Chris J Powell

The Pope chooses Android…nuf said, HP TouchPad taking one more kick at the can and Will GoogleTV really be a hit???

So it turns out that Android may have Papal blessing and that is a pretty ringing endorsement if I have ever heard one.  The Tech Savvy voice of God to the more than 1 Billion Roman Catholics turned on the Gubbio Christmas Tree remotely using a Sony Android Tablet.

The Gubbio Christmas Tree has been a tradition in the Italian countryside since 1981 and is a lighting display in the shape of a Christmas tree. Located in the province of Perugia (Umbria), the Mount Ingino Christmas Tree spans 350 m at its base. It is 650 m high and covers an area of 130,000 square meters (1.4 million square feet). That’s the equivalent to an area of just under 30 soccer fields. Towering above the city, the “tree” can be seen as far away as 50 kilometers. Installed annually, the display is comprised of 730 multi-colored lights, and uses over 8.5 kilometers of electrical cable. In 1991, the Guinness Book of Records named it the “The World’s Largest Christmas Tree”.


HP is taking one more kick at the can with the TouchPad


Wait for it but HP just announced that on Sunday, December 11 @ 6PM Central that the 16GB and 32GB TouchPads will be available at the HP eBay store and according to a leaked internal memo the TouchPads will be available for $99 for the 16GB and $149 for the 32GB.  There will also be a 3 piece Accessory bundle that includes a Case, Charging Dock and Wireless keyboard for $79.


This does appear to be the “clearance” of the final nail in the coffin of the TouchPad as these devices are all refurbished units.  It is kind of sad to think about it though, had I not already had an iPad, and the price point of the original release was a little more realistic…I would have jumped on the opportunity and joined the sinking ship that was WebOS, I loved the keyboard and the simplicity of its interface…but alas the giants Apple and Google have gathered the masses and well really made it impossible for any company to compete in this ultra competitive market.


I heard a rumor that Google TV will be on most TVs within six months???


Eric Schmidt spoke at Le Web conference in Paris yesterday and he made some pretty wild statements:


By the summer of 2012, the majority of the televisions you see in stores will have Google TV embedded in it!


Wow…more than 50%, the first version of GoogleTV was such a flop that Logitech actually had Negative Sales on its Revue set top box in the first quarter of 2011.  The big question is this just a power play towards the upcoming release of the 700Mhz spectrum into what has been dubbed Super WiFi that will give you me and every other SmartPhone and Tablet user access to WiFi at ranges up to 62 miles (100 km).  This freeing of the White Noise to true internet will be a huge win and will help to connect the most remote communities to high speed broadband and guess who owns most of that spectrum in the US…yep….Google tried to snap up the last of the prime wireless spectrum in 2007 but lost out to Verizon.


Well I guess we will just have to wait and see what the Electronics Department looks like come May 2012.


Cheers and have a great day everyone.


Chris J Powell

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