What I find so interesting these days is that we have so much information thrown at us in terms of “news” that we often are unable to process it all. This past week two major news events in the world of technology occurred that could impact the world of computing as we know it. What was interesting about this, prior to myself posting this article, is that I asked people, did you know or hear about Google buying Motorola Mobility and about Hewlett Packard’s exit from personal computers??? Not one person I conversed with knew about these hot news items…
The news about Google and Motorola Mobility is a strange (and suspicious) acquisition in itself. Google has been under the gun from patent infringement actions by Apple and Microsoft, as a result of its’ Android mobile operating system; and, some say this acquisition is a counter move or leverage tactic to protect itself. Pretty complex stuff, but this acquisition is another example of a big dog gaining control over the toys we use and buy (especially the Android driven smartphones and tablet PCs).
The news about Hewlett Packard dropping their personal computers just literally put me in shock. I have always owned HP computers in my home and now I guess I will really have to build my own : ) . In all seriousness, this news is like suicide. HP’s stock dropped big time over this news; plus the HP Touchpad Tablet PC that they just put out there, in July (at $499 for the base model) has become a boat anchor and can be had (if you push the internet envelope) for as low as $99.
In all my years of computing I have seen things come and go and understandably so when computing was in its’ early development; but, in today’s world of computing to see news like this has me wondering what direction are we really heading into.
To help bring you up to speed on these hot news topics involving Google and Hewlett Packard here are two articles you can jump to that really brings it home: