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Tablet as a printer controller

HP has always been known for their quality printers and recent news has the world abuzz about tablet devices. Merging the 2 HP’s come out with a printer that uses a tablet as printer controller. Basically the 3.5″ display control panel has been blown up to 7″ and is removable from the printer. The tablet functions also as an ebook reader and has some device specific applications. Yahoo is currently developing widgets for the device. A new spin on tablet computing that will perhaps lead to replacing out tv remotes with one of these devices. (link)

It’s good to be HP

HP “All your dataz and money belong to us”
Navy “… um, ok”

I’m sure the actual negotiations did not proceed like that but that was probably the gist of it. Getting government contracts are certainly nice, especially if you’re lucky enough to lock them in with your hardware. That is the case between HP and the Navy. 10 years and 10 billion dollars later the Navy is still stuck using HP’s equipment. Say hello to a fresh 5 year deal. The Navy relies on HP to maintain email communications across it’s network which operates at a fraction of storage space per user than a regular Gmail account. Updates cripple the network, workstations cost $4k, wiping data from 400 PCs at a tune of $5 million. Ouch. Someone call in the marines. (link)

Dell throws more money at 3PAR and wins

Update: What’s going on here? It’s a deal, it’s not a deal? HP has countered with a $2.4 billion offer. Oh snap! Techcrunch

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Looks like this bidding war went in favor of Dell. You win this time Dell (shakes fist). Dell was forced to up it’s original offer of $18 to $24.30 ($0.30/share more than HP’s). 3PAR gave Dell 3 days to come to the table with a better offer and they did not disappoint. Both Dell and HP are battling for the computer industry and expanding the range of their offerings.

So what’s so great about 3PAR? They are a data storage solutions provider. Big customers include Ask.com, MySpace.com, Priceline.com, and some government agencies. Scale-able cloud storage flexible enough for many corporations. Clearly Dell thinks it can make a cash cow out of this data storage company (who lost $3.2 million last year). In any event it looks like Dell just added 670 people to it’s workforce.

HP refreshes laptop lineup

HP has been putting extra time in the design room. Anything look familiar? The latest HP laptops have a distinct “appley” type of feel to them. I guess if you can’t beat them you might as well trick customers into buying something that looks like one.

The HP Envy is getting a screen upgrade. Gone is the 13″ and the 14″ and 17″ are ushered in. Top end models are equipped with an Intel i7 and ATI Radeon 5850 and at least 1TB of data storage. The video card alone might be enough to get some gamers to switch brand loyalties. Expect to pay top dollar, prices start at $1,400 for the 17″ model. Time to get a Mac -er an HP laptop.

The HP Pavilion dv6 lineup gets some changes too. A touchscreen. 15.6″ screen, lower end models equipped with AMD cpus while everyone else who’s willing to spend more money get the Intel goodness. Aluminum finish, fingerprint swiper, blah blah blah, go visit HP’s site if you’re really interested.

Is Tablet Computing For You?

Microsoft CEO unveiled a tablet during his recent keynote. Steve Balmer showed of the HP Slate (hmm I thought had the iSlate name locked up?) calling it a “little pc” and of course running Windows. Bringing a tablet device to market isn’t a brand new concept, just the way it was implemented and marketed. Perhaps it was originally before it’s time. With the surprising success of the Kindle and netbooks perhaps consumers are ready for tablet computing. Ultraportable computers have always been coveted however technology has now offered up low energy cpu’s with slim form factors making usable tablet devices possible. And of course to cut down on space, touchscreen input is a no brainer.

So is tablet computing for you? For those looking for a more powerful ebook reader this might be a purchase worth making. Power users may want to hold off until Intel comes out with a more powerful Atom processor. The $500 price tag may scare consumers away, however slap a little Apple logo on it and suddenly it’s not that expensive.

Online Storage to be a luxury?

Let’s face it, we’ve been spoiled when it comes to storage of online data. Whether it’s Facebook or MySpace, or Google, Yahoo, or MSN, we’ve all benefited from free online storage services. But perhaps the good times are over. With the current economic situation, offering these luxury services for free may be a thing of the past. HP recently announced that it would be shutting down it’s online storage services. This follows a previous announcement by Yahoo to end it’s 10 year old program “Briefcase“. So far nothing announced from Google.

Companies tend to scale back on their service offering when times get tough. The Internet is no different. Free online data storage may soon be a thing of the past. Reflecting on your current backup routine it’s a good time to revisit good old trusty CD-R and DVD-R backups. They are cheap, fast, and accessible to almost everyone. Perhaps it’s something you should consider instead of buying that 1TB external drive to back up your photos or accounting data. Old technology doesn’t mean that they are still not useful.

HP admits to selling infected USB drives

Hewlett-Packard has been selling USB-based hybrid flash-floppy drives that were pre-infected with malware, the company said last week in a security bulletin.

Dubbed “HP USB Floppy Drive Key,” the device is a combination flash drive and compact floppy drive, and is designed to work with various models of HP’s ProLiant Server line. HP sells two versions of the drive, one with 256MB of flash capacity, the other with 1GB of storage space.

A security analyst with the SANS Institute’s Internet Storm Center (ISC) suspects that the infection originated at the factory, and was meant to target ProLiant servers. “I think it’s naive to assume that these are not targeted attacks,” said John Bambenek, who is also a researcher at the University of Illinois. (link)


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