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HP Slate Headed for Enterprise Customers, Not Mass Market

HP Slate Headed for Enterprise Customers, Not Mass Market

Well, there you have it. We've been riding the HP Slate roller-coaster for quite some time now, with our fingernails firmly clamped in our teeth. Waiting on the edge our seat since the acquisition of Palm to see if the Slate, running its infamous Windows 7, would ever see the light of day. And sure enough, today we finally have an answer. It's definitely coming, but there's one big change: enterprise.

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HP PalmPad dual-mode multitouch display with active pen input tipped

HP PalmPad dual-mode multitouch display with active pen input tipped

Having seemingly gained a name, HP's PalmPad webOS based tablet is now gradually getting fleshed out with hardware capabilities, too.  According to The Examiner, their source suggests HP will use a dual-mode touchscreen that combines a Wacom active digitizer with a finger-friendly multitouch capacitive layer.  The pairing would mean PalmPad users could navigate with their fingers while also using a special pen stylus for accurate drawing and text entry.

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HP Files for PALMPAD Trademark, webOS Slate Gets a Name?

HP Files for PALMPAD Trademark, webOS Slate Gets a Name?

A file for a trademark doesn't necessarily mean that a device is up and coming, or that the name itself will actually get used on a product released in the future. But, more often than not, that's exactly what it means. And while we were warming up to the name Hurricane for the future webOS tablet, we guess we could get used to saying PALMPAD. Thanks to a new USPTO trademark filing, HP is trying to make sure that no one else out there can get their hands on this obviously desired title.

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Apple, Google and RIM all Palm suitors tips insider

Apple, Google and RIM all Palm suitors tips insider

Numerous companies were tipped as potential suitors for Palm prior to HP sealing the deal, but according to BusinessInsider the roster includes heavyweights Apple, Google and RIM.  Their "source familiar with the negotiations" claims Apple eyed Palm for its patent and intellectual property portfolio, while Google are tipped as wanting the same thing but dropping out because they were unaware their Cupertino rivals were actually involved in negotiations.

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HP Showcases Flexible Displays, Hints at webOS Future

HP Showcases Flexible Displays, Hints at webOS Future

There's been all sorts of speculation out there ever since HP acquired Palm. While plenty of folks out there would just be happy getting some new smartphones, there's even more who would love to see webOS on other things. Yes, tablets included. And while HP has said they're committed to exploring all of those options (smartphones included, thankfully), their own Research & Development department is obviously looking at other things as well. For example, while Phil McKinney of HP was on stage at MobileBeat 2010, he showcased something else HP is hard at work on: flexible displays.

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HP’s Palm acquisition finalized: “amazing roadmap” promised

HP’s Palm acquisition finalized: “amazing roadmap” promised

It's July 1st 2010, the first day of Q3 2010, and that means Palm has officially slotted into the warm crevices of mother HP.  Public announcements of what exactly we can expect from the combination vary from the mundane (webOS-based printers, anyone?) to the mysterious (HP's various tablet strategies and the company's refusal to clarify on any of them), but according to the Palm blog this morning they're aiming for "an amazing roadmap of new tools for your mobile and web-connected future."

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Wireless charging to see 65x growth by 2014 claims iSuppli; Nokia & RIM tipped as cutting their cords

Wireless charging to see 65x growth by 2014 claims iSuppli; Nokia & RIM tipped as cutting their cords

Wireless charging solutions like the Palm Touchstone are likely to increase in shipments by a factor of 65x by 2014, iSuppli are predicting, suggesting that cordless power will spread from mobile phones to "portable media players, digital still cameras and mobile PCs."  They also predict the rise of a common standard which all manufacturers could promote cooperatively.  Current wireless charging shipments are believed to be around 3.6m units in 2010, though iSuppli expect that to rise to 234.9m in just four years time.

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Palm Foleo hits eBay [Update: Sold for $750!]

Palm Foleo hits eBay [Update: Sold for $750!]

Palm's Foleo was - depending on who you ask - either the ideal companion device, cruelly axed before it had a chance to shine, or a pointless distraction for the company's engineers and implicit in their downward spiral.  Either way, if you've always wanted to own one yourself, now you have the chance.  Ixle picked up a Foleo a month or so ago and has been blogging about it ever since; now he's putting the Palm pseudo-netbook back up on eBay.

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Palm tip “exciting” next year with new devices & webOS update

Palm tip “exciting” next year with new devices & webOS update

While HP has been keen to talk up the positive benefits of acquiring Palm and webOS, they've also been reluctant to commit to any specifics - we've heard about tablets and printers running the platform, but nothing that left us particularly confident about smartphones.  Now, thanks to an unnamed Palm spokesperson talking during an AT&T developers webinar, we have a few more tidbits; nothing concrete, but confirmation that Palm is "working on future devices" together with a "new version of the OS".

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