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HP drops 275 webOS employees it “no longer needs”

1 Mar

It is not an usual day for HP employees. The corporation has made a announcement of laying off 275 employees form its webOS department, says The Verge.

The news follows webOS head John Rubinstein’s recent departure.

HP released a statement on Feb 28, saying that it is letting go of most of its webOS team because the employees are no longer needed for webOS projects:

As webOS continues the transition from making mobile devices to open source software, it no longer needs many of the engineering and other related positions that it required before. This creates a smaller and more nimble team that is well-equipped to deliver an open source webOS and sustain HP’s commitment to the software over the long term.

HP is working to redeploy employees affected by these changes to other roles at the company.

The number of engineers came from Palm and the number of members HP hired to work on webOS is obscure. Anyway it is an unfortunate number of people who lost their jobs. As unfortunate as it is, the move doesn’t really come as a surprise. HP ended up killing off webOS hardware because it wasn’t selling enough devices. And last September, All Things D reported that HP cut 500 employees from its webOS division.

In December, Meg Whitman, The Chief Executive Officer of HP, reported that webOS was going to become open sourced and that the OS  would live on HP tablets again, but laying off 275 employees doesn’t inspire confidence in that plan.

HP thought it was on to something with the Touchpad and thought bigger, better devices were to come. Hopes were high last year before the Touchpad launch that the new HP tablet would blow Apple’s forthcoming iPad 2 out of the water. But the iPad already had a loyal following and proved too tough a tablet to beat.

HP has made no other comment about the layoffs.

Source: venturebeat

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Dell adds data encryption service to their cloud

29 Feb

Summary: Dell joins hands with Trend Micro to add security and control to customer cloud data

With businesses considering moving services to cloud based solutions, even those who plan on using a private cloud have concerns about maintaining the privacy and security of their data. While individual applications and services often have their own security and encryption methodologies, enterprise environments demand centralized management of all critical services.

Well, to satisfy these concerns in their cloud service business, Dell has announced integration with the Trend Micro Secure Cloud as a security model for sensitive data in their Infrastructure-as-a -service Dell Cloud with VMware vCloud Datacenter Service. This service provides encryption in such a way that it has unique server validation and policy-based key encryption. Though the service is directly integrated with the Dell IaaS service, Trend Micro exert its control over encryption and it is not by Dell. Only Dell customers have to access these keys, so that there is an extra level of security there, separating the key management form the hosted Dell service.

With services being hosted in Dell’s cloud datacenters, offering customers this level of security control over their own information is a key component in assuring customers that deploying using Dell services does not reduce the level of control they have over the security of their data. As this is often a primary concern of potential customers, the addition of SecureCloud to the Dell datacenter portfolio is an important one.

SecureCloud fits in with the Dell SecureWorks security services that Dell offers to its customers. SecureWorks offers a full line of services that includes product support and building integrated security solutions. These solutions include everything from perimeter security to ongoing-enterprise-wide infrastructure security services.

Source: zdnet

Report: IBM cutting over 1,000 jobs

29 Feb

IBM, one of the world’s largest companies, is letting go of more than 1,000 employees across North America. Bloomberg says that IBM is letting go of more than 1,000 workers across the United States and Canada on Tuesday

Another report from Information Week, also published on Tuesday, mentions the number of cuts is nearer to 800. However, IBM has forbear  from announcing an official number.

Most of the job cuts are said to have been taken place within the United States — especially the Global Technology Services outsourcing unit — amidst IBM’s reorganization.

On Monday, IBM was said to have cut more than 250 jobs across the U.S. already. IBM spokesman Doug Shelton informed Bloomberg that the layoffs will enable IBM to “remain competitive and relevant in an industry that is constantly changing.”

Computerworld reports that even more layoffs this week remains a possibility.

Captivatingly, the depressing news comes just after a bright note for IBM, which was just hailed by Gartner as the leader in the server market share race as of the end of the fourth quarter of 2011.

Source: zdnet

Dell picks up server share as IBM is No. 1, says Gartner

29 Feb

Global server revenue was up 7.9 percent for 2011, but the fourth quarter ended with a knock down as sales fell 5.4 percent, said Gartner.

IBM is the topper in the server market share race as HP lost ground, according to Gartner data. At the same Dell was able to make  raise in its market share for the fourth quarter.

Gartner said that the shortfall of hard disk drives due to flooding in Thailand hampered server units. Most regions showed growth in the fourth quarter except for Western Europe.

As for the standings, Dell was the only vendor to show fourth quarter revenue growth in servers. One constant in the fourth quarter was that server vendors were focused on poaching from each other. IBM has repeatedly touted its competitive wins against HP and Oracle.

Among the specific data points:

  • Lenovo and Dell were the only vendors to grow shipments in the fourth quarter.
  • HP led in unit shipments in the fourth quarter.
  • IBM is No. 3 in unit shipments, but No. 1 in revenue.
  • For 2011, blade server revenue was up 14.5 percent with shipments up 4.2 percent. HP led in blade servers with 44 percent of shipments. IBM was No. 2 with 21 percent. Cisco had 8 percent shipment share and closed in on Dell at 9.3 percent.
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Review: HP Folio 13 is an Ultrabook for the masses

29 Feb

HP’s Folio 13, the maiden, fresh product line designed to appeal both mainstream and business users, is not the thinnest or lightest Ultrabook around. Well, the new Folio 13 may be slightly thicker and heavier than the average Ultrabook, but it also may make more sense for the average user. It provides excellent performance and battery life, a fetchingly minimalist design, and a typing experience that thinner units can’t match.

Our $899 (as of February 20, 2012) consumer configuration of the Folio 13 revolves around an Intel Core i5-2467M, 4GB of 1333 MHz DDR3, and a performance-enhancing 128GB Samsung solid-state drive. The display is flawlessly backlit and crisp, at 13.3 inches with a resolution of 1366 by 768. The $999 business version adds features such as a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) for security, a cleaner software image, and Windows 7 Professional rather than Windows 7 Home Premium.

The Folio 13’s WorldBench 6 score of 118 is good for a Core i5-based machine, and in informal use the unit feels quite zippy. The integrated Intel HD 3000 graphics contribute to weak gaming frame rates, which top out in the low 30s at 800 by 600 resolution with low quality settings.

Considering video, on the other hand, is smooth as silk, even when the user handles 1080p files. The battery exists 6 hours, 46 minutes healthily. The Folio 13 doesn’t have a user-replaceable battery.

The Folio 13 is packed with one USB 2.0 port and one USB 3.0 port. Though both are black, the USB 3.0 port is marked underneath with the SuperSpeed USB logo. A single HDMI port is available to accommodate external displays, and there’s an SD slot for loading photos and such. A mobile-device-style mini-jack that combines headphones and mic into a single plug handles audio input and output. The microphone next to the 1280-by-1024-resolution webcam also accepts audio input. Connectivity is top-notch with gigabit ethernet, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 3.0 on board.

It is great pleasure to work upon the Folio’s keyboard just because the keys can travel farther that on ultra thin laptops, but there’s little flex to the unit as a whole, which contributes to a more stable typing platform. Though the single-piece touchpad is much appealing, it is a tad greater than on most laptops when the resistance to drag and to resist is considered. The Folio 13 travels at 4 pounds including the AC adapter, as against an average of 3.7 pounds for the Ultrabooks PCWorld has reviewed.

HP displays a pull-quote (from another publication) on the Folio 13’s Web page that calls the Folio 13’s sound “fantastic”. Listening through the headphones, one might conceivably make that argument. But the speakers? No way. Audio through them is loud but more than a tad muddy. Superlatives such as “fantastic” should be reserved for laptops such as the Toshiba Qosmio X775 3D, which has a subwoofer that can reproduce bass tones sans the headphones. Still, the Folio 13’s audio is a cut above the horrible sound you get from the speakers on most Ultrabooks.

In stark contrast to the Folio 13’s minimalist outward design is the busy Windows 7 Home Premium desktop you encounter when you first boot up. Shortcuts to eBay, HP Games (Wild Tangent), RaRa music, Zya music, and HP downloads–as well as a number of more staid HP utilities and Microsoft Office 2010 Starter Edition–look gaudy in contrast to the elegant externals. HP’s background images don’t match the unit’s appearance particularly well either.

The Folio 13 is a solid effort from HP that, instead of blindly shedding features and usability in the name of thin-and-light, strikes a reasonable balance. It’s probably a tad pricey for some shoppers, but including a solid-state drive always drives up a laptop’s price. This model should definitely be on your short list of Ultrabooks to consider.

 

Specifications

Audio
Audio processor Dolby Advanced Audio
Microphone yes
Speakers stereo
Audio connectors microphone/headphone combo
Battery
Battery technology Li-ion (6-cell)
Estimated battery life (mfr) 9.5 h
Number of batteries supplied 1
Max batteries supported 1
Cabinet (chassis)
Case form factor clamshell
Dimensions (W x H x D) 22.02×1.8×31.85 cm
Weight 1.5 kg
Colour brushed aluminium
Display
Display technology colour TFT
Display diagonal size 13.3 in
Maximum resolution 1366×768 pixels
Expansion slots
Flash card SD-compatible media
Hard drive storage
Hard drive interface type SATA
Hard drive type solid state
Hard drive size 128 GB
Input
Pointing devices 2-button touchpad
Keyboard full-size, spill-resistant, backlit chiclet keyboard with UV coating
Interfaces & networking
USB 1 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0
Ethernet 10/100/1000Mbps
Video out HDMI
Bluetooth 3.0
Wireless LAN 802.11b/g/n
Memory
RAM installed 4096 MB
Number of memory slots 1
Miscellaneous
Accessories AC adapter
Other 1.3-megapixel HP TrueVision HD webcam, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
Motherboard
Chipset Mobile Intel HM65 Express
OS & software
Operating system Windows 7 Professional (64-bit)
Software included HP Connection Manager 4.1, HP Support Assistant, Adobe Flash Player, HP CoolSense, HP Quick Launch; Skype, Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)
Processor
Processor manufacturer Intel
Processor model Core i5-2467M
Clock speed 1.6 GHz
Service & support
Standard warranty 1 year
Video
Graphics processor Intel HD Graphics 3000

Source: itworld

HP unveils two new thin clients

27 Feb

HP has released details of two new additions to its thin client line up.

 HP has unveiled these two clients to offer better security and performance. The HP t610 and HP t510 Flexible Series Thin Client are intended to offer the flexibility of thin clients, with added features for security and performance.

The HP t610 works on BIOS (Basic Input/Output System) that stuck with the security recommendations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), offering hard identification security for sensitive computing environments and giving businesses a second layer of protection for company data.

 The thin client also incorporates an on-board Trusted Platform Module, which is an integrated cryptographic security chip that ensures only authorized access to networks under the certification requirements of the Trusted Computing Group.

The thin client runs on a dual-core AMD G-series Fusion processor, running at 1.65GHz, with high definition graphics, and HP active thermal management, to ensure the device does not shut down from over-heating.

The HP t610 comes with two chassis configurations – Standard and PLUS, which offers additional legacy ports, quad-head display graphics capabilities and connectivity options supporting fibre network interface cards and 802.11 a/b/g/n wireless support with  dual antenna for enhanced connectivity.

The t610 will be available with a range of operating systems, including Microsoft Windows Embedded Standard 7, Windows Embedded Standard 2009 and HP ThinPro thin-client enhanced Linux.  The HP t510 runs on a VIA Eden X2 U4200 1GHz dual core CPU, with VIA ChromotionHD 2.0 graphics enable hardware acceleration of streaming multimedia for better Web browsing and remote session multimedia experiences.

Both the HP t510 and HP t610 offer a true, PC-like experience for virtualized desktop environments. The two platforms double the minimum amount of RAM that ships on HP thin clients from 1GB to 2GB.

Kobi Elbaz, director, Commercial Solutions, HP Personal Systems Group EMEA, says,

With these new, flexible thin clients, businesses can protect their data more effectively, and they get an exceptional user experience with better graphics and video performance, to meet the demands of segments such as financial, health-care, public sector, retail and health-care. We also made sure the t610 and t510 are easy to integrate and manage with a broad set of management tools.

 

Source: itp

Whitman: HP’s Windows 8 Tablet Slated for 2012

26 Feb



Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman has big plans for the unsuccessful computer company. And those strategy start with a new Windows 8-powered tablet by year’s end.

Speaking at a Wall Street Journal event on Thursday, Whitman gave a confirmation  that HP is to test the tablet market waters once again. In its last endeavor, the WebOS-running TouchPad, was such an absolute failure it had to be led out back and shot just two months into its production run.According to the CEO Meg Whitman, the new tablet will not emulate head-to-head with the iPad, instead of that it would rather be marketed to enterprise clients and feature a stronger focus on security and mangement features. Further details about the pricing and the availability is not released yet.

Source: gizmodo