We're a little more than 48 hours out from that great holiday whose sacred rites (for me, at least) include tucking into a Dublin Coddle and washing it down with a perfect pint of Guinness. (For strict Catholics, the holiday comes even sooner.) So that you can head out for your preholiday warm-up drinking, here's a summary of this week's laptop-related news. Just remember: Friends don't let friends drink green beer.
How do we value technology companies? Ingenuity and invention, quality of service, brand loyalty, manufacturing muscle, operating efficiency, supply-chain management, price, great place to work. There are lots of metrics.
For those unfamiliar with the wily ways of Wall Street, the stock market has its own way of expressing what it thinks of companies. It's called market capitalization or market cap for short.… Read more
Intel's newest Core 2 Duo processor has finally found its way into most models in the world's two largest PC makers' notebook lines.
With some exceptions. Hewlett-Packard (HP) will offer the 45-nanometer Penryn processor for the first time in its 8700 performance line in the next two weeks.
Intel's 45nm Core 2 Duo Penryn processor was announced back in January as a significant upgrade from the previous "Merom" 65nm processors. Penryn boasts improved power saving features and generally better (though not phenomenally) performance at the same clock speed due, among other things, to a larger … Read more
As HP Redirects Its R&D Toward Big Results one would expect to hear something new and exciting, or maybe some clarity about what the company is planning to actually do. Instead we get a fantastic array of buzzwords from the last 5 years.
1. Mobility They project that use of computing devices must seek to become seamless, so that users are transferring information and working within a familiar interface as they move beyond their offices. Information will continue to explode, so capturing and storing information will be less important than analyzing and delivering the right information at the … Read more
PALO ALTO, Calif.--Hewlett-Packard unveiled a new plan for its research arm, HP Labs on Thursday at its Silicon Valley headquarters, saying it will sharpen its focus into fewer specific projects and promising a greater emphasis on exploratory research.
The change is being instituted by new HP Labs chief Prith Banerjee, who came to HP in August after two decades in academia.
"The approach (HP Labs) took before was appropriate for its time," Banerjee said. The change is mostly driven by the speed at which individuals and enterprises demand information today. "As the Internet becomes the primary … Read more
Hewlett-Packard is expected to announce a major reorganization of its research arm, HP Labs, on Thursday, according to a MarketWatch report.
HP indeed has a midday press conference planned at HP Labs in Palo Alto, Calif., this Thursday, but so far the company has been tight-lipped about what exactly it has in store for attendees. CEO Mark Hurd, CTO Shane Robison, and Prith Banerjee, director of HP Labs, are expected to be on hand for the event.
According to the report, the changes to be announced will represent the biggest reorganization of HP Labs in more than 10 years, and … Read more
If we didn't know better, we might think that some of the marketing people at Hewlett-Packard had discovered some new recreational activities. It started off simple enough, with a mildly interesting design for a new Bluetooth mouse. Then the "Clay" laptop was a little weird, but we thought it just wasn't our taste.
But its latest offering is about as subtle as a Peter Max litho. The "HP Pavilion dv2800t Artist Edition" laptop bears the work of a Portuguese artist who won a global design competition held jointly by MTV and the traditionally staid … Read more
HP is poised and ready to send a barrage of printers to our office, and to that we say, "Bring it on!" This won't be the first time we've been deluged with printers from HP, and we're eager to get back in the ring. Need proof? Just last August, we became a storage shed for HP's massive photo printer rollout. This time around, it's the small and medium business side that gets a product boost with 11 new inkjet and laserjet printers that HP claims will increase flexibility and grab attention at a … Read more
GALWAY, Ireland--Think of the Multis Group as sort of the Antiques Roadshow of the server world.
The Galway, Ireland-based company specializes in refurbishing, and then selling, used servers. Refurbished PCs and servers are increasingly in vogue because remanufacturing represents a more environmentally efficient way to recycle old electronics than harvesting components from these old machines or melting them down for raw materials.
Multis, in fact, plans to open a 70,000-square-foot facility in Union City, Calif., later this month to refurbish and sell servers for North American customers. That marks a reversal in the usual U.S.-Ireland tech relationship. … Read more
AMD's quad-core Barcelona chip for servers is ready to launch--really launch this time.
AMD is shipping the quad-core Barcelona Opteron to channel and distribution partners this week, according to an AMD representative on Thursday. System vendors such as Dell and Hewlett-Packard are readying systems for shipment in the second quarter.
(Correction: AMD is shipping samples of the Barcelona processor to channel and distribution partners not production versions of the chip.)