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Residents evacuated because of Bastrop Texas wildfire hopefully will be allowed to return to their properties by Thursday, public safety officials said.
Firefighter from the Lassen National Forest cleans up hot spots in Bastrop Texas (AP Photo/Eric Schlegel - Pool)
Depending on conditions, the re-entry plan might change. People in Tahitian Village will be allowed back in Wednesday. The Bastrop Convention Center continues to serve as a communications center for evacuees.
Circle D, Pine Valley, KC Estates and Pine Hill Estates opened on Monday and the road blocks were removed on Highway 21. All communities are scheduled to open until Thursday.
Texas Task Force 1 has completed an entire grid search of the burn zone on Monday. Two people are missing, Arlene Page and Steve Ingram. Bastrop County Sheriff Terry Pickering do not think they have perished in the fire. “We don’t know if they’re actual residents. It may just be a summer home or something like that,” he said.
Aqua Water Supply are disinfecting water system on Monday and water should be drinkable without boiling by Tuesday afternoon. Bluebonnet Electric restored power to some homes, but those in the heavily damaged areas may not receive power until September 21.
1,350 firefighters struggles to contain the wildfire, while power and water are cut off to some areas. There are still some hot spots, fallen power lines and trees need to be cleared out while crews are trying to restore power. The fire was more than 70 percent contained, said Texas Forest Service.
A DC-10 airplane drops retardant near Magnolia, Montgomery, Texas, to help fight a large wildfire almost like ones in Bastrop Texas (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)
The recovery program begins in Bastrop Texas.
Home destroyed in Bastrop Texas, the management of debris is very important (Doug Shupe/KXAN)
Barack Obama signed the federal disaster declaration late Friday night, then federal funds, resources and Federal Emergency Management Agency support for the victims were available for Texas.
On Sunday night the FEMA started a temporary shelter and assistance program and made wildfire victims eligible for money to pay for nights in a hotel. Rick Perry has launched a similar program this weekend. The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low interest disaster loans both to businesses and individuals affected by fire.
The debris management is very important, fallen trees have to be removed and destroyed properties will require removing large amounts of burned building materials.
On Monday children returned to school in Bastrop Texas. Schools re-opened in the Bastrop and Smithville school districts.
Bastrop Independent School District headquarters received donations of backpacks, pencils, notebooks and binders and distributed to the children.
Buses picked kids up outside their homes or made detours to shelter hotels. The school district provided breakfast and lunch for all students.
Only 6 percent of pupils were absent because were left homeless, moved in with relatives in other communities, or fell ill with smoke inhalation or other fire-related problems.
“Today has really been a smooth day. A lot of smiles from the kids. It looked from afar mostly like a normal day, except for a few more hugs and a little extra loving and attention,” said Martha Werner, principal of Mina Elementary School.
Massive damages in Bastrop Texas (Eric Gay/AP)
Over 5,000 people were evacuated by the most destructive blaze that has covered drought-stricken Texas since Labor Day weekend. Hundreds of families are homeless and lots of people remained just with little more than the clothes which they were wearing.
Fed by winds whipped up by Tropical Storm Lee, over 190 wildfires statewide have burned thousands homes and killed four people. In Bastrop Texas two small fires has formed a dreadful blaze, Bastrop County Complex fire, that has destroyed more than an estimated 1,554 homes and blackened over 34,000 acres, heavily damaging Lost Pines and Bastrop State Park.
Announced at the Cannes Film Festival in May, Martin Scorsese is directing the documentary “George Harrison: Living In The Material World” about the life of former Beatles member.
Martin Scorsese has been working with Olivia Harrison, George Harrison‘ second wife for the last 2 years on the film, which will look at George Harrison’s entire life.
George Harrison and his wife Olivia
The film will feature previously unreleased footage and photos as well as unreleased recordings that the guitarist saved.
Olivia Harrison, one of the film’s producers, has spent years going through her husband’s tapes, notes and photos to deliver essential elements for the film.
“Marty had a connection with George, and they spent some time together. He is as passionate about film and music as George was passionate about music and film,” she said.
It was surely not the intention of the documentary George Harrison: Living In The Material World to depict the Beatle as the prime mover in a sexual free-for-all.
But, driven by a desire to show the so‑called “quiet Beatle” in both “light and shade”, it portrays him as a sensitive, spiritual man with serious weaknesses when it came to women.
The documentary runs for 3 1/2 hours and is in two parts.
The film has just premiered at the Telluride documentary festival in America, and will be shown in its entirety on the BBC on October this year.
Film presented nights of chaos and excess at Friar Park, George Harrison’s immense Victorian Gothic home in Henley, with a haze of dope, cocaine and alcohol.
In a 1973 night, George Harrison’s friend and houseguest Ronnie Wood took him aside and told him that he intended to sleep with the former Beatle’s wife Pattie Boyd that evening.
George Harrison’s response was to point to the room which Ronnie Wood was sharing with his wife Krissie and say: “And I shall be sleeping there.”
There was a moment on the landing when the two men looked at each other, on the threshold of the two bedrooms, and then they both went in.
Ronnie Wood slept with Pattie, and George Harrison slept with the Rolling Stone’s wife – and even took her off to Spain to meet Salvador Dali a few weeks later, which Wood found amusing.
In the same period, George Harrison also slept with Ringo Starr’s wife Maureen, having announced during a dinner party – and in front of Pattie – that he wanted her.
Both Ringo Starr and Pattie Boyd were greatly distressed, and Pattie in particular became annoyed by Maureen’s habit of turning up late at night and spending the evening in meditation with George, or locking herself away in a studio with him.
Pattie Boyd left George Harrison for Eric Clapton
In turn, Pattie Boyd slept with Eric Clapton and eventually left George Harrison for Clapton in 1974.
In an interview, given for the upcoming documentary film about George Harrison’s life, his close friend Eric Clapton recalls that Harrison was “very cavalier” about the affair with Pattie, and almost gave him “carte blanche” to have sex with her.
“To be honest, there was a lot of swapping and fooling around,” Clapton said.
But Pattie Boyd recalls: “That whole period was insane. Friar Park was a madhouse. We were all as drunk, stoned and single-minded as each other.”
In the documentary, Olivia Harrison tells of “hiccups” in their marriage when her husband had affairs, even long after those crazy days of the early 1970s with Pattie were over.
Olivia and George Harrison were married in 1978, a month after the birth of their son Dhani, and she was at his bedside when he died of cancer in 2001.
Between those times, Olivia suggests that her husband had several affairs, which she endured, simply waiting for them to pass and forgiving him when they did.
“He liked women and women liked him,” Olivia says.
“If he just said a couple of words to you, it would have a profound effect. It was hard to deal with someone who was so well loved.”
Paul McCartney says: “I don’t want to say much because he was a pal, but he liked the things that men like. He was red-blooded.”
Red-blooded seems an understatement when it comes to George Harrison, who had an abiding fondness for other men’s wives – much like his devotion to marijuana and sitar music.
According to Beatles expert Bill Harry “George had hundreds and hundreds of affairs. John Lennon was probably the most highly-sexed Beatle, but I would put George next after him.”
And in their tell-all book The Love You Make, two Beatles roadies, Peter Brown and Steven Gaines, assert: “He wanted to seduce every woman he laid eyes on.”
George Harrison and Madonna in 1986 during Shanghai Surprise film press conference
Rather extraordinarily, more than one source suspects that George Harrison had a heavy flirtation with Madonna on the set of the 1986 film Shanghai Surprise, despite the presence of her first husband Sean Penn.
Madonna was at the time deeply unhappy with Sean Penn, and said she found George Harrison, who was executive producer of the film, “very understanding and sympathetic”.
George Harrison came to see them filming in Macau, and also met her several times in London before and after the production.
Madonna’s brother, Christopher Ciccone, noted that, although George Harrison felt moved to “read the riot act” to Sean Penn over his hostile and aggressive attitude during filming and gave the actor a stern ticking-off, he treated Madonna with “kid gloves”.
A few weeks after filming finished, he surprised everyone present at a press conference by going on the attack over allegations that Madonna had been impossible to work with, passionately denouncing the assembled journalists as “animals”.
Those who worked with George Harrison at Handmade Films, where he oversaw numerous projects in the 1980s, recall that one close relationship with a young member of the team was very much the talk of the office.
“The story was widely circulated around the film business that he was having an affair with an office junior,” said a source.
It’s all rather extraordinary as, until now, it has always been thought that George Harrison’s love story with Olivia Arias was one of complete spiritual and emotional union.
Olivia, a young woman of Mexican descent, was working as a secretary for the Dark Horse Records label in America when she struck up a telephone friendship with George Harrison, who was recording music for it.
Olivia and George finally encountered each other in person at a party in Los Angeles in 1974. She was a stunning 23-year-old, and he was lonely after the loss of Pattie Boyd a few months previously to Eric Clapton.
Like George Harrison, whose father was a bus driver, Olivia Arias came from a working-class family – her mother was a seamstress, her father, a dry-cleaner.
George Harrison quickly asked Olivia to move into Friar Park with him, so she relocated to England. At first, she found the house lonely, but although Friar Park was so enormous that Pattie Boyd used to complain she could never find her husband, the charismatic George Harrison filled it with friends.
“He was so generous and open, so much more patient with people than me,” Olivia told an interviewer.
“He took everybody along with him, like a driftnet fisherman.
“If we were going on holiday, everybody would come. If we were having dinner, everybody was welcome. He was Pisces, so he swam in a school.”
One of Olivia and George most significant acts was to visit India together in 1976.
That helped George Harrison to continue his spiritual journey which had begun in 1968 with a visit to meditate with the Indian yoga guru Maharishi with the other Beatles.
In 1969, he even gave up all alcohol, drugs and sex for six months, in search of enlightenment.
Unlike his other band members, George Harrison remained committed to the religious sect Hare Krishna, and Olivia shared his commitment.
There was a real sense in which their married life was a retreat. Harrison concentrated on the enormous task of renovating the house and tending the gardens.
George Harrison became passionate about horticulture. To live invisible to the throng behind high walls was a release after the pressure of being a Beatle.
George Harrison first developed cancer in 1997, but the lump in his neck was removed and he underwent radiotherapy.
In 2001, however, it was discovered he had lung cancer, and soon after a brain tumour was also found. Within seven months he had died, with Olivia and his son Dhani by his side.
Olivia tells the documentary that George Harrison had achieved his spiritual goal, which was to take conscious leave of his life and to be ready to go. And, by the end, she says she had forgiven him completely for his affairs.
The former First Lady, Jackie Kennedy talked about her disgust towards Martin Luther King after claimed he tried to arrange a sex party while in Washington for a march.
In the interviews that will be released in series starting with September 13, Jackie Kennedy also talks about how she could barely look at images of the iconic leader after he apparently also made derogatory remarks at JFK’s funeral.
Jacqueline Kennedy’s relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King became strained as a result of wire taps arranged by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
Those taps allegedly caught Dr. King Jr. trying to arrange a sex party in Washington, although this has been dismissed by some material concocted by Hoover to damage Martin Luther King.
Nonetheless, Jackie Kennedy branded Martin Luther King “tricky” and a “phoney” after hearing of the FBI recordings.
In the first interview that interviews to be broadcast on September 13, the former First Lady said:
“I just can’t see a picture of Martin Luther King without thinking, you know, that man’s terrible.”
Jackie Kennedy branded Luther King "tricky" and a "phoney" after hearing of the FBI recordings
Jackie Kennedy said Martin Luther King had mocked her husband’s funeral and Cardinal Richard Cushing, who celebrated Mass at the funeral.
“He made fun of Cardinal Cushing and said that he was drunk at it,” Mrs. Kennedy said.
“And things about they almost dropped the coffin.”
The Jackie Kennedy secret interviews also reveal that JFK saw U.S. participation in Vietnam as “hopeless” and scorned the idea of Lyndon Johnson succeeding him in office.
In the explosive memoirs from the secret tapes, Jackie Kennedy reveals that JFK was highly skeptical about victory in Vietnam.
The secret recordings will be revealed this month on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s first year in office, also describe how former President Kennedy feared what would happen if rival Lyndon Johnson took office.
Jackie Kennedy secret recordings will be revealed this month on the 50th anniversary of JFK's first year in office
JFK chose Lyndon Johnson, a Texas senator and former political rival, as his running mate in 1960 but later fretted about a LBJ (Lyndon Baines Johnson) presidency.
Jackie Kennedy’ secret tapes were recorded starting few months after JFk’s assassination in November 1963 by historian and former JFK aide Arthur Schlesinger.
In another interview of Jackie Kennedy with Arthur Schlesinger, she said:
“Jack said it to me sometimes. He said, <<Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon were president?>>”
Jacqueline Kennedy also told how JFK and his brother, then-Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy even discussed ways to prevent Johnson from winning the Democratic nomination in a future contest.
“He didn’t like that idea that Lyndon would go on and be president because he was worried for the country,” she said.
“Bobby told me that he’d had some discussions with him.
“I forget exactly how they were planning or who they had in mind. It wasn’t Bobby, but somebody. Do something to name someone else in ’68.”
Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as the 36th U.S. president on Air Force One just two hours after JFK’s assassination.
LBJ was re-elected in his own right in 1964, but declined to run for presidency in 1968.
Jackie Kennedy also told how JFK and his brother, Robert F. Kennedy even discussed ways to prevent Johnson from winning the Democratic nomination in a future contest
The “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy,” book includes a series of revealing interviews with the former first lady.
Jackie Kennedy said JFK was highly about victory in Vietnam, a central battleground of the Cold War and the conflict that brought down Johnson’s presidency.
She also said that President Kennedy, a Democrat, had named Henry Cabot Lodge, a Republican he had defeated for a Massachusetts Senate seat in 1952, as U.S. ambassador to Vietnam because JFK was so doubtful of military success there.
“I think he probably did it… rather thinking it might be such a brilliant thing to do because Vietnam was rather hopeless anyway, and put a Republican there,” Jackie Kennedy said.
Kennedy increased the U.S. presence in Vietnam throughout his brief administration, adding military advisers to help train the South Vietnamese military.
Lyndon Johnson, while was president, escalated the war in Vietnam by later committing ground troops to the conflict despite initial promises not to. Historians still debate whether Kennedy would have done the same.
The interviews where the former first lady speaks candidly about life in the White House have been sealed in a safe until this year.
Over seven sessions with Schlesinger thought to have been recorded just months after Kennedy’s death, she recalled conversations on topics ranging from her husband’s reading habits to the botched Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba.
According to previous reports, the tapes would contain explosive content and include details of JFK’s affair with a White House intern and even theories that LBJ and a cabal of Texas tycoons were involved in JFK’s assassination.
Originally planned for one hour, the interviews will be aired during a two-hour ABC special on September 13, before being released in book form, “Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy” on September 14.
After Jackie Kennedy did the interviews, she steadfastly refused to publicly discuss any details with anyone else about that time in her life.
Jackie Kennedy had ordered that the tapes should not be released until 50 years after her death, with some reports suggesting she feared that her revelations might make her family targets for revenge.
An ABC source said last month that the tapes also revealed that she too had affairs – one with Hollywood star William Holden and another with Fiat founder Gianni Agnelli – as a result of the president’s indiscretions.
Jackie Kennedy died in 1994 from cancer aged 64 and now her daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has agreed to release the recordings early.
New audio recordings from 9/11 morning that never-before have been heard are shedding new light on the confusion and desperate quest by aviation and military workers for information as the tragic events unfolded.
The recordings were originally organized for 9/11 Commission investigators, but never released to the general public.
With the occasion of 10-year commemoration of the terror atrocity, the audio tapes provides jarring first-hand accounts of airport workers and the moment they phoned the military about scrambling fighter jets to find planes that were not responding and had disappeared from radars.
Newly released audio files detail aviation officials' desperate scramble for information on the morning of 9/11 as United Airlines Flight 175 headed toward the south tower of WTC. (AP photo)
Colonel Miles Kara, now retired from U.S. Army and former 9/11 Commission investigator, organized the audio files this year in the National Archives and transcribed them with help from law students and Rutgers Law School Dean John J. Farmer Jr., who served as top counsel to the commission.
The audio files were released by The New York Times this morning.
The recordings begin at 8:13a.m., the moment FAA air traffic controllers in Boston realized American Airlines Flight 11, the jet that crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center, was not responding.
At 8:19, a cabin crew member on the doomed plane, Betty Ong, contacted the airline’s reservations agents in Cary, North Carolina.
“Um, the cockpit’s not answering. Somebody’s stabbed in business class, and we can’t breathe in business and um I think there is Mace that we can’t breathe. I don’t know, I think we’re getting hijacked.”
Immediately after 9:00 a.m. and 16 minutes after Flight 11 crashed into the World Trade Center, an exchange was recorded between a radio caller and a New York air traffic control manager.
“Can you, can you see a guy at about 4,000 feet, about 5 east of the airport right now, looks like he’s-“
“Yeah, I see him,” the traffic control manager said.
“Do you see that guy, look, is he descending into the building also?” the caller asked.
The traffic control manager said:
“He’s descending really quick too, yeah. Forty-five hundred right now, he just dropped 800 feet in like, like one, one sweep.”
“What kind of airplane is that, can you guys tell?”
“I don’t know, I’ll read it out in a minute,” the manager said.
But it was too late, because that plane was United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the south tower at 9:03.
“The whole building just came apart,” the manager said.
The audio files also detail how some FAA officials were still in the dark, as aviation officials scrambled to get the U.S. military involved seconds before the south tower was hit.
“Why, what’s going on?” a man at the FAA headquarters in Herndon, Virginia, asked at 9:01 a.m.
The 9/11 Commission found out on those recordings that military officials were not kept informed of the events, with many not knowing about the last three hijacked flights until after they had crashed.
It was reported that military was not informed that officials had lost contact with American Airlines Flight 77 – which crashed into the Pentagon – until 30 minutes later.
About three minutes before Flight 77’s impact, an FAA official is heard saying:
”They said that it was east of York. And I don’t even know what state that is.”
At 10:32am, the shoot-down order was issued by Vice President Dick Cheney approximately a half hour after United Flight 93 crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
However, two key recordings will remain unreleased.
One is the 30-minute audio clip of the cockpit from United Flight 93.
The other is a classified conference call between high-ranking White House officials like Vice President Dick Cheney and then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
The release of the audio files comes as Reuters reported the vast majority of the 9/11 Commission’s investigative records remain sealed at the National Archives in Washington, even though the commission had directed the archives to make most of the material public in 2009.
The National Archives’ failure to release the material presents a hurdle for historians and others seeking to plumb one of the most dramatic events in modern American history.
The 575 cubic feet of records were in large part the basis for the commission’s public report, issued July 22, 2004.
The 9/11 Commission, formally known as the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, was established by Congress in late 2002 to investigate the events leading up to the 9/11 attacks, the pre-attack effectiveness of intelligence agencies and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the government’s emergency response.
Matt Fulgham, assistant director of the archives’ center for legislative affairs which has oversight of the commission documents, said during an interview this week that more than a third of the material has been reviewed for possible release.
However, many of those documents have been withheld or heavily redacted, and the released material includes documents that already were in the public domain, such as press articles.
9/11 Commission items which are still not public include a 30-page summary of an April 29, 2004 interview by all 10 commissioners with President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, conducted in the White House’s Oval Office.
That moment was the only time the two were formally questioned about the events surrounding the attacks.
Several former 9/11 Commission staff members said that because there is no comprehensive effort to unseal the remaining material, portions of the records the commission had hoped would be available by now to scholars and the public instead will remain sealed indefinitely
In 2011, US commemorates 10 years since 19 al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked three passenger planes and ploughed them into the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. A fourth passenger plane allegedly heading straight for Capitol Hill or the White House crashed in a field in rural Pennsylvania, killing all onboard. 2,993 people were killed and thousands injured in the co-ordinated attacks.
9/11 (September 11, 2001) marked one of the biggest news events in modern history and almost everyone will remember where they were when the story broke.
9/11: 20 people were pulled from the rubble alive
According to Yahoo! there are nine surprising things people may not have known about 9/11:
1. 20 people were pulled from the rubble alive
According to 9/11 research on World Trade Center survivors, 20 people were pulled from the rubble alive. Among the survivors were John McLoughlin and William Jimeno, two Port Authority policemen, who were rescued after being buried in debris around a freight elevator for about 13 and 21 hours. They were the subject of the 2006 Oliver Stone film ‘World Trade Center.’
Pasquale Buzzelli, a structural engineer for the Port Authority, and Genelle Guzman, a secretary, were in offices on the 64th floor of the North Tower when the building was hit. Buzzelli was knocked unconscious for three hours, and awoke on a hill of rubble, looking at the sky. Suffering from a broken foot, cuts and a concussion, he was removed by rescue workers and evacuated on a stretcher. Guzman, who was just below the surface, was rescued more than 27 hours after the Tower fell. Her leg was crushed but she fully recovered within four months.
2. Second biggest loss of life – the British nationality people
It wasn’t just Americans who fell victim to the attacks at both the World Trade Center and The Pentagon. More than 80 nationalities suffered at least one loss from the day’s horrific events, including Japanese, Irish, British, Australian, New Zealanders, Swiss, Indian, Mexican, Brazilian, South African and Canadian. Out of 372 foreign fatalities, 67 people of British nationality died.
3. Ron DiFrancesco managed to escape from collapsing South Tower
37-year-old Canadian DiFrancesco was escaping the World Trade Center South Tower as the second plane hit between the 77th and 85th floors, immediately throwing him against the wall on impact. After making a difficult descent to the ground floor, DiFrancesco managed to exit the building – which then collapsed behind him.
Engulfed in a fireball, DiFrancesco woke in hospital days later with lacerations on his head, burns all over his body and a broken bone in his back. After his miraculous escape he was one of only four people to escape from above the South Tower 81st floor.
9/11: fires raged for 99 days
4. Fires raged for 99 days
It took 99 days for the fires at Ground Zero to be extinguished completely. At 8.46am on 11 September the fires started as the first plane hit the North Tower. The remaining fires were eventually put out on 19 December.
5. A third skyscraper fell down
A third skyscraper World Trade Center (WTC) Building 7 – a 47-story building and one of the largest in downtown Manhattan fell during the attacks. It went largely unnoticed in the media because it hadn’t been hit by a plane. It is commonly believed that ‘ancillary damage’ from the collapses of the Twin Towers led to the collapse of WTC Building 7.
The 9/11 Commission Report states: “The total collapse of the third huge skyscraper late in the afternoon September 11th was reported as if it were an insignificant footnote… most people never saw video of Building 7’s collapse… Incredibly, it is virtually impossible to find any mention of Building 7 in newspapers, magazines, or broadcast media reports after September 11th.”
6. Code messages were sent out online by 9/11 conspirators
It is claimed that one of the 9/11 conspirators – Abu Abdul Rahman – sent a coded love post on an Internet chat room to his “German girlfriend” weeks before the attack, who turned out to be fellow 9/11 conspirator Ramzi Binalshibh.
The message allegedly read: “The first semester commences in three weeks. Two high schools [Twin Towers] and two universities [Washington DC targets] … This summer will surely be hot …19 [the eventual number of hijackers] certificates for private education and four exams [the number of planes used]. Regards to the professor. Goodbye.”
CNN reports that about three weeks before 9/11, targets were assigned to four teams, with three of them bearing a code name. The US Capitol building was called ‘The Faculty of Law;’ the Pentagon became ‘The Faculty of Fine Arts;’ and the North Tower of the World Trade Center was code-named as ‘The Faculty of Town Planning.’
7. One company – Cantor Fitzgerald – lost 2/3 of its workforce
Global financial services firm Cantor Fitzgerald was the worst business affected by the 9/11 attacks. Unfortunately, its New York headquarters based on the 101st and 105th floors at One World Trade Center lost 658 out its 960-strong workforce – which amounted to two third of its total NYC staff.
After the tragedy hit, CEO Howard Lutnick called a colleague and said: “We could shut the firm and attend our friends’ funerals, or we’re going to work harder than we’ve ever worked before to help their families.” And that’s exactly what they did. Ten years later, Cantor Fitzgerald has handed out more than $180 million (£109 million) to the families of the deceased staff and has fulfilled its promise to pay their health care.
9/11: World Trade Center steel was sold on
8. World Trade Center steel was sold on
What did the US authorities do with the 185,101 tons of steel left at Ground Zero? They recycled it. The American public was outraged because authorities removed the steel before it was properly tested for evidence. Mayor Bloomberg responded by saying: “If you want to take a look at the construction methods and the design, that’s in this day and age what computers do. Just looking at a piece of metal generally doesn’t tell you anything.”
According to the ‘9/11 Research’ Website, the bulk of the steel was shipped to China and India. The Chinese firm Baosteel purchased 50,000 tons at a rate of $120 (£73) per ton. The rest of the steel was used for memorial material across all 50 states.
9. Plane engine survives crash
In the wake of the attacks, engineers volunteered to investigate the structural responses of the WTC buildings. According to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a single engine from one of the planes that struck the Twin Towers miraculously survived the plane crash and the explosion and collapse of the Towers.
After declaring that they’re killing the line of tablets, seeing the enormous success it’s price strike-down had, Hewlett Packard Co are planning to produce “one last run” of TouchPads.
A day after the chief of HP’s personal devices division told Reuters the TouchPad might get a second lease on life, HP announced a temporary about-face on the gadget after being “pleasantly surprised” by the outsized demand generated by a weekend fire-sale.
HP TouchPad Tablet
HP slashed the price of its tablet to $99 from $399 and $499 the weekend after announcing the TouchPad’s demise on August 18, part of a raft of decisions intended to move HP away from the consumer and focus on enterprise clientele.
That ignited an online frenzy and long lines at retailers as bargain-hunters chased down a gadget that had been on store shelves just six weeks.
“The speed at which it disappeared from inventory has been stunning,” the company said. “We have decided to produce one last run of TouchPads to meet unfulfilled demand.”
HP may lose money on every TouchPad in its final production run. According to IHS iSuppli’s preliminary estimates, the 32GB version carries a bill of materials of $318.
“We don’t know exactly when these units will be available or how many we’ll get, and we can’t promise we’ll have enough for everyone. We do know that it will be at least a few weeks before you can purchase,” HP said in a blogpost.
Critics have blasted HP for wavering on pivotal decisions, such as its original stated intention to integrate its webOS software into every device it makes, followed by a decision to stop making webOS gadgets, including the TouchPad.
HP TouchPad Tablet
The storied Silicon Valley giant is struggling to shore up margins as smartphones and tablets eat away at its core PC business, the world’s largest. On August 18, HP said it was also considering spinning off the PC division.
CEO Leo Apotheker is under immense pressure from investors unhappy with HP’s back-and-forth on strategy. The former SAP chief has also been forced to slash HP’s sales estimates three times since he took over last November.
In a resounding rejection of his grand vision, shareholders sent HP shares down almost 20 percent the day it announced its sweeping moves, which included a pricey acquisition of software player Autonomy. That wiped out $16 billion of value from HP in the stock’s worst single-day fall since the Black Monday stock market crash of October 1987.
HP declined to comment beyond the blogpost. Shares in the company were down marginally in after-hours trade on Tuesday.
Omaha, NE (NYSE: BRK.A; BRK.B)—An editorial in today’s Wall Street Journal says that “Berkshire Hathaway will enjoy an effective tax rate of 10.5% on the $300 million in dividends it will receive each year from Bank of America.” That statement is incorrect.
- Warren Buffet saves Bank of America
Virtually all of the stocks that Berkshire owns are held in its property-casualty subsidiaries, and that will be the case with the Bank of America preferred.
The tax treatment for dividends paid by U.S. corporations to property-casualty insurance companies was materially changed by a law passed in 1986. The changes were described in detail in the chairman’s letter included in Berkshire’s 1986 annual report. A minor change in rate was made in 1993. Since that time dividends that insurers receive from U.S. companies incur an effective tax rate of 14.175%. For Berkshire, that rate will apply to dividends it receives from Bank of America.
Warren Buffet injects 5 billion in Bank of America
These moves are great news for the bank’s workers and shareholders, also as for the U.S. taxpayer, which will probably be around the hook if Bank of America’s management flies the business into a mountain. But numerous analysts think that Bank of America will require to raise a great deal much more capital prior to it gets back on sound footing. These analysts think that Bank of America is nonetheless overstating the worth of a few of the assets on its balance sheet. When the business is lastly forced to understand the actual values of those assets, this theory goes, the bank will as soon as once more need to fill a significant capital hole.
Warning: Why You Shouldn’t Follow Buffett Into purchasing Bank of America’s Stock
Why would a big bank like Bank of America, which is can get money from the Fed at an interest of no more than 0.25%, pay 6% to get cash from Buffett? The first plus is that it strengthens the balance sheet, but the tangible common equity is $128 billion, so what will $5 billion do? The bank just had to settle for over $8 billion a mortgage pushback situation, which is still not resolved. Buffett’s $5 billion will be used up quickly.
On September 24th, 2008, Buffett assisted Goldman Sachs (GS) by purchasing GS preferred stock at a 10% discount along with warrants for $5 billion. The warrants can be exercised at $115. The stock was around $110 a week ago. So, the warrants are below price.
Precisely how ended up being the actual moment for that? It turned out merely twenty days into the economic crisis, that didn’t conclude right up until five months later, on March 6th, 2009.
One week afterwards, on October 1st, 2008 he invested $3 billion in General Electric (GE), which required the money because the business paper market was frozen. The GE stock had a discount of 10% interest, similar to the GS investment. He obtained warrants to acquire $3 billion of stock options at $22.50. The stock was trading at $15 one week ago. The warrants are underwater.
Lets draw some conclusions: Two big companies, which in fact had divisions or subsidiaries in the business of funding companies, were happy to shell out 10% interest to acquire funds from Buffett. Wasn’t that a reasonable forewarning for the crisis? The warrants have become basically worthless. Therefore, it appears like Mr. Buffett has made a great interest rate, however otherwise absolutely no gain on the investments. Additionally, he still had to go through the deepening financial crisis in 2008-2009 that presented us to “within 10 minutes of shutting down the entire banking system,” according to Senator Chris Dodd.
Berkshire Hathaway business activities
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Comex, the teenage hacker who developed JailbreakMe, an iPhone tool for users to download applications that have not been approved by Apple has been hired, of course, by Apple.
Nicholas Allegra or Comex, as the hacker is better known among iPhone users, has launched JailbreakMe 2.0 last year, the tool that made a lot of problem to Apple.
Comex, now 19, claimed he has been hired by the technology giant as an intern.
Comex, the JailbreakMe developer claims he has been hired by Apple.
Comex wrote on his Twitter page:
“It’s been really, really fun, but it’s also been a while and I’ve been getting bored.
“So, the week after next I will be starting an internship with Apple.”
Apple made no comment on whether or not Nicholas Allegra has become its employee.
Jailbreakme 2.0, which has been developed by Comex, works on all iPhone’s types which are running Apple’s iOS4 operating system.
The download tool, launched in 2010, was the first that can be accessed through the iPhone’s own system rather than via an external computer.
Users can simply visit JailbreakMe.com on their iPhone and download the application and its instructions of use. It can be also easily removed, as the jailbreak’s developer claim.
Comex explained at that time:
“A jailbreak is simply the ability to run apps and use themes and tweaks not approved by Apple.”
“Jail-breaking doesn’t slow down your device or use any extra battery, and is fully reversible (just restore in iTunes). A jailbreak lets your device be how you want it.”
Jailbreakme 2.0 allows iPhone owners to legally unlock their devices, so they can run software applications that are not approved by Apple.
If they don’t unlock their devices, they could only download applications from Apple’s iTunes store.
Software developers must get such applications pre-approved by Apple, which sometimes demands changes or rejects programs for what the developers say are vague reasons.
In 2010, the practice known as “jail-breaking” has been allowed through a legal decision. It was one of a few exemptions from a 1998 US law that prohibits users from bypassing technical measures that companies put on their products to prevent unauthorized uses.
The Library of Congress, which oversees the Copyright Office, reviews and authorizes exemptions every 3 years to ensure that the law does not prevent certain non-infringing uses of copyright-protected material.
However, the new government rules will not stop Apple from continuing its practice of disabling jail-broken phones with software upgrades.
Subsequently, owners of such devices might not be able to take advantage of software improvements and they are still under the risk of voiding their warranty.
A hurricane name can’t tell you about the storm’s power, although September’s hurricanes have a record of being strongest, but its name can tell you how many have already been in the season.
With a huge quantity of information from storm-tracking stations, scientists need a short, easy to understand naming convention for hurricanes in order to process them as quickly as possible.
Before 1950, hurricanes didn’t have names.
In the past, the most memorable hurricanes were simply described, such as the “1935 Labor Day hurricane” and the “1821 Norfolk and Long Island hurricane.”
A hurricane name can't tell you about the storm's power, although September's hurricanes have a record of being strongest, but its name can tell you how many have already been in the season.
Since 1950, hurricanes began getting names, but the same names were repeated each year until 1953, which became confusing.
From 1953 until 1979, it was customary to use only female names, supposedly after girlfriends and wives of Army and Navy meteorologists.
The current system began in 1979, and runs alphabetically through male and female names starting with a name beginning with the letter A, such as Arlene for this year.
Every year the names are different from the last until the six-year cycle restarts.
In 2011, the following names have been allocated:
Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irene, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, Whitney.
In 2012 the names will begin with Alberto, Beryl, Chris, and so on.
The last time Irene name was used was in 2005, the same year Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast.
Like 74 other Atlantic hurricanes, Katrina’s name has been permanently retired to reduce confusion and show respect for those who lost their lives in the hurricane.
All hurricanes that result in extraordinary loss of life have their names retired, and are replaced by another name beginning with the same letter. The name Katrina was replaced with Katia, which will be the name assigned to the 11th hurricane in the 2011 season.
Irene 2005 never hit ashore and only reached Category 2, according to Saffir/Simpson Hurricane scale.
In 2011 Hurricane Irene is expected to reach Category 4 by the time it comes ashore.
Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale
Winds & Effects
No real damage to building structures. Damage primarily to unanchored mobile homes, shrubbery, and trees. Also, some coastal flooding and minor pier damage.
Some roofing material, door, and window damage. Considerable damage to vegetation, mobile homes, etc. Flooding damages piers and small craft in unprotected moorings may break their moorings.
Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings, with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Mobile homes are destroyed. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by floating debris. Terrain may be flooded well inland.
More extensive curtainwall failures with some complete roof structure failure on small residences. Major erosion of beach areas. Terrain may be flooded well inland.
18 ft +
Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings. Some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away. Flooding causes major damage to lower floors of all structures near the shoreline. Massive evacuation of residential areas may be required.
Although you won’t be able to find th HP tablet in stock at regular retailers, Canadian or US, there is one more place where you will find it at less than retail prices which is still going to be a bargain.
$99 HP TouchPad Tablet in stock links below:
HP’s fire sale on its TouchPad tablets in stock this week has killed all inventory from Canada, and details on U.S. stock remains a bit unknown, but there is still hope for a bargain. Read below for a HP TouchPad in stock at on-line and off-line retailers. Please bookmark this page and come back for updates.
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Where to buy
Updates for 9/9: PC World has a great deal
For all those who missed out the first time.. Bit more as it’s bundled with case and charging dock but still worth it if you felt like you missed out before!!
HEWLETPACK TouchPad Tablet PC – 16GB + TouchPad Touchstone Wireless Charging Dock + TouchPad Case
HEWLETPACK TouchPad 32GB Tablet PC + TouchPad Case + Wireless Charging Dock
16gb : Product code: 268777
32gb : Product code: 835434
Use code TABLET5 for 5% discount – total price £189 delivered.
Updates for 9/7: B&T, Datavis, POSGlobal
– RueDuCommerce sold 1000 units in 10 minutes. The TouchPads are gone!
Les 1000 Touchpad sont principalement partis entre 7h10 et 7h20. Avant 7h10, personne n’avait les liens (cf le cache sur la home Tablettes)
There is still a chance that new tablets will surface in the next month. The limited quantity will come from assembled spare parts. Bookmark this page or sign-up to be notified!
“HP will be manufacturing a limited quantity of TouchPads with webOS during our fourth fiscal quarter 2011, which ends October 31.”
Team TouchDroid installed the latest Android version with touchscreen drivers capability. 10 point multi-touch, watch the video below:
Android 2.3.5 with working touchscreen drivers!
This was made possible by our team member Flemmard.
Updates for 9/5: Erwin Comp, Expansys USA, HHGregg, HP Home/Office, HP Small Business, KMart, NewEgg, Office Depot, PC Mall Gov, PC Richard, POSGlobal, Staples
News Update By DigiTimes:
Hewlett-Packard (HP) plans to launch a second sales promotion for its 9.7-inch TouchPads in late October in an attempt to clear out inventories of components in the supply chain, according to industry sources.
HP originally released orders for 900,000-1.1 million 9.7-inch TouchPads to Inventec and has taken deliveries of 800,000-900,000 units, said the sources, noting that the shipped TouchPads were nearly all sold out after the vendor slashed the tablet’s price to US$99.
In an effort to mend its relationship with component suppliers and channel operators, HP decided to help them clear out inventories, including touch panels, batteries and chassis, equivalent to 100,000-200,000 units of 9.7-inch TouchPads, the sources pointed out.
HP has apparently abandoned its production plan for a 7-inch tablet PC model, with its ODM partner Inventec noting at a recently held investors conference that there will be no more follow-up orders for TouchPads from HP.
Ten must have free apps for your TouchPad
Updates for 9/3: Rue Du Commerce announced that they’re only allowing delivery addresses in France, Belgium and Luxembourg
Info1: Quand on sélectionne un point relais, on doit quand même justifier d’une adresse de livraison, qui doit être en France.
Info2: on ne peut pas limiter les commandes aux IP françaises, car bon nombre de nos compatriotes habitent dans le monde entier!
Info3: si un Italien commande sur notre site en pt relais avec une adresse de livraison bidon, bonne chance pour passer la vérif’ 😉
Oui RDC livre Belgique et Luxembourg depuis 10 ans !
Updates for 9/2: Rue Du Commerce is selling 1000 pieces (starting 9/7/2011 at 5AM UTC)
As expected, we look forward to seeing you on September 7th on www.rueducommerce.fr at 07:00 (check out France Time here)
On this occasion, we will sell this batch of tablets HP TouchPad on our site.
Some practical information:
– There will be 500 HP TouchPad 16 GB tablets for € 99 and 500 HP TouchPad 32 GB tablets for €129
– Only one tablet per household will be considered
– Of course, you can add to your cart accessory or article of your choice
– We have not received HP Pre3
(Source: Facebook Page of RueDuCommerce)
Updates for 9/1:
B&T, Erwin Comp, NewEgg, MacMall
RueDuCommerce.com announced in stock HP TouchPads on their Facebook Page but no price yet
Rue Du Commerce HP TouchPad Tablet Stock – 1000 units
Updates for 8/31:
See below for individual updates.
B&T, Erwin Comp, NewEgg, Office Max, PC Richard, PC Mall Gov
Updates for 8/30 HP Small Business:
Just got an email response from HP:
“Since we sold out of the current stock, we are building new units in order to fulfill orders received through 4am Monday, Aug 22. This means a delivery date in the 6 – 8 week range. Your order will be fulfilled.”
Order was placed Saturday August 20th 3:50 PM.
Updates for 8/29:
No update from HP yet and they have stopped taking email notifications. Every other retailer is sold out at promotional price.
HP Bryna Twitter Update:https://twitter.com/#!/BrynaAtHP
Directron briefly had units, possibly sams, but both now OOS
Newegg has a limited quantity and contacted people who set up alerts for the touchpad. This is first come, first serve – another batch will go out tomorrow if Newegg still has more to sell.
Updates for 8/28:
Staples also says “Out Of Stock”, because Touchpads are Out Of Stock. Staples sold out on Touchpads a week ago and did not get any more in. You cannot order any online or at a kiosk contrary to their site. SDers have gone to Staples and at the kiosk it is OOS also. They do not have Touchpads.
Updates for 8/27:
– Most Best Buy stores have no lines even as late at 7-10 am. There were a couple of exceptions in FL, VA and TX. Most stores have no new orders inbound. Come back to this article for the most up to date info.
-HP.com appears to be the last option. Tweeted 8/26/2011 – MarkAtHP and BrynaAtHP ( https://twitter.com/#!/BrynaAtHP/ ) confirmed that there will be no word on stock of TPs today or over the weekend so just go out and enjoy the weekend. https://twitter.com/#!/BrynaAtHP/status/107165812061769728
Please stop Quoting BrynaAtHP. There has never been any specific information given out by Bryna so far. It’s all something we already know. Unless a HP rep confirms it, its all speculation(while I agree Bryna/Mark seem to be little more then patsy’s for unwanted attention, they are in fact HP reps).
— So the notification site at HP is not specific information? Unless you can come up with something better than an HP employee, I think that’s the best there is for now.
or you can just keep checking for changes here after the weekend: HP tablet check stock at store
HP TouchPad Tablet
HP Tablet In Stock Recent UPDATES
– One user received tracking number, ordered Sunday 9.55 AM CST.
– Another received tracking number, ordered Sunday 4:31 PM EST
Amazon.com (Lightning Deal)
– Nearly all orders should ship, many have reported shipping/delivery
– NO RETURNS ACCEPTED
– Rep. claimed more will be sold within a week (8/25)
B and T Commodities Back Up
– 9/6 4:52 P.M. – By Timothy Lawson
Quote from Timothy Lawson :
We have been working all day on getting these orders shipped!!!! We began with 1247 and have now stopped on Order Number 2115 we are awaiting for the bulk upload on the tracking numbers to enter into the database as soon as we receive those. We will be imputing those in. We will begin in the morning with order number 2116 and will update as we go along thanks to all customers for you patience ad understanding throughout this whole HP Fiasco.
– 9/6 7:51 A.M. – By Timothy Lawson
Quote from Timothy Lawson :
Good Morning!! Had a wonderful Holiday,hope you all had one as well! We are now at the end of this HP Mess as I call it.All Orders will begin to be shipped today as promised. We will start with the order number 1247 once we begin you will see your status change from Awaiting fulfillment to awaiting shipment once we receive the tracking numbers your order status at that time will be Shipped please be patient as we have a lot of orders to process today please hold all calls unless it’s to cancel or place a new order for products other than the HP Touchpads!For questions or updates we will be Updating Facebook, Twitter, and Site throughout the day. Thanks for everyone’s patient’s and Understanding we hope to got out as many orders as we can today and finish the rest by tomorrow! we will let everyone know which order number we stopped with and which one we will begin with in the morning.
– New Lawson Touchpad update page!:
Update 09/01/2011 4:58PM By Timothy Lawson Called HP as promised this morning, left a message for Renata Wallace and Stephan Jensen the have not returned my calls. I called them again and Left Messages Still no returned call. I just called one more time for both and Left a final message to call me first thing in the morning. I will also call them first thing in the morning as well and try to get a definative answer from them. I have also had a meeting with Dell this morning for the Streak 7 will have a definative answer on those Tuesday due to Monday being a holiday. I have also been in negotiations with Toshiba on the Thrive today as well as Fujitsu on the Q550’s to hope to have some good news for all of you guys tomorrow everyone have a blessed night. Timothy Lawson
– 8/31/2011 3:22 PM from Tim Lawson Per the phone Call I have had with HP today. The lady who has our PO on Hold will be in the Office first thing in the morning and she will release the hold and get our Purchace Order shipped to the warehouse tomorrow.
– 8/30 – 7:49 PM EST HP is still saying we as partners will receive our shipment this week what was placed on the site is just some extra information we received from them to keep you guys updated on all HP news
– 8/30 – 12:35 PST Called B&T and spoke with Tim Lawson. They said they are still expecting a shipment to be received this week. however they are unsure of the exact date. He stressed that if anyone wanted to get a refund to please call them and they would do so right away.It sounds like they are still going to be shipping out as soon as possible, and that they were in talks with other brand companies that make tablets just as a backup.
– 8/26 – 10:00 AM PST Just spoke with B&T, they said they have confirmed shipment from 3 different distributors, however, they are closing the office immediately to prepare for hurricane as it was about to hit them (they were already getting strong winds and heavy rain), and they expect the hurricane to interrupt business and deliveries for about 3 to 4 days, maybe longer. They are still going to attempt a mid-next-week shipment for the touchpads, but safety comes first, and they may miss that target date depending on the hurricane damage and how long travel/deliveries are out, and the damage at their distributors. Be Safe B&T Employees, and Everyone on East Coast!
– Twitter Update on 8/25
Update: We have received a conformation email for HP!!! all orders will be processed no later than middle of next week as Promised!
– Note that they are charging $129.99 for 16GB. Price match to $99? — They will NOT price match – price will remain at $129.99.
– Received an order email from both Lawson Electronics and Paypal confirming order was placed…it is in Awaiting Fulfillment status
Subject: HP UPDATE FROM CEO
All Customers Who have placed an Order for the HP Touchpads we will be honoring all orders and not cancel any orders. All Orders are currently in the Awaiting Fullfillment Status. what this means is that we are waiting on HP who has allocated 7000 16GB and 7000 32GB Pads to deliver to our warehouse. As soon as we receive them we will then process everyones shipment and email tracking numbers to all. We are asking all customers to please be patient as we will have all orders shipped by middle of next week so please bear with Us! If any one has any Questions or concerns please call us at 1-888-887-7892 M-F 8:00am to 5:00pm EST
or email us at [email protected] .com also if any wish to cancel their order please email the Order number and name to Kathy and we will process all refunds as soon as possible! Keep in mind that nobody else have these in stock! Be Very Careful of Scams! Make sure to please research all companies before paying your money! Thanks to all for your Business! Hope to make a lot of customers for life.
Barnes & Noble
UPDATE — IF YOU ORDERED A TOUCHPAD FROM BN.COM and the order was CANCELED, CHECK YOUR EMAIL — YOU MIGHT HAVE RECEIVED A $20 eGiftCard from Barnes and Noble!
– Some have received UPS tracking numbers showing delivery as early as Wednesday for most and even Tuesday if you live close to NY
WARNING: Watch out for anyone who claims to be able to provide you with real time inventories for stores. Please do not fall for this trick.
8/26 UPDATE: Lots of Best Buy B&M stores had stock on a first come first served basis. People stood in queues 3 hours prior to store opening & got one unit per person. Two of my friends & I were personally was at a BB B&M & was able to get 3 total 32GB touchpads. NO MORE STOCK EXPECTED. Some stores might still have it on Saturday! YMMV.
8/25 UPDATE : Picked up two from BB B&M this morning, and apparently there IS additional stock coming into *SOME* BB B&M. (Best way to find out is to go into a BB, with the SKU of the Touchpad you want, and ask them to LOOK UP THE SKU only. Dont mention Touchpad. See which stores have some “in transit”).So far I’ve gone to about 5 Best Buys and most tell me the same thing “We aren’t selling them anymore”, “No more are coming in”, “Our display models are showing up as in-stock online”. What this really means is that they are holding them until the morning so they can hand out vouchers (or holding them for employees). So far two stores that told me they will not get any more in did vouchers in the morning when they showed up as “in-store only”. In addition, being pushy with a manager made him change his story from “We aren’t getting any more in” to “Well we are getting them in, but we don’t know when”.
– Many B&M purchases. The majority of purchases from a B&M store will be from here. BB’s are getting sporadic shipments at MOST of their stores throughout this week.
If you want to try and get a HP Touchpad at BB you need to use the links below to check the 16GB & 32GB BB store inventory. If the tracker shows ‘in store only’ inventory late at night or early in the morning, it’s a good chance that store will have them available for sale and will hand out vouchers before they open. Expect a big line and you will need to camp out at least 2-3 hours before the store opens to have a chance. If you get a blank page after entering your zip code/city try using a different browser or clearing your cookies for the tracker to work again:
16GB HP Tablet in stock at BestBuy
32GB HP Tablet in stock at BestBuy
BJ’s HP Tablet In Stock
– Got back from BJ’s 08/23 12.30 pm with 1 successfull price match(purchase with full price on sunday). BJs drop price on website now. Sorry Sold Out
Aaron’s B&M HP Tablet In Stock
-Aaron’s has recently slashed the price of their in store HP TouchPad tablets. This has only been advertised in store and might not last long. I have successfully bought two 16GB HP TouchPads for $140.30 each after taxes. Please note that these include a pleather case and not the OEM one like in the title. As seen on this thread, only the Corporate stores are participating in this deal (deal won’t be available in franchise stores). You might find a hard time getting your hands on one because overzealous Store Managers want to bundle this with the lease of other items. There have also been reports of Store Managers refusing to sell it for the “retail price” that I paid. The only reason I believe the thread has negative votes is because I could not upload the proof [imgur.com] until I got home.
– Price was never lowered on website. Some users bought at full price on Friday/Saturday FROM Buy.com (not another vendor)–those orders are starting to ship as of Monday, 8/22. Buy.com has sent out emails confirming they will be crediting back the difference in price (at least, for the 16GB model), so customers will only end up paying $99 shipped.
Edit: I have not received an email yet (my full price order has shipped), so I did an online chat, and they did confirm that they will credit back the difference
User who bought full price seems to be being price adjusted for a couple of SKUS, but not for others. I bough full price and they admantanly refuse to adjust mine. Gave me a pre-paid return label for retuen, so i dont need to pay return shipping.
– Several have reported shipment, while many others have reported cancellations
– At least one order confirmed shipped from CC for 16g
-One order for a 16g has already been shipped and received from Global Computer.
-Up to date information about shipments on this thread. Go there and collaborate.
– All stock was sent back, but if you paid full price while they were in stock, there was an recent email from Corporate sent to EVERY store with a coupon to scan giving $350 off the purchase price. Just bring your original receipt. Some stores are still unaware of the email, and will tell you they will not price match ever. They are wrong, but call ahead to make sure. My refund actually included tax, so my full refund was $380.63. Total price pad for 32GB TP w/ a sleeve was $141.
– 9/6 – 8:08 AM EST – Received email from DataVision stating a system error mistakenly regenerated a second email confirmation. They are removing the order from their system but are retaining contact information to re-notify when new shipments arrive.
– 9/5 – 7:15 PM EST – Just received an e-mail from DataVision “thanking” me for my order for the HP TouchPad even though it was previously canceled. Did they end up getting some in?
DataVis’s Facebook page
– 8/30 – 7:40 PM EST Datavision is cancelling all remaining orders. They have offered a 20% off coupon (up to $50) toward your next Datavis eBay purchase, and first crack at any additional touchpads they may receive. Please note that it is NOT a $50 certificate, but a 20% off coupon worth up to $50. This was confirmed by DataVision on Facebook. HP TouchPad Tablet letter
– 8/30 on Datavis Facebook Wall
- From Datavis facebook comments: Some people are now reporting that all orders will be cancelled as confirmed by reps over the phone. Can anyone here confirm as we I trust the users here more than those on facebook.
- Datavision just deleted all comments from their facebook page regarding the touchpad issue.
- Thanks again everyone. Nothing is being swept under the rug or deleted. We are fully aware of what was sent on record on email blasts, etc. It has to do with cursing, threats, and accusations. We are doing our best here to answer each person and email.
8/29/2011 8:38 on Datavis Facebook Wall
- Thank you for your patience, and we are sorry for the delay. This was our first day in from being closed for Irene. We unfortunately have not received the tracking as I hoped to have passed on to you at this point. The money has been drawn from our account, which we assumed was a good sign. We will give this another day or two before we decide what to do. If you have questions, please EMAIL us directly, as your names do not have contact info/order details and we would like to address everyone.
8/26/2011 on Datavis Facebook Wall
- We would like to again reiterate this should be a constructive venue for updates and comments. Threats for feedback will not make anything move faster. If you firmly believe HP’s problems which created an earthquake through their Authorized Dealer Networks is worthy of tarnishing one’s company 7000 times over. It is your prerogative.
- Continued: The way HP works for LARGE inventory is they allocate goods in distributor warehouses for US. We stock 99% of the items, including touchpads. The extended quantities are sometimes offered on hotter items as we have allocation and we can utilize their warehouse space.
- When the floodgates opened on Saturday (with no notice from HP), we sold this massive # in a short time. When we went to pull our stock, the distributors did not want to ship, though our goods were PAID for and confirmed. It took longer than expected and some legal threats, but the money was deducted from our account x 9500 units, which COVERS ALL OF YOU.
- Touchpads are in route and we will post a copy of our Bill of Lading as proof hopefully today. In addition, the bulk of the tracking #s will update tonight, with movement soon after. Please keep in mind we are working as fast as we can, we realize this will literally MAKE or BREAK our business. Please keep that in mind when you comment, threat, etc. tHERE IS ALSO A HURRICANE coming up our way, and we are not sure how much staff will be able to make it on Sunday. Again we will keep you posted.
- Lastly, with regard to more units after the committed batch. We believe we will get 1 last shot of them as HP is building more. YES they do cost more than $80-$90 and everyone that HP sold for $99 was a loss. You will get your item AT THE CHEAPER PRICE YOU PAID. The next batch for new orders will be considerably more. We do not know the higher price, but please also keep that in mind when complaining. Once again, thank you once again. This is one in a million $*#& storm that nobody could ever predict. We are confident it will be handled properly.
- Another mass email will also summarize the above and have further details later this evening.
Try this search: HP Tablet in STOCK at E-BAY
Orders are being slowly processed and some orders are shipped.
8.24 Per email checking status Cancellations are on their way.
– 9/2 – Order cancelled (Order # 187824)
– 9/1 – I have not had my order cancelled or anything. Still showing no shipping information. I ordered mine @ 8:13am on 8/23.
Touchpad product page now says “OVERSOLD ON THIS PRODUCT. WE APOLOGIZE FOR ANY CONFUSION OR COMMUNICATION ISSUES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN MET IN A TIMELY MANNER.” erwincomp.com
Order cancelled 8/26
Update 8/28: I had an amount from ErwinComp pending on my card since I ordered it on 8/23, I finally got around to emailing them last night since I havent been able to get through via phone. I got a reply back from the Sales Team with the following message:
“We understand that you have questions regarding the availability of the Touchpad. Unfortunately, we are completely sold out of this unit at this point. Because we cannot guarantee delivery for this product within a reasonable amount of time, we have canceled your order. We have not charged your account. Pending authorizations are only temporary and should automatically drop from your account within 3-5 business days.”
– Update 8/31 Just got a cancellation email after never having tried to contact ErwinComp. It seemed until this point that only people who emailed to ask about the status of their order got the cancellation emails…I suspect everyone will be getting this:
“Unfortunately, we are completely sold out of this unit at this point. Because we cannot guarantee delivery for this product within a reasonable amount of time, we have canceled your order.”
– Update 9/2
Dear Customer, With regards to the HP Touchpad, We are currently still backordered on this product. There is no solid update from HP or our suppliers as to when this tablet might be avialable to fulfill your order, but the moment we receive any news we’ll update everyone. If you would like to keep your order in line we’re glad to do so, or you may cancel your order by emailing us at [email protected], or contact us at the number below. If you paid via a cash method, such as Paypal we can refund your payment at your request. Regards, Order Processing
Was told they are still waiting for stock and are hoping to ship out orders this week
email in response to inquiry of more stock: “We are expecting more stock” 8/29/11 9:30am
No longer listing the 32GB tablet. My order changed from “New Order” to “Processing”
order canceled. checked in paypal transaction history. ordered on 8/25 7:39 ET
– 9/4 – some people have reported success at stores in very limited quantities. Some stores report no stock YMMV
HP Home/Office, Academy, EPP
– 9/2 1:47 PDT – HP H&HO currently has the HP Touchstone Charging Dock back in stock for $55.99
8/26/2011 – MarkAtHP and BrynaAtHP confirmed that there will be no word on stock of TPs today or over the weekend.
8/25/2011 – 4:15a-4:30a – HP switched status from Coming Soon to OOS; there was never an option to buy.
MarkAtHP: We have confirmed there will be no news today on #HP #TouchPad availability. There was no sale last night. #breatheasy cc: @brynatahp
BrynaAtHP Bryna Corcoran: K, you want the good news first? @markathp and I found out there was no sale last night. #phew
– Hit or miss for those that ordered Friday night
– Anticipating new stock Wednesday, along with many other retailers
HP FAQ TABLET IN STOCK
FedEx Reference Tracking If your order “In process”, you may be able to track shipping. Put your order number into the “reference” section (beginning with H), then your country, then your zipcode.
– @HP Chat @8:43am EST 8/24 – Genevieve G. – Unfortunately no Touchpads will be released today. It would be by Monday, next week.
– when released TPs will be limited to one per customer/household
Update Noon Aug 25,I had been trying FedEx Reference Tracking with no luck. Logged in to HP Website and status was shipped. Still tracking number not in Fedex database.
HP Small Business
–9/2– Place my order on 8/20. Received email this afternoon
Your order will be fulfilled at the discounted price. As we sold out of our existing stock very quickly, we are in the process of re-allocating stock to SMB customers. We should receive this stock within 2 weeks, at which time your order will then ship with free ground shipping. You will receive a shipping notification with a tracking number once your order has shipped. We apologize that these timelines are longer than indicated on the website at time of purchase.
– So most of the orders placed during the weekend at SMB will be fulfilled. Wait for 72 hours to get the shipping notice. Even the SMB reps cannot exactly give you the status of your order because their inventory systems are overwhelmed by the number of orders that were placed so far and it needs to go through each order to acknowledge it and send out a notification to the purchaser.
– They are working on processing orders still
– They will NOT be restocking ever
– FedEx Tracker by Reference: https://www.fedex.com/AltRefTracking?cntry_code=us << Enter your HP order number as the reference, and select destination country and zip code. Shipments from Olive Branch are likely just paper. (Thanks to Divine_Madcat) ** I Ordered just the TouchPad and it’s coming in from Olive Branch, MS. So it may be TouchPad **
If package is 3.5lbs, it is the Touchpad.
If package is 5.8lbs, it is the paper for those that ordered it.
Order placed ~2pm PST on 8/20 arrived yesterday from SMB. Package weight showed as 5.0lbs (touchpad only, no paper)
Update 08/29 3:33 PM CST: I just got off the phone with HP SMB, they were not willing to give me a time more accurate then 6-8 weeks before I’d see my touchpad. Ordered 4PM CST on the 20th (Saturday)
Update 08/30 11:00 AM CST: Just got an email response from HP: “Since we sold out of the current stock, we are building new units in order to fulfill orders received through 4am Monday, Aug 22. This means a delivery date in the 6 – 8 week range. Your order will be fulfilled.” Ordered Saturday August 20th 3:50 PM.
– 9/1 Update. BrynaAtHP on Twitter – “The US SMB team is working to fulfill orders made prior to Monday, August 22 at 4am CT. Expect an email in the next 48 hrs updating you on delivery dates if you made the cut off time. Sounds like a shipping delay of a few wks.”
HP SMB Order checker:
HP SMB ORDER STATUS
– I ordered 8/21. Status showed waiting for credit approval. Later, status showed credit approved 8/23, order date 8/23. Status then showed order cancelled 8/24, order date 8/24. Later on 8/24, got conformation email. Even later on 8/24, got cancellation email. Online status still shows confirmed with order date 8/24 and ship date 8/28.
From HP SMB Website FAQ [hp.com] –
If you placed an order prior to 4am CT Monday, August 22, we are working through the large volume of orders, verifying payment details and seeking to source inventory for fulfillment. This process is taking longer than first anticipated. At this time, we cannot guarantee supply to all these orders but are working to supply as many orders as possible. If you saw a reserve hold for the amount of your order on your credit card and your order cannot be fulfilled, no actual charges have been made, and this reserve hold will be released if the order is cancelled.
– Price has gone back up on their site. Those who got orders in at the discounted price are showing ship date of August 30th. *Edit* some orders are now stating “Estimated Ship Date: UNKNOWN ”
– Those who used Amazon checkout seem to be getting their orders cancelled
received this email august 24th
Thank you for ordering from the Howard Technology website. As stated on our website, the HP Touchpad is on back order.
We here at Howard Technology Solutions are committed to fulfilling your order. The first 1,000 orders for the HP Touchpad have already shipped and we are in contact with Hewlett Packard and our vendors in an effort to fulfill our back orders. You will be notified when your order can be processed.
Howard Technology Solutions
Talked with their customer support in the morning. They said mostly the order will be cancelled and money will be refunded. It does not sound like they are going to get the inventory from HP. They might have an update end of day today or tomorrow morning. I guess we are not going to get much from them!
-UPDATE: Ordered one TP on Aug 22 at the full price. Called insight.com, and CSR refused to do the price adjustment. Requested to talk to his manager and 5 mins later, the manager said “no” to me. AND 10 mins later, this manager called me again and told me they will credit those who bought TPs on Aug 22 at the full price! I believe this is official policy of insight.com
– Orders being Canceled. Your order will adjust to “Completed” and read $0.00. If you see this, you will NOT be getting a touchpad.
– I got a confirmation e-mail from Insight 8/22 @ 11PM CST. Site is back up. I can see my order in my account, no tracking.
– Talked to CS rep, everybody’s orders are on a 2 day credit hold. The orders that people can actually pay for will be processed. It is a first come first serve basis meaning if you ordered on the 23rd you probably won’t get a Touchpad as all the orders from the 22nd will take up their available inventory. Refunds will be issued for those who ordered but due to inventory insight will not be able to ship out the touchpads.
– Got an order shipped email at 4:47 AM PST; Fedex tracking number at website.
– Order was shipped on 8/23. Received it on 8/24.
– Out of stock. As of 4pm on 8/24 they’re saying they will NOT reimburse the price difference. See this thread.
Kheelan, Business Electronics
Kumputers.com (SHA Matrix, INC.)
Had some onsale for $50 above MSRP. site still shows 26 instock for the 16GB, likely OOS but worth a try. Placed an order for 3 16GB Touchpads and received a receipt/order confirmation instantly.
– Announced as live at approximately 10:40AM PDT on 8/25/11… Currently OOS!
– The site started showing this on their pages: **WE DO NOT HAVE HP TOUCHPADS IN STOCK!!**.
– Prices are currently listed as greyed-out with “CALL” next to the item listing.
– People have called in and were told that the TouchPad is OOS, and that existing orders would be canceled.
– Their item listing seems to indicate that they had inventory at one point in time, although it is extremely unclear how many they had.
– Online orders which were placed prior to the “Add to Cart” option being disabled are currently listed with a status of “Submitted”.
– 9/2 – Got a call from Kmart, they ran out of 16GB and offered free upgrade to 32GB but limit 1 per order. I have two 16GB in my order. It is the only option and I have to take it. One 32GB for $99 is not bad but I still want two 16GB for $99 each.
– Several people have reported successful price adjustments. For example see this post. +1 I had my 2 32gb PM, they are still in transit due in 8/29
– Update on an order (still listed as “Open”):
Shaw: Christian, I have checked your order for Touchpad 16G WiFi 1 2GHz, the amount of $598.02 is refunded. Shaw: I checked for order status and see that the item is not shipping as this item is temporarily no stocked, however, it will be shipped as soon as the item is stocked. Christian: Are you expecting to receive more stock of the TouchPad? Shaw: Christian, I have checked the stocking details and see that the more HP Touchpad 16G will be stocked, as your order is already processed, the item will be shipped to you as soon as it is stocked and it will take 6 to 7 business days.
– Received a call today from Macmall saying my order will ship today 9/1/2011. My order was previously cancelled due to OOS, so you may be one of the lucky ones. If you see a call from California, make sure to pick up even if it has no caller ID.
– Just check order status, shipped with tracking number. Ordered before price drop; CSR called to confirm order and also lower the price.
– Orders made on 22nd are shipped! Even if you paid the cheapest ups shipping, it will be delivered in 2 days!
– If you ordered from the Macmall site before it went down on the 21st, and even got an order confirmation, they still likely canceled your order because they did not get the system with those orders back up until after they shipped their entire stock.
– Called MacMall 8/25 and was told shipment was cancelled after placing order on 8/21 (charges pending). Checked again online 8/26 and now shows a UPS tracking number that UPS says it can’t locate. MacMall placed another temp authorization on my card since my original one fell off.
– Meijer is getting them in one at a time it seems. My dad works at Meijer and called me about 3:30pm on 8/25 to come buy the only Touchpad that they had. He said that he saw two other stores each had one in the area. We called the closer one and they had sold theirs. Also it seems they are only getting the 16GB in stock. Best bet is just call Meijer and ask someone in electronics to check inventory at the current store and nearby ones as well.
– B&M stores will price match if you ordered online for pickup for the 32 GB version
– 9/2 – I got a call from Newegg on 08/31 and they shipped me the same day (I had placed the original order with them on August 21st but refused shipment since they did not price match so the customer service called me back and gave me a chance to re-order the same item) . Received the touchpad Yesterday. Thanks to Newegg for their excellent customer service.
– 9/2 – I got a call from Newegg at 11:08 AM Pacific (8/31) and ordered my 16gb Touchpad from Newegg. Delivered on 9/2.
– 9/1 – I got a call at 11:08 AM Pacific (8/31) and ordered my 16gb Touchpad from Newegg. Shipped UPS last night & should be delivered on 9/2.
– 8/31 – Newegg is starting to call people – $99 for 16 GB and $149 for 32 GB. I got a call from them 15 minutes ago. They are going to ask you for your e-mail and they are going to place the order online. I responded to neweggs email on 8/29/2011 at 6:33 PM pacific discussion thread
– 8/31 – I got a call at 11:08 AM Pacific and ordered my 16gb Touchpad from Newegg.
-Newegg currently has deactivated all of the TouchPads, their future status is unknown.
-Late in the week (Thursday/Friday), their inventory fluctuated between out of stock and in stock, people ordered with mixed results (stories of success and problems)
Newegg posted this on facebook during the week:
Hi Fans! We want to let you know we are aware of the recent price drop on the HP Touchpads. We also want you to know that we will be reaching out via e-mail very soon to offer an appropriate price adjustment to all of our customers who have purchased HP Touchpads from Newegg – regardless of the date of purchase.
We apologize for the delay and appreciate your patience as we work through the details!
People have started to receive letters.
-While it appears that newegg will be honoring the HP price drop, if you want to plan to not risk the order, here is some information.
– NO RESTOCKING FEE. free return label. Do NOT open the package.
– If your package from Newegg is being sent via UPS, you may take delivery, and if you DO NOT OPEN the package, you may give it back to UPS within 5 business days to count as REFUSED.
08-29-11 NewEgg Got this Email around 9pm:
Dear Valued Customer,
We’re pleased to inform you that you are eligible for a very limited-time opportunity to purchase the HP TouchPad tablet.
We have decided that the fairest method of selling our remaining inventory is to offer it to customers who requested an auto-notification, beginning with the earliest auto-notification request received for either model of the HP Touchpad. We are providing you with a limited window of time to purchase one (1) HP TouchPad tablet at the discounted price. Due to limited inventory, we cannot guarantee the availability of your preferred model. We want to make this opportunity available to as many customers as possible, so if you do not take advantage of this opportunity by 5:30pm PDT, 8/30/2011, your opportunity will expire.
Please reply before 5:30pm PDT, 8/30/2011 to this email to indicate your interest in purchasing an HP TouchPad. Include your desired contact phone number and time during the day you are most available. If you reply by this time, we will contact you over the phone to complete the order. Please note, that all sales will be final and Newegg will not issue refunds or exchanges for any reason.
We appreciate your patience and understanding while this decision was made. Newegg is dedicated to offering the best service possible in all situations.
– 9/2 – Received the following email:
Great news, we now have inventory available to fill your recent order for the 32GB HP Touchpad Tablet. We have received some cancellations of confirmed orders, making a limited quantity of 32 GB Touchpad Tablets available to fill backorders. Orders will be filled in the order that they were placed, while supplies last, and subject to approval from your credit card provider. We want to be able to fill as many orders as possible so we are not accepting any new orders for this product. If you still want to receive your order, please reply to this email to confirm your interest. We must receive your reply no later than 11:59pm on Tuesday, September 6th. We expect to ship orders the week of September 12th and you will receive an updated email notification at that time. If you no longer want us to fill this order please reply to let us know and we’ll be happy to cancel it immediately. Thank you for choosing Office Depot.
– The above email is suspicious. I called OD and they confirmed that their official communication would mention the order number and their CSRs would be able to verify every email sent out on an order. Don’t respond with any personal info/Payment info.
– 8/28: I received 2 Touchpads that I ordered using my account on 8/26. By the time, my wife ordered using her account, it was back-ordered. On 8/23, she received an email that said her order would be cancelled.
– 8/24 – Some people who got ship confirmation are not receiving product on delivery date and refunded. Check status, says not on truck for delivery. fiasco.
-Office Depot is price matching orders once they are rec’d by the customer. They will match $99.00 for the 16gb and $149.00 for the 32gb (Confirmed)
– My order from 8/20 4:07AM EDT delivered today 8/24 6:30 PM EDT. (1-32GB)
– My order from 8/20 1:11AM PDT has changed to “Delivery Scheduled” and then “Shipped” (8/23 10:30PM PDT)
– My order from 8/20 1:21AM PDT just shipped (8/24 2:44AM PDT)
– My order from 8/20 2:31AM Central RECEIVED – Called OD and they Refunded $30 to my credit card. THANKS OD!
– Some have called Customer Service and have been told that their order has either been shipped or is going to be shipped the following day and have been told to call back later for tracking #.
– Email received regarding back order :
Unfortunately, we regret to inform you that we are unable to fulfill your back order for the HP Touchpad Tablet.
– at least one shipping confirmation.
– Two shipping confirmations now. Shipping from Tukwila, WA, United States wherever the heck that is.
– Rep at 8AM said that they had 42 32GB items in stock, and 23 32GB back ordered, and they were likely going to cancel the back ordered item.
– My full price order of $435.19 for the 16GB that I made Saturday Morning shipped yesterday (8/22) and is out for delivery today (8/23). Called customer service and they gave me a $326.40 credit.
– 8/24: This is to inform you that your item 23119509 on your order # XXXXXXX is shipping from a different warehouse. If there is a delay over 7 days we will contact you with an estimated ship date.
– 8/24: Orders made before 12:15 on 8/20 should be shipped today, according to the CSR. Orders made after this might be delayed.
– 8/25: Just received cancellation notice from OfficeMax, and page states it is canceled. Previously told 3 times I would receive one the next day.
– 8/26: email response: “Thank you for your email. As far as we know, we will pull the Touchpads from every possible location. We are waiting for our sources to advise if we will receive more stock. I apologize for this inconvenience.”
– 8/30: email response: “Due to HP discontinuing their TouchPads, no longer being able to source the item, and the depletion of our stock; all backorders related to these items are being canceled. ”
– 8/31: email response: “It was brought to our attention that HP may be shipping additional inventory to its suppliers. Our Merchandising team has contacted HP and is pushing to acquire enough stock to cover the orders we had to cancel. We have saved all canceled orders, and if we are successful in attaining additional HP TouchPads, we will contact you to fulfill your order. ”
OnSale via Amazon.com
Here is consolidated links where you can raise your voice regarding Onsale, pl note civilized language with reasoning is effective than cursing
Official statement from OnSale regarding HP TouchPad orders
Onsale seller feedback on Amazon
https://www.amazon.com/gp/feedback/leave-customer-feedback.html?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_38&tag=slickdeals&t= slickdeals& [amazon.com]
Amazon product review, pl mention specifically Onsale so that other retailers/sellers are not affected
PCMall wikipedia page
Phone number of the founder Frank F. Khulusi
SD thread for onsale
Comments on onsale wall of FB
FB page for customer agains onsale
Onsale president direct email
pcmall.com, macmall.com, pcmallgov.com, gmri.com, wareforce.com, sarcom.com, abreon.com and onsale.com
8/27 Don’t understand all the backlash on onSale but not on other companies that also cancelled many orders. I remember this forum was buzzing that there’s no way onSale had that much inventory in stock and expected their orders to be cancelled. Yet, folks continue placing orders and now trying to destroy the company. Guess I was lucky or early to the party. Received mine 16GB within 3 business days of order.
Did you recieve your OnSale order? Poll
Huge wave of cancellations went out on 8/24 just after noon PDT. Amazon has completely removed the order from my history, no sign that it ever existed A handful have received notice that their order has been shipped. OnSale thread is thread. A few have reported receiving credit from Amazon for their trouble.
Link to Amazon to leave them negative feedback:
Amazon Feedback Leave one star, just say bad experience [amazon.com]
Want to send a message via Amazon, but can’t contact them because your order vanished? Copy the code & put your order number in it
Just insert your order number in after you copy and paste the code.
Also, write a review on ResellerRatings:
IF YOU GOT BURNED BY THIS SHADY COMPANY MAKE SURE TO MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. IT TAKES 2 MINUTES.
BE SURE TO ALSO LIKE “CUSTOMERS AGAINST ONSALE” IF YOU WERE CANCELLED OR AFFECTED” http://www.facebook.com/onSaleprotest
A lot of people seem to be under the mistaken impression OnSale is being rated down for simply canceling orders or being overwhelmed by demand. This is not the case at all. Reasons people are upset include:
- By most accounts, they in fact DID NOT fulfill orders on a first come first serve basis–despite statements to the contrary on their Facebook page. There are reports from folks who ordered 1 or 2 hours into the sell receiving multiple tablets while many ordering a single unit right as it went live were unceremoniously canceled.
- By some accounts, their Amazon inventory actually went OOS a few times throughout the course of the sell but was quickly replenished. Many take this to suggest they either had a manager monitoring the sell in real time (knowingly overselling) or a script auto-replenishing inventory.
- There are allegations that Macmall (parent company of the OnSale and presumably pulling from the same warehouses/inventories) also fulfilled many orders that occurred AFTER the Amazon onslaught. Many suggest this was done to avoid the percentage Amazon takes out for their Marketplace service.
- OnSale posted on their Facebook page that people who “Liked” them would receive order priority.
- To date, OnSale themselves have attempted ZERO communication with their customers. After withholding funds for 3-4+ days with no contact whatsoever, Amazon.com has been the sole author of any and all correspondence (including cancellations). OnSale hasn’t even issued a simple apology.
Approximately 1/4 of Slickdeal members who voted in the poll received their touchpads. Interesting enough any comments that are positive from this company keep getting edited out of the wiki. That’s equally shady. OnSale screwed the pooch with overselling but MANY people did get their orders.
– Ordered as soon as the link went live, then posted here. Ordered 2 32gb tablets, both have shipped and should be here Wednesday.
– 9/3 – Confirmed receipt of the shipment from 8/29. Got my 16GB touchpad! Two more 32GB on their way.
– 9/2 – They appear tired due to end of government fiscal year orders (non-TP). Nice rep admitted they had gotten in ~300 and had contacted orders first come first served. Said they maybe had 50,000 orders. Only one person apparently has control of stock so others cannot talk CSRs into an order. Originally was told price was original, then said if called price will be the sale price. This one is wait & see again.
– 9/1 – There have been reports that several people are getting calls from PCMallGov asking if they’re still interested in buying TPs. Personally I ordered 2 more 32 GB models and I already have a shipping number.
– 8/31 – PCmall shipped mine on 8/29 received 8/31 Ordered on 8/21 at 8:30pm (status showed discontinued for over a week. Received no cancellation emails rec 2 TP today)
– Ordered at 4:33 PM PST on Saturday August 21st. Order actually had a shipped on 8/23/11 notice, however this is not the case. Up top on order status it shows CANCELED. No confirmation of anyone receiving a shipment from pcmallgov.com (on of the sister sites of PC Mall, Mac Mall, On sale, etc.).
– 8/27 – Order previously showed Cancelled, now shows “In Process, Automatic CC Auth”. Might be shipping soon, might be cancelled again.
– 8/29 – 3/4 of my order was cancelled (2 of each model), got a tracking number for a 16GB. Shipped! (not received yet) Scheduled Delivery on September 2nd.
PCmall shipped mine on 8/29 received 8/31 Ordered on 8/21 at 8:30pm (status showed discontinued for over a week. Received no cancellation emails rec 2 TP today)
– 9/2 – Call from PC Richard Salesperson, TouchPad available for PICKUP ONLY. Store 65.
– 8/31 – Multiple quotes from twitter:
We will not be canceling orders until we are 100% certain that we will not be receiving more TouchPads. Still waiting to see.
– In reference to the last twitter posting, this confirms < 20 touchpads were given to online orders on the 30th. They treat the online store as a single B&M store.
Yes For this circumstance we’re counting our online orders as another “store” so they’re getting the same piece of the pie. 11 hours ago
– 8/30 – Update from twitter regarding brick and mortar orders. I email them and they said check back at the end of the week for online order.
We received a shipment yesterday and each store will soon be getting less than 20 pieces each to fulfill orders in the order they were received. If you ordered from the East Brunswick store and were one of the first to do so, you’ll be hearing from them soon.
– 8/29 – Talked to CSR – He said they won’t know anything until Friday. They expect to get more touchpads from HP, just not if they’ll get enough to fill all the orders. Should know by next Monday whether orders will be cancelled or not.
– E-Mail received at 10:11PM EST:
Dear Valued P.C. Richard & Son Customer: Due to the overwhelming and unexpected demand for HP TouchPad tablets, we are sold out. It is currently unclear whether our existing purchase orders with HP or any additional orders will be fulfilled. We are waiting for a definitive response from HP on the status of these orders and will contact you again by e-mail with more information as it becomes available. We do apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience in this matter. If you wish to cancel your order, you can write to us at [email protected] with your name, contact and invoice numbers or call us Monday through Friday at 877-727-1909  from 9am to 7pm for a full refund. Otherwise, please look forward to our update. Thank You, P.C. Richard & Son Internet Team
– For people who ordered over phone. My local PC Richard & Son called me this afternoon (August 25) and said that since I ordered more than 1 HP TouchPads, I have to put more deposit down (more than 10% I initially had) or pay in full to keep my order. Otherwise my order will be cancelled. If I pay in full, my order will be put on hold guaranteed if they receive a shipment. They don’t allow paying in full over phone, have to go to the store for that.
– 9/6 – The remaining order are being cancelled as expected. Both my orders placed on 9/5 at 6:04 am EST with CC’s have been cancelled.
– 9/5 – Many orders placed overnight. Those placed with credit cards received order confirmations and number immediately. Monday morning page was removed and cancellations are expected. Page appears legit but also looks like a drop seller or at least does not carry in stock. Other products on their site listed quantities whereas the touchpads said “call for availability”. By afternoon many have received cancellations although either mainly later orders and/or those using Google Checkout.
– Off and on stock today (Mon)
– As of this afternoon (8/23), Sam’s Club has started sending out shipping confirmations including FedEx tracking numbers for orders placed on Saturday, 8/20.
– Drop ship seller, hold charge on Paypal, no confirmation email.
– Paypal cancelled temp hold on behalf of SeaBoom’s request.
– one lucky guy got price match by chat for 16gb – mrkk http://slickdeals.net/forums/show…ount=35447
– I bought one on Saturday full price. Called on Sunday since I saw the price reduced to $149.99 on their website. Got the email with the credit given yesterday – waiting for my tablet in the mail
– Price match by calling. got price match and refund right away. took less than 5 min!!
-Out of stock forever, confirmed.
– 9/3 3 AM EST As of 3 AM EST Staples has pulled the HP TouchPad 32 GB. In-store kiosk no longer has this product.
– Staples inventory checker link.
– They had some 32GB models in store on Saturday (8/20). Some people picked some up, others did not. Most stores were OOS by Sunday (8/21)
– Never had stock online when price dropped, the people that got it for $49 bought it before Friday and got it price adjusted.
– Shipping notifications have been sent out to those who were able to buy one. Check order status to confirm.
The Products Store
–16 GB [theproductsstore.com]
-32 GB [theproductsstore.com]
-Ask about availability before you order <<<< no guarantee you’ll get it quickly
-Now showing “site under maintenance” after being unresponsive all day. We actually managed to break the website. Who’s next, newegg?
– Mostly B&M purchases
-08/24/11 Spoke with CSR Kevin during my first call. Apparently, they received 4500 orders for 1000 units. They have not shipped any out. They are currently going through the order and canceling all orders with multiple units ordered. That in addition to people who have been canceling they feel they will be able to finally release the 1000 units to ship by tomorrow. He said call back this afternoon as more information will be available and they may be receiving more stock from HP depending on their final order amount.
8/26/11 Spoke with CSR. She said today is when they should be learning how much they were able to receive from their incoming stock. They will use this stock to try and fufill those ordered that were backordered. If your status has changed from backorder to in process there is still no guarantee that it means you’re getting one. You can call to have a CSR request updated order status for you and they can call/email you the information.
-8/26/11 E-mailed Zones about order status. Received this e-mail:
Our current inventory is fully committed. We are working with HP to secure additional inventory if it becomes available to fulfill any backorders. Unfortunately, your order is currently on backorder status. At this time we do not have an ETA for the ITEM.
Items on backorder will not be charged to your credit card until they are shipped.
I ordered a 32GB @ 12:54PM EST on Monday. Order has been “In Process” all week, never listed as BO. Also selected FedEx 2nd Day.
-8/26/11 3:30 pm CST: my order status changed to “shipped” with a fedex tracking number. received an email confirmation of shipment about 30 minutes later. i ordered one 32gb at 11:34am CST on 8/22. Order # is 1547xxx. CSR told me this morning that my order was “in the warehouse” and that this meant the order would get shipped today. shocked to see that she was right.
Talked to Zones customer service. Apparently the cutoff was 9.00 am PST on 8/22. Mine was 8.55 am for one 16GB which shipped today. They got orders of 50 and 100 which threw their systems off. They now limited max one could order to 10.
8/27/11 9:36am MST: I got a shipping confirmation email and tracking number for my 32GB model. I ordered mine on 8/22/2011 around 10:00am MST. When I called they had just ran out of 16GB and had a few hundred 32GB left according to the CST. Yea, good luck to others still waiting.
HP Tablet in Stock STILL LOOKING?
While you’re waiting, try your luck at TouchPad Bingo: http://i.imgur.com/9HkWU.jpg
Places Previously Live With Drop (SOLD OUT):
* MacMall [macmall.com] – (Sold Out)
* OnSale via Amazon – 16GB $99 + $5.77 shipping [amazon.com] – (Sold Out)
* OnSale via Amazon – 32GB $149 + $5.77 shipping [amazon.com] – (Sold Out)
* Amazon Lightning Deals (16GB) [amazon.com] (Sold Out)
* Amazon Lightning Deals (32GB) [amazon.com] (Sold Out)
* B&H [bhphotovideo.com] (Sold Out)
* CDW (Sold Out)
* BJ’s (Sold Out)
* Conn’s, in-store only YMMV
* Datavis (priced at $120 and $170) [datavis.com](Sold Out)
* Datavis on eBay [ebay.com] (Sold Out)
* Fry’s (Sold Out)
* HP Home & Office – 16 GB [hp.com] (Sold Out)
* HP Home & Office – 32 GB (Sold Out)
* HP Small & Medium Business – Call at 1-866-625-0242 OR 1-(800)-277-8988 for ordering. (Sold Out)
* J&R(Sold Out)
* Kmart – 32GB [kmart.com] (Sold Out)
* MicroCenter – 16 GB(Sold Out)
* MicroCenter – 32 GB(Sold Out)
* Office Max [officemax.com] (Sold Out)
* Office Depot (Sold Out)
* PC Richard (Sold Out)
* Radio Shack (Sold Out)
* Sam’s Club (Sold Out)
* Target (Sold Out)
* Walmart (Sold Out)
* HHGregg [hhgregg.com] (Sold Out)
* CostCentral – (Sold Out)
* Zones.com @ $99 and $149 800-408-9663 (Sold Out)
* Staples (Sold Out)
* Sams Club HP TouchPad webOS 3.0, 32GB, 9.7″ – Wi-Fi [samsclub.com] (Sold Out)
* Sams Club HP TouchPad webOS 3.0, 16GB, 9.7″ – Wi-Fi [samsclub.com] (Sold Out)
* Best Buy Canada (Sold Out)
* FutureShop (owned by BBY) (Sold Out)
Places Without Price Drop OOS:
* Barcodegiant (Sold Out)
* CircuitCity [circuitcity.com] (Currently Unavailable)
* Meijer (Sold Out)
* Newegg (Sold Out)
* Overstock (Sold Out)
* ProVantage (Sold Out)
* Sears — 32 GB [sears.com] (Sold Out)
* Vann’s (Sold Out)
* Buy.com (Sold Out)
* BuyDig (Sold Out)
* CompUSA.com Check in Stores
* Costco – Shipping units back to HP, possibly available in stores YMMV. They are now matching the $99 or $149 price on past purchases.
* Insight.com [32 GB](Don’t believe numbers – they won’t be selling any) [16 GB](Don’t believe numbers they won’t be selling any)
* Newegg (Sold Out)
* Tiger Direct (Sold Out)
* Geeks.com (Sold Out)
* La Curacao [16GB] [32GB]
* Zones (Sold Out) (Product page no longer available)
* CostCentral (Product page no longer available)
* CompuVest (Product page no longer available)
Places Without Price Drop In-Stock:
HP Smartphone sales:
EDIT: DEAD. Just called at 6:30PM EST and they are OOS on the veer and Pre 2
All HP smartphones are also on sale for a special $49.99 if you call SMB and ask to buy one. They show “out of stock” in the home and office store, but I just ordered one and the rep told me it would be shipping later today. Received a confirmation immediately after the phone call. Wait times are currently about 5 minutes. Pre 3s are still not available in the US, but they have dropped to $74.99 in the UK if you wish to buy one.
Too bad it’s late again for many of us. I just called and waited ~10 mins. The rep told me they’ve been taking phone orders all the time till about two hours ago. I left my contact info and hopeful that they’ll get some more phones and call me back
You can try ordering one online from SMB and then calling for a pricematch, but this is not guaranteed!
Retailers of the smartphones have not yet begun to drop their prices, but keep your eyes out for that.
AFTER PURCHASING HP TABLET
Touchpad FAQ [patyuen.com]
Make sure you do a software update when you get the device!
New Touchpad Owner?? SD Thread Here: http://slickdeals.net/forums/show…&t=3245523
How Greedy? How Many Have you Purchased? Poll
Which one did you get? Poll
Why did you buy one? PollWhat OS will you ultimately put on your Touchpad? Poll
Would you buy a Touchpad(s) last week if HP discounted 50% off instead? Poll
Watching movies(avi,mpeg etc)/hulu on your Touchpad
To watch hulu, movies etc.. on your touchpad, you can use your home PC as the intermediary to do so. Make sure your firewall is properly set to do this.
Out of the box, Hulu.com won’t let you watch movies. But you can watch Hulu directly on your Touchpad by following these directions: http://claptop.com/2011/08/make-hulu-work-on-hp-touchpad/
I advise you to first overclock your Touchpad to maximize the performance you’d get from Hulu.com. Wayne Brady, Son!
Install Tversity media server on your laptop/desktop. After installation, add the files you want to view on the library tab. To add an avi file, go to Library, File system, Files and click add item on top. After the item is added, open cmd prompt on your computer, and type “ipconfig”
There you should find your IP address. Note this down.
On your touchpad, open a web browser, then type in http://:41952/flashlib
For example, mine was http://192.168.1.0:41952/flashlib
There you should be able to browse your folders to find the video you are looking for. One problem is that you can’t rewind/forward etc.. I’ll still take it
Installing Preware and Overclocking your TouchPad
*Official Preware Homebrew Documentation – [developer.palm.com]
*How to: Overclock the HP TouchPad to 1.5GHz or 1.7GHz – [webosbuzz.com]
*Another simple installation guide for Preware – [webosbuzz.com]
*Better guide for Preware for Mac Users – [johnbiehler.com]
*How to improve the performance of your new HP TouchPad – [zdnet.com]
*Great cheap metal stand – [Cheap metal stand] [goo.gl]
*Compact Bluetooth Keyboard compatible with HP Touchpad – [Compact Bluetooth Keyboard] [goo.gl]
*TechCrunch on why you should leave your Touchpad stock – [techcrunch.com]
*PCWorld on the future of WebOS – [pcworld.com]
*ThisIsMyNext on the $99 TouchPad phenomenon – [thisismynext.com]
*Blamza! Honeycomb to TouchPad port – [blamza.com] [blamza.com]
hp will refund ANYONE who purchased at full price? Link [theunlockr.com]
Free 50Gb Cloud Memory
You can get 50GB of free storage at Box.net with the activation of your TouchPad
Bringing Box to the HP TouchPad[blog.box.net]
Apps for your shiny new webOS!!
Quote from MPREZYA :
I just was toying with my 32gb Touchpad and have discovered that Amazon Video On Demand/Prime Videos works and runs rather well (SD haven’t tried HD yet). Audio holds up well but it did take me using the pop out function on the player over full screen to get it to fill the screen and not go wacky/upside down and hang. I did have it hang slightly when first starting it up but pausing and allowing it to buffer allowed it to self correct. I have video I took of it playing Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas I will try and upload (or if someone wants I can e-mail it to them to upload here).
HP HOME accessories [hp.com] starts slashing prices
20% NOW 30% off
SEARCH EBAY (All USA Sellers)
“9.7” LCD Screen Protector For HP TouchPad 16GB 32GB” $3.90 shipped for one.
“3x LCD Screen Protector Guard For HP TouchPad WiFi 3G” $6.69 shipped for three.
“3pc LCD Screen Protector+Stylu?s FOR HP TouchPad Tablet” $6.99 shipped for three + a stylus.
“Hard Shell EVA Case (Black) for HP TouchPad” $10.99 shipped for a hard case.
Best Buy accessories [bestbuy.com] Best Buy has slashed many accessory prices to 50% off. Note: Save an additional 15%- 20% if you purchase 3-4 or more. Automatic discount when you add quantity of 3 or more to cart. Thanks whitedit & Digitaltj
HP TABLET KNOWLEDGE BASE
@ all the people confused about tracking #’s that show as delivered. Large companies get a pool of tracking codes that they get to use that are usually recycled. Once a company receives an order it sends the shipping company confirmation that it will use that number. you are given that # but since it is recycled it will not update the tracking info until the package is scanned at the distribution center. For people in this situation i would assume you will be receiving your package. It basically means your item is packaged up and a label has been printed it just hasn’t been scanned in by the shipping company
YMMV. As of the afternoon of 8/22/2011, several users have reported success activating their demo units with the assumption that HP has released the lock that they had against Demo models. Previously, it was not possible to create a WebOS account from a Display / Demo unit. However, some users still have no success. Fortunately, HP technical support has officially posted instructions [hpwebos.com] to contact them to ship demo units to their repair facility.
Additional notes which may be outdated:
Got Demo Models?? Here is work Around to update webOS.
Confirmed, according to HP Support Forum [hp.com], Precentral 1 [precentral.net], Precentral 2 [precentral.net] the demo TouchPad can be reset so that it won’t install the demo software, but it still will be unable to create an account. Thanks to BluMaterial, original post below.
Chat room [tinychat.com] to discuss this deal. This thread is too long and crazy.
From HP Rep on Twitter – HP is Out Of Stock TEMPORARILY
as of 5pm Saturday
http://h41112.www4.hp.com/promo/webos/us/en/tablet/touchpad-availability.html – link [hp.com]
Orders from hp.com
* (HP.com) $30 off $150 – use coupon code SAVE30HP (for 32GB model add a cheap filler such as paper [hp.com] and order them one at a time) – YMMV
* (HP.com) $15 off $75 – use coupon code SAVE15HP – YMMV
* (HP.com) $30 off $150 on Online Orders with Coupon Code: TECHBARG30 – YMMV
* PayPal may or may not work on HP.com
* Signup for a new EPP account using company code: EP4297 — https://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/register_epp.do
* Signup for HP Academy (similar to EPP, gets the discount): https:…ter_app.do
Orders from HP Small Business
BrynaAtHP Bryna Corcoran [twitter.com]
Update from SMB: If U ordered b4 2pm ET on Sat. U were in the 1st batch orders. Well done you were ahead of the curve. #justthemessenger
They are out of stock forever, so do not bother ordering from them now. It is uncertain how many of the weekend orders will be fulfilled, but they are trying their best to process them still.
Here is the status description table:
||Your order has been received and validated by the HP order desk.
||Your order has been moved into manufacturing and is in the production stage.
||Your product has been built and is ready for shipment.
||The consolidation order status appears for all orders that have been produced and have moved to the consolidation hub. Consolidation occurs for those products that need to be bundled together before shipment.
||The products have been shipped from the HP premises and are on their way to the customer.
||The products have arrived at customer facilities and Proof of Delivery is returned to HP. There may be orders for which HP is not able to receive a Proof of Delivery in which case the status of the order will remain as ‘shipped.’
* 9.7″ 1024×768 IPS screen, 1.2ghz Snapdragon dual-core
* Discontinued by HP (along with all other WebOS devices) just 7 weeks after launch (7/1/11 US)
* There WILL BE an android port available.
RootzWiki now has a Dump of the Qualcom Android port for the HP Touchpad. Rom should be incoming shortly!!! Source: http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/08/25/android-2-2-1-system-dump-from-hp-touchpad-now-available/
Also see (latest updates + dump download): http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?t=3692
Link to RootzWiki Touchdroid Android Project Thread – http://rootzwiki.com/showthread.php?t=3327
Touchdroid team webpage – http://www.touch-droid.com
Hacknmod Reward (up’d to $2000) for Android on HP TouchPad as seen on Hackaday: http://hackaday.com/2011/08/22/bounty-for-an-hp-touchpad-android-port/
Link to PreCentral discussion about Ubuntu: http://forums.precentral.net/webos-development/289421-ubuntu-touchpad.html
More on Ubuntu for touchpad: Ubuntu On Touchpad [infogenra.com] Thanks LinuxKoss
Things to be careful while trying to install ubuntu:
Installed ubuntu(+xfce). Pics here: http://s1200.photobucket.com/albu…/skmslick/
This is not meant for the faint hearted or linux noobs. Must know jargon (ssh, chroot, novaterm). Try at your own risk.
Caution: 1. You MUST backup your profile to webos server before beginning with meta doctor (creation of ext3fs) but AFTER installing preware. Otherwise after creating ext3fs and rebooting, when you go to first start screen with webos credentials, your preware will be GONE
2. Also, you MUST build the metadoctor after uncommenting the line INSTALL_WIFI_PROFILES = 1. Otherwise you cannot connect to wifi.
3. Guides on lilliputing, infogenra are fairly simplistic. You must read each link they refer to and follow the instructions carefully (must definitely have an idea of architecture in which you are building – important for installing novacom drivers/palm SDK).
One user received a Touchpad that shipped with Android 2.2 – http://www.droidmatters.com/news/video-is-that-android-2-2-running-on-the-hp-touchpad/
Another detailed video of the Touchpad running on Android http://www.droidmatters.com/news/hp-touchpad-tablet-running-on-android-2-2-1-says-hi-to-mr-blurrycam-again/
HP TouchPad Tablet Teardown [designnews.com]
HP Touchpad running on Android is up for grabs for the highest bidder on eBay: http://www.droidmatters.com/news/hp-touchpad-running-on-android-is-up-for-grabs-for-the-highest-bidder-on-ebay/
Link to things to know “Before You Buy”
GPU Performance (Adreno 220): http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/touchpad-webos-tablet,2994-12.html
IPS Display Performance (Adreno 220): http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/touchpad-webos-tablet,2994-14.htmlLink to things to know “Before You Buy”
Bill of Materials (including detailed components/chipset list): http://www.isuppli.com/Teardowns/News/Pages/HP-TouchPad-Carries-$318-Bill-of-Materials.aspx
Illustrated HP TouchPad Repair Manual: http://www.ifixit.com/Device/HP_TouchPad
WebOS its still alive! here is where you will find all the support you need…
How to: Install Preware on Your TouchPad
How to: Overclock the HP TouchPad to 1.5GHz or 1.7GHz
A Gallery of the best WebOS Apps:
The 20 Best Apps For The HP TouchPad
10 Apps for your new TouchPad
So, you just bought an HP TouchPad? Here’s what you need next…
The Official HP Palm Blog – “How does a cool, refreshing, and free 6-Pack sound?” Six Free Apps
Top 10 WebOS Apps:
WebOS Apps for Newbies:
Top 15 Apps for WebOS 3.0:
Best Tablet optimized apps:
Top 10 Apps you need:
Improve performance on your touchpad
HP Touchpad User Guide (PDF) – Learn How to use your new Touchpad and all of it’s features
Got a slow HP TouchPad? Here are 3 easy ways to speed it up
Touch Pad Web OS apps support :
1 ) IF you want PULSE app for WebOS, Please do vote. click below link :
Pulse News Reader [getsatisfaction.com]
2) IF you want Wunderlist app for WebOS, Please reply, Click below link to reply :
Wunderlist Request link [6wunderkinder.com]
TouchPad battery is not user replaceable. – I guarantee you someone will make a touchpad battery available for sale and someone else will find a way to replace it.
Touchpad battery replacement DIY guide. From Ifixit.com Installing-HP-TouchPad-Battery [ifixit.com]
More HP TouchPad Repair Manuals HP TouchPad Repair Manuals [ifixit.com]
Thanks, the battery will never die!
Things to do with your new Touchpad
Hitler was here too! Haha.
How to improve the performance of your new HP TouchPad
How to make your HP TouchPad faster:
The first thing a new TouchPad owner should do is to minimize the logging done by the OS.:
- Go into Settings and click on “Device Info”
- On the top left menu (named “Device Info”) click on “Custom Application”
- Enter ##LOGS#
- On the subsequent Collect Logs screen, select Change Logging Levels
- Hit the Set Logging To Minimal and confirm
Another method of quitting out of apps (Minimize) without pressing the button?
When you are in an App, put your finger as low on the screen as possible, then quickly swipe upwards, this will do the same as pressing the button. Also, if you do it on the home screen then it will switch to the Launcher.
If you are having problems updating your HP. Get the latest webOS doctor. You may need to do this as current load on webOS servers is extremely heavy due to the huge influx of new touchpad users. To do this, go to your main PC (NOT your touchpad) and first visit your palm profile and log in (same username and pass as your HPTouchpad)
From there, go to device options, and select webOS doctor. Once it’s downloaded, run the program.
Now, take your touchpad (still not plugged into the computer) and turn it off. Insert the USB cable into the touchpad but NOT into the computer just yet. Hold the volume button while turning on the touchpad. This will bring up the USB picture on the touchpad. Once you are at this point, run webOS doctor up until the point where the “next” button is greyed out and it asks you to plug in the touchpad.
Now plug your touchpad into the computer via the USB cable and like magic you’ll have a properly updated touchpad.
As of 8/24/2011 @ 11:00am
Update on the Android on Touchpad project:
On top of that the current project took a sour turn when they lost their best dev… many speculators believe this may be the nail in the coffin for Android on HP. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2391767,00.asp
Response: Just because one member of the group stole money doesn’t mean the project will stop. All they did was shut down the twitter account and say they’re still developing but going into “stealth” mode
Counter-Response: I know the devs and without the missing dev, at best this is going to put a HUGE delay on Android.
Counter-Counter-Response: Who said they are the only devs working on porting android to the touchpad. There is even a touchpad that was shipped with android from HP, here is some proof [youtube.com]
Response: You are reading into your proof. Most experts and analysts believe they were just using the Touch Pad hardware as a testing ground for a future device and the hack has little hope of seeing daylight. http://www.geek.com/articles/gadgets/qualcomm-already-had-android-running-on-the-touchpad-20110823/
Counter-Response: From the article you linked “I’m given to understand that this might take out a lot of the steps in between having a stock TouchPad and having an Android TouchPad, and the guy who owns this tablet is rumored to now be working with the RootzWiki team. Maybe a step-by-step to getting Android onto the TouchPad is now much closer than before. I guess we’ll find out soon enough!”
-Regardless, the project has been dominated by internal fighting and finger pointing almost from the start so that it’s not immediately clear how quickly (if ever) an Android port will be available.
Look here to find out how to find your onsale/amazon order number to check its status on their webpage.
NOTE: thread provided as a service, source: SlickDeals
A very rare signed copy of the Beatles hit single Please Please Me is expected to make thousands of pounds at Beatles Memorabilia auction.
The seven-inch copy of Please Please Me is described as “very, very rare” and has an estimate of £7,000 to £8,000.
Beatles Memorabilia, the annual auction which takes place in the band’s home city of Liverpool, also includes a number of times belonging John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr as well as their manager Brian Epstein.
A very rare signed copy of the Beatles hit single Please Please Me is expected to make thousands of pounds at Beatles Memorabilia auction
Other highlights of this year auction are 3 rarely seen photographs of Beatles taken at Newcastle City Hall and the Sunderland Empire as Beatlemania was sweeping the world in November 1963.
The pictures were taken by Keith Perry, a freelance photographer, and the negatives were forgotten for 48 years.
Each photo is being sold with full, worldwide copyright and they are expected to attract a frenzy of bid.
A cap belonging to John Lennon is also expected to attract huge interest and carries an estimate of up to £4,000.
Among the more unusual items up for sale is a compulsory purchase order issued for the famous Cavern Club before it was filled in with concrete in the early 1970s.
The order, dated November 17 1970, carries an estimate of up to £5,500.
Other Beatles Memorabilia collected from the Mathew Street venue include a piece of the stage, which could fetch £1,600 to £1,800.
A programme of the Cavern Club reopening, carried out by then prime minister Harold Wilson in July 1966, has a guide price of £80 to £120.
The auction is also inviting bids for a telegram addressed to “Mr. G Starkex” sent by comedy star Peter Sellers to Ringo Starr and first wife Maureen on August 21 1968.
The message is to let them know that the weather is holding up for Sellers’ visit to see them.
“The annual sale, part of the Beatles Convention in Liverpool, is attracting huge levels of interest,” the organizers said.
Stephen Bailey, manager of the Liverpool Beatles Shop which is staging the sale, said:
“The memorabilia has just kept coming in and there’s a lot of excitement building.
“We have several signed singles this year and they always attract a lot of interest from fans and collectors.
“But it’s always the more unusual items which capture the imagination of the buyers.”
There are a total of 322 lots being sold in the auction, which will take place today in the Paul McCartney Auditorium at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts.
Bank of America Corporation announced today that it reached an agreement to sell 50,000 shares of Cumulative Perpetual Preferred Stock with a liquidation value of $100,000 per share to Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. in a private offering. The preferred stock has a dividend of 6 percent per annum, payable in equal quarterly installments, and is redeemable by the company at any time at a 5 percent premium.
- Bank of America, Bryant Park, New York
In conjunction with this agreement, Berkshire Hathaway will also receive warrants to purchase 700,000,000 shares of Bank of America common stock at an exercise price of $7.142857 per share. The warrants may be exercised in whole or in part at any time, and from time to time, during the 10-year period following the closing date of the transaction. The aggregate purchase price to be received by Bank of America for the preferred stock and warrants is $5 billion in cash.
This apparently much-needed injection has reassured Bank of America’s clobbered shareholders, and the stock is up 25% on the news.
For his $5 billion, Buffett can also be obtaining the proper to purchase a staggering 700 million Bank of America typical shares at $7.14 a share–options which are currently within the cash. This signifies 7% dilution to Bank of America’s typical stockholders.
Put simply, Buffett is obtaining a favored safety having to pay 6% a 12 months that’s safeguarded from dilution from long term funds raises AND a choice to purchase 7% with the company–all for $5 billion. That is costly cash. But offered that Bank of America waited as well lengthy to increase funds, it is also obviously the very best offer they could get.
“We are building the best franchise in financial services and we have laid out a clear plan to deliver long-term shareholder value,” said Bank of America Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan. “I remain confident that we have the capital and liquidity we need to run our business. At the same time, I also recognize that a large investment by Warren Buffett is a strong endorsement in our vision and our strategy.”
Warren Buffett, Berkshire Hathaway Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented:
“Bank of America is a strong, well-led company, and I called Brian to tell him I wanted to invest in it. I am impressed with the profit-generating abilities of this franchise, and that they are acting aggressively to put their challenges behind them. Bank of America is focused on their customers and on serving them well. That’s what customers want, and that’s the company’s strategy.”
Bank of America
Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 58 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,800 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users.
Bank of America is among the world’s leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
Certain statements in this press release represent the current expectations, plans or forecasts of Bank of America and are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements often use words like “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “targets,” “intends,” “plans,” “predict,” “goal” and other similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as “will,” “may,” “might,” “should,” “would” and “could.”
The forward-looking statements made in this press release include, without limitation, statements concerning:the closing of the agreement with Berkshire Hathaway Inc. to sell preferred stock and warrants (the “sale agreement”) and the receipt of the aggregate purchase price in the transaction.Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and Bank of America undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect the impact of circumstances or events that arise after the date the forward-looking statement was made.
These statements are not guarantees of future results
These statements are not guarantees of future results or performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict and are often beyond Bank of America’s control. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any of these forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement and should consider all of the following uncertainties and risks, as well as those more fully discussed under Item 1A. “Risk Factors” of Bank of America’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended June 30, 2011, Item 1A. “Risk Factors” of Bank of America’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010 and in any of Bank of America’s other subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings: the satisfaction of the closing conditions for the sale agreement, including obtaining any necessary regulatory or other approvals.
A private gone AWOL of Muslim American descent was detained near Fort Hood.
He informed police investigators that he wanted to damage fellow members of the military from the military services base, law enforcement boss in Killeen, Texas, claimed Thursday.
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Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo is expected to face federal government criminal charges soon after his police arrest, Chief Dennis Baldwin claimed. Baldwin mentioned that he knew of no additional threats for the location and also that Abdo had not any accomplices, “as far as I know.” The Chief officer made no other comments about the AWOL status of the detained soldier.
Fbi representatives detected a bevy of potential bomb-making elements inside Abdo’s room, FBI spokesman Erik Vasys mentioned. Abdo, twenty-one, turned down deployment to Afghanistan and later had gone absent out of Fort Campbell in Kentucky following being accused of possessing child porn material, Vasys mentioned.
After a tip-off from a neighborhood weapon shop, Killeen police force detained Abdo at a traffic stop Wednesday, Vasys stated.
Two years ago, during 2009, that very same Texas army base had been the target of the firing spree that mortally wounded 13 individuals. Nidal Hasan had been charged with those killings. He’s yet another Muslim American soldier.
Gun store alerts police force to AWOL soldier
“Thanks to quick action by a Texas firearm dealer in alerting local police force to a suspicious character, and a prompt and vigorous response by the Killeen Law enforcement officials Department, we may well have averted a repeat of the tragic 2009 radical Islamic terror attack on our nation’s largest military installation,” stated Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, the House Army Caucus chairman.
Carter mentioned: “We now have an example of what works to prevent these type attacks, and as the coming days reveal more details about this attempt, we can determine better ways to thwart similar efforts in the future”
Carter’s office mentioned Killeen firearm supplier Guns Galore, the same store utilized by Hasan to acquire guns allegedly utilised in his assault, tipped off law enforcement officials with regards to a “suspicious male” whom obtained gunpowder, shotgun ammo, as well as a newspaper for a semiautomatic pistol.
Greg Ebert, a retired police force officer who works at Guns Galore, mentioned a young man showed up in the store Tuesday afternoon and browsed for about 20 minutes. He selected six one-pound canisters of smokeless gunpowder, Ebert explained.
Then, Ebert reported, the man asked the store owner questions about the nature of smokeless powder.
“That is a red flag for me,” Ebert mentioned. “He should know. Why is he buying that much?”
Ebert reported the man also picked up one magazine and shotgun shells, and then left in a cab. After discussing the matter at length with the owner, Ebert called police force.
The soldier also purchased uniforms with Fort Hood unit patches from the neighborhood military surplus store, Carter’s office stated, citing police.
After Abdo’s arrest, police searched his hotel room and backpack and found six pounds of smokeless powder, Christmas lights and battery-operated clocks – which were apparently intended to create a timing and triggering device – sugar, shrapnel, a pressure cooker, and shotgun shells that were being dismantled for raw explosives.
The materials were sufficient to create a couple of bombs, a Department of Defense official reported to BelleNews. The awol soldier did not comment.
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Inside of the soldier’s rucksack, law enforcement officials also uncovered “Islamic extremist booklets,” a .40-calliber gun along with a grocery list of elements to get a bomb, a law enforcement officials official reported.
The investigation is still on-going in this case. It’s extremely likely that Abdo acted on his own and there is no evidence up to this point that links him to any terrorist groups, law enforcement officers declared.
“Islam is a much more peaceful and tolerant religion than it is an aggressive religion,” he explained. “I don’t believe that Islam allows me to operate in any kind of warfare at all, including the U.S. military and any war it partakes in. I believe that our first duty as a Muslim is to serve God.”
Hasan, the prime suspect in the 2009 Fort Hood killings, could face the death penalty. His trial is set to begin March 5, 2012.
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Witnesses at a preliminary hearing identified Hasan as the man who walked calmly through a medical building on the country’s largest military base, shooting and sometimes reloading his handgun as he shouted “Allahu akbar,” which means “God is great” in Arabic.
A statement on the Fort Hood website acknowledged Abdo’s arrest but said it had no connection to the base.
It reported Abdo had been assigned to Company E of the 101st Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team.
“Since he is in the custody of civilian authorities, jurisdiction over any potential new charges is yet to be determined. If returned to military control, he may face additional charges including AWOL,” the statement reported.
Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug said base officials have no indication that Abdo ever tried to obtain onto Fort Hood between the time he went AWOL and the time of his arrest.
A June 15th hearing recommended that Abdo be court-martialed. He went AWOL after that.
In an interview this past year, Abdo explained felt compelled to remain true to his faith.
“We have two things that I believe make us American, and that’s freedom of religion and freedom of choice,” he explained.
When he first signed up for the military, Abdo did not think his religion would be an issue. “I was under the impression that I could serve both the U.S. Army and my God simultaneously,” he mentioned.
But as his deployment neared, he began to rethink things and eventually worked up the courage to approach his unit and tell them how he felt. AWOL soldier is currently in custody, awaiting a trial.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] The University of Michigan Health System researchers said stem cell could offer new hope for unlocking the secrets of bipolar disorder.
A new project begins at the University of Michigan as the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund marks ten years in the search for a cure of bipolar disorder.
According to a University of Michigan Health System statement posted on its website on August 22, the new stem cell lines developed from the skin of adults living with bipolar disorder are providing researchers at the University of Michigan Health System an unprecedented opportunity to delve into the genetic and biological underpinnings of the devastating mood disorder.
Scientists will be able to link new findings – such as how gene expression is affected by different medications – to extensive clinical and demographic data from the cell donors, who are also participants in an ongoing long-term study of hundreds of individuals with bipolar disorder.
The induced pluripotent stem cells could offer new hope for unlocking the secrets of bipolar disorder.
The new research comes as the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Fund, based at the University of Michigan Depression Center, prepares to mark the 10th anniversary of its establishment by Waltraud “Wally” Prechter following the July 2001 death of her husband, Heinz. Before he took his life, few people knew that the well-known automotive entrepreneur wrestled with bipolar disorder.
“Currently the best treatments for bipolar disorder are only effective for 30 percent to 50 percent of patients,” said Melvin McInnis, M.D., the Thomas B and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression at the University of Michigan Medical School and associate director at the University of Michigan Depression Center.
“New discoveries have been limited, in part due to the lack of access to tissue and cells from individuals with bipolar disorder. But that is now changing because of the Prechter research program and advances in stem cell research.”
The new stem cell lines – among the first to be created by the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute Consortium for Stem Cell Therapies – were made from fibroblasts from skin samples donated by adult research volunteers both with and without bipolar disorder.[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]
In the lab, scientists can coax these skin cells into behaving like embryonic stem cells. Known as induced pluripotent stem cells, or iPSC, these, in turn, can be manipulated to develop into different types of body cells, including brain cells.
“We will be able to see if there are differences in how the neurons of a person with bipolar disorder make connections, determine how they respond to different medications and explore potential deficiencies in signaling pathways,” explained Sue O’Shea, Ph.D., a professor of cell and developmental biology at the Medical School who leads the stem cell lab with Gary Smith, Ph.D, professor of obstetrics and gynecology.
“So far, five lines have been created. The goal, is to develop 30 cell lines – 20 from people with bipolar disorder and 10 control subjects. Creating each line is a painstaking and expensive process.”
“We often think of stems cells being used in therapies to treat disease, but this is a great example of stem cells’ usefulness for studying the mechanisms of disease.”
“The iPS cells renew themselves, so they’re an unlimited source of material and offer hope to individuals with bipolar disorder.”
Still, the researchers caution, new treatments spurred by this work could be a decade or more away.
Bipolar disorder, formerly known as manic depression, affects 5.7 million adults in the United States. It is caused by chemical imbalances in the brain and marked by significant changes in mood, thoughts, energy and behavior.
Heinz Prechter, the well known automotive entrepreneur wrestled with bipolar disorder.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”dreapta”]Because bipolar disorder runs in families, research at University of Michigan (U-M) has focused on studying disease genes. There is no single gene that “causes” someone to become bipolar, but the disease has its roots in genetic vulnerabilities.
The Prechter Bipolar Genetic Repository already houses more than 1,500 genetic samples from people with bipolar disorder and healthy controls from studies at U-M along with collaborating sites: Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Cornell and Penn State. It is the first independently funded bipolar genetics repository in the nation. In addition to sharing the knowledge between the different universities, confidential, coded DNA repository samples and clinical information will be made available to scientists worldwide to accelerate and share clinical breakthroughs in evaluating and treating bipolar disorder.
The Prechter longitudinal study has already collected more than 5 years’ worth of data.
“I’m really proud that over the last 10 years my husband’s legacy has grown to include the strides we’re making to understand bipolar disorder and find new treatments,” Wally Prechter says.
“Bipolar is like any other illness – cancer, diabetes, heart disease – and deserves the same urgency.”
“That lack of effective treatment is a big reason for the high risk of suicide or suicide attempts among people with bipolar disorder. Anywhere from 5% to 15% of bipolar patients will attempt or commit suicide sometime in their lives,” said McInnis.
“Depression caused by Heinz Prechter’s bipolar disorder affected his whole being,” said Wally Prechter.
“He was extremely exuberant and happy, and very, very optimistic, to the point that I thought, ‘Wow, I’ve never met anyone like that.’ But when he was depressed it was to the point that he would stay home and just sit in a chair and look out at the river,” she said.
The memory of how her brilliant husband was reduced to such a low, unable to tell anyone what he was going through, is part of what continues to drive her today.
U-M Health System CEO and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs Ora Hirsch Pescovitz, M.D., points to the research as a great example of the strides that can be made when public institutions and private donors collaborate on research that benefits the public.
“The Prechter research shows how we continue to fuel innovation through exciting collaborations that highlight our commitment to bench-to-bedside medical advances,” Pescovitz said.
“We are very fortunate to have Wally and her family as part of our Michigan family.”
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]A website forum, which is frequently utilized to spread Al-Qaeda’s dispatches, has posted a death threat against David Letterman.
The jihadist website post, which was issued by frequent commenter on the forum, has threatened David Letterman, urging Muslim followers to “cut the tongue” of the Late Show host because of a joke the comic made on his CBS show.
According to the SITE Intelligence Group, a private company for sites monitoring service, that tracks extremists websites online activity, the threat was posted Tuesday on the Shumuka al-Islam forum, a popular Internet destination for radical Muslims.
David Letterman was death threatened on a Jihadist website
The poster, who identified himself as Umar al-Basrawi, was reacting to what he said David Letterman did after the US military announced on June 5 that a drone strike in Pakistan had killed al Qaeda leader Ilyas Kashmiri.[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”dreapta”]
Umar al-Basrawi wrote:
“Is there not amongst you a Sayyid Nosair al-Masri (may Allah release him) to cut the tongue of this lowly Jew and shut it forever. Just as Sayyid (may Allah release him) did with the Jew Kahane.”
[googlead tip=”vertical_mic”]Al-Basrawi also wrote that David Letterman had made reference to both Osama bin Laden and Kashmiri and said that Letterman had demonstrated on his neck how Kashmiri died.
Sayyid Nosair al-Masri was tried for the murder of Rabbi Meir Kahane in 1990.
According to Adam Raisman, SITE analyst, the Shumukh-al-Islam forum is a site where messages from Al Qaeda frequently first appear online in the United States.
“It’s a clearing house for Al-Qaeda material. It gets the most Al-Qaeda supporters,” he said.
Adam Raisman ranked the threat as more worrisome than the “warning” posted against South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone last year.
“This was a more explicit threat,” he said.
“It was direct and to the point.”
David Letterman, who is not Jewish, apparently made jokes on the accused terrorist leader Ilyas Kashmiri death, who was killed by an US airstrike in Pakistan on June 5. The forum contributor said Letterman put a hand to his neck and demonstrated the “way of slaughter.”
“He showed his evil nature and deep hatred for Islam and Muslims, and said that Ilyas Kashmiri was killed and he joined bin Laden,” he wrote.
“We ask Allah to paralyze his tongue and grant the sincere monotheists his neck.”
The news was first reported by Stars and Stripes.
SITE group is now trying to find out more information about the commenter, who has more than 1,200 messages on the forum. Adam Raisman also advised David Letterman to take “as much precaution as he would with an obsessed fan.”
There was no comment from CBS or Letterman.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mare”]Wednesday, Florida police announced that arrested Jared Cano,17, who had material to make pipe bombs at his home and had planned to attack and cause mass casualties at the Tampa high school that had expelled him.
A “potentially catastrophic” bomb plot hatched by an expelled high-school student has been thwarted in the US city of Tampa, Florida, according to the police.
“We were probably able to thwart a potentially catastrophic event the likes of which the city of Tampa has not seen and hopefully never will,” Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor told a news conference.
Jared Cano faces charges of threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device, possession of bomb-making materials and marijuana charges
Police named the suspect, as Jared Cano, 17, who is accused of planning to plant a device at Freedom High School in Hillsborough County, north Tampa and detonate it as students returned on Tuesday.
Fuel, shrapnel and plastic tubing, along with timing and fusing devices were found at his home, police said.
The teenager had previously been arrested on several juvenile charges.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] “Mr. Cano, who had been expelled from the school, was hoping to kill or injure more people than the 1999 shooting by two students at Columbine High School in Colorado,” police chief Jane Castor said.
In April 1999, two students at Columbine High School in Colorado killed 12 students and one teacher in one of the deadliest school massacres in US history.
“Mr. Cano was arrested on Tuesday night after an unnamed individual came forth with information about the plot,” said Jane Castor.
“That’s what we need in this community, to have the citizens involved in keeping this community safe,” she added.
“And that was a prime example of allowing us to avoid a very serious event yesterday.”
In addition to the alleged bomb-making material found in his home, investigators also found drawings of rooms inside the school and statements about his intent to kill people, police said.
“The minute-by-minute plot targeted specific school staff and any students who were nearby,” police said.
St Petersburg Times reported that when Jared Cano appeared in court on Wednesday he was asked by the judge if he had anything to say.
Cano began: “The plan wasn’t…”, but a defence lawyer interrupted and advised him to say no more, reports the newspaper.
Jared Cano, the expelled student of Tampa Freedom High school has been arrested in the past for burglary, drug possession and weapons offences
Jared Cano faces charges of threatening to throw, project, place or discharge a destructive device, possession of bomb-making materials and marijuana charges.
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Chris Farkas, Freedom High School principal told media that Jared Cano had been expelled in April 2010 because of a non-school-related incident.
Farkas said of his former student’s arrest: “Once I found out and saw the information and saw what was taken from the apartment complex, that was when the reality and the fear set in that this was a real situation.”
Jared Cano has been arrested in the past for burglary, drug possession and weapons offences, according to police.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”]The Prodigy delivered a high-octane performance as they kicked off the last weekend line-up at the 2011 Sziget Festival in Budapest.
[googlead tip=”lista_medie” aliniat=”stanga”]Headlining the main stage on Friday at Sziget Festival, the electronic group unleashed a career-spanning set, including hits as Breathe and Firestarter.
Despite The Prodigy arrived in the Hungarian capital few hours before taking to the stage, front men, Keith Flint and Maxim were on their typically energetic and provocative form.
The Prodigy delivered a high-octane performance as they kicked off the last weekend line-up at the 2011 Sziget Festival in Budapest
“For all my warriors in Budapest, for all my warriors in the UK,” Maxim shouted at the crowd before Smack My Bitch Up was performed.
In the first part of The Prodigy’s set, Maxim also paid tribute to Dizzee Rascal, who preceded them on the main stage.
“Mr Rascal and crew this is f*cking for you,” he said, as they launched into Poison.
The Prodigy was backed by an impressive lights show, closed out their performance with their classic hit, Out Of Space.
The Prodigy’s setlist included:
World’s On Fire
Run With The Wolves
Invaders Must Die
Smack My Bitch Up
Take Me To The Hospital
Out Of Space
The Prodigy at Sziget Festival 2011 in Budapest.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mediu” aliniat=”dreapta”] Dizzee Rascal took to the stage before Prodigy, using his appearance to preview a batch of new material, including the song Bassline Junkie.
Another Dizzee Rascal’s song – thought to be entitled Scream – included a female vocalist, and is along the lines of his more recent chart hits.
Dizzee Rascal, the British rapper constantly paid tribute to the Hungarian crowd, who responded by dancing along to songs included Dance Wiv Me, Holiday and the worldwide smash, Bonkers.
Sziget Festival 2011 continued on Saturday, August 13 with the performances of Kaiser Chiefs and 30 Seconds To Mars, who have replaced the late Amy Winehouse at the festival.
Sziget Festival is one of ten best major festivals in Europe, which is held in Budapest. The 2011 edition is held from August 8 to August 15 and 52 stages and meeting places with artists from 41 countries are presenting a great variety of genres on Óbudai-sziget (Óbudai-island) of Budapest.
[googlead tip=”patrat_mic” aliniat=”dreapta”]So You Think You Can Dance 2011 Finale
- From left: Marko Germar, Sasha Mallory, Melanie Moore and Tadd Gadduang (C) Adam Rose/FOX
The 2011 finale of So You Think You Can Dance was a display of strong performances, the four finalists gave their best. Head judge Nigel Lythgoe remarked in a comment on Thursday night that the winner will be one of the two remaining women: Sasha Mallory or Melanie Moore.
After 11.5 million votes the competition came down to the two women.
The winner with almost 50 percent of the Top Four vote was Melanie Moore. She was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer.
“You two are both exquisite dancers, you have both been amazing,” Cat Deeley told the dual finalists – only moments before announcing the winner.
For the first time in all the eight seasons two females were the top contestants.
The crowning was a beautiful moment, the crowds cheering and confetti falling upon everyone, pyrotechnics making her face seem even more glamorous and Moore was crowned America’s Favorite Dancer.
[googlead tip=”lista_mica” aliniat=”stanga”]”Thank you,” is what she could utter as tears flowed heavily down her beautiful face, smiling, right then she was lifted on their arms by the entire Top 20.
The rest of the contestants for the So You Think You Can Dance finale came Mallory second with a 32 percent of the vote; Germar, third; and Gadduang, fourth.
So You Think You Can Dance 2011 Finale – the toughest contest
[googlead tip=”vertical_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”] In the beginning there were thousands and thousands of wannabes, nine weeks ago, and it came down to only twenty dancers fighting for the $250k prize and a sponsorship deal. After the weeks went by, only four contestants, some would argue the best, made it to the finals.
Moore, 19, of Marietta, Ga., had been the highest rated contestant from the start of the season when she and Germar amazed the judges with their statue routine. Moore was imersed in to the material and seemed to enjoy every new partnership. This lead to her being called an “actress”, in addition of being a dancer.
Mallory, 23, of Bakersfield, Calif., was tied to Alexander Fost in the beginning, but they didn’t reach an understanding, they had no chemistry. After they were separated she immediately climbed to the top with emotional routines – such as her wall routine in season 7’s with Kent Boyd – as well as strong and powerful, like the breakfast table routine from season 4, when Twitch was her partner.
The Final Four’s only B-Boy, Gadduang, 25, born in West Valley City, Utah, was named the underdog because he was forced to dance out of his style all season long. His “ace-in-the-sleeve” was his “sweetie-pie factor” and that’s what won Murphy over, even though he was the only finalist from the four who was perpetually at the bottom of this season.
The Guam native, Germar, 22, had began the competition at a disadvantage, after having been shot in the shoulder just a couple of years ago, but he didn’t let his shoulder injury hold him back and judge Mary Murphy even said that he’s to be “a beast just like the girls.” When his mother came from Guam to watch him dance he broke into tears. He’s a “crier,”, in his own words.
[googlead tip=”vertical_mare” aliniat=”stanga”] The first half of “The White Shadow”, the earliest known surviving feature film on which Hitchcock has a credit was discovered by the National Film Preservation Foundation at the New Zealand Film Archive.
So far, the specialists found the first three reels of the six-reel film made in 1923. No other copy of the movie is known to exist.
The White Shadowis a “wild, atmospheric melodrama” starring Betty Compson in dual roles as twin sisters, one angelic and the other “without a soul”. The film was made when Hitchcock was just 24 years old.
The White Shadow Alfred Hitchcock
The White Shadow was directed by Graham Cutts, and Alfred Hitchcock is credited as writer, assistant director, editor and art director.
Hitchcock, whose suspense classics include Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window and Vertigo, made his own directing debut two years later.
According to Annette Melville, Foundation Director, the reels of “The White Shadow” were found among films donated to the archive by the family of New Zealand projectionist and collector Jack Murtagh. “The White Shadow” was among the many silent-era movies salvaged by Hastings projectionist Jack Murtagh. After his death in 1989, the highly flammable nitrate prints were sent to the Film Archive for safekeeping by his grandson Tony Osborne.
“At the time, people said the plot was improbable. I’m putting a polite spin on it. Many said it was ridiculous,”
“It’s a totally crazy, zany plot with soul migration back and forth and all these improbable meetings.”
[googlead tip=”patrat_mediu” aliniat=”stanga”] “The White Shadow”, made in 1923, have turned up in a cache of unidentified American nitrate prints safeguarded for the last 23 years by the archive. The surviving reels will be preserved at Park Road Post Production in Wellington. Black and white duplicate negatives will be struck from the original nitrate material and color prints made which will replicate the tints used in the original print.
The Hitchcock film is just one of the treasures uncovered, including John Ford’s Upstream. They all owe their survival to Mr Murtagh’s passion for early cinema.
A restored print of “The White Shadow” will be shown September 22 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater at Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences headquarters in Beverly Hills. The program also will feature two recently rediscovered short films, including one directed by and starring silent-era superstar Mabel Normand. [googlead tip=”lista_mare” aliniat=”dreapta”]
David Sterritt, chairman of the US-based National Society of Film Critics and author of The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, said the film’s discovery was one of the most significant developments in memory for scholars, critics, and admirers of Hitchcock’s extraordinary body of work. The “lost” films would be preserved over the next three years in partnership with the US National Film Preservation Foundation, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, George Eastman House, the Library of Congress, the Museum of Modern Art and UCLA Film & Television Archive and made available in the United States.
Copies of the films would also be publicly available in New Zealand.
Alfred Hitchcock died in 1980, aged 80, after more than five decades of film-making.
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