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HP Announces New ElitePad and ProPad Windows Tablets

HP today announced two additions to its leading business tablet lineup, both of which are available with a broad set of accessories to help transform tablets into total business solutions that increase mobility and security.
  • The HP ElitePad 1000 has been upgraded with a brighter and more durable touch screen with a 16:10 screen-aspect ratio, 4G connectivity and 64-bit capabilities to go along with its world-class design and HP Smart Jacket accessory ecosystem.
  • The new HP ProPad 600 offers essential productivity with on-the-go, long battery life, and versatile Windows 8.1 and x86 compatibility for legacy applications.

HP Unveils 360-Degree Convertible PC

HP today announced the HP Pavilion x360, an affordable touch convertible PC that transforms the computing experience with a 360-degree hinge that adapts to the way the next generation lives. To help on-the-go customers connect to the internet without the need for Wi-Fi, HP also announced the expansion of its free HP DataPass broadband service to 12 additional countries, including the United States.

"Customers have told us they want a single device that is designed to work and play the way they do, at an affordable price," said Ron Coughlin, senior vice president, Consumer PC and Solutions Group, HP. "The HP Pavilion x360 is perfect for today's busy lifestyles. Its 360-degree hinge allows multitaskers to easily transition from laptop to tent to tablet. It's the laptop that doesn't make you miss your tablet and the tablet that doesn't make you miss your laptop -- all at a price that is similar to an entry-level notebook."

HP Also Working on a Chromebox

ASUS' recently-announced Chromebox will soon be getting some competition as HP is also preparing a compact desktop machine running Google's Chrome OS. HP's very own Chromebox targets both the consumer and business segments and is set to arrive, at least in the US, this spring.

HP hasn't shared too much information about the Chromebox but it did say the device will include DisplayPort and HDMI outputs (for dual display support) and will be powered by (up to) an Intel Core i7 (Haswell) processor. Multiple color versions are also in plan. No word on pricing yet.

Holiday PC Shipments on Target as Lenovo Expansion Continues, According to IDC

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.2 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), representing a year-on-year contraction of -5.6%, a shade better than the forecast of -6.0% growth, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker.

For the full year 2013, unit shipments declined -10.0% from 2012, a record drop reflecting the changes in mobility and personal computing affecting the market. While commercial purchases helped to prevent a larger decline, the consumer side remained weak.

Gartner Says PC Shipments Down 6.9 Percent in Q4 2013

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 82.6 million units in the fourth quarter of 2013, a 6.9 percent decline from the fourth quarter of 2012, according to preliminary results by Gartner, Inc. This is the seventh consecutive quarter of shipment decline.

"Although PC shipments continued to decline in the worldwide market in the fourth quarter, we increasingly believe markets, such as the U.S., have bottomed out as the adjustment to the installed base slows," said Mikako Kitagawa, principal analyst at Gartner. "Strong growth in tablets continued to negatively impact PC growth in emerging markets. In emerging markets, the first connected device for consumers is most likely a smartphone, and their first computing device is a tablet. As a result, the adoption of PCs in emerging markets will be slower as consumers skip PCs for tablets."

HP Unveils First 27-Inch Diagonal All-in-One Workstation With Touch Capability

HP today unveiled the second generation of the world's first and only all-in-one workstation with a 27-inch diagonal display, the HP Z1, now available with Windows 8 Touch and Intel Thunderbolt 2 capabilities -- making it HP's most powerful, innovative and fully featured all-in-one workstation.

Ideal for knowledge workers and specialists in CAD, graphic arts and university education, the HP Z1G2 offers fast data transfer speeds for compute-intensive workloads and new technologies like Thunderbolt offer the flexibility for high-performance external expandability. Whether it's being used by an engineer creating 3-D components, an architect designing buildings or a videographer editing event footage, the HP Z1G2 gives creative professionals the power they need to bring ideas to life faster.

HP Launches Trio of All-in-One Desktops

HP today announced sleek, powerful and space-saving all-in-one (AiO) PCs, including the company's first built-for-business Android AiO.
Today's evolving workforce is driven by employees seeking technology that allows them to stay connected to everything that matters. Whether checking work email or browsing Facebook, they demand an experience that is intuitive and simple to use.

HP's sleek, stylish portfolio of business AiO desktops has been enhanced with Android business apps, efficient manageability tools and new security advancements that allow users to connect all of their information seamlessly without sacrificing business productivity.

Worldwide PC Monitor Market Sees Sequential Growth in Q3

Total worldwide PC monitor shipments were more than 35.0 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13), an increase of 4.5% compared to the previous quarter and 1.2 million units more than forecast, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker. Year-over-year growth was -8.6% in 3Q13, largely due to the ongoing decline in PC sales.

"Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan)(APeJ), Western Europe, and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) outperformed the overall market in the third quarter and increased their regional market shares," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "China and India were the top growth drivers within APeJ, while Germany and Russia were the leading country markets in Europe."

HP and Google Issue Recall on all HP Chromebook 11 Chargers

Google and HP, together with the US Consumer Product Safety Commission have today announced a recall plan targeting the charger bundled with the HP Chromebook 11. One month ago the two tech giants stopped selling the Chromebook after getting reports that the charger would overheat and melt, thus posing a fire and burn hazard. To date the companies know of one person who suffered minor burns from a faulty charger.

People who purchased the HP Chromebook 11 are advised to stop using the charger and contact Google for a free replacement. In all there are some 145,000 units that will need to be replaced. For more info check out this page.

HP Reveals First Thin Client With Quad-Core Processors and Fan-Less Design

HP today announced the HP t620 Flexible Series Thin Client, the company's most flexible thin client and the first to offer quad-core processors in a fan-less design for improved performance and productivity.

Many businesses take advantage of the efficiency afforded by a global work day by facilitating project collaboration between offices. With the addition of HP Remote Graphics Software and flexible networking options on the HP t620, companies now can take advantage of the manageability and security benefits of desktop virtualization plus the increased productivity and convenience for teams collaborating on graphically rich applications.

HP Drives Style, Innovation With HP Elite Portfolio

HP today announced new HP Elite products that further extend the design and durability leadership of the company's premium line of PC products. Today's announcement includes the world's thinnest, most durable HP EliteBook, as well as a full-powered desktop that takes up less workspace than most office phones.

Today's employees demand technology that fits their personal style, while still allowing them to stay productive wherever the job takes them. Meanwhile, IT managers must support this New Style of IT with a common set of devices and interfaces, all while exceeding expectations for the security and reliability that business demands.

HP Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2013 Results

HP today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2013.

Fourth quarter GAAP diluted net earnings per share (EPS) was $0.73, up from a GAAP diluted net loss per share of $3.49 in the prior-year period. Fourth quarter non-GAAP diluted net EPS was $1.01, down from $1.16 in the prior-year period. Fourth quarter non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP diluted net EPS exclude after-tax costs of $545 million and $0.28 per diluted share, respectively, related to restructuring charges, the amortization of intangible assets and acquisition-related charges. Fourth quarter net revenue of $29.1 billion was down 3% from the prior-year period and down 1% when adjusted for the effects of currency.

HP and Google Halt Sales of Chromebook 11

Launched just about a month ago, the Chromebook 11 is now no longer available for purchase due to issues with the included charger. According to Google and HP, they received a 'small number of user reports' saying that the charger got damaged due to overheating while in use.

Chromebook 11 owners are advised to stop using the original charger and instead use a third-party micro-USB charger, at least until further notice. The two companies are currently working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to find 'the appropriate corrective action' which could mean an exchange program, swapping the potentially faulty chargers with new ones (for free of course).

PC Shipments Down 7.6% in Q3, According to IDC

Worldwide PC shipments totaled 81.6 million units in the third quarter of 2013 (3Q13). In year-on-year terms, the market contracted -7.6%, ahead of a projected decline of -9.5% for the quarter, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Tracker. While shipments remained weak during the early part of the quarter, the market was somewhat buoyed by business purchases, as well as channel intake of Windows 8.1-based systems during September.

A slight uptick in business volume contributed to shipments. The top three vendors (Lenovo, HP, and Dell), which all have an important presence in the enterprise and public sectors, each saw modest positive year-on-year growth during the quarter. Conversely, consumer sentiment remained lukewarm at best, as evidenced by the continued struggles of Acer and ASUS.

HP Releases the Chromebook 11

HP and Google have today announced a new Chrome OS-powered mobile solution, the Chromebook 11. Priced at $279, HP's creation weighs 2.3 pounds and features a thermal-bonded magnesium chassis, an 11.6-inch (1366 x 768) IPS display, a full size keyboard, and a battery enabling up to 6 hours of use.

The Chromebook 11 packs a Samsung Exynos 5250 dual-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of flash storage (backed by 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage which is free for two years), a webcam, and two USB 2.0 ports.

HP Chromebook 11 Detailed

HP is working on its next big [well, little] thing, the Chromebook 11. Details of the lightweight notebook for people who just can't stay offline, surfaced in leaked documents by the company and retailers. The 11.6-inch notebook will be both slimmer and lighter than Chromebook 14. Specifically, it will be just 0.7-inch (17 mm) thick with the lid closed, and weigh just 1.08 kg. Its battery will be designed to keep the notebook running for up to 6.5 hours on a full charge. Neither HP nor the retailer in question, BestBuy, disclose hardware specs, but we don't expect them to be too different from those of the Chromebook 14. Freebies from the retailer include 100 GB of Google Drive cloud storage for 2 years (a $120 value).

Source: Engadget

HP Announces New Business Laptops and Ultrabooks

HP today unveiled a portfolio of elegantly styled business notebooks that redefine mainstream mobile computing, including secure, reliable Ultrabooks designed to fit the needs of any business user or IT budget.

Businesses are in the midst of a workplace transformation as employee demand for stylish mobile devices competes with IT decision makers' need to keep company technology secure and manageable. With this in mind, HP designed its new EliteBook and ProBook series notebook PCs for mobility, durability and security, while pleasing the eye with a radically thinner profile wrapped in a performance-inspired design.

Dell Captures Top Position in Worldwide PC Monitors in the Second Quarter

Dell moved ahead of Samsung in the worldwide PC monitor market for the first time since 2007, shipping more than 5.0 million units in the second quarter of 2013 (2Q13). Total PC monitor shipments for the quarter were 33.5 million units, which was 1.6 million units more than forecast but still represented a year-over-year decline of -0.7%, according to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly PC Monitor Tracker.

"Dell grew its unit shipments by 12.7% compared to the first quarter of 2013, which vaulted the company into the number one position worldwide. However, Samsung continues to be the worldwide revenue leader, despite its declining shipment numbers," said Jennifer Song, Research Analyst, Worldwide Trackers at IDC. "On a geographic basis, China remained the largest market for PC monitors with 29.2% share, followed by the U.S. with 18.4% share. The number three market, Brazil, trailed by some distance with 4.3% share."

HP Delivers Dynamic Holiday Portfolio With Industry-First Innovations

HP today unveiled a suite of stylish consumer PCs, tablets and services including the world's first notebook PC with integrated Leap Motion technology, the first fanless 2-in-1 detachable Ultrabook PC based on the 4th generation Intel Core processor, and new services and solutions designed to help customers better manage their personal information.

Today's announcement illustrates how HP is reinventing the consumer PC category in time for the holidays, offering four industry-first innovations, next-generation form factors, choice of operating systems, and new services and software that ease the customer experience.

PNY Launches HP v234r USB Flash Drive

PNY Technologies, known as HP business partner and one of the worldwide leaders in Memory and Flash products, is happy to launch the new HP v234r USB flash drive. In keeping with the sensibilities of the Indian consumers, this unique waterproof USB flash drive wishes to bring the users prosperity, luck and happiness and intellect, and also remove any obstacles etched onto the surface. The durable metallic housing has a clean red anodized finish with a fine texture that renders it resistant to scratches and fingerprints.

The capless design means that you won't have to worry about losing the cap. A smart-looking stainless steel keyhole at the top along with a beaded chain lanyard helps secure it to a keychain, bag, purse, or even your trousers' loophole. Its extreme portability due to the tiny dimensions and minimal weight ensures that you can easily take it along in your pocket.

HP Unveils Sleek and Colorful Chromebook

HP today announced the powerful HP Chromebook14, the first Chromebook powered by an Intel processor based on the Haswell microarchitecture, offering fast access to the web to tackle tasks while on the go, a large display and optional 4G for enhanced connectivity -- in a range of eye-catching colors.

The HP Chromebook14 boasts a large display, providing the immersive web experience and superb visual enjoyment that customers desire. The sleek, compact design -- available in Snow White, Ocean Turquoise and Coral Peach -- will be ready for the holiday season.

AMD FirePro Professional Graphics Power New Thin and Light Mobile Workstations

AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced the AMD FirePro M4100 professional graphics, on mobile workstations such as the HP ZBook 14 giving outstanding OpenCL performance powered by award-winning AMD Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture. The new thin and light mobile workstation with an optional touch screen interface is ideal for product development, mechanical computer-aided design (CAD) and engineering, as well as for artists, video editors, photographers and designers -- a wide set of users of professional applications who require true mobility.

"Together, AMD and HP offer workstation users industry-leading technologies in a portable design that deliver users next-generation, powerful mobile graphics processors for exceptional workstation performance," said David Cummings, senior director and general manager, Professional Graphics at AMD. "Designed for the enhancements of Windows 8, the new HP mobile workstation combines with AMD FirePro M4100 to deliver superb workstation functionality on the go."

HP Expands Z Workstation Portfolio, Unveils World's First Workstation Ultrabook

HP today announced the expansion of its Z portfolio of professional workstation and display products, including the world's first workstation Ultrabook -- the HP ZBook 14 -- and the industry's first line of workstations to offer Intel's Thunderbolt technology for high-speed data transfer.

The new portfolio includes three new HP ZBook Mobile Workstations, processor and graphics enhancements to the award-winning line of HP Z Desktop Workstations, and two new HP Z Displays.

HP Announces the ENVY Recline All-in-One PC Series

HP today announced the HP ENVY Recline All-in-One PC series, offering the best, most immersive touch experience available on an All-in-One PC.

With an innovative product design, HP's new All-in-One PCs allow users to pivot the touch screen lower and closer, making the interaction more accessible and comfortable.

"Customers have told us that they want touch on their PCs, and at HP we're always looking for ways to improve the experience," said Mike Nash, vice president, Product Management, Consumer PCs and Consumer Solutions, HP. "HP's family of reclining all-in-one PCs offer new ways to stay productive and enjoy immersive experiences such as movies and games with the most natural touch experience available."

HP Reports Third Quarter 2013 Results

HP today announced financial results for its third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2013. Third quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) was $0.71, up from a GAAP diluted loss per share of $4.49 in the prior-year period and above its previously provided outlook of $0.56 to $0.59 per share. Third quarter non-GAAP diluted EPS was $0.86, down from $1.00 in the prior-year period and within its previously provided outlook of $0.84 to $0.87 per share. Third quarter non-GAAP earnings information excludes after-tax costs of $286 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, related to amortization of purchased intangible assets, restructuring charges and acquisition-related charges.

For the third quarter, net revenue of $27.2 billion was down 8% year over year and down 7% when adjusted for the effects of currency.
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