HP and its subsidiaries face a hefty fine for felony violations of corruption
After pleading guilty to felony violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), Hewlett-Packard and its subsidiaries have been ordered to pay a total of $108 million in criminal and regulatory penalties, the U.S. Department of Justice announced this week. Specifically, HP was caught bribing Russian government officials to secure a large and lucrative technology contract.
It doesn't matter if you're sticking with Windows or trying your hand at Chrome OS, HP has new systems for whichever platform you ultimately choose. Those going with Chrome OS might be interested in HP's second generation Chromebook models available in 11.6-inch and 14-inch models, both of which are splashed with color. And those wanting to go with Windows might find something of interest in HP's new Envy x2 and Pavilion x2 detachables.
Phising has become the top network security concern for enterprises
Hewlett-Packard sponsored a study conducted by research organization Ipsos Observer that shines a light on the number one concern for enterprises today. According to the study, almost 70 percent of IT professionals experience phishing attacks at least once a week, with customer data cited most often as the type of data attacked. After that, phishers are most interested in financial information.
HP this week decided to err on the side of caution and issue a worldwide voluntary recall of around 6 million potentially faulty power cords for select HP and Compaq brand notebooks and mini notebooks. The recall also affects AC power cords provided with docking stations. All of the affected cords, whether bundled with a laptop or with a docking station, were sold from September 2012 through June 2012 for about $500 to $1,500.
With Windows 9 (Threshold) rumored for an introduction next month along with a Release Preview for consumers and developers alike, it's safe to say that the Windows 8 era is winding down, though some would argue it never truly began (market share figures would back that argument). So, what do you do if you're an OEM looking to pick up sales for the back to school season? Well, if you're HP, you promote Windows 7 and offer shoppers an enticing discount.
Rise in desktop and laptop sales helped HP beat Wall Street estimates
Though HP didn't reclaim its spot as the number one supplier of PCs, the second-place OEM surprised analysts with a strong third quarter. HP's net revenue in the third quarter came to $27.6 billion, up 1 percent compared to the same period a year ago, while earnings per share came to $0.89, up 3 percent year-over-year. That's slightly better than Wall Street's estimate of a drop in revenue to $27.01 billion.
Could a 14-inch Windows notebook be a Chromebook killer?
Microsoft isn't blind to the fact that Chromebooks are flying off of store shelves, both virtual and physical, and so a month ago the Redmond outfit let slip that it was working with various partners to offer low cost alternatives in the $199 to $249 range. Turns out it wasn't just lip service. Meet the HP Stream 14, a 14-inch notebook running Windows 8.1 and carrying a $200 price tag.
Android-based laptop could be held back by high price tag
For those interested in a laptop running Android, the HP Slatebook is now available on Amazon for $430. It's a 14-inch notebook running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and powered by an Nvidia Tegra 4.0 processor running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of DDR3L RAM, and 16GB solid state drive. The configuration is along the lines of a Chromebook, though the pricing is in the low-end spectrum of Windows laptops.
Hewlett-Packard jumps off to a fast start with 7 million notebook shipments in Q1
If Hewlett-Packard can maintain its current pace, there's a good chance it will close out the year with more laptop shipments under its belt than rival Lenovo, the world's largest supplier of PCs (a distinction once held by HP not that long ago). It's still early, but preliminary numbers show that HP shipped 7 million notebooks in the first quarter of 2014, which is 1 million more than some were expecting.
IDC reports a slight drop in overall monitor shipments
It appears PC users are mostly content with their current monitors, hence why PC display shipments came in at just under 35 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, representing a drop of 0.4 percent compared to the previous quarter, according to data released by IDC. That's also representative of a 3.8 percent decline over the same quarter a year ago, though HP and Dell must have missed the memo because both recorded gains in the monitor segment.