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HP (Hewlett-Packard) was founded in 1939 and started off as a small, electronics company. The company grew and is now a huge computer hardware/software company. Their products include computers, printers, scanners, cameras, servers, mobile phones and much more. In 2010 HP bought smartphone software and hardware company, Palm, for 1.2 billion dollars. Read on for the latest HP related news, reviews and videos:

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    Taking the stage at the HP Global Partner conference in Las Vegas, Meg Whitman, CEO of HP said she believes that with the Google-Motorola deal now in place Android could become a closed source mobile platform. Meg Whitman reiterated HP's commitment to webOS and reassured everyone that webOS is here to stay for the long run, especially with the platform in need of around four years for its impact to be felt. HP's CEO thinks that a future where Android becomes closed-source will see webOS and its licensees benefitting. However, Google is highly unlikely (read "impossible") to change its ...

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    HP sold TouchPad tablets like hot cakes back in the time when many changes were made to the company, products and the OS; the tablet (alongside other products) was heavily discounted but HP sent out a couple of TouchPads running an experimental build of Android, to the owners' surprise. Of course, HP initially denied and later own admitted to experimenting with the build; as a direct effect, they wouldn't release the source code since the project should have never seen the light of day. Fast forward to today and we see HP releasing the source code complete with everything, except for the ...

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    HP decided to make webOS open source back in December 2011 after plans for selling or licensing out the platform didn't work out. However, HP's CEO Meg Whitman still believes in the potential of the ex-Palm mobile platform, with a twist. "We're going to build another operating system that has huge advantages, in my view, over iOS, which is a closed system, Android, which is incredibly fragmented and may ultimately be more closed with

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    Jon Rubinstein left Apple to take over Palm and after HP's acquisition of the company he was on board with Hewlett-Packard. He left the company after completing his commitment to stay 12-to 24-months. "Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well", said HP's Mylene Mangalindan. "I am going to take a well-deserved break after four and a half years of developing webOS", Rubinstein said. He worked hard on the iPod team over at Apple until he joined Roger McNamee in 2006 as the two created Elevation Partners. Jon Rubinstein became CEO of Palm in 2009 replacing Ed Colligan, where he ...

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    Last month, HP revealed the ultimate fate of webOS, which, instead of ending up locked-away tight in the company's IP vault, would see itself released for the first time as an open source project. Ultimately, that will give dedicated webOS fans that opportunity to continue evolving the operating system, as well as create opportunities for interested companies to manufacture new products based on the platform. Making sure that all its in-house webOS resources are ready to be released to the public is a serious undertaking for HP to bear, and it's going to take some time. Today, the company ...

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    If you're among those who managed to grab an HP TouchPad in the very last moments of its existence shouldn't worry about software, especially if you turned Android. There's a new CyanogenMod 9 build for the tablet, even if it's still in Alpha 0 stage. Aside from showing a very early release, the 0 after the Alpha describes the lack of hardware-accelerated video and a non-functional camera. Those aside, if you choose to update, you should also know about the current glitches: audio (the microphone does not work), market filters prevent some apps from being installed, Titanium Backup crashes ...

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    The last half-a-year has been a very uncertain time for users of webOS devices. Optimism for the Pre 3 was quickly derailed by HP's announcement of its intent to cease further production of webOS hardware. That started-off a very tense time for users who had invested in the platform, but as the year wrapped-up, we learned of HP's plans to make the platform open source, giving us hope that there may still be life for it, yet. Throughout all of this, HP has tried to stand-by its existing user base and show what support it could through the release of system updates. We heard a little about ...

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    $1.2 billion was the amount HP spent on acquiring Palm, together with webOS, back in April 2010 and allegedly it's the same amount the company asked for when it tried to sell before killing webOS and turning it open source. According to Paul Mercer, former senior director of software at Palm, there was little hope for webOS from the very beginning. "Palm was ahead of its time in trying to build a phone software platform using Web technology, and we just weren't able to execute such an ambitious and breakthrough design", he added, before saying that "perhaps it never could have been ...

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    HP bought Palm for $1.2 billion at the end of April 2010 and it apparently tried to sell for the exact same amount, before making webOS open source. According to recent reports HP didn't want to lose anything from the Palm deal but officials declined to comment. The fact is that Palm's value was decreasing fast despite new products like the Pre3, Veer and Touchpad, making it simply impossible to sell at the same price. $500 million would have made it more likely to sell according to reports, but HP wasn't allegedly willing to go that low. At one point, Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckenberg was ...

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    Despite what HP has done to webOS in the past month, those of you out there rocking an HP Pre3 will be lucky to find out that there is an update rolling out to your devices over-the-air. The new webOS 2.2.4 refresh weighs anywhere between 29MB to 9MB, depending on whether your phone is on AT&T, Verizon or in Europe. So what's in the package? A "variety of software improvements", as described by HP themselves, meaning the refresh will likely fix a couple of issues users were having; it's a general bugfix release but nonetheless welcome. Source: webOS Nation

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    HP shocked the smartphone world in August when it abruptly announced plans to abandon the production of phones running its webOS platform. Since then, we've been wondering what the company would do with its webOS holdings; licensing the platform to other manufacturers was floated, but we never saw that direction go anywhere. At the end of November, the company met to discuss its plans for the future of webOS, and announced it would reveal its decision in the following two weeks. Today, HP has made good on that promise and revealed the fate of the operating system, which HP will release as ...

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    As if today's announcement from HP that it was releasing the code for webOS to the open source community wasn't enough good news for die-hard fans of the platform (and maybe even some of those who never had a chance to check it out, but were always curious), the revelations continue thanks to an interview with HP CEO Meg Whitman and board member Marc Andreessen. This time the news is a double-edged sword, but the important takeaway is that HP is by no means done releasing webOS devices. Whitman confirmed plans for new hardware exist, but there's no set schedule at the moment. That means we ...

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    More than three months have passed since HP officially killed webOS. HP's CEO Meg Whitman said that the company "should announce our decision in the next two weeks", which "is not an easy decision, because we have a team of 600 people which is in limbo". There were several rumors around webOS, including those according to which HP would license it out. Also, in a rather interesting shift, HP's new CEO -- Meg Whitman replaced Leo Apotheker in September -- said that if Apple's iPads are regarded as PCs (according to Canalys) the HP will probably be second in 2012 but striving for first again ...

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    What will HP end up doing with webOS and its Palm holdings? After announcing intents to essentially abandon the platform (excluding the possibility of its use in embedded systems, or licensing it out), there's been a lot of speculation over what would become of it. We may be about to find out, as HP is reportedly holding a meeting tonight to make up its mind about webOS. Things kicked-off about half an hour ago, and while we haven't heard of any big decisions being made just yet, CEO Meg Whitman has been quoted discussing the uncertainty HP feels over how to proceed. She cited the need for ...

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    This is a rather sad moment not only for (HP-)Palm fans but for those who live in our world as HP has decided to close Palm stores for good. They will not open anymore. The decision came after HP pulled the plug on webOS and now the company stores are displaying the above sign (and some more at the source link). The closing day was marked by insanely cheap and deep discounted prices for devices and accessories which went as low as $50 for the HP Veer, $25 for Pixi units or even $15 if someone got four devices, and $2.50 for the Palm Touchstone. End of chapter! Source: MobileMag Via: ...

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    The HP Pre 3 is the best (and perhaps last) webOS smartphone to ever go on sale. It has a fast 1.4GHz single-core Qualcomm CPU with 512MB of RAM, 8GB of storage space, a 1230mAh battery, plus a 5MP camera on back with LED flash. Overall the design of the Pre 3 seems dated, and the specs certainly are not up to par with what can be find in high end Android hardware. It's a shame that over six months have passed between the announcement and the release of the Pre 3; had that window have been smaller, the Pre 3 would be met with warmer reception. The smartphone is taller than the Pre 2 in ...

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    After HP's move to abandon webOS, it is just normal to fear that current phones will be left without support but the manufacturer is proving it wrong as we speak. The recently available HP Pre 3, which we unboxed, has received an over-the-air update. The system refresh bumps version numbers of webOS to 2.2.0 build 3171 but other than that, it's not quite certain what exactly has been changed. According to reports, the built-in help is working and there appear to be some improvements to the e-mail section. If you've got the update and installed, let us know what changes or improvements ...

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    While not slated for official release in the US, the HP Pre 3 is still on sale (and prices are getting lower each day), even after HP's announcement that they'd no longer be selling webOS hardware. That said, the Pre 3 represents the best in terms of webOS hardware, which is an exciting prospect. It packs a WVGA 3.6" display, a single-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, and a rear-facing 5MP camera with flash. It's running on webOS 2.2, and HP promises future updates to keep Pre 3 owners happy. This particular model, which you can buy from Clove for £269 or $445, has ...

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    It's hardly surprising that, following HP's news last week that it would discontinue manufacturing webOS hardware, plenty of folks started reacting like rats on a sinking ship; we just saw retailers over the weekend price down TouchPad tablets to the point where they were practically giving them away. While there's a good chance we'll never see another webOS smartphone or tablet, there's still some future left for the platform, with the company announcing its intent to continue supporting webOS smartphones with software updates, to give the Pre 3 a limited release, and to bring the ...

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    You might have heard that the HP TouchPad is being discounted tremendously across many stores, such as Best Buy, after HP announced last week that they would not longer be making WebOS hardware. If you go to your local Best Buy, you're unlikely to find any in stock. Where you will find them, however, is Barnes & Noble, where they're selling for just around $100. So buy one for your dog, cat, and your mother, or just buy one for yourself so that you can own a cheap tablet. It's also very likely that the development community will soon port Android, and perhaps other operating systems, onto ...

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    Even though we intended it to be an April's fool joke last year -- when we said Microsoft was going to buy Palm and rebrand webOS to Windows Phone 7 -- this is as close as it gets. Microsoft is offering free Windows Phone developer devices and tools for former webOS developers, after HP has pulled the plug on the mobile platform. The information comes from Microsoft's Senior Director of Windows Phone 7 development, Brandon Watson's Twitter account. With recent webOS being dumped news and the upcoming Windows Phone Mango release, Microsoft might want to take advantage of HP's move and turn ...

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    HP's never had it easy when it comes to webOS, purchased when it acquired Palm last year. Both Palm's earlier webOS devices, and those since released by HP, have struggled to find their niche in a heavily-saturated smartphone marketplace. Lately, though, things have been looking a little up, with the Pre 3 quietly launching in Europe, and a recent poll showing customer tablet preference for the TouchPad as second only to the iPad. Whatever momentum may have been building is now shot, with the company revealing today that it plans to cease development of webOS tablets and smartphones. The ...

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    Today's news from HP marks what looks like the end of an era, with the company deciding to throw in the towel on webOS-based smartphones. The platform has only been around for about a couple years, starting with rumors of something called "Nova" that Palm was working on. We got a proper name for the project with Palm announcing webOS and the Palm Pre at CES 2009. By summer, Palm had launched the original Pre QWERTY slider. The Pixi gave users an option with a non-slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Early 2010 brought news of upgrades to the Palm and Pixi, both getting Plus designations as part of a ...

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    Ever since HP acquired Palm, the company has been struggling to make webOS smartphones work; will the Pre 3 finally be the device to capture the public's eye? We should find out shortly, thanks to the phone unexpectedly launching in Europe. Earlier this week we saw the European Pre 3 made available for pre-order, and were expecting it to be another couple weeks before the handset actually started shipping out to customers. Since then, though, HP has updated its online store to reflect that the smartphone is presently available, shipping in 1-2 days. Retail partners have also started ...

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    Well if it wasn't enough to find the HP Pre 3 finally making the news again yesterday as it popped up on the Orange UK Support site, this time there's more. We've come across some interesting news where we find HP Germany offering an unlocked version of the Pre 3 for pre-order, and this could finally mean the wait is over. Surely we've had a lot of manufacturers promise release dates and then they end up being unable to deliver, but we'll actually wait for this rumor this one last time. The only sad part of this whole report is that all pre-orders for the Pre 3 will take from two to three ...

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