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#51 The Home Tech Podcast: The Future of WebOS, Ringtone Revenue, Multiple Skype Accounts, Chrome gets the Metro UI, Microsoft Touch Mouse, and Google does a Barrel Roll
Jim and Andrew are joined this week by John Zajdler and Gordon Schmidt for this weeks’ installment of the Home Tech Podcast.
The guys start off the show discussing the recent news that HP is retaining the Personal Systems Group, and if HP will keep WebOS, and where HP could use WebOS in their existing product lines, such as the possibility of integrating a WebOS control panel into the enterprise level multifunction devices, or even the home printer, with the possibility of being able to edit photos without using a PC before printing. At this time, as reported by Business Insider, HP do not have any plan for WebOS.
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The guys discuss their use of printing these days, with most using their multifunction devices primarily as a scanner, rather than a printer, before discussing the penetration of email into peoples lives.
#41 The Home Tech Podcast: HP and Apple in the news, Cloud Services, and Hybrid Memory Cube Technologies
Don’t be confused at first that the show is an update from the Weather Channel or the “Natural Disasters Podcast”, as the guys talk about the bad weather that has been hitting the US in the past couple of months; this IS the Home Tech Podcast, and this week we’re discussing the news.
The guys start off talking about the impossible task of trying to locate an HP TouchPad following the news last week to discontinue the now very popular WebOS tablet device, with most retail outlets around the world selling out of their stock within hours, with the closest thing to a global buying frenzy following the price drop last week, with the prices dropping to $99 for the 16GB model, and $149 for the 32GB.
If you were lucky enough to get yourself a TouchPad, be sure to check out Jim’s 28 Day Experiment over at TheAverageGuy website, where you get get yourself some handy tips for maximizing the performance of the device.
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Were you one of the lucky few who found and picked up a “couldn’t give ‘em away a week ago” HP TouchPad tablet for $99?
Well, people all over the US went crazy this past weekend trying to track down and acquire the elusive 16/32GB tablets which had been retailing for $399/$499 respectively.
There had been some price drops the weekend before but nobody really saw this one coming. By late Friday night here in the US, folks were abuzz with the prospect of a fire sale. By Saturday morning, they were roaming the aisles of their local big box stores looking for the bargain tablet, or as one person said, an early Christmas gift.
Were you able to lay your hands on one? Were they all sold out? Are you still looking? Well, don’t despair. We suspect there are more stashed away somewhere.
#40 The Home Tech Podcast: The end of WebOS as we know it, the cost of AT&T text messaging, and NASA Science and Tech
With the thunderstorms rolling through Jim’s city threatening to stop the recording, the guys kicked it off hearing about Christian’s recent break at NASA Camp, and the various programs of work that NASA have coming in the future.
A big week in tech news, with Google acquiring Motorola Mobility, and what the guys see as being the biggest news , that HP have announced that they will be discontinuing support for the WebOS platform, and associated devices such as the TouchPad, and various WebOS phones. The guys talk about the implications to the mobile phone industry with both pieces of news, and how Chris believes this may increase the footprint of Windows Phone.
After a blackout at Jims’ house, and some Skype challenges getting things back on track, the guys move on with the show.
Chris talks about the recent article from Gizmodo from AT&T regarding the changes in pricing to text messaging, which means that AT&T subscribers will be getting overcharged by 10,000,000 percent, when compared with the cost of the data consumption on your regular plan.
It’s been a busy couple of days since Monday and I haven’t used the TouchPad as much as I had the week before. I had thought I would sit down tonight after the Home Tech Podcast was recorded and drop a few notes about the weeks usage. It turned out to be a much more interesting day than that.
At about 2pm I got wind from a co-worker that HP had announced it was going to effectively scuttle the WebOS platform for the future.
Gina Smith over at Byte.com said this:
In a sharp tactical reversal, Hewlett-Packard today killed its WebOS-based HP TouchPad tablet and smartphones.
Earlier this year, HP unveiled its Palm-designed WebOS family of phones, tablets and PCs with great fanfare. Find coverage here.
The HP TouchPad, released in June, was yet another competitor struggling in vain against the Apple iPad. Recently, HP slashed prices on the tablet. And another one bites the dust.
I guess I was a little shocked that a company that spent $1.2 billion last summer on acquiring Palm and its WebOS would give up on it so quickly. In the same announcement, HP also announced that it was moving away from it current PC business as well. They are currently the #1 PC manufacturer in the world. Huge surprise.