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August 30, 2011
11:39 // 3 years ago
August 22, 2011
Via @ProducerMatthew: A friend of his, Tim Kerbavaz, successfully ordered a HP Touchpad on Barnes & Noble, only to later receive this message. Alas, it was not meant to be, he explains: "I was hoping, but inside I knew that it was too good to be true…." Also, CDW also reportedly canceled a separate order of his via phone. Oh, HP, you’ve really screwed up this mess.

Via @ProducerMatthew: A friend of his, Tim Kerbavaz, successfully ordered a HP Touchpad on Barnes & Noble, only to later receive this message. Alas, it was not meant to be, he explains: "I was hoping, but inside I knew that it was too good to be true…." Also, CDW also reportedly canceled a separate order of his via phone. Oh, HP, you’ve really screwed up this mess.

19:20 // 3 years ago
August 21, 2011
And if you can’t get an HP TouchPad through Best Buy, HP themselves are still selling the $149 models.

And if you can’t get an HP TouchPad through Best Buy, HP themselves are still selling the $149 models.

11:25 // 3 years ago
August 20, 2011

More on the mysterious HP TouchPad situation

idroolinmysleep said: This is strange. the TouchPad page on HP’s own website has the $99 and $149 prices with links to a bunch of shopping sites (including BB) right there. Maybe they only want to sell them online?

» SFB says: That’s my best guess. Best Buy in particular took a bit of a hit on the TouchPad — they have a couple hundred thousand in stock, reportedly. You’ll notice that the HP site shows them at $99, but it is in fact not selling them at this time. — Ernie @ SFB

13:03 // 3 years ago
HP TouchPad Report from Best Buy: “HP doesn’t even want us to sell them AT ALL.” The product display? Still up. However, a guy tried to buy one (it doesn’t seem like he was following the news) and was told he couldn’t. I asked the customer rep and he said they were going straight back to the manufacturer, and that the display, which also included the Pre and Pixi, was about to go down. So, there you go: Best Buy is no longer selling the HP TouchPad in the U.S. EDIT: Neither is Staples, and a second Best Buy location had already taken down their display.

HP TouchPad Report from Best Buy: “HP doesn’t even want us to sell them AT ALL.” The product display? Still up. However, a guy tried to buy one (it doesn’t seem like he was following the news) and was told he couldn’t. I asked the customer rep and he said they were going straight back to the manufacturer, and that the display, which also included the Pre and Pixi, was about to go down. So, there you go: Best Buy is no longer selling the HP TouchPad in the U.S. EDIT: Neither is Staples, and a second Best Buy location had already taken down their display.

12:45 // 3 years ago
August 19, 2011
Last week, it was a big deal that the HP Touchpad had its price cut to $399. Now they’re apparently being liquidated. $99 for a nearly-as-good clone of the iPad? Um, you might want to buy this.  EDIT: Sold out. Dammit.

Last week, it was a big deal that the HP Touchpad had its price cut to $399. Now they’re apparently being liquidated. $99 for a nearly-as-good clone of the iPad? Um, you might want to buy this.  EDIT: Sold out. Dammit.

22:12 // 3 years ago

On HP and its WebOS strategy

justinday said: C’mon. WebOS was never going to win. You knew it. I knew it. We all knew it. It’s an Android-iOS world and that’s all there is to it. The sooner Microsoft wakes up and dumps their sinking ship the better off they’ll be too.

» SFB says: Here’s the thing, though. WebOS didn’t need to “win,” it just needed to do well enough to stay in the race, and then it could’ve spread in interesting directions. WebOS would’ve been an interesting platform to build on — and not just for tablets either. HP wanted to put this thing in stoves! There is a significant embedded systems market out there that could do really cool things with an OS like WebOS. The problem the OS had was not the software; it was the hardware strategy. And the other thing to keep in mind: With Google now the proud owner of Motorola, they may be less likely to share Android’s latest bells and whistles with other hardware-makers. If HP was smart, they’d see this as an opportunity to make an alternative to Android, following the Google model. But something tells me that hasn’t even crossed their minds. — Ernie @ SFB

11:48 // 3 years ago

Hewlett Packard’s stock reflects yesterday’s poor decision-making

» Investors were NOT happy with the news: HP fell down to its lowest level in years — a level so low that they last time it was at this nadir, Carly Fiorina had just left the company. We think this should tell HP something — killing off the race horse (WebOS) immediately after it starts the race is terrible business strategy, and investors will not react kindly to this. That was your future, HP, and you blew it because you had no idea how to feasibly make it work.

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11:11 // 3 years ago
August 18, 2011
HP, a storied Silicon Valley icon that dominates the personal computing industry, announced it will discontinue the WebOS-based “TouchPad” tablet computer and phones, which have failed to catch on with consumers.
HP spent a ton of money on this thing. And it’s already done. (EDIT: Along with the Pre and their cell-phone business.) That’s it. Big deal. A lot of big news today in HP-land.
15:41 // 3 years ago
12:51 // 3 years ago