TCF Posts Archive
Aug 19, ’11 6:58 PM
San Francisco is preparing to host yet another big time tech media event. This time its billed as the Cloud Computing Industry Event of the Year.
Dreamforce ’11, happening August 30 to September 2, 2011 at Moscone Center, San Francisco.
It really seems a little strange to me that an event about the cloud is not held in the cloud. If ever there was any event that should be virtual, this is it!
Sponsor Salesforce has been long been waiting for this level of industry confirmation of their belief that online services and software is the only true way into the future and It turns out that they were dead right, just ask HP and IBM.
Take a moment to visit the event site at http://dreamforce.com/ready and get a discount on keynote and Expo passes.
By the way Salesforce is another leading San Francisco-based company.
Aug 19, ’11 6:17 PM
Where did HP fail with WebOS?
I would suggest that they chiefly failed to develop all essential aspects of a smartphone ecosystem.
So, It is not so much the iPhone or iPad devices that Android, RIM and others are actually competing against.
Their real enemy and the object of their attention should be on iOS and secondarily, the many innovative developers that program for it. I interpret HP’s recent move to mean that because of low margins hardware is a minor component in the ecosystem. The real money is in software and services.
What do I mean by ecosystem? Well, it takes ALL eight of the following:
- A superior Device
- An exceptional OS
- Strong Developer tools
- Innovative Developers
- A wealth of compellingApps
- An app delivery system
- A sales channel
- A reasonable pricing structure
Aug 19, ’11 4:08 PM
In what must surely serve as a cautionary tale for early adopters of technology such as has just happened to WebOS smartphone and tablet owners who must consider what they should do now that the rug has been pulled out from under them.
We will soon look back to a time when consumers were often willing to take more of a chance purchasing and using alternative less popular devices.
In that time they will simply make the safe choice of the leading device because it will have a greater probability of success and longevity.
When they are asked to invest hundreds of hard-earned dollars at a time of tight personal budgets and a massive national economic downturn also-ran products will have to do more, be better, or be more affordable than the market dominant product.
For the much later fire-sale adopter there may be great bargains to be found if they are willing to risk investing in products with an unsure future. Now that the shoe has fallen and HP has announced the looming end for webOS hardware HP is selling it for $600 making it one of the less expensive tablets at that capacity. (Apple’s iPad 2 is $699 at the same capacity)
Aug 19, ’11 2:08 PM
According to sources at The Next Web HP’S WebOS Ran Twice as Fast on an iPad, so It wasn’t poor performance of the software that killed the TouchPad. HP’s webOS team hacked an iPad 2 to run the software — and it ended up. Even before the TouchPad tablet or Pre smartphone were officially released, the webOS developer team was so fed up with HP’s lackluster hardware that they “wanted them gone.”
HP rocked the tech world yesterday when it announced the company would no longer be producing webOS hardware, including the TouchPad tablet and Pre smartphones, after acquiring Palm last year for $1.2 billion.
The webOS software could still be licensed to third-party manufacturers. HP CEO Leo Apotheker cited lack of traction in the marketplace as a major reason for abandoning the mobile operation. The team of developers also deployed webOS within the iPad’s Mobile Safari browser and got similarly speedy results.
The TouchPad features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with A8 architecture, while the iPad 2 houses a dual-core A5 chip based on the faster Cortex-A9 architecture.
According to The Next Web it was the hardware that 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.
So, this may not necessarily be the demise of WebOS, or the last word. It will take a real sharp innovative mind to figure out how to make it happen. But WebOS is a great starting point to build on.
Aug 19, ’11 1:52 PM
Every spy, sports enthusiast and horse race fan, girl watcher or bird watcher will definitely want a pair of Sony’s new DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital binoculars with the features of a camcorder with a variety of digital add-ons.
It is capable of snaping 7.1-megapixel stills and recording 1080p HD video in either 2D or 3D with Optical SteadyShot stabilizationThe DEV-5’s 20x zoom is twice that of the DEV-3. The DEV-5 also comes equipped with an on-board GPS receiver, allowing watchers to know the exact location of what they spot without the need for a separate device.The price is not for the faint of heart or the timid at $1400 and $2000, respectively they are the state-of-the-art. Expect them by November.