HP and Google have asked retailers to stop selling the HP Chromebook 11 because of an overheating charger, the companies said Wednesday.
Both Google and HP said they are "pausing sales" of the laptop "after receiving a small number of user reports that some chargers included with the device have been damaged due to overheating during use."
The companies are working with the Consumer Product Safety Commission to figure out next steps, but, in the meantime, HP Chromebook 11 owners should stop using the charger that came with the laptop.
"In the interim, they may … Read more
The largest Windows PC maker has gotten the Google religion.
Hewlett-Packard's CEO and top PC executive came out swinging this week. And they both took swipes at the traditional Windows-Intel (Wintel) PC.
"Wintel-based devices are being aggressively displaced by ARM-based PCs and mobile devices running competing operating systems," CEO Meg Whitman said this week at a company event, referring to Android and Chrome OS devices.
And she took those comments a step further by referring to (apparently erstwhile) partners Microsoft and Intel as rivals. "Long-term HP partners, like Intel and Microsoft, are increasingly becoming outright competitors,&… Read more
Hewlett-Packard is in a market share dogfight with Lenovo and has outlined plans to go after the Chinese PC vendor's strength: The commercial market.
In a presentation, Dion Weisler, head of HP's PC and printer division, outlined the plan:Grab commercial desktop market share. Grow tablet unit share from 2 percent of the market in the enterprise. Pitch features like self-healing BIOS and hardened operating systems … Read more
Rometty took over as IBM's CEO in January of 2012 after running Big Blue's sales operations. A longtime IBMer, Rometty made Fortune's list even before becoming CEO. The publication noted Thursday that Rometty is devoting resources to commercializing Watson, IBM's Jeopardy-playing supercomputer, as well as pushing into developing markets such as Africa.
Another familiar face on the list is Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg at No. 5. … Read more
A Hewlett-Packard vice president had a lot to say about alternatives to Microsoft and Intel during a meeting of financial analysts Wednesday. And HP CEO Meg Whitman had some pretty provocative comments of her own.
The shift to non-Windows products at the world's largest PC maker is happening against a backdrop of a shrinking "Wintel" (Microsoft-Intel) PC market.
IDC reported this week that worldwide PC shipments in the third quarter of 2013 contracted 7.6 percent year-to-year.
"The market is changing more today than it has in the past 30 odd years I've been in … Read more
Hewlett-Packard (HP) is starting to discourage its employees to work from home, according to a new report.
HP recently distributed a question-and-answer document urging employees to work from home, All Things Digital reported on Tuesday after seeing a copy of the memo. The directive has yet to be initiated company-wide, but it says that "during this critical turnaround period, HP needs all hands on deck."
"We recognize that in the past, we may have asked certain employees to work from home for various reasons," the company reportedly wrote. "We now need to build a stronger … Read more
Google really, really wants you to believe that the Chromebook is a laptop brand that has something for everybody. It's mainstream, the company says.
Maybe one day, but for now, the Chromebook is less mainstream than a BlackBerry.
In terms of price, Google's dead on. You can splurge on the Pixel, a gorgeously engineered touch-screen version of the Chromebook that lacks a single USB 3.0 or full-size HDMI port but sports a $1,299 entry-level price tag.
Deutsche Bank is cutting its estimates for PC growth, attributing part of the pessimism to the upcoming 64-bit iPad's penetration of the coveted corporate market in the coming years.
Estimates for 2013 and 2014 PC shipments have been cut to negative 10 percent and negative 8 percent year-to-year, respectively, from previous estimates of negative 8 percent and negative 6 percent, wrote Chris Whitmore of Deutsche Bank Equity Research in a note to investors on Monday.
Here's an excerpt from the note.
We...expect growing [desktop] virtualization and iPad deployments in the enterprise to pressure corporate PC sales through … Read more