There is something vaguely timber-shivering about every new Apple announcement. Especially for those Isaac Newtons whose head didn't just absorb the apple's bump, but the whole fruit, core and all.
The latest and most exciting rumor is that Cupertino's finest will, in a beautifully timed nod at the fact that most people have very little cash and even less credit, launch an $800 laptop.
This might cause certain elements at Dell and HP to scuttle off to the nearest executive restroom. Although perhaps the most surprising thing is that they would be surprised.
Of course there are … Read more
If you visited Best Buy's Web site today, you might have noticed the promo for "Blue Label Laptops" at the bottom of the home page. Click on it and you'll be shown two new laptops, the Toshiba Satellite E105-S1402 and the HP Pavilion dv3510nr.
The two products are the first developed under Best Buy's new Blue Label program, in which the retailer polls customers to develop a feature wishlist and then partners with manufacturers to develop products that deliver those features. Of course, the resulting products are then available exclusively at Best Buy.
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The $1,199 HP Pavilion dv3510nr will incorporate an Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 processor; 4GB of RAM (and 64-bit Windows Vista to take advantage of it); 512MB Nvidia GeForce 9300M GS graphics; and a 320GB, 5,400rpm hard drive. As with other Pavilion dv3500s, the dv3510nr includes a backlit keyboard, DVD burner, Draft-N wireless, and Bluetooth, as well as an HDMI port and an eSATA connection.
The Pavilion dv3510nr's price tag includes several nice … Read more
MySpace is partnering with HP to offer the ability for people to print directly from their MySpace profiles, the companies announced on Tuesday.
The integration, which will roll out in November, will allow members of the social network to click on an HP-branded "click to print" icon to print out their photos, blog entries, comments, and messages.
Eventually, MySpace members will be able to create personalized merchandise using the photos. There are about 4 billion images on the site, according to MySpace.
HP also has made Web-to-print partnerships with Facebook, Flickr and Windows Live Spaces.
You know how some weeks you're churning along--going to meetings, putting out fires, and somehow tending your regular workload as well--and suddenly you look up and it's Friday afternoon? Yeah, that was this week at CNET Laptop HQ. So this digest will be in the form of a list, with witty commentary to return in seven days.
Products announced this week:HP's first 13-inch laptop, the Pavilion dv3500t; the Fujitsu LifeBook A1110, which features a groovy swappable lid design; the very non-Satellite-y Toshiba Satellite E105; also from Toshiba, a Netbook available only in Japan (for now); LG'… Read more
With Microsoft having, at the very least a "hiring chill," we decided to check in with other big tech giants on their hiring plans.
It's a little hard to get a clear picture of what other companies are doing--in part because so many have already announced plans to cut jobs. Intel's workforce is down thousands from where it was a couple years ago. Hewlett-Packard has already said it plans to shave 24,000 jobs as part of its EDS purchase, while Dell and others have also been cutting back.
Yahoo, already under pressure from competitor Google … Read more
We don't have many details yet (iPaq App Store?), but the latest iPaq apparently will sport a touch-screen and keypad and will run on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, according to sources cited by the WSJ. The phone will likely hit Europe by the end of this year, with a broader release to follow.
Though definitely better known for its laptops and desktop PCs, HP … Read more
If it seems like we're seeing more and more 18-inch laptops recently, that's because we are. Behind the scenes, the catalyst is that the companies that make the glass for laptop and television screens would rather make one style of panel, rather than two (16:9 for TVs and 16:10 for laptops). Hence, systems such as the Acer Aspire 8920 and Sony Vaio AW, with 18-inch 16:9 displays.
HP already makes some of the best multimedia laptops, so we were pleased to see them get into the game as well, with the new HDX18. We've … Read more