If you’ve been beaten out at getting a cheap HP TouchPad, you might have one last shot. TigerDirect has a limited stock that it is doling out as part of a bundle deal. You won’t be able to buy just the tablet, but the bundles are not unattractive. These things are going fast, so don’t think it over too long.
Did you miss out on the HP TouchPad fire sale earlier this year? Well, buck up then. HP is telling employees that the last round of refurbished TouchPads will be going on sale on the HP eBay store at the fabled $99 price point. The trigger will be pulled at 6:00PM Central time on December 11th.
Here’s an amusing follow-up to the “Could Apple Surpass HP As Top PC Vendor In 2012?” article we posted yesterday. In case you missed it, here’s the Cliff Notes version: one analyst says that if you count tablets as PCs, Apple will become the world’s largest PC supplier in 2012. Now a new twist! According to the NPD Research Group, HP sold more tablets than anybody not named “Apple” so far in 2011. Before you get all worked up, that number’s not quite as exciting as it seems.
We do our best to report the truth here at Maximum PC, but sometimes companies just don’t make it easy. First Microsoft tells us the Zune is dead, then alive, then dead. Then HP tells us WebOS is dead, then alive, but just between us, we still think its dead. We fully admit that on Friday we wrote a piece informing everyone that WebOS development at HP was not long for this world, along with dozens of other mainstream news outlets, however HP’s Vice President Todd Bradley has gone on the record to label this an “unfounded rumor”.
As an addendum to yesterday’s revelation that HP was staying in the PC business, it sounds like webOS is on its way to an early grave. We don’t mean that the HP is going to spin it off, or re-purpose the platform for something else, we mean kill it dead and shed 500 jobs in the process. The Guardian claims to have the inside story, and the decision has already been made.