Forget about Windows 7 and webOS for a moment -- Hewlett Packard is tapping into Google's Android platform for its first tablet, the Zeen.
HP's Zeen isn't meant to take on the iPad, as it's a more specialized device. It will be sold bundled with the company's printers and include HP's TouchSmart interface for operating said printers. It's also smaller than the iPad with a 7-inch display.
As mentioned, Android sits at the heart of the Zeen, but it's a customized version with a few niggling restrictions. Gmail, for example, has been stripped out, and so too has the Android Market and multimedia playback apps.
No definitive word on pricing, though earlier rumors had the Zeen/printer bundle going for $400.
USB 3.0 product announcements are coming thick and fast these days. The latest is brought to you by the world's largest PC maker Hewlett-Packard, which has announced a pocket-size USB 3.0 external HDD that promises to outstrip USB 2.0 drives with a threefold performance boost. As the current abundance of USB 2.0 ports necessitates, HP has made its USB 3.0 external HDD backwards compatible. Weighing 200gm and measuring 4.47″ L x 3.15″ W x 0.75″ H, the drive is available in 500GB, 750GB, and 1TB capacities, costing $79, $99 and $129, respectively. HP is offering a two-year warranty on the drive.
It's no secret that Hewlett-Packard plans to vindicate its decision to buy Palm by using the concomitant IP, especially webOS, to plot its success in a range of web-connected device segments, including tablets, smartphones and printers. It has now further reinforced its commitment to webOS by suggesting that it no longer has room for other OSes.
According to former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein, who currently spearheads HP's gadgets business, the world's leading PC maker has scrapped plans of developing an Android tablet. Also, the company will not let Windows Phone 7 infiltrate its smartphone portfolio, despite the fact that the platform belongs to its key ally Microsoft.
Hewlett-Packard has announced two new all-in-one (AIO) desktops with an eye on the upcoming holiday season. The world's leading PC maker has embarked on a generational overhaul, or so it claims, with the new TouchSmart 310 PC. According to the company, the TouchSmart 310 is “the fourth generation of the HP TouchSmartPC.” Aesthetically, the multitouch AIO is markedly different from its antecedents. Actually, it is closer to the iMac than its elder cognates as far as looks go.
The 310 features a 20-inch touch screen, AMD Athlon II 240e dual-core processor, 4GB of RAM, a 1-TB hard drive, DVD burner, and ATI Radeon HD 4270 graphics. The basic SKU will be available for $699. Before we move onto the second AIO, it is worth mentioning that HP has also revamped the TouchSmart software interface. Furthermore, there are a bunch of new built-for-touch apps, including Marvel Comics, Facebook and Cartoon Network, to go along with the cosmetic changes. The Marvel Comics app is particularly exciting as it can be used to access more than 8,000 comics (paid).
Finally, let us move onto the second AIO, the Omni 100, which is a non-touch PC built around a dual-core AMD Athlon II 260u CPU. The $499 all-in-one features a 20-inch display, 3GB RAM and a 500GB hard drive. Both the PCs are “planned to be available Sept. 22 at www.hpdirect.com and at select retailers nationwide on Oct. 24.”
He was in the crosshairs at the start of this year when his mistress of eight years YaVaughnie Wilkins went public with their affair using a billboard campaign. Phillips is also a member of President's Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
His replacement, Mark Hurd, is no stranger to controversies either. It was a sexual-harassment probe that led to Hurd's exit from HP. "Mark did a brilliant job at HP and I expect he'll do even better at Oracle," said CEO Larry Ellison in a statement,” said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison in a statement.
At the time of Hurd's departure from HP, Ellison was critical of of the role HP's board payed in Hurd's exit. In an email sent to the New York Times, he had called it the “the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago.”
HP has always maintained that it bought Palm for its intellectual property and not because it wanted to be in the smartphone business. Talking of IP, WebOS is arguably Palm's most valuable asset. The PC maker sees WebOS being used extensively across its portfolio of small form factor devices. A tablet running WebOS is also in the pipeline.
The company has already stated that there will be no conflict between its Windows and WebOS tablets as the former will be confined to the enterprise market. On the other hand, the WebOS-based tablet will vie with tablets like the iPad for a piece of the consumer tablet market.
Resignation is probably not the most popular world at Hewlett-Packard, certainly not after the resignation of its controversy-marred CEO Mark Hurd, who has kept the world's leading PC maker in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons. Peter Skillman, Palm's Vice President of Design, is the latest to bid farewell to the company – HP recently acquired Palm for $1.2 billion. He headed the design team responsible for the critically-acclaimed Palm Pre. Skillman's departure is not much of a surprise as Palm has always been in danger of losing key employees ever since it was acquired by HP.
Hot on the heels of Nvidia's announcement that it would soon begin shipping its Fermi-based Quadro workstation cards, HP has come out and said it will cram the new Quadro 5000M into its EliteBook 8740w mobile workstations.
The 8740w is a 17-inch notebook that comes to the mobile party looking sharp and dressed in a gunmetal anodized-aluminum finish. It's HP's most powerful laptop to date starting with a range of Intel chips to choose from, including the Core i7 Extreme Edition. The 8740w comes capable of housing up to 16GB of RAM, and according to HP, it's been "engineered to meet rigid MIL-STD 810G military-standard tests for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude, and high and low temperatures, and is also free of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)."
In other words, the EliteBook 8740w is purportedly one tough cookie, but it's the Quadro 5000M that's the real treat here. This mobile Fermi part comes with 320 cores and 2GB of memory, and is a slightly a trimmed down version of the desktop part with 352 cores and 2.5GB of memory.
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is pitching the use of prefabricated buildings as a way to cut the upfront cost of designing and constructing a data center in half, while having the added bonus of consuming less energy.
"Most people don't realize how expensive and how complicated data centers are," says Peter Gross, vice president and general manage of HP's Critical Facilities Services division. "To build a typical enterprise data center, for a midsize bank for instance, you're going to spend between $40 million and $100 million before the first server is even installed."
HP says it's Flexible Data Center offers a standardized, modular approach to designing and building data centers, and can be expanded as needed. It's based on a "butterfly" design featuring four prefabcricated quadrants, or modules, that branch off from a central administrative hub.
HP's tablet and smartphone strategy has been covered in haze ever since it acquired Palm. But a much clearer picture is beginning to emerge. We now know that although HP plans to launch a Windows 7-based tablet, it will be targeted at the enterprise market.
This has led many to surmise that the company wants to placate Microsoft while still leaving ample room for a WebOS-based tablet. However, the Palo Alto computer giant, renowned for its loyalty to Microsoft, will not be so accommodating when it comes to the smartphone market.
HP's Executive Vice President Todd Bradley, made it very clear in an interview with CNBC that Windows Phone 7 is not part of the company's plans. Instead, it will be relying solely on WebOS for its push in the smartphone market.