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CardSwitcher 2.0 brings webOS multitasking to iOS

CardSwitcher 2.0 brings webOS multitasking to iOS

Say what you will about webOS and its ultimate demise, but one thing you can’t deny is that its multitasking solution is still the best on any mobile device to this day. If you want to be able to relive the glory days of the Palm Pre and its multitasking finesse, then CardSwitcher for iOS 4 and 5 is just the thing you need. It’s a jailbreak tweak that aims to add the ease of webOS multitasking to iOS devices.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: March 15, 2012

Happy Thursday, all. We're halfway through March already. Where has the time gone? Especially that hour we lost on Sunday. Anyway, I digress. So here's what you need to know about today - Sony's Bloggie Sport HD camera began shipping today, and HP is releasing more WebOS 3.0.5 code as a community edition. There's more news, of course, so keep on reading...

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HP releasing more webOS 3.0.5 code as a “Community Edition”

HP releasing more webOS 3.0.5 code as a “Community Edition”

As much as we rooted for it, webOS was unfortunately the little train that couldn’t. While HP have nixed plans to make any more hardware running the ill-fated operating system, they began open sourcing webOS earlier this year. Today they announced plans to release additional parts of webOS 3.0.5, which they’re calling a “Community Edition”.

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iPad dominance dips but Android still playing catch-up

iPad dominance dips but Android still playing catch-up

Apple's tablet market-share has dipped but the iPad looks set to continue dominating the segment over the next four years despite the best efforts of Android rivals, according to research firm predictions. The iPad held 54.7-percent of the worldwide tablet market-share in Q4 2011, IDC's figures suggest, down from 61.5-percent in the previous quarter, though those figures disguise the fact that Apple shipped more than 4m units more in Q4. By 2016, meanwhile, the iPad is set to ship 94.7m units per year, for 48-percent of the overall tablet market.

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Nokia Maps hits iOS and Android as HTML5 web app

Nokia Maps hits iOS and Android as HTML5 web app

Nokia have posted to the Nokia Conversions blog to let the world know that Nokia Maps is now accessible just about anywhere with a web browser. That means that if you’re not a particularly big fan of Google or Bing Maps, you can point your smartphone’s browser towards m.maps.nokia.com and use Nokia’s solution instead. Check out our hands-on impressions after the cut.

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HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

HP lays off 275 WebOS employees

Meg Whitman may have big plans for WebOS, the little mobile operating system that couldn't, but it looks like whatever she's planning doesn't require a large portion of the current WebOS development team. The company has laid off 275 employees in its mobile section. Most of the affected employees are engineers, which makes a lot of sense, since HP has no current plans to offer any more WebOS hardware. The laid off workers will join former Palm executive Jon Rubinstein, who voluntarily left HP last month. Some of the employees may be redeployed within HP, but not all.

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HP’s Whitman confirms Windows 8 tablet this year

HP’s Whitman confirms Windows 8 tablet this year

HP may have ditched its WebOS platform along with its corresponding hardware in an abrupt and ill-planned maneuver last year that saw its CEO Leo Apotheker ousted and replaced by Meg Whitman, but it's ready now to give tablets another shot. Although recent rumors suggested that the WebOS HP TouchPad could be revived in 2013, the current focus is on Windows 8. Whitman confirmed during a conference today that HP does indeed plan to release a Windows 8 tablet before the end of this year.

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SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 15, 2012

SlashGear Evening Wrap-Up: February 15, 2012

Welcome to the 15th of February, everyone. Not only is it hump day for the week but also for the month. February has now just passed the half-way point but before we start steaming ahead to the rest of the month, let's see what made news today. First up, AT&T has expanded its 4G LTE network coverage to include Florida and North Carolina, just in time for a new slate of capable smartphones.

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HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

HP CEO: We’re not done with WebOS yet

At HP's Global Partner Conference in Las Vegas, hardly a word was spoken on their WebOS efforts in 2011. And it's not hard to see why: the few phones and single TouchPad tablet that sprang from the acquisition of Palm bombed so badly that the only wat to recoup losses was a massive fire sale. But surprisingly, HP's new CEO Meg Whitman didn't seem phased: at her keynote this morning, she reiterated HP's commitment to the WebOS platform.

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Open webOS Iris browser released: 40k Enyo downloads to-date

Open webOS Iris browser released: 40k Enyo downloads to-date

HP's open-sourcing of webOS continues today, with the release of the underlying Isis web browser along with a governance model and more of the Enyo components developers will need to create their own webOS devices and apps. Enyo has already been downloaded 40,000 times in the three weeks since its release, the team says, and now there's the Isis Project, "a fast, standards-compliant web browser engine," to go along with it.

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Facebook’s IPO, webOS and the Perfect Social Phone

Facebook’s IPO, webOS and the Perfect Social Phone

Facebook's IPO filing gave us an inkling of how much money the social network expects to make when it floats this year, but also a hint of what it could spend it on: the first true Facebook Phone. In among the lengthy IPO documentation were not only details of Facebook's existing achievements in mobile but a map of the challenges yet to come along with Mark Zuckerberg's biggest fears for the future. $100m is enough to stage a big attack on the mobile market, though, and there's one obvious place to start: HP's webOS.

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Jon Rubinstein leaves HP after webOS cut loose

Jon Rubinstein leaves HP after webOS cut loose

Jon Rubinstein, the ex Palm CEO who joined Hewlett Packard after the company acquired Palm back in April 2010, has left the company. No reason for the executive's departure has been given, though according to AllThingsD Rubinstein leaves HP effective today; "Jon has fulfilled his commitment and we wish him well,” HP spokeswoman Mylene Mangalindan said of the news. Rubinstein had been chief of the webOS division within HP, but was subsequently moved to a more generic "product innovation role."

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