Posts tagged with: HP

HP (Hewlett-Packard) was founded in 1939 and started off as a small, electronics company. The company grew and is now a huge computer hardware/software company. Their products include computers, printers, scanners, cameras, servers, mobile phones and much more. In 2010 HP bought smartphone software and hardware company, Palm, for 1.2 billion dollars. Read on for the latest HP related news, reviews and videos:

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    HP is getting back into tablets, this time with Android (and not with webOS with the ill-fated Touchpad). Their first device in this category is a budget device that reminds us a lot of the Nexus 7 but with worse specs and a low price. It has a 7" 1024x600 LCD display and is powered by an A9 Cortex CPU with 1GB of RAM. It's running on Android 4.1 and comes without a skin on top of Android. Interestingly, it has Beats Audio, making it the first non-HTC device to bring this audio-enhancing technology since the aforementioned TouchPad. It also has 8GB of storage, but unlike the Nexus 7, you ...

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    If you managed to score a cheap HP TouchPad following the company's shuttering of webOS, you may have tried installing Android on the tablet. Since then, we've seen HP branch out into Windows 8 tablets, but today we're headed back to Android territory, with the company announcing a native Android device (no custom ROM hacking this time around), the seven-inch HP Slate 7. It's clear that HP has its sights set on the budget-conscious consumer, because while the Jelly-Bean-running Slate 7's specs are a little weak, its launch price of just about $170 is pretty hard to ignore. The Slate 7 runs ...

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    Cellular-connected tablets are great, but if you're not careful, that data plan can end up costing you way more than you ever paid for the hardware in the first place. T-Mobile is interested in giving users a little more comfortable of a way to access its network, and by partnering with some device manufacturers, it's going to start offering some options for completely free cellular data access. With this new 4G Connect program, when you buy a participating device, you'll get up to 200MB a month free T-Mobile data, for up to two years after purchase. If you want more than that, or want the ...

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    On the eve of the Mayan Apocalypse, three men gather to talk strategy, survival ... and smartphones. This week on the Pocketnow Weekly, we discuss what device we'd like at our side for the end of the world, before going for a quick dip in the nostalgia pool with a chat about running new Android software on old devices. After that, we knock around some Samsung Galaxy-family speculation, then dive headlong into a rundown of the merits and drawbacks of the new Samsung ATIV S, before touching on the tablet-smartphone interaction issue. Finally, we wrap it all up with some tablet speculation ...

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    Last week, we were doing some jawing on the Pocketnow Weekly podcast, debating the merits and pitfalls of the Surface RT. While we've done that on almost every episode of the Weekly since the release of Microsoft's first home-sourced tablet PC, we got more in-depth than usual on last week's episode and I encourage you to check it out. One of the topics we chewed over was that of the Surface RT's actual usability. I remarked that the Surface had so far proven to me more of a novelty than a productivity-enhancer. Despite my feeling that it is indeed a device from the future, I've recently ...

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    We will have to wait for official numbers of financial figures to draw an informed conclusion regarding the amount of Surface tablets Microsoft has managed to sell, now that Steve Ballmer's words aren't clear anymore. In a recent interview, Executive Vice President of HP Todd Bradley told IDG Enterprise that he can "hardly call Surface competition". According to the executive, HP has a different approach, at least for the moment. Opposed to the iPad, a pure consumer tablet which owners can bring to work, HP will not enter "the consumer tablet fray any time soon. We'll be doing something ...

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    There was no denying that after our hands-on in Berlin with the HP Envy x2 tablet our own Michael Fisher instantly developed a sympathy for the slate, even if we later asked whether this model will manage to somehow push the company ahead in this entire Windows 8 game. HP just announced the availability and pricing of its Windows 8 portfolio and among the ultrabooks, notebooks and 'sleekbooks' (sic!) there's the Envy x2. It is labeled as a "hybrid PC that delivers the power of a notebook and the freedom of a tablet" with the help of the detachable keyboard and trackpad. Fans should expect ...

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    Last month, HP's Meg Whitman got to talking about smartphones, and revealed that even after giving up on webOS and its line of Pre smartphones, the company still had its eyes on the smartphone market, making it clear that HP was interested in getting back into the game at some point down the road. Since then, we've talked a little about how HP might be thinking about tackling that venture, and what would be its best bet so far as a new smartphone platform. How long will we have to wait before we find out if we were right or not? We knew it would be awhile, but it's only now becoming clear ...

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    When you're coming down off a few weeks of huge news, there's a lot to sift through. On this episode of the Pocketnow Weekly, that's exactly what we're doing. Join Michael Fisher, Brandon Miniman, and -a first for the podcast- Chief News Editor Stephen Schenck for in-depth discussion on Apple's continuing iPhone 5 and iOS6 successes and failures, the latest in the annoyingly-named "mapplegate," HTC's new One X+ and One VX, speculation on the next Nexus, Nokia's terrifying new commercial aimed at the iPhone, and even a touch of webOS news. We changed up the order a bit this week, everyone, ...

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    HP did something pretty cool the other day: it delivered on a promise it made to webOS customers. I already mentioned, in yesterday's article about HP's Windows Phone destiny, why that alone is a newsworthy event. From casual customers to the top champions of the platform, webOS users were given one of the biggest raw deals in tech history when HP terminated all webOS development little more than a month after the release of its flagship product, in the midst of one of the strangest corporate shake-ups ever. HP still hasn't fully recovered from the accompanying (aborted) attempt to ...

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    Capping off a long stretch of misery and broken promises to devotees of its failed operating system, HP finally did right by webOS fans last week when it delivered Open webOS, the open-source version of the Palm-developed platform, just before its end-of-September deadline. Of course, it's not a mobile-friendly build that users can install on the TouchPads or Pre3s they might still have lying around; instead, it's a raw OS much in need of refinement before it can be made to work on a tablet or a smartphone. All that aside, it has in fact been delivered. That on-time delivery marks one of ...

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    One of the pleasant surprises at this year's IFA was the cornucopia of Windows 8-powered tablets and each and every one of the x86 flavors was running on an Intel architecture, regardless of the OEM that built the slate. Now it seems that Intel is preparing a rather large Windows 8 event for September 27 in San Francisco, as invites start to pop up. With so many Windows 8 tablets in Berlin it was safe to assume that every manufacturer who wanted to announce and showcase their products did just that. However, Intel promises that there will be speakers from manufacturers like Acer, Asus, ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we discuss some of the earliest rumors of the Galaxy Nexus II, which would be the Samsung i9260. Then we talk about Apple's recent statement regarding the iPhone 5 pre-order sales along with AT&T's remarks on the launch. Then we go through some of the probable Windows Phone 8 features coming soon. HTC also made the news as we talk about the HTC Droid Incredible X sporting a 1080p screen and coming soon to Verizon. We end today's show talking about HP's possible comeback to mobile with a smartphone. All this and more after the break.

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    Meg Whitman took the reigns at HP just after the company announced the demise of webOS. Since then, HP's been without any new smartphone offerings, but that may be only a temporary situation. In a recent interview, Whitman made it clear that HP is still very much interested in smartphones, and fully intends to re-enter the market. What's not clear is just what HP intends to do. Whitman talks about the company taking its time, making sure it gets things right rather than just rushes forward to market; that could mean we're still quite a way's off from seeing the release of any new hardware. ...

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    Covering tech is a tricky business. Particularly when you have to repress residual fanboy tendencies in order to do your job. Allow me to explain. We've been in Berlin for a few days covering IFA, the annual consumer-electronics trade show where major brands make announcements and the media gets hands-on time with new products. This year's show hasn't been overwhelming, but it's given us the much-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note II, a new array of Sony Xperia products, and a bevy of Windows 8 tablets. Among those, Samsung, Acer, and Sony all brought out some Start-screen-packing hardware, ...

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    Sometimes you're at an IFA party that focuses on accessories and peripherals, not expecting to see hot new kit from one of Microsoft's top hardware partners, and all you've got to shoot a hands-on video is an HTC One X. But sometimes the product is so interesting, it's worth it. Last night was one of those times. We ran into HP at an IFA after-hours showcase, where the company was showing off a wide spectrum of notebooks and convertibles. The Envy x2 wasn't scheduled for an appearance on the show floor, so David from HP graciously agreed to take us on a guided tour of the new hardware ...

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    There will be two broad categories of slates running Microsoft's platform: those based on ARM chips that will run Windows RT and those that have an Intel x86 chip at their core, running Windows 8. Out of the two, Hewlett-Packard, the largest maker of personal computers, will only go with the Intel chip (at least at the beginning). It is surely a hard hit for ARM to not have its chips powering HP's slates but, as Marlene Somsak, spokesperson for the computer maker stated, the first HP tablet running Windows 8 will be addressing the business market. And, in order to clear all doubts and ...

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    We've recently run a series of articles discussing the awesome features of certain mobile platforms, and how those highlights drive users to love them. We've covered Windows Phone, iOS, and Android, the platforms with the best combination of mindshare and potential, and today I thought I'd give a shoutout to a lesser-known (but immensely influential) player in the mobile space: webOS. If the details are hazy with the passage of time, here's a brief refresher. webOS was Palm's replacement for its legacy PalmOS, the platform that helped launch the smartphone and PDA revolution via the Palm ...

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    Those of you who've followed my writing for a while know that I'm a refugee from the Great webOS Collapse of 2011, and there's still a lot I miss and love about the platform. While I try to write about it as often as I can, the sad truth is there's not a lot of news about the "little OS that couldn't" these days - things are pretty quiet as it marches toward open source. So I'm kind of waiting along with everyone else for that to wrap up this fall. Until then, though, I'm still using webOS somewhat often via my HP TouchPad. Sometimes I even pull the tiny HP Veer out of storage and relive ...

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    Following last summer's announcement by HP that it was calling it quits on webOS, the company started selling remaining TouchPad stock at some fantastic discounts. That created a huge, new wave of interest in the tablet, and it quickly sold out. Over the following months, we saw HP make some additional units available from time to time, but after one final push on eBay, it looked like supplies had finally dried up. If you'd been wishing you snagged one of those TouchPads while you had the chance, you're in luck, as online retailer Woot has some for sale for today only; would you still be ...

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    The Pre 3 arrived right around the time of HP's announcement that it was pulling the plug on webOS, but the platform's real swan song came in the form of its TouchPad tablet (above), which saw brisk sales as the company liquidated its stock at bargain-basement prices. Since then, many of those TouchPads have seen new life in the hands of tinkerers, especially through efforts to bring Android to the hardware. Now it looks like HP is planning to return to the tablet game, this time with a very different choice of OS. The Chicago Tribune reports that HP is going to be producing a number of ...

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    Devotees of the webOS ecosystem learned long ago not to underestimate the power of a motivated homebrew community. It was grassroots efforts like webOS-Internals that unlocked the potential of the platform and earned the respect and endorsement of Palm, and later HP. It should come as no surprise, then, that a group of similarly talented but differently motivated developers have come together for the common goal of altering yet another webOS device: the diminutive HP Veer. This time, though, their goal isn't to modify webOS, but to replace it- with Android. Fortunately, some of these sharp ...

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    I'd like 2012 to know something: I'm fine without Back to the Future's hover-skateboard, or the Jetsons' flying car. I can even survive with the knowledge that the "Human Bird Wings" video is a fake. As I may have mentioned before, I grew up watching Star Trek. The moment I was able to start carrying a communicator and a tricorder wherever I went, "the future" became "the present," and my life was basically complete. Aim high, kids. What I can not brook, however, is the tech world's continued insistence that wires play a part in our wireless world. As personal media players, smartphones, ...

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    Last week, I showed you how to install the CyanogenMod9-Alpha 0.6 build of Android Ice Cream Sandwich on the HP TouchPad. Seven days worth of using Google's software on the ill-fated tablet have left me with a few observations to share. As a recovering webOS die-hard who's carried the TouchPad since launch day, the experience was equal parts surreal and exciting, with one or two dollops of frustration and fear thrown in. If you're a fellow webOS expat, or if you'd just like to see what the CM9 experience is like for someone more used to flipping cards than tinkering with widgets, check out ...

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    When HP dumped the TouchPad in spectacular fashion with a bargain-basement firesale last fall, hobbyists flocked to eBay, Amazon, and Best Buy to snag their piece of heavily-discounted tablet hardware. Some of these buyers were just looking for a cheap tablet; others were webOS fans hoping to stock up on some long-term backups for their favorite platform; and still others had a different dream. They wanted a cheap but well-specced tablet on which to run Android. Thanks to the dedicated efforts of the CyanogenMod Team, that dream has finally been willed into reality. And while there are a ...

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