Ask Oracle and the company will tell you the only reason Intel hasn't pulled the plug on the Itanium is because Hewlett-Packard is making secret payments to chipzilla to keep the server chip alive. Oracle executives said as much in a recent court filing, which is in response to a larger lawsuit filed by HP accusing Oracle of violating an agreement between the two vendors by announcing back in March it would no longer develop software for Itanium.
Computer system builders like Hewlett-Packard and Dell may look to pull out of the tablet market now that both Amazon and Barnes & Noble cannonballed the shallow end of the pool. Over in the deep end is Apple with its full-size (9.7-inch) iPad line, the only one that seems to be able to stay afloat at the $500 mark and above. Is it worth trying to compete anymore?
If imitation is truly the sincerest form of flattery, Apple should be blushing. That's because Hewlett-Packard went and redesigned its Envy notebooks, which now bear a striking resemblance to the MacBook Pro, only a little sleeker overall, and of course with Windows 7 running the software show. The Envy is now an attractive looking laptop with a black and silver metal-alloy chassis that HP says is durable, and the keyboard has been upgraded with a backlight.
HP went and quietly updated its Wi-Fi Mobile Mouse with a more modern design, added a Facebook button, and has now let the new rodent out of its cage. The new X7000 Wi-Fi Touch Mouse sports the same wireless setup as before and syncs up with your computer's built-in wireless receiver, so there are no wires or USB dongles to mess with.
As we told you earlier, HP is rumored to be preparing to sell off the corpse of webOS to the highest bidder. New in the rumor mill is that HP is preparing for a last-minute all-hands meeting tonight after the markets close. This sort of maneuver usually means bad news, and sources are saying that the company will finally detail what’s going to happen with webOS.
Remember that whole bit about Hewlett-Packard promising to support webOS and continuing to develop software around the platform? HP said it just wasn't interested in the hardware angle, hence the TouchPad's premature retirement from the tablet market, but had no intentions of abandoning the software. Well, about that. It now appears HP wants to wipe its hands of webOS completely if it can find a willing buyer.
One of the biggest arguments against 3D technology is the cost, especially as more and more 3D content becomes available, which used to be one of the other major concerns. You know no longer have to ask, 'What the heck would I use a 3D monitor for?,' and with the launch of Hewlett-Packard's new 23-inch 3D monitor (2311GT), you don't have to sweat the price tag, either.
Barring new life as a modded Android device or relaunched Windows 8 tablet, HP's TouchPad is damn near obsolete. Be that as it may, there's still plenty of interest in a full-sized (9.7 inches) tablet with modern hardware at fire sale prices, and developers who want to get their hands on one without paying inflated eBay and/or CraigsList prices have yet another avenue to consider.
Hewlett-Packard long ago punched its ticket to ride the 3D bandwagon, but up until now, HP left its all-in-one passengers behind. Not anymore. The new HP TouchSmart 620-1080 3D Edition PC is everything it sounds like -- an AIO system with a 3D display -- plus a little bit more. Or as HP likes to call it, "the ultimate laid-back family entertainment center -- now with 3D."
Is it that time already? Gordon, Alex, and Nathan gather in our once-again-functional podcasting studio to discuss HP, LSI buying SandForce, Battlefield 3, Diablo III, and more! All this, plus suggestions from the peanut gallery and more in Episode 180 of the No BS Podcast! Unfortunately, the MacBook in the podcasting studio cut off the last 20 minutes of the podcast for unknown reasons, so we don't have a rant. Rest assured that this will become fodder for next week's rant.
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