Sean Portnoy

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Sean Portnoy started his tech writing career at ZDNet nearly a decade ago. He then spent several years as an editor at Computer Shopper magazine, most recently serving as online executive editor. He received a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. from the University of Southern California.

Sean Portnoy is a freelance technology journalist; currently, all work that Sean does is on a contractural basis. Sean has also written corporate communications documents for CA.Sean does not accept gifts from companies he covers. All hardware products he writes about are purchased with his own funds or are review units covered under formal loan agreements and are returned after the review is complete.

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Did crappy hardware doom the HP TouchPad?

Did crappy hardware doom the HP TouchPad?

An interesting report has emerged from the postmortem for the TouchPad, the webOS-based tablet that HP dumped last week as part of a surprise pivot for the company away from consumer products. According to The Next Web, members of the webOS team have claimed that the hardware HP chose to build the TouchPad around was slow and old -- based on an existing slate design HP had lying around that webOS was simply built into.

August 21, 2011 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Who should buy HP's PC division? Samsung? Lenovo?

Who should buy HP's PC division? Samsung? Lenovo?

At the same time it was ditching its webOS-based hardware, HP announced that it was looking to "spin off" its Personal Systems Group, which includes its PC division. While that's not always code for "selling," it's clear that the tech giant had tired of the low-margin business, and that it may be looking for a suitor to pick up HP's computing assets.

August 20, 2011 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise

First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

First images and specs of two HP webOS tablets leaked online -- 9-inch Topaz, 7-inch Opal

I'm still skeptical about HP being able to create a runaway success with tablets based on Palm's webOS, but if the photos leaked to Engadget from "a trusted tipster" are accurate, it's definitely designed a sexy slate -- or, apparently, pair of slates.That's because HP has a 9-inch tablet (code-named Topaz) and a 7-inch model (Opal) in the works, according to the roll-out details also passed along.

January 18, 2011 by in Hewlett Packard Enterprise