HP TouchPad Joins MSFT Kin On Shoals Of Abandoned Products

HP is “[discontinuing] operations for webOS devices, specifically the TouchPad and webOS phones.” The company slid this into its press announcement regarding possible purchase of Autonomy Corp (AU.L); with a market cap of $7 billion, it is the second largest pure software company in Europe. The HP TouchPad tablet went on sale on July 1, […]

Rewards For Those Who Wait? BestBuy iPad Bundle

Over at 9-to-5 Mac, Mark Gurman reports that BestBuy is bundling the iPad with mobile hotspot hardware. The catch? A two-year contract with either Verizon, AT&T or Sprint. Clear and Virgin not part of the deal for obvious reasons when you look at their non-promo service plans. According to ThinkMobile, the MiFi is not locked […]

Virgin Broadband2Go : Service OK, Set Up A Pain

I decided to join the mobile 3G modem age, and last week I bought the Virgin Broadband2Go USB modem from BestBuy ($99.99) with $20 (300 MB) of pay-as-you-go service for a 30-day period. As PC World reported last year, Virgin resells Sprint’s EVDO 3G broadband service on an a la carte plan. Sprint/NexTel sells a […]

Google, The Platform

Listening to Google CEO Eric Schmidt talk about the importance of a “new platform” while noting that “enterprise-focused” engineers are a small percentage of the company’s engineering team, I flashed back to 1984. When Apple introduced the Macintosh with that Ridley Scott commercial, the company was making a statement about the “cultural implications of personal […]

Links for Monday

Paging George Jetson! (Or Bladerunner fans.) The Mundus Group has a “Flying Car” that it will now sell as a kit vehicle “under the experimental kit aircraft protocol.” The website describes vehicles for police and emergency crews that use Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) technology. You know, the same sort of tech that powers […]

Can a Coupon Live Inside a Cellphone?

Well, yeah, it can. That’s a “doh.” The NYT’s headline writer asks this question to promo a short article in Sunday’s business section … as though this were something novel. Or hard to do. It’s neither and is common in Japan. In 2006 about 6-in-10 mobile customers in Japan used mobile coupons more than once […]