iPhone, iPad Games, Apps, Reviews, News Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:57:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 HP Slate: No iPad Killer [Update] Sun, 26 Sep 2010 23:37:16 +0000 Read More]]> A couple of days ago we posted a piece commenting on the video doing the rounds of a leaked HP Slate prototype. Most tech blogs picked up on the video, and was no different. The added bonus here is the post’s author, Chad Garrett also managed to get some hands-on time with the device around 3 months ago!

Chad Garrett is a self-confessed Apple fan (aren’t we all?), so perhaps take that into account when reading his thoughts on HP’s prototype.

So what did Chad think? In short, he wasn’t blown away. Things that put him off included a thicker body (2 to 3 times thicker) and a potential heat issue. Running a full-fledged OS on mobile hardware’s got to take its toll!

Initial experience of the onboard camera was limited, but ‘The camera seemed to work well based on the fluorescently lit cubical environment’ and it’s worth noting the shutter is apparently controlled via software with no hardware option – just like the iPhone. HP’s skin, used to give a more mobile feel to the Slate seemed to go down well too.

As Chad mentions in his post, it’s important to remember both his experience, and the video we’ve all seen are of a prototype device. Was the Apple iPad the polished, sleek device we know now when it was sat on a work bench in Cupertino? Probably not.

Until we see a final production version of HP’s latest tablet hardware it’s going to be hard to judge. It’s also worth remembering that just because the form-factor is the same, not all tablet devices are aimed at the same market. Apple has taken the consumer approach but Tablet PCs have historically done well in the enterprise.

Perhaps HP is looking to continue that trend.

]]> 0 Is HP’s new acquisition, Palm, a Sinking Ship? Wed, 09 Jun 2010 17:31:35 +0000 Read More]]> In some ways I regret the title of this piece. There are some very capable and visionary engineers and designers who make up the heart of Palm. But I do think that Palm itself, as we knew it, is falling apart.

In the last few weeks, after HP snapped up Palm, we’ve seen some worrying signs from the company.

Last month Matias Duarte left Palm. Apparently to go and work for Google. Who are not just a rival handset maker. Apart from Apple, Google with its Android smartphone ecosystem is the other major smartphone player in the world. Period. Not only that, but he went to work as a lead in their Android User Experience Department. Not an insignificant role!

HP’s reaction? They didn’t even issue a statement about the reasons behind the main architect of Palm’s webOS operating system apparently fleeing the company.

One can only read into that turn of events that HP didn’t see it coming, or that even if they did they perhaps either didn’t care or couldn’t spin it in any positive way. So said nothing.

In the first couple of days of this month, HP’s CEO issued the rather worrying and myopic statement that his company “didn’t buy Palm to be in the smartphone business”. He went on to try and qualify this sound-byte. But his explanation didn’t make things much better either.

A few scant hours later a rather rushed PR statement from HP tried to further clarify the CEO’s original statement, and to smooth ruffled features of HP’s shareholders.

Today we are hearing news that Rich Dellinger, another key webOS engineer, and a former Apple employee has also left Palm to return to Apple.

HP will obviously have the technology of webOS, as it stands, frozen in time to use as they see fit moving forward. And they’ll also reap the benefit of Palm’s patent portfolio.

But other than that it seems that Palm is still slowly disintegrating. Even after being bought out in what seemed at first like a rescue bid. It really would have been much better for Palm if they had been snapped up by Lenovo or HTC, other rumored suitors.

It seems that we are witnessing a rather sad end to a once truly innovative company.

Do you think its all over for Palm? Will we ever see any fruit from HP’s acquisition? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

]]> 4 Foxconn promises 20% wages hike Fri, 28 May 2010 21:40:48 +0000 Read More]]> Yesterday we covered a story on recent Foxconn suicides. The company where iPad, iPod touch and iPhone are being manufactured. Foxconn factory in China currently employs more than 400,000 workers and has been in the news as more than 13 employees have tried to commit suicide.

We have been reading stories and comments which state that this rate of suicide is actually better or lower than the average rate in China or US. However, I think most have missed two important details. These suicides have been committed in a short period of time and most have been attempted in the same fashion i.e jumping from a building roof.

One can’t just write off this story based on statistical data which proves that the rate of suicides is normal or below normal. We have read about previous suicides at Foxconn and the fact that these continue to rise is enough to question the corporations and investigate why the labor issues have not been resolved.

Apple recently issued a statement:

We are saddened and upset by the recent suicides at Foxconn. Apple is deeply committed to ensuring that conditions throughout our supply chain are safe and workers are treated with respect and dignity. We are in direct contact with Foxconn senior management and we believe they are taking this matter very seriously.

It is a well known fact that working conditions and salary offered to Foxconn employees are certainly two areas which have not seen much improvement. The recent news coverage about Foxconn suicides has however lead the management take the first step in the right direction. The management has decided to raise workers’ salaries by about 20 percent. According to an employee at Foxconn this might resolve some issues:

It may help the suicide situation, because we workers just need money and the financial pressure on us is great,

We hope that the raise in salary improves the current situation and companies like Apple, Dell and HP help the management in taking the right decisions.

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