A YouTube user who goes by the name "x313xkillax" posted what may end up being the first hands-on look at HP's upcoming Windows 7-based Slate in prototype form.
Naturally there's some chatter that the video could be fake, and we can't say that it isn't. But if it is a ruse, it's a convincing one. The 4-minute video starts off with a tour of the external features, which shows a textured backing, built-in camera, SD card on the side, a keyboard button to bring up the virtual keyboard, volume buttons, USB port, and a few other accoutrement. There's even a CTRL-ALT-DEL key and a home key.
The second half of the video shows the device booting up and browsing the Web, as well as a brief look at the virtual keyboard.
Check it out below and then tell us what you think.
Hewlett Packard this week introduced a sleek new 23-inch LED backlit panel, the HP 2310e HD. Dubbed an ultra-thin, the 2310e is only 1-inch deep and comes with a detachable stand, albeit no VESA mount.
It's a Full HD panel with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 and support for up to 70 percent of the color gamut. We don't put much stock into display specs, but for what it's worth, this one boats an 8,000,000:1 contrast ratio (dynamic, of course), 250 nits of brightness, and a 5ms on/off response time.
For the environmentally conscious, the WLED backlighting is mercury-free, the glass contains no arsenic, and both the rear cover and base are made from recycled plastics.
Look for this one to start shipping on September 29, 2010 for $289.
Hewlett Packard (HP) expects to become the world's second largest supplier of netbooks in 2011, and should the company get there, they should consider sending a bottle of Cristal to Intel, the world's No. 1 chip maker. It only seems fitting, considering Intel just shipped a large number of its new dual-core Atom N550 processors to HP for $65, representing a significant 25 percent savings over the chip's official $86 price tag.
As it currently stands, Acer, Samsung, and Asus are the three largest netbook suppliers in the world, in that order. MSI could have been in the mix too, but the company is putting on the brakes somewhat citing concerns over market demand for dual-core netbooks. Instead, MSI is reportedly stepping back to focus on single-core units, and eventually will exit the market in favor of traditional notebooks.
Developers anxious to see how the webOS platform will evolve under the new leadership of Hewlett Packard (HP) can catch an early glimpse. Members of Palm's Early Access program can now download the first beta release of webOS 2.0, the next-gen version of Palm's mobile operating system.
There are a bunch of new features in the new release developers can use to code new apps, starting with much improved multi-tasking. Building on Palm's card metaphor, webOS 2.0 ups the ante by grouping related cards in stacks, making it easier to move between tasks.
The latest release brings a better implementation of Universal Search renamed "Just Type." One of the new features of Just Type is Quick Actions, which allows users to start an email, create a message, update a social status, and search favorite websites without ever launching an app.
The eggheads over at HP Labs announced that they're putting their brains together with the geeks at Hynix Semiconductor to turn memristor technology into a shipping product, one that will take the place of all kinds of storage mediums.
"We believe that the memristor is a universal memory that over time could replace flash, DRAM, and even hard drives," says Dr. Stanley Williams, HP Senior Fellow and IQSL (Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory) founding Director.
The two companies will jointly develop the once theoretical technology in the form of Resistive Random Access Memory (ReRAM), a non-volatile memory constructed from materials that change resistance when applying voltage.
Where this technology ultimately leads is wide open. HP Labs says ReRAM will see use first as a replacement for flash memory with chips that run no less than ten times faster while using ten times less power than their flash memory counterparts. But looking longer term, memristors can also perform logic functions and could eventually perform computational tasks where data is stored, leading to much faster PCs.
Dell really wants to acquire to data storage provider 3Par. So does Hewlett Packard. As a result, what started off as a $1.13 billion bid now sits at $2 billion, and the bidding war still doesn't appear to be over.
It all started when Dell agreed to purchase 3Par for $1.13 billion in mid-August. While the deal appeared imminent, rival HP stepped in just a week later with a $1.5 billion bid of its own. What would follow is a high-dollar game of "outbid your opponent," and for the time being, HP is winning with a $2 billion offer.
"Both companies would benefit from 3Par," said IDC Vice President Benjamin Woo. "HP is due for a full refresh for its mid- to high-end storage portfolio" while "Dell wants to own a product for the top price bands in the $100,000+ range."
How high are HP and Dell willing to go? That remains to be seen, but according to each one's financial reports, HP is sitting on $14.8 billion in gross cash and Dell has $13.1 billion in cash and investments.
HP's message to Dell is clear: "It's on like Donkey Kong." That's what happens when, just a week after you agree to acquire a company for $1.13 billion, your rival steps in with an offer of $1.5 billion for the same company.
In this case, HP is the aggressive rival hoping to scoop up data storage provider 3Par, which seemed all but sold to Dell just a short while ago. HP has offered to pay $24 per share for 3Park, a third more than Dell's bid of $18 per share.
This tug-of-war between HP and Dell has had a positive effect on 3Par's shares so far, which rose to $6.66, or 37 percent, to $24.70 in premarket trading. Should HP ultimately win the bidding war, it would be adding to a data storage business that already accounts for about 13 percent of its bottom line.
Following months of paperwork, Hewlett-Packard on Thursday announced it had completed its $1.2 billion acquisition of Palm and now plans to use the company's webOS platform for new tablets and netbooks.
"Under Jon Rubinstein, former Palm chairman and chief executive office, the Palm global business unit will report to Bradley," HP said in a statement. "Palm will be responsible for webOS software development and webOS based hardware products, from a robust smartphone roadmap to future slate PCs and netbooks."
HP acknowledged that, with its backing, webOS is expected to shine in the mobile market, something it was never really able to do under Palm's leadership.
"With webOS, HP will deliver its customers a unique and compelling experience across smartphones and other mobility products," said Todd Bradley, executive vice president, Personal Systems Group, HP. "This allows us the opportunity to fully engage in growing our smartphone family offering and the footprint of webOS."
Social networks aren't just for home users to keep in touch with old acquaintances and to try and increase their friend-count like a top score, they can also be beneficial to IT pros. At least that's what HP is banking on, which will soon unveil its own social network aimed at the enterprise.
HP is calling it 48Upper, and as the manifesto reads, "We have lived with the stereotype of being introverted, pessimistic loners for too long."
Right now HP is getting 48Upper ready for beta testing. It will be delivered as a software-as-a-service (SaaS), giving subscribers the ability to control how technical information is shared, and whether or not to tag information as "public."
Why build your own Linux-based quick-boot OS when you can just snatch one up for someone else? That seems to be the philosophy with HP, which will grab the HyperSpace software from Phoenix for about $12 million, Phoenix said.
Like other quick-booting OSes, HyperSpace is built around Linux and loads within a few seconds. HyperSpace, Splashtop, and other similar software are ideal for users who want to quickly surf the web, fire off an email, view an image, or perform other basic tasks in a hurry without waiting for Windows to load, which can take up to several minutes, depending on how old the machine is and what shape it's in.
In addition to the OS, HP will also buy the assets surrounding HyperCore, an embedded hypervisor that allows HyperSpace to run certain core services along with the Windows OS, Networkworld.com reports. Phoenix expects to close the transaction by the end of the month.