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webOS is officially in the process of being open sourced by HP

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It seems like forever but HP has finally decided the fate of webOS and the internet is blowing up with mixed reactions of the deal. The company, which only bought Palm and with it webOS in April 2010, has already thrown it into the too hard pile, even after spending US$1.2 billion on the acquisition. Instead of continuing to focus on webOS, HP has today announced plans to give it back […]

RUMOUR MILL: HP holding “all-hands” meeting tonight, finally decide the fate of webOS [update]

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UPDATE: Rumours are intensifying after Meg Whitman, current CEO of HP, told a room of HP and Palm employees that a final decision to continue or not continue to support the fledgling webOS will come in three to four weeks. She says that “It’s really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision” and that if HP does decide to keep the platform it will “do […]

Reuters: HP could be about to sell webOS for “hundreds of millions of dollars”

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Remember when HP bought Palm in 2010? And remember when HP killed webOS little over a year later in August? Ah, good times. Well, it turns out that HP is looking to close the chapter that is Palm and webOS for good, with a report from Reuters saying that they are looking to sell the webOS unit for “hundreds of millions of dollars,” which isn’t surprising given the recent events. […]

Report: Amazon forefront to buy Palm from HP

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Amazon appears to be the front-runner amongst a number of companies that are in talks with HP over buying Palm and it struggling webOS business, after acquiring the company in April 2010, according to a report published last night. According to VentureBeat, quoting “a well-placed source”, HP is looking to dump both Palm and webOS as soon as possible, which is a big backflip from its commitment to the webOS […]

HP new CEO could shelve plans of PC spinoff – Palm might have a chance

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Palm's hardware and software is on life support (Image: Palm) A rumour is now circulating that HP could now cancel its planned PC spin-off after former eBay CEO Meg Whitman has now been announced as the new CEO of the company. This could also mean that Palm has a chance to continue to live on, if Whitman doesn’t decide to spin or axe webOS’ hardware division. According to Digitimes, the […]

HP axes 500 jobs with webOS division shutdown

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Not a good sign for the US economy, but nevertheless HP has decided to add more people to the number of the unemployed. The company will axe as many as 525 jobs from the webOS division, following plans of its shutdown. Sources talking to AllThingsD said layoffs are beginning this week. HP has confirmed that it has been axing jobs, but have not confirmed the numbers, saying in a statement […]

Microsoft app recruitment drive gets 500 responses

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Despite the fact that the price drop may have saved webOS, it appears the app developers have started to take up Microsoft’s offer to switch platforms and build their applications for Windows Phone 7 after confirmation that it has received 500 responses to its call. Microsoft’s Brandon Watson, the guy who is responsible for developer relations for the mobile OS, confirmed the numbers at a recent tweet: [blackbirdpie url=”https://twitter.com/#!/BrandonWatson/status/105036025478381569″] The […]

Report: WebOS team hated TouchPad, WebOS ran twice as fast on iPad

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The product that killed the operating system. (HP TouchPad/supplied) Two reports have emerged just recently that the team inside HP that was responsible for the WebOS hated the two HP devices, the Veer and the TouchPad, and even went as far as testing the OS on the rival iPad 2 to compare it. It ran twice as fast. Yes, you have read that correctly. According to The Next Web, the […]

HP just killed the TouchPad and other webOS phones

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It’s been just 16 months since HP acquired Palm and this morning HP has announced that they will “discontinue operations for webOS devices.” After releasing the Veer and TouchPad, HP has determined that the devices have “not met internal milestones and financial targets.” And while this isn’t the death of webOS, with the company saying that they will “continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going […]

HP webOS now led by Stephen DeWitt, Jon Rubinstein takes charge of ‘product innovation’

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Jon Rubinstein with the original Palm Pre HP has today announced that, just eleven days after the anniversary of their purchase of Palm, they will be giving Stephen DeWitt the task of leading HP’s webOS global business unit. Previous head Jon Rubinstein will now take over as Senior Vice President of Global Innovation for HP’s Personal Systems Group (lovely name HP). Whether this was a long time in the making […]

Palm announces HP TouchPad

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Also announced at HP/Palm’s webOS event was an exciting new tablet tablet. Called the TouchPad, Palm has included their webOS, Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.1 +EDR, 16GB or 32GB of inbuilt storage, 1GB RAM (2X the Pre 2), a Gyroscope, accelerometer and compass and finally a Dual Core 1.2GHz processor. The UI is the same as the regular webOS UI, with cards, but is scaled to the big screen extremely […]

New HP Pre phones announced in San Fransisco

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Image Source: Engadget.com At an event in San Fransisco, HP (and Palm) have announced 2 new phones, the Veer and Pre 3. The HP Veer is powered by Palm’s webOS. It has HSPA+, 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.1, 8GB of inbuilt storage, an Accelerometer, proximity and light sensor and a Snapdragon 7230/800MHz CPU. The Veer is tiny when shut (it’s a slider) and Palm/HP compared it’s size to a credit card, […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 15: TERENCE IS GONNNEEEE LETS PARTY!!!

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Yes, that’s right.. Terence is on holidays in Rome! So everyone at techgeek.com.au is partying like crazy. We talk about the new Windows Phone 7, The Android ‘dude’ problem, #newtwitter, the iPhone app that allows you to spy and much much more. Behold, Episode 15 – the first extremely unorganised podcast to come from techgeek.com.au, oh and we have made the clean tag! Programming note: Terence & James are not […]

TECHGEEK Podcast 14: OMG! There’s another body!

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Yes, apparently Google is into shooting photos of dead people as photos of the dead appeared on Google Street View. Ouch. As well, Motorola gets sued by Microsoft, Facebook lets you download everything you ever uploaded or wrote on Facebook, and MySpace brings out a craptastic new logo. As well, we bring out a new TECHGEEK Tips episode hosted by Terence and Chris, and the individual episode gets released on […]

Mark Hurd resigns as HP CEO because of sexual harassment

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Mark Hurd, chief executive officer and chairman for HP, has resigned after investigations on allegations of sexual harassment. The decision was made by Mark Hurd and HP’s board of directors after a sexual harassment claim, made by a former marketing contractor, was made against HP and Hurd.


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