Friday, January 28, 2011
HP CEO: New webOS products shipping weeks after February 9 reveal, another big announcement March 14
On top of all that, the BBC calls February 9 just the 'starting gun,' because Apotheker's 'secret answer' and 'vision of what HP is capable of in the future' will come on March 14, where he'll try to pull together HP's vast product portfolio into a cohesive narrative. According to Apotheker, HP's size is its 'basis of strength,' and no other company sells everything from servers to phones the way HP does. Sounds extremely exciting -- and if Apotheker can pull it off, there's a chance we'll remember Mark Hurd's dalliance as the best thing that ever happened to HP.
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Thursday, January 27, 2011
There's been a lot of hype surrounding the newest smartphone processors out there, but if you're confused about the difference between them, tech blog Tested has a great explainer on their strengths and weaknesses. More »
It's a great time to be a Mac user. With the advent of the Mac App Store, downloading and updating apps is easier than it's ever been. And it doesn't stop with the store, either: there are plenty of essential apps you can just grab on your own, many of them free and open source.
It might take a minute to get used to a new library of apps, but your new Mac has apps that can equal or better a Windows machine when it comes to most common tasks. And that's if the Windows app you love isn't already cross-platform, or if you don't feel like using one of the many slick dual-boot or virtualization solutions out there to run Windows on your Mac.
Great apps are out there, but folks who are new to OS X might not know where to look for the cream of the crop, so here's a selection of 20+ fantastic Mac apps that should equip you for any occasion. This list is geared toward folks who are switching from Windows or using a Mac for the first time, but veteran Mac users might find some useful gems, too!
Monday, January 24, 2011
Looks like those whispers we heard about HP's Topaz having a 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU were true. The folks over at Pre Central just scored an internal document detailing presumed specifications of HP's forthcoming 9.7-inch tablet, and it looks like the aforesaid CPU will be joined by an integrated Adreno 220 GPU, 512MB of DDR2 memory, Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a front-facing 1.3 megapixel camera and dual-band 802.11b/g/n WiFi. We're told to expect an oleophobic Gorilla Glass screen with a standard XGA (1024 x 768) resolution, options for 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of storage, optional WWAN, an accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor, microphone and a battery that'll last for around eight hours in ideal circumstances. Naturally, webOS will be onboard, and we're hearing that a WiFi-only model will indeed hit the market at some point. As for the connected versions? HSPA, LTE and CDMA variants are rumored, with the former two likely to be SIM-locked while all three carry A-GPS.
It should be noted that these documents were apparently fresh as of last fall, so everything is clearly subject to change. That said, we're digging the reports that HP will be doing everything it can to fully support Flash on this here slate, and it may also consider a partnership with Blio for the digital bookworms in attendance. Naturally, cloud services is shaping up to be a huge deal, and it'll definitely support inductive charging via the Touchstone v2. These docs also affirm what we'd heard about integrated Beats Audio technology and Tap to Share, with the second-gen Touchstone to also handle wireless picture sharing, cordless audio streaming and tether-free video beaming (just to name a few). Hit the source link the full skinny, and feel free to pressure HP to move February 9th a little closer to today.
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Well we did not see this one coming! PreCentral reports that two tweeters have received an update to webOS 2.1.0. The first of the two, @EverythingBlaxx, successfully installed the update on his Pre 2 but has ran into some bugs. One of the bugs being that his keyboard has stopped responding. The other tweeter, @edibledawg, seems to have picked up the update on his wife’s Sprint Pre. Unfortunately, it looks like the update failed to install as you can see from the image included in this article.
None of us here at webOSroundup have received any type of update recently and it appears that none of the PreCentral staff has either. This type of thing has happened before with past updates. It usually is a good indicator that an update is very near. Keep your eyes peeled ladies and gentleman because this could be a very interesting week!
Engadget claims to have more details on the 9" Topaz webOS tablet and the 7" Opal webOS tablet. Let's see what the latest rumors are, eh? Rumored Hardware specs:
- Opal will measure 180 x 144 x 13 mm and have a 1024x768 WXGA resolution screen. It's still apparently slated for a September launch.
- Topaz will measure 241 x 190 x 13 mm, with 'identical pixel resolution*, which would work out to around 1316 x 936, but we would prefer a bigger 1440 x 900 WSXGA on a larger tablet ourselves.
- Both are purported to support some form of wireless charging via a Touchstone-style dock and premium audio via HP's now-favorite Beats tech. It's supposed to launch '3 months sooner' but we're still holding out that HP will stick to their 'early 2011' hints.
Rumored software features come both via tipsters and a survey that seems to hint at HP's plans:
- 'tens of gigabytes' of cloud storage
- As we previously guessed, HP may be using those gigabytes of cloud storage to store app states and saved documents to easily switch and share apps and games between devices.
- Exhibition-style features that appear when docked
- 'Tap-to-share,' a feature that lets you transfer files by bumping the devices together
- Flash support (no surprise)
- Confirmation of our guess that you will be able to forward calls and texts from phone to tablet
- Cloud storage for music
Related but take it with a grain of salt: we've received and unverifiable but true-seeming tip that the tablets will feature tight Amazon integration - including unbox movies, music store, and, yes, Kindle. Perhaps Jon Rubinstein joining Amazon's board wasn't just a coincidence?