Meg Whitmen et al have decided to fill in the vacant spot of the Chief Strategy Officer at HP. This spot was previously held by Shane Robison, who took retirement. In addition to being CSO, Veghte will also be heading HP’s Cloud and webOS open source programs.

According to the press release by HP,

HP Names Bill Veghte Chief Strategy Officer

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 17, 2012

HP today announced that Bill Veghte has been appointed chief strategy officer.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Veghte will continue in his current role as executive vice president of HP Software.

As chief strategy officer, Veghte will be responsible for keeping HP on the cutting edge of innovation. He will work with HP’s senior business and technology leaders to help define the IT industry’s future and make certain HP continues to lead the way. Veghte’s new role reaffirms HP’s commitment to providing customers with the latest platforms, products and services needed for success in a rapidly changing world.

“Every 10 to 15 years, fundamental shifts occur in the IT industry that redefine how technology is delivered,” said Meg Whitman, HP president and chief executive officer. “From mainframes to client/server to the internet, companies that identified the opportunity first and developed the right strategy came out on top. As we move forward, HP intends to stay on top, and I believe Bill has the knowledge and vision to keep us there.”

In addition to helping drive strategy for the company as a whole, Veghte will lead HP’s cloud and webOS open source initiatives.

Veghte joined HP in 2010. In the most recent fiscal year, he grew HP’s software business by 18 percent. Prior to HP, he spent two decades at Microsoft in a variety of senior leadership positions. Most recently, he managed the company’s $15 billion global Windows® business and was instrumental in the delivery and launch of Windows 7.

Nothing much to add here except we hope these changes bring some good for the webOS platform, which is now pretty “dead” dead…!!!

For people on webOS 1.4.5 devices, you were definitely missing on a decent document editor for your Pre, Pre+, and Pixi. Worry not, for Picsel SmartOffice Suite has arrived.

Picsel has released a version of it’s SmartOffice suite for 1.4.5 devices complete with viewing, creating, and editing MS Office documents, which can be further shared via Dropbox or Google Docs. Future updates will improve support for PowerPoint, while Adobe PDF is also supported.

You can download the Picsel SmartOffice Suite from https://developer.palm.com/appredirect/?packageid=com.picsel.app.smartofficepre&applicationid=1000135

Nothing much to add here…!!

The best just got better. Broadcom, the maker behind come of the most needed chips in our smartphones and tablets (read as network chips) has introduced its first family of 802.11ac (5G WiFi) chips.

According to Broadcom, its new family of chips offers speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n Wi-Fi with up to six times the power efficiency over a broader range. The new chips use a 40nm process and deliver HD video content over longer distances nearly instantaneously. Broadcom says the chips deliver content so quickly, that the Wi-Fi radios on mobile devices can return to low-power mode faster, which results in significant power savings.

The full press release is as follows

Broadcom Launches First Gigabit Speed 802.11ac Chips – Opens 2012 CES with 5th Generation (5G) Wi-Fi Breakthrough

5G WiFi Offers Consumers the World’s Fastest, Most Reliable Wireless Coverage for HD-Quality Video and Near Instantaneous Data Synch
Innovation Attracts Support from Industry Leaders – Comcast, Lenovo, Motorola, NETGEAR and Others

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — CES —

News Highlights:

  • Broadcom introduces first family of IEEE 802.11ac chips based on the 5th generation of Wi-Fi (5G WiFi)
  • 5G WiFi improves wireless range in the home, allowing consumers to watch HD-quality video from more devices, in more places
  • The increased speed of 5G WiFi allows consumers to load web content on a mobile device faster, synch large video or music files quickly, all while extending battery life
  • 5G WiFi addresses the growing need for a more robust and efficient wireless network

Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, today introduced its first family of 802.11ac (5G WiFi) chips designed for a broad range of product segments. The new IEEE 802.11ac chips are three times faster and up to six times more power efficient than equivalent 802.11n solutions. Visit Experience Broadcom @ CES for more news, blogs and multi-media from CES and www.5GWiFi.org for more information on consumer advantages of 802.11ac.

5G WiFi is the next generation Wi-Fi standard required for today’s mobile and video era. Based on 802.11ac, 5G WiFi is a major evolutionary step from the existing 802.11a/b/g/n networks. Broadcom’s 5G WiFi dramatically improves the wireless range in the home, allowing consumers to watch HD-quality video from more devices, in more places, simultaneously. The increased speed enables consumers to download web content from a mobile device faster and quickly synch large files, such as videos, in a fraction of the time it would take on a similar 802.11n device. Since 5G WiFi transfers the same volume of data at a much faster rate, devices enter low-power mode faster, which results in significant power consumption advantages.

Digital-content consumption is on a steep incline, with video content expected to reach approximately 90 percent of global consumer traffic, according to Cisco’s 2011 Visual Networking Index Forecast. At the same time, Internet traffic is shifting rapidly from wired to wireless networks. The increased reliance on wireless networks, the explosion of video consumption and the growing number of wireless devices being used are all putting tremendous stress on legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks. As a result, consumers are prone to experience deteriorated performance, choppy videos and slower load times. 

By creating more reliable whole-home coverage, Broadcom’s 5G WiFi technology overcomes the digital content and wireless device challenge. Broadcom’s family of 5G WiFi solutions includes the BCM4360, BCM4352, BCM43526 and BCM43516

Product Highlights:

  • All 5G WiFi solutions from Broadcom support the following features:
    • 80 MHz channel bandwidth that is 2 times wider than current 802.11n solutions
    • 256-QAM, a higher modulation scheme that increases data transfer efficiency
    • Transmit and receive beamforming
    • Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) Codes
    • Space-Time Block Codes (STBC)
  • BCM4360 supports the PCIe interface and implements 3-stream 802.11ac specifications, and reaches speeds up to 1.3 Gbps.
  • BCM4352 and BCM43526 implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps. BCM4352 supports PCIe interface; BCM43526 supports the USB interface.
  • BCM43516 supports USB and reaches speeds of up to 433 Mbps with its single stream 802.11ac implementation.
  • Chips with the PCIe interface are ideal for access points, routers, DSL/cable gateways and PC products; chips that use USB are ideal for consumer electronics devices including televisions, set-top boxes and Blu-Ray players.
  • Broadcom’s new 5G WiFi chips deliver better coverage and longer battery life in a small form factor that is interoperable and compatible with existing technologies.
    • Beamforming helps steer content in the direction of the intended receiver, increasing reliability and extending range; this is well complemented by STBC and LDPC code support.
    • By transferring the same volume of data at a much faster rate, devices go into a low-power mode faster than existing 802.11n solutions.
    • Designed on 40nm manufacturing process, the new chips are smaller and more power efficient, giving customers more design freedom.
    • Broadcom’s 5G WiFi solutions work with all legacy 802.11 standards and complement other wireless technologies — like Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth and NFC.

Broadcom is sampling 5G WiFi solutions to its early access partners including retail and PC OEMs, service providers and carriers, and will be demonstrating 5G WiFi capabilities at CES.

802.11ac has generated broad support across the consumer-electronics industry. Companies and partners across the ecosystem recognize that 802.11ac is the future of Wi-Fi and are committed to its development, integration and distribution.

Nothing much to add here except there is a horde of quotes from industry experts which can be read at the following link – http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s637241

Agreed that the webOS (and Palm) was ahead of it’s time. In fact it was so ahead that the technology needed to perfect it just wasn’t there. Majority of the blogosphere has unanimously agreed that webOS never had a fighting chance and Apotheker killed it like a fly (we know its sad).

But Mobile Health News has something different to report

Andrew B. Holbrook, a research associate at Stanford’s Department of Radiology, developed an application for the TouchPad to control the MRI’s operations by interfacing with a PC server located outside the MRI room. Computers currently used to control MRI machines are cumbersome, requiring special construction to reduce their amount of metallic components which pose a safety risk.

The TouchPad has multiple features useful for healthcare applications: its mostly plastic construction is ideal for being used near the MRI’s magnetized chamber (any metal components found within the tablet, such as a vibration motor and speakers, can be removed while keeping the device functional), and webOS’s multitasking support allows users to quickly switch between multiple applications.

So who knows if maybe Meg Whitman gives it a shot and the Touchpad as well as the webOS are resurrected. What if she undoes what Apotheker has done? Only time will tell.

PS: Apart from Symbian, I have not seen an OS that is as fierce when it comes to multitasking. webOS was almost there but it was euthanized by an overly eager fool.

As promised by Meg Whitman, the HP webOS decision was to be taken in 3-4 weeks. Three weeks have passed, and Meg has said in an interview with French newspaper Le Figaro that the decision will be taken in another two weeks.

She is most concerned about webOS and the 600 odd employees that formed the webOS GBU. HP might be considering Windows 8 as it’s next operating system but we can never be too sure about it. Maybe she’ll revive webOS.

Stay tuned for more..!!!

HP has released their financial report for Q4, and the results are not quite good. HP has lost a good $3.3 Billion post taxes. Out of this, a solid chunk of $2.1 Billion was a direct loss due to killing of the webOS platform, with thanks from the Mad King (aka Apotheker).

That makes it pretty square. HP has spent a Lot of money on the webOS platform. We just hope they keep it  alive.

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Localized apps are the future when it comes to China.

ABI research has published it’s findings, the excerpts of which are as follows

Providing localized features for apps will drive 5.5 billion downloads in China in 2012. An example of a successful localized app is Halfbrick Studios’ Fruit Ninja for China, which includes Chinese zodiac animal images.

Working with local developers and social networks is another way in which foreign developers can localize their apps.

Research analyst Fei-Feng Seet quoted

Regardless of device type, successful apps in the Chinese market are those with a local look and feel and incorporate local content.

China has the most cellphone subscribers in the world, and it is adopting smartphones at an exponential rate. With this adoption rate and the emergence of different app stores,  developers who add a local touch to their apps are at a chance of earning higher than the others.

After many users of Facebook (including my own friends) were left baffled and utterly infuriated at the news feeds showing highly objectionable content, a new hoax is apparently doing it’s annual rounds on Facebook.

According to the hoax,

When filling out your Christmas cards this year, take ONE CARD and SEND it to this address:

A Recovering American Soldier, c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center, 6900 Georgia Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20307-5001.

If we pass this on and everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these soldiers could get to bring up their spirits! Feel free to repost. This is a wonderful thing to do !!

According to Snopes.com

The U.S. Postal Service will not accept mail addressed to "Any Soldier," "Any Wounded Soldier," or the like because if it did, it could be providing a conduit for those who might do harm to armed services members. Such offerings are either returned to sender (if a return address has been provided or if one is found within the package) or donated to charities (if no address for the sender is found). Similarly, military hospitals will not accept letters, cards, or packages addressed in such manner for the same reason. Such beneficences, no matter how kindly meant, are not permitted to reach the soldiers they were intended for.

 

But there is a legit way to send your greetings to unknown soldiers. It’s called "Holiday Mail for Heroes" and is sponsored through the Red Cross and Pitney Bowes.

You can be a vigilante and spread this message across to fight the hoax.

If the blogosphere is to be believed, HP is indeed sending out feedback mails to the Touchpad customers asking them about their user experience with the Touchpad.

While it is fairly odd to collect feedback data for a canceled product, what is more odd is the fact that HP is going  into the nitty gritty by asking the customers questions ranging from

ease of setup, overall performance, and the webOS user interface to the ability to personalize the device, the quality of manufacturing, and the durability of the TouchPad.

This might hint at the resurrection of the almost dead webOS. We do remember Meg Whitman needs more time to arrive at a meaningful decision concerning webOS’ fate. Maybe this survey is a tool to gauge the customers’ interest and make sure that they “do it right” this time. who knows…except for HP??

Stay tuned for more..!!!

The dying just got better. Now a white Pre3, along with a new Touchstone charging dock had appeared on eBay for a whopping $700.

According to Webos roundup

On eBay right now is a white Verizon Pre3 and a new Touchstone charging dock, the catch: it’ll cost you $700. If you’re a Verizon customer and you were planning to purchase one of the previously-available $700 Verizon Pre3s, then you should snag this up ASAP…there’s only one available now and like those previous listings we can’t be sure there will be more of them. We do hope we’ll see more of these along with some independent listings of those new Touchstones, they do look amazing.

main image 300x225 thumb White Pre3, New Touchstone Appear on eBay

Update: The listing has now been removed from eBay and the item is no longer for sale.

ebay pre thumb White Pre3, New Touchstone Appear on eBay

It’s confirmed ladies and gentlemen. Adobe has put an end to all the rumor mill by stamping the death certificate of Flash Player for mobiles.

This move comes from Adobe after it has decided to focus more on the ailing HTML5, a platform which is “more capable” than Flash. As per Engadget

Adobe will of course also be pushing developers to work in its AIR platform for a more native experience, and the company will continue to work on Flash Player for desktop operating systems, but one can’t help but see the platform as a whole standing on fairly shaky footing at this point.

RIP Flash, you were the sole weakness of Apple, an area where you kicked Apple right in the Hemorrhoids and showed it the finger. The scores now stand Apple – 1, Adobe – 0.

While everyone was skeptical that HP might soon announce a plan for it’s ill fated webOS, Meg Whitman surprised everyone (well, not everyone) by saying

It’s really important to me to make the right decision, not the fast decision.

Well said Meg. This decision is a wise decision as per me. Unlike Leo Apotheker, who just went madly destroying everything, Meg thinks she can arrive at a worthy decision within three to four weeks.

While it was highly speculated that the brilliant webOS would be sold off to the highest bidder from an array of heavyweights, Meg responded by saying

If HP decides [to keep webOS], we’re going to do it in a very significant way over a multi-year period

…it’s a very expensive proposition, but HP can make that bet.

Well, good going Meg, is all we have to say. Hope that you take a decision that is as much in favor of HP as it is in favor of the developers who word pretty hard to keep the platform alive.

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Consider a situation wherein you are in an awful natural disaster and you are not able to help people just because your cellphone wont let you.

This is a true story that has led The International Medical Corps to award RIM a recognition in light of the countless lives it helped to save.

Nancy A Aossey, International Medical Corps president and CEO, quoted

We are recognising Research In Motion with the Global Impact Award for the role of BlackBerry smartphones in our operations on the front lines, I can tell you that our use of BlackBerry smartphones literally saves lives.

As a first people to arrive at the earthquake site in Haiti, International Medical Corps was on the ground within 22 hours treating patients and co-ordinating medical personnel, supplies and providing other relief. But their cellphones gave up.

Enter RIM.

Dr Neil Joyce, who has worked with International Medical Corps in Angola, Bosnia, and Afghanistan, among many others, and helped lead its Emergency Response Team in Haiti said

You just don’t know what kind of a setting you’re going to arrive in…

…As we arrived in Port-au-Prince, the cellphones were not working, but I was able to send messages with my BlackBerry smartphone.

Using his BlackBerry, Dr Joyce was able to coordinate the setting up of medical camps and send help where it was  needed the most. Not only this, the team used their BlackBerries to coordinate with the pilots who were flying in the relief supplies and help them to land and take off from airstrips.

Dr Joyce added

BlackBerry puts you in contact with the people on the ground and the people on the outside who can help. We really could not have done aid work in the modern setting without a BlackBerry smartphone. It made a huge difference.

Margaret Aguirre, director of global communications for International Medical Corps, also had a BlackBerry with her. She said

It is not only the device of choice, but the device of need.

Doctors and nurses treating patients amid rubble and under trees were able to communicate with each other about patients needing immediate surgery and to co-ordinate the urgent transport of blood supplies. BlackBerry helps us communicate to get the materials to where they’re needed and to find out where things are in the moment of an emergency.

Not only this, the team also helped raise awareness about the disaster by taking photos and uploading them on social networking sites so that the world could have a true picture of the disaster and the military personnel could direct relief efforts in the correct way.

A truly amazing story is all I want to add here…!!

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Consider a situation wherein you are in an awful natural disaster and you are not able to help people just because your cellphone wont let you.

This is a true story that has led The International Medical Corps to award RIM a recognition in light of the countless lives it helped to save.

Nancy A Aossey, International Medical Corps president and CEO, quoted

We are recognising Research In Motion with the Global Impact Award for the role of BlackBerry smartphones in our operations on the front lines, I can tell you that our use of BlackBerry smartphones literally saves lives.

As a first people to arrive at the earthquake site in Haiti, International Medical Corps was on the ground within 22 hours treating patients and co-ordinating medical personnel, supplies and providing other relief. But their cellphones gave up.

Enter RIM.

Dr Neil Joyce, who has worked with International Medical Corps in Angola, Bosnia, and Afghanistan, among many others, and helped lead its Emergency Response Team in Haiti said

You just don’t know what kind of a setting you’re going to arrive in…

…As we arrived in Port-au-Prince, the cellphones were not working, but I was able to send messages with my BlackBerry smartphone.

Using his BlackBerry, Dr Joyce was able to coordinate the setting up of medical camps and send help where it was  needed the most. Not only this, the team used their BlackBerries to coordinate with the pilots who were flying in the relief supplies and help them to land and take off from airstrips.

Dr Joyce added

BlackBerry puts you in contact with the people on the ground and the people on the outside who can help. We really could not have done aid work in the modern setting without a BlackBerry smartphone. It made a huge difference.

Margaret Aguirre, director of global communications for International Medical Corps, also had a BlackBerry with her. She said

It is not only the device of choice, but the device of need.

Doctors and nurses treating patients amid rubble and under trees were able to communicate with each other about patients needing immediate surgery and to co-ordinate the urgent transport of blood supplies. BlackBerry helps us communicate to get the materials to where they’re needed and to find out where things are in the moment of an emergency.

Not only this, the team also helped raise awareness about the disaster by taking photos and uploading them on social networking sites so that the world could have a true picture of the disaster and the military personnel could direct relief efforts in the correct way.

A truly amazing story is all I want to add here…!!

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