Can Design Save the PC? Here are 10 Cool ‘Yesses’

The trs-80increasing popularity of smartphones and tablets has prompted doomsayers to (once again) begin the deathwatch for laptops and desktops.

The consumer technology market has come a long way since August 1977, when RadioShack introduced the TRS 80, the market’s first complete, preassembled small-computer system. The Level I basic came with 4K of RAM, a monitor, a cassette, and all needed cables and adaptors. It sold for $599.95.

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Former Lucasfilm exec departs HP after 8 months

Richard Kerris, the former chief technical officer of Lucasfilm who hopped over to Hewlett-Packard in February, is on the move again.

Kerris, who was head of worldwide developer relations at the Silicon Valley firm, “has decided to leave HP to pursue an opportunity outside of the company, effective immediately,” according to a company spokesperson.

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HP kills the TouchPad tablet – after just one month

When HP first announced the TouchPad, the words “iPad killer” were whispered on a few sites previewing the device. That’s not unusual hyperbole in the tablet world, but HP had integrated Palm’s beloved WebOS onto the system, making it very user friendly.

Today, one month after releasing the TouchPad to retail, Hewlett Packard announced plans to discontinue the device – making it one of the most colossal failures in the tablet space.

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Lucasfilm exec to HP gig

Lucasfilm’s chief technical officer has given up Hollywood for Silicon Valley.

Richard Kerris has taken over as head of worldwide developer relations at Hewlett-Packard, where he will be in charge of boosting developer interest in creating applications and programs for the company’s webOS platform — which powers the newly announced TouchPad and Pre 3, among other systems.

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