HP releases 4 cool and new desktop computers

HP SpectreOneWe love gadgets that can be brought anywhere. Laptops, tablets and even smartphones have been selling like pancakes ever since they were introduced in the limelight a few years back.

The desktop computer has taken the backseat and has since seen a decrease in their sales. Though it is clearly still one of the most used in some areas of the society, a part of them have shied away from this gargantuan device (compared to your tablet and laptops of course).

But tech developer HP isn’t moving away from their desktop business. In fact, HP has released four new all-in-one computers that will run on Windows 8 and this includes their much anticipated SpectreOne.

The SpectreOne has a slim profile boasting only of 11.5mm and at the same time, it has NFC capabilities. The latter enables them to transfer data from a mobile device and sync them to different accounts in a breeze.

The SpectreOne will also feature the Beats Audio Technology and an HD front-facing webcam that can be controlled remotely.

The SpectreOne will run on Windows 8 and will be shipped with a touch-sensitive pad.

HP will also release their Envy 20 and Envy 23 Touchsmart Touchscreen PCs and the 20 inch Pavilion 20.

DWould you consider buying SpectreOne by HP then?

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Windows 8 Intel Clover Trail SoC powered tablets coming to market

A number of tablet manufacturers are set to unveil their own Windows 8 tablets that will use Intel’s latest system-on-a-chip.

Both Hewlett-Packard and Acer are currently on the drawing table working on designs for their latest tablet according to CNET. The report also adds that Lenovo is also trying to develop a tablet which is going to use Intel’s Clover Trail SoC.

These tablets that will run on Windows 8 and Intel’s Clover Trail SoC are different from those that run on Windows RT tablets because the latter does not offer backward-compatibility with Windows software programs. The former has the ability to do just that.

According to Intel CEO Paul Otellini, “We are… tracking more than 20 Windows 8 tablet designs based on our low-power and low-cost Clover Trail Atom SoC in addition to a number of core-based tablets.”

If this is the case, then the tablet market looks crowded when these companies release their own versions of Windows 8 tablets that run on Intel’s new technology.

The Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2 will have a 10.1 inch screen with a 1,366 x 768 screen resolution. It also features a n HSPA+ broadband option and only weighs 1.4 pounds.

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Workers of Xbox 360 threaten mass suicide

In China, employees who are furious with their employers tend to voice out their sentiments in a different manner. While in other countries, people take to the streets and air their concerns, in China workers simply threaten their employers with a mass suicide over an unsettled disputes over their salaries.

Not to generalize the whole nation, but workers from the electronics giant Foxconn went to the roof of their company headquarters in Wuhan, China. Though they threatened their bosses that they’d kill themselves, all managed to step down from the rooftop unhurt after hours of negotiations with the City’s Mayor.

According to reports, Foxconn (which builds Xbox 360s for Microsoft Corp.) did not give their employees a pay raise. They were then given a choice to either go back to work or relinquish their post and be given a month’s pay for each year they had served the company.

A number of workers quit but the company did not give them the aforementioned separation pays. This prompted the individuals to set up a protest on the rooftop a building.

It’s good to note that Foxconn also supplies Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Nokia with kits.

In a statement released by Foxconn, it said that, “the incident was successfully and peacefully resolved. The welfare of our employees is our top priority.”

According to a Microsoft spokesperson, “we take working conditions in the factories that manufacture our products very seriously. We are investigating this issue.”

Saudi Prince invests $300 million on Twitter

Saudi Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, known to the world as the nephew of Saudi Arabia King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, and one of the world’s richest people, has expanded his investments to include the microblogging network Twitter.

Over the years, Alwaleed has invested in slew of different markets and building up his huge business empire in the process. These markets include banking, real estate, hotel management and technology like Hewlett-Packard, Apple and Motorola. In the dot-com boom, he and his investment firm Kingdom Holding Co., focused their efforts on Web companies.

Samer Darwiche, an analyst at Gulfmena Investments in Dubai says, “Kingdom realizes the importance of social networks like Twitter and their future growth prospects, and decided to benefit from this trend.”

This investment step came after months of negotations and is said to be a “strategic stake” on Twitter. It also came amidst the microblogging site’s revamping of the website for easier navigation and to attract advertisers.

Twitter spokesman Matt Graves has confirmed the investment with the Arab billionaire but provided no further details.

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What’s next for HP webOS?

The decision announced by HP last December 9 is clearly the best choice that they did and could later affect the future of the company.

Hewlett-Packard has decided to release its latest webOS-device opearting system to the public. This means that HP is releasing it as an open source project. This will enable developers, HP or non-HP, the ability to enhance or improve the product.

HP estimates that giving the community the ability to tweak their webOS will elt them save money since it has been becoming a money-losing project in HP.

Whether the webOS becomes another division within HP or a different independent identity is another question. HP hasn’t defined where webOS stands. What HP says is that “the goal of the project is to accelerate the open development of the webOS platform” and that “ HP will be an active participant and investor in the project.”

But what HP gets from this is that they will be enabling their company to save money. By making the webOS status as nonprofit, they will be getting tax breaks. The ball is now on their legal team’s court should they decide to have a one time spinoff write off or a continuing in-house write off.

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HP offers $99 sale on Touchpad

Perhaps this is the last hurrah for the HP Touchpad? As you can remember, these tablets were pulled after just two and a half months on the market. Now you will have a chance to get one for yourself before they will be unavailable.

The Palo Alto-based company will be selling the 16GB tablets at $99 and 32GB at $149 through eBay and for one day only.  These units however, are refurbished, not brand new. These units will also come with a 90-day warranty, unlike the 1-year warranty that new models have.

HP’s first customers will be their internal employees when sale starts at 6 p.m. CST on Sunday, December 11 on the HP eBay store. The general public is then notified of the sale a little later. Interested buyers will have to take note that  only two SKUs per ebay member are allowed and PayPal must be used to complete the transaction.

Anotherr offering from HP include an an accessory bundle for $79 that includes a wireless keyboard, TouchStone charging dock and case.

HP has not announced how many of these discontinued units will go on sale so if you’re interested in getting some, you’d have to be glued on eBay on Sunday.



HP introduces three cloud software

As cloud computing provides immediate access to a broad range of applications, lesser capital expenditure, and other benefits, more and more companies are turning to this current trend.

Hewlett-Packard is no exception to that.

Today, HP introduced three new software that according to the company, help reduce operational costs and decrease risks. These software makes it possible for greater automations of services while enabling business to right-size their cloud environments to fit their budgets better.

The first software, HP’s Operations Orchestration enables automated provisioning to services to a business’ existing IT physical, virtual and cloud infrastructures. It also allows businesses who are in need of greater capacity to expand their internal environments to public clouds.

The second one, Cloud Assure, tackles budgeting. It enables businesses to ensure that they are getting the most of what they need while still staying within their set budgets.

The last one, the Communications as a Service (CAAS), enables telecommunications providers to offer great service to small and mid-size businesses through a utility model where customers pay only for what they use.

Source: http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Infrastructure/HP-Rolls-Out-New-Cloud-Software-848137/

Dell and HP support Microsoft

Microsoft may not be able to sell two versions of the very popular word processing software after a federal jury ruled on Tuesday that the software violates a patent held by i4i Inc., a Toronto-based tech firm.

The Redmond, Washington-based tech giant has already filed an appeal for the court after a federal judge decided that the company could not sell its 2003 and 2007 versions of Microsoft word anymore.

Microsoft requested the court stay the injunction issued until an appeal can be heared.

According to a report in the The Wall Street Journal, the ruling does not require the company to retract the software already sold to customers, however the ruling calls for Microsoft to pay i4i Inc. $290 million worth of damages.

Hewlett-Packard and Dell, both fellow companies, have filed briefs in support of Microsoft. They are both in favor of a stay and both argued that their business would be affected.

Dell urges the Court to consider the serious adverse impact of an injunction of Word on Dell, other PC sellers, and the PC-using public in evaluating whether the injunction should stand,” Dell said in its brief.

HP’s brief also took the same note citing that the injunction would have an adverse impact on its business as well as on the customer.

Source: http://www.foxbusiness.com/story/markets/industries/technology/microsoft-gets-h-p-dells-support-word-patent-case/

HP headquarter’s roof defaced

Some protesters conduct signature campaigns, others picket on the streets. But Greenpeace? They have their own way of protesting and their way involves fingerprinting the words “hazardous products” on the roof of HP’s headquarters.

The graffiti, “painted” yesterday, covered more than 11,500 square feet and was done following demonstrations against HP in their China and Holland offices.

In a their statement, Greenpeace expressed their dismay over HP’s continued use of Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) which both presents environmental problems and human health concerns.

“Instead of making progress on phasing out toxic chemicals from their products, HP continues making excuses,” Greenpeace said. “They are backtracking on their commitment to eliminate PVC plastic and brominated flame retardants from their products by the end of 2009.”

HP’s response?

“The unconstructive antics at HP’s headquarters today did nothing to advance the goals that all who care about the environment share,” they said in a statement e-mailed to InformationWeek.

However, they did concede and said that it will introduce its first laptops free of BFRs and PVC in September, and that all its new commercial PCs will free of the toxic materials by fall 2010. (Greenpeace previously that HP had pushed back the target date until 2011.)

Source: http://www.informationweek.com/news/hardware/desktop/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=218800095&subSection=All+Stories

Laptops for under $300

Laptops today have clearly stopped being a luxury and have become a necessity. That’s why laptops nowadays are priced even much lower than ever to target more consumers.

Retailers like Wal-Mart and Best Buy are no exception to those who try to capture buyers delivering fully-equipped laptops for under US$300 dollars as part of promotional offers.

Starting July 26, Wal-Mart will be offering limited quantities of full loaded Compaq laptop for just $298!

For all you guys interested in the specs of this killer deal, the Compaq Presario CQ60-419WM from Hewlett-Packard is powered by Advanced Micro Devices’ Sempron SI-42 processor running at 2.1GHz and has a 15.6-inch screen. It comes with a 160GB hard drive, 3GB of RAM, Nvidia’s GeForce 8200M integrated graphics, a dual DVD player and comes installed with Windows Vista.

You can also expect that it won’t run out of stock quickly as Wal-Mart has prepared for this offer to become “quite popular”, according to a Wal-Mart official. The giant retailer also plans to add a “very cool Acer laptop” that has an eight-hour battery life and a HP netbook over the next few days.

Earlier this week, Best Buy offered an Acer laptop with a 15.6-inch screen for $299 but was later pulled after they ran out of stock.



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