Pre. On the 16th of next month – October 2009, O2 will officially be selling the Palm Pre here in the UK. According to O2’s, the Palm Pre will be free on a 2 year (24 month) contract and free on 18 month tariffs at £44.05 or £73.41 per month.

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This is so much more easier than many other smartphones currently available. Remember, the key is USB mode! Check out the quick tips video by Brian from CNET:

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Its finally been confirmed, the UK’s official iPhone carrier network O2 has bagged their latest deal with the Palm Pre. This confirms that O2 will be bringing the Pre to the UK exclusively.

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We know that the Palm Pre isn’t just capable of multitasking but also emulating the NES for some retro gaming. But did it ever occur to anyone that it could also run Playstation games? This is exactly what this latest development has done. ZodTTD who is a master in this specialty has in the past done similar work for the iPhone, this time though he used his jailbroken Palm Pre and loaded up his Playstation psx4all emulator for some Wipeout gameplay.

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Some very clever folks who have been playing around with the Palm Pre have managed to stuff the NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) emulator into the new Palm mobile. This allows you to virtually play any NES game at a maximum resolution of 320×480, after some display setting tweaks that is.

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It isn’t a clean and simple walk in the park though. “All it requires is a quick trip to root on the device a compile of the FCEUltra NES emulator for Linux and bam, it’s good to go.” – This isn’t as simple as it sounds folks. But if you do know a fair bit about Linux then you could certainly give it a go, hit the Pre Dev Wiki link below for full instructions.

[via Engadget, Pre Dev Wiki]

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Did you know that there is a secret hidden app called “Developer Mode Enabler”? It can be elicited simply by typing in the phrase “upupdowndownleftrightleftrightbastart”, which if you parse with spacing might be more easily recognizable as the infamous Contra / Konami code (look it up), into the launcher screen of your Palm Pre. It was discovered by the leaked ROM just recently.

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It is confirmed to be used to connect a Pre to a machine running Pam’s Mojo SDK for webOS. If you want the evidence, check out the video after the break.

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