A few months ago, there was talk coming from Hewlett-Packard regarding their Personal Systems Group, which is the OEM/PC Manufacturing aspect of the company. Management talked and seemed to decide that they would pull and IBM and sell off their PC division to become a services company. This plan was pushed by the (now) former CEO Leo Apotheker who came from a services background. The company stopped rolling out WebOS devices including the HP Touchpad, and was further considering getting rid of the whole PC division.
A surprising "whoops" emanated from HP today as the new CEO Meg Whitman reversed the previous plans to spin off the PC or Personal Systems Group division. According to Ars Technica, HP’s PSG isn’t going anywhere any time soon. The site quoted the new HP CEO in stating “it’s clear after our analysis that keeping PSG within HP is right for customers, and partners, right for shareholders, and right for employees.” She believes keeping the Personal Systems Group makes HP stronger.
Not only is HP keeping the OEM aspects of the company alive, they are planning on expanding their current lineup in the mobile space with, and you guessed it, an ultrabook of all things! While this is likely much to the chagrin of our own Jeremy Hellstrom who would rather have 2 X79 motherboards duct taped together than an ultrabook, consumers and fans of a certain other fruit flavored slim form factor computer will likely appreciate some more competition in the ultrabook space to bring down prices a bit.
HP’s Executive Vice President over the PSG, Todd Bradley, has been quoted by several sites in a conference call yesterday as saying an HP Ultrabook is coming very soon.
"We’re very focused on having a suite in that ultramobile space. And you’ll see that very soon."
-via Maximum PC
What do you think of this move? Does HP need a lesson in moderation in a time when they are either all on or all off on decisions (that are further flip flopping back and forth), or will jumping into the Ultrabook game be a good thing for the company?
Subject: General Tech | October 27, 2011 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: arm, hp, servers, Calexda, MIPS, Godson
There have been many discussions as of late on the eventual arrival of ARM in the server room, with AMD and Intel suffering the losses. A company called Calexda has made the possibility into reality with their own custom designed ARM chips. They figure on cramming 120 of the processors into a 2U box with incredibly low power draw; in the neighbourhood of a 90% reduction. AMD's customers may stay with an architecture that they know, however Intel stands to lose power conscious customers if Calexda can provide performance and compatibility. SemiAccurate also touches on Lenovo's investigation of building servers based on a MIPS design called Godson.
"According to a report from Bloomberg News Service HP (NYSE:HPQ) will start manufacturing servers based on the ARM architecture in a sharp departure from its previous Intel-only design philosophy.
The processors for the HP servers will come from the startup Caxeda, which is partly owned by ARM. Caxeda is planning a quadcore processor based on the ARM Cortex-A9 design."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Now pictures on the Internet can be faked @ Hack a Day
- Inside Google Plus @ Wired
- Official "Firefox With Bing" Released @ Slashdot
- Youtube will launch its own video channels @ The Inquirer
- Asustek, Gigabyte to miss motherboard shipment targets for 2011 @ DigiTimes
- Avira anti-virus labels itself as spyware @ The Register
- Linux 3.1 Enhances Sandy Bridge, Preps For Ivy Bridge @ Phoronix
- Hybrid PhysX Mod 1.05ff @ NGOHQ
- Final BlizzCon 2011 Coverage @ Legit Reviews
- Real World Labs And Sandberg Joint Contest
Subject: General Tech, Mobile | October 25, 2011 - 10:17 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: windows 8, webOS, touchpad, tablet, slate, hp
The HP Touchpad was tablet that ran HP's WebOS mobile operating system. It was also a tablet with an extremely short lifespan, one that was ended long before its time according to the sentiments of many enthusiasts. The tablet's demise was a casualty of the company's former CEO Léo Apotheker getting rid of HP's PC division, and it started going for fire sale prices only a few weeks after its initial release.
There may yet be hope for the tablet, however. According to Fox News, an HP employee has told them that a team within the company is playing around with the (not so) dead HP Touchpad tablets by replacing the WebOS operating system with Windows 8 Developer Preview.
It seems as though the idea of a Windows powered slate may be something that HP is willing to try out. Although slates nor convertible tablets have never really caught on (at least in the US) due to Windows not being the most touch friendly interface, with the rise in popularity of tablets and Microsoft beginning to put a bit more care into a touch friendly UI, HP may be weighing the odds of a Windows 8 powered slate computer. If; however, HP goes ahead with the previous plans to ditch the PC division, the idea of a HP Touchpad reincarnation may be moot anyway.
If the souce turns out to be true; however, there may be hope for a new HP Touchpad in the future sans WebOS. Do you think HP will go ahead with the plan to follow in the footsteps of IBM, or will it give its PC division and(/or) touchpad tablet line a second chance?
Subject: Mobile | September 14, 2011 - 03:31 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hp, hp touchpad, ubuntu
If you are like Scott and think that the cut rate price of the HP Touchpad is just too good to resist you might want to put on an OS that you know will still be around in a year or two. Techware Labs have written a guide on how you can install Ubuntu on your touchpad in addition to WebOS so you don't have to wipe out the Touchpad's original functionality. Make sure you back everything up however as you will be spliting the storage media into two partitions, one for WebOS and one for Ubuntu. Happy modding.
"You have your Touchpad in hand and are feeling adventurous, where do you go from here? Into the wide world of Linux of course! In this tutorial I walk you through how to install Ubuntu on your HP Touchpad so that it can run along side the existing WebOS operating system."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Kensington launches Ipad and Iphone security products @ The Inquirer
- Dell Vostro 3550 Review @ Tech-Reviews
- ASUS N53SV Laptop Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Sony VAIO S Series: All Day Consumer Computing @ AnandTech
- Asus G74SX-A2 Review @ TechReviewSource
- Evercool Battle Hero Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Enermax Aeolus Notebook Cooler Review @ HardwareLOOK
- Cooler Master NotePal U Stand Notebook Cooler @ Tweaktown
- Motorola XOOM Wi-Fi + Verizon Wireless Tablet PC Review @ Legit Reviews
- HANNspree HANNSpad 10.1" Android Tablet Review @ HardwareHeaven
- Lenovo K1 Honeycomb Tablet Review @ t-break
- Motorola Droid Bionic Hands-On Impression @ TechSpot
- Owning the stack: The legal war to control the smartphone platform @ Ars Technica
- Smartphone season has kicked in @ t-break
- Hornettek Vader Aluminum iPhone 4 Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- Otterbox Defender Series for iPhone 4 Review @ Tech-Reviews
- iPad App of the Week – Crimson: Steam Pirates @ t-break
- Apple iPhone 4 Sound Amplifier Review @ TechReviewSource
- LG Optimus 3D vs HTC Evo 3D head to head @ The Inquirer
- Samsung Galaxy S 2 (International) Review - The Best, Redefined @ AnandTech
- Motorola Droid Bionic - A Quick Preview @ AnandTech
- Thermaltake DH 202 Touch Review - HTPC with Touch Panel @ HardwareHeaven
Subject: Displays | September 14, 2011 - 11:19 AM | Matt Smith
Tagged: ips monitor, ips display, hp monitor, hp ips, hp display, hp
IPS displays were once a highly sought but also relatively rare consumer product. Only Dell and Apple have consistently offered consumer displays featuring the technology. Other companies, such as NEC, have built such products with a focus on the office rather than the home.
That’s been changing, however, as the overall price of displays continues to stay low and consumer expectations for display quality are impacted by the use of smartphones and tablets. ASUS and LG now have small affordable IPS displays on the market, and HP is joining the crowd with its updated line of ZR-Series “performance displays.”
HP has announced 20”, 21.5”, 24” and 27” models. The ZR2040w, the smallest of the new entries, will debut with an impressively modest price tag of $189 and resolution of 1600x900. Connectivity options include DisplayPort, DVI and VGA. Available today from HP.com, it is the second least expensive IPS monitor on the market, trailing just behind the $179 ASUS ML239H. This should be an awesome development for enthusiasts in need of a small, high-quality display, particularly if the quality is on par with HP’s larger products.
Resolution of the ZR-Series goes up in size with the 21.5”, 24” and 27” products offering a resolution of 1920x1080, 1920x1200 and 2560x1440, respectively. MSRP is $289, $425 and $729, respectively.
The 22” and 24” displays are updates to models previously available in the United States. The updated versions announced today are similar to their predecessors in both specifications and price, with the exception of the HDMI port, which wasn’t previously included. If it were my money, I’d go for the ZR2440w – the ZR24w was excellent, and the HDMI port on the new model makes it ready for use with a wider variety of video cards.
Also included in this announcement is the HP Compaq LE2202x, a 21.5” LED backlit monitor. While it offers a resolution of 1920x1080, it does not feature IPS technology. It also lacks HDMI, which would seem to indicate that it leans towards use in an office environment.'
Subject: General Tech | September 9, 2011 - 01:02 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hp, voodoopc
While we have been focusing on the drama unfolding from Intel's Ultrabook plans there has been another story unfolding; HP's possible plans to sell or spin off their Personal Systems Group. The rumour started a few weeks back and HP was quick to respond to the rumours stating that they were considering the move but did not have any buyers in mind. X-bit Labs went to a great source to find out more information about HP's plans, Rahul Sood started the boutique system build company, VoodooPC which was acquired by HP five years ago. They discuss VoodooPC, the issues present in HP's PSG division and what plans HP should consider to keep themselves relevant to system buyers.
"HP's plan to spin off its personal systems group caught everyone by surprise and results of such a move are hard to overestimate. Today we are talking to Rahul Sood, a co-founder of the legendary VoodooPC boutique PC maker and a former employee of HP. We will discuss Voodoo, HP in the past and now as well as the personal computer industry in general."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- Will Sandy-E ship without PCIe3? @ SemiAccurate
- A Quick Look at Mandriva 2011 @ Techgage
- Google To Introduce New Programming Language — Dart @ Slashdot
- Life after Moore's Law @ The Tech Report
- Intel plans to show it's still the x86 CPU king @ The Inquirer
- TSMC raises prices on AMD and Nvidia @ SemiAccurate
- Ninjalane Podcast – PC Upgrade Strategy Issues with Streaming Media
- Real World Labs And Thermaltake Joint Contest
- Weekly Giveaway #12: Enermax MaxRevo 1350W Power Supply @ eTeknix
Subject: Editorial, General Tech, Systems | August 18, 2011 - 03:55 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: webOS, hp, Compaq
HP’s third fiscal quarter has entered on the last day of July and today HP will hold their conference call to announce the state of their company in the present as well as some of their plans for the future. We typically do not report on HP’s earnings as they tend to be uninteresting. This quarter is slightly different; HP has announced that they are considering spinning or selling off their PC hardware division. Along with the potential of seeing HP and Compaq computers no longer be HP one thing we do know for sure is that webOS, including Touchpads, will not be their saving grace as they are definitely dead.
At least we know they’re not betting their future in Palm.
It certainly seems a little brash for HP to all-of-a-sudden pull out of PCs altogether and I do not expect such a harsh event to occur. While it is possible that at some point HP might stretch and ultimately break ties with their PC division I do not see them just changing the locks on the doors and sending in the repo men. As for webOS it was pretty easy to see that there was not enough room in the market for them as an actual contender in the mobile space. We shall see if HP is capable of reusing their technology in another application or simply selling off webOS, potentially in pieces, to other players.
Update, Aug 18/2011 @ 6:28PM: The conference call has now ended and we have a little bit more information about the process. HP made it clear that for now PSG, the division responsible for HP and Compaq computers, tablets, and other consumer but non-printer devices, is still an operating division and will be for the forseeable future. However, over the next 12-18 months they have been authorized by the board to explore their options with spinning off or selling the division. The conference call also seemed to heavily emphasize their desire to shut down or spin off low margin divisions. To me, that sounds akin to a parent telling their misbehaving kid that someone's going to get a slap when they get home -- it is pretty clearly not the neighbors. One or two years down the road, we still may very well see HP do what IBM did with Lenovo.
In other news: WebOS' hardware division is dead and buried but they are still looking to utilize the software either internally, by licensing it to third parties, or selling it.
Subject: General Tech, Systems | June 14, 2011 - 03:24 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: llano, hp
Level up! Llano life increased by 11 HP.
So, AMD is currently having a little shindig right now as you might be aware from recent news posts and news is just a leaking from the rafters. HP recently contacted us to announce that they just expanded both their consumer and business product lines to include 11 new models using “AMD’s latest Vision Technology”. What this means is we can expect a large array of products coming from HP that utilizes the latest generation of AMD CPUs and GPUs from their new Llano-based AMD A-Series product line. Expect a helping of Llano on your HP in the near future.
Subject: Mobile | May 31, 2011 - 01:03 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hp, elitebook, 15.6 inch
The The HP Elitebook 8560p is designed for the professional roadie who needs a fairly power CPU to run productivity software, and can afford the $1500 price tag. Inside the 15.6" laptop you will find a dual core Core i7-2620M which provides half of the graphical power, a discreet AMD Radeon 6470M is available for 3D performance thanks to Virtu. TechReviewSource liked the external peripheral choices but were not terribly impressed with the gaming performance of the 6470M, judge for yourself by following the link.
"The HP Elitebook 8560p is a powerhouse, as its 15.6-inch widescreen and top-of-the-line parts are there for powering through the most difficult tasks. And a modern look, thanks to a new aluminum design, doesn't hurt either."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
- Asus U36JC Review @ TechReviewSource
- Battle of the Budget Tablets - Nook Color vs. Galaxy Tab @ AnandTech
- Cooler Master LapAir Laptop Cooler @ Pro-Clockers
- LEVEL8 Products Macbook Air Sleeve @ Benchmark Reviews
- Griffin Outfit Ice iPhone 4 Case Review @ ThinkComputers
- HTC Flyer Tablet Review @ TechReviewSource
- Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" - Mobile IE 9 Browser Explored @ AnandTech
- Nokia E7: A Swansong @ InsideHW
- HTC Incredible S Mobile Phone Review @ t-break
- Samsung Galaxy Ace review @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech, Storage | May 17, 2011 - 12:39 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: memristor, hp
Not satisfied with resistors, capacitors, and inductors: scientists at HP are working on a new electrical element known as the memristor. A memristor functions as a resistor with the ability to change in resistance variable to the current placed on the element. What makes a memristor desirable for a company like HP is that the alterable resistence of the element can be used to store and more recently process data.
- Switchable between on and off in a nanosecond
- Capability to store up to 4 bits per ‘device’
- Can process data on the device itself
- Quite easy to manufacture for current chip factories
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