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HP webOS hardware still a no-go

HP webOS hardware still a no-go

While the good news that webOS as a mobile operating system would now be Open Source did come down the chute with much rejoicing this early afternoon, HP's stance on no future with HP hardware for the OS remains true. As it was announced earlier this summer right before The Great TouchPad Exodus of 2011, HP will no longer be producing hardware with webOS on it natively. This of course doesn't mean that someone couldn't hack a bit of the ol' webOS onto an HP product in the future if they wanted to, but their current status with webOS is the same as the rest of the "other leading operating systems" at the moment.

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webOS goes Open Source

webOS goes Open Source

This week HP announced that their mobile operating system webOS will be contributed to the open source community. While HP assures us that they will be active in the development and support of webOS in the future, they're now offering the operating system up to the "development power" of the open source community where they're sure both applications and web services will be developed en masse for the next generation of mobile devices. HP assures developers that webOS offers a number of benefits backed up by an easy to work with set of standard web technologies - in short, here you go world, have fun!

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HP TouchPad Go turns up on eBay

HP TouchPad Go turns up on eBay

The only time the HP TouchPad sold well was when the tablet went on $99 fire sale shortly after it was discontinued. Back when the original TouchPad was announced we had also heard that there would be another flavor of that tablet called the TouchPad Go with a 7-inch screen. That tablet crossed the FCC for approvals and was spied online a couple times.

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Blackberry Playbook to go on sale for holidays

Blackberry Playbook to go on sale for holidays

RIM hasn't found the success that it expected with the Playbook tablet in any way shape or form. I think most will agree that would be because the tablet was overpriced for the machine to lack the basic features that tablets are expected to have today. HP has been trying to sell its failed TouchPad tablet at a discounted price of $149 for a while via some resellers.

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HP TouchPad appears on TigerDirect for $150 after rebate

HP TouchPad appears on TigerDirect for $150 after rebate

Even though you've been told over and over again that there are absolutely and positively no more HP TouchPad devices out there on the market, you can always trust a group like TigerDirect to wrangle up the rest of the stragglers, this week selling the infamous tablets out for $149.99 after a $150 rebate. Of course you'll have to lie down $299.99 to get the tablet, then will get the rebate cash back eventually, but look! It's a TouchPad and you can buy it!

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Nintendo patent outlines Wii Remote touchpad accessory

Nintendo patent outlines Wii Remote touchpad accessory

I like it when patents surface from places like Apple, Nintendo and others that show off what we will probably see in the future from the country. The latest patent to surface is from Nintendo and it shows an accessory that appears to show a way to turn the Wii Remote into a touchpad. The patent app line art shows a device that slips onto the Remote.

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TouchPad gets webOS 3.0.4 as backorder slates ship

TouchPad gets webOS 3.0.4 as backorder slates ship

The death of the HP TouchPad has been a slow and prolonged one. The tablet seems to be in the final death throws right now though. HP is apparently finally shipping out the last batch of the TouchPads right now. Nate over at The Digital Reader reports that he received an email from HP telling him his tablet has shipped. Some folks won't be that lucky though, HP has said it oversold the tablets it had left.

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Logitech unveils Wireless TouchPad for Windows

Logitech unveils Wireless TouchPad for Windows

Logitech has taken a page from Apple by offering its own version of the Magic Trackpad, but designed for Windows PCs. The device is simply called the Logitech Wireless Touchpad and provides a 5-inch multi-touch surface free of any physical buttons. However, its looks are certainly a lot less elegant than its Mac counterpart.

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HP TouchPad gets Android port multitouch support

HP TouchPad gets Android port multitouch support

I would wager that none of the hard-core tech guys and gals were surprised that the HP TouchPad with webOS failed. I think most of us knew that would happen when we first heard that webOS was coming to a tablet. I never understood why HP though with the WebOS smartphones not doing well that a tablet would do well. If you are the owner of a TouchPad, there is a lot of work on getting the tablet to run Android underway. Early ports like the CyanogenMod could boot, but the touchscreen didn’t function.

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