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HP Veer 4G review

June 3rd, 2011

When Palm first introduced webOS in January 2009 and subsequently launched the Palm Pre, I called the innovative operating system the best thing to happen to smartphones that year. To this day, webOS holds a special place in my heart for taking a novel approach to smartphone operating systems and making it beautiful. It was …

HP Veer 4G giveaway

May 24th, 2011

Want to get your hands on the smallest full-fledged smartphone in the world? Want a touchscreen device and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? Well, HP has given us a Veer 4G to give away, so here we go! If you’d like to enter, make sure to follow the giveaway contest rules below: To enter, simply post …

HP TouchPad to cost $599 from Walmart

May 20th, 2011

According to a purported screenshot of an internal Walmart inventory system, the retail giant will soon offer HP’s first webOS-powered tablet at its stores across the country. The screenshot, which was obtained by enthusiast blog PreCentral.net, shows a 32GB Wi-Fi model priced exactly in line with Apple’s iPad 2 at $599. The price point might …

HP Pre 3 gets FCC approval; looks like world phone for Verizon

May 11th, 2011

The Federal Communications Commission recently released documents outlining the testing and approval of Hewlett-Packard’s upcoming flagship smartphone, the HP Pre 3. Beyond the idea that the public release of these documents could mean that an official announcement isn’t far away, the documents also reveal that the CDMA version of the Pre 3, thought to be …

Android sees continued growth while BlackBerry OS falters, comScore says

May 6th, 2011

Android’s U.S. market share is continuing to grow at the expense of RIM, Microsoft, and Palm, according to a new report from comScore that took a snapshot of the mobile phone market during the March quarter. The report found that Android powered 34.7% of all U.S. smartphones, up 6% from December 2010. RIM’s BlackBerry OS …

Foxconn asks employees to sign ‘anti-suicide pledge’

May 5th, 2011

We’ve reported on the harsh working conditions at Foxconn — which have allegedly driven some workers to commit suicide — and now the firm is asking its workers to sign pledges stating that they will not hold Foxconn responsible if they commit suicide, Daily Mail says. While translations may vary, the letter to employees reportedly …

Major mobile app store revenue will grow 77.7% in 2011

May 5th, 2011

According to IHS-owned market research firm iSuppli, revenues from major mobile app stores will grow 77.7% to $3.8 billion this year. iSuppli estimates that major app markets like those offered by Apple, Google, Nokia and RIM sold $2.1 billion worth of apps in 2010 and just $830.6 million in 2009. “With consumers continuing to show …

HP Veer 4G to launch May 15th on AT&T

May 4th, 2011

HP and AT&T on Wednesday announced that the latest webOS smartphone, the HP Veer 4G, will become available later this month as an AT&T exclusive. HP unveiled the bite-sized Veer webOS phone at a press event back in February, and at that time we thought the device was a tad too small for our liking. …

HP adds carrier billing, promo codes to webOS App Catalog

May 2nd, 2011

The only webOS-related news we really want to hear out of HP’s camp is here’s when the Pre 3 and TouchPad are launching, but we suppose last week’s quiet App Catalog update is also welcome news. The new version of HP’s webOS App Catalog features several changes, some more important than others. The first thing users …

Your smartphone is tracking you, and you said it was okay

April 20th, 2011

The Internet nearly exploded this morning after O’Reilly filed a report indicating that users of Apple’s iPhone and 3G iPad were being tracked. A file, found in the filesystem of the aforementioned devices running iOS 4 or higher, contains a list of time-stamped GPS coordinates that correlate with the device’s location. The only issue I have with Apple’s methodology is that the …