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HP Veer goes exclusive with AT&T, $99 on May 15

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Cell Phones

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HP has announced that its tiny HP Veer WebOS phone will be available from AT&T on May 15, and for a relatively tiny price, at that.

The HP Veer 4G will be available from AT&T stores on May 15 in either black or white, costing $99.99 with a two-year contract, AT&T said on Thursday. AT&T said the offer is good for just a limited time, however, and that there's an early termination fee of up to $325, depending on how far along users are into their contract.

Inside will be 8 GB of user storage, which will store preloaded apps including a mobile hotspot for up to five users and AT&T Navigator that uses the built-in GPS. AT&T also claimed that "thousands of apps" are available via the WebOS App Catalog.

"A large majority of our customers are choosing smartphones but they don't all want the same thing," said Michael Woodward, vice president, mobile device portfolio, for AT&T Mobility and Consumer Markets, in a statement. "HP Veer 4G gives us a highly unique and feature-rich smartphone for customers who want something a 'little' different."

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Pandora now serving over 10,000 comedy clips

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Internet, Music

Pandora comedyToday Pandora is expanding from Simon & Garfunkel to Seinfeld and George Carlin. The Internet radio service is adding 10,000 comedy clips from over 700 comedians to its existing music library.

A host of big names have already taken the stage, including: Bill Cosby, Bob Newhart, Cheech & Chong, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy, George Carlin, Jerry Seinfeld, Joan Rivers, Richard Pryor, Mitch Hedberg.

"Adding comedians to the mix has been one of the top requests from our listeners," Pandora founder Tim Westergren wrote in a blog post. "We've taken the same approach to comedy as we have to music: carefully and deliberately analyzing comedic 'bits' across a very large number of attributes to capture the style, delivery and content of each performance."

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WebOS 3.0 SDK leaks, gives details on HP TouchPad

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Handhelds, Software

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What will the HP TouchPad's WebOS 3.0 operating system look like and be able to do? A leaked version of the WebOS 3.0 SDK offers a sneak peek of Hewlett-Packard's long-awaited media tablet.

PreCentral got its hands on a WebOS 3.0 Beta 1 emulator courtesy of "an awesome (and anonymous) tipster" and the site's Derek Kessler on Wednesday posted a video walkthrough of the UI and several applications running on the emulator (video below).

Kessler noted that the emulator runs on more powerful hardware than it will in the TouchPad, a Wi-Fi version of which is due out this summer, to be followed by 3G and 4G products later in the year. He also had to use a mouse to operate what will be a touch interface to run the demo.

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HP 2012 PC lineup will all run webOS

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: PC / Laptop, Software

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Hewlett-Packard apparently plans to put its newly-developed WebOS on every PC it ships next year, its new chief executive, Leo Apotheker, said.

According to BusinessWeek, in 2012, "every one of the PCs shipped by HP will include the ability to run WebOS in addition to Microsoft Corp.'s Windows, Apotheker said."

It wasn't immediately clear whether HP meant that those PCs would have the horsepower to run WebOS, or whether they would all come bundled. HP representatives were not immediately available for comment.

HP has already announced WebOS for three devices: two new WebOS smartphones - the HP Veer and the Pre 3 - and its widely anticipated new tablet, the HP TouchPad.

But Apotheker said that the goal was to attract a "massive platform" of developers.

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Complete video of HP ‘Think Beyond’ event, featuring TouchPad, Pre 3, and Veer webOS devices

If you missed the live footage of HP's 'Think Beyond' webOS event this morning, check out the event in its entirety above for a look at the introduction of the TouchPad, Veer, and Pre 3.


HP TouchPad Unveiled

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Corporate News, Handhelds

HP TouchPad

Seems like Palm HP is finally getting its act together, or synergized if you will, as it pertains to webOS. A slew of new platforms running the multitasking beast that is webOS have officially been unveiled, and the outcome is satisfactory to say the least. The TouchPad tablet in particular is especially impressive, and offers just as much (and more) than other tablets we’ve seen lately.

The TouchPad specs include: webOS 3.0, a 9.7-inch display, a 1.2Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 processor, 1024x768 resolution, 1GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, 1.3 MP front camera, 3G and 4G variants, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, gyroscope, accelerometer, and a weight of 740 grams. Also, HP's TouchPad comes equipped with Flash capabilities and Beats audio. The TouchPad appeals to professionals with an on-screen QWERTY keyboard for on-the-go editing of Word and Excel files, as well as Powerpoint and PDF functionality.

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WebOS 2.0 running on the Palm Pre Plus

While existing Palm Pre users are still eagerly checking the Updates app for the webOS 2.0 overhaul, HP is taking their sweet time delivering the goods. Progress is being made apparently (read: bait is being dangled in front of Pre users), as a new video shows the Palm Pre Plus running webOS 2.0. Check it out above. 


Rogers picks up Palm Pre 2

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds

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Canadian carrier Rogers is the first carrier in North America to begin offering a plan for the Palm Pre 2, offering it for $99 on a three year contract. 

Reports indicate that Rogers' Pre 2 is pretty much identical to the currently offerered unlocked Pre 2 for a much higher $450. Although with the Rogers plan you will pay much more in the long run.

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Palm Pre 2 available unlocked from HP

Posted by John Kilhefner Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds

hp palm pre 2

If you're looking to get your webOS 2.0 action on with the best possible Palm device, then the Pre 2 is your best option. HP is selling the Palm Pre 2 unlocked for $450 ($250 for developers), which ships within 24 hours. 

The Pre 2, while aesthetically similar to its predecessors, has a much faster 1GHz processor, 16GB of memory, and all of the webOS 2.0 features, such as: Just Type, Multitasking, and Synergy.

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Palm Pre 2 pre-orders begin on November 8th

Posted by Patrick Lambert Categories: Cell Phones, Handhelds

Looks like pre-orders for the Palm Pre 2 will be started on November 8th! After what was an overlooked debut, the Palm Pre and it's new WebOS failed to gain much momentum. Still, HP is hoping that this new revised version will succeed where it's predecessor did not. Very little is known about the Palm Pre 2, but we do know that Verizon documents have it scheduled for November. So for those who liked the Palm device and want an updated version, more info should be coming out really soon, and seriously, webOS 2.0 is looking mighty fine.

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