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Feb 10, 2011

HP Unveils Palm-Based Tablet, Phones to Bolster Mobile Sales

By Aaron Ricadela

Feb. 9 (Bloomberg) -- Hewlett-Packard Co., aiming to gain a foothold in the market for handheld computers, plans to begin selling tablets and smartphones that run software acquired in the purchase of Palm Inc. last year.

HP, the world’s largest maker of personal computers, unveiled a new tablet called TouchPad and smartphones dubbed Veer and Pre 3. The tablet, the first powered by HP’s WebOS operating system, will let users access Adobe Inc.’s Flash player from its Web browser, the company said in a statement.

Palm chief Jon Rubinstein, who helped develop the iPod and iMac when he worked under Steve Jobs at Apple Inc., is now pushing to help HP products vie with Apple’s iPhone and iPad, as well as devices that run software from Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. HP is trying to ease its dependence on PCs by focusing on smartphones and tablets, two of the computer industry’s fastest- growing markets.4

HP rose 34 cents to $48.48 at 1:51 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The shares lost 18 percent last year...

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UPDATE – The Product Page for the TouchPad is now live.

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