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webOS ran twice as fast on iPad 2 as TouchPad? [Updated]

Matt Brian from The Next Web has a source that claims, before canceling all webOS devices, people inside HP tested webOS as a web app on iPad 2 using Safari and the results were twice as fast as their own TouchPad hardware.

The hardware reportedly stopped the team from innovating beyond certain points because it was slow and imposed constraints, which was highlighted when webOS was loaded on to Apple’s iPad device and found to run the platform significantly faster than the device for which it was originally developed.

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More on iPad 3 coming this spring, difficulty in producing Retina Displays

The Wall Street Journal tells us that -- surprise, surprise -- Apple is working on a Retina Display iPad 3 for this fall!

The Cupertino, Calif., company has ordered key components such as display panels and chips for a new iPad it is aiming to launch in early 2012, said the people.

The next generation iPad is expected to feature a high resolution display - 2048 by 1536 compared with 1024 by 768 in the iPad 2 - and Apple's suppliers have already shipped small quantities of components for the sampling of the iPad 3. Suppliers said Apple has placed orders for a 9.7-inch screen device.

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Sn0wbreeze 2.8b5 jailbreak for iOS 5 beta 5

Those of you on iOS 5 beta 5 that aren't able to take advantage of Redsn0w for Mac users are in luck. Sn0wbreeze 2.8 beta 5 has been updated to support beta 5 for Windows users by its creator, iH8sn0w.

Sn0wbreeze will work to jailbreak the following devices on iOS 5 beta 5:

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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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