Google's army of Chrome OS devices continues to grow
Are mainstream users ready to live primarily in the cloud? With all the Chrome OS devices coming out (along with the ones that are already available), this year will be a good litmus test for the platform. Joining the ranks of those offering a desktop solution is HP, the world's second largest PC maker, which plans to launch a Chromebox in the spring. HP's Chromebox will initially debut in the U.S., though the OEM is mum on the price.
In case you missed it, Hewlett-Packard (HP) last week began advertising the return of Windows 7 desktops. The OEM said its decision to sell Windows 7 systems in a Windows 8 world was influenced by "popular demand," but what we found interesting is how aggressively the world's second largest PC maker promoted its Windows 7 machines. Was there more than meets the eye? HP today posted a blog further explaining its reasoning for bringing back Windows 7.
Hewlett-Packard (HP), the world's second largest PC maker by volume, is giving potential customers the ability to configure systems with Windows 7 instead of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. The OEM is advertising that Windows 7 is "back by popular demand," and as a bonus, customers can save up to $150 instantly. Based on the available systems, that's a savings of anywhere from 13 percent to 20 percent off the normal price.
Even though Hewlett-Packard relinquished its spot as the top PC maker (in terms of shipments) in 2013, it isn't giving up on PCs. Instead, HP just announced the Z1 G2, the second generation of the world's first and only all-in-one (AIO) workstation with a 27-inch display, now available with touch support for Windows 8/8.1 and Thunderbolt 2 capabilities. According to HP, it's the most powerful and fully featured AIO in its lineup.
Traditional PC sales might be on a decline, but c'mon, they're not evaporating. Therefore it's business as usual for Hewlett-Packard, the world's second largest PC maker, which just updated its Elite line with four new models. One of those new systems is an HP EliteBook Folio 1040 G1, the thinnest and most durable EliteBook to date, the company says. It's 16.1 percent slimmer and 7.3 percent lighter than the previous generation, yet still is able to pass a dozen military-grade tests for reilability and durability.
Remember thinking that a 56K modem was fast? The Internet has grown up since then, and so has our home networking needs. Instead of plaything LAN Frisbee with MP3 files, today we toss around gigabytes of data and stream high definition movies from room to room. The good news is you don't have to rob you children of their college funds to keep up with the times. Upgrading to 802.11ac on the cheap is as easy as taking advantage of today's top deal for a D-Link DIR-850L Wireless AC1200 Dual Band Gigabit Cloud Router for $70 with free shipping (normally $130; use coupon code: [EMCWVXP57]). This router serves speeds of up to 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 867Mbps on the 5GHz band, has a cloud management feature, and is backwards compatible so you can still surf the net while shopping a wireless AC adapter.
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We're not sure why HP's being so shy about its new line of Android tablets that are now available to buy on the company's website. There's no press release or official announcement that we know of trumpeting their arrival, but even without the usual hoopla, there are some intriguing options. There are four models in all, the first of which is an HP Slate7 Plus that sells for $150.
Investors react positively to HP's revenue results
Hewlett-Packard's fourth quarter net revenue slipped 3 percent year-over-year (or 1 percent when adjusted for the effects of currency) to $29.1 billion, though analysts were expecting a bigger decline. Part of the reason why HP exceeded expectations is because it was propped up by growth in its Enterprise Group (servers, software, storage, and networking products), which was up 2 percent compared to the same quarter a year ago.
One of the wonders of the human body is that it heals itself. The damage might be self-inflicted, like an accidental fall, or it could be caused by an attacker. Either way, the human body is tremendously adept at repairing cuts, scrapes, bruises, and other ailments. HP is taking that same concept and applying it to the PC's Basic Input/Output System, otherwise known as the BIOS.
Don't expect a powerhouse slate in this price range
How low can tablet prices go? Apparently under a Benjamin. As tablet makers dance the low-price limbo, consumers benefit from a bevy of affordable slates to choose from, even from name brand vendors. In this case, it's Hewlett-Packard that reportedly plans to build and sell a $99 tablet at Walmart as back-to-school shoppers flood the stores preparing for another school year.