Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:34 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Major bombshell, and sorry, but this certainly requires a breaking tag as well: HP has announced it is discontinuing operations for webOS devices - effective immediately. Just like that... The TouchPad and Pre 3 are dead. Eh. Raise your hands if this brings back those painful memories of that infamous 'Focus Shift'. In addition, the company also announced its intention to sell its personal computer business.
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by Thom_Holwerda on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:44 UTC
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I'm just going to curl up in a fetal position and cry.

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by Lava_Croft on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:46 in reply to "Well"
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I wouldn't go that far, but this certainly leaves a hole in my heart.

Palm is cool, period.

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by tuaris on Thu 18th Aug 2011 23:22 in reply to "RE: Well"
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Palm was cool (until HP gobbled them up like Compaq).

I for one am happy to see HP spinning off their PC business, wish they could do the same for Palm.

HP should have just stuck to laser printers, not ink jets, not computers, not servers, just great LaserJet printers.

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by MOS6510 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:46 in reply to "Well"
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You can always start collecting old RPN based HP calculators, I know I do.

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by Pro-Competition on Thu 18th Aug 2011 19:53 in reply to "Well"
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I'm with you. As an old Amiga and BeOS fan, this is an all-too-familiar feeling. :^(

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by martini on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:46 in reply to "RE: Well"
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...the same feeling as an OS/2 user ;)

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by umad on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:46 in reply to "Well"
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Karma sometimes hurts

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by REM2000 on Thu 18th Aug 2011 20:51 in reply to "Well"
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i think ill join you, this has to be the worst news ive heard for a while. Im surprised HP didn't give the tablet and webos a little more time, its only been a month, yeah sales have been a little slow but surely if they persist they would start making inroads.

Webos has/had so much potential, i think what would make me a sadder panda would be for webos to disappear, please Open source it HP, don't let it be merged in with Apple/Google/Microsoft's divisions.

Ill admit im a big apple fan and love using my iPad, but i was considering getting a WebOS tablet to try out when they had stabilised the software a little. Out of all of the iOS competitors i was convinced that WebOS was the only one to offer a real challenge, how wrong i was....

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by ebasconp on Fri 19th Aug 2011 05:00 in reply to "RE: Well"
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iplease Open source it HP

There are a lot of comments asking HP to open source webOS. My question is.... What for? There is not actually hardware able to run it (ok, you can argue saying that a lot of enthusiastic homebrew users can install it in their jailbroken ipads/galaxy phones/PCs, etc., but, sadly, the mobile OSes need a backing corporation able to create hardware to ship the OS into it; and as I said in other comment in this thread, no more open phones like the N900 in the current arena.

don't let it be merged in with Apple/Google/Microsoft's divisions.

Do you really think HP cares about it? They are just taking care on their pockets (ok, any company would do that).

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by ebasconp on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:42 in reply to "Well"
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First Maemo, after Meego, after webOS, what is next?

Everything point to a world with iOS, Android and probably WP7... no place for something like my n900 right there ;) too sad!

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by aliquis on Sat 20th Aug 2011 21:30 in reply to "RE: Well"
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Blackberry QNX variant?

Oh... Yeah right .. ;D

But it could had been!

QT-built WebOS interface on QNX .. .;/

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by 1c3d0g on Thu 18th Aug 2011 21:46 in reply to "Well"
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Why? If the OS cannot compete, then it should be dropped. As simple as that. We already have Android, Apple's crap, Windows Phone, Meego etc. Why the hell do people need YET ANOTHER useless OS?

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by thavith_osn on Thu 18th Aug 2011 22:39 in reply to "RE: Well"
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You are right, they don't need another "useless" one, but a good one or great one (like iOS) would be OK. The more the merrier I say. I remember the days when most PC's you bought had different OS's on them, C64, Apple 2, Trash-80's, Amiga, BBC etc... As long as we can share data, who cares...

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by kaiwai on Sun 21st Aug 2011 00:47 in reply to "Well"
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I'm just going to curl up in a fetal position and cry.

But are you surprised? HP and Dell started this 'race to the bottom' over a decade ago and this is where it has ended up - computer assembly companies on their knees to cater for Joe Sixpack wanting their $200 computer and not wanting to pay a cent more. Sorry but when you push down the price that low something is going to give out - your call centre is going to be pushed out to Timbuktu, corners cut and even those corners are eventually cut, and any sort of innovative idea will be cut the moment they don't sell 100million units in the quarter because they don't have enough profits generated from other divisions to carry a developing division into maturity.

I've been saying this the moment I arrived at - and I am told that I've got it all wrong, I don't know what I'm talking about. Well twinkle toes it has all come home to roost and once again we have the race to the bottom mentality destroy an otherwise good idea. Side note though, I think the whole fiasco can be viewed in much the same way the US economy has developed where manufacturing and 'real work' has been pushed off to China with the BS being said that 'services are the future' - yeah, I'm sure the Americans are now enjoying that 9.2% unemployment and don't wish for those 'real jobs' to return to the US (OMG! I might get my hands dirty and chip a nail! OMG!) ;)

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by SilConGeeky on Sun 21st Aug 2011 04:34 in reply to "RE: Well"
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Kaiwai No shock to anyone who worked in SV for 20-30 years. This isnt new to us. We saw the same happen to the semiconductor business back in the 80s. It happened in a short period where we stopped making DRAM chips in the valley. That whole business was gone overnight.

Only those who came to SV in the past 10 years, never saw or could imagine such events happening.

Hey, we used to make everything from Semi, Harddrive, Sun workstations, to Apple macs in Santa Clara County.

If anything it was certainly the Netbooks under $500 coming out of Taiwan which killed off the HP PC business.

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