HP’s back in!

In a very Netflixian move, HP has reversed course and now will stay in the PC business.  Forbes:

This week Meg Whitman stepped forward and confirmed what many of us had known for weeks: that it made no sense for Hewlett-Packard to spin off their PC division. But in the discussion with analysts that happened after the announcement Whitman said something interesting. She said that HP had too many products and needed to focus. In effect, though she didn’t mention his name, she was saying that she believed in the Steve Jobs approach to markets –  or rather than doing a lot of things poorly, do fewer things but do them well.

HP is in a great position to re-invent itself.  A new CEO, a completely confusing product line, and a respectable pile of cash.  Jobs pulled off a similar trick with Apple in the late 90s by killing off products left and right and starting fresh with the iMac.  The question that remains is what market HP wants to excel in- are they a consumer electronics company?  Do they solely go after business and enterprise?  Is there an HP branded iPhone in our future?  I’m kidding on that last one, but some of you may remember the iPod adventure from the mid 2000s.

The $35 Android tablet that actually gets a decent review

Chikodi Chima reports for VentureBeat:

The Indian government thinks the $35 Aakash Android tablet has the power to change the world. After testing one out, we’d tend to agree.

It’s a government subsidized product for India that really has the potential to hit big in that country.  It’s a fascinatingly cheap device for what it can do.  I can’t imagine Microsoft can be feeling too good about this.

show opens: part five

FX’s new series American Horror Story features a pretty fantastic opening sequence.

Created by Kyle Cooper’s company Prologue (the same people who brought us the credit sequences for The Walking Dead and Seven), this show open is a mini horror movie it itself.  I really like the bold title treatment for the actor credits, and the music track comes straight from former Nine Inch Nails member Charlie Clouser and sound designer Cesar Davila-Irizarry.

Siri co-founder leaves Apple

Kara Swisher for AllThingsD:

Dag Kittlaus — the co-founder and CEO of the company that created the Siri voice control feature, which Apple launched to much acclaim recently — has left the company, according to sources.

There were several reasons for the departure, which was amicable and has been planned for a while, sources said. They included Kittlaus’s family being in Chicago, a desire to take time off and an interest in brainstorming new entrepreneurial ideas.

I could see why Kittlaus might be itchy to move on- the Siri service has been delivered on the iPhone 4S, and while it is still in beta the forthcoming changes will most likely be enhancements to the existing service as opposed to another groundbreaking product.  Kittlaus walks away a rich man with enough coin to try his hand at something new.

iPod @ 10

Sunday was the tenth anniversary of the unveiling of the original iPod, and let’s just say it started little revolutions, well, everywhere over the last decade.  Here are a couple of good links to check out.

Ars Technica re-reviews the first generation device, which still syncs with the latest version of iTunes!

Business Insider dug up The New York Times review from October 24, 2001.

TechCrunch posts a video of Steve Jobs’s introduction and discusses the iPod’s legacy.

Apparently the iPhone 4S is doomed

International Business Times has published a hard-hitting report entitled “12 Reasons Why Apple iPhone 4S Will Lost to Motorola Droid Bionic.”  Things get off to a rollicking start (after the link-bait headline, that is) with this intro:

There were rumors that Apple Inc. has sold 4 million units of iPhone 4S during the weekend but officially it is known that pre-orders reached the 1 million mark.

Considering this article was published on Monday, after it was confirmed that the iPhone 4S moved over 4 million units in the first weekend, things are not looking good for the quality of this journalism.  Not surprisingly, the unnamed author rattles off the usual list of Android benefits: screen size (BIG!), processing speed (FAST!), Flash support (IRRELEVANT! Oh, sorry, I don’t think that was their point), and so on.

I mention this not to drive more traffic to IBT, but to highlight the common misconceptions tech journalists cling to when touting one platform over another.  Apple’s consistency in the iPhone’s form factor and the OS’s look and feel is seen as a drawback, as opposed to something they got right from the start and have been refining ever since.  And there is a market out there for a jumbo sized smartphone, but I think it’s marginal.  Most people like the ability to hold and use their phone in one hand without stretching to reach the far side of the screen with their thumb.