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HP is tops among tech companies when it comes to green efforts, followed by Dell, Nokia, and Apple, according to Greenpeace's latest guide. (Credit: Greenpeace) HP is now the top-ranked tech company, according to Greenpeace's latest guide to greener electronics. The guide's criteria has been updated to take into greater account energy use, conflict minerals, green products, and supply chain energy use.
I just got off the phone with Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and HP’s executive vice president Todd Bradley: We talked about HP’s decision to keep its PC-making Personal Systems Group, which Bradley runs, inside HP, rather than spin it off into a separate company. The decision amounts to the first — and it may turn out to be the only — repudiation so far of the strategic steps taken by HP’s prior CEO, Léo Apotheker. HP rolled out the decision to “study strategic alternatives” for the PC unit in a messy, multipronged announcement on Aug. 18.
Hewlett-Packard canned CEO Leo Apotheker because of communications and execution miscues, not because of his grand strategy for the IT giant, said board member Ray Lane. Apotheker’s goal of pushing HP into higher-margin enterprise software and cloud services remains valid and Lane, HP’s newly minted executive director, and new CEO Meg Whitman said they are aboard. But they left themselves wiggle room. “I am supportive of the actions announced on Aug. 18, but I am now deeply involved and will review the initiatives,” Whitman told reporters and analyst on a conference call Thursday night. Aug. 18 will go down as Apotheker’s Waterloo.
I've been playing with HP's new TouchPad for a week, but it only took a few minutes to notice the tablet's similarities to the iPad. I'm not just talking about the TouchPad's WebOS--all players in the tablet space have undoubtedly taken cues from Apple's software (see: apps, gestures, etc.). But even HP's hardware design is iPad-like, from the placement of the (single) home button to the webcam to the auto-lock key to the volume seesaw switch. This is not a knock at HP. Comparisons to Apple are always positive, and, in my opinion, WebOS runs much smoother than Android -- and is far more beautiful. And in some ways the TouchPad bests iPad.
First announced back in February , the HP TouchPad looked like a powerful way to extend the rescued-in-the-nick-of-time webOS user experience onto a hot new tablet. The faithful have waited, and their waiting has at last been rewarded: the TouchPad launches today with the much-improved webOS 3.0, a great set of native apps, and a new App Catalog feature to help consumers wade through their app options. The TouchPad delivers smooth and snappy performance on everything from games to Web browsing, but it's not without problems; it's hefty and thick, it only has 300 native apps, and many app essentials are nonexistent or available only as phone version emulations. The tablet's pricing ($499 for the 16GB version, $599 for the 32GB version) means that it's competing directly with tablets like the iPad; a "value" platform this is not. While the TouchPad still doesn't measure up in key ways to competitors like the iPad, it's perhaps the strongest alternative we've seen yet.
Hewlett-Packard has cut its outlook for the fiscal year as the company's PC and services businesses struggle. The second quarter results were solid, but HP has cut its outlook for the second consecutive quarter under new CEO Leo Apotheker. HP pushed its earnings release up after a memo from Apotheker leaked to the press . That memo urged managers to watch their spending and hiring amid tough quarters ahead. Another health check on the PC industry will come later Tuesday when Dell reports earnings .
LinkedIn is a terrific resource for professionals, providing a convenient way to network, communicate, and self-promote. It’s also become a treasure trove of corporate ambitions, though typically that information is revealed in vaguely described duties and skill requirements detailed in job postings from companies like Microsoft and IBM. Scott McLellan, interim VP of cloud services at HP , did something similar this week, though his posting went into a little more detail than the company would have liked. Now removed from McLellan’s LinkedIn profile, the job posting was for a new VP of engineering.
What applications running in your data center are suitable for moving from physical to cloudy infrastructure? Do you know how to fluff your apps to run on a cloud? Hewlett-Packard is betting that at least some CIOs out there are willing to pay to have this all sorted out. You can tell that Hewlett-Packard has arrived at the pinnacle of the IT market, alongside IBM, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, and a few others, because it can't just announce one thing at a time. Maybe it is trying to save money, maybe it is trying to weave together a coherent marketing message.
HP is planning to put WebOS onto every PC it sells in 2012 in an attempt to attract developers to the platform, not to mention selling HP as a provider of cloud services. The promise came during a presentation to Indian staff by Leo Apotheker, observed by Bloomberg, during which the CEO said that WebOS will be installed on every PC sold in 2012 , in addition to Microsoft Windows, in order to expand the WebOS platform and make it more attractive to developers. HP has already said that it sees WebOS as a platform with potential outside mobile phones, but embedding it in every PC underlines that commitment even if WebOS won't be the default OS.
Comment Hewlett-Packard has unveiled its first major webOS products since it acquired the mobile software platform with Palm last year. It has launched a 9.7-inch tablet, the TouchPad, and two smartphones. The TouchPad is initially a Wi-Fi only device but a cellular version will follow, HP promised, which may attract more carrier attention. Apart from lack of a 3G connection, the product is positioned in the iPad’s space, though it is not yet clear how far webOS will differentiate it from the tablet crowd. The platform is heavily geared to modern open development techniques and to browser/cloud models, and HP did announce further enhancements for that approach, outlining release 2.1. But the features touted for the tablet were somewhat similar to those of the iPad and its Android rivals.
HP’s Jon Rubenstein just showed off the HP TouchPad . I’m so glad that I told my readers to wait before they bought a tablet until at least today . What did HP just do? 1. Showed it can bring some innovations (especially in power charging and multitasking) that Apple hasn’t yet shipped.
After HP unveiled the Pre3 , Veer , and TouchPad at their big webOS event today , we figured they were pretty much done with news for the day. Turns out, they had at least one more tid-bit to share. We’re at their post-announcement webOS developer gathering, where they’ve just announced a new hire: Richard Kerris, joining as VP of Worldwide Developer Relations. Prior to jumping on board with HP, Kerris spent 3 years as the CTO of Lucasfilm.
It’s nice to see HP be one of the first to launch a “ reclining PC ” that rotates up to 60 degrees from a standard 90 degree viewing angle. I wrote about the need for this type of computer in 2009 . The HP TouchSmart is a decent, if heavy-as-hell, touchscreen iMac clone. But reaching up to touch a desktop screen doesn’t really work ergonomically. Your hand is above your heart and it doesn’t feel comfortable for very long.
The upcoming WebOS-based Hewlett-Packard tablet? (Credit: Engadget) As Hewlett-Packard's February 9 WebOS event nears , details on the company's rumored tablets continue to emerge. Citing an unnamed source, Engadget is reporting that HP will unveil two tablets, known as "Topaz" and "Opal." The site's source says Topaz will feature "nearly identical" measurements to Apple's iPad and likely feature a 1,024 x 768 TFT LCD display, though Engadget said its source "wasn't 100 percent on this."
HP just announced the next generation webOS and it’s a doozy. This platform now has all the weapons necessary to fully compete in the smartphone wars: true multitasking, an updated version of the social media connection service Synergy, Adobe Flash 10.1, and a whole bunch of new advancements. Hardware is really the only thing missing now, but that’s set to change as the first webOS device, the Palm Pre 2, will hit later this week in France and in the coming months on Verizon in the states. This big update comes 16 months after the original webOS devices dropped at CES ’09.