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HP’s Hurd ousting as idiotic as Apple firing Jobs says Larry Ellison; Pre designer quits

HP’s Hurd ousting as idiotic as Apple firing Jobs says Larry Ellison; Pre designer quits

HP can't get a break lately, with Friday's news that CEO Mark Hurd had been asked to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment not only prompting a significant ditch in their share price but scorn from at least one high-profile name in the industry.  Oracle CEO Larry Ellison spared no feelings in his comments to the NYT, describing the HP board as having made "the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago."  Meanwhile, HP has lost another significant name from the Palm team, with Peter Skillman - VP of design at Palm, and responsible for the Pre's design - leaving the company.

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Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Verizon roadmap tips Motorola DROID Pro, Samsung & Moto tablets and LTE MiFi

Details of Verizon's roadmap covering not only the rest of 2010 but partial details of 2011 and even 2012 have leaked, tipping a 1.3GHz Motorola Android phone, various tablets and LTE handsets and MiFi mobile hotspots.  However, the information - provided to BGR by a source at Verizon Wireless - makes no mention of a CDMA iPhone 4.  Instead, the de-facto flagship is the Motorola DROID Pro, a 4-inch Android smartphone with 1.3GHz processor and global wireless, apparently due to arrive in November this year.

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AT&T Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 arrives August 15th for $130

AT&T Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10 arrives August 15th for $130

Sony Style's teaser page has hatched into the launch of the Sony Ericsson XPERIA X10, with the Android smartphone set to hit AT&T's airwaves from Sunday, August 15th.  Priced at $129.99 with a new, two-year AT&T plan, though not currently available to order online, the smartphone runs Android 1.6 with a 4-inch WVGA touchscreen, Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and an 8.1-megapixel camera with LED flash.

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Twin iPad Cortex A9 refresh, Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 and AMD Fusion Apple TV all predicted for Q1 2011

Twin iPad Cortex A9 refresh, Verizon CDMA iPhone 4 and AMD Fusion Apple TV all predicted for Q1 2011

It isn't often that DigiTimes quote their own research arm as primary source, but whenever they do the rumors tend to be particularly juicy.  Today's report is no different: they're two new iPads in Q1 2011 (both 9.7- and 7-inch models) together with a CDMA iPhone hitting mass production in December 2010, and a new Apple TV based on AMD Fusion.

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HTC Desire HD and WP7 HTC Schubert caught on video

HTC Desire HD and WP7 HTC Schubert caught on video

Two unannounced HTC smartphones have shown up in the wild, with the HTC Desire HD making its first video appearance while a Windows Phone 7 handset, codenamed the HTC Schubert, has also taken a turn in front of the camera.  The Schubert is believed to be, like the Legend, hewn from a single aluminum block, and is said to be en route as one of the first Windows Phone 7 handsets on the market.

Video demos after the cut

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BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 gets official

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300 gets official

Having been spotted up for sale on Rogers' site last week, and in the wild many times before that, it hardly comes as a surprise to see RIM make the BlackBerry Curve 3G official.  The new messaging smartphone has a 2-megapixel camera, dual-band UMTS/HSPA and a 2.8-inch QVGA display.  It's also BlackBerry 6 "ready", which means the Curve 3G 9300 will run BlackBerry 5 at release and will likely see an OS 6 release later in 2010.

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Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft Menlo smartphone prototype spotted

Microsoft's Menlo "frankenOS", said to be an attempt by the company to develop a new mobile platform, has birthed its first prototype, with the suitably hacked-together device you see here being included as part of a new Microsoft Research publication.  According to "User Experiences with Activity-Based Navigation on Mobile Devices" [PDF link], the test hardware "is a prototype mobile device with a capacitive touch screen (4.1-inch diagonal, 800x480) running Microsoft Windows Embedded CE 6.0 R2 which incorporates a Bosch BMA150 3-axis accelerometer and Bosch BMP085 digital pressure sensor (barometer)."

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