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HP TouchPad 4G to Launch on AT&T Mobile Broadband Network

Connected webOS tablet is a productivity powerhouse for businesses and consumers
PALO ALTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the HP TouchPad 4G(1)will be available exclusively in the United States on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network, AT&T, in time for back to school.

HP TouchPad Tablet Computer(2) With a faster 1.5-GHz processor, 32 GB of internal storage(3), integrated GPS(4) and AT&T wireless mobile broadband capabilities built in, the connected version of HP’s first webOS tablet lets users browse the web, check email and get more done in more places – not just Wi-Fi hotspots.
“TouchPad 4G is ideal for anyone who needs maximum flexibility for productivity on the go,” said David Gee, vice president, Marketing and Enterprise Solutions, webOS, Personal Systems Group, HP. “It’s particularly well suited for users who rely on connectivity in the field – from large corporations to small businesses and self-employed mobile professionals.”
“Consumers and small business customers are seeking cutting-edge mobile computing devices that offer easy access to the web and the ability to stay in touch with friends and clients on the go,” said David Haight, vice president, Business Development, Emerging Devices, AT&T. “The TouchPad 4G is a sharp, multifunctional device that delivers the perfect set of features. Pairing it with the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network and most extensive Wi-Fi network gives TouchPad 4G users the best mobile broadband experience in the market.”

AT&T’s fast mobile broadband network will enable HP TouchPad 4G users to download large files quickly, stay on top of emails, and access favorite websites with ease. With AT&T’s DataConnect Plans for Tablets, users can buy the prepaid or postpaid mobile broadband data service that fits their needs, whether they’re an occasional user or want to stay connected all the time. HP TouchPad 4G users also will be able to take advantage of unlimited access to more than 20,000 AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots nationwide with qualifying data plans.(5)
With support for Adobe® Flash Player Beta; video calling capabilities; the ability to print wirelessly to compatible networked HP printers; Quickoffice to view Microsoft® Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files; and Adobe Reader to view PDFs, HP TouchPad is a true productivity powerhouse. It automatically syncs personal and work emails, contacts and calendars from sources such as Microsoft Exchange, Facebook and Google into a single view.(6)
With webOS, TouchPad users also have a next-level multitasking experience, integrated access to their information with HP Synergy, the ability to find information on the device or the web using the Just Type feature, and unobtrusive notifications. HP TouchPad is designed to help users accomplish more, letting them connect, play, surf and share more easily.

Optional accessories for HP TouchPad include the HP Touchstone Charging Dock, the HP TouchPad Wireless Keyboard and the HP TouchPad Case.
U.S. pricing and availability
The HP TouchPad 4G on the AT&T mobile broadband network will be available through HP commercial channels, AT&T Business Services and major retailers. Specific pricing and dates will be available at a later date.

The WiFi only HP TouchPad models have already seen a drop in price.  This is a little surprising, and might be the result of a low initial sales volume.  Many people speculated before the release date that in order to compete with the Apple iPad, HP needed to price the HP TouchPad lower.  We’re happy either way, and if you haven’t bought an HP Touchpad yet you’ve been relatively rewarded for waiting.
You can purchase the discounted HP TouchPad from Amazon .
The price decrease is slight, but it’s better than nothing for those who were going to purchase one anyway.  We are also going to assume that eventually a 4G TouchPad will be released on another cellular carrier, probably Verizon in the future

Twitter has launched its own photo-sharing tool, offering a native version of a feature that until now was mostly the domain of third-party apps like Twitpic and yfrog.
The feature first began trickling out to users after it was introduced in June. Twitter said this week that it has been made available to everyone on the site.
When a user clicks in the "What's Happening?" box, a camera icon now appears at the bottom. The user can click it to add an image to the tweet.
Twitter's photo-sharing is powered by Photobucket, which will host all uploaded images.
Photos can be up to 3 MB. Depending on their size, they may affect the amount of text, usually up to 140 characters, that the user can tweet.
The photo feature isn't yet available for mobile users. It is expected to arrive on smartphones in the fall, when Apple is expected to roll out its new operating system for mobile devices.
Twitter is expected to be heavily integrated in that system.
The company also plans to add galleries to its photo feature, letting users view every photo someone has taken in one place.
In essence, the rollout throws a chill into the developers of third-party photo apps. Twitter's platform will still support those tools, but it stands to reason that most users will default to the site's in-house photo sharing.
This isn't the first time Twitter has essentially stamped out third-party apps that it had allowed, or even supported.
"Twitter has come under criticism for competing with third-party services built on its platform," Mashable's Ben Parr wrote Tuesday. "Developers don't know whether Twitter will suddenly start competing with their products, an issue that has created a cloud of uncertainty over the Twitter ecosystem."
In Twitter's early days, several mobile apps sprung up as developers harbored the belief that Twitter had no plans to launch an official app of its own. Then, in April 2010, the company bought Tweetie, transforming the popular app into its own official, and free, app.
Then, in May, Twitter bought TweetDeck, a third-party tool used by many Twitter members to sort their feed.
In an e-mail to Mashable in June, Twitpic CEO Noah Everett said he was blindsided by the news that Twitter was planning to add a photo-sharing feature.
"We had no idea Twitter was building a photo feature. Communication between developers and Twitter has never been very clear and the relationships between Twitter and its developers has changed a lot. ...," he said at the time. "A more clear feature roadmap and better communication would have been much appreciated by all their developers."
Twitpic and Yfrog did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment for this story.

via: CNN

Apple on Friday provided members of its developer community with the sixth external beta of its forthcoming iOS 5.0 operating system alongside new betas of iTunes 10.5 and Apple TV software that will include support for the new software.

More specifically, Apple issued iOS 5 beta 6 build 9A5302b, iTunes 10.5 beta 6, Apple TV Software beta 5, iWork for iOS beta 2, and Xcode 4.2 and iOS 5 SDK beta 6.

The 144MB (153MB CDMA) update arrives roughly two weeks after Apple issued beta 5 of iOS 5.0, which introduced few noticeable changes over beta 4 when the company began testing over-the-air (OTA) updates to developer's iOS test devices.

Due for release this fall, iOS 5.0 includes over 200 new features that will be available to iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Among them are Notification Center, an innovative way to easily view and manage notifications in one place without interruption; iMessage, a new messaging service that lets users easily send text messages, photos and videos between all iOS devices; and Newsstand, a new way to purchase and organize newspaper and magazine subscriptions.

With iOS 5.0, users will also gain access to the company's iCloud service and will be able to activate and set up their iOS device right out of the box, downloading software updates over the air with no computer required.

iOS 5.0 beta 6

For more on iOS 5.0, please see AppleInsider's pair of ongoing series: Inside iOS 5.0 and Inside iCloud
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