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June 20, 2013

Most tablet vendors have apparently ditched Windows RT

Citing sources in Taiwan’s supply chain, news website Digitimes claims that “most brand vendors have already stopped developing related products” and says that Microsoft’s second-generation Surface RT remains the only new Windows RT tablet set to come to market.

The website even compared it to webOS, the Palm operating system which was sold to HP and then made open-source last year.

Windows RT has had a troublesome start since launching last October, especially when it comes to tablets.

Microsoft’s own Surface RT has struggled for sales, while Samsung’s Ativ Tab was only launched in certain regions and is apparently unlikely to [...]

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June 12, 2013

Former Palm boss slams HP for ditching webOS

Speaking to Fierce Wireless recently, Rubinstein expressed his dismay at the fortunes of Palm and webOS, and said that he would never have sold to HP if he knew what was going to happen.

"Talk about a waste," said Rubinstein, who is now on the board at both Amazon and Qualcomm.

"If we had known they were just going to shut it down and never really give it a chance to flourish, what would have been the point of selling the company?"

WebOS was later used for HP's short-lived TouchPad tablet as well as the Palm Pre smartphone. By June 2011, then-HP CEO Leo Apotheker announced that the firm would discontinue the webOS devices, while his [...]

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May 14, 2012

HP execs confirm Windows 8 tablet, hint at entering the cloud storage space

Speaking at the Global Influencer Summit in Shanghai, HP CEO Meg Whitman confirmed that HP would be re-entering the consumer tablet market with a Windows 8 tablet, news which would seem to reiterate previous comments from Whitman that HP would be returning to the growing tablet market, albeit with a Windows 8 model.

However, the more interesting view arguably came from Todd Bradley, HP’s EVP for printing and personal systems. Bradley hinted at some kind of cloud-based technology for HP’s Windows 8 tablets, and said that this technology would enable users to share and store content across a plethora of devices.

HP’s decision to try again with [...]

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April 19, 2012

HP tackles BYOD trend with enterprise app store and mobile gateway

Company officials yesterday revealed that the enterprise mobility platform will consist of the HP Enterprise Mobile App Store and HP Enterprise Mobile Gateway.

The former will support iOS, Android and possibly even webOS apps, and will be hosted at service provider sites and managed for enterprises, essentially making it a portal for businesses to push their own and third-party applications to employees. These employees will be able to browse for an array of different apps, although business managers will be able to restrict app access if necessary.

HP’s Enterprise Mobility Gateway will meanwhile act as the platform through which employees can access these [...]

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January 25, 2012

HP details plans to push ahead with webOS open source release

HP announced a timetable for release of the new open source version of webOS, the critically-acclaimed software that powered Palm’s smartphones and HP’s discontinued TouchPad tablet. 

By sometime this September, HP said it plans to make the webOS code completely available under the Apache License, Version 2.0. While September is a ways off, HP said today it’s releasing version 2.0 of webOS’s innovative developer tool, Enyo. 

With the Enyo 2.0  application framework, HP says developers can write a single application that works across mobile devices and desktop Web browsers, from the webOS, iOS and Android [...]

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January 3, 2012

Former Palm executives admit webOS flaws

“Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using web technology, and we just weren’t able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design,” said former senior director of software at Palm, Paul Mercer, who oversaw the interface design of webOS.

“Perhaps it never could have been executed because the technology wasn’t there yet.” Mercer went onto add that webOS relied too heavily on WebKit, the open-source software engine which is used by browsers to display Web pages, and said that it 'simply wasn't up to' running applications at the speed as users experienced on the iPhone. 

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December 30, 2011

Stanford radiologists use customized TouchPad to control MRI scanner

MRI scanners are used to collect detailed 3D images of the body, and do not expose the body to the radiation levels of X-rays.

Andrew B.Holbrook is a research associate in the radiology department at Stanford’s School of Medicine and recently told eWeek that he has developed his own applications for the TouchPad, so that Stanford technicians can start and stop MRI scans, whether they are inside or outside of the exam room.

The apps also allow the technicians to view or manipulate medical data, while the TouchPad's ability to multi-tasking even enables these same technicians to switch between scans of different areas of the body at any time. Holbrook added [...]

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December 1, 2011

HP to make webOS decision ‘in next two weeks’

The news comes despite HP announcing in August that the company would not offer any more products powered by the platform.

"We should announce our decision in the next two weeks," said Whitman, when speaking to the French newspaper. "This is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people, which is in limbo. We need to have another operating system." 

WebOS has been the subject of a number of reports of late, with Amazon, IBM, Intel, Oracle, RIM, Samsung and Qualcomm just some of the companies rumoured to be on the long list of potential buyers.

WebOS originated from US software company, Palm, which was bought by HP for $1.2 [...]

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November 29, 2011

Report: HP to unveil Windows 8 tablet at CES

Cloud Pro is reporting that HP’s managing director in Europe, the Middle East and Africa has said there will be more tablet devices coming from the company, with the first just a few months away.

Yves De Talhouet revealed to Cloud Pro that a tablet running Windows 8 would be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January.

The TouchPad was one of the quickest product cancellations in recent memory. De Talhouet told Cloud Pro that mistakes were made with the short-lived device.

“We thought we had a good asset with WebOS and thought we could combine WebOS with a good hardware, [but] we retreated from that because of [...]

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November 21, 2011

HP reports $3.3 billion dollar loss on webOS

Even though HP reported higher-than-expected earnings today on revenue of $32.1 billion, the company's revelations around the fiscal losses related to the shuttering of its webOS business stood out in a big way.

Above and beyond the $1.2 billion HP spent on Palm in April 2010, the cost of shuttering the company's nascent webOS and tablet business cost an extra $3.3 billion, according to HP's Q4 2011 earnings report and call.

HP's earnings report states:

Non-GAAP earnings and operating profit information excludes after-tax costs of $3.3 billion, or $1.56 per diluted share, related to the wind down of HP's webOS device [...]

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