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This week at The Fonecast: 20th August 2011

Mark Bridge writes:

Welcome to this week's UK mobile industry news summary from TheFonecast.com. After a week's holiday on the scenic north coast of Norfolk, which not only lacks cellsites but also hills to put them on, it's good to finally see the '3G' indicator reappear on my phone. My week off may have been relatively quiet - but the last few days have more than made up for it.

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HP is dropping webOS phones and the TouchPad tablet

HP has announced what it's describing as a 'company transformation'.

It will stop producing the TouchPad tablet and webOS phones, admitting that they've not met financial targets. The company says it will "continue to explore options to optimize the value of webOS software going forward".

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HP plans its own virtual magazine for TouchPad tablet users

HP says it'll be publishing a monthly magazine-like application that'll be sent 'over the air' to all HP TouchPad customers.

It's called HP webOS Pivot and promises to be "an entertaining and informative editorial resource for discovering webOS 3.0 applications". Pivot will include original editorial, guest writers, features and reviews.

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This week at The Fonecast: 11th June 2011

Mark Bridge writes:

On Monday there seemed to be a dearth of mobile news as the industry held its breath and waited for Steve Jobs to speak.

Why there was quite so much breath-holding beats me, because Apple had already told us what the announcement was going to cover. Anyway, we learned about iOS 5, which will arrive in the autumn, and its 200 new features – including a new messaging service called iMessage.

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First webOS tablet from HP to arrive in July

HP's TouchPad, the first tablet to use the webOS platform, is due to hit the UK in July. It'll be released in the USA on 1st July with UK and Ireland availability to follow a few days later.

There'll be two versions: a 16GB WiFi model and a 32GB WiFi model.

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