Bribery by HP execs alleged in cases in Mexico, Russia, Poland
HP will dole out $108 million to settle claims by the US Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission, alleging bribery and other crimes. The complaints centered around the company's business practices in Poland, Russia, and Mexico, alleging that HP paid out over $500,000 in exchange for assistance winning contracts to supply governments with computer hardware and services.
New displays provide massive color gamut, good connectivity
At this week's National Association of Broadcasters conference, HP has announced two new HP DreamColor Displays. The new displays, available today, boast 1.07 billion on-screen colors, giving what the company calls "color error so small that it is not discernible to the human eye."
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg tops high-tech
Apple CEO Tim Cook pulled in $73.9 million in compensation during 2013, according to data compiled by USA Today. That included a $4.3 million salary, and $69.6 million in vested stock options Cook had been awarded several years ago. The figures were enough to rank Cook second among a list of best-paid Silicon Valley executives, but this year's payout was atypical for the Apple CEO.
eBay, Amazon, HP, Oracle near bottom of major corporations
In terms of datacenters, Apple has scored the top position on a new Greenpeace list of the most environmentally-friendly high-tech businesses. The company is the only one with a 100 percent figure on Greenpeace's "clean energy index," since its datacenters are completely free of any dependence on coal, nuclear power, or natural gas. It also has an "A" score under categories of Energy Transparency, Commitment & Siting Policy, and Deployment & Accuracy. It achieved a B in terms of Energy Efficiency & Mitigation.
Suit alleges shareholders were mislead about company future intentions
HP has agreed to dole out $57 million in response to a legal challenge, accusing the company's previous executives of defrauding shareholders. The claim arose when HP changed corporate direction towards services and away from hardware, and ditched the WebOS platform with abandonment of the TouchPad tablet after less than two months availability.
Seven year old suit awarded class status, but stayed awaiting HP defense
A class-action suit is in progress, alleging that Intel and HP colluded in producing processors and computers with known poor-performing first-generation Pentium 4 processors, and artificially inflating the pricing. In doing do, Intel is also alleged to have used benchmarking software it helped create, WebMark 2001 and SYSMark 2001, to artificially boost perceived performance by enthusiast websites and other evaluators.
Major consumer problems with technology 'solved' according to CEO
At yesterday's HP shareholder conference call, HP CEO Meg Whitman revealed that the company would enter the 3D printing market. An press event is scheduled for some time in June, that Whitman refers to as a "big technology announcement" regarding the nascent technology.
Mike Lynch pens letter, demanding HP reveal internal documents
Former chief of HP acquisition Autonomy, Mike Lynch, has fired off a missive accusing HP of misleading shareholders about his former company's accounting problems. In his letter, the executive claims that the company was smeared by HP in the days leading to HP's $8.8 billion write-down in 2012, and asked the shareholders to "help put things right."
Budget HP Android tablet ships without typical launch
Following the launch of its Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab phablets, HP has quietly shipped a budget Android tablet, to little fanfare. The HP 8 1401 Tablet offers a 7.85-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024x768, and while it is slightly larger than the average cheap tablet on the market, it still uses a relatively similar list of specifications as its cut-price rivals.
HP Chromebook 11 is one of the best budget notebooks you can buy
Google has developed an uncanny ability to develop a wide range of disruptive technologies across a number of consumer technology-related spaces. In doing so, it has succeeded in creating much more choice for consumers, who have been the big winners with Google's approach. Its Chromebooks and the Chrome OS that runs on them, while initially slow to take off, is great example of how it has created a new computing paradigm at the low end of the notebook market. The fact that its Chromebooks are starting to gain some traction is highlighted by Microsoft's recent decision to slash the price of Windows for low-cost machines to combat the Chrome OS. Until now, the quality and appeal of Chromebooks has been limited, however, the new HP Chromebook 11 is set to help further improve the perception of Chromebooks and the Chrome OS. Read on to find out the latest improvements to the Chromebooks and the Chrome OS in our full review of the HP Chromebook 11.
Low-cost convertible features 10-point touch, HP DataPass
HP today announced the HP Pavilion x360, a low-cost touch convertible PC with a 360-degree hinge -- allowing for a shift from laptop usability to tablet form. To help customers connect to the Internet without the need for Wi-Fi, HP also announced the expansion of its free HP DataPass broadband service to 12 additional countries, including the United States.
HP beats street on earnings per share, lost less revenue than expected
Manufacturer HP has posted its quarterly earnings, and the company posted better results than Wall Street expected. While first quarter net revenue of $28.2 billion was down one percent from the prior-year period, net earnings per share (EPS) was $0.74, up from $0.63 in the prior-year period and above the previously-provided outlook of $0.60 to $0.64.
GeForce GTX Titan Black graphics card offers 6GB of GDDR5 video RAM
Nvidia has released its sequel to last year's GeForce GTX Titan graphics card, the Titan Black. The Black edition offers faster performance while retaining quiet running and cool thermals, with the capacity to power 4K content and multiple monitor setups. Its high-speed, double-precision and 6GB frame buffer memory can facilitate 3D Surround and multiple monitor gaming performances. Priced at $1,000, the GeForce GTX Titan Black can be purchased from various retailers.
Lenovo score drops
Amazon has shot to the top of Rescuecom's latest annual Computer Reliability Report, according to a press release. The company achieved a score of 7,590, vastly outdoing Samsung, which came in second with 768. Rescuecom determines reliability rankings by comparing computer and tablet vendors' marketshares with the numbers of repair calls its Level 3 technicians handle.
Google, HP team on latest attempt at the Chromebook
Back in October 2008, before the world had seen the iPad, the late Steve Jobs was asked what Apple was planning to do in response to the what turned out to be a passing fad with netbooks. At the time, Jobs said that "We don't know how to make a $500 computer that's not a piece of junk," as he made it very clear that Apple was not planning to enter into the economy notebook segment. The HP Chromebook 11 is priced well below $500 at $279, but promises to be the first economy-class notebook that could change your perception of Chromebooks, armed as it is with decent build quality, a refined design, and a high-quality 11-inch display.
1,400 US patents and applications bought by Qualcomm
Processor producer Qualcomm has acquired a considerable haul of patents from HP, including some originally from the portfolios of iPAQ, Bitfone, and Palm. Though the sale price was not revealed by the company in a statement, it did reveal that the purchase includes approximately 1,400 granted patents and pending applications from the United States, and another 1,000 from other countries.
Chromebook 11 goes back on sale through Google Play after charger issues
The HP Chromebook 11 has gone back on sale through Google Play in the United States, following its charger-related issues. At the same time, a new version has gone on sale through Best Buy, with an Altair 4G chip allowing it to offer support for 4G LTE connections over Verizon's network, giving customers the option of using just Wi-Fi or to have a cellular-connected model.
HP retries to gain footing in smartphone market with India launch
Hewlett Packard is slowly moving back to the smartphone market, starting with two voice-enabled tablets destined for India. The Slate 6 and the Slate 7 VoiceTab, with six-inch 1280x720 and seven-inch 1280x800 IPS displays respectively, will both run on Android 4.2 and provide typical voice calling services, as well as appearing to offer a mid-range tablet experience.
Refresh centers around touchscreen functionality
Alongside HP's consumer-oriented announcements at CES, the company also unveiled its second-generation Z1 workstation all-in-one. The G2 variant retains the same modular design as its predecessor, unique among all-in-ones, with upgraded specs and touchscreen functionality. The desktop caught our attention at the show, so we stopped by HP's booth to try out the enhancements and take a peek inside the openable housing.
Android on the big screen
HP is one of several companies offering Android-based all-in-one systems, with a refreshed Slate21 Pro arriving this week at CES. Building upon the existing Slate21, the new model upgrades most of the hardware specs and adds a few new software features for business users. We stopped by HP's booth at the show to experience the improvements in person.
RealSense will use embedded 3D cameras to allow for NII interface
Intel's CES press conference on Tuesday focused on the interaction between man and machine, thanks to an embedded 3D camera the company has developed in conjunction with a number of hardware partners. The devices Intel will integrate the technology into include 2-in-1 tablets, ultrabooks, touch-enabled all-in-one PCs, and other mobile devices.
New model features optional Thunderbolt 2 connectivity
HP today unveiled the second generation of its all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch display, the HP Z1 G2. The new model is available with a range of processor choices, including some of the new Xeon processor line. The unit also includes Windows 8 Touch, and optional Thunderbolt 2 capabilities.
New computer features 4GB RAM, up to Haswell i7 processor
Asus today announced the Transformer Book Duet TD300, the world's first quad-mode, dual-OS laptop and tablet convertible that allows users to switch between Windows and Android, in either laptop or tablet modes, with a push of the Instant Switch button or a virtual key on the tablet. With a Intel Core i7 processor at its heart, the Transformer Book Duet runs up to twice as fast as existing tablets based on ARM processors, according to Asus.
Computer doubles as a 1920x1080 display with HDMI-in port
Today, HP¬†announced¬†its first "built-for-business" Android All-in-One computer. The Slate21 Pro features a 21.5-inch Full HD IPS 10-point touchscreen, and includes integrated hardware and software tools for video conferencing, in addition to Google workplace apps.
LG bringing back WebOS with new connected TV
LG will soon resurrect Palm's WebOS platform, refitting the operating system to work on a smart television. This according to The Wall Street Journal , which cites sources familiar with the South Korean tech giant's plans in saying that a WebOS-powered television will debut next week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The Internet-connected television will be the first major device to feature the WebOS operating system since HP's failed line of mobile devices, which were released after the computer giant bought Palm in an abortive attempt to secure a space for itself in the new generation of mobile computing devices.
Computer giant cuts jobs as it struggles in new paradigm
Computing giant HP will lay off 34,000 employees by the end of 2014, the company confirmed in its annual report to the Securities Exchange Commission. The layoff total, previously noted in the firm's October financial filings, is up 5,000 from the figure HP gave in September, and it marks a continuation of massive staff reductions at the company. The cuts will amount to nearly 11 percent of HP's total workforce, as the computer maker has struggled to adapt to the new consumer computing paradigm.
Windows notebooks, iPads remain bestsellers
Chromebooks surged ahead in 2013 to become a major player in US commercial computer sales, according to new NPD data. Between January and November of this year, some 14.4 million desktops, laptops, and tablets were sold. Of these about 9.6 percent were Chromebooks; in 2012, by contrast, the platform represented just 0.2 percent of sales. Companies are presumably choosing Chromebooks because of their laptop-style features and their cost, which can be as little as $199, cheaper even than many low-end tablets.
Chromebook shipping back to retailers, replacement chargers being issued
Google and HP have started shipping the Chromebook 11 to retailers again, following the charger recall. The Chrome OS notebook remains unchanged, except that it is supplied with a charger that appears to be from the Chromebook Pixel with a micro-USB tip, though apparently it charges at a slower rate to the charger originally supplied with the device.
Charger recall affects over 140,000 Chromebooks
Google and HP are starting to recall micro-USB chargers sold with the Chromebook 11, due to a number of reported heat-related incidents. A total of nine reports of power chargers overheating and melting have led to the recall, which asks for customers to contact Google for a free replacement, and to stop charging the Chrome OS notebook with the faulty device.
EliteDisplay complements compact desktops
HP has added several new computers to its business-oriented Elite series, introducing the EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, EliteBook Revolve G2 and an EliteDesk compact desktop. The 14-inch EliteBook 1040 notebook is said to be significantly thinner and lighter than its predecessor, measuring 15.9mm thick and weighing 3.3 pounds, with an aluminum unibody design that is claimed to be ruggedized to protect against drops or other abuse.
Products initially announced in September for November release
Without much fanfare and very little marketing buildup, HP has commenced sales on four previously-announced tablets, which it previously said would be available in November in time for the holiday season. The four Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) tablets are the HP Slate7 Plus, the HP Slate7 Extreme, the HP Slate8 Pro, and the HP Slate10 HD. All of the tablets in the new line are available for purchase and shipment today.
Great laptop deals on Dell, HP, ASUS and more
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Quarterly results barely meet street estimates, more transitions to come
HP today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year that ended on October 31. The company reported fourth quarter diluted net earnings per share (EPS) at $0.73, up from a net loss per share of $3.49 in the prior-year period. Fourth quarter net revenue of $29.1 billion was down three percent from the prior-year period. Crucially, the company posted gains in enterprise services, the focus of its long-term recovery, buoying the hopes of investors.
Apple positioned as biggest computer maker
Samsung continues to hold top place in RescueCom ranking of the most reliable computer brands. The firm's scores are determined by balancing each company's US marketshare versus the number of repair calls handled by Level 3 RescueCom technicians. In Q3 figures, Samsung holds a score of 694; coming in a distant second is Apple at 259, which RescueCom notes is less than half of what it managed in Q2.
Reports claim HP and Google are behind stop, not Best Buy corporate
Retailer Best Buy has pulled HP's new Chromebook 11 from sale both online and in storefronts. Critical-level messaging has been sent to retail stores, stating that stores "should stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 effective immediately." Information has surfaced that the suspension is related to AC adapters overheating while charging the laptop.
ProDesk 400 G1 desktops, HP 200 G1 and 300 G1 laptops added
HP has unveiled a series of business-oriented desktops and laptops today. The HP ProDesk 400 G1 series desktop was shown, which offers expandable desktop PC options that are claimed meet everyday business needs with enough room to grow. Additionally, the HP 200 G1 and HP 300 G1 notebooks debuted, which both deliver what the company calls "essential, business-class features with a low price of entry."
Snow Leopard and later see updated, new models supported
On Wednesday, Apple updated its set of drivers for various HP models for users of OS X from 10.6.x to the current 10.8.5. The updates, available through the Software Update mechanism or through a direct update from Apple's support pages, provides the latest drivers and bring in support for new and existing models for printers, scanners and all-in-one units. The combo updater, available from Apple's Support Downloads page, is nearly half a gigabyte in size, but most should get the smaller, customized update from Software Update.
Changes push HP to consider Chrome OS
HP CEO Meg Whitman has blasted Intel and Microsoft, accusing the companies of essentially transitioning from partners into direct competitors. Speaking to Wall Street analysts yesterday, the executive stressed that HP has consequently adopted a multi-platform strategy that will put more emphasis on alternative operating systems such as Android and Chrome OS.
Chromebook 11 weighs 2.3 pounds, uses magnesium-strengthened plastic body
Google has revealed the latest Chromebook to join its ranks, built in partnership with Hewlett-Packard. The Chromebook 11, joining the existing Pavilion 14 and the upcoming Chromebook 14 from HP, opts for a smaller 11.6-inch,1366x768 IPS display with a wide 176-degree viewing angle, a 60-percent color gamut, and a brightness of 300 nits.
Company broadens tablet offerings
HP has expanded its tablet offerings with several new models powered by Nvidia's new Tegra 4 hardware, the Slate8 Pro and Slate7 Extreme. Both take advantage of Tegra 4's quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 processor and 72-core GPU, with limited customizations to the stock Android OS.
Control Zone trackpad geared for Windows 8
HP has introduced several new consumer devices, including the Spectre 13 x2 convertible, a new Envy 17 notebook and five tablets under the Slate and Omni brands. The new Spectre notebook is powered by Intel's Haswell processors, integrated behind the display for fanless operation in standard notebook mode or as a tablet when the keyboard base is detached.
Three color options available for cloud-oriented laptop
Following its brief reveal at the IFA keynote, HP today formally announced the new HP Chromebook 14, the first Chromebook powered by an Intel processor. The unit is based on the fourth-generation Haswell microarchitecture, offering†a large display and optional 4G for on-the-go connectivity. The new design is available in Snow White, Ocean Turquoise and Coral Peach, and will be available at retail for the holiday season.
New hardware much more powerful than Atom, ARM models
At Intel's IDF 2013 keynote in San Francisco, Google and Intel have introduced four new Chrome-based computers, all running the Intel Core "Haswell" family of processors. Acer, HP, and Toshiba have demonstrated Chromebooks, with Asus rolling out a Chromebox, a desktop-oriented implementation of Google's Chrome OS.
Upgrades bring up to 24 cores to Z Desktops, quadcore to laptops
HP today announced the expansion of its Z portfolio of professional workstation products, including the company's first workstation-class ultrabook, the HP ZBook 14. Also released are the company's first line of workstations to offer Intelís Thunderbolt 2 technology for high-speed data transfer. The newly-announced products include three new HP ZBook mobile workstations, including the previously-mentioned ZBook 14, and processor and graphics enhancements to the HP Z desktop workstations.
New models brighter, give 37 percent energy savings than previous models
In addition to HP's refresh of its professional workstation line, the company also revealed a pair of new displays. The new HP Z27i 27-inch and Z30i 30-inch second-generation IPS displays are aimed at designers, content creators, and knowledge workers seeking image accuracy and display adjustability.
Google highlights anti-piracy measures
Google has released a report, "How Google Fights Piracy," that focuses on the company's efforts to protect content owners. YouTube and Play are said to represent viable "legal alternatives" to piracy, while rogue sites are said to be routinely purged from the company's advertising programs. Removal of infringing search results is also claimed to be faster than ever.
Hinge rotates 70 degrees, nearly flat
HP has introduced the Recline series of all-in-one computers available in 23- and 27-inch configurations. A unique hinge mechanism is designed to bring the touchscreen display lower and closer to the user. When it is lowered by 70 degrees to a nearly flat position, the bottom of the screen extends out over the edge of a desk.
HP TouchSmart for $400, Sony cameras and more
At Newegg.com today, save $350 on the HP TouchSmart notebook computer which was formerly $799, but has been cut to $449. Use coupon code 'HPNIRS15' at checkout to drop the price further to $399, making it the lowest price we've seen by $260. The HP TouchSmart features a 1.6GHz AMD processor with 6GB of RAM and a 750GB hard drive, along with AMD Radeon HD 7600G graphics and Windows 8. A one-year limited warranty on parts and labor is included from HP.
Wallstreet unimpressed, no significant raise in after-hours trading
PC manufacturer HP today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter, which ended on July 31. Third quarter earnings per share (EPS) came in at $0.71, up from a loss per share of $4.49 in the same quarter a year ago-- and above its own previously-provided outlook of $0.56 to $0.59 per share. For the third quarter, net revenue of $27.2 billion was down eight percent year-over-year, and down seven percent when adjusted for the effects of currency.
Apple-related troubleshooting calls fall by more than half
Apple's score has almost doubled quarter-to-quarter -- to 503 -- in a Q2 Rescuecom survey of computer reliability. The data is based on a mix of manufacturer marketshare and the number of calls Rescuecom's Level 3 technicians have to handle. Between Q1 and Q2, the number of Apple-related calls dropped by more than half, even though Mac marketshare has remained largely unchanged.