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Hewlett-Packard announced some changes to its Board of Directors, beginning with Raymond J. Lane relinquishing his role as Chairman. Ralph V. Whitworth will step into the role on an interim basis as the board searches for a permanent replacement. In addition, the two longest serving members of the board -- John H. Hammergren and G. Kennedy Thompson -- are stepping down as directors. "After reflecting on the stockholder vote last month, I've decided to step down as executive chairman to reduce any distraction from HP's ongoing turnaround," said Lane. "Since I joined HP's board a little over two years ago, I've been committed to board evolution to ensure our turnaround and future success. I'm proud... Read more...
Surprise! LG has agreed to acquire webOS from Hewlett-Packard, potentially breathing new life into an operating system that was on the brink of death. Under terms of the deal, LG gains rights to the webOS source code, all related documentation and websites, and even a team of engineers. It's not known how much LG is paying for webOS, though the company did divulge its plans for the platform. According to CNet, which broke news of the acquisition (no official announcement has yet been made), LG plans to use webOS to power a future generation of Smart TVs, not smartphones or tablets. "It creates a new path for LG to offer an intuitive user experience and Internet services across a range of consumer... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard's resume in the tablet space is hardly anything to brag about. Chalk it up to bad timing, poor management, or whatever you like, but the short-lived HP TouchPad and subsequent loss of interest in webOS, the primary piece in HP's $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm, is a textbook example of how not to approach the mobile sector. The silver lining? HP seems to have learned from its mistakes and is ready to give this tablet thing another try. According to ReadWrite, HP is jumping on the Android bandwagon, a decision Google is obviously thrilled about. HP's first Android tablet will be a high-end slate built around NVIDIA's Tegra 4 SoC, though when it will come out is not yet known.... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard this week announced the releases of its new and exceptionally fast HP Officejet Pro X printer. How fast, you ask? It's the world's speediest printer as recognized by Guinness World Records! More specifically, it can spit out black and white prints (which HP calls "high quality professional documents") at up to 70 pages per minute (PPM) - yowza! There's some serious bragging rights available if you're a printer enthusiast, though the Officejet Pro X is really intended for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) as a faster, cheaper alternative to laser printers. According to HP, the Officejet Pro X, along with two other Officejet Pro models -- the Officejet Pro 251dw and Officejet... Read more...
IBM on Tuesday announced that the way it's going to compete with Hewlett-Packard and Oracle in the server space is by offering lower priced and easy-to-configure solutions for small-to-medium size businesses (SMBs). Towards that end, IBM rolled out eight new servers powered by its latest Power 7+ processor, starting with an entry-level model that costs less than $6,000, along with new PureSystems for big data and cloud-storage chores. "Big data and cloud systems that were once only affordable to large enterprises are now available to the masses," said Rod Adkins, Senior Vice President, IBM Systems & Technology Group. "With these new systems, IBM is forging an aggressive expansion of its Power... Read more...
Back at the end of January, Hewlett-Packard's web team inadvertently posted a document detailing a Pavilion Chromebook, which at the time hadn't yet been announced. Only a handful of specs were identified, with no mention of a release date or pricing information, leaving us to speculate on what kind of impact this might have on Microsoft, which is aggressively pushing Windows 8. We're about to find out. HP's Pavilion Chromebook is now available to purchase starting at $330. According to HP, it's the first full-size 14-inch Chromebook on the market, which means it's every bit as portable as an Ultrabook, but costs several hundred dollars less. The biggest difference between an Ultrabook and a... Read more...
You're not supposed to know this yet, but Hewlett-Packard is planning to launch a Chromebook model under its Pavilion brand. We wouldn't have known it either, had it not been for a short-lived document that inadvertently went live on HP's website. HP has since pulled it offline, but in the age of the Internet, once you put something out there, it's out there for good. So, what do we know about HP's Pavilion Chromebook? For starters, it will be a 14-inch model, the first of its kind, according to HP, which advertises "full-size comfort without giving up full-on mobility." The world's first full-size Chromebook -- Pavilion Chromebook 14-c010us PC -- will sport an Intel Celeron 847 dual-core processor... Read more...
The expression "better late than never" fits like a glove when talking about the recent trend towards 15.6-inch Ultrabooks. We fully appreciate that Intel and its hardware partners made a concerted effort to slim down the notebook without sacrificing performance (unlike the once popular netbook form factor), but limiting the segment to 14-inch displays (and smaller) felt like a step back in some ways. Enter Hewlett-Packard's Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 Series. The Envy Ultrabook signals a return to the 15.6-inch form factor for those who want a larger size display, but otherwise find themselves, well, envious of slimmer laptops. Now you can have your cake and eat it, too, or at least that's the idea...... Read more...
The expression "better late than never" fits like a glove when talking about the recent trend towards 15.6-inch Ultrabooks. We fully appreciate that Intel and its hardware partners made a concerted effort to slim down the notebook without sacrificing performance (unlike the once popular netbook form factor), but limiting the segment to 14-inch displays (and smaller) felt like a step back in some ways. Enter Hewlett-Packard's Envy Ultrabook 6t-1000 Series. The Envy Ultrabook signals a return to the 15.6-inch form factor for those who want a larger size display, but otherwise find themselves, well, envious of slimmer laptops. Now you can have your cake and eat it, too, or at least that's the... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard today announced financial results for its fourth fiscal quarter and full fiscal year ended October 31, 2012, noting an $8.8 billion asset impairment charge related to the acquisition of software firm Autonomy. That's a pretty big write-off, and HP is essentially claiming fraud on the part of Autonomy. "The majority of this impairment charge is linked to serious accounting improprieties, disclosure failures and outright misrepresentations at Autonomy Corporation plc that occurred prior to HP's acquisition of Autonomy and the associated impact of those improprieties, failures and misrepresentations on the expected future financial performance of the Autonomy business over the long-term,"... Read more...
Former Ebay CEO and current chief of Hewlett-Packard, Meg Whitman, inherited a company that was (and remains) on top of the PC pile, but also one that was struggling to find direction. She replaced Léo Apotheker, a software guy who wanted to exit HP from the PC business and focus on software and printing, a strategy that didn't mesh with the Board's vision for the future. As such, Whitman jumped into the fire feet first, was handed the reins, and essentially told, 'Here you go, fix everything.' That's what she's been trying to do, but some things take time. While speaking to financial analysts this week, Whitman hit them with the news that earnings would take a dive, revenue was about... Read more...
One current and two former Hewlett-Packard employees have been named in a criminal bribery case brought on by German prosecutors. According to the indictment, a three-year investigation found that HP executives issued $10 million in kickbacks in order to secure a contract worth four and a half times as much with Russia's Prosecutor General Office. Why would Germany get involved? The three HP executives allegedly helped create a fund designed to funnel money to Russia through a German subsidiary, passing through a number of shell companies and accounts along the way. Those named in the indictment include Hilmar Lorenz (forming HP marketing executive in Russia), Ken Willett (Germany-based American... Read more...
One of life's lessons that apparently hasn't been lost on Hewlett-Packard (HP) is the one that says, "If at first you don't succeed, try, try again." HP didn't succeed in the tablet market, not with its much hyped (and seldom talked about) Slate line, and certainly not with its short lived TouchPad, which turned out to be such a big disaster that it took webOS down with it. HP's past attempts are ancient history, however, and going forward, the OEM plans to make another run at what's now a proven market segment. An internal memory by HP's Todd Bradley slithered its way online, and it mentions the creation of a Mobility business unit that will be run by Alberto Torres, former Executive Vice President... Read more...
Remember Hewlett-Packard's Envy Spectre XT, that sexy slab of Ultrabook that you could look at online but couldn't order? Now you can as HP starts taking orders on what looks to be a 13-inch beauty, provided you can cough up the requisite $1,000 asking price for a baseline configuration. Standard options include a 13.3-inch LED backlit display with a 1366x768 resolution, a 3rd Generation Intel Core i5 3317U processor (Ivy Bridge) with HD 4000 graphics, 4GB of DDR3 memory, 128GB solid state drive, 4-cell battery that's purportedly good for up to 8 hours of run time, 720p HD webcam, backlit keyboard, Beats Audio, USB 3.0 support (a single port to go along with a USB 2.0 port), HDMI output, and... Read more...
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