What a difference two months can make. After announcing it was deeply considering the idea of spinning off its PC division and getting out of the hardware game, HP's doing another 180, insisting it'll still make PCs and that it "needs to be in the tablet business."
Magazines have seen their profits and sales numbers go downhill ever since the internet came along, but they're not about to go down without swinging. The latest plan to save magazines? Print-your-own magazines. Uh, OK.
Before you go out and buy a fancy and expensive new computer with an SSD and a bunch of DRAM inside it, take a minute and listen to HP explain how they're going to have a new technology competing against flash memory in a year and a half, and they're planning on rendering DRAM and SRAM obsolete by 2015.
Ever since HP killed off the webOS hardware, the future of the mobile platform has remained shrouded in mystery. VentureBeat is reporting that Amazon might buy webOS from HP. But what about that new Android-powered Kindle Fire?
3D scanners, those fancy machines that can turn everyday objects into 3D images for easy manipulation on a computer, have long been expensive specialty items. But now HP has released one that's priced to sell.
The HP TouchPad is dead — killed off after only six weeks on the market and sold off at fire sale prices of one-fifth its original $500 price tag. Or is it? HP says it could revive the TouchPad in the future.
My friend S (he hates it when I invoke his name in print), a long-time IT pro, made a sage observation in the wake of HP effectively whacking its TouchPad, Motorola selling itself to Google, the great Samsung Galaxy Tab/Best Buy giveaway (more on this in a bit), and the general bloody state of the non-iPad tablet business. "Apple's been perfecting its ecosystem for a decade, and these guys think they can duplicate it in a couple of months." And then we laughed. Not at HP, but at the whole ridiculous state of the tablet business that S succinctly summed up. So, now that the tablet business has pretty much devolved to Apple and Android, where do we go from here? Don't ask the pundits. They seem to have no more of a clue about the future of the tablet universe than Criswell did about the diabolical plans of vampires from outer space.
Now that the smoke has cleared up around webOS's abrupt K.O., it's time to straighten out the facts: webOS is not dead. In fact, despite dismal TouchPad sales, HP still "stands by it."
When Palm launched the webOS mobile software a couple of years ago, it was generally seen as a pretty solid offering and a good alternative to the iPhone. But since then, HP has bought Palm, and not too many webOS devices have been sold. And today, HP killed the OS off.
Desperate for the lion's share of the tablet market, HP's supposedly planning its own seven-inch tablet to steal some thunder off Apple's hit iPad 2. Can a smaller WebOS tablet see success where the recently launched TouchPad has seen a permanent $100 drop in price?