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Hewlett-Packard’s TouchPad will soon become 20 percent less expensive after two months on the market. The 16-gigabyte model of the tablet computer will cost $400 and the 32-gigabyte model will cost $500. An anonymous HP spokeswoman told reporters that the drop in price was in response to sluggish sales.
HP’s John Rubenstein is probably kicking himself today. In a memo leaked to Pre Central website, the head of Palm Global Business Unit admitted to employees that the TouchPad, the company’s flagship tablet, needs work. While admitting one’s flaws is admirable, the fact that the memo was sent on the same day that the product was shipped to retailers does raise some eyebrows.
Considering the amount of hardware on the market, choosing a device can often have a lot to do with a mobile platform’s application ecosystem. As Wired’s Mike Isaac points out, over the past few years app markets have been springing up along with new hardware releases, all in varying states of maturity. Isaac compared the benefits and drawbacks of the top app stores, with the following observations.
More than a decade ago Peter Sheahan left his accounting job to work in a pub and manage a hotel in Sydney, Australia. Managing the staff of about 35 wasn’t easy—especially difficult was relaying expectations to younger staff members. “I thought, ‘wouldn’t it be great to teach workplace expectations in a school setting?’” Sheahan says. But before long, he realized most management struggles are rooted in leadership, rather than simply worker discipline.