The controversial letter that marked the beginning of the end for Mark Hurd’s five-year reign as Hewlett-Packard’s CEO is about to be made public. The public release of the missive accusing Hurd of sexual harassment was ordered late Thursday by Delaware Chancery Judge Donald Parsons in a shareholder lawsuit against HP (Ernesto Espinoza v Hewlett Packard Co, Delaware Chancery Court, No. 6000).
There was a rumor floating around saying that HP was entertaining the idea of selling off its PC business, and that Samsung was the most likely candidate to fork over the required cash. This struck us as odd for a couple of reasons. For one, HP's PC business appears to be doing well, and secondly, the OEM recently said all new PCs shipped next year would be capable of running webOS, a decision the company made in order to attract more developers to build apps for the webOS platform. Turns out there was good reason to be skeptical.
Word on the Web is that Hewlett-Packard is seriously considering selling off its PC business, with Samsung emerging as a frontrunner to swoop in and take the reigns. Other reported suitors include Lenovo and Foxconn (otherwise known as Hon Hai Precision Industry, makers of Apple's iPhone and lots of other devices), but no one has been as aggressive as Samsung. Could a sale be imminent?
Don't let it be said that Hewlett-Packard isn't ultra confident in webOS, the platform it inherited (and chased after) when it acquired Palm. HP head Leo Apotheker made some rather bold predictions about the future of HP, which includes shipping every PC with the ability to run webOS in addition to Microsoft's Windows. This isn't a far off future either, but next year.
HP's new Omni Pro 110 all-in-one (AIO) PC is all business and is "easy to setup, easy to use, and easy to maintain." It's a fairly compact AIO, measuring 20 inches (W) x 8.6 inches (D) x 16 inches (H) and checking in at 16.8 pounds (or more, depending on configuration). Going along with the business theme, the Omni Pro 110 has a 20-inch 1600x900 display that isn't touch compatible.
As far as Hewlett-Packard is concerned, Research in Motion's PlayBook tablet hits awfully close to home. Never mind that the PlayBook sports a 7-inch screen compared to the TouchPad's 9.7-inch display, it's the PlayBook's operating system, powered by QNX, that reminds HP a little too much of webOS. You could say the similarities are uncanny, and in fact those are the exact words HP's Jon Oakes, director of product marketing, used when comparing the two tablets.
Citing sources from HP's upstream component partners, DigiTimes says shipments of Hewlett-Packard's upcoming TouchPad tablet will start delivery by the end of March. HP will then begin selling its webOS 3.0-based tablet in April, one year after Apple got the tablet market rolling with its iPad device.
Riding the success of it's iPad tablet, Apple has leapfrogged ahead of Hewlett-Packard in both mobile PC shipments (10.2 million) and mobile market share (17.2 percent), according to data by DisplaySearch. Apple now sits on top, ahead of not only HP (15.6 percent), but also Acer (14 percent), Dell (9.9 percent), and Toshiba (8.6 percent). Note that Apple's 10.2 million shipment number includes both iPad and notebook sales.
It's entirely possible for software to cause hardware damage. For instance, an overclocking utility, whether buggy or abused by the end-user, could potentially result in fried hardware. But should installing Linux on a system that ships with Windows automatically void existing hardware warranties? A reader who wrote in to the Consumerist is complaining that HP gave him the runaround when attempting to have the OEM replace an in-warranty battery on an HP netbook he installed Linux on.
At long last, Amazon has announced a Kindle app for the webOS platform, one that's specifically geared towards the HP TouchPad and its 9.7-inch screen (lots of info and pictures of this potentially awesome tablet here). Just as with other platforms, Kindle for webOS allows customers to "Buy Once, Read Everywhere" when making purchases from Amazon's Kindle Store. And of course there's Whispersync, so you can pick up reading on your TouchPad right where you left off from your smartphone or other Kindle-enabled device.