HP blew billions on the dying webOS

HP CEO Meg Whitman states that in the coming weeks they will decide whether or not to keep webOS, and that if they do it will be in a big way. But to give you a little excerpt from yesterday’s investor call, below you can see how much money HP lost on the webOS experiment — $3.3 billion when it failed to absorb its fall, and $1.2 billion to buy it in the first place. Ouch.

First, we took a total charge to operating income of $788 million. This was associated with the wind down of our webOS device business. This charge included a net revenue reduction of $142 million related to the sales incentive program, $548 million in costs of sales due to supplier-related obligations and inventory reserves, and $98 million in operating expenses and restructuring charges. Second, as a result of our decision to wind down webOS devices, we have taken an impairment expense of $885 million against the carrying value of goodwill and purchase intangible assets related to the acquisition of Palm.

Via: MarketWire

New Xbox 360 Dashboard Launching On December 6th

So now that it’s official, that shiny, new Windows Phone-esque Xbox 360 Dashboard will be launching December 6th, to all users. Besides the new look, there’s Kinect voice recognition, as well as new apps and TV. And considering a few of you are using the beta, some people already know how awesome the new Xbox 360 Dashboard is. That is until, December 6th, of course. The update is free for all users of Xbox 360s. Via: Kotaku

Google Sharpens Up Their Chromebooks And Chrome OS

Want an Acer Chromebook? Well, now that’s $0 cheaper. Want the Samsung Chromebook? Well, it comes in black now, too. Do you have a prototype Cr-48, like I do? Well then, you’ll be pleased to know that the Chrome OS is getting a face-lift with multiple enhancements and user interface changes to better benefit its look and the coming holiday season. These changes may not be much, but it’s good enough to keep people from being contentious and keeps Google’s PR for Chromebooks look unsullied.

So all in all, it’s some good changes for the better. Nice.

Via: Google

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Review

There isn’t a reason for me to go on and on about Skyrim in a review (because I’d just stop and start playing the game). There are sites dedicated to this sort of thing, like this one. Once you start off, you are bound (literally). Through some initial combat, you are then thrust into a beautiful full HD world with both dangers, disease, beauty, temples, forts, castles and castle-towns, cities, colleges, wilderness, tundras, and even the game’s version of heaven. Skyrim feels almost limitless. As the Dovahkiin (translated from the game’s dragon language as Dragonborn), you possess the soul of a dragon, but are a mere mortal. At the very beginning of the game you can specify what race, gender, and cosmetic features you will posses. I am a Nord, a hearty and tough human race in Skyrim, the lands of which you will explore in Tamriel. We Nords have the power to use a Battle Cry, which works like the first Dragon Shout you acquire in the game, but is considerably weaker. We also have the ability to withstand tough winters, but other races can breathe underwater, or be immune to certain diseases.

It’s a fascinating fantasy RPG world. And the rest of the (somewhat lengthy) LaptopMemo review is seen after the break.

Geeky Tyvek Wallet Micro-Review

It’s made out of Tyvek, a stubborn material. It won’t rip so easily or even burn so easily. And now, it’s in the origami-like form of a wallet for $15. It’s capable of holding some credit cards, business cards, and cash. And in this case, the design is all about Pi, or 3.1415926535 (and continuing, of course) for you geeks and math nerds. So it is pretty awesome.  And since it is made out of the same material of FedEx shipping packs, and is even stronger, it makes for a formidable and somewhat discreet wallet. It measures 3 3/8 inches wide by 10 inches long, open.

And best of all — it works and is now my primary wallet. Available at ThinkGeekScore: 9/10

Get Pwned — Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Sells $775 million, 12M copies in 5 days

Now this is just monstrous. Battlefield 3 and Skyrim have had sales in the millions and no doubt are the most successful titles for both publishers that make them (DICE/EA and Bethesda, respectively). But in this case, Infinity Ward, Sledgehammer games, and Activision have made $775 million in 5 days with Modern Warfare 3. And while it’s not a huge step up for the game, it’s still worth the sales it’s getting. Via: BGR