Last week was an Apple launch week, and short of the launch of World War III, there were likely few things that could pull much interest away from this event. Still, HP chose to week to launch WebOS 2.0 in advance of what will is expected to be a line of products that will actually dent Apple's dominance in the tablet and smartphone space. But hasn't that boat already sailed, you ask? Can anyone really slow down Apple? And if someone was going to do it, wouldn't it more likely be a vastly more consumer-oriented company like Sony or Panasonic, then a firm that started out making calculators and test equipment?