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29Mar/110

WingedChariot goes with webOS

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From the press release:

WingedChariot, a pioneer in digital picture books, today announces plans to make its award winning multi-lingual apps for the webOS and the new HP TouchPad.

Neal Hoskins, publisher at WingedChariot says:

I have long admired the polish and beauty of webOS. With HP rolling out a whole ecosystem of devices running the webOS we’d love our rich and colourful children’s stories to be available to HP customers.

We look forward to bringing a new look and feel to our story apps on HP’s webOS and to exploring the links between digital and print that this platform offers.


11Feb/110

HP unveils iPad clone, WebOS tablet ‘TouchPad’|Lastest Ipad News]

HP unveils iPad clone, WebOS tablet 'TouchPad'
SAN FRANCISCO, USA: Hewlett-Packard Co unveiled its entrant in the tablet race, betting its "TouchPad" summer release will keep it in the running in a booming market dominated by Apple Inc's iPad and devices running Google Inc software.
Read more on CIOL


9Feb/110

Notion Ink Adam Tablet vs Kindle & an LCD tablet in sunlight. Kindle for webOS.

NOTION INK'S ADAM, WITH PIXEL QI, VS KINDLE AND PANDIGITAL NOVEL IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT

The long awaited Adam Tablet by Notion Ink has a combo display of LCD switchable with an E-Paper display, with backlighting Off.

Good E-Reader Blog has a report and VIDEO and I've linked you to the larger YouTube one.


Here's an image-link to another, separate video, by Charbax, that also shows the e-paper display with backlight off.  When the backlight is On, the display is a sort of light blue-gray in the videos.  Nevertheless, both videos show reflections from the glass from the lighting above.

The first video gives you an idea of how the Adam looks in direct sunlight and how it compares with the e-ink and LCD displays.

They were disappointed to see that the dual layer of glass that it uses was "highly reflective in the sun, and even the matted screen protector is pretty useless."

' Our first comparison is with the Amazon Kindle and the Notion Ink Adam in Pixel QI mode.  We give you a great visual example of how the Adam ranks against one of the premier e-ink based electronic readers.  We have to give the advantage in this test to the Amazon Kindle.

The next comparison we show is how the Notion Ink Adam ranks with the Pandigital Novel 9 inch edition.   This test is mainly ... to show how Pixel QI in the Adam compares to the standard LCD based tablet and e-reader combination found in most competing devices.  We have to decide this contest in favor of the Adam, as the LCD was unreadable in direct sunlight. '

AMAZON ANNOUNCES KINDLE FOR PALM's webOS IS COMING
This is in connection with HP's Palm webOS press conference today.
  Of special interest was the last part of the following statement:

' "We're working with Amazon to bring HP customers the free Kindle app and, along with it, the largest selection of the most popular books," said Jon Oakes, director, TouchPad Product Marketing, HP. "TouchPad's beautiful, fully featured Kindle app supports the Kindle features users already know and love, and it's one of the first Kindle applications to support the latest Kindle features like Collections." '


Collections.  That last is key and I hope it shows up soon in the Kindle for PC and for Mac etc.

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9Feb/110

HP Touchpad webOS 3.0 tablet revealed

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Today HP had a press conference in San Francisco and unveiled their new Tablet PC to be released very soon, the HP TouchPad using WebOS 3.0.

The HP TouchPad has a 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 capacitive touchscreen and dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8060 processor, squeezed into a 242 x 190 x 13.7 mm chassis weighing around 740g. Onboard storage will be either 16 GB or 32 GB and have different pricing depending on what model you go for.

The TouchPad will have Adobe Flash 10.1 support for a full internet experience and will be able to handle your e-mail via the Microsoft Exchange support. Also if Google Mail, or Yahoo is your thing, the Touchpad supports Push, POP3 and iMap support.

One of the great aspects about this new tablet is the front facing camera able to handle video conferencing and video calling. Right now the camera appears to only be 1.3 MP, so don’t expect glorious video. It is also full of some other great features such as improved sound quality using the “Beats Audio Tech” found in their notebook line.  For Audio formats it supports MP3,  WAV, AAC, AMR, and QCELP.

What about content distribution? HP has a service called the HP Movie Store, offering movies, and TV Shows. The video formats compatible with the device are MPEG4, H.263, and H.264. For e-reading, Amazon has made a WebOS application that will allow you to buy books directly and use their app to load books. HP has also signed a deal with Time INC to provide magazines and newspaper subscriptions.

“We’re working with Amazon to bring HP customers the free Kindle app and, along with it, the largest selection of the most popular books,” said Jon Oakes, director, TouchPad Product Marketing, HP. “TouchPad’s beautiful, fully featured Kindle app supports the Kindle features users already know and love, and it’s one of the first Kindle applications to support the latest Kindle features like Collections.”

One of the cool features about the Touchpad is the integrated support for the Palm Pre. There is a new Touch to Share function that allows you to share URLS, Phone Calls  and flip whats on your Palm Pre to your Tablet.

In order to take advantage of this you need obviously a HP TouchPad and a Palm Pre. The Touchpad needs at least the WebOS 3.0 operating system, while the Pre neds WebOS 2.2 or higher. Both of these devices also have to share the same user account.

Although there is no pricing yet for either of the two units to be launched, HP confirmed it will come out this summer. The first offerings will be WIFI only and then followed up by 3G models. More information can be found on the official Press Release.


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9Feb/110

Notion Ink Adam Tablet vs Kindle and an LCD tablet in sunlight; Kindle for webOS

NOTION INK’S ADAM, WITH PIXEL QI, VS KINDLE AND PANDIGITAL NOVEL IN DIRECT SUNLIGHT

The long awaited Adam Tablet by Notion Ink has a combo display of LCD switchable with an E-Paper display, with backlighting Off.

Good E-Reader Blog has a report and VIDEO and I’ve linked you to the larger YouTube one.

Here’s an image-link to another, separate video, by Charbax, that also shows the e-paper display with backlight off. When the backlight is On, the display is a sort of light blue-gray in the videos. Nevertheless, both videos show reflections from the glass from the lighting above.

The first video gives you an idea of how the Adam looks in direct sunlight and how it compares with the e-ink and LCD displays.

They were disappointed to see that the dual layer of glass that it uses was “highly reflective in the sun, and even the matted screen protector is pretty useless.”

‘ Our first comparison is with the Amazon Kindle and the Notion Ink Adam in Pixel QI mode. We give you a great visual example of how the Adam ranks against one of the premier e-ink based electronic readers. We have to give the advantage in this test to the Amazon Kindle.

The next comparison we show is how the Notion Ink Adam ranks with the Pandigital Novel 9 inch edition. This test is mainly … to show how Pixel QI in the Adam compares to the standard LCD based tablet and e-reader combination found in most competing devices. We have to decide this contest in favor of the Adam, as the LCD was unreadable in direct sunlight. ‘

AMAZON ANNOUNCES KINDLE FOR PALM’s webOS IS COMING
This is in connection with HP’s Palm webOS press conference today.
Of special interest was the last part of the following statement:

‘ “We’re working with Amazon to bring HP customers the free Kindle app and, along with it, the largest selection of the most popular books,” said Jon Oakes, director, TouchPad Product Marketing, HP. “TouchPad’s beautiful, fully featured Kindle app supports the Kindle features users already know and love, and it’s one of the first Kindle applications to support the latest Kindle features like Collections.” ‘


Collections. That last is key and I hope it shows up soon in the Kindle for PC and for Mac etc.

Via Andrys Basten’s A Kindle World blog

25Jan/110

HP WebOS tablet leaked specs

The way things are shaping up around the WebOS based tablet that HP launches February 9th. The overall feeling harks back to the days when Apple had just launched the iPad and everyone thought it was just a matter of time before HP unleashes the Slate device that would go on to tame the iPad. It was a time when HP had ensured the HP Slate never went out of news by releasing videos of the Slate at regular intervals which only whetted the appetite of those who were desperate to have something to counter the Apple tablet.

However, this time, it might not be HP releasing what’s going on behind the scenes at the HP stable. Rather, the latest leak of the HP Topaz can be attributed to the sleuthing capabilities of the guys at PreCentral, and what they have come up with pretty much paints a clear picture of what to expect with the Topaz tablet.

The specifications do look impressive to say the least. Like a Dual core Qualcomm MSM8660 clocking at 1.2GHz coupled to 512 MB of DDR2 RAM. Adding to the processor’s multimedia and graphics capabilities will be an Integrated Adreno 220 GPU that is designed to make light work of anything that’s thrown at the tablet.

Screen size of the Topaz measures 9.7 inches of oleophobic Gorilla Glass screen enabled display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and much like the iPad, the Topaz will be available in three storage options of 16, 32 and 64 GB. Connectivity with the Topaz comes in the form of Bluetooth 2.1+EDR and dual band 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. The Topaz will also come integrated with a 1.3mp camera on the front that will allow video chatting along with other goodies such as an accelerometer, eCompass, gyro, a light sensor, and a microphone.

Topaz enabled with optional WWAN for HSPA, LTE, or CDMA maybe in the works for a release sometime later though features such as 2 integrated speakers with Beats Audio and a 3.5mm audio jack is going to be part of the Topaz feature right now. Powering the device will be 3150mAh cells that HP claims will be able to keep things going for at least 8 hours. Lastly, all of the above has been housed inside a 190mm x 240mm x 13.7mm case that weights 700g or 1.5lb.

There are also reports of HP to be keen to include Flash support on the Topaz along with other features such as inductive charging via Touchstone technology. However, this will be a generation ahead of what can be seen on the Palm Pre and Pixi in that the charging dock will also allow for sharing of picture, site or contact wirelessly or streaming of audio files via BlueTooth to the speaker dock. Apart from these, the Topaz tablet is also touted to be capable of having wireless access to such features like mapping and directions, printing, video streaming to an HDMI/VGA output, or sharing of audio files from a Palm smartphone. In fact, the Topaz is also likely to be capable of wireless video gaming via the video dock.

These will be in addition to the cloud based services such as as Snapfish to deal with pictures, Melodeo music, HP Cloud Drive or HP Cloud Canvas.

So all in all, everything is pointing to a mega event on the 9th of February when the real thing finally makes its debut.

via engadget, via slashgear

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25Jan/110

New details of the HP WebOS UI

We have some new details regarding the new GUI and UI for HP’s brand new tablets they are going to unveil soon. According to PreCentral the other day they leaked the hardware specifications of the new HP Topaz tablet device. Today we have some juicy information on the user interface that the WebOS tablet uses, giving us an indication of the things to come. One thing that seems certain is that both the Topaz and the Opal Tablets are going to be pretty sweet.

So what is it that makes the new WebOS interface so special? Well, its a great combination of some advanced gesture and tap controls that almost makes the display to come alive. So with the usual scroll, tap, and pinch to zoom gestures that we have by now become familiar with, the WebOS UI has come to include; double tap, tap and drag, tap and hold, 2 finger tap, and 2 finger tap and drag along.  However, there is no word yet as to what each of these gestures will yield.

Then there will also be pop-up text selection dialogues in response to certain gestures and will offer features like copy, paste and such. The most interesting improvement that the WebOS interface come with is perhaps the virtual keyboard, that looks just perfect for gaming applications. The virtual keyboard comes with a top toolbar that can be customized with a variety of functions such as; hide keyboard, jump between form fields and step through characters.

The good thing about all of these leaked documents is that HP is holding a press event on Feb 9th 2011 to reveal their new WebOS tablets.

via precentral

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19Jan/110

HP WebOS tablet images

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19

By Sovy

Itching to get to know more of the tablet device that HP has lined up for a formal launch on the 9th February? Well, here is something that can keep your senses satisfied till then – the first images of the HP tablet that has been named Topaz for the 9 inch model and Opal for the model sporting a 7 inch sized display. But then, as things turn out before a formal launch, these are not official images in the sense that these have not been made available by the company itself though these should do before the official launch takes place.

Now coming to what the image has to reveal, the tablet boasts of a clean frontal layout with no buttons at all on the front. The image is also revealing a front facing camera, a micro USB port at the bottom along with a three speaker set up that seems to be designed to output stereo quality sound both in landscape and portrait mode. Engadet also has to share the tablet will come equipped with an unspecified 1.2 GHz processors with Topaz might be ready to enter markets before Opal.

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Categories : Tablet-Slates

14Jan/110

HP to announce WebOS tablet Feb 9 2011

Jan

14

By Michael

hp webos slate

At the CES show in Vegas HP did not show off any of their tablets they had in development, much to the chargin of people hoping for a sneak peak. HP’s Vice President Todd Bradley proclaimed that the HP Slate running WebOS will be debuted on February 9th 2011 at an exclusive HP event.

HP has said that the tablet will be one part of their ecosystem they are trying to promote, more then likely he was eluding to the Zeus Printer project that allows wireless printing from tablet computers.  Although specs at this point are vague regarding the semantics of the tablet, in terms of hardware. Suffice to say, we are all very excited about an end consumer device that should see more marketing then the Slate 500 did.

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14Dec/100

HP WebOS Tablet might be out March 2011

Dec

14

By Michael

palm webos

Bank of Montreal Capital Markets analyst Keith Bachman met up with some tech companies lately, most notably Inventec, whom is manufacturing the HP WebOS slate for next year. It seems like this new device which has been known by many names in the development process such as the Palm Pad and the HP Hurricane, might be debuting in March of 2011.

Also CEO of HP Todd Bradley recently mentioned in the Q3 earnings report to shareholders that HP will have a Microsoft based and a WebOS based tablet out in early 2011. It might seem like the Palm acquisition by HP might be worth it after all, instead of just Zeus printers!

Although specs are few and far between at the moment, we hope to check this WebOS tablet out at CES this year.

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Categories : Tablet-Slates