Internal review decides not to spin off world’s largest PC maker, but operating system developed for short-lived TouchPad to be closed along with 500 jobs.
Condé Nast, everyone’s favorite magazine producer that is fading into irrelevancy, is teaming up with HP to push magazine content to your printer whenever the publisher darn well feels like it.
Hewlett-Packard’s CEO Meg Whitman said last week that she wants to make a decision on the fate of HP’s personal systems division by the end of the month.
“Now, I know that HP has disappointed investors in recent quarters, and we’re not happy about it,” Whitman said on a conference call with reporters.
Hewlett-Packard showed off a tablet computer that serves as a control panel for its new printer. The tablet browses the Web and can be used as an e-reader.
They’ve been tried before. Now, Apple’s iPad is bringing tablet computers back into the limelight. But will these devices fulfill your needs? Here’s what you need to know about this emerging platform.
They’re not mini-laptops. Tablets are handheld devices with touch screens ranging in size from five to 10 inches. Also called “slates” by PC makers, they include touch interfaces that allow users to surf the Web, play games, view movies and read e-books. One celebrated example is Apple’s iPad, which was announced in January and goes on sale this month. Makers expected to start shipping devices later this year include Dell and Hewlett-Packard.
They fill a gap. The rapid growth of mobile Internet and touch screens has created a new class of computing devices for consumers, says Phil McKinney, Hewlett-Packard’s CTO. Tablets enable mobile access to online content like newspapers, movies and games. Apple CEO Steve Jobs surfed the Internet and watched a movie on the iPad while sitting on a couch at that tablet’s unveiling. He said the iPad is meant to fill the void between the iPhone and the MacBook laptop.
Call it Stack Wars. While competitors play tag-team, IBM on Monday reminded the market that it’s been delivering tightly bundled systems on its own for years and introduced its latest weapon in the race toward fully integrated business engines—Power7-based servers.
“This is not a chip announcement,” insisted Rodney Adkins, senior VP for IBM’s Systems and Technology Group, at a press conference at Manhattan’s opulent Mandarin Oriental hotel.
Adkins said the Power7 processor is just one part, though a key one, of a new family of IBM servers designed for a world where everything from toasters to 747s are computerized and online—and businesses will have to deal with all that data.
“Computing is becoming a lot more pervasive,” said Adkins, noting IBM expects there’ll be a trillion connected objects on the planet by next year. Financial institutions, healthcare providers, and other organizations will have to handle and make sense of the resulting information tsunami and will “require a new type of performance” from there hardware to do so, said Adkins.