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5 years ago

HP to discontinue webOS devices -- Pre, Veer, and TouchPad bite the dust

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HP to discontinue webOS devices -- Pre, Veer, and TouchPad bite the dust

HP has just announced that they're killing off webOS devices, namely the Pre, Veer, and TouchPad -- or everything that competes with iPhone and iPad.

In addition, HP reported that it plans to announce that it will discontinue operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones. HP will continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward.

Derek Kessler, editor of our sibling site PreCentral.net pulls no punches:

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5 years ago

On the eve of iMessage, AT&T removing all but unlimited SMS text plans

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On the eve of iMessage, AT&T removing all but unlimited SMS text plans

AT&T has confirmed to Engadget that, as of August 21, they'll be removing all but the unlimited SMS/Text messaging plans:

"We regularly evaluate our offers and are making some adjustments to our messaging lineup.

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5 years ago

Google's $12.5 billion dollar Motorola insurance policy

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Google's $12.5 billion dollar Motorola insurance policy

Why would Google pay $12.5 billion for Motorola? It cost them 18 months of their profits. It's 3 times what Apple, Microsoft, and a consortium of others paid for Nortel's patents. It's 10 times what HP paid for Palm. Hell, Google is guaranteeing twice as much in break-up penalty alone as HP paid for Palm. Why would a smart company like Google, one that's already sunk untold resources into an OS they essentially give away for free, spend so much of their capital on a single Android licensee for whom profitability is a somewhat distant memory?

Patents is the throw away line, the canard Larry Page foisted at the end of his blog post and the sound bite rival Android ODMs repeated, Stepford-like when welcoming Motorola's new overlord to the Open Handset Alliance table. Were Motorola's patents worth 3 times Nortel's? Were they worth 10 times Palm's? (Especially considering Apple and Microsoft are already suing Motorola and Palm's patents are such that there hasn't even been a whisper of patent-suit in their general direction?)

Likewise set top boxes. Apple calls Apple TV a hobby. Google TV could, perhaps, charitably fall into that category as well. Granted, getting Android software onto the actual cable box is more compelling than an iOS box in addition to a cable box, but the key word in all these equations is "cable". Both traditional land-based cable companies (most of which are monopolies) and satellite companies, (which are duopolies or oligopolies), have vested interests in control and content and they're the ultimate arbiter in which boxes they offer and to whom. (TiVo and Windows Media Centers with cable cards haven't fought their way out of that paper bag yet either.) Is that business worth $12.5 billion?

Let's get Oliver Stone about this for a minute and look at a) where Google makes their money, and b) the historical reason for Androids existence and continued development.

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5 years ago

New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, August 18

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New and updated iPhone and iPad apps for Thursday, August 18

Every day, TiPb gets flooded with announcements for new and updated iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad apps and games. So every day we pick just a few of the most interesting, the most notable, and simply the most awesome to share with you!

  • Imminence: Watch the seconds tick towards that special occasion, or keep an eye on the passing hours until your important deadline. [$0.99 for iPhone - App Store link]

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5 years ago

Quickoffice Pro HD for iPad goes social

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Quickoffice Pro HD for iPad goes social

Quickoffice has updated their business and productivity iPad app, Quickoffice Pro HD, with Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Yammer integration as well as Evernote support.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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5 years ago

TiPb Asks: What do you want in the next generation iPod touch?

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TiPb Asks: What do you want in the next generation iPod touch?

We've been talking so much about the iPhone 5 lately that it feels as if the iPod touch 5 is flying a little under the radar. Usually the iPod touch gets to headline Apple's annual fall special event but this year it sounds like the iPhone 5 is going to be stealing that thunder as well. Also, while iPod touch used to have the kids and the "I want iOS but I don't want an iPhone" market all to itself, it now has to share that with iPad, which isn't as portable but can be easier to use in some circumstances.

So how about we give the iPod touch 5 some love and ask what you want to see Apple announce for it this year?

An Apple A5 chipset seems a given, and that should be great for gaming with its 9x performance (and AirPlay mirroring in iOS 5, which is fabulous.)

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5 years ago

Head of iAds leaving Apple to join Highland Capital

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Head of iAds leaving Apple to join Highland Capital

Technology blog *All Things D" reports that Andy Miller, VP of Apple's iAd mobile advertising division, is leaving to join venture capital firm, Highland Capital.

Miller came to Apple as part of the Quatro Wireless acquisition, which Apple purchased after losing out on AdMob to Google. He reported directly to Steve Jobs. iAd, however, has faced a number of issues and hasn't exactly set the mobile ad world on fire.

No word yet on who will replace him.

[AllThingsD]

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5 years ago

Take notes for school with CourseNotes for iPad

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Take notes for school with CourseNotes for iPad

CourseNotes for iPad is a note-taking application geared towards students. You can take notes with text and drawings, share them with classmates, and add assignments to you calendar. The recent update includes rich text editing (bold, italics, underline) and Dropbox support.

It's apps like these that make me miss being a student. I was a horrible note-taker and I would've probably done much better in my general-ed classes if I had CourseNotes to help keep me organized and motivated.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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5 years ago

Superfunctional 7: Balance

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Superfunctional 7: Balance

Geoff and Rene answer yours questions on neck pain and then talk about the importance of the balance aspect of Muscle Balance and Function Development®. This is Superfunctional!

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5 years ago

Daily Tip: How to clear icon badges with BadgeClear [jailbreak]

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Daily Tip: How to clear icon badges with BadgeClear [jailbreak]

Despise notification icons on your apps but not sure how to quickly get rid of them? Disabling them completely is one thing, but being able to selectively clear them when you've reached the point of overload is another. Luckily, there's a Jailbreak app for that and we're going to tell you about it, after the break!

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5 years ago

Skype WiFi

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Skype WiFi

Skype has released their newest app, Skype WiFi for iPhone. It allows you to connect to 1 million different WiFi hotspots around the world and pay with Skype Credit.

Details and screenshots after the break.

[iTunes link]

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5 years ago

iPhone Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT, come chat!

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iPhone Live podcast tonight at 9pm EDT, come chat!

iPhone Live, the live recording of the best dang iPhone and iPod touch podcast on the net, hits the air again tonight. Join us!

Follow along with our show notes!

Time: 6pm PT, 9pm ET, 2am BST!

Place: http://live.tipb.com/live/

Be there!

(You can watch from iPhone via Ustream Viewer app (here's how) and iPad (we recommend Duet Browser.)

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5 years ago

iPad rivals still can't find a tablet market

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iPad rivals still can't find a tablet market

Apple has proven time and time again that they're driven to innovate regardless, that they can successfully compete against themselves, but nothing drives them to innovate and compete faster and in a more focused fashion than a successful rival. Sadly, when it comes to iPad, rivals are proving anything but successful at the point.

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5 years ago

Apple CFO: $12.5 billion is a lot of money for Google to spend on Motorola

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Apple CFO: $12.5 billion is a lot of money for Google to spend on Motorola

Apple Chief Financial Officer, Peter Oppenheimer, was asked what he thought about Android maker Google's intent to purchase handset maker Motorola Mobility during a Gleacher & Company conference call. Oppenhemier's response?

“$12.5 billion is a lot of money."

Indeed.

[Cult of Mac]

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5 years ago

The week in iPhone, August 17, 2011

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The week in iPhone, August 17, 2011

Missed a compelling piece of iPhone news, a great review, or a killer how-to? We're not collecting absolutely everything in iPhone here -- you can hit up TiPb.com/iPhone for that! -- but we're carefully picking what we think is the best of the last 7 days and presenting it here for your review.

And hey! -- these double as show notes for our iPhone Live! podcast tonight at 9pm Eastern. So join us at TiPb.com/live and follow along!

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