Noon News: Motorola Corvair Tablet, HP TouchPad for webOS Devs, Verizon Preps Bandwidth Boost APIs

Shortly after the release of the XOOM 2 and the XOOM 2 Media Edition, Motorola is planning a new tablet called the Corvair which will be an even smaller tablet that is also a TV Controller.

Is the WebOS dead? Well, it seems that HP still wants the mobile platform to survive as it announced the return of the Developer Device Purchase Program in the US, Canada and Europe. WebOS developers will be able to buy up to two 32GB TouchPads at discount; $150 in the US and Canada, 150 Euros in Europe and £130 in the UK which is only a tenner more expensive than the £119 HP charged during the fire sale event in August (the 16GB model went for £89 back then).

Broadband services provider Virgin Media has announced that its super-fast 100 Mbps connection is available to 20 million people in the UK. The company, announcing the milestone, also informed that it is on schedule to deliver the super-fast broadband connection across its entire network in the middle of next year.

US wireless carrier Verizon has designed a new API which will allow customers to give a temporary bandwidth boost to their apps when network congestion slows them down.

Microsoft has quietly removed the obligation to have onboard cameras on Windows Phone powered handsets according to a report published by John P. Mello Jr from PCWorld. The software company is usually very strict when it comes to hardware specifications and we are rather surprised to see that such a basic feature in modern smartphones has been yanked.