Charge your Samsung Galaxy S with an HP Touchstone Charging Dock

This is an impressive modification from German IT student Qian Qin. Qian has cleverly taken the inductive charging unit from the back of a Palm Pre and attached it to the Samsung Galaxy S Plus, which enables inductive charging when the SGS is placed on a Touchstone charging dock. The Samsung Galaxy S even switches to multimedia mode when placed on the dock. We do have a few Touchstone’s left in stock if you do fancy giving it a go – Qian has put together this guide on his website which he says will instruct you to make the modification without voiding your warranty.

Via Geeky-Gadgets

Clove Vlog #21 – HP TouchPad & Pre 3 – Refunds available

The 21st vlog from www.clove.co.uk -This vlog details HP scenario with the HP TouchPad and Pre 3 and explains that you can now get a refund for the difference you paid on your unit, providing you activated it before the 23rd August.

Full details online:
http://h41237.www4.hp.com/uk/en/

http://blog.clove.co.uk/2011/09/07/uk-pre-3-touchpad-customers-get-a-refund-f…

UK Pre 3 & TouchPad customers get a refund from HP

From the HP website:

The HP refund program is our way saying thank you for choosing HP webOS.

Subject to the remainder of these terms and conditions customers can claim the compensation amount on the qualifying HP products illustrated in the table below (the “Qualifying HP Products”) if their net purchasing price was higher than the HP defined minimum price level also illustrated in the table below and they have been activated/registrated within their webOS account before 23rd of August 2011.

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HP employees purchasing the products during the EPP program will not be able to participate in this program. The offer is valid only in the UK and Northern Ireland for private end users and business customers.

Source: HP via: itproportal

HP Touchstone Charging Docks In Stock At Clove

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We weren’t able to get any of the HP Pre 3 or HP TouchPad stock in in the end, but we do have plenty of the HP Touchstone Charging Dock. The Touchstone is a great way to charge your device and its definitely worth picking one up if you have got a Pre 3. It’s also compatible with some of the older Palm handsets, but you may need a replacement back cover in order for it to work.

Features of HP Touchstone Charging Dock
  • Non-slip material securely fastens dock to tables, desks, and other surfaces, and prevents dock from moving when phone is removed
  • Magnets align your phone in the correct position for charging, whether in portrait or landscape mode
  • No cables or connectors required to attach your phone to the dock
  • Charges device in approximately four hours

HP TouchPad News

There have been a few interesting articles surrounding the much-talked about HP TouchPad over the last few days so I thought I would cover them all in one go.

1.HP To Make More TouchPads But Not For UK

Firstly, HP’s Mark Budgell has confirmed that HP will do another production run of the HP TouchPad (despite announcing last week that it would cease production of webOS hardware). The situation as to when and at what price these will be available at remains clear as mud, as Budgell states in this article:

We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase.

However, news site Mobot states that it has spoken to HP’s PR agency and can confirm that Budgell’s post is US-specific and that the additional stock of the TouchPad will not make it to the UK.

2. HP Will Release An Update for the TouchPad

HP has confirmed to CNET news that it will be releasing an Over The Air update for the TouchPad. The news follows the recent trend set by HP of being as vague as possible, but is set to ‘improve functionality’. An HP spokesman told CNET:

HP is fully committed to the ongoing support and service of customers who purchased webOS devices…We plan to continue to investigate the best ways to leverage WebOS software and grow the applications,

3. TouchPad Ad Revenues Now At Same Level As Android

Advertising agency JumpTap has released some interesting data showing that ad revenues generated from HP TouchPad apps have drawn level with Android after a 10 day increase. This is pretty impressive considering the situation the TouchPad was in a few weeks ago. It might not look so impressive if iOS (iPad) data was included and as AndroidCommunity points out, these figures could change somewhat once an Android port is available for the TouchPad. Still, for the time being it’s nice for webOS developers to get something back from the time and effort that they would have put in to developing apps.

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HP Pre 3 & HP TouchPad – Removed from sale, orders cancelled at Clove

You may have recently placed an order for a HP Palm Pre 3 or been following the Clove website and blog for news on the apparent price drop on this smartphone.

You will no doubt be aware of both HP’s initial announcement to cease production and sale of the Web OS devices including the Pre 3 and the “fire sale” of products which began in the US.

We have been in conversation with the UK HP distributor over the last few days in what has become a very frustrating situation for all of us.

No decision has come from HP, but we think it is likely that the Pre 3 will NOT be offered to our sales channel and all the stock is likely to be handled by HP direct as they decide how to move on the stock of both the devices and accessories.

We have therefore this morning taken the decision to CANCEL all back orders for the Pre 3 and refund those customers who paid in advance for the Pre 3. Any orders placed with Clove for the Pre 3 will not ship. The Pre 3 has also been taken off sale on the website.

If the situation changes we would inform all customers who placed a back order as a priority, but we think this is unlikely to change.

We can only apologise for what has been a difficult and confusing time for all of us and we have tried to keep you informed as best we can during this period.

The cancellation of the order (if you have one with us) will take place today and the refund will also be processed today. Please note that it may take up to 7 days for the refund to show on your account.

The same procedure has been taken for the HP TouchPad.

We would of course hope that you will come back to us when you are ready to make a new purchase for an alternative Smartphone

HP Pre 3–RUMOURED price drop update–IMPORTANT

 

THURSDAY 25TH

AUGUST UPDATE

(11.45AM)

 

You may have recently placed an order for a HP Palm Pre 3 or been following the Clove website and blog for news on the apparent price drop on this smartphone.

You will no doubt be aware of both HP’s initial announcement to cease production and sale of the Web OS devices including the Pre 3 and the “fire sale” of products which began in the US.

We have been in conversation with the UK HP distributor over the last few days in what has become a very frustrating situation for all of us.

No decision has come from HP, but we think it is likely that the Pre 3 will NOT be offered to our sales channel and all the stock is likely to be handled by HP direct as they decide how to move on the stock of both the devices and accessories.

We have therefore this morning taken the decision to CANCEL all back orders for the Pre 3 and refund those customers who paid in advance for the Pre 3. Any orders placed with Clove for the Pre 3 will not ship. The Pre 3 has also been taken off sale on the website.

If the situation changes we would inform all customers who placed a back order as a priority, but we think this is unlikely to change.

We can only apologise for what has been a difficult and confusing time for all of us and we have tried to keep you informed as best we can during this period.

The cancellation of the order (if you have one with us) will take place today and the refund will also be processed today. Please note that it may take up to 7 days for the refund to show on your account.

We would of course hope that you will come back to us when you are ready to make a new purchase for an alternative Smartphone.

NOTE:  If you were too interested in or had an order for the HP TouchPad, the situation is the same.  All orders have been cancelled, money will be refunded and the product removed from sale on the Clove website.

 

WEDNESDAY 24TH

AUGUST UPDATE

(4.45PM)

 

HP Touchpad – Unlikely to see stock of these at the reduced price here at Clove, but optimistic.  Demand is high through major high street stores for stock. 

HP Pre 3 – Still no decision – Conversations are taking place but many contractual issues that require signing off by various teams/persons which complicates the situation.

We are aware that Palm Eurostore has announced that any decision regarding stock availability has been delayed until Friday. We cannot confirm as to whether or not this is the case and how it will affect ourselves, but at this stage all retailers await the same information from HP. We appreciate your patience with the situation and will do our best to keep you as up to date as possible.

For customers that have outstanding orders for the Pre 3 & Touchpad with Clove:

Your order is not guaranteed. We will only be able to fulfil your order should stock be made available to us by HP. This is the information we await at the moment – when/if stock will be available and at what price we will be in contact with you.

TUESDAY 23RD AUGUST UPDATE

We have today been in-undated with calls, emails and order for the HP Pre 3 on the assumption that the price will be coming down based on RUMOURS on the web.

These have spiralled, and it is thought that there will be a price drop, but the new price and accurate stock availability HAS NOT BEEN confirmed.

We have subsequently disabled the buy facility on our website and will re-instate this only when the situation has been confirmed by HP.

We are currently awaiting official written confirmation from HP that the price is dropping and what the new price will be.

Any orders placed will be held and not shipped until there is clarity on the situation. Anyone who has placed an order will be contacted when we have this information and any price changes communicated and applied.

Those who have orders already will get priority on any stock that does come through and when the buy facility is re-enabled it will be a purely first come first serve basis.

Anyone who has yet to place an order need to wait until such time as confirmation on the situation has been made by HP.

PLEASE DO NOT call or email as the message given will be the same as this. We can not change or control the situation at this time.

This situation affects all UK retailers and they are in the same position!

WE WILL UPDATE OUR WEBSITE, BLOG, TWITTER AND MESSAGE AS SOON AS WE HAVE CONFIRMED INFORMATION.

HP Pre 3 & Touchpad Firesale?!

imageRumours are rife at the moment as to whether HP will be holding a firesale/massive price reduction of the Touchpad and Pre 3 here in the UK and Europe like they have in the USA.

At the moment, we do not honestly know, however we do find it hard to believe that they wont given they have done it in the USA.  Having said this, the stock situation in the USA is a little different.

pre3-front-right-openedWe have had a lot of enquiries today about this and wanted you to know that whilst so far we have not been informed of a massive price drop/change on these units we can not assure you that they wont do it.

Therefore we recommend you hold off making your decision for a few days to see if the situation changes. 

If we get any more information we shall post it here.

In the meantime what are thoughts? Should there be a big sale, yes/no? What price would you buy one at?

Android Coming to the HP TouchPad?

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We’ve already had many inquiries as to whether there will be a ‘fire sale’ of the TouchPad in the UK, as is the case in the US. It’s been reported today that the TouchPad is on sale for $100-150 State side – an absolute steal even with the recent webOS announcements. As of yet we have not had word on UK pricing, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything.

Some more encouraging news today is that a team of developers has already announced its intention to port Android to the TouchPad. Team TouchDroid will initially port Gingerbread to the webOS tablet, with the intention of making Honeycomb and possibly even Ice Cream sandwich available later.

I’ve read mixed reports today regarding the future of webOS – Pocket-Lint quotes HP as saying the operating system is not yet dead:

“HP has made these tough decisions to ensure that our efforts with webOS remain tightly focused. Far from burying webOS, our goal is to ensure the platform’s evolution as a robust operating system for an increasingly mobile and connected world … we intend to enhance the platform as we explore the options for webOS in today’s marketplace.”

However, Ubergizmo reports that HP will NOT license webOS ‘making it stone dead, and for good’.

At the moment it seems that the future of webOS is still up in the air, although with HTC reaffirming its dedication to Android, it seems the Taiwanese company has ruled out the possibility of it developing (or buying) its own platform.

Still, even if another manufacturer doesn’t buy up webOS, the TouchPad at £100 is a great deal! 

HP to stop making webOS hardware, but does that mean the end of webOS?

We were as shocked as anyone when HP last night announced that it would no longer be making hardware for its webOS platform. Not only does it seem a strange move, but a strange time to announce the decision – creating a mood of uncertainty over the future of a mobile operating system hardly makes for good sales.

However, the thing to remember here is that HP has not said that it is killing webOS off altogether, but that it will stop making hardware for it. What this means is that while we won’t be seeing anymore webOS devices from HP, that doesn’t stop other manufacturers from licensing the software for devices, or perhaps buying it outright.

Given the developments earlier this week with the Google/Motorola Mobility takeover, HP’s decision on webOS could come as good news for the likes of Samsung and HTC. While Google has assured manufacturers that its takeover of Android won’t mean that the OS is closed off, no doubt it has left some of them feeling a little edgy.

There had already been the suggestion a couple of months ago of HTC producing webOS devices and with the firm constantly expanding its hardware and software portfolio, it could be a wise move to buy the webOS platform, it’s a great operating system and has a strong following. Samsung must find itself in a similar situation – it does own the Bada OS but this is relatively unknown compared to the likes of Android, Blackberry, iOS and webOS.

So, taking into account the so called ‘Patent War’ that is currently waging, the strength of webOS and the desire of firms such as HTC and Samsung to innovate, it would be surprising to see webOS disappear completely just because HP has canned it – one man’s junk is another man’s treasure after all.

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