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You might not expect Hewlett-Packard, a massive force in the realm of personal computers, to encourage users to not use their PCs, but in a sense, that's exactly what it's doing. The company has recently launched a new Power To Change initiative that encourages PC owners to "make behavioral changes in support of the environment." So, just what are those changes? Namely, its to "download a new desktop widget that tracks the cumulative energy savings associated with participants turning off idle PCs when not in use." The widget, which is unsurprisingly named the Power To Change widget, can be downloaded by anyone across the world with a PC, and according to HP, this whole project is the "manifestation... Read more...
We've always been somewhat skeptical of these so-called "surveys." With the proliferation of the Internet, it's pretty easy to fetch any kind of results you could ever want, but we tend to feel that these findings are at least somewhat substantiated. As part of a new 'Women & Digital Life' study, researchers found that Apple was the most popular technology brand in America amongst the ladies. Surprised? We doubt it.The results showed that Apple took the top spot, with Sony, Microsoft, Dell and HP following closely behind. And really, we can totally see why Apple and Sony would be ranked so highly. Both outfits choose to spend heavily on design and marketing, and so it follows logic that consumers... Read more...
Whoever said the netbook craze was coming to an end was badly misinformed. Within the past week, we've seen new machines from Sotec, Lenovo and Asus -- oh, and now HP. Expanding on the company's heralded Mini line, the HP Mini 110 XP Edition and the HP Mini 110 Mobile Internet (Mi) Edition have been launched. Both machines were obviously designed for Internet-savvy consumers who spend a good deal of time on the go, and they both boast stylish casings for those who want something more than just a flat color option.Unlike most companies, HP isn't making any bones about the limitations associated with its newest notebooks. To quote: "HP Mini PCs are geared toward information “snacking” and content... Read more...
Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft's most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a central depository for serving media and other files, as well as a place to backup your home systems' files. For those who have used it, many praise Windows Home Server's functionality and performance--especially since Microsoft has made some significant updates to the OS recently. (Windows Home Server is actually based on Microsoft's Windows Server 2003.)It... Read more...
Windows Home Server is quite possibly one of Microsoft's most unheralded operating systems. Many speak longingly of Windows XP, jokingly of Windows ME, disappointedly of Windows Vista, and hopefully of Windows 7. But seldom discussed is the little-known and little-used operating system designed to be installed on a home server and act as a central depository for serving media and other files, as well as a place to backup your home systems' files. For those who have used it, many praise Windows Home Server's functionality and performance--especially since Microsoft has made some significant updates to the OS recently. (Windows Home Server is actually based on Microsoft's Windows Server 2003.)It... Read more...
For the business traveler (and the traveler in general, really), Wi-Fi is important -- crucial, even. But more important than sustenance? That's exactly what was found in a recent survey by American Airlines and HP, where some 47% of business travelers responded that Wi-Fi was the "most important airport amenity, outscoring basic travels needs such as food by nearly 30 percentage points." The online study gathered results from 1,500 frequent travelers who log more than 20 trips a year on three or more airlines, and it also found that the largest complaint wasn't delayed flights, cramped areas, endless fees or the lack of an AC outlet in coach -- no, it was dead PC batteries. Yes, dead batteries,... Read more...
HP's HDX 18t Premium Series Notebook is a mammoth 18" desktop replacement machine with a wealth of multimedia-targeted features and capabilities on board. With a stylish, glossy exterior, large keyboard area with touch-sensitive illuminated buttons, a TV tuner and remote control, this machine screams Media Center PC. It has a fair bit of gaming under the hood as well, with NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M GT powering its graphics subsystem. It's a well-rounded machine at a fair price ($1599 as tested), that will serve a multitude of usage scenarios for the family or power user with perhaps the exception of hardcore gaming solely focused on frame rate. All told we think the HP HDX 18t is a solid value for... Read more...
Synopsis:  HP's HDX 18t Premium Series Notebook is a mammoth 18" desktop replacement machine with a wealth of multimedia-targeted features and capabilities on board. With a stylish, glossy exterior, large keyboard area with touch-sensitive illuminated buttons, a TV tuner and remote control, this machine screams Media Center PC. It has a fair bit of gaming under the hood as well, with NVIDIA's GeForce 9600M GT powering its graphics subsystem.  It's a well-rounded machine at a fair price ($1599 as tested), that will serve a multitude of usage scenarios for the family or power user with perhaps the exception of hardcore gaming solely focused on frame rate.  All told we think the HP... Read more...
If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on a subsidized netbook, but would prefer Verizon Wireless over AT&T, you won’t have to wait any longer. Today, Verizon Wireless began offering the HP mini 1151NR for $199.99 with a 2-year mobile broadband agreement. The $199.99 price tag is after a $50 mail in rebate. We’ve known Verizon Wireless had plans to offer a subsidized netbook, but now the plans have become reality. In the mobile phone industry, it’s common for U.S. wireless carriers to sell mobile phones at a discounted price. In exchange for a discounted phone, users must sign a service agreement that typically ranges from one to two years. The idea of subsidizing netbooks in a similar... Read more...
Well, has it only been since October since the last high-profile recall of laptop batteries? Indeed it has. On Thursday, HP announced a recall of 70,000 laptop batteries due to overheating issues. In fact, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission's announcement, there are two reports of batteries that overheated and ruptured, resulting in fire. No injuries, though, so that's a positive. Laptops that can be affected by the recall are: HP PavilionCompaq PresarioHPHP Compaq dv2000 dv2500 dv2700 dv6000 dv6500dv6700 dv9000 dv9500 dv9700 A900 C700 F700 V3000 V3500V3700 V6000 V6500 V6700 G6000 G7000 6720s Batteries that can be subject to the recall will have one of the following bar code... Read more...
Five different lawsuits, from owners of Apple, Dell and HP laptops have combined their lawsuits against NVIDIA over defective GPUs that were shipped in possibly millions of computers. In some cases, OEMs have modified the BIOS in an attempt to keep the GPUs from overheating, but the change reduces battery life and performance. NVIDIA admitted to issues earlier in July 2008, in and SEC filing, when it said it was taking a $150 - $200 million charge to cover (emphasis ours): ... anticipated customer warranty, repair, return, replacement and other consequential costs and expenses arising from a weak die/packaging material set in certain versions of our previous generation MCP and GPU products used... Read more...
In what was very likely an "oops" moment, online retailer eCOST.com listed a brand-new version of Hewlett-Packard's MediaSmart Server line, the budget-minded LX195, before HP ever publicly acknowledged the product's existence. Rumors and unsubstantiated photos of the LX195 have been appearing online these last few weeks, but yesterday’s premature product announcement from eCOST.com was the first real-world indication of the product's imminent appearance. Needless to say, the HP MediaSmart LX195 product listing on eCOST.com came down not too long after word started to spread of its existence. Doubtlessly, HP was incensed at eCOST.com's itchy trigger finger and demanded the listing be removed.... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard announced a new line of notebook PCs that "merge business functionality with sophisticated design." In other words, a notebook computer that's a bit pricier than some, but gives you what you need for business use.The HP ProBooks start at $529 and weigh starting at 5.7 pounds and come with:• Windows Vista Business 32, Home Basic 32 and Home Premium 32• Intel Core 2 Duo or Celeron Dual-Core processors• Full-sized, raised-key keyboard (i.e., a separate numeric keypad, plus a touchpad with scroll zone)• A 14-, 15.6- and 17.3-inch diagonal LED-backlit (HD) displays• Optional integrated Bluetooth Taking a cue from the L.L. Bean catalog, perhaps, the colors... Read more...
HP’s HP Pavilion dv3t is officially available. This lightweight Intel-based pavilion notebook boasts of a 13.3-inch LED-backlit display, Core 2 Duo processor (2.0GHz T6400), and up to seven hours of runtime on the optional 9-cell battery. The Pavilion dv3t is about 1.25-inches thick and weighs just under 5 lbs. The base model comes with 2GB of RAM, but HP is currently offering a free upgrade to 3GB. For connectivity, the Pavilion dv3t offers Wi-Fi (b/g or optional Wi-Fi n and Bluetooth), optional integrated mobile broadband, an HDMI port, DVD burner or optional Blu-ray drive, and a VGA webcam with microphone. You can customize the Pavilion dv3t with up to 8GB of RAM, a faster processor (up to... Read more...
It's not like Hewlett-Packard has never trumped Dell before in PC shipments, but the back-and-forth has continued today with the newest computer shipment reports. According to Gartner Incorporated's freshest analysis, HP has snagged the number one spot in domestic PC shipments from Dell, who had most previously held the crown.The report noted that Dell's shipments in the United States dropped 16.3% to "just" 3.9 million in the first quarter of 2009, while during the same period, HP's shipments grew 11.1% to 4.2 million units. On a global scale, Dell's shipments also sank 16.9% compared to last year to 8.8 million units, which places it in a "virtual tie" with Acer for the silver medal. As for... Read more...
If you weren't lucky enough to win one of HP's newest MediaSmart Servers, the company's newest firmware update just might convince you to plunk down for one anyway. Announced today, the version 2.5 software for the EX485 and EX487 MediaSmart Servers provides remote video streaming and video conversion of unprotected content. Interested in all the details? Read on.The new update, which is being provided free of charge to EX485 and EX487 owners, enables the device to automatically convert videos (including unprotected DVDs) into two resolutions. The original, high-resolution file will stream to most devices on a home network including PCs, Macs and gaming systems, while the mobile resolution version... Read more...
In an effort to get its ATI FirePro 3D cards into the hands of more and more prosumers and creative professionals, AMD has today announced that said graphics accelerators will be offered up on a wide range of HP workstations. Specifically, the entire "top-to-bottom" line of FirePro GPUs can now be ordered within HP's new Z Workstations, and if you're not too savvy on what those may be, here's the rundown: FirePro V7750, V3700 and V5700, all found within HP's Z400, Z600 and Z800 Workstations. Janet Matsuda, senior director, Professional Graphics, AMD, had this to say about the partnership: "AMD and HP together offer the workstation market exceptional tools for creative, scientific and engineering... Read more...
Just in case you haven't had enough contests to enter of late, we've got one more you should see. Technologizer is offering up one of HP's Windows Home Server-based MediaSmart Servers to one lucky individual. HotHardware has been a contributing author for this contest promotion with our publicist, so it's HH Tested and Approved, no worries.If you're interested in bringing one of the most versatile, most flexible and most media-centric storage systems into your home, all you need to do is click over, submit your name along with your favorite photos, music and videos from anywhere on your current system and cross your fingers extra tight. Good luck!... Read more...
On our yearly jaunts to the Las Vegas to attend the Consumer Electronics Show, we meet with numerous companies and see a myriad of products--some we can, and some we can't talk about--in what is always an absolute whirlwind of a trip. This year was no exception. Although the show itself wasn't quite as big as it has been in previous years in terms of attendance, it was nevertheless loaded with cool products and technology that filled not only the Las Vegas Convention center, but multiple surrounding venues, hotels, and suites all along the strip.We're certain many of you would love to attend CES for yourself, but can't for various reasons. So, we've decided to bring a part of the show to you,... Read more...
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA—JANUARY 6, 2009—A host of state-of-the-art technologies from NVIDIA are featured in one of the most innovative performance PCs ever created: the HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA, debuting at CES.  Striking a critical balance between performance and energy efficiency, the HP Firebird offers stunning graphics and CUDA™ performance in a sleek new desktop design. The HP Firebird features dual NVIDIA® GeForce® 9800S MXM 3.0 modules which are one-fifth the size of typical graphics cards and use approximately one-half the power. Together, they are designed to deliver lightning-fast performance in HD resolutions while reducing size, power consumption and noise. The GPUs... Read more...
AMD Delivers Groundbreaking Platform for Ultrathin Notebooks-- The AMD Platform for Ultrathin Notebooks Delivers Balanced PC Performance with True HD Entertainment1 in a Surprisingly Affordable, Amazingly Thin Notebook -- LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Jan. 6, 2009 -- AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the availability of the AMD platform for ultrathin notebooks, enabling exceedingly thin and light OEM designs with rich entertainment capabilities at an affordable price. Previously codenamed “Yukon,” the platform is based on the new AMD Athlon Neo processor, ATI Radeon X1250 integrated graphics and optional ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3410 discrete graphics and brings true HD entertainment1 to a new category... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard's ready to release its latest MediaSmart servers, and, for a change, they don't hate the Mac.The EX485/EX487 are designed for home or home office use, in large part to enable you -- or your friends and family -- to access any media (music, photos, videos, etc.) via the Internet. You can network all your media files from all the computers in your home and create an online server that you can, in turn, make available to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, godparents, best friends from high school, you know, anyone. It also enables an automatic backup of all these digital memories.It is based on Microsoft’s Windows Home Server operating system, but according to a pdf on HP's website,... Read more...
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