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HP Stream 7: A mediocre tablet but a great micro-laptop
March 7, 2015 | 6:29 pm

IMG_20150305_180333372_HDRI’ve had this HP Stream 7 tablet for a couple of days, and my first impression is that it’s fairly mediocre from a tablet standpoint, but it seems like a terrific micro-laptop. With one major caveat I’m still inclined to look upon it as a great bargain at $79—especially since it included a one-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365 (a $69 value) and a $25 Windows Store gift card. It’s like they’re paying you to take the tablet off their hands. I have come across one showstopper bug that colors my whole experience: its Wi-Fi adapter seems notably finicky....

Microsoft offers $79 HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet
March 5, 2015 | 1:58 am

hpstream7If you’ve ever thought you might like to try a Windows tablet, but didn’t want to risk a significant cash outlay, Microsoft is currently offering a great deal on a name-brand tablet. Microsoft.com has the HP Stream 7 Windows 8.1 tablet priced at $79, including a one-year personal subscription to Office 365 (a $69 value) and a $25 Windows Store gift card. It’s like they’re paying you to take it off their hands! The tablet has a 1.33GHz Bay Trail quad-core Intel Atom chip, 1 gig of RAM, and 32 gigs onboard storage. Unlike the Windows RT Surface tablets,...

Size matters, as tablet makers go for the big time
January 24, 2015 | 12:25 pm

hp-pro-slate-12-800x420News has emerged of several tablet manufacturers targeting the mega-device space, with HP announcing an Android Pro Slate design with a 12.3-inch screen. According to the original HP announcement, the HP Pro Slate 12 and its little brother the HP Pro Slate 8 are: high-definition (HD) commercial-grade Android tablets. Available in 8-inch or 12-inch diagonal displays respectively, the tablets are powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 series processor, and support a 4:3 aspect ratio to easily view business documents and access business applications. Less than 8 mm thin, these lightweight tablets offer powerful computing and business-day battery life with enterprise-grade security and...

Qualcomm goes bats with ultrasound digital pen technology
January 23, 2015 | 6:25 pm

The recent HP announcement of the debut of its HP Pro Slate Android tablets included the detail that they would come bundled with the HP Duet Pen, "the first to use Qualcomm Snapdragon digital pen technology on both a tablet and regular paper." For a stylus buff like me, any news about new digital pen technologies is interesting, and this Qualcomm innovation looks to be one of the more striking wheezes to break cover lately. According to Qualcomm's technology partner on the new device, GlobalLogici, the Qualcomm Snapdragon Digital Pen "represents the next generation of the stylus popular with tablet devices. With the size...

TCL goes public on revival of Palm
January 7, 2015 | 10:25 am

As reported previously in Teleread, Chinese consumer electronics company TCL is resurrecting the Palm identity, which it acquired from HP, via its own Alcatel OneTouch smartphone brand. TCL has now issued an official press release (in occasionally quaint Chinglish) which gives more details on its plans for Palm, and the resources it proposes to throw at the project. TCL also claims to be taking a fairly unique approach to the Palm revival. "Palm has always carried a lot of affect and emotions," it declares. "That's why TCL has set the direction to rebuild the brand involving Palm's very own community, making...

The future of tech is The Machine?
June 20, 2014 | 12:25 pm

the machine by hpWith all the excitement over the Amazon Fire Phone, whose specs seem good but hardly exceptional, Hewlett Packard may have moved the goal posts rather further. Its new initiative, "The Machine," looks to master the Big Data revolution by building systems of undreamt-of power, as early as 2020. As detailed in HP's own materials, "few understand just how big 'big data' has gotten ... Today, our digital universe is about four zettabytes. To put that in perspective, while one terabyte can store roughly 100,000 minutes of music, one zettabyte can store just over two billion years of music. By the end...

webOS would have had more devices at HP, but now lives on in LG TVs
January 7, 2014 | 2:45 pm

“Of all sad words of tongue or pen, the saddest are these, 'It might have been.’” ― John Greenleaf Whittier, Maud Muller – Pamphlet Via its Pilot and Palm PDAs, Palm was singlehandedly responsible for ushering in the PDA revolution, which led to the smartphone and tablet revolutions, but it met a sad fate at the hands of a combination of market forces and mismanagement by a series of HP execs. We’ve covered the sad decline of webOS, culminating in the bargain-basement selloff of the TouchPad tablet. But now The Verge has an intriguing report on...

Deal Alert: HP Slate 7 Available for Just $140 ($30 Off) via HP.com and Best Buy
July 10, 2013 | 11:30 am

HP Slate 7Quick, what’s the best 7-inch Android tablet money can buy? And by “money,” I mean less than 200 bucks. Asus and Google’s Nexus 7, you say? Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD? How about HP’s Slate 7? No, the Slate 7 is not the best Android tab out there. Not even close. But it’s cheap. So cheap in fact that it makes the N7 look like a luxury product. Initially made available for $170, HP’s 7-incher goes for 30 bucks less starting today, both via the manufacturer’s official website and through Best Buy. $140 is a ridiculously low amount of cash to pay for a gadget nowadays and the...

Morning Roundup: What e-books looked like 20 years ago
July 5, 2013 | 10:21 am

Morning RoundupWhat eBooks Looked Like 20 Years Ago (The Digital Reader) The Kindle is widely regarded as being responsible for igniting the ebook era, but the idea had been around for at least 30 years before the Kindle launched in November 2007. * * * Is There Such a Thing as an American Novel? (Boot Riot) The Great American Novel is like Moby Dick, the whale, not the book. Ever since the phrase was coined in 1867 as a marketing ploy to sell Rebecca Harding Davis’ Waiting for the Verdict,  it has stirred the Ahab in every author wedged between the shining seas. It haunts their...

Survey finds half of tablet consumers plan to buy an iPad
March 5, 2013 | 1:00 pm

iPad When looking for a new tablet, it seems consumers have Apple on the brain. The Yankee Group recently disclosed the results of a December survey in which it asked, "What brand of tablet do you intend to buy [next]?" For Apple, it was good news as nearly half of the 506 questioned picked the iconic brand. Apple Insider contends this is bad news for the rest of the tablet market, as 47 percent of surveyed consumers mentioned their intention to purchase an iPad. That left 26 percent of respondents going for an Android-based tablet, and 23 percent saying they were unsure, or didn’t know. Just one percent...

HP TouchPad 9.7″ 32GB Wi-Fi tablet on sale at Woot for $220
January 27, 2012 | 10:08 am

HP TouchPad 9 7 32GB Wi Fi Tabletb2dStandard Check out Woot! This is a great price for a full-sized tablet - if you are willing to tackle webOS.  It's refurbished.  HP has announced that webOS will be made open source later this year, so this might be a good bet for the more technically inclined among us....

HP tries to figure out why some TouchPads shipped with Android
October 7, 2011 | 6:13 am

Every so often, a story comes along that makes you go, “…what? No, really…what?” In the wake of the HP TouchPad fire sale, some mysterious TouchPad units appeared that were running a version of Android 2.2, with a splash screen bearing the logo QuIC, referring to the Qualcomm Innovation Center, a subsidiary of Qualcomm that works on adapting open-source software for products made by Qualcomm and its partners. One of these tablets sold on eBay for $1,425. Needless to say, a lot of Android users have been anxious to get their hands on the source code associated with...

Might Amazon buy Palm?
September 30, 2011 | 12:34 pm

Ever since the decline of its original Palm line heralded the end of the true “PDA”, the various properties that once made up Palm have been the digital equivalent of hot potatoes. Consider Peanut Press, which started out as an independent e-bookstore, was owned by Palm for a while under the name “Palm Digital Media”, was spun off to NetLibrary and renamed “eReader”, and was eventually bought by competitor Fictionwise—which was then bought by Barnes & Noble to form the basis of its Nook e-readers. Now the latest anonymous rumor has it that the remnants of Palm itself, currently...

HP to exhibit print on demand at Frankfurt Book Fair
August 24, 2011 | 9:26 am

Index From the press release: HP today announced that it will be presenting the advantages of digital book printing at its 'Digitally Printed Book Store' themed stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2011(Hall 4.0, Stand 1300, 12 - 16 October 2011, Frankfurt, Germany).HP will use its Digitally Printed Book Store to simulate a retail environment at the show, displaying a wide variety of hard, soft, colour and black and white digitally printed books.Produced using publication printing technologies from HP Indigo and HP Inkjet High-speed Printing Solutions (IHPS), HP will demonstrate how publishers and publications...

Porting Android to the HP TouchPad will not be easy
August 23, 2011 | 10:33 am

Images Tested says that there are some pretty major hurdles to jump over: … There are no physical buttons aside from the redundant home button. The TouchDroid devs have indicated that in their initial Gingerbread build they will have to roll their own on-screen controls. We expect this solution to be a bit of a kludge; Gingerbread is not designed to effectively run apps with on-screen buttons. You may be wondering why they don’t just go straight for Honeycomb. The big issue here is that Honeycomb is not open source. Sure, there are ways to yank the code...

Kindlescribe.com, Kindleair domain names. HP Touchpads #1 & 2 Amazon sellers
August 23, 2011 | 10:26 am

RUMOR CITY With HP's two terminated Touchpads suddenly taking over the top selling slots at Amazon from the Kindle and the iPod Touch, even at heftier prices than HP's discounted prices that were announced Saturday before selling out Sunday at those attractive prices ($99~ and $150~), Kindle and Amazon Android tablet rumors are hitting the news again. I tried getting the 32gig HP Sunday morning for $150 but they were sold out everywhere.  Why?  Real, dedicated Multitasking (unlike Apple's suspended type), the popular Beats Audio sound, Flash video (blank on the iPad), Hulu...

Android support for the HP TouchPad
August 22, 2011 | 9:07 am

Index From Android Community.  I wonder if this means that the Kindle software could be used with the tablet: An Android port for the TouchPad has already started and is picking up huge traction over the last 24-48 hours. With it now selling for $99 or $149 at HP.com we now have a game of “The Price is Right” and all we need is the Android OS. Over at RootzWiki the project has about 90 pages of interest after a day and a half, they are calling it TouchDroid. While some reports have claimed the hardware was to blame...

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