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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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJune 20, 20130 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJune 12, 20130 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesMay 14, 20120 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesApril 19, 20120 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJanuary 25, 20120 comments

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.  A [...]
avatarby Tab TimesJanuary 3, 20120 comments

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 [...]
avatarby Tab TimesDecember 30, 20110 comments
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