HP, the company that released their TouchPad tablet last year only to K-Line it a month later, had declared that they're getting back into the tablet business, only with a twist: Instead of using the WebOS, which was the brains of the original TouchPad, they'll be going with Windows 8 this time around. According to chief executive Meg Whitman, the move will be "capitalising on the extraordinary growth in tablet sales" (DaringFireball poses the question: "Extraordinary growth in tablet sales, or extraordinary growth in iPad sales?"). There's no word ... more
Despite our name, there are plenty of other things that we keep an eye on around here. webOS was one of those technologies that we wanted to see succeed but sadly its days were pretty numbered. That doesn't mean there isn't a great deal of stuff Apple could learn from webOS, and perhaps even implement in future versions of iOS.
Lukas Mathis, a software engineer and usability author, has penned an excellent article titled Please Steal These webOS Features.
Lukas Mathis on webOS:
[quote]So when I bought a TouchPad after HP ... more
Jon Rubinstein, of both Apple and Palm fame, has decided to get the hell out of dodge:
[quote]Rubinstein is said to have no immediate plans, and had completed a 12-24 month commitment to stay with HP after the acquisition. “Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well,” HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan said. In a brief comment to AllThingsD, Rubinstein said, “I am going to take a well deserved break after four and a half years of developing webOS.”[/quote]
After Léo Apotheker, ex-CEO of HP, essentially killed WebOS, I can imagine ... more
[quote]This initial open source release includes Enyo 1.0, which allows current developers of Enyo apps for webOS devices to distribute their apps to other platforms. While this release is not intended to be expanded any further, there is considerable utility for our current developer base in releasing it. Today’s ... more
It's looking like Apple, as well as a handful of other tech companies, are taking advantage of HP's recent fumbles by sniping talent from WebOS as the HP management tries to right the ship that HP's ex-CEO Léo Apotheker took far off course.
Kevin McLaughlin, CRN:
[quote]What's still unclear is whether HP's future WebOS course will require the contributions of all the business unit's 600 employees. [HP's new CEO Meg] Whitman, in a December interview with The Verge, did not rule out additional WebOS layoffs. In the meantime, some mobile sales and ... more
HTC has said it is currently considering buying its own mobile operating system. And HP’s webOS is rumored to be the one it’s flirting with the most. The news comes from a report based on comments made by HTC Chairwoman, Cher Wang:
“We have given it thought and we have discussed it internally, but we will not do it on impulse,” she told the Economic Observer of China.
The idea of a lifeline for webOS is surely to come as great news for its many fans. When HP took over many people ... more
A lot of people thought that webOS had something to offer, something different than iOS, something better, which is why it came as such a huge surprise that HP decided to kill it off. Of course, webOS may still have a part to play in the tablet war that's been raging against Apple — it just won't be at HP. Some have publicly guessed that HP would license webOS to other hardware manufacturers, and others have claimed that HP was looking to sell off webOS entirely to another company, most ... more
As sort of a weepy footnote to follow yesterday's announcement in which HP let us know that there would be no more development of WebOS, a report now claims that WebOS runs literally twice as fast on the iPad... suggesting that the hardware, not the software was the weak link in the TouchPad's chain. An interesting article at TheNextWeb talks about how the TouchPad hardware was so bad that the development team didn't even bother to refine past a certain point.
[quote]The hardware reportedly stopped the team from innovating beyond certain points ... more
As if the stock market wasn't already in a crazed frenzy today, it has come out that silicon valley big shot Hewlett-Packard is acquiring Palm. The deal is estimated to be around a cool $1.2 billion in cash.
Is this good news or what? If so, who is it good for HP or Palm? I raise that question because I personally worked at HP for 12 years before being "caught up" in the Carly Fiorina spearheaded acquisition of Compaq years ago. That deal was absolutely brutal for the people and ... more
Though I’m usually not a huge fan of iPad sleeves, there are a few that really stick out from the crowd. One of these sleeves is the Bowden by the folks at FineGrain, a relatively new startup that focuses on iPad sleeves. The Bowden is a sleeve that is handcrafted
I’ve had a long relationship with Realmac Software, and their applications. The first time I came across one of their products with Little Snapper, which I’m pretty sure showed up in my email because of a MacHeist bundle I had purchased early on in my Mac life. Since then, I’ve