HP TouchPad tablet and smartphones discontinued

HP TouchPad tablet

Hewlett-Packard Co. is exiting the personal computing business it helped create.

The biggest seller of desktop and laptop computers said it’s going to ditch its smartphones and TouchPad tablet computers. HP is also considering spinning off its PC operations.

The plans amounted to moving away from the personal computer business and focusing in on writing corporate software.

HP began as a garage startup and helped establish Silicon Valley as a major technology center.

The company had hoped its TouchPad tablets would rival Apples iPad. But the tablet and corresponding smartphones, Palm Pri, Pixi and Veer have seen little interest by consumers.

Parents take a bite out of Apple

I grew up using the Commodore 64, Apple 2e and 286 computer running DOS. I’ve used every version of Windows, owned dozens of PCs, rebuilt them and taught others how to use them. I have even owned my own business building web sites and today my primary job is updating my works web and social media sites. Yet even though I am over 40 and a dad I too fell into the stereotypical thinking, my parents cannot figure out computers.

Recently I was surprise when my mom and dad, within two weeks of one another, started talking about iPads.

First of all my parents are divorced, live in different states and do not talk to one another. So the timing alone was strange.

My Dad, when he was in the military used computers but only as a clerical tool. Now retired he uses his home PC only a couple of days a week. Checking email and occasionally surfing the web.

Mom has never had or used a computer, unless you count the Wii Fit collecting dust in the corner of the living room. Once or twice a year though she will asked about computers but never go as far as actually to look into getting one.

Dad was first to let me know he had an iPad when I received a blank email from him with the signature line, “Sent from my iPad 2.” At first I thought it was a joke so when I contacted him, dad said he was playing with the email app. He continued to tell me that his decision to get an iPad was so he could read, check email and Skype with his kids and grandkids.

Skype?  Wow I was impressed.

Mom is still in the asking phase. She tells me that the Air Base Exchange has iPad 2’s for $389. Also when you buy Items on a military base it’s tax free. So that would be an additional savings.

My mom is old school. She reads books, watches little TV, has trouble with her flip phone and knows very little about computers. I’ve tried to teach her but she gets easily frustrated and uninterested after a while.

In the end I do not think she will get an iPad, even with the tax free price it’s still a lot of money for her. I do give my mom kudos on interest and asking about the iPad but I think she is just getting caught up in the hype and the fact that she can get a good price on one.

Verizon to sell iPads in November

Verizon Wireless will start selling iPads using WiFi to access the web in November.

Verizon will not sell the 3G version of the iPad because AT&T is the only carrier that has the ‘3G’ technology needed for high-speed data transfer for Apple products. Instead you can bundle the Wi-Fi version of the iPad with a ‘MiFi’ gadget for about $130.

It is believed that Apple wants the iPad in as many stores as possible before Christmas. A move that will also put pressure on competitive tablets for sales.

Whether or not Verizon gets the iPhone is still unclear but selling the iPad is a big step forward.

Retro game brings back memories

Geo-Defense

Geo-Defense

Space Invaders, X-Wing, Asteroids and Battlezone were some of the top arcade games of their time. Drawn by simple vector graphics on a two-dimensional background ships, tanks and targets were represented by glowing neon green, white and red lines on a black background. The games were simple yet challenging and fun.

Now a new vector graphic game is available for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, Geo-Defense.

Geo-Defense is a tower defense game with that old style arcade action. Targets called creeps, follow a preset path with the goal of destroying your base. Your job is the set up defenses along the path and stop them. Your weapons of choice, blasters, lasers, missiles and vortex towers.

Geo-Defense is slightly different from other tower defense games. The game has a puzzle feel to it so consent strategy and planning is needed to win. If you don’t have the right placement of defenses your base is sure to be destroyed.

I’ve played the game several times, won and lost and yet I come back for more. I am amazed at how addicting and fun Geo-Defense is. Sometimes for me, it’s the simple games that are the most fun.

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