Unlike the very, very basic User Guide PDF, HP has a site that provides more information about using the Slate 8 Pro.
This section is about the HP File Manager and contains this spoilsport — and rather WTF — notice:
HP File Manager displays in landscape mode only; the screen does not rotate to portrait mode, even with screen rotation enabled. Hold the tablet in landscape orientation while using HP File Manager.
Seriously, HP? You couldn’t be bothered to also give it Portrait Mode — the way most people will hold the tablet?
It will be a measure of how serious HP is about the Slate 8 Pro to see how soon they kick out an update to File Manager to give it Portrait Mode too. This is 2013 and Landscape-only is just inexcusable.
Same-day update: Someone at HP needs a slap. All of the words next to the icons — Refresh, etc — are superfluous. These are all Android conventions and people would understand the icons alone. Also, advanced users are the ones likely to use the File Manager, not novices, so the words are doubly superfluous. Delete the words and Portrait Mode is easily created. Also, shrink the icons for My Storage and SD Card. Those are just crazy big.
Continuing its tradition of miserable TV ads for tablets, HP has posted to YouTube its ad for the Slate 8 Pro.
The best that can be said is that it lacks the Palm Pre Borg Queen and Russell Brand.
It’s a nineteen-page PDF that is very, very basic.
So basic that it doesn’t tell people to swipe through photos in Gallery or to even pinch-zoom them!
Screensnaps are done using the Power and Volume Down button. I had hoped there’d be a dedicated icon that could be added to the bottom bar.
The Hollywood Reporter blows the whistle on the corrupt American Humane Association’s monitoring of animal welfare on entertainment productions.
“It’s fascinating and ironic: From being the protectors of animals they’ve become complicit to animal cruelty,” says Bob Ferber, a veteran L.A. City Attorney’s office prosecutor who founded and supervised its Animal Protection Unit until retiring in March.
Animals are not toys. Any owner will vouch for the fact that even their own pets can become unpredictable when exposed to unfamiliar places and people — and to other animals. This is why we always use carriers. So for professionals to wind up injuring animals is just inexcusable. And for the Hollywood machine to be uncaring about it is doubly egregious. I’m sure the value of food wasted during catering is more than the amount it would take to ensure proper animal safety.
Striking Back Against Censorship
While there are no legal consequences (like fines) under the DMCA for copyright abusers, there is a provision that allows victims of censorship (and their web hosts) to bring legal action against those who submit fraudulent DMCA notices. So today, we’ve joined with Oliver, Ivan and Adam to take a small strike back at DMCA abuse. We’ve filed two lawsuits for damages under Section 512(f) of the DMCA, which allows for suits against those who “knowingly materially misrepresent” a case of copyright infringement.
The DMCA is a disaster.
HP Slate 8 Pro Test [German/Google English]
This tablet has an eight-inch screen at 1600 x 1200 pixels, a quad-core Tegra 4 CPU running at 1.8GHz, and 1GB of RAM. Of the 16GBs of built-in storage, about 12GBs are available.
I looked forward to this having a very high AnTuTu score.
Books didn’t tell you how long it took to read a chapter.