Most people’s first smartphone was a Blackberry or an iPhone. Mine was a Palm Centro, an inexpensive, relatively modest little number with a physical keyboard, expandable internal storage, and the ability to record phone calls as I talked – an ability no Android phone has yet to replicate. I went through three of those things before I finally traded up for an Android handset in 2010, but I’ve always been a bit sad about how the Palm brand disintegrated. Now, however, signs are beginning to point to a comeback of sorts – in the form of a [...]
Back when Apple launched its MacBook Air line of laptops, a lot of competitors showed up to compete in the light-and-thin laptop game. Heck, the device practically spawned an entire class of notebook — the “ultrabook.” But while we’ve seen a lot of companies try to equal or best the MacBook Air’s form factor, we’ve not seen one that looked almost exactly like a MacBook Air until now.
The laptop I’m talking about is HP’s EliteBook Folio 1020. And, despite its somewhat borrowed looks, [...]
According to a press release, it seems Qualcomm has just announced that it acquired Palm’s patent portfolio from HP which comprised of approximately 1,400 granted patents and pending patent applications in the US and approximately 1,000 granted patents and pending patent applications from other countries. The patents cover technologies that include fundamental mobile operating system techniques. The acquisition also included patents related to IPAQ and Bitfone.
No price for the acquisition has been provided at this time. [...]
Month after month, we tech writers like to discuss the gains Microsoft is making with Windows 8 (and Windows 8.1) in terms of its overall market share. It’s kind of like documenting each developmental stage of a baby as it grows into toddler-hood. We marvel at its incremental growth, writing headlines about 0 8.1 “doubled its market share in October,” when, in truth, it still holds but a fraction of the overall OS market. That’s why today’s news—that Hewlett-Packard is running a promotion to push the sale of Windows 7 PCs—is surely not [...]
Good day, all, and welcome to this Sunday’s edition of the Weekend Wrap-up. We’re taking a look at some of the bigger tech stories from the past week to help you get all caught up, and we’ve even thrown in some video for good measure. Ready to get started? Let’s go.Snapchat Hacked, 4.6 Million Account Usernames and Phone Numbers Leaked
Remember several days back when a group of hackers claimed that Snapchat was vulnerable to attack? Do you remember Snapchat’s “meh” response? [...]
HP hasn’t exactly been the name of success these past couple of years, but it looks like the situation is even more dire than HP itself has thought. According to HP’s updated SEC 10-K filing, the company will now be forced to layoff 34,000 employees throughout 2014 – that’s up 5,000 employees from its previous estimate just a couple of months ago. HP CEO Meg Whitman has promised that this will be the last big round of layoffs to hit the company.
HP claims in the report that the move will save the company a [...]
A post on the Wall Street Journal’s Digits blog reports that LG, electronics manufacturer and chief Samsung rival (behind Apple, of course) is gearing up to revive webOS, the mobile operating system built by the now-defunct Palm corporation for its smartphone and tablet devices. Interestingly, LG—which apparently purchased webOS from Hewlett-Packard back in February—isn’t pushing the operating system for its intended purpose, at least not yet. Instead, the operating system will serve as the foundation for LG’s forthcoming line of smart [...]
The PC industry isn’t looking pretty. For the past six consecutive quarters PC shipments have continued to decline, a trend that is expected to continue. New reports by both Gartner and IDC do not look promising at all. “Worldwide PC shipments totaled 80.3 million units in the third quarter of 2013, an 8.6 percent decline from the same period last year,” said Gartner in its report.
“The third quarter is often referred to as the ‘back-to-school’ quarter for PC sales, and sales this quarter [...]
I’ve mentioned on a few different occasions that I believe Android could be a decent desktop operating system if given the chance, and it seems the same idea is starting to catch on with PC manufacturers. The latest entrant into the world of Android-powered PCs is the HP Slate 21, an all-in-one that tosses out Windows and large storage drives in favor of Android 4.2.2 and 8 GB of flash storage (expandable through the use of SD cards).
The first thing you might notice about the HP Slate 21 is its blinding white exterior. I [...]
Yet another shakeup at the top of HP has cast a cloud over the no. 1 PC maker’s effort to turnaround its declining PC and printing business.
HP Chairman Ray Lane and two other directors resigned following an investor backlash over the company’s botched acquisition of UK software firm Autonomy. The resignations are a delayed reaction to last year’s $8.8B write-down relating to the company’s $11B acquisition of Autonomy. Activist investor Ralph Whitworth has been appointed Lane’s interim replacement.