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HP’s On-Screen Display Utility released, aims to alleviate Envy 15 screen color complaints

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

Back when we reviewed HP’s latest Envy 15, we found a glaring issue with its otherwise spectacular 1080p IPS display — namely, its less-than-pleasing color reproduction. Making good on a promise it made back in March, HP has finally released its On-Screen Display Utility software for the machine in hopes of quelling user complaints. If you’ll recall, HP stated that the displays are of a higher quality than other laptop panels, which can make colors look odd in comparison. That said, while this gesture is certainly welcome, at least one tipster wrote into complain that he “wasn’t able to get a satisfactory change. It’s basically just gamma adjustment and r/g/b sliders.” Of course, we’ve only cited one anecdote here, so if you’ve got an Envy 15 you’d like to test this on, hit up the source link below. Be sure to let us know your results in the comments.

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HP’s On-Screen Display Utility released, aims to alleviate Envy 15 screen color complaints originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Apr 2012 03:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre review

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

In a previous life, the HP Envy 14 was a laptop’s laptop: a 5.69-pound slugger with an optical drive, discrete AMD graphics and a battery that couldn’t last four hours in our battery rundown test. That notebook — one of our favorites in the 2010-2011 year — met its fate last fall when HP redesigned its high-end Envy line, but instead of going wherever it is gadgets go to die it was reincarnated as an Ultrabook. The new Envy 14, dubbed the Spectre, has shed almost two pounds, along with its discrete graphics and outmoded optical drive. It’s also one of the first 14-inch Ultrabooks to hit the market, but even if it weren’t so oddly sized we’d have no trouble remembering it: after all, how many laptops have a built-in NFC chip, or a glass palm rest?

There’s no doubt about it: the Spectre is a premium machine, and it’s not just that HP needed something high-end to take the place of the last-gen Envy 14. This also happens to be the company’s first consumer-grade Ultrabook, and it arrives at a time when there are many to choose from. Enter HP’s marketing department: the outfit’s touting this thing as a “premium Ultrabook” — the kind of machine you’d choose if you wanted a 1600 x 900 IPS-quality display or an unorthodox design. For that kind of beauty, though, you’re looking at $1,400 and up — a princely cost of entry when you consider lots of similarly specced models go for $1,100 or less. But perhaps that splurge comes with more than just a head-turning design? There’s only one way to find out: follow past the break for our in-depth review.

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HP Envy 14 Spectre review originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 14 Mar 2012 00:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP readying competitor for Amazon’s cloud computing, plans to launch soon

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

We’re still waiting to see where HP goes with webOS, but according to the New York Times it will officially launch a cloud computing service that competes with Amazon Web Services in the next couple of months. HP Senior VP and General Manager Zorawar Singh is quoted saying the currently in beta service projects as an alternative to what Amazon has built with a focus on personalized sales and service and additional tools for third party developers, as well as a system of small data centers around the world. Throw in analytics based on technology it’s obtained by purchasing Vertica and Autonomy, and maybe Meg Whitman’s ship has something here, but we’ll wait until the next Netflix is running its operations from this cloud before declaring it on the same level.

HP readying competitor for Amazon’s cloud computing, plans to launch soon originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 10 Mar 2012 21:15:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP hopes to launch a Windows 8 tablet this year

Friday, February 24th, 2012

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman on Thursday said that the company has a bright future ahead, although it will take some time to rebuild after a year of disappointment, reports The Wall Street Journal. Within two to three years, Whitman expects the company to best be known for cloud computing, security and tools that help businesses better manage their data. Whitman also announced that the Palo Alto-based manufacturer plans to release a tablet later this year that will run Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 8 operating system. The company’s previous tablet, the HP TouchPad, ran webOS and was canceled two months after its lackluster launch. As for how the company intends to position its upcoming tablet, Whitman believes the best way for HP to gain tablet market share is to focus on the enterprise market.

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Whitman expects HP Windows 8 Intel tablet this year

Friday, February 24th, 2012
Looks like old Fujitsu isn’t the only PC-maker looking to get into the Windows 8 tablet business before year’s end. Addressing a conference in Northern California, HP CEO Meg Whitman let it be known that her company plans on pushing out an Intel-packing tablet running the new Microsoft operating system in 2012. How about a dual-boot webOS system, Meg? We can dream, can’t we?

Whitman expects HP Windows 8 Intel tablet this year originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 24 Feb 2012 12:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP releases Android kernel source for TouchPad to CyanogenMod team

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

When the HP TouchPad was released in the summer of 2011 it did little to impress consumers, leading to the tablet being discontinued after a mere 49 days on the market. Remaining TouchPad stock received substantial price reductions, dropping to as low as $99 dollars during a huge fire sale. Shortly after inventory ran dry, crafty hackers had announced their intention to run the Android operating system in replace of WebOS on the TouchPad, and progress thus far has been slow, with alpha versions being released that are fairly stable but have serious bugs. In an act of good will, HP has now released an Android kernel source code to the hacking community. Read on for more.

The source code appears to have been developed separately from webOS, and was last changed in March 2011, three months before the TouchPad’s release, RootzWiki reports. The code will not help with any major fixes, however, and will instead help with minor bugs. “Kernel source from HP would have been more helpful earlier in development. Don’t expect huge gains from this source,” said Erik Hardesty, a member of the CyanogenMod team, on Twitter. “It will help with things like serial console and Bluetooth. Most other areas it *might* with will be minor.”

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US Government Nixes Three of Rambus’ Most Prized Patents [Lawsuits]

Friday, January 27th, 2012

HP teases upcoming Spectre ultrabook in short clip [video]

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

HP recently circulated a short video of a new ultra-thin notebook that is purportedly its upcoming HP Envy Spectre ultrabook. While there aren’t any specs discussed in the video, we’re definitely impressed by what appears to be a very sleek design. HP’s first ultrabook, the Folio 13, was unveiled in November and it offers the latest Intel Core processors, a 128GB SSD and more for a relatively affordable $900 price point. The Consumer Electronics Show is just around the corner so hopefully we’ll hear a bit more about the Spectre next week. The clip follows after the break.

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HP Spectre teaser video: fantastically thin laptop, shrouded in mystery

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Why, what’s this? Funny you ask — we’re wondering the same thing. A source at HP just dropped us a mysterious teaser video of a so-called Spectre laptop, a heretofore unannounced lappie that looks to be the company’s next Ultrabook. In our wildest dreams, this rig has a dual-LCD setup — similar to Toshiba’s Libretto W100 — but perhaps the creators here were just coincidentally interested in showing us lots of glass panes. We’ll be digging for more details (we’re told that an official produce portal should surface tomorrow), but for now, lose your mind in the video just past the break.

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HP Spectre teaser video: fantastically thin laptop, shrouded in mystery originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 02 Jan 2012 19:13:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP Folio 13 review

Sunday, January 1st, 2012

By the time HP unveiled its first Ultrabook, the Folio 13, other heavyweights like Acer, ASUS, Lenovo and Toshiba had already gotten a head start of up to several months. But being fashionably late to market may have worked in Hewlett-Packard’s favor: the Folio 13 ($900 and up) is temptingly priced for what it is. Even the base model comes stocked with a 128GB SSD, backlit keyboard, HDMI port and Ethernet jack — specs that undercut the ASUS Zenbook UX31 and 13-inch MacBook Air, and render the $900 Acer Aspire S3 nearly irrelevant. Not to mention, it brings business-friendly features such as TPM circuitry that other Ultrabook makers have omitted from their 1.0 products. But surely HP cut some corners to get here, no? Is this really as sweet a deal as it seems? Funnily enough, the answer is “yes,” on both counts.

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HP Folio 13 review originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 01 Jan 2012 12:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Switched On: Open source, open issues for webOS

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Each week Ross Rubin contributes Switched On, a column about consumer technology.

HP’s decision to contribute webOS to the open source community represents, at the very least, a detour from the company’s plans to “double down” on the operating system acquired from Palm, Inc. The good news for fans of the OS is that HP will continue to invest in the software’s development, albeit probably not at the unsustainable rate at which it was going it alone. And for webOS fans, the decision is certainly more favorable than another possibility that HP considered — ending the development of webOS software as abruptly as it ended the hardware..

Still, webOS faces an uphill climb if it is to emerge as a viable option for device makers. HP itself says that it may not enter the webOS device market again until 2013 and we’ve seen no public statements from other major device makers champing at the bit to build devices based on the software, at least not in its current state. That means that the addressable market for webOS updates is the relatively meager installed base of TouchPads and the handful of Pres, Veers and Pixis, and many owners of those smartphones will likely move on as their contracts expire..

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Switched On: Open source, open issues for webOS originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 22 Dec 2011 14:30:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HP: webOS to live on through open source, hardware lineup still dead (for now)

Friday, December 9th, 2011
When HP abruptly announced it was discontinuing the TouchPad and ceasing work on any future devices running webOS, we took that to mean the underdog operating system had died a premature death. But when the company ousted bumbling CEO Leo Apotheker and replaced him with Meg Whitman, we had to wonder if webOS might have some life in it yet. Well, the company just came back with a final verdict and… not a lot has changed. The company will continue to develop webOS, as promised, but with the help of the open source community. In other words, webOS as a platform will live on, and developers both inside HP and out will spruce up the OS for interested OEMs (whoever they may be), along with people who already own webOS devices. Still, if you were hoping Whitman would resurrect the TouchPad and Pre 3 beyond just another fire sale, we hate to be the bearer of disappointing news. The bottom line: HP’s webOS hardware lineup is still dead — for now, at least. In an interview, a representative from the company emphasized that HP might later choose to build a device running webOS, the same way any other OEM would evaluate any other operating system. In the meantime, of course, it remains unclear which manufactures, if any, will decide to give the OS a more immediate home.

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HP: webOS to live on through open source, hardware lineup still dead (for now) originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 09 Dec 2011 13:35:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This 23" HP Monitor Is Your I-Like-It-Big Deal of the Day [Dealzmodo]

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

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