The week in gadgets

18 Apr 2011

A look at gadget, game and geek happenings in the week ahead.

26 April date tipped for launch of white iPhone 4

The latest rumours concerning the white iPhone 4 suggest it will be released on 26 April.

The white iPhone has been delayed for almost a year due to issues such as peeling paint under heat and issues with the camera.

The delay might have worked in Apple’s favour, as there is now a huge demand for the white iPhone.

Samsung to sell off shrinking hard drive business

Samsung may be looking to sell off its hard drive business and may do so for less than US$1bn. The company has warned it is expecting profits to fall and its shrinking hard drive business is one of the reasons.

Conventional hard drives are no longer considered vital to the company’s future strategy and the rise and rise of flash memory is a factor.

Dominant players in the hard drive business, Seagate and Western Digital, are likely buyers of the ailing Samsung unit. In recent months, Western Digital bought Hitachi.

HP plans to get into the cloud

HP is planning to get into the emerging cloud locker space and hopefully beat Google and Apple in the process.

A leaked presentation emerged over the weekend concerning the forthcoming TouchPad, where two slides contained reference to a HP Movie store and an online music option.

HP is believed to have acquired internet music player Melodeo not long after it acquired Palm.

The TouchPad, originally tipped for an April launch, is expected to arrive in June – the only question is will HP have its cloud services for consumers up and running by that stage?

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John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years