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HP eyes 2015 release for 3D integrated photonic chips

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

It’s unavoidable — mention HP and images of the TouchPad come floating to the surface. What most geek folk don’t realize, however, is that the company recently famous for open sourcing webOS has been hard at work behind-the-scenes prepping for the next stage in computing: integrated photonics. The project, codenamed Corona, aims to create stackable 3D chips that communicate using inbuilt, microscopic lasers made from gallium. This new breed of CPUs is on track to combine “256 general purpose cores organized in 64 four-core clusters” created using a 16nm process for a performance boost of up to six times faster than traditional circuitry. Why do this? Well, the nature of optical communication would not only speed up the rate at which the various cores could relay data (a theoretical 20 terabytes per second), but would also drastically lower power requirements from a current 160 watts to 6.4 watts. Sounds like the future, indeed, but as with all things forward-facing, many of the necessary components are still being developed, so take that 2015 target date with a heady amount of sodium chloride.

HP eyes 2015 release for 3D integrated photonic chips originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Mar 2012 02:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Foursquare PS Vita app hits US PlayStation Store, gives you one more reason to opt for 3G

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Good news for all you socially connected (and hip) regulars of local retail establishments — who have PS Vitas, of course. Sony’s just announced that the free Foursquare app has officially landed at the PlayStation Store (US), and it can be yours for a paltry 4.5MBs of space on your precious proprietary memory card. The app works over WiFi, however, the fine print advises that users may want to use 3G for the best results to help alongside the Vita’s GPS. Notably, the rear touchpad and cameras are listed as being compatible with the app, as well. We’ve poked around the app for a few minutes, and it does feel peppy compared to what we experienced with Facebook (while it was available, anyway) — the only oddity that’s arisen lies with the map functionality, which opens a Google Maps page within the Vita’s browser rather than its Maps app. Now that we can watch Netflix over WiFi, and view our Flickr albums along with Tweeting and “Checking In” between our ModNation racing tours, how’s about finally letting us get our Skype on? (P.S. We’d really like Facebook back in the store, too!)

Foursquare PS Vita app hits US PlayStation Store, gives you one more reason to opt for 3G originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Feb 2012 21:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP hopes to launch a Windows 8 tablet this year

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman on Thursday said that the company has a bright future ahead, although it will take some time to rebuild after a year of disappointment, reports The Wall Street Journal. Within two to three years, Whitman expects the company to best be known for cloud computing, security and tools that help businesses better manage their data. Whitman also announced that the Palo Alto-based manufacturer plans to release a tablet later this year that will run Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The company’s previous tablet, the HP TouchPad, ran webOS and was canceled two months after its lackluster launch. As for how the company intends to position its upcoming tablet, Whitman believes the best way for HP to gain tablet market share is to focus on the enterprise market.


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HP releases Android kernel source for TouchPad to CyanogenMod team

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

When the HP TouchPad was released in the summer of 2011 it did little to impress consumers, leading to the tablet being discontinued after a mere 49 days on the market. Remaining TouchPad stock received substantial price reductions, dropping to as low as $99 dollars during a huge fire sale. Shortly after inventory ran dry, crafty hackers had announced their intention to run the Android operating system in replace of WebOS on the TouchPad, and progress thus far has been slow, with alpha versions being released that are fairly stable but have serious bugs. In an act of good will, HP has now released an Android kernel source code to the hacking community. Read on for more.

The source code appears to have been developed separately from webOS, and was last changed in March 2011, three months before the TouchPad’s release, RootzWiki reports. The code will not help with any major fixes, however, and will instead help with minor bugs. “Kernel source from HP would have been more helpful earlier in development. Don’t expect huge gains from this source,” said Erik Hardesty, a member of the CyanogenMod team, on Twitter. “It will help with things like serial console and Bluetooth. Most other areas it *might* with will be minor.”

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HP outlines the future of webOS, move to open source finished by September

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

HP cut its losses last month and announced the company’s webOS mobile operating system would move to an open source model. On Wednesday, HP released a roadmap detailing the open source future of webOS. The company said it expects the software to be fully open-sourced by September, at which point it will be known as Open webOS 1.0. “HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community,” said Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer at HP. “This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform’s development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications.” The second-generation Enyo framework, which debuted on the TouchPad, is now available with a bundle of related developer tools, and HP plans to release additional information nearly every month until September. The company also revealed that the mobile operating system will be moving to a standard Linux kernel in the hopes of attracting manufacturers who are experienced with Linux and Android. HP’s press release and roadmap can be found after the break.

HP to Commit webOS to Open Source by Fall 2012

New version of acclaimed Enyo developer tool and source code available now

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 25, 2012 – HP today began executing its plan to deliver an open webOS by committing to a schedule for making the platform’s source code available under an open source license.

The company aims to complete this milestone in its entirety by September.

HP also announced it is releasing version 2.0 of webOS’s innovative developer tool, Enyo. Enyo 2.0 enables developers to write a single application that works across mobile devices and desktop web browsers, from the webOS, iOS and Android platforms to the Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers – and more. The source code for Enyo is available today, giving the open source community immediate access to the acclaimed application framework for webOS.

By contributing webOS to the open source community, HP unleashes the creativity of hardware and software developers to build a new generation of applications and devices.

“HP is bringing the innovation of the webOS platform to the open source community,” said Bill Veghte, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, HP. “This is a decisive step toward meeting our goal of accelerating the platform’s development and ensuring that its benefits will be delivered to the entire ecosystem of web applications.”

The webOS code will be made available under the Apache License, Version 2.0, beginning with the source code for Enyo.

webOS roadmap

Over the first half of the year, HP will make individual elements of webOS source code available – from core applications like Mail and Calendar to its Linux kernel – until the full code base is contributed to the open source community by September.

January: Enyo 2.0 and Enyo source code Apache License, Version 2.0

February: Intended project governance model, QT WebKit extensions, JavaScript core, UI Enyo widgets

March: Linux standard kernel, Graphics extensions EGL, LevelDB, USB extensions

April: Ares 2.0, Enyo 2.1, Node services

July: System manager (“Luna”), System manager bus, Core applications, Enyo 2.2

August: Build release model, Open webOS Beta, Open webOS 1.0

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HP’s TouchPad running Ice Cream Sandwich? Mmmm, thanks CM9 (video)

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Another smote at the hearts of those who failed to reach the fire sale in time: CyanogenMod 9 is bringing some ICS flavor to the TouchPad and it’s apparently not far off. The video after the break gives us a glimpse of some remarkably stable operation, especially considering how tricky it was bringing CM7 to HP’s slate. It looks like everything functions except the camera and video playback, and the team behind the port promises it’ll give us “something to play with soon.”

[Thanks, Pedro]

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HP’s TouchPad running Ice Cream Sandwich? Mmmm, thanks CM9 (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 13 Jan 2012 06:10:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Panasonic Viera touchpad controller prototype hands-on (video)

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Looking for a more comfortable web browsing and app using experience on your Panasonic Viera Smart TV? The company is looking to lend a hand with upcoming peripherals like the Viera touchpad prototype that we took for a spin here in Vegas. Compatible with the 2012 line of televisions that share the same moniker, the controller enables you to peruse the web on your wall-mounted display via Panasonic’s Webkit browser. We spent a few minutes browsing the Engadget site, so read on for our impressions.

Using HTML5, the browser scrolled pages at a decent clip. Don’t get your hopes up about Flash though, as in its absence you’ll certainly be disappointed. Text wasn’t as crisp as we’d like and a lack of font support made rendered pages look off. In terms of the prototype, we were able to navigate the web with ease despite the occasional hiccup with the touchpad’s responsiveness — a quirk you’d expect with a device still in beta. Some basic TV remote functions like volume and channel controls were also on the mouse-sized peripheral which can be paired with wired or wireless keyboards for some text-heavy couch surfing. We’re hearing that it’ll be included with a few models this spring and also offered as a solo option for those who may have already purchased a compatible HDTV. If you’re itching for a look at the action, a short preview video awaits after the break.

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Panasonic Viera touchpad controller prototype hands-on (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 12 Jan 2012 01:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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IDC: iPad maintains tablet dominance, HP’s TouchPad fire sale burned brightly

Friday, December 16th, 2011

While the Android tablets continue to roll in, Apple can still lay claim to the lion’s share of the tablet market according to IDC’s latest report. Its research suggests that the iPad holds onto 61.5 percent of the worldwide market share, down from 63.3 percent last quarter. Android devices in total also saw a slight contraction, down from 33.2 percent to 32.4 percent. This is partly explained by the HP TouchPad’s final hurrah, which rocketed the ill-fated webOS tablet up to third place with a 5 percent of share of tablet sales and an estimated 903,354 devices sold. Samsung maintained its Honeycomb tablet crown, nabbing 5.6 percent of all tablet sales. The Korean manufacturer was closely tailed by Barnes and Noble’s Nook Color with 4.5 percent and Asus, arriving at fifth place with a four percent share. Tablets in total sold less than the analysts had predicted, although E-readers outperformed estimates, with 6.5 million E-readers sold in the third quarter, up 165.9 percent from last year. IDC expects some disruptive new tablets will spice up the fourth quarter results and you can take a look at its findings and predictions at the full press release below.

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IDC: iPad maintains tablet dominance, HP’s TouchPad fire sale burned brightly originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Dec 2011 05:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP: webOS to live on through open source, hardware lineup still dead (for now)

Friday, December 9th, 2011
When HP abruptly announced it was discontinuing the TouchPad and ceasing work on any future devices running webOS, we took that to mean the underdog operating system had died a premature death. But when the company ousted bumbling CEO Leo Apotheker and replaced him with Meg Whitman, we had to wonder if webOS might have some life in it yet. Well, the company just came back with a final verdict and… not a lot has changed. The company will continue to develop webOS, as promised, but with the help of the open source community. In other words, webOS as a platform will live on, and developers both inside HP and out will spruce up the OS for interested OEMs (whoever they may be), along with people who already own webOS devices. Still, if you were hoping Whitman would resurrect the TouchPad and Pre 3 beyond just another fire sale, we hate to be the bearer of disappointing news. The bottom line: HP’s webOS hardware lineup is still dead — for now, at least. In an interview, a representative from the company emphasized that HP might later choose to build a device running webOS, the same way any other OEM would evaluate any other operating system. In the meantime, of course, it remains unclear which manufactures, if any, will decide to give the OS a more immediate home.


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HP: webOS to live on through open source, hardware lineup still dead (for now) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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BlackBerry Milan may be RIM’s next-generation BlackBerry 10 QWERTY slider

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

As we suspected, Research In Motion might not be ditching the QWERTY keyboard after all. CrackBerry leaked a photo of what may be one of RIM’s first BlackBerry 10 devices, the BlackBerry Milan, on Wednesday. The Milan will no doubt sport a touchscreen display — there isn’t a touchpad in sight — but there aren’t any other specs available just yet. Additionally, RIM appears to have omitted the send/end call keys that have been used on BlackBerry smartphones as far back as we can remember. The keyboard looks a bit more narrow than what’s currently offered on RIM’s BlackBerry Torch 2 smartphone, but the touchscreen looks a big taller, too. It’s unclear when the Milan will finally make its debut, but it could launch alongside the BlackBerry London — a second device rumored to run the new BlackBerry 10 operating system. RIM’s BBX operating system, designed for both tablets and smartphones, was renamed BlackBerry 10 on Wednesday


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Engadget Mobile Podcast 105 – 09.25.2011

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

A big week, a very big week for sure. Look at all of those phones, look at all of those news items. We’ve brought along our good-natured, well-rounded, and slightly-pottymouth’d associate Mr. Christopher Trout to help us make sense of it all with an edgy feel. It’s a good one, if we do say so ourselves. Sit back, crack open a vintage flip phone, and enjoy the show.

Host: Myriam Joire (tnkgrl), Brad Molen
Guest: Christopher Trout
Producer: Trent Wolbe
Music: Daestro – Light Powered (Ghostly International)

00:02:15 – Introducing Engadget Distro!
00:04:10 – HP’s unreleased white TouchPad and Pre 3 for AT&T (hands-on video)
00:15:00 – Review score review
00:20:14 – HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio, we go ears-on (video)
00:26:30 – HTC Rhyme with Sense 3.5 hands-on (video)
00:28:58 – 4G variant of HTC’s Radar spotted in the wild, flying a magenta flag
00:30:52 – HTC Raider 4G arrives bearing South Korean LTE, looks a lot like the Holiday
00:32:45 – Sprint reportedly capping its mobile hotspot plans October 2nd
00:35:23 – Sprint to launch Direct Connect October 2nd, confirms mobile hotspot capping
00:35:52 – Sprint’s Motorola Admiral quietly displayed on YouTube as America watches dancing cats
00:35:55 – Kyocera Duramax is in the batter’s box, launching with Sprint Direct Connect October 2nd
00:41:19 – AT&T flips 4G LTE live, nearly 97 percent of America wonders where the party is
00:43:47 – Samsung Galaxy S II makes its AT&T debut October 2nd for $199 on contract
00:46:13 – Game on: Sony Ericsson Xperia Play 4G ready at AT&T for $50
00:46:28 – Motorola Atrix 2 peeks out (again) from the wild, destined for AT&T’s faux-G?
00:49:25 – Pantech Breakout now available to bring LTE to the light-walleted
00:51:36 – Samsung Nexus S 4G updated to Android 2.3.7, brings Google Wallet support
01:01:45 – ‘Personalized Wireless’ launching September 26th (update: it’s Cellular South, and it’ll be regional)
01:03:47 – Verizon starts ‘optimizing’ (read: throttling) network for the most data hungry users
01:11:36 – T-Mobile CMO: no iPhone 5 on our network this year
01:14:08 – LG LU6200 spotted in the wild, with 720p HD display taking center stage
01:14:55 – Samsung SHV-E120L comes out of the development dark, is the Xtina to LG’s Britney
01:16:09 – LG unveils Optimus Q2 QWERTY slider, slated for Korean launch next week
01:17:05 – 4G Samsung Galaxy S II X coming to Telus, still as Herculean as ever
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Engadget Mobile Podcast 105 – 09.25.2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 25 Sep 2011 10:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP to lay off 525 Palm employees this week

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

HP will lay off as many as 525 employees from its Palm division this week AllThingsD reported on Tuesday. HP killed off its webOS mobile operating system in mid-August when it also announced it would discontinue the development of webOS devices such as the TouchPad and Palm Pre family of smartphones. “As part of this decision, the webOS GBU is undergoing a reduction in workforce,” an HP spokesperson explained. “Today’s actions are part of this initiative. During this time, we stand by our commitment to our webOS customers and will work to ensure that support and service for customers are not adversely affected. HP is exploring ways to leverage webOS software.”


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Amazon Kindle tablet sales projections cut in half, still likely to be No. 1 Android tablet

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Even with sales estimates that creep closer to reality, Amazon’s Kindle tablet is poised to become the best-selling Android tablet to date when following its launch later this fall. In a note to investors, Barclays analyst Anthony DiClemente offered up what is seemingly a more realistic sales projection than prior estimates: 2 million units in 2011. An earlier report claimed Amazon is looking to sell 4 million Kindle tablets this year, and Forrester went even further to project sales of up to 5 million units. With most other tablet vendors thought by some to be spinning their wheels, Amazon’s tablet could quickly become the top contender in a market dominated by Apple’s iPad. Read on for more.

According to a report from earlier this month, Amazon’s premier Kindle tablet will launch this coming November for $250. If accurate, Amazon’s offering will be available for less than two months this year, but holiday shopping and an extremely aggressive price point could certainly see sales climb into the millions. HP’s fire sale on its failed TouchPad tablet proved that consumers are eager for an affordable tablet option. While $250 is a far cry from $99, it still undercuts Apple’s iPad by at least 50% and could pique the interest of legions of holiday shoppers already familiar with Amazon’s Kindle eReaders and the retail giant’s range of digital services.

DiClemente thinks adoption of Amazon’s affordable tablet will remain solid next year, with 6.4 million devices expects to sell in 2012; and as sales climb into the high single-digit millions, Amazon’s tablet could become the top-selling Android tablet in the segment’s short history. The analyst also believes Amazon’s 10-inch offering will become a reality next year, and Amazon will sell 1.5 million units on top of sales of its 7-inch slate. BGR exclusively reported back in May that Amazon is working on a second higher-end quad-core tablet codenamed “Hollywood.”

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One last hurrah? HP TouchPad on sale at QVC, sans complimentary steak knives

Friday, September 9th, 2011
Still looking for an ever-elusive HP TouchPad? Good news, you need look no further than that bastion of high technology, QVC. The slate hit the channel’s website today, and you can pick up your very own webOS tablet for the low, low price of $199.95 — and it gets better, QVC is throwing in the Touchstone Dock and a case for that price. Well, that plus $13.97 shipping and handling, naturally.

Update: Annnnnnd that’s all she wrote. QVC is now listing the TouchPad bundle as unavailable.

One last hurrah? HP TouchPad on sale at QVC, sans complimentary steak knives originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Sep 2011 17:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP’s stillborn TouchPad tablet to get one last run in October

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

Gadget collectors and consumers looking for a high tech bathroom companion are in luck. According to anonymous industry sources speaking to DigiTimes, Hewlett-Packard’s manufacturing partners are prepping one last TouchPad run that HP will then attempt to sell off beginning in late October. The site claims HP has ordered the production of between 100,000 and 200,000 TouchPad tablets that will then be sold off at a discount. It is currently not known if HP intends to match the prices from its earlier sale, during which retailers were charging $99 for the base 16GB model and $149 for twice the storage. HP also intended to launch a 7-inch “TouchPad Go” model for which parts had been ordered from suppliers, but those plans were scrapped according to the report. HP announced during its earnings call last month that the 2-month-old TouchPad tablet would be put to sleep along with the rest of HP’s webOS hardware efforts. HP said it will keep the software platform alive, put webOS on printers and personal computers, and attempt to license it out to hardware vendors, but we’re not sure which companies HP has in mind as potential licensees. Certainly not Samsung.


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Is the TouchPad Coming Back to Best Buy? [Best Buy]

Saturday, August 27th, 2011

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