32GB HP TouchPad Back at Best Buy on November 1st

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HP TouchPad

HP’s TouchPad is moving closer to disappearing form the market, but it seems that it will go down in style, as the last shipments are getting ready to land at Best Buy on November 1st.

HP is not selling the device anymore, but Best Buy will have some more units available for those who would like to purchase it at the incredible low price that HP set for the tablet PC a few months ago: $149 (105 Euros) for the 32GB flavor of the device.

However, there is a catch. The tablet will be available at this price tag only for those who will purchase it in a bundle with an HP or Compaq laptop, desktop or all-in-one computer.

Starting with November 1st, the deal will go live on BestBuy.com, and will also hit brick and mortar stores on November 4th (at all Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile standalone stores nationwide).

Best Buy and HP also announced that the TouchPad is available for individual purchase as well, outside the said bundle, but that the price tag for it has been set at $599.99 (425 Euros).

Those who were looking for the purchase of a $99 TouchPad packing only 16GB of internal memory will be disappointed to learn that the device is officially out of stock.

For those out of the loop, we should note that the tablet PC is based on HP’s webOS mobile platform, and that the computer maker announced a few months ago that it will put an end on the production of this device and of any webOS-powered smartphone.

“The HP TouchPad is designed to work like you do, so individuals can accomplish more, letting you connect, play, surf and share more easily,” Best Buy explains.

“It provides the ability to seamlessly move back and forth between apps without losing your place while automatically grouping similar activities together. The HP TouchPad functions on the webOS operating platform and comes with 32GB of storage space.”


Nokia Maps for Windows Phone Revealed

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Nokia Maps for Windows Phone

Nokia Maps for Windows Phone

When announcing plans to bring to the market handsets running under Microsoft’s Windows Phone, Nokia also announced plans to bring some of its applications and services to the new OS, including the much praised Nokia Maps.

At the Nokia World conference in London this week, the company took its time to showcase some of these apps and services, and the Nokia Maps were caught on video at the event.

In the video, you can see Dan Martins, Product Manager for Nokia Maps, presenting the service on a new Nokia Lumia device from the company.

One thing that is for sure is that the app looks great on Nokia’s Windows Phones, and that users will certainly enjoy it, the same as those who own Symbian phones from the company already do.

However, we should mention that Windows Phone devices from other makers are also expected to receive the Nokia Maps app and services, as this was part of the deal Microsoft and Nokia signed in early 2011.


Alleged Windows Phone from Lenovo Emerges

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Windows Phone from Lenovo

Windows Phone from Lenovo

When announcing the new Windows Phone 7.5 Mango operating system back in spring, Microsoft also unveiled that there will be a wider range of vendors coming up with handsets based on it, and Lenovo is one of these makers, it seems.

Not only was the company’s name mentioned in relation to Windows Phone before, but what appears to be their first handset to run under the mobile operating system has just made an appearance into the wild, further confirming such plans from the computer maker.

The handset that can be seen in the photos attached to this article supposedly runs Windows Phone, though it looks strikingly similar with the Lenovo LePhone S2 handset that should hit shelves with Android on board in the not too far future.

LePhone S2 will include a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 CPU, complemented by an 8MP camera on the back with HD video recording capabilities, and a display that can deliver a 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

In addition to featuring a similar design as that phone, the Windows Phone-powered device from the company could also sport the same internal circuitry.

As can be seen in the photos to the left, the upcoming Lenovo Windows Phone device might also sport a dedicated camera button, and could be packed with a front-facing camera as well.

Chances are that, the same as other smartphones from Lenovo, this Windows Phone Mango device would arrive on shelves on the Chinese market right from the start, which will make it one of the first such handsets to arrive in the country.

Nokia is another vendor expected to push Windows Phone devices to China, and should make an announcement on when that will happen sometime next year.

For the time being, however, nothing was officially confirmed on this Lenovo Windows Phone, and we’ll have to wait for a formal announcement to be made to learn more on it.


HP Windows 8 Tablets Coming Next Year

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HP Windows 8 tablets Coming Next Year

HP Windows 8 tablets Coming Next Year

During the company’s third-quarter earnings call on Thursday, HP CEO Meg Whitman confirmed that her company will launch tablets powered by Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system next year. “One of my observations is that HP tries to do a lot of things,” Whitman explained. “And I am a big believer in doing a small number of things really, really well — set them up, knock them down, set them up, knock them down.” Whitman’s comments are in-line with recent rumors that suggested that Dell and HP would both launch Windows 8 tablets during the third quarter next year. As for webOS, the mobile operating system HP’s former CEO Léo Apotheker basically killed off: “I think from a webOS perspective that’s kind of the next piece of work to complete … The whole team of Meg, Cathie, myself, John Visentin are working very, very hard and as quickly as we can to make the right decisions about that product,” HP’s personal systems group executive vice president Todd Bradley said. “We are going to make a decision about the long-term future of webOS within HP over the next couple of months.”