Articles about Touchpad

HP TouchPad

HP open sources WebOS TouchPad tablet GUI

HP has released the first part of WebOS Community Edition (WOCE), the latest incarnation of the one-time Palm operating system. Aimed at owners of the HP TouchPad tablet, WOCE's first release is based around Luna, the WebOS System Manager and GUI. According to HP, it's availability allows coders to get right into the WebOS user …
Tony Smith, 27 Jun 2012
HP TouchPad

HP confirms faster, paler TouchPad tablet

HP may not be selling quite as many TouchPad tablets as it might want to, but it's certainly not for want of trying. Hot on the heels of last month's launch comes a new, 64GB model. Out in two weeks - in France, at the very least, if not elsewhere - the 64GB model is the one that emerged in early July in a leaked presentation …
Tony Smith, 18 Aug 2011
HP TouchPad

HP offers devs £130 32GB TouchPad tablets

Want a cheap HP TouchPad? The computer giant is offering "for a limited time" the 32GB version of its WebOS-based fondleslab for £130. The catch: you have to be a registered WebOS developer. The offer comes to an end on 18 November. Successful applicants are sent a voucher that entitles them to a TouchPad for £130 - €150 in …
Tony Smith, 07 Nov 2011
HP TouchPad

HP hands in-house Android code to TouchPad tablet hackers

Top marks to HP for handing over an Android kernel it once coded for its TouchPad tablet to fondleslab hackers. The catch: there's no Wi-Fi support. Still, for the likes of the CyanogenMod team, that shouldn't pose too much of a hindrance. Indeed, early investigation of the wireless code in WebOS and regular Android shows the …
Tony Smith, 09 Feb 2012
HP TouchPad

Brits told how much they'll pay for HP TouchPad

HP has begun taking orders for its WebOS-based tablet, the TouchPad. World+Dog are reporting that HP's US operation and retail partners have priced up the 9.7in tablet, but British buyers can also put in an advance order too. HP TouchPad So, HP wants £399 for the 16GB model, £479 for the 32GB version - exactly what Apple is …
Tony Smith, 20 Jun 2011
HP TouchPad

HP plan for faster, 64GB TouchPad leaks out

HP has only just announced its TouchPad tablet - which isn't even shipping in the UK yet - but it's already gearing up to release an upgraded version, it seems. According to slides allegedly leaked from an HP presentation, the WebOS-based fondleslab will gain 64GB of storage and an unspecified "processor bump" in August, …
Tony Smith, 05 Jul 2011

HP denies shipping TouchPad tablets with Android

HP is investigating why an unknown number of TouchPad WebOS tablets may have been sold with Android on board. It denies shipping TouchPads with Android installed, even in error. Claims that some TouchPads had gone out with Android loaded in place of HP's WebOS recently did the rounds on the internet. That prompted not …
Tony Smith, 07 Oct 2011
HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad costs more to make than Apple iPad 2

HP's TouchPad tablet may sport a very similar spec to the Apple iPad 2 - parimarily the 9.7in, 768 x 1024 IPS LCD panel they both share - but Apple got the best deal on parts. Market watcher iHS iSuppli took the tablets apart and found that the bits inside the HP offering totalled $296 (£185). That's for the 16GB model - the …
Hard Reg, 07 Jul 2011
Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Logitech Wireless Touchpad

Accessory of the Week Most Wintel laptops now support a limited range of multi-touch gestures on their trackpads, such as the two-finger swipe to scroll up or down through long documents and web pages. However, Logitech’s new Wireless Touchpad is the first device that I’ve come across that attempts to offer PC users the same range of multi-touch …
Cliff Joseph, 11 Nov 2011
HP TouchPad

HP firesale wafts TouchPad to top of tablet chart

HP was the top selling tablet vendor in the US - ignoring Apple, of course - through to the end of October, and it's all thanks to the TouchPad firesale. Market watcher NPD yesterday revealed that in the ten months from January to October inclusive, HP accounted for 17 per cent of non-iPad tablet retail sales, a percentage point …
Tony Smith, 23 Nov 2011
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BlackBerry brings back call, end keys, touchpad to Q20 keyboard cutie

MWC 2014 BlackBerry has admitted that its made its some of its traditional users who stayed loyal to the company very fed up when it dropped some of its best-loved features. At Mobile World Congress today, the company formerly known as RIM said it would bring back the classic trackpad as well as Call ("Send"), End and Menu keys to a …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Feb 2014
The Register breaking news

Harvey Norman drops HP’s TouchPad

HP’s TouchPad tablet has been erased from the Australian market following the decision by retailer Harvey Norman, the exclusive local distributor of the device, to pull it from shelves. The move follows HP’s unexpected decision on Thursday (US time) to withdraw all investment in WebOS devices. Globally, HP said it was exploring …

HP to refund full-price Touchpad and Pre3 buyers

HP is coughing up cash for cheesed-off customers that bought its Touchpad or Pre3 at the full price before they were heavily discounted en route to the gadget graveyard. The folks in Palo Alto are offering to honour the difference between the initial buy price and the end-of-life price on the three fondleslabs and the smartphone …
Paul Kunert, 12 Sep 2011

One last production run for TouchPad

HP swears this is it: the end, the final, never-to-be-repeated, absolutely the last time: but there will be just one more production run of TouchPads for punters that missed out on cheap-as-chips deals when it killed off the unloved fondleslab. When retailers cut the price to shift the just-launched end-of-life stock, TouchPads …
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Misco reaps harvest of rage in Twitter Touchpad debacle

Misco has earned the wrath of the Twitterati after it screwed up an HP Touchpad offer. The unloved fondleslab clones became the hottest gadget since the iPhone 7 almost as soon as HP said it was ditching the devices. Since the announcement, and subsequent massive price cuts, everyone and their dog wants a Touchpad. There's talk …
John Oates, 24 Aug 2011

TouchPad sales doubled after it was discontinued

Hewlett-Packard doubled its fondleslab shipments after revealing plans to ditch them and more importantly gutting the price. Channel analyst Context says HP TouchPad flogged nearly 31,000 devices across the UK, Germany and France in August – twice the amount in July – after a very slow start to the month and confirmation mid-way …
Paul Kunert, 14 Sep 2011
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HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics

HP is facing legal action brought about by a disgruntled shareholder who claims the tech titan hid plans to review ownership of the PC biz and flush the TouchPad down the toilet [causing it to suddenly catch fire - ed]. The PC business may be sold, kept or as seems most likely spun off with the backing of private equity …
Paul Kunert, 16 Sep 2011
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Magicbox Torque touchpad DECT phone

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Tony Smith, 22 Jun 2011
HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad 9.7in WebOS tablet

Hands On HP has learned from Apple. Not simply by mimicking - or judging it to be the correct size in any case - the iPad's 9.7in screen defined dimensions, but by avoiding the obvious operating system: Android. Hardware being what it is, the only true way to differentiate your product is the user experience, and WebOS allows - as iOS …
Tony Smith, 30 Jun 2011

Amazon refuses Touchpad refunds after price slash frenzy

Seemingly alone among UK retailers, Amazon is refusing to refund people who bought an HP Touchpad just before the price dropped, instead referring them directly to HP. Not that Amazon did that very quickly, making buyers wait as much as two weeks while it considered the matter and competitors including, Tesco, Argos and …
Bill Ray, 02 Sep 2011

Acer to unveil a 15.6-INCH Chromebook WHOPPER at CES

CES 2015 Acer has bigged up an embiggened Chromebook with a 15.6-inch screen ahead of the opening of the world's largest consumer electronics trade show – CES – in Las Vegas in a few days' time. The vendor claimed that it had developed a robust Google OS-powered laptop with a case that it promised would "withstand up to 60kg of force, …
Team Register, 03 Jan 2015
HP TouchPad

HP TouchPad 32GB WebOS tablet

Review What a difference a year makes. Had HP's TouchPad - which went on sale in the UK this past Friday - debuted 12 months ago, maybe even as few as seven, it would have stood tall alongside the competition. But coming six months or so after the iPad 2, let alone the iPad 1, HP's offering in many ways feels distinctly behind the …
Tony Smith, 18 Jul 2011

Microsoft KILLS Windows 8.1 Update 2 and Patch Tuesday

Microsoft has at last revealed the date when its second major update to Windows 8.1 will ship to customers: never. Despite months of speculation that the software giant has been planning to push out another major update roll-up for its latest OS this year, much like it did with the oddly named Windows 8.1 Update in April, …
Neil McAllister, 05 Aug 2014
Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

We're not sure what it is, but we like it: Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV

Vulture at the Wheel Oh, for the days when it was obvious what category a car sat in. You see, I don’t rightly know which pigeonhole to try to shove the latest Lexus NX300h into. The closest thing in spirit is probably Nissan’s Juke, another style wagon that is part SUV, part four door coupé. Lexus NX300h hybrid SUV The Lexus NX300h – looks like a …
Alun Taylor, 15 Mar 2015
HP TouchPad

Wanna buy some patents? HP might sell a few soon - reports

HP is looking to try and shore up the company's financial position by flogging off some of its mobile patents, sources whispered to Bloomberg. The company has already approached potential interested parties about its patent portfolio, including WebOS tech, which it got from its 2010 acquisition of early mobile device firm Palm …
Intel and Chromat make a bra which breathes

WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

We're on a roll with the caption competition and this week’s picture of a snake reading The Reg showed some great wit. Readers entered the vivarium for a chance to win a Western Digital Black, 6TB hard disk. Regular competition entrant i steal your leccy offered This is not the python tutorial i wanted!, while Ol'Peculier:The …
Simon Rockman, 18 Sep 2015
Nod Labs Bluetooth ring

Nod Labs forges one (Bluetooth) ring to rule them all

A team of engineers formerly from Google and Jawbone thinks it has cracked gesture recognition for electronics with a Bluetooth-equipped ring that can control cursor movements and manipulate household devices. Nod Labs Bluetooth ring The Nod sans cover The Nod is a somewhat bulky black ring of surgical steel with a touchpad …
Iain Thomson, 29 Apr 2014

Seven lessons from the HP Touchpad fire sale

The unfolding saga surrounding the HP Touchpad contains a goldmine of salutary tales. So, just what can we learn from the last few days? Anyone who says they expected the fire sale of HP touchpads to turn into a global gadget grab is a liar. Fortunately nobody has yet, not publicly anyway – indeed, apart from a few bits of …
Jon Collins, 29 Aug 2011
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BlackBerry Priv: After two weeks on test, looks like this is a keeper

Two-week test I seem to have spent my life getting through, testing, and handling a lot of phones. A lot. But I hate phones. I hate all the hundreds of them I have lying around my house and the countless thousands of pounds I have spent on them. I hate that despite having tried, and bought, what seems like every combination possible, …
Dominic Young, 18 Nov 2015

No, Microsoft: Your one-billion Windows 10 goal is just sad ... really sad

Comment Targeting one million of anything is no longer cool, according to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Only one billion will do. It's not surprising, therefore, that Microsoft has set itself a billion-device goal for Windows 10. What is surprising is just how unambitious that goal is, given the computing giant's aspirations. Indeed, …
Matt Asay, 31 Jul 2015
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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

Review Cinnamon is best known as one of the two default desktops for Linux Mint, which is fast approaching its next major update. Mint 17.2 will include the brand new Cinnamon 2.6, just released, when delivered later this year. So far, so standard – only Cinnamon is no longer just a Linux Mint desktop. Cinnamon is now available …
Shadowrun: Hong Kong

Reviewed: Shadowrun: Hong Kong, Until Dawn, Hearthstone expansion and more

Game Theory If you're waiting on the release of Bloodbowl 2 or an imminent Skaven battle, luckily there several games that can act as a welcome diversion before the avalanche of AAA titles arrive this autumn. There’s something for everyone here, from Steam indie RPGs to PS4 exclusives for the kids – and even a jousting tortoise. Shadowrun …
Lucy Orr, 14 Sep 2015
Asus Chromebook Flip

Small wonder, little competition: Asus Chromebook Flip

Review Asus’s new Chromebook Flip isn’t the first touchscreen Chromebook we’ve fondled here at The Register. That accolade belongs to the Lenovo N20p. But since the N20p has been discontinued in the UK, Asus needn't worry about its new convertible being overshadowed by it. Asus Chromebook Flip Asus' new Netb – sorry, Chromebook …
Alun Taylor, 02 Sep 2015
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Windows 10: THE ULTIMATE GUIDE to Microsoft's long apology for Windows 8

Review Take a deep breath. This is it, the big one: Microsoft has released Windows 10, which will make everything good again after Windows 8. Windows 10 is distinctive for several reasons. First, it introduces the "Windows as a service" concept, in which most users will automatically receive incremental updates with both feature and …
Tim Anderson, 29 Jul 2015

HP settles lawsuit after Mad Leo's WebOS and PC biz shenanigans

HP has agreed to pay $57m to shareholders miffed by the management of Leo Apotheker. This comes after the plaintiffs sued the firm for defrauding them by abandoning its business model. The investors launched a class action suit after former chief Apotheker shocked them, and the rest of the tech world, by announcing plans in …

Synaptics, longing for Apple's love, gobbles chip outfit Renesas SP

Touch tech kingpin Synaptics has agreed to buy Japanese chip firm Renesas SP Drivers for $475m in a bid to win a bigger presence in the exploding mobile device market. The Japanese company is a joint venture between Renesas, Sharp, and Powerchip that specializes in silicon for managing LCD displays – which, of course, are …
Neil McAllister, 12 Jun 2014
HP Spectre x360

If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

Review What happens when you lock a group of product engineers from a major PC manufacturer and a team software developers from a separate company together in a room? HP's Spectre x360 does. It's the result of some serious conversations between the lads and lasses at Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft; put simply, if Microsoft made a …
Alun Taylor, 27 Jul 2015
mini handheld keyboard

Weird handheld keyboard comes with laser pointer

Check out this mini handheld keyboard with a built-in touchpad. 'Aint she a weird one? mini handheld keyboard The USB 2.4GHz Multimedia Keyboard consists of 85 keys, a touchpad and laser pointer. Pick one up for $36 (£22) over at Brando. ® mini handheld keyboard
Caleb Cox, 17 Jun 2011
Panasonic Toughbook CF-54

Think you’re hard? Check out the frozen Panasonic CF-54 Toughbook

Pics Thinner, lighter, harder. Pick any two right? Not according to the flacks from Panasonic who reckon the new CF-54 Toughbook is all three and more. In fact, they are suggesting that the CF-54 is the first semi-rugged laptop you may just want to splash out for, even if you are just a regular consumer. Albeit one with deep pockets …
Alun Taylor, 13 Feb 2015

HP execs Bradley and Donatelli ready to walk: reports

HP's troubles at the top continue, with formerly high-level executives getting ready to jump ship. Reuters reports that Todd Bradley and Dave Donatelli are both working on their exit strategies after being “sidelined by CEO Meg Whitman”. Bradley was head of the merged PC and printer business until June 2013, when he was shunted …
Epson Moverio

Epson takes on Google Glass with wired 'augmented reality' glasses

Think Epson and you've probably got printers on your mind, but the firm also makes wearable computing devices, and has released its latest effort in the area for less than half the current price of Google's forthcoming Glass headware. The Epson Moverio BT-200 is a pair of high-tech specs that uses twin microprojectors to display …
Iain Thomson, 06 May 2014
HP TouchPad

Ultra-cheap HP TouchPads to hit UK at 6pm

In the wake of HP's decision to axe the WebOS platform, the price of the HP TouchPad has been falling quicker than Cristiano Ronaldo in the opposition's penalty box. The $99 offer which has seen hordes of people lapping up the slate Stateside, is about to be replicated in Blighty, with Dixons announcing dramatic price reductions …
Caleb Cox, 22 Aug 2011
HP TouchPad

HP WebOS tablet to ship early July

HP's WebOS-based tablet - the TouchPad, as it's officially known - hits Blighty's shores early next month following its 1 July arrival in the US. Punters in France and Germany get it on the same day we do - delivers in Canada commence mid-July, HP said today. Australians will have to wait until "later this year". HP TouchPad …
Tony Smith, 09 Jun 2011
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HP exec: 'It's our GOD-GIVEN right' to rule the world of biz fondleslabs

It is HP's "God-given right" to take control of the business tablet space given the company's standing in the notebook and desktop client market, according to colourful exec Jos Brenkel. To date, HP hasn't made a dent in Apple and Samsung's mammoth share of the overall tablet computer market: after all, slabs aimed at companies …
Paul Kunert, 25 Mar 2014
HP Stream x360

HP Stream x360: Flippable and stylish Chromebook killer

Review Like or loathe Chromebooks, the marque offers security and convenience at an affordable price. And for the most part they are lightweight with a touch of style. Up until now Chromebooks had a monopoly on that combination but HP has cooked up some competition with its Stream Cloud range of budget Windows machines. HP Stream x360 …
Alun Taylor, 06 Apr 2015

Blighty's biz bods get their paws on Nokia phondleslab

Businesses channels will have real but only limited supplies of Nokia’s first tablet in the next few weeks, while the phone giant has signed an exclusive deal with upmarket Blighty retail outfit John Lewis. Arguably the Lumia 2520 makes more sense in a business than anywhere else, with Windows RT now capable of running an almost …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Dec 2013
HP TouchPad

HP pushes out OS update for 'defunct' tablet

HP has pushed out an WebOS update for its TouchPad, a tablet seemingly stuck twixt life and death. According to an HP blogger, the update features "improved performance… better support for the camera [and] improved messaging". HP has "made connectivity with non-HP phones possible", and its WebOS engineers have "touched [up] the …
Tony Smith, 18 Oct 2011
Microsoft Surface bomb

Microsoft yanks Surface 2 DIM SCREEN of DEATH fix in update snafu

A software update supposed to stop Surface slabs overheating has been yanked by Microsoft – because it’s making matters worse. Microsoft is pulling a December 10 firmware update for Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 and won’t re-issue another one for the over-heating issue until after Christmas. Users who’d installed the patch had …
Gavin Clarke, 19 Dec 2013
Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming console

Revival of fortune: Mad Catz Mojo Android gaming micro console

Review Like the Kickstarter poster-child Ouya, Mad Catz’ Mojo was sent before its time into this breathing world, scarce half made up. Or to put it in a less Shakespearean way, it lacked the full Google Play experience and was a bit pricey. Mad Catz has now had a pop at fixing both those failings. The price has dropped from £220 to a …
Alun Taylor, 27 Feb 2015
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HURRI-KANO: Raspberry Pi kit for kids STORMS past funding target

You don‘t know the POWER of the Dark Side Register. Yesterday morning we happened to mention that Kano, a UK-based company that wants to make a rather tasty Raspberry Pi-based DIY computer kit for kids, wanted $100,000 (£62,200) to make it so. At the time, it had garnered pledges totalling just over $34,000. Kano computer kit …
Tony Smith, 21 Nov 2013