Final services of Palm's webOS shutting down, devices will continue to work
Remaining cloud services for webOS are coming to an end, more than three years after HP announced that it was winding down the operating system. Back in August 2011, Hewlett-Packard (HP) said it would no longer be developing products that featured the operating system, prior to it being offloaded to LG Electronics in 2013.
Move would create two HP companies, with current CEO leading enterprise business
[Updated with HP confirmation] Hewlett-Packard (HP) is said to be announcing a company split this week that would create two separate companies, based on different needs. The resulting break will create one firm that focuses on consumer-focused printers and personal computers, while the second will deal in corporate hardware and service operations.
New entry-level line features 32GB local storage, 1TB online
HP yesterday expanded the HP Stream line-up of thin and light Windows products with the addition of two new notebook PCs and two new tablets. Now released are two models of the entry-level HP Stream laptop, and two sizes of the new full Windows 8.1 HP Stream tablet with quad-core Atom processor.
Talks with HP stalled, resulting company would have held $130 billion market share
A report from the Wall Street Journal suggests that EMC Corporation has been looking into a possible merger under pressure from an activist shareholder. The cloud computing and data storage company was considering a merger with Hewlett-Packard, a move that would have created a resulting company with a combined market share of approximately $130 billion.
Bribery of Russian prosecutorial office at heart of matter
Hewlett Packard has pleaded guilty to international bribery charges, as part of a plea arrangement it had previously negotiated. As part of the deal. the company's Russian subsidiary has admitted to charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a transaction arranged with Russia's top prosecutorial office. The company will pay an additional $58.7 million to settle the charges on top of the $108 million it agreed to pay in April.
HP Stream priced far higher than Microsoft initially claimed
HP has revealed its rumored attempt to create a Windows-based version of its Chromebooks, though at a higher price than first thought. The HP Stream is a compact notebook with a 14-inch, 1366x768 display and a low-power quad-core AMD A4 processor, with the Windows 8.1-based computer measuring 0.7 inches thick, weighing 3.8 pounds, and using a fanless design.
HP offering free replacement of faulty notebook power cables sold in US, Canada
Over 6 million notebook power cords sold with HP and Compaq notebooks are being recalled, over a possible fire risk. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission warns that HP has received 29 reports where power cords dispatched with notebooks or sold separately overheated, resulting in charring or melting of the cable, with two claims of minor burns, and 13 claims of property damage.
Printers added to Envy and Officejet lines, qualify for HP's Instant Ink program
Four new e-All-in-One printers were announced by HP today, adding a few new options for consumers and businesses looking to add a printer that can be used with a number of devices. HP has said that it is adding three low-cost options to the Envy line for in-home use, and an Officejet model for home offices to suit different customer needs. Desktop and mobile devices, including iOS, Android, ChromeOS, Windows 8, and the Kindle Fire HDX can all be utilized with the new e-All-in-One units.
Attorney fees guaranteed to be nixed, rest of deal at risk of scuttling by Judge
US District Judge Charles Breyer has rejected the proposed HP deal to end shareholder litigation against it, at least in part. In yesterday's hearing to move the settlement forward, the judge did concede that "something went terribly wrong" with the HP and Autonomy deal from 2011 and subsequent $8.8 billion write-down of the firm in 2012, but rejected millions of dollars in attorney fees to be paid by HP, by saying "that's out. I'm not going to approve the fee arrangement, period"
HP continues to struggle in number of areas despite revenue improvement
HP's quarterly revenue in the last three months has gone up, according to its Q3 financial results announcement. Net revenue in the third quarter reached $27.6 billion, representing a 1-percent gain on the same period last year, and an improvement on the previous quarter's $27.3 billion, though elsewhere in the figures, it continues to struggle.
Designer HP smartwatch said to have interchangeable straps, stainless steel casing
HP will be joining the race to produce smartwatches, by working on a high-end wrist-based device. Working with American fashion designer Michael Bastian, HP will apparently concentrate on the engineering aspects of the timepiece, and though relatively few details about the item have been leaked, it is believed the device will take the form of a typical wristwatch rather than the screen-based design the majority of on-the-market smartwatches have taken.
Microsoft combats Chromebooks with promise of low-cost notebooks
Microsoft is planning to fight off notebooks running Chrome OS, with the help of low-cost computers being released in time for the holiday season. Revealed at the Worldwide Partner Conference 2014 today, Microsoft Chief Operating Officer Kevin Turner claimed a number of notebooks running Windows will directly competing against ">Chromebooks, with HP said to be preparing a $199 notebook for sale.
Deal turns shareholders' lawyers eye to Autonomy executives
Hewlett Packard and shareholder's legal representation have agreed to a settlement over the company's acquisition of software developer Autonomy, which has been wracked with allegations, and counter-claims of fraud and misrepresentation. Under the terms of the agreement, all claims against HP have been dropped, but former executives of Autonomy are still under the microscope, with the HP shareholders' attorneys now assisting HP in pursuing claims against them.
Printers produce 'laser-like prints' at a lower cost, pricing starts at $99
Printer specialists HP announced two new Officejet Pro printers today, each positioned for small business owners searching for quality on a budget. The Officejet Pro 6830 e-All-in-One and the Officejet Pro 6230 ePrinter are designed to deliver expensive-looking prints at a low cost to customers. On top of a lower printing page cost, consumers can save money on ink, as each printer is eligible for HP's Instant Ink service.
Laptops, three desktop configurations and an all-in-one PC all included in range
HP is adding a number of new machines to its HP Elite series of business computers. The new 700 series computers bring six new laptops models, a desktop PC available in three form factors and an all-in-one PC. By expanding the line the company brings a number of options to small and medium sized businesses, in configurations that offer a range of prices depending on hardware needs.
Pro x2 612 gives business computing flexibility in desktop replacement, single tablet options
Computer manufacturer HP has unleashed a new tablet PC that is poised to fit in with the growth of computer options in the enterprise sector. The HP Pro x2 612 gives buyers a new level of flexibility, says the company, the first of its kind at the business level. With the PC, business customers "will have a computer that they can use at their desk, or something they can carry with them without having to change machines," according to a press release. The core of the machine is a 12.5-inch touchscreen Windows 8.1 tablet that can be placed into a keyboard dock to give enterprise users a desktop replacement.
iPad keeps top spot
Global tablet shipments fell year-over-year for the first time in the March quarter, according to tracking data from NPD DisplaySearch. Whereas 59 million units were recorded in Q1 2013, the market shrank to 56.3 million units last quarter. If paired with laptops, tablets nevertheless represented over half of mobile PC shipments.
Basic-specification HP 7 Plus has 7-inch 1024x600 display, 1GHz quad-core processor
HP has released a new Android tablet running Jelly Bean aimed at the budget market, though to little fanfare. The HP 7 Plus is an entry-level tablet that uses a 7-inch, 1024x600-resolution display and has a relatively sedate list of specifications that is similar to other generic, basic tablets, though HP has opted to sell the 7 Plus for $100.
Company belt-tightening working, but slower than company wants
HP's financial woes have continued for a yet another quarter. In a release mistakenly delivered before Wall Street's closing bell, the company posted second quarter net revenue of $27.3 billion, down one percent from the prior-year period. As a result, HP's austerity measures have been expanded -- HP is planning to shed between 11,000 and 16,000 jobs, scattered worldwide around the company.
Two configurations available, hardware similar to other announced boxes
Specifications for HP's Chromebox have been dug up ahead of the release of the business-aimed, small-form computer. Available in two different configurations, the HP Chromebox will feature two different CPU options, much like Asus's Chromebox that started shipping earlier in the year.
Company will make its public cloud service available to 20 data centers
Hewlett Packard will grow its open source initiatives over the next two years to the tune of $1 billion. The company claims that in conjunction with the financing, it will also make its OpenStack public cloud service available over the next 18 months to 20 data centers. The project is managed by the OpenStack Foundation, a non-profit corporate entity established in September 2012 to promote OpenStack software and its community.
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.