Live: HP’s Palm webOS Event – Tablets, Smartphones, Cloud Services, Oh My!

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HP is finally showing the world what Palm has been up to with their webOS, and we’re coming to you live from San Francisco to see if the webOS tablets (the Opal and Topaz) are as amazing as we’ve made them out to be in the months leading up to this event. There’s a chance we’ll also see a new webOS-powered smartphone, new Touchstone wireless dock technologies, and possibly even some sort of Palm-backed cloud service to help keep all your webOS devices synced up and ready to rock.

The Opal and Topaz webOS tablets are headed to AT&T and Verizon, with a WiFi-only version coming down the pipeline at some point. Coming off the leaks that hinted at snazzy, new Touchstone tech on the horizon, we’ll likely also see a new Touchstone dock to help you manage all your pictures, videos, music, etc. sans wires and cables.

The Palm Pre 2 could also make its debut at the webOS event in San Francisco, but that’s really more wishful thinking than anything else. As is the speculation that Palm will unveil a new cloud service to help keep all webOS devices in sync via the cloud. Web-based backup and syncing? That would be nice.

We’ll be bringing you play-by-play coverage of the entire event, from unveiling to hands-on demos, so make sure you keep it locked to this post right here and we’ll do all our live-blogging in the box below.

Update: the rumor mill is saying we’ll see the tablet and it will be called the TouchPad and we should see a very thin smartphone as well. Looks like fun.

Update 2: A leaked HP webpage suggests we’ll see the Pre 3, TouchPad and something called the “Veer.” We have a good idea what two of those will be but let’s see what they have to show off.

Update 3: Show’s over, but here’s out liveblog transcript.

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Good morning IntoMobile readers
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We’re here live at the HP event in beautiful San Francisco and we’re waiting for some webOS goodness
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

xcited!!!!!

9:34 Guest
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Us too
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We’re hearing a super thin smartphone and the tablet, maybe called the TouchPad
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[Comment From DerekDerek: ]

is there any video feed for this?

9:34 Derek
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not that I’m aware of but you got us :)
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

hoping for new webos smartphone

9:34 Guest
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I think you’ll be getting your wish
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We’re just waiting to sit down
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

this is so exciting!!

9:35 Guest
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snazzy venue, haven’t been here before – Marin
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Are you more excited for a new webOS smartphone or tablet?
I want a webOS tablet!

( 29% )

A new Palm Pre is what I want!

( 20% )

I want both

( 49% )

What’s webOS?

( 2% )
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WiFi’s looking pretty solid and we have backup hotspots, so we’ll be giving you the goods as soon as it happens
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

thank you guys so much for live blogging!!!

9:37 Guest
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Thank you for reading
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We’ll be kicking off the actual event in a few minutes, folks. Bear with us.
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More rumors say it could be the Pre 3, “Veer” and TouchPad
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The Pre 3 and TouchPad we have a decent idea of but unsure of the Veer
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Follow us here to find out
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[Comment From TammyTammy: ]

i just hop it goes on sale soon and not make us wait til the holiday season!!

9:40 Tammy
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HP has said that they’ll be shipping within weeks
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and a leak today suggests it may even go on sale today, although I can’t verify that yet
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[Comment From TammyTammy: ]

wwooooooohooooo im a happy gal today!!!! Yeaaa HP!!!

9:41 Tammy
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Still waiting to be seated, updates may slow for a few minutes
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Any word on webos update for older pre phones?

9:43 Guest
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Hopefully, we’ll hear some more about that too
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Also, if the rumors are true, wouldn’t you feel foolish if you bought a Pre 2?
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[Comment From Pre2LoverPre2Lover: ]

love the pictures, keep them coming please !!

9:44 Pre2Lover
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We’ll have plenty, just jockeying for position
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[Comment From TammyTammy: ]

i do mine is supposed to come today but im gonna send it back!

9:44 Tammy
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There’s some good buzz in the room, so let’s hope HP can deliver
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But will a high-end smartphone and tablet with webOS be enough to compete against Apple, Motorola and Google?
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

I hope they can deliver on Sprint also this time :) I’m stuck with the original Pre

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[Comment From TammyTammy: ]

yes because the webos is the best!!!!!!

9:46 Tammy
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I dig webOS but the app environment still needs some work and there are some other features that I would like in it. Hopefully, both of those can be addressed today
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I still think webOS is the best 1.0 smartphone OS I’ve seen – Marin
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[Comment From RichRich: ]

Want to here about cloud storage, too.

9:47 Rich
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Me too, I think that could be a big deal if it’s done right
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I’m imagining a Dropbox on steroids for free. Maybe that’s wishful thinking though
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[Comment From JerryJerry: ]

How many webos apps are currently available?

9:49 Jerry
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I know there are a few thousand apps available (don’t have it off the top of my head)
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But Palm never had the juice to entice developers
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You either need a huge market share, a highly lucrative base of users or some other incentive
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[Comment From onghuonghu: ]

I remember the number 5600.

9:51 onghu
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Sounds about right to me
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But Microsoft has about equal that with Windows Phone 7 because it went out and paid developers or incentivized them
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That’s one way to boost it
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[Comment From scottgscottg: ]

How many apps does one need? Many are junk anyway (speaking of iOS and Android).

9:52 scottg
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[Comment From onghuonghu: ]

You probably don’t need 200 “fart apps”

9:54 onghu
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[Comment From DerekDerek: ]

I hope HP shares the plans for a product roadmap, with the new Ipad coming out there will instantly be pressure on HP to innovate so this product launch is not a one hit wonder.

9:54 Derek
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good point I’ll address that in a few when we sit down
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Basically, I believe that the core app will be on all the platforms (Facebook, etc)
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But even if the majority of the apps are cruddy, having more gives you a higher percentage of nailing something cool and innovative
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So if only 2% of apps are good – 2% of 300,000 is more cool apps than 2% of 5,000
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We’re seated
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And some cool LCD Soundsystem music is blasting, love it
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[Comment From scottgscottg: ]

The trick is finding the needle in the 300000 app haystack!

9:57 scottg

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We’re waiting for the event to start now
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Watching execs mingling and wishing eachother good luck. It’s a funny sight.
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Talking to a game developer who says the webOS platform kind of outstripped the hardare with the Pre
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More LCD Soundsystem music playing, if you’re interested
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[Comment From RichRich: ]

If the rumor about sharing data by tapping the phone and tablet is true, that could be a big win…

10:04 Rich
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Basically, the dev said webOS as a platform is good but the hardware on the Pre was a bit underpowered and didn’t unlock its potential
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Thats why were here, right? To see what HP brings to the table for hardware!

10:04 Guest
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I don’t even want to tap honestly, I just want to hit an on-screen button
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[Comment From James McPJames McP: ]

HP had commented internally they planned to release a device about every 2 months through 2011

10:06 James McP
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Yes, we’re hearing that they’ll also have an event next month for more webOS products
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They’re still setting up. This presentation is off to a late start.
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Maybe netbooks, laptops or other devices. It’s clear that HP isn’t messing around when it comes to webOS
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Checkbook is out–ready and waiting! Bring it!

10:08 Guest
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Looks like they’re putting the finishing touches on the demo stations
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More LCD Soundsystem playing too
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Oh it’s packed and buzzing in here, like an Apple event or other big product launch
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[Comment From onghuonghu: ]

I just hope they take this to the world soon enough.. in Asia, we’re still awaiting the Pre.. (no, I didn’t forget to put a “2″ at the end)

10:10 onghu
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Isn’t it already too late for palm. They blew it big time. Where will webOS fit into the market?

10:10 Guest
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Let’s not forget that the smartphone market is just really starting to heat up
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While Apple’s and Google’s lead seem insurmountable, just think about how quickly Android rocketed to the top
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Not saying that will happen with webOS and HP but the company does have a ton of cash to throw at this and it knows these devices are the future of computing.
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We can’t livestream, we asked. Sorry.
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As much as I dig this musc, they need to start this event soon
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[Comment From James McPJames McP: ]

the video is supposed to be rebroadcast @ 2pm. http://h30261.www3.hp.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=71087&p=irol-EventDetails&EventId=3734054

10:16 James McP
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Lights dimming … here we go!
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Todd Bradley, executive VP is up
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“I’d like you to think back to that moment in time when you experienced something for the first time”
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“there’s something exciting and thrilling about it” – talks about electric cars, teleconferencing
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“We should all witness these firsts as often as we can … delivering those experiences is what the tech industry is all about”
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That’s why we’re here today
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“At HP, we’re about creating amazing experiences for customers who want to be better connected to their world.”
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Applying the full force to a set of products toward a long-term strategy. This strategy will make them the leader at creating and enabling these new experiences.
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We’re seeing that HP did the first pocket calculator, portable PC, inkjet printer
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“We have a tradition of delivering innovation that becomes part of the fabric of your everyday life”
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Talks about HP’s scales – serves over 1 billion customers in 174 countries
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“Our global reach is unprecedented”
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In the last 60 seconds, we’ve shipped 120 PCs and printers
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Sum it up: HP is huge and it won’t have the resource problems that Palm had
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$160 billion market for connected mobile devices
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“It’s very clear that we’re in the early stages of a market that will continue to grow in size, importance and relevance for many years to come”
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HP is focusing on how to bring its scale to webOS
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deployed hundreds of engineers to augment this – shout out to Rubinstein
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[Comment From FrannGrFrannGr: ]

Think big… The first 32″ tablet…

10:21 FrannGr
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[Comment From JairusKJairusK: ]

I’m kinda bothered by the lack of the “Palm” logo.

10:21 JairusK
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They’re thinking big like how Palm did with the webOS
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Oh, no Palm logos up there FYI
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They’ve been reaching out to developers in order to boost the ecosystem
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HP is convinced that it can make a contribution to the connected device world
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hopefully, we’ll hear about some new cloud services
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“More and more people accessing more cloud-based content from more mobile devices”
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“No one, before today, has developed a solution that works ubiquitously across those devices”
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(Cloud services are coming, we can feel it)
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One that responds to how you access entertainments … gives you effortless access to that digital universe no matter which HP device you use
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[Comment From AshokAshok: ]

Great live broadcast here.

10:24 Ashok
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“Our intention with webOS devices is to transform how people connect and feel”
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“think, feel & connect” is the tag
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When you see this service (whatever it’s called) you can see progress is happening
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

I’m smelling game changer

10:25 Guest
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Jon Rubinstein is on stage to explain it
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He’s a senior VP and GM now at HP
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“There’s a word for what we’ve achieved … Synergy”
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Talks about how it works on webOS currently
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HP is bringing the benefits of Synergy to more products
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“Today marks an important new beginning … we’re presenting from a much larger stage”
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Talking about webOS improvements – Yay
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He’s talking about the positive press webOS has received
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Lots of pandering to the press by quoting them
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webOS 2.1 is the most important one they’ve done so far
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takes original features from webOS and takes them even further
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gives over 50 new features like Flash, VPN, exhibition mode, voice dialing, more
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Pre 2 on Verizon pre-order tomorrow
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“Time to take things to a whole new level”
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Looks like we’ll see a small thin phone
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“Something that’s powerful and elegantly small”
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HP Veer – teeny webOS phone slide up keyboard
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about the size of a credit card, QWERTY keyboard, 2.6-inch screen, gesture area, Flash-enabled browser, GPS
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5-megapixel camera, USB magnetic carriers, HSPA+, WiFi (no n), same memory as Pre 2, 8 GB of storage
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second gen Snapdragon 7230/ 800 Mhz processor, Bluetooth, accelerometer, hotspot
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The new Veer will be available in early Spring
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The Veery looks chic but not amazing – Marin
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Pre 3!
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Slide-up QWETTY keyboard, full size office on the go, gesture area, 3.6-inch WVGA screen
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2 1/2 times the resolution of the Pre
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5-megapixel camera that can do HD recording, front-facing
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EV-DO world, HSPA+, Buetooth, WiFI (n included), 8 GB or 16 GB, same memory as the Pre 2, Snapdragon at 1.4 GHz
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Pre 3 will be available this summer
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Both are Touchstone compatible
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When you put it on the Touchstone, “Exhibition mode” launches – shows clock, calendar and more
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webOS devices will be context aware, they’ll know what to show depending on where they’re docked
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Yeah, I wouldn’t go jump out and get a pre 2
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webOS has only been on smartphones until today
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The HP TouchPad is official
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First in what will be the webOS Touchpad family
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First form factor that lets the elegance come through
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1.6 pounds, 13.7 mm thick, 9.7-inch 1024 x 768 screen
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1.3-megapixel webcam for video calling, Beats audio support
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WiFi b/g/n, bluetooth, 16 or 32 GB of storage, twice the memory of the Pre 2
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Qualcomm Snapdragon, dual-core 1.2 GHz processor
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Quick shot at Motorola for saying dual-core gets up to 2 GHz, oh snap
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“Some of the recent work from the competition shows we have a lot of fans”
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dig at RIM and QNX on the PlayBook
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Activity cards are grouped in stacks to make it easy to know what you’re working on
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We’re seeing a multi-panel e-mail client – and some notifications on the upper right corner
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“An unmatched e-mail experience”
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Tablet Showdown: What’s your pick?
Palm TouchPad

( 71% )

Apple iPad

( 14% )

Motorola Xoom

( 14% )

BlackBerry PlayBook

( 1% )
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TouchPad larger layout makes Synergy more powerful by giving you more size to view your calendar, for example
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“TouchPad is more than just a pretty face”
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The virtual keyboard has a number row. Neato.
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Comes bundled with QuickOffice, can integrate with Google Docs, Dropbox, Box.net
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They’re going over the business aspects of this: VPN, etc.
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You can sync music collection with device, doesn’t mention how
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TouchPad accessories – lightweight case that can turn into a stand
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ultra-compact wireless keyboard,
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You can charge the TouchPad on the TouchStone dock when it’s in the case
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basically, the case and the keyboard look nearly the same as the iPad accessories
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Demo time with Sachin Kansal
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He’s showing off the Pre 3
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and we’re seeing the universal search – nothing we haven’t seen before
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He’s dropped it on the TouchStone and it’s in exhibition mode
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it shows the upcoming appointments and can be a photo frame
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He’s showing off the TouchPad now
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Text hit the Pre 3 but that same message can be seen on the TouchPad
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ToucPad and Pre 3 talk to each other
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You can take phone calls on your TouchPad, SMS via Bluetooth
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We’re looking at the user interface on the TouchPad
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He’s swiping between apps
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or “cards” – forgot
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Center button takes you back to the homescreen
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We’re looking at an app tray and now the calendar
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Memo for Valentine’s day on TouchPad: 1. order flowers 2. cash paycheck 3. Buy shiny, expensive thing.
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“This is true multitasking and it shines even more on the TouchPad”
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“This takes tablet UI to a whole new level”
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Looking at e-mail
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You can drag a message from the corner to show off the inbox
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a full-screen message, I mean – it’s interesting
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To switch accounts, you drag from the bottom left corner
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“E-mail has never been this easy”
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There is Exchange support, FYI, along with Google, Yahoo, etc.
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WE’re looking at how to delete multiple emails
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just tap on multiple items and they can be trashed quickly
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We’re looking at how QuickOffice handles attachments, looks pretty good
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Full version of QuickOffice with editing for Word and Excel will be on the TouchPad
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You can stack the multiple e-mail cards on top of each other
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“With webOS, multitasking was not an afterthought … and it shows”
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Now for something a little more flashy
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HTML5 video and Flash support – we’re watching a Kung Fu Panda 2 trailer
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It’s in the browser playing off Flash and looks pretty smooth
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We’re checking out a cooking website
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Scrolling around looks fluid
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Full capacitive screen, don’t expect a stylus for those asking
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We’re looking at notifications now
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They pop up at the top right corns and tapping on it opens it up even further
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You can swipe to get rid of them in the top right corner
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Tapping on the notification will open up the appropriate app
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The messaging app combines SMS and IM in a single client
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I do like the numbers row on the virtual keyboard
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Four sized for the virtual keyboard – XS, S, M, L – that’s cool too
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The adjustable size of the keyboard and number row are cool. Not game-changing but convenient.
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You can just type form the homescreen and you can post to Twitter with a third-party add on
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“Seamless integration with social networking”
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Facebook and LinkedIn friends go in the contact book, events can be on the calendar
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Social networking is coming to the photo application
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Looks like it will pull in Facebook, Photobucket and Snapfish online albums
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We’re looking at the dude’s dog from a Facebook album
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“At HP, we know a thing or two about printing”
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in the photos app, you can hit a few buttons on the TouchPad and then print to any of HP’s network-connected printers
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You can also do Facebook comments and see what else everyone else is saying
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“This is seamless integration with social networking”
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Printer time – the photo printed out and looks good
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We’re going to look at what devs are building – high performance 3D games
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We’re seeing a 3D flight simulation game where you can blast other planes
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It looks good but nothing too mind-blowing
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It’s not just about immersive gaming, it’s about immersive reading
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We’re looking at a version of Sports Illustrated on the TouchPad
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Customers will have various options on how to subscribe and read this content
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They’re also partnering with Amazon to get Kindle on this
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Earlier, I meant 3D graphics, not true 3D – many iPad games do that too
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No Flash games though
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More on the Kindle app – and we’re seeing how calls pop in when you’re in an app
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switching to video calling
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Rubinstein’s calling from the back and they’re talking on a video call
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Rubinstein, on a Pre 3, looked solid in the video call but there was a slight lag on the audio
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They’re going to bring video calling to all its webOS devices (probably just the new ones)
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We’re looking at a restaurant website – full of Flash, it’s performing well
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He’s tapping the Pre 3 on the TouchPad
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and the webpage is going to the Pre 3
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Touch to Share
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Using TouchStone technology, you can pair these devices and throw content between them.
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Not 100% sure what that content entails.
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TouchPad – dual core processor, true multitasking, touch-to-share, Synergy based communications
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HP partners have taken it for a test drive, Dreamworks Animations has had one and we should hear from them in a minute
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Jeffrey Katzenberg CEO is doing a video – DreamWorks games will be on the TouchPad
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Pretty sure the touch-to-share is over Bluetooth
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We’re seeing another Kung Fu Panda plug – talk about corporate Synergy!
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The WiFi version of TouchPad available this summer
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then 3G and 4G versions
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Release will be in U.S., “select markets” first, then other markets
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Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs is on stage now to talk about the new Snapdragon
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“The future is wide open when it comes to growth and opportunity in the mobile space”
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last year, Qualcomm shipped 399 million chipsets over smartphones, feature phones, tablets, netbooks, GPS, e-readers, others
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No word on what 4G the TouchPad will be
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“Committed to providing a superior product portfolio”
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The Snapdragon is not a single chipset but a family that’s targeted at different device types and performance levels
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They take a systems-based approach to engineering – takes a quick jab at “off the shelf ARM cores”
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[Comment From Pre2LoverPre2Lover: ]

sharing content by tapping.. wow !

11:20 Pre2Lover
11:21
All of the webOS devices today have the latest SnapDragon line
11:21
11:21
[Comment From -Flintst0n-Flintst0n: ]

Summer – Boo!

11:21 -Flintst0n
11:21
Interesting timing of the TouchPad release, by then we should have the Xoom out, the next iPad out and others.
11:21
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The Pre 3 is the first 1.4 GHz Snapdragon processor
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Qualcomm approach to engineering was specifically for mobile, so its dual-core processors have a smooth power versus performance curve
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11:23
[Comment From Sprint userSprint user: ]

Any word on where the phones are going?

11:23 Sprint user
11:23
Nothing announced here, we have a little bit of time before they’re released though
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As for the question about the picture, there wasn’t a stylus, that was the TouchPad from the side
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Beats by Dr. Dre is included
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Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Beats by Dre, is out to talk about the audio features
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No Dr. Dre though
11:25
11:26
[Comment From MagellanMagellan: ]

Doesn’t sound like they’re announcing the price of the TouchPad

11:26 Magellan

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They’re trying to fix the degradation of music through the digital revolution – the audio quality, that is, not the pirating
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Record industry downgrades music from 24 bit to 16 bit, then it’s shipped to other things like iTunes
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“Paul McCartney can remaster the Beatles all he wants but if you play it through a Dell computer, it sounds like it’s coming from a portable TV.”
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He’s had a hard time getting tech companies to understand the “plight” of what he’s dealing with
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1 million HP laptops with Beats are out
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“The TouchPad is a musical instrument”
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“The bottom line is, music is the best app for the Internet”
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Music on the TouchPad and HP Beats laptop “feel” exactly as they do in the recording studio
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Rubinstein’s back up
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Steven McArthur of HP is up to talk about apps and its developer outreach
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“These fantastic new products are just the start of HP’s plan to build the largest installed base of connected products in the world.”
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This vision should excited developers, he says
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HP is uniquely positioned to achieve this goal – the scale of HP combined with the webOS platform could make this happen.
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“webOS is the premier platform for enabling fantastic user experiences, no matter how they’re delivered.”
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Facebook users rank the webOS Facebook app as the best one on the market today
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It’s not just for big players like Facebook, Selfaware Games was able to build its business on webOS
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He’s also talking about a 14-year-old developer who created kandutech, who made a Google Voice app
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Voogle is the name of that app
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“Choice” – we give developers a choice of powerful tools that are fun and easy to use
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There will be a new webOS developer framework that they’ll show to 500 devs later tonight
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We’re talking about the music now, you sync directly to the device with the app and buy tunes from Amazon MP3
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The HP Movie Store will give you access to videos
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“We think TouchPad will be the best game experience in the tablet form factor”
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They’ll also have news and entertainment magazines that you can subscribe to
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“We’re helping developers and content providers do what they do best – create”
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We’re watching a promo video right now
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We’re seeing a bunch of magazines, I think they’re all Time Inc. magazines
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We’re seeing how this can integrate with webOS products
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There’s also a brief snippet of people working on the digital layout on a Mac
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Auto-rotations are there, smooth panning and swiping
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in-line videos, large photos are all possible
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That promo video was a bit too long …
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Looks like Time Inc. magazines in the U.S. that were featured
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Time’s chief digital officer, Randal Rothenberg is out with a TouchPad in hand
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“HP and webOS allows us to do what we do best: create immersive informative content.”
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Subscribers will be able to buy one-off of the titles or existing subscribers will be able to get the digital issue for free
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We’re looking at People magazine
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There’s some interactivity – he’s changing the dresses that Reese Weatherspoon may wear when she goes down the aisle
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Now, we’re looking at Time
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Good photo rendering, smooth swiping.
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Interactive maps and inline videos are also being shown off.
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People, TIme, SI and Fortune will have apps out when the TouchPad hits the market
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He’s holding the TouchPad with one hand and it looks relatively comfortable
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So, who’s excited about these products?
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

very exciting!!!

11:50 Guest

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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

So Excited!!! Can’t wait to get my hands on these!

11:51 Guest
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[Comment From -Flintst0n-Flintst0n: ]

I am. I love that they need to be used together to really unlock the potential!… Summer is UGH.. otherwise, GREAT!

11:51 -Flintst0n
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Very! Just hate that I have to wait until summer when my original Pre is barely limping along.

11:51 Guest
11:51
[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Too long to market… :’(

11:51 Guest
11:51
[Comment From NickNick: ]

Waited forever on sprint for new palm and still waiting…………………

11:51 Nick
11:51
[Comment From webOShopefulwebOShopeful: ]

No word on battery life for any of the products?

11:51 webOShopeful
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I think price on the TouchPad is going to be extremely important
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The entry-level model has to be $499 at most or I don’t think it will gain a lot of traction
11:52
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

I can’t wait to get one! Wish I knew the prices though!

11:52 Guest
11:53
Yep, no word on pricing for all of them. The Pre 3 should land in the U.S. for $200 on contract, the Veer should be a little cheaper
11:53
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Also, thank you for the superb coverage today. Very nice!

11:53 Guest

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Todd is back on stage to talk about the webOS family
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“We’re thinking beyond today”
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taking webOS to other devices in the future including printers and form factors you haven’t seen before.
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webOS is coming to …
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The PC!
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They’re working on bringing a rich set of apps and services on webOS to the PC
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It will be coming later this year
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For developers, this could mean hundreds of millions more to target
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“I think it’s fair to say that’s the start of something pretty big.”
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More webOS details to share throughout the year.
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Image shows a dude with all his devices
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laptop, cameras, digital cameras, tablets, smartphones – could all of these eventually get webOS?
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We’re going to see the company’s new ad campaign
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“At HP, what we’re going to do is invite everyone on.”
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Cute video with the tune of “I Left my wallet in El Segundo” (I forgot the name of the song that sampled!) with different images and lyrics
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“Everybody share, everybody tweet, everybody app.” etc.
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HP: Everybody on.
11:59
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[Comment From Pre2LoverPre2Lover: ]

walk on the wild side apparently

11:59 Pre2Lover
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Yes, of course
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[Comment From GuestGuest: ]

Have the announced the pricing and release date?

12:00 Guest
12:00
They’ve given release windows but no prices
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Rubinstein is back on stage showing a picture from when he first got out of school and was hired by HP
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Oh man, the 70s were awful for fashion
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MC Hammer is here, apparently
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Serena Williams too,
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“What you saw today was just the beginning.”
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“We’re committed to building this ecosystem – from small to big, from local to global”
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HP webOS: now in S, M, L.
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referencing the Veer, Pre 3 and TouchPad
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One last video clip of the new products
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So, what do you think of Palm, err, HP’s announcements today?
MIND = BLOWN

( 32% )

Nice, I might grab one of the three gadgets.

( 45% )

Meh. I guess everybody’s making a tablet.

( 8% )

I’ll wait to see the iPad 2, thanks.

( 11% )

Pff. webOS is still dead as a doornail.

( 5% )
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Alright guys, it looks our boys went off to get some hands-on time with the new toys. Check out IntoMobile for some video soon!
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Thanks for watching, and be sure to check in again next weekend for MWC!

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