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.
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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 Intel’s 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.
HP debuts larger 13.3-inch Windows 8 hybrid with Core CPUs
HP has added the new Split x2 13-inch Windows 8 hybrid that allows users use the device as a traditional notebook, or split the display and use it as a tablet. The device is one of the larger models in its breed coming in at 13.3-inches and will sit above the 11-6-inch Envy x2 in HP’s lineup. The larger device is also powered by a choice of either Intel Core i3 or Core i5 3rd-gen processors, whereas an Intel Atom chip powers the smaller Envy x2.
Flagship Acer Aspire S7 with Haswell found on Amazon, shipping to customers
As expected, the Acer Aspire S7 ultrabook, now updated to Haswell, has shipped. Spotted on Amazon, the redesigned flagship S7 ultrabook gains 33 percent increase in battery life, taking it out to 7 hours, and also incorporates a high resolution 2,560x1,440 (WQHD) IPS display. The S7 includes a backlit keyboard, WiDi, new quieter fan tech, as well as Gorilla Glass protecting the LCD panel.
Epson printers to get non-discounted push
Starting on Tuesday, US Apple Stores will see an updated summer assortment of layouts, posters, and accessories, according to leaked information. One of the layout changes is expected to be a focus on third-party printers, particularly ones by HP and Epson. Some HP printers will get a $50 discount valid through September 6th. A leaked promotional "magnet" states that the HP discount actually started July 2nd, but the item was allegedly delivered to stores prematurely.
New device would be 'differentiated experience' over Android, iOS
In an interview, HP's Senior Director of Consumer PCs and Tablets in the Asia-Pacific Region Yam Su Yin told The Indian Express that the company will at some point reinsert itself into the mobile device market. When directly asked about a future handset from the company, the director claimed that the company would eventually have a phone because "it would be silly if we say no. HP has to be in the game."
Instagram hosts photo gallery of celebrations
At least two major high-tech companies have issued statements supporting today's US Supreme Court decisions related to gay marriage, according to AllThingsD. "Apple strongly supports marriage equality and we consider it a civil rights issue. We applaud the Supreme Court for its decisions today," a message from an Apple spokesman reads. HP, meanwhile, is pointing to its history of supporting gay causes. "HP has more than 30 years of partnership with and participation in pride events, and works throughout the year to build and strengthen HP as an organization that values all employees, customers and communities," says Michael Thacker, the global communications chair for HP's Pride Employee Resource Group. "Our sponsorship at San Francisco Pride this year is a great example of how HP is committed to diversity and to creating a flexible, inclusive environment for everyone inside and outside of the company," Thacker's PR concludes.
HP bypasses Windows RT, Chrome OS for Android with Slate 21
HP has introduced it first Android-powered AIO desktop PC running on a Tegra 4 ARM-based CPU clocked at 1.8GHz, bypassing Microsoft’s Windows RT and Google’s other desktop-capable OS, Chrome. The new tablet centers on a 21-5-inch IPS touchscreen display with support for 10-point multi touch, while it also includes a stand fitted to the rear to help it stay in an upright position. HP also ships the Slate 21 with a wired keyboard and mouse for a more traditional desktop computing experience, despite the mobile origins of its operating system.
All seven new units aimed at enterprise, small business
HP today announced the evolution of its PC portfolio, with new Haswell processors. Added to the line are the HP Elite One 800 G1 and ProOne 600 G1 series all-in-one PCs, and the EliteDesk 800 G1 and ProDesk 600 towers and small form factor desktop computers.
discount prices on PCs, SSDs and printers
Currently at eCost.com, save 40 percent on the refurbished 17.3-inch HP Envy notebook computer in midnight black. It was $1,000, but has been reduced by $400 to $600 with free delivery. That discount makes it about $160 less than the lowest price we have seen anywhere else. This notebook features a 2.4GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM and a 1TB hard drive. A 90-day warranty on parts and labor is included from HP.
HP Envy Rove, 20-inch portable touchscreen desktop with Win 8
HP has taken a stab at the fledging mobile desktop market with its new Envy Rove. Like the Sony Vaio Tap 20 and the Dell XPS 18, the Envy Rove does double duty as an all-in-one touchscreen Windows 8 desktop computer, while it also incorporates an in-built battery for mobile use around the house. The Envy Rove is one of three new all-in-ones HP announced today, which also offer a choice of the latest Intel ‘Haswell’ silicon scheduled for widespread availability in July.
No major stock movement in after-hours trading expected
HP today announced financial results for its second fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2013. Second quarter diluted earnings per share was $0.55, down from $0.80 in the prior-year period and above its previously provided outlook of $0.38 to $0.40 per share. For the second quarter, net revenue of $27.6 billion was down 10% year over year.
Slatebook X2 Android-based, Split X2 driven by Windows 8
HP has just announced the HP SlateBook X2 and the HP Spilt X2, a pair of detachable PCs offering notebook and tablet functionality in one device. The SlateBook X2 is the first Android detachable device with the Nvidia Tegra 4-processor, and runs Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean." The Split X2 is powered by the full Windows 8 operating system.
HP, SAP claim quote by SAP CEO misinterpreted by paper
A pair of contradictory reports have surfaced today, regarding the potential sale of HP's troubled acquisition Autonomy to German software powerhouse SAP. Initially, the Times of London reported that HP had tried to sell the company to SAP, but a follow-up report from HP refutes all reports, with backup by SAP saying that an executive had a quote given in an interview misinterpreted by the UK paper.
Facebook makes first appearance on list
Business magazine Fortune has released the 2013 edition of its list of the 500 biggest corporations in the US. One of the most significant shifts in the list is the ascendancy of Apple, which has jumped from 17th place to sixth, breaking into the top 10 for the first time. Fortune comments that while the company has "maintained more than disrupted" its product line, and even had to apologize for iOS 6 Maps and its Chinese warranty services, it "remains an innovation icon."
Capable of 600dpi scans, 20 color pages per minute at 300dpi
HP has announced the availability of the Scanjet Pro3000 s2 for business users. Said to plug into existing scanning platforms, the sheet feed scanner includes a 50-page automatic feeder for mass document scanning, and is capable of scanning A4-sized pages at 300dpi in color at up to 20 pages per minute.
27-inch iMac cut to $2,899
This week, MacMall.com has lowered the price on the 27-inch iMac from $2,949 down to $2,899 with free shipping. That's a savings of $49, making this the lowest price on this iMac brand new. This iMac features a 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM and a 3TB Fusion Drive with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX graphics processor and two Thunderbolt ports. Included with it are an Apple wireless keyboard, Magic Mouse, and one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Budget 7-inch Android tablet now available from HP
HP has finally launched its latest foray into the tablet segment, making the HP Slate 7 available for purchase on its website. The 7-inch Android tablet is a mid-level offering that HP is touting largely on its price. It also features integrated Beats Audio processing, a feature that — along with a $170 starting price — HP hopes will attract buyers.
First deal for Leap Motion integration, bundling also included
Leap Motion has made a deal with HP to embed its 3D motion-tracking controller into HP devices. The agreement will initially see HP providing the Leap Motion Controller with specific HP products as a bundle, and will explore fully integrating the motion-tracking technology into future, unannounced HP devices.
Microsoft, HP shares suffer due to weak PC sales, troubled mobile strategy
Following reports published by Gartner and IDC showing the worst declines in PC sales on record, both Microsoft and HP shares have taken a beating, reports the Wall Street Journal. At the end of trading on Thursday, Microsoft shares shed 4.44 percent down to 28.94, while HP shares fared worse down 6.5 percent to $20.88 after it was revealed its PC shipments fell 24 percent. With the decline in PC sales directly attributed to the rise of the iPad and other tablet devices, the relatively weak performance of Microsoft and HP in the mobile devices segments has negatively affected investor sentiment in both companies.
1,600 individual servers can fit in a standard rack
HP today unveiled the world’s first commercially-available Moonshot system, which the company claims uses up to 89 percent less energy, occupies 80 percent less space, and costs 77 percent less compared to traditional X86 servers with the same processing power. The 4.3-unit high system is tailored for "social, cloud, mobile, and big-data" uses.
Three executives narrowly re-elected to the board earlier this year
Hewlett Packard co-chairman Ray Lane has stepped down from his position at the company, and is taking two other board members with him. Lane is leaving following a narrow re-election -- and G. Kennedy Thompson and John Hammergren, also both elected by a close margin -- are departing as well. All three are leaving in part due to their roles in the Autonomy acquisition scandal that rocked the company in 2012.
Overall quality of experience slowly improving, ratings show
A study of 10,000 US computer users by customer satisfaction analyst Tempkin Group has once again ranked Apple as the top manufacturer for overall "computer experience" quality, which is defined as having excellent functionality, being accessible and generating the strongest positive emotions. This is the third year running that Apple has topped the list, but HP took second place -- losing by only two percentage points, and with a higher "functionality" rating than Apple. Sony and Lenovo were ranked least favorably of the 10 manufacturers rated.
Google Chromebooks reach six new markets
Google has expanded the reach of notebooks running its cloud-centric Chrome OS. The company has revealed on its blog that it has worked with its partners including Acer, HP and Samsung to rollout their low-cost devices to new consumer markets in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands. Google is also targeting business and schools in the same countries with special online promotional events scheduled for late March.
Galaxy S 4 to feature built-in HP printing support
HP and Samsung have partnered up to provide native HP printing support in the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S 4. The built-in printing support will allow Galaxy S 4 owners to send a printable file to most HP Inkjet and LaserJet network printers without the need to download an app. Support is included for more than 180 different HP network printers, as well as for numerous printing options such as duplex printing, orientation, and paper type.
Accounting irregularities at heart of investigation
According to regulatory documents filed Monday, UK law enforcement has opened up an investigation into HP's claims that it was badly misled when it acquired software developer Autonomy. The inquiry by the UK Serious Fraud Office mirrors that of the US Department of Justice investigation that started at the end of 2012, after HP accused Autonomy of deceitful accounting and forged sales records.
$250 off HP Envy x2
This week, OfficeDepot.com has slashed the price on the HP Envy x2 11.6-inch convertible tablet from $850 to $600, a savings of $250. That's about $67 less than the lowest price offered on this computer anywhere else. The HP Envy features a 1.8GHz Intel Atom processor, with 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage space as well as a detachable keyboard. Windows 8 is pre-installed, and a one-year warranty is included from HP.
Companies had been partnering on the OS for some time before sale
Hewlett Packard said today that it is selling its troubled WebOS operating system to LG Electronics. LG had worked with HP on the operating system, and is expected to use it for its line of smart televisions. Both companies declined to reveal the terms of the deal.
Claimed first tablet with Beats Audio processing
HP has unveiled a new Android tablet aimed at the home market, its first attempt at a consumer tablet after the WebOS-based TouchPad in 2011. The HP Slate resembles a fairly standard seven-inch tablet that uses Android Jelly Bean, but is the first to offer integrated Beats Audio processing. Electronista spent a small amount of hands-on time with the tablet ahead of the opening of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
Major tech companies wield influence on American government
Google increased the amount it spent on lobbying the US government 90 percent year-over-year in 2012, according to data compiled by Fortune. The company ended up spending $18.22 million, easily beating out any other American technology firm. Microsoft, in fact, came in second place with $8.09 million, despite likewise increasing its spending. Other major tech businesses that funneled more money toward lobbying last year included HP, Facebook, and Amazon.
HP rumored working on new Android tablet, smartphone
HP is rumored to be developing an Android tablet, acccording to Readwrite. The device will be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4 quad-core processor and has been in development since Thanksgiving. The same sources also indicate that HP is also working on Android smartphone as well, although it is uncertain if the device would be released this year.
OfficeJet Pro X allegedly world's fastest desktop printer
Hewlett Packard today announced the worldwide release of the new HP Officejet Pro X [website not yet updated], which is, according to the Guinness World Records, the world’s fastest desktop inkjet printer. Also announced by the company are the HP Officejet Pro 251dw, and Officejet Pro 251dw Multifunction printers.