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As sales deadline approaches, OEMs continue to push Windows 7 PCs to consumers
With a Microsoft-mandated deadline a little more than two months away, computer makers are still selling PCs equipped with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Former exec says HP 'bungled' the Autonomy acquisition, alleges cover-up
Autonomy's former chief financial officer has claimed that Hewlett-Packard is accusing him and other ex-employees of fraud in order to cover up its own failings in the disastrous 2011 acquisition.

HP to test wearables market by working with partners
Hewlett-Packard's initial approach to the wearables market will be through partnerships, rather than developing products entirely in-house.

HP trims its cloud offer for lighter use
Hoping to lure more enterprises to its cloud, Hewlett-Packard is offering a trimmed-down basic infrastructure service for lighter workloads.

HP slams ex-Autonomy exec, says it will sue
Hewlett-Packard has fired back at a former Autonomy executive who is attempting to block the settlement of a number of shareholder lawsuits filed over HP's disastrous acquisition of the infrastructure software vendor.

HP's SlateBook 14 ships, but it's pricier than expected
Hewlett-Packard's SlateBook 14 laptop with the Android OS has started shipping on schedule, but it's priced at $429, which is $30 more than the company had said it would cost.

HP's new lifeline for OpenVMS gets a thanks from users
The decision by HP to license OpenVMS source code to a new engineering firm is getting mostly positive reaction from the likes of user groups such as HP-Interex France.

HP to pay $32.5M to settle allegations it overbilled U.S. Postal Service
Hewlett-Packard has agreed to pay US$32.5 million to settle allegations that it overbilled the U.S. Postal Service on a IT hardware contract.

HP gives OpenVMS new life
Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS, giving the operating system -- and users -- something of a reprieve.

French fight the death of OpenVMS
An OpenVMS user group in France has posted an 'open letter' to Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman urging her to reconsider HP's decision to begin pulling support for the system.

HP invests in Hortonworks' Hadoop
Hewlett-Packard is betting $50 million that its customers will find value in the Hadoop data processing platform by investing in Hadoop distributor Hortonworks.

CEO Whitman to chair HP's board
Two days after Hewlett-Packard said its chairman had resigned due to ill health, the company has named a replacement: President and CEO Meg Whitman.

Microsoft now leads in tech layoffs
Microsoft's planned 18,000 job cuts, or 14% of its workforce, is the biggest tech layoff announced this year, surpassing Hewlett-Packard's announcement in May that it was cutting 16,000 jobs.

HP chairman resigns due to ill health
Ralph Whitworth, who'd been chairman of Hewlett-Packard for just over a year, is resigning from his job for health reasons, HP said on Tuesday.

HP reaches agreement in shareholder suits over Autonomy buy
Hewlett-Packard has reached agreement in three shareholder lawsuits arising from its over $10 billion acquisition of Autonomy.

HP close to settling shareholder lawsuit over Autonomy
Hewlett-Packard is in "serious" talks about settling a lawsuit brought by shareholders over its troubled acquisition of infrastructure software vendor Autonomy.

SC500: China wins a slowing supercomputer race
China continues to dominate the high end of the Top500 list of the world's most powerful supercomputers, even as the growth of the computing power on the list seems to be stagnating.

NSA jitters are 'just a bummer' for cloud growth, HP says
Revelations about U.S. National Security Agency snooping have made some buyers outside the U.S. think twice about public clouds, placing a drag on one of the world's biggest technology trends, the head of Hewlett-Packard's enterprise group said.

HP Places Its Data Center Bet on 'The Machine'
Many industry leaders over the years have developed technology to drive data center innovation. However, columnist Rob Enderle writes that HP's Machine concept -- which treats the data center as an appliance -- looks to redesign the data center from the ground up.

HP CIO Ramon Baez sees your future in the cloud
This week, at its annual Discover user conference, Hewlett-Packard put cloud computing and big data on the top of the agenda, capitalizing on the heavy work it has been doing with these technologies.

Dell executive says HP's new Machine architecture is 'laughable'
Hewlett-Packard's attempt to come up with a new architecture for computers is "laughable" and would make trillions of dollars in software investment obsolete, a top Dell executive said Thursday.

HP says 'The Machine' will supercharge Android phones to 100TB
Hewlett-Packard has kicked off an ambitious project that aims at nothing less than reinventing the basic architecture of computers. It looks like servers are its initial target, but HP is also working on an Android version that it says could lead to smartphones with 100TB of storage.

HP's 'Machine' is a big bet on the future of server hardware
Hewlett-Packard is reportedly developing a powerful new type of computer that draws on technologies under development at HP Labs, including memristors and silicon photonics.

HP assembles 'federation' of Helion cloud providers
Hoping to get a hand from partners, Hewlett-Packard is assembling a network of service providers that will offer hosted services based on the company's Helion software.

HP unveils Federated Catalyst tool to combine backup systems
Just as computing power and primary storage are becoming virtual shared resources, backup capacity is also starting to be pooled, with promises of easier management.

HP enters supercomputing market with water-cooled Apollo system
Hewlett-Packard has entered the market for supercomputers with a new Apollo family of systems, including a high-end machine that has a novel water-based system to keep it cool.

HP's all-flash array now matches fast disks on price
Hewlett-Packard is joining some aggressive startups in claiming flash can match the cost of high-end disk drives.

Microsoft's latest countdown: Update Windows 8.1 before Tuesday
Microsoft plans to deliver seven security updates to customers next week, including an almost-habitual one for Internet Explorer, and others for Windows, Office and Lync.

HP's Pro Tablet 612 challenges Microsoft's Surface Pro 3
Hewlett-Packard considers its Pro Tablet 612 tablet to be a more feature-packed, albeit heavier replacement for a laptop than Microsoft's Surface Pro 3.

Google heralds Chromebooks arrival with verse
Google is bringing its Chromebooks to nine more countries around the world, and it's heralding their arrival with a flourish of verse.

HP brings Android to laptops with SlateBook PC
Customers have been telling Hewlett-Packard that they want laptops that run Android, so the company is rolling out the SlateBook PC to meet that demand.

HP opts for hard drive over SSD in Split X2 budget tablet
Tablets are mostly packed with flash storage, but Hewlett-Packard has made an exception and plugged a high-capacity hard drive into its latest Split X2 budget tablet.

HP must give up Beats Audio after Apple deal
Hewlett-Packard today confirmed that it will drop Beats Audio from its line of high-end PCs and tablets by the end of 2015.

Google diversity data finds mainly male and white workforce
A Google diversity report shows that some 70% of the cmpany's employees are men and 61% of its U.S. employees are white.

Microsoft plans to patch IE zero day -- eventually
Microsoft said Thursday it plans eventually to patch a vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 that it's known about for seven months, but it didn't say when.

HP reports higher profit but will slash up to 16,000 more jobs
Hewlett-Packard reported increased profits Thursday as its PC business turned in a strong quarter, but the company will slash thousands more jobs to reduce costs.

Bug bounty program outs 7-month-old IE zero-day
An HP bug bounty program has published information about a critical vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 because Microsoft did not meet its patch-or-we-go-public deadline.

HP service automation tools make it easier for IT staffs to work with Chef, OpenStack
Hewlett-Packard has integrated its service automation programs with IT configuration and management programs Chef and OpenStack, a move that could make it easier for IT staff to work with these open source applications, often used by individual lines of business.

Lawson Software to pay $5.8M to end SEC insider trading complaint
Three founders of Lawson Software have agreed to pay about $5.8 million to settle insider trading charges in connection with Infor's 2011 acquisition of the company.

CIOs Must Adapt or Risk Being Replaced
Michael Keithley has more than two decades of experience as a CIO. However, the IT veteran says he's seeing more change now than ever before.'s Tom Kaneshige sat down with Keithley to talk about the challenges he and his colleagues face, the need to speak the same language as the business side and the reality of what lies ahead for CIOs who refuse to change their approach.

HP looks to ease enterprise IT cloud fears
Hewlett-Packard hopes its focus on private clouds -- and its investment of muscle and money in the technology -- can convince enterprise IT executives that it can provide a secure way to enter the fray.

HP plans to invest $1B in open cloud services
Following a similar move by IBM, Hewlett-Packard is unifying its cloud portfolio under a single architecture and brand name, called HP Helion.

ERP vendor Epicor is on the block for $3.5B
Epicor has been put up for sale by private equity firm Apax Partners, which is hoping to get up to $3.5 billion for the ERP (enterprise resource planning) vendor, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal, but analysts say it's difficult to pin down who might be interested in buying it.

Virtualizing Oracle software: Don't pay for what you don't need
Squeezing software cost savings from virtualization projects is tricky for lots of reasons, but can be particularly challenging when it comes to Oracle databases. Here's why, and some tips to help.

HP jumps into OpenStack fray with new Helion distribution
Joining Red Hat, Oracle, Canonical and others, Hewlett-Packard is releasing its own distribution of the OpenStack cloud hosting software.

How HR Makes HP a Great Place to Work
HP has been through some tough times, but it's in the midst of a turnaround that's succeeding largely because the company's head of human resources, Tracey Keogh, is making HP a great place to work once again.

HP creates a new way to sell data centers
Hewlett-Packard is selling its data center services in a new way, via a program it calls "facilities as a service," or FaaS.

HP expects first x86 Nonstop systems next year
Hewlett-Packard is eyeing 2015 for the release of its first Nonstop systems based on x86 server hardware, a company official said this week.

HP, Foxconn to jointly build low-cost cloud servers
Hewlett-Packard is partnering with Foxconn, the Taiwanese manufacturing giant best known for producing Apple's iPhone, to tackle the growing market for low-cost servers in cloud data centers.

Consumers are meh about 3D printers
3D printers may be gaining ground in the workplace, but the same isn't true for consumers, according to Juniper Research.

Server makers rush their Heartbleed patches
Enterprise IT vendors are rushing to protect users from the Heartbleed bug, which has been found in some servers and networking gear and could allow attackers to steal critical data -- including passwords and encryption keys -- from the memories of exposed systems.

HP to pay $108M in bribery, corruption case
Hewlett-Packard will pay $108 million in penalties after subsidiaries in Russia, Poland and Mexico were found to have paid bribes to win business, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday.

Windows XP expiration couldn't save PC market in Q1
The looming threat of running an unsupported OS wasn't enough to save PC shipments from continuing their slide in the first quarter.

HP touts speedy Z Turbo Drive PCI-Express SSDs
Hewlett-Packard's new Z Turbo Drive solid-state drives will be faster than conventional SSDs that plug into hard-drive slots, the company said.

HP says never mind about June 3D printer announcement
At its annual stockholder meeting last week, Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman delivered a delicious critique of 3D printing speeds. "[It's] like watching ice melt," she said.

After 30 years, HP brings multifunction inkjet printing to the office
Hewlett-Packard shipped its first inkjet printer in 1984, but waited 30 years to release a multifunction inkjet printer for general office printing in enterprises.

Newest bug bounty touts $10K rewards, appeals for help in finding Flash flaws
A new entry in the cash-for-bugs business, the Internet Bug Bounty, recently paid out its first $10,000 rewards.

HP has solved two big problems with 3D printing
Hewlett-Packard claims to have solved the two biggest problems with today's 3D printers and will make its first big technology announcement in that area in June, CEO Meg Whitman said Wednesday.

Ex-Autonomy chief Lynch slams HP, CEO Whitman ahead of shareholder meeting
Hewlett-Packard's November 2012 decision to write off billions of dollars in connection with the acquisition of infrastructure software vendor Autonomy continues to dog the company as it prepares to face shareholders at an annual meeting Wednesday.

Tech industry needs more diverse workforce
U.S. civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson is to lead a delegation to Hewlett-Packard's annual meeting of shareholders on Wednesday to highlight under-representation of African-Americans in Silicon Valley companies.

HP speeds testing tools in app development suite
Hewlett-Packard has updated its Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite to accommodate the ever-quickening pace of today's software programming teams.

Lenovo rallies troops after rivals swoop on IBM server deal
Lenovo will send a memo to its server sales team on Tuesday, urging them to ignore the 'uncertainty and doubt' its rivals are sowing over its acquisition of the IBM server division.

HP updates aim to make BYOD printing more secure
Using mobile devices for one-off printing tasks on office printers may not be a big deal, but Hewlett-Packard is trying to mitigate any security risk through direct wireless printing features it is bringing to enterprise printers.

Microsoft dangles $50 carrot in front of XP users
Microsoft has anted up in its attempt to convince last-minute laggards to abandon Windows XP by handing a $50 carrot to people who buy a new Windows 8.1 device.

Major browsers fall during second day at Pwn2Own hacking contest
Security researchers demonstrated zero-day exploits against Google Chrome, Microsoft Internet Explorer, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Adobe Flash Player during the second day of the Pwn2Own hacking competition Thursday, racking up total prizes of $450,000.

Researchers pocket record $400K at Pwn2Own hacking contest's first day
Researchers cracked Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11, Mozilla's Firefox and Adobe's Flash and Reader at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, earning $400,000 in prizes, a one-day record for the challenge.

HP gains traction with augmented reality service
Hewlett-Packard has found some success with a platform, called Aurasma, that provides augmented reality services to portable devices.

Disk storage sales gets year-end boost
The market for external disk storage systems has recovered from a slump, with factory revenues up 2.4% to $6.9 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to an IDC study.

Bug bounty operator presses vendors to pick up patching pace
Citing the need to prod software vendors to patch vulnerabilities even faster, Hewlett-Packard's bug bounty program said it was shortening its patch-or-go-public policy to 120 days.

Server market revenue down 4.4% in Q4
Even as server shipments went up, revenue in the market declined in last year's fourth quarter, as demand for higher-end systems remained weak, according to research firm IDC.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.

HP makes play for network virtualization with OpenNFV program
Hewlett-Packard is plunging into the rapidly emerging field of network functions virtualization (NFV), announcing Monday an OpenNV program comprised of applications and services designed to virtualize core networks and network functions and allow telecommunications companies to more efficiently compete in the rapidly growing world of rich media.

HP unveils first 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel Atom
After months of waiting, some of the first 64-bit tablets with Windows 8.1 and Intel's Bay Trail chips were announced by Hewlett-Packard.

HP brings 'couch potato' model to Pavilion line
Hewlett-Packard's latest Pavilion X360 hybrid will offer the design flexibility to be used as a tablet, laptop or "couch potato" device.

Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.

HP reverses decline in PC sales, claims broad progress in quarter
Hewlett-Packard has returned its PC business to growth and reported better-than-expected results for the first quarter of its fiscal year.

HP eyes acquisitions and divestitures, CEO Whitman says
After two-and-a-half years running Hewlett-Packard, CEO Meg Whitman appears ready to make some deals.

Intel's new Xeon server chip pushes Itanium closer to end
The end-of-life writing is on the wall for Intel's high-end Itanium chip, with the launch this week of the high-performance usurper, the chip maker's 15-core Xeon E7 v2 chip.

Intel stresses in-memory computing with 15-core server chip
Intel has added up to 15 cores in its latest Xeon E7 v2 family of server processors, but is stressing in-memory computing improvements with the latest chips.

Microsoft sets Oct. 31 as stop date for Windows 7 consumer PC sales
Microsoft has set Oct. 31 as the end of sales of new consumer-grade Windows 7 PCs, but for now has left open the do-not-sell-after-this-date for business machines.

HP adds private catalogs for enterprise apps
Hewlett-Packard is launching a service that could help organizations better manage their Android and iOS mobile apps on employee-owned devices, supporting the BYOD (bring your own device) trend.

HP says security updates will remain free
Hewlett-Packard said security and safety updates will be provided to all its server users after a controversy surrounding the company's decision to restrict access to firmware updates to server customers on warranty or covered by a support agreement.

Oracle 12c database to get speedy SAP certification
There's some good news for the many SAP customers who use Oracle's database underneath SAP applications. Breaking from tradition, SAP will certify its software for the initial major release of the Oracle 12c database.

HP expands OneView into VMware environs
Hewlett-Packard is expanding the scope of its OneView infrastructure management console, releasing a OneView plug-in that should help system administrators more efficiently manage their VMware vCenter operations with OneView functionality.

HP upgrade project meets a NASA that's 'resistant to change'
The inspector general of NASA has issued a report that's critical of both Hewlett-Packard and the space agency for messing up a plan to centralize management of the agency's end-user computing under a $2.5 billion outsourcing contract.

HP finds Autonomy accounting errors, revises financial reports
Hewlett-Packard has revised financial reports for its Autonomy division after the company said that an audit turned up a number of serious accounting errors.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro
Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.

HP envisions the holistic data center
Hewlett-Packard has launched a set of services designed to help organizations manage their data centers more efficiently, using the principles of DCIM (data center infrastructure management).

Qualcomm buys Palm, iPaq patents from HP
Qualcomm has acquired a large patent portfolio related to Palm, iPaq and the Bitfone device management platform from Hewlett-Packard for an undisclosed sum.

HP sticks thumb in Microsoft's eye, discounts consumer Windows 7 PCs
Hewlett-Packard today launched a new online promotion that discounts several consumer PCs by $150 when equipped with Windows 7, saying the four-year-old OS is "back by popular demand."

HP plants a phablet flag in India
Hewlett-Packard launched two new Android phablets on Wednesday for sale in India next month: the HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the Slate7 Voice Tab.

Wall Street Beat: Cautious optimism for tech this year
After a year in which tech stocks boomed but overall IT spending barely eked out single-digit growth, market forecasters are adopting an air of cautious optimism for 2014.

Android heads to desktops as reliance on Web apps grow
More PC makers are bringing Android to desktops as users increasingly turn to the Internet for apps, storage and entertainment.

Oracle buys maker of software-defined networking tech
Oracle is buying Corente, maker of SDN technology for WANs, in a strike against competitors such as Cisco and IBM. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.

HP sees future of laptops in Pro X2 410 hybrid
Hewlett-Packard believes the future of laptops lies in the form of "converged" devices like the Pro X2 410 hybrid, which is a tablet bundled with a detachable keyboard.

As Twitter hires, HP fires
With the attention given to Twitter's IPO, one might assume that the tech industry is dependent on its success. It isn't. Not even close.

HP CEO Whitman gets one heck of a pay raise
After guiding Hewlett-Packard through one crisis after another, CEO Meg Whitman is now earning more than $1 in annual salary.

Computers with brain-like intelligence are getting closer to reality
For decades, scientists have fantasized about creating robots with brain-like intelligence. This year, researchers tempted by that dream made great progress on achieving what has been called the holy grail of computing.

Google and HP's Chromebook 11 charger recalled due to overheating
Google and Hewlett-Packard have recalled the micro-USB chargers of their Chromebook 11 due to fire and burn hazards, an example of an innovation that turned into a problem.

HP makes a case for the private cloud
Hewlett Packard is making the case for private and hybrid clouds in Barcelona this week at its annual HP Discover user conference.

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HP's $199 Windows notebook vs. Chromebooks: FIGHT!

Microsoft and HP: Ripping off the head of Chrome OS?

HP (NYSE:HPQ) seems almost ready to launch its low-cost Windows laptop. Vanguard of the next phase in Microsoft's battle against the ever-growing threat of the Google Chromebook advance, the HP Stream 14 has fairly decent specs at a dirt-cheap price.

We were expecting some sub-$250 units, but aggressive pricing like this is bound to make the market pay attention.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch the movie, but forget the popcorn.

Welcome to The Machine. HP Labs dreamed of a big star...

Welcome, my son.

Welcome to The Machine, says HP (NYSE:HPQ). It's connecting the dots in its research labs: Memristers and silicon photonics are the way forward, says HPLabs. It's also changing the assumptions that the operating systems make. Where have you been? This "changes everything" -- er, Real Soon Now.

It's all right: In IT Blogwatch, bloggers know where you've been.

HP 'bribed' government officials $3.6M; will pay $108M fine

DoJ and SEC get their pound of flesh.

HP (NYSE:HPQ) has, err, "resolved" several allegations that it bribed officials in Mexico and Eastern Europe. The Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission don't take kindly to violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, you see.

Oh. Wait. Did I say "HP"? Of course I actually meant "HP subsidiaries." So that's all right then.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers watch Bill and Dave roll in their respective graves.

HP beats the street: Did firing 34,000 workers work?

Wait. Did I say 'fire'? I meant to say WFR and EER.

In surprise news, HP (NYSE:HPQ) is doing well. Bill 'n' Dave's formerly-eponymous company -- we used to call it Hewlett-Packard -- made more money than expected last quarter.

Meg Whitman seems to be building a solid defense for her strategy of workforce-reduction, enhanced early retirement, and business-refocusing.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers invent reasons for Whitman's success.

Big PC makers aim Android at the heart of Microsoft

Android has long dominated Windows on mobile devices, but now PC makers are doing the previously unthinkable: Aiming it straight at traditional PCs, the heart of Microsoft's core business. Will Microsoft be able to survive this latest assault on Windows?

Calxeda dead: ARM in servers not such a great idea?

ARM servers: A great idea whose time hasn't come.
Calxeda has ceased to be. Not great timing for its employees, sadly. Nor for HP, which was about to launch the ARM-based version of its Project Moonshot hyperscale servers -- looks like it's now stuck on Opteron and Atom. To misquote H2G2: The low-power CPU market is mostly ARMless. In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the future for low-power, ARM-based servers. Or lack of it.

The Chromebook buying guide: Which model should you get?

Choosing a Chromebook can be a difficult decision -- but it doesn't have to be. Here's a simple guide to help you figure out which model is right for you.

Dear Google: We need a midrange Chromebook. Please help

Google, you've got some great stuff going on with Chrome OS these days -- but there's one big piece of the puzzle still missing.

Hands on: The first things you notice about Acer's C720 Chromebook

Acer's new C720 Chromebook couldn't be more different from the recently released HP Chromebook 11 -- both for better and for worse.

Acer Chromebook C720 vs. HP Chromebook 11: What's the deal?

Acer's Chromebook C720 has more horsepower and a lower price than HP's Chromebook 11. So what does HP's system have going for it that makes it worth buying?

HP leads war against Microsoft; will other PC makers follow?

HP, built in part on a long-time partnership with Microsoft, has declared war on its partner, and it's not just a war of words. HP is building multiple devices to compete with Windows machines. Where HP goes, will other PC makers follow?

Will Chromebooks be the dagger in Windows 8's heart?

Sales of Windows-based PCs may be plunging, but shipments of Chromebooks in the second half of the year are expected to rocket by as much as 200% to 300%, according to a just-released export. Acer, Lenovo, HP and Samsung will all be cashing in by launching new Chromebooks. How badly will Windows 8 be hurt?

UK Serious Fraud Office looks at HP Autonomy allegations

London law decides if Mike Lynch is a crook. Hewlett-Packard (NYSE:HPQ) gave evidence about its Autonomy allegations to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) last month, it's emerged. The non-ministerial government department enforces the anti-fraud and -corruption criminal law in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. In IT Blogwatch, stuff gets serious for Lynch and his former staff.

HP bets on Android and Chrome: What happens to Windows?

Long-time Microsoft partner HP is turning to Android and Chrome for new mobile devices. With one of its biggest partners looking to other operating systems in mobile, what does this mean for Microsoft?

The rise of Google's Chromebook army

An interesting thing is happening in the world of Google's Chrome OS -- and in many ways, it's reminiscent of the evolution we've seen in Android.