HP releases teaser for Envy ‘Spectre’ Ultrabook

The Consumer Electronics Week 2012 (CES 2012) kicks off in Las Vegas in a few days. And companies are now starting to prepare their gadgets for the annual technology exhibit.

HP, for example, has  released a video teaser for their second Ultrabook. Called the “Spectre”, this will be their second try at Folios. The first was their 13.3-inch HP Folio unveiled November 2011.

Though there is a video for the “Spectre”, little details are revealed as to its identity. However, a  leak in the FCC filing a week ago shows that the new device boasts of a 14-inch display and carries Intel’s ‘Ivy Bridge’ processors.

The CES is expected to shed the spotlight on Ultrabooks and hopefully would increase PC sales this year. According to CES representatives, there are about 50 Ultrabooks to be launched in this year’s offing. Intel is going to deliver a keynote speech to reveal the company’s latest chip generations.

Ultrabooks are designed to be portable and instant-on capabilities. Just like tablets, these said devices combine portability with performance and features of notebooks.

What is clear is that pricing will play a major role in the Ultrabook’s success or failures. Low prices along with the release of Windows 8 will definitely boost sales of these new devices.

Click this link for the video teaser.

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.

Photo credit: blog.laptopmag.com

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/

Black Friday deal: HP laptop for $197 on Best Buy

Calling it the “first-ever, value priced HP laptop”, Best Buy is making the new HP laptop available this week as part of its Black Friday sale.

This aggressively priced HP G60-507DX laptop isn’t sacrificing its features for affordability though. It runs on an Intel Celeron 900 processor, has a 2GB RAM memory and has a 160GB hard drive.

Earlier this month, Best Buy also offered an affordable laptop, the $249.99 Acer laptop. According to a post in Best Buy’s website,  they are on their way to offering the best savings this gift-giving season.

“From now through the end of December, Best Buy is marshaling a distinctive combination of dynamic assortment, exclusive offers and support services to benefit shoppers ready to give the gift of computing this holiday season – whether for loved ones or themselves,” the post read.

Two more days you guys! Better start breaking those piggybanks. 🙂

Source: http://features.csmonitor.com/innovation/2009/11/25/black-friday-best-buy-readies-197-hp-laptop/

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