Hewlett-Packard on Thursday confirmed that it will acquire U.K.-based Autonomy for $10.2 billion and is looking to spin off its PC assets.
Together with its plans to stop supporting webOS devices, the announcements mark a major change for HP. They appear to represent a seismic shift in how the Silicon Valley computing giant, the world's largest tech company in terms of annual revenue, plans to conduct business going forward.
The HP board's authorization of "the exploration of strategic alternatives for its Personal Systems Group (PSG)" includes "a broad range of options that may include, among others, a full or partial separation of PSG from HP through a spin-off or other transaction." Unlike the dumping of recently acquired Palm, slipping badly in a market dominated by Apple and devices running Google's Android OS, a spin-off of the PSG means HP would be parting with a long-standing investment that has turned into the biggest PC maker in the world.
It’s HP’s turn to issue a battery alert. If you have a one of these laptops and purchased it between August 2007 and March 2008, HP has issued a recall. Approximately 70,000 have overheating issues. If you think yours might be one of them, head over to the HP site and check your product number on the service tag on the bottom. Not all of them listed have problems but ‘tis better to be safe than sorry.
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Continuing on with the content we were able to catch at the HP Your Life is the Show event, we chat with Ted Clark, Senior Vice President & General Manager of the Notebook Global Business Unit. Ted’s the man when it comes to HP’s portable computers, and we were glad to get a few minutes of his time to go over a couple of the company’s new business laptops. In this episode, we focus on the HP Compaq 6820s, along with the amazingly mobile HP Compaq 2710p, which features a 32 GB SSD flash hard drive. We’ve gotten a lot of interested readers letting us know they were excited about finally seeing SSD flash drives hit tablet notebooks since Stcy Wolff first showed it to us at Gnomedex. Enjoy the footage, and stay tuned for more from the Your Life is the Show event.
Although Windows Vista has been out awhile now and is selling
well, its release has consistently made headlines for its lack of compatibility with iTunes, PC games and more. So it’s interesting that a Hewlett-Packard ad in this past Sunday’s “USA Today” promotes a Compaq desktop running Windows XP. In fairness, HP states the ad was created before Vista’s release, but is only now appearing in newspapers. However they will “...continue to offer XP Pro pre-configured systems alongside Vista systems.” Hmmmm.
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