Items tagged with Hewlett-Packard

Apple has done it again: The company has created a product that people want and in the process, the company has boosted sales of an entire market segment. Although tablet PCs have been on the market for years, many consumers haven't paid attention to this market segment until Apple announced the iPad. Now, research firm IDC is claiming the iPad could spur a sixfold increase in tablet sales by 2014. In a statement, IDC said worldwide shipments will rise from 7.6 million to 46 million this year. The firm expects 398 million portable personal computers to ship in 2014. Apple's iPad was introduced last month. In just 28 days, Apple has already sold 1 million of the touch-screen tablets. Due to the... Read more...
Like a caped avenger, Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week swooped in and scooped up Palm, saving the day for the struggling smartphone maker who, up to that point, was faced with an uncertain future. In the wake of the acquisition, Verizon has gone and slashed the price of Palm's HP's two webOS smartphones, the Palm Pre and Pixi. These aren't minor price cuts either, but fairly significant ones. The Palm Pre Plus is now selling for just $29 with a 2-year contract, which is $120 less than the original price just four short months ago. That's a pittance to pay for a high-end device with 16GB of storage, 3G capabilities, slide out keyboard, and touchscreen display, among other goodies. If you'd rather,... Read more...
Fully a third of the top dogs on Barron's 30 Most Respected CEOs list released in this week's print edition hail from the tech world.Given how virtually all anyone talks about these days (other than healthcare, but don't expect a discussion of that here) is social media, gadgets and the interwebz, it should be no shock. Nonetheless, a few tech names fell off the list this year: Chase Carey of DirecTV left the company to be the No. 2 man at NewsCorp.; Satoru Iwata of Nintendo due to the Wii's declining fortunes; and Rick Tsai of TSMC, as he's no longer with the semiconductor manufacturer.So we have, then, the 10 most respected CEOs from the tech world (phrases in italics are Barron's summation... Read more...
Evidently HP computers are racist, if you follow the rationale of this snarkily produced video. It shows how HP's webcam software, which is supposed to track the movements of a person's face, doesn't work too well if you're African American.Desi (African-American) and Wanda (Caucasian) appear to be workers in some sort of consumer electronics store.We're using the face-tracking software. So, it's supposed to follow me as I move. I'm black. I think my blackness is interfering with the computer's ability to follow me. [...]I'm going on record, and I'm sayin' it. Hewlett-Packard computers are racist. I said it. And the worst part is, I bought one for Christmas.It's pretty clear that the software... Read more...
Four weeks ago, HP announced a bevy of new products that were arriving for the fall season. It turns out, that announcement was just part one of HP's fall lineup, with part two arriving today. Today, HP is announcing a number of new laptops, docking stations, all-in-one desktop PCs, a few more-traditional form-factor desktop PCs, and a 42-inch touch-screen LCD. An HP spokesperson told us that HP is calling this "the year of the refresh." What make this set of announcements different from the previous one, is that these products include a number of models that carry the Compaq brand name, and more of these products are designed for the SMB (small and medium business) market; HP claims that one-third... Read more...
Two days ago, HP let loose with a blitzkrieg of new products, including new laptops, netbooks, and even a new all-in-one desktop PC. The company, however, didn't use up all of its ammunition, as it waited two more days--until today--to launch its final salvo of new product announcements for the fall. And considering that today's product announcement represents a brand-new product category for HP, it makes sense that HP would put a little bit of time between its other announcements and this one, so that this new product wouldn't get lost in the shuffle.Today's product announcement is about the new HP DreamScreen 100 and HP DreamScreen 130 "web-connected screens." If you haven't heard of a web-connected... Read more...
Today HP announced the details about a bevy of new products that are either available starting now or will be very soon. HP's fall product lineup consists of no less than four new laptops, two new netbooks, a new all-in-one desktop, two new business-class desktops, seven new displays, and two new additions to its MediaSmart media server line of NAS devices.   HP ENVY 13A number of these newly-minted products are attention-getters for their looks and specs; but perhaps the most eye-catching of the bunch would have to be the new HP ENVY 13 laptop. The ENVY 13 uses an all-metal design, made from aluminum and magnesium. The laptop's design is very stylish and even includes a design pattern laser-etched... 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...
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'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...
Hewett Packard must have IBM envy. They've purchased Ross Perot's old technology services company, Electronic Data Systems,  for $13.2 billion, so they can claim to be the second place provider of such services to businesses and government, behind IBM.  As usual, the first rule of Takeover Club is: you're fired. It's a field dominated by IBM, which generated $54 billion in revenue from technology services last year. HP's technology services revenue will more than double to more than $38 billion with the addition of EDS, which had $22 billion in revenue last year.To make sure the EDS takeover pays off, HP indicated it will make significant layoffs as it eliminates overlapping jobs and... Read more...
Market share? Worldwide, the biggest -- and growing. Laptop sales growth? Explosive. Net income? A gusher. Revenue growth? Firehose style. The numbers for Hewlett-Packard's latest quarter are in. They're real, and they're spectacular. HP said Monday that sales of notebook computers grew nearly 50% compared to a year earlier. That helped push net income up 26%, beating Wall Street expectations. And HP was bullish about the future, predicting continued gains in sales."There's a tremendous opportunity out there and we like how we're positioned," said Chief Executive Mark Hurd in a conference call.The Palo Alto-based company said overall business grew fastest in emerging economies, such as Brazil,... Read more...
Hewlett-Packard is still the world's largest seller of PCs. It surpassed Dell for the top spot a year ago, and is now widening its lead over Dell and everybody else. During the third quarter of 2007, H-P shipped 12.8 million PCs worldwide; that's 18.8% of the total market, and represents a whopping 33% jump from the same period last year. Dell is now a distant second with 9.8 million units shipped, followed by Acer, Lenovo, and Toshiba. In the U.S., Dell still maintained its top position, but saw its share eroded by gains from H-P, Apple Inc. and Toshiba. Dell shipped 4.8 million PCs in the U.S., which gave it 29% of the market. However, its shipments fell 5.5% from a year ago. By contrast, H-P... Read more...
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