Security provider McAfee announced a new agreement to provide its subscription-based Total Protection Service pre-installed on HP's StorageWorks X500 Data Vault series storage devices.
"Customers want to share important documents, photos and media files with the assurance that they are protected from viruses and spy ware," said Lee Johns, director of marketing, StorageWorks, HP. "When our customers access a file on their HP Data Vault device, McAfee Total Protection Service automatically scans and blocks viruses, spy ware, unwanted programs and other potential Internet threats to ensure greater security."
McAfee says the service is available right away as a 90-day trial subscription. Once the trial ends, the service reverts to its subscription model, with pricing based on the number of storage arrays.
We knew printer ink was expensive, we just never bothered to put it into perspective before. And now we don't have to, because somebody else already did, and the comparisons are pretty eye-popping.
In a graphic comparing the "relative price of different liquids," a single mL of HP black ink #45 runs about $0.70. That's nearly twice as much as a mL of blood, which according to the data runs less than $0.40. It's also almost 14 times more expensive than Penicillin, which runs a little over $0.05 per mL.
So there you have it. Assuming the numbers are accurate, penny pinchers may be better off pricking their finger and refilling those empty ink cartridges with their own blood (please don't try this). Of course, there's always generic ink, which while usually significantly cheaper than "genuine" ink from the printer's manufacturer, have also been known to clog print heads.
Have a favorite generic ink manufacturer/vendor? Hit the jump and post a link!
Someone on eCost's staff deserves a raise, and that someone is whoever managed to score a shipment of HP's unannounced Mini 210 Netbook sporting a next-gen Atom processor.
Those looking for the latest in netbook hardware, this is it. While HP hasn't yet launched the Mini 210, the popular e-tailer lists the item as "in stock," and according to Brooke Crothers over at CNet, "a call to a sales representative confirmed this." The new netbook comes built around Intel's Pine Trail platform consisting of an Atom N450 processor which, according to Intel, is the first monolithic processor with both the graphics and memory controller built in.
While several configurations are available, other hardware listed in the in-stock models includes a 10.1-inch display, 1GB of memory, a 250GB hard drive spinning at 7200RPM, 802.11b/g/n, webcam, a 6-cell battery, and Windows 7 Starter.
According to Hewlett-Packard's Executive Vice President Vyomesh Joshi, the printing market is doing just fine, remains "healthy," and is on track for a recovery in 2010.
"2009 was a difficult year for printing hardware," Joshi said. "But supplies sales were fine. What that means is that printing is healthy -- even with economic pressure, customers are still printing the content."
HP is the world's largest printer maker, but has posted five quarters of declining sales in its most profitable business, BusinessWeek.com reports. Unfazed, Joshi says he plans to win market share from competitors, such as Lexmark and Kodak, while at the same time trimming costs. His goal is to drive profit margins to 15-17 percent in 2010.
Is it a D’oh or an oops? Whatever it is the folks at Hewlett-Packard (HP) must be a bit red-faced over the incident. It seems that HP’s new face tracking webcam has a bit of a racial bias. It happily tracks faces that are white, but isn’t quite as obliging with faces that are black.
A demonstration HP’s webcam has been posted on YouTube. In the video two co-workers demonstrate the webcam’s little idiosyncrasy. Sure enough, the web camera has no problem tracking “white Wanda’s” face, while refusing to track “black Desi's”. As if that’s not bad enough, Desi confesses to having just bought the same system for Christmas.
Over at the Voodo Blog an HP representative posted: “We are working with our partners to learn more. The technology we use is built on standard algorithms that measure the difference in intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose. We believe that the camera might have difficulty 'seeing' contrast in conditions where there is insufficient foreground lighting.”
It’s very likely that HP is right--the algorithms aren’t up to snuff. But, it also imparts a reasonable lesson: be sure your product is ready for primetime before release. It might save you from an awkward YouTube moment.
HP didn't forget to celebrate the 35th anniversary of its high-end NonStop servers by announcing upgrades in capacity, performance, and enterprise integration. The company's NonStop servers are used in several sectors, including banking institutions, ER centers, hospitals, and mobile phone operators.
"Rabobank looks to HP NonStop technology to handle our mission-critical financial services applications and help mitigate risks associated with virtual banking," said Diederick de Buck, technical architect for NonStop systems at Rabobank, a full-range financial services provider based in the Netherlands. "The HP NonStop system has been an innovative force in mission-critical computing from the very beginning and has laid a solid foundation for Rabobank for many years to come."
HP said it upgraded the NonStop SQL 2.3 database, paving the way for increased service levels through simplified software programming, improved application capacity, and higher performance.
Other upgrades include the introduction of NonStop BladeCluster Express 1.2, which offers a performance boost in complete enterprise data center systems spanning a large geographic area, and the introduction of NonStop SOAP 4.0, which purportedly offers seamless integration with open-source software such as Spring, Apache Axis2, MyFaces, and Hibernate.
Three-quarters of the way through our product-testing regimen, we saw HP’s unremarkable 23-inch display headed toward a verdict of 6 or 7. It has a couple of nice features—as well as a couple of odd omissions—but at that point we hadn’t encountered anything that would set it apart from the crowd either way. But then we came to the Extreme Grayscale phase of the DisplayMate benchmark and our eyes just about popped out of their sockets.
This test renders extremes in the grayscale, beginning with boxes of increasingly intense shades of gray displayed on black and then white backgrounds. The w2338h had no problems passing the first half of this test, and it performed as expected when we cycled through shades of blue, red, and magenta. But the monitor proved incapable of differentiating between any of the high-intensity shades of green displayed on a fully saturated green background. What should have been cyan boxes on a cyan background showed up as yellow, and what should have been yellow boxes on a yellow background were rendered green, instead.
HP says it has identified and patched a dozen pretty severe security vulnerabilities with the company's OpenView Network Node Manager (OV NNM) software and is recommending that administrators apply the updates right away.
"The technical characteristics of these vulnerabilities (simple overflows with attacker controlled data) make them prime targets for exploitation," said Aaron Portnoy, a researcher at the network security firm TippingPoint, which discovered some of the vulnerabilities.
Left unpatched, the vulnerabilities make it possible for an attacker to execute arbitrary code, and in some cases, take control of the infected system. The security holes are serious enough that each of them have been given a rating of 10 on the Common Vulnerability Scoring System scale, which is the most severe rating possible.
OV NNM versions 7.01, 7.51, and 7.53 running on HP-UX, Linux, Solaris, or windows are vulnerable.
In the future that Acer chairman JT Wang envisions, ultra-thin notebooks with exceptional battery life will rule the mobile PC market, and to help get there, he's been urging Intel to focus more heavily on the ultra-thin segment. And Wang may be right, but why aren't we there already?
According to Wang, HP and Dell are to blame for holding the ultra-thin market back from its true potential. The reason, he says, is because both companies have dropped their mainstream notebook prices to $399 to compete, even though lightweight and skinny laptops are what consumers really want.
That's a bit of a curious statement coming from Acer, the same company notorious for low-priced parts, including notebooks. But Wang holds firm in his stance, saying that since HP and Dell haven't been pushing the ultra-thin market in the U.S., Intel has been misled into thinking there just isn't much demand.
Going forward, Wang predicts Acer's ultra-thin notebooks will account for about 30 percent of its total notebook shipments in 2010.
For the quarter ended October 31, HP reported a net profit of $2.4 billion, up 14 percent from $2.1 billion in Q4 2008. That's good news for HP, considering the company's net revenue dropped 8 percent to $30.8 billion.
HP's struggles have been in just about every sector minus services, including big losses in revenue in consumer PCs, enterprise storage and servers, software, and printing. But the continued strength of HP's services business, along with corporate cost-cutting measures, helped the company turn what looked like an unlikely profit in Q4.
"HP's solid performance in Services drove record profit, and the accelerated pace in signings creates strong momentum going into 2010," said Mark Hurd, chairman and chief executive officer, HP. "Our operational execution and improving cost structure generated strong quarterly and year-end results. We expect to outperform the market due to our significant scale, broad portfolio, and market-leading position."
Out of all of HP's businesses, only services (and to a smaller extent, financial services) saw an increase.in revenue. Services spiked 8 percent to $8.9 billion, the company reported.