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My TouchPad lands on my doorstep today

At least that is what the UPS tracker says – “Out For Delivery”. It does make me wish for a real-time feed of my package location so I could estimate when it would arrive -- that would clearly be a security risk though. You'd probably have people tracking down trucks on the road if they let that happen.

 

I’ll likely not get a chance to really run the HP TouchPad through its paces until the weekend, but I’ll at least get a chance to crack it out of the box.

 

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I was just looking at an analysis of tablets in Government Computer News and saw this statement:

 

“In terms of security, the tablet runs WebOS, which means there is inherent security, such as the ability to use encryption that will work in the enterprise. That means you don’t have to add extra programs to fully protect your files. And it’s not just a top-level access control program, but full encryption for everything.

 

For ease of use, you can link the device to any other device running WebOS to share files. The price is pretty much like most tablets this size, but you get a lot more power and security under the hood. In fact, the HP TouchPad may be the best choice overall for government users looking to use tablets without spending a ton of money.”

 

That is some pretty high expectations to live up to! I can’t wait to write some Enyo code for it and see what it can do.

TouchPad launch looms closer

touchpad.pngNow that the date for the TouchPad is coming closer, the anticipation is building (at least for me). You can pre-order on June 19th. I’ve written a few applications for WebOS and look forward to this new form factor and its capabilities.

 

 

There is a TouchPad product overview available, as well as its tech specs and a few YouTube videos covering various TouchPad capabilities:

One thing about the webOS is that it is not just about the tablet or the phone, it's about what the webOS devices can do together. Devices can interact with each other and take advantage of their combined features, whether it is having a Veer in your pocket that allows the TouchPad to access the Internet or moving infromation from one browser to another. As these capabilties continue to expand, it will be a whole different interaction.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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