Break-up of HP aims to make companies more competitive
Hewlett-Packard has split up into two separate companies, dividing itself into firms aimed at two different markets, just as it advised last year. One, HP Inc, will be a consumer-focused company offering PCs, printers, and other devices for home use, while the other half will become Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) will deal with business customers, with the change aiming to make the two companies smaller and more nimble, and in theory more competitive.
It's easy to criticize the new massive ad campaign -- but it shouldn't be
From rumor to fact in 48 hours. The big PC powerhouses Microsoft, Dell, Intel, Lenovo, and HP have launched a new program, reminding web surfers and cable watchers about all the things that computers can do. We have two difficulties about criticizing the new "PC Does What" ad campaign: where to begin and how long have you got? There is not one single chance that you saw this and didn't wonder how in the world it ever came into anyone's head, let alone the world.
Slogan derived to remind consumers of the capabilities of modern PCs
In an unprecedented technology company collaboration, computing magnates Dell, HP, Intel, Lenovo, and Microsoft are teaming up in an advertising campaign to boost the flagging PC industry. The slogan for the advertising effort, said to be "PC Does What" could be announced as early as Thursday, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Nest redesigns Learning Thermostat with thinner case, larger display
Nest has made a few minor updates to its Learning Thermostat, following earlier changes to the Protect and Cam. The third-generation Thermostat is thinner than earlier models, and uses a larger 2.08-inch diameter 480x480-resolution display. New features included in this version are Farsight, where the device lights up and shows the temperature or time when someone walks into the room, and a Furnace Heads-Up warning on the display and smartphone at the start of a heating or cooling session if it notices potential problem with the furnace. On sale today, the third-generation Nest Learning Thermostat is priced at $250.
Amicus curae brief claims verdict will stifle innovation, hurt consumer choice
Silicon Valley powerhouses are giving opinions on the ongoing Apple-versus-Samsung court battles. In an amicus curae filing, Dell, Ebay, Facebook, Google, and HP are asking the US Federal Circuit Court of Appeals that Samsung turning over full profits of some phones found in violation of Apple patents would set a dangerous trend, and threaten the entire industry with waves of patent-infringement lawsuits which would stifle innovation, and limit choices for consumers.
New version 3.1 of driver package updates existing models, adds new ones
On Friday, Apple updated its drivers for HP and Epson printer, scanner and all-in-one (AIO) products for Macs running OS X 10.7 (Lion), Mountain Lion (10.8), Mavericks (10.9) and Yosemite (10.10). The updates are likely to already be included in the forthcoming 10.10.4 update set for later this month (currently in beta testing), and updates every currently-available driver alongside adding new support for new models.
Pavilion x2 first notebook from HP with USB Type-C port
HP is lining up another set of notebooks in its Pavilion and Envy lines, a few months after the previous launches in the same product ranges. The HP Pavilion x2 is a detachable PC with a tablet display combined with a tablet dock, while the HP Envy updates to the 14, 15.6, and 17.3-inch models include a modern design with an elevated hinge, battery life improvements, and an upgraded selection of components to customize each system.
Microsoft continues hard sell on Windows 10 with device reveals
Electronista was on hand at Computex today, where Microsoft continued its push for Windows 10. With the official announcement last week that Windows 10 will begin shipping from the end of July, Microsoft Senior VP, OEM Division Nick Parker took the opportunity at today's keynote to highlight the wide range of devices that will support Windows 10 at launch. This includes existing devices built for Windows 8, as well as several previously-unannounced devices from Asus, HP, Dell and Toshiba that will arrive when Windows 10 goes on sale.
HP Envy x360, Pavilion x360 notebooks convert into tablets
HP has launched a new collection of notebooks in two product ranges, well in advance of the "back to school" shopping period. The premium Envy line gets a new batch of x360 convertible notebooks clad in aluminum, while the Pavilion range gets both the convertible devices as well as more standard notebooks, with the entire group offering budget to mid-ranged specifications.
Nvidia Quadro K1100M appears in upgraded HP Omen Pro
HP has unveiled an upgraded professional model of last year's Omen gaming notebook. The Omen Pro is billed as a high-powered mobile workstation that borrows the styling of the original, but manages to pack in higher-performance components inside its 19.9mm (0.78 inches) thick, 4.68-pound anodized aluminum unibody frame, including an Nvidia Quadro K1100M GPU with 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory.
First products with Bang & Olufen to appear 'this spring'
HP and Bang & Olufsen today announced a collaboration that brings the sound and engineering of Bang & Olufsen and B&O Play to HP's PCs, tablets and accessories. The move was made necessary by Apple's purchase and cessation of nearly all licensing programs of the Beats brand, previously found on a wide array of HP products.
Case machined out of aluminum, boasts 12+ hour battery life
HP today announced the HP Spectre x360, a 13.3 inch convertible PC. The HP Spectre x360 is designed with an all-CNC aluminum chassis, is 15.9mm (0.63 inches) in height, and weighs 3.3 pounds. Notably, the company paired with Microsoft during all aspects of development, leading to tight Windows integration, and a software suite so light that the company calls it "one of the cleanest images HP has ever produced."
HP Pro Slate 12, 8 include ultrasound-based Duet Pen stylus input
HP added a large number of tablets to its arsenal, running on Android and Windows. The main launches from the collection are two Android tablets, with the Pro Slate 12 and the Pro Slate 8 both equipped with the Duet Pen, an accessory using Qualcomm's ultrasound technology that lets the user write anywhere nearby and have the text appearing on the tablet automatically.
May also play a part with Apple Watch
Apple has hired on a former HP executive, John Solomon, to help with enterprise sales, sources say. The people note that his exact position and duties are unclear, but the hiring is said to be core to the company's newfound rush to reach enterprise customers. Solomon may also allegedly be involved in international Apple Watch sales -- specifically in the Asia-Pacific market -- but some of the sources say this is unlikely.
New computers have myriad of upgrade options, including touchscreens
In addition to new display technology and a small form factor PC, computer manufacturer HP has unveiled what it calls its thinnest and lightest workstation ultrabooks. Revealed today are the new HP ZBook 14 G2, and the Zbook 15u G2, both boasting Intel's new Broadwell processor line. The second-generation models have a 14-inch or 15.6-inch high-performance screen size (respectively), and are customizable workstations equipped with Microsoft Windows 8.1, fifth-generation Intel Core processors, with AMD FirePro 3D graphics.
Small two-inch high HP desktops shipping from January 14
HP is taking advantage of the popularity of its Stream notebook, by producing a pair of compact desktop devices. The HP Stream Mini Desktop and the Pavilion Mini Desktop are similar in stature, measuring just over two inches in height and weighing 1.6 pounds each, but manage to pack in the equivalent of a full Windows desktop into their small frame.
New monitor collection includes four curved screens, 5K-resolution display
HP launched quite a few high-resolution monitors at CES, along with a few other notable displays. The HP Zvr is a virtual reality display that forms part of the company's Blended Reality ecosystem, while two 4K screens are joined by a 5K-resolution model, with the collection rounded out by four curved high-resolution computer monitors.
Touchscreen quietly added to HP Chromebook 14
HP has quietly upgraded its recently-overhauled Chromebook 14, adding a touch-enabled display alongside upgraded specifications. The HP Chromebook 14-x050nr Touch employs a 14-inch WLED-backlit touchscreen with a resolution of 1,920x1,080, backed by an Nvidia Tegra K1 processor alongside a Kepler GPU with 192 Nvidia Cuda cores.
Judge concerned for class members' rights, kills deal approved by counsel
A US district judge in San Francisco has outright rejected HP's settlement offer to settle the Autonomy acquisition class action suit in the US. Saying that "the shareholders appear to be relinquishing a whole universe of potential claims regarding HP governance and practices," Judge Charles Breyer has kicked the settlement back to the plaintiffs without suggestions for recovery. The matter is now likely to head to trial sometime in the summer of 2015.
HP operating system to include emulator for The Machine project
HP Labs' attempt to reinvent the computer is going to have its own operating system when it is completed, according to a new report. The company is planning to release Linux++, a version of the open operating system designed to work with "The Machine," which HP hopes will spur developers to support the hardware and create software for it.
HP Envy monitor, iMacs and more
At Amazon, get the HP Envy 32-inch Quad LED-backlit LCD monitor on sale for $433.82 with free shipping. That's a savings of $65 off the list price of $499, and the lowest price we have seen on this by nearly $70. This monitor features a resolution of 2560x1440, a 7ms response time, built-in Beats Audio speakers, wide 178 degree viewing angles, two USB ports, HDMI input, and VESA mounting capabilities. It is backed by a one-year warranty on parts and labor from HP.
New 0.6-inch thick HP notebooks have magnesium-lithium alloy construction
HP has introduced a slim notebook range which aims to take on the svelte MacBook Air. The EliteBook Folio 1020 and the Special Edition version measure 15.7mm (0.6 inches) thick and are housed in a casing made from a magnesium-lithium alloy and reusable carbon fiber, with the Special Edition weighing slightly less than the standard, at 2.2 pounds to 2.6 pounds.
hot Windows notebooks at cool prices
Right now at OfficeDepot.com, take advantage of instant savings and a mail-in-rebate offer that slash the price on the 17.3-inch Toshiba Satellite notebook computer. The starting price is $450, but a $120 instant price break drops it to $330. A $50 mail-in-rebate lowers it to $280, which is around $70 less than the next-lowest price. This notebook features a 1.8GHz AMD A4 quad-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 500GB hard drive, Wi-Fi and USB 3.0. It comes with Windows 8.1 pre-installed, and is backed by a one-year limited warranty from Toshiba.
Two screen sizes, SSD storage options offered with HP Envy x2 tablets
HP has launched an updated model in its Envy line, one which takes a number of cues from the Microsoft Surface. The HP Envy x2 consists of a tablet running Windows 8.1, and though it does not have the same stylus input as the Surface, it still borrows the large multi-angle kickstand and detachable fabric keyboard cover, allowing it to switch between being a tablet and a notebook.
HP, Dell still in charge
Apple reclaimed third place from Lenovo in the US PC market last quarter, according to data from research firm IDC. That gave Macs 13 percent of the market, compared to 10.7 percent for Lenovo PCs. Acer claimed fifth at 5.9 percent; the leaders were HP and Dell at 27.7 and 24 percent, respectively. Except for Acer, all of the top five companies saw their respective marketshares increase year-over-year.
Voodoo PC references appear in HP gaming notebook launch
HP is taking on the Razer Blade and other gaming notebooks, with its own compact effort. The HP Omen packs a quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, a Maxwell-based Nvidia GTX860M GPU, and a 15.6-inch touch-enabled 1080p panel into an anodized aluminum unibody design, with the high-specification notebook measuring just 19.9mm (0.78 inches) thick.
Suit alleged HP, Intel colluded to artificially increase benchmarks
A class-action suit alleging that Intel and HP colluded in producing processors and computers with known poor-performing first-generation Pentium 4 chips has reached a settlement. Consumers who bought a new PC with the processor between November 20, 2000 and December 31, 2001 are entitled to a $15 refund after opting into the class.
MB Chronowing uses split monochrome display for separate watch face
HP has revealed its attempt to take on the smartphone market, with a device it collaborated on with designer Michael Bastian. The MB Chronowing attempts to bridge the style of luxury watches with the basic functionality of a smartwatch, with the main monochrome display split into a small round clock face area with digital hands, while the rest is used to provide extra information.
HP uses thermal inkjet arrays to create detailed, colored 3D-printed objects
At the same time as unveiling the Sprout PC under its "Blended Reality" ecosystem, HP reveals it is looking to improve its standing in industry by creating 3D printers which use a new printing process. The company's 3D Multi Jet Fusion technology is said to be able to print out physical objects up to ten times faster than currently-available 3D printing methods, while at the same time making the printing process cheaper, and creating more detailed and durable objects.
All-in-one PC meshes projector, scanner, sensors and camera for creation through touch
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is looking to change the desktop experience with its newest all-in-one PC, the Sprout. While costly at $1,900, the machine encourages the use of a PC outside of the traditional input means, using various pieces of imaging technology and sensors to give users a way to create in a "natural user interface." The Sprout is the first product from HP under its Blended Reality ecosystem.
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.