Highlights from the 2014 LA Auto Show

Hewlett-Packard

Smartphone market gets an old new player as HP buys Palm

The smartphone market was given a massive boost today as the news broke that HP will acquire smartphone pioneer Palm and perhaps most significantly, the Palm webOS mobile operating system. HP's international infrastructure, fiscal strength and influence will ensure Palm now has not only a future, but will now become an even more serious competitor to Apple, Google's Android, RIM, Microsoft et al in US$100 billion smartphone and connected mobile device marketplace.  Read More

An image of a circuit with 17 memristors, each composed of two layers of titanium dioxide ...

The team at HP Labs responsible for building the world’s first memristor in 2008 have discovered their creation has more capabilities than was previously thought. In addition to retaining a history of the information it has acquired making it useful for memory storage devices, the team has found it can perform logic, that could change the way computer systems are designed and enable faster more efficient computers "that would compute like human brains."  Read More

The HP Wall of Touch is made up of as many as nine 43 to 46-inch, 1080p panels

About a year ago, HP began working on a ginormous touchscreen display for their PR firm’s Manhattan offices. The resulting product, called the Wall of Touch, was such a hit that it has found its way into the workplaces of other select clients, with more on the way. Ironically, despite its name, one of the things that makes the Wall unique is that users don’t have to actually touch it.  Read More

HP has unveiled a choice of 20- or 23-inch diagonal wide-screen consumer TouchSmart PCs. U...

HP has burst forth and launched a range of multi-touch computing products comprising three new TouchSmart PCs and a fully-functional interactive 42-inch HD digital signage display, the HP LD4200. The company has also upgraded its multi-touch notebook range with new touch features.  Read More

HP SkyRoom videoconferencing allows users to collaborate quickly, easily and at a minimum ...

At the risk of sounding antiquated, it doesn’t seem so long ago that a face-to-face business meeting involved one or both parties having to jump on an airplane. Teleconferencing helped a little but video conferencing certainly changed the way we do business - although the expense often meant that it was used sparingly. HP has just introduced new videoconferencing software that it claims is not only high-definition and offers live-real-time collaboration, it is also affordable and has no subscription fees.  Read More

The HP Envy 13 with aluminum and magnesium casing

If ya can’t beat 'em, look like ‘em. That seems to be the ethos at HP with the unveiling of its slim new Envy line of notebooks, which take a fair few visual cues from Apple’s MacBook Pro – not that there’s anything wrong with that.  Read More

HP adds Six-Core AMD Opteron processor to HP xw9400 Workstation

Anyone looking at getting a HP xw9400 Workstation has a couple of extra processor options to consider with the company announcing the high-end workstations are now being offered with the Six-Core AMD Opteron 2400 Series processor. According to HP, the extra grunt provided by the new AMD Opteron processors will make the xw9400 a better option for 3-D digital content creation and areas that attract lots of “mega” and “multi” prefixes - “multi-threaded applications, multi-tasking and mega-tasking environments.”  Read More

The new addition to the HP Mini family

Those on the go who like to do it in style will be pleased to hear that HP has added three new models to its popular HP Mini companion PC range. The new editions offer a host of customizable designs and configurations, all in a small package that’s light on weight but heavy on features.  Read More

HP’s Inkjet Web Press at the open house event in LA

It probably won’t fit on your home desktop, but HP’s Inkjet Web Press platform should appeal to print service providers looking to accelerate their transition from analog to digital printing. Offering four-color (CMYK) production printing at an addressable printing resolution of 1,200 x 600 dots per inch (dpi), the HP Inkjet Web Press can churn out prints at the rate of 400 feet (122m) per minute using the latest generation of HP Thermal Inkjet printheads based on the company's Scalable Printing Technology.  Read More

The stickers to look out for

NVIDIA has introduced the NVIDIA SLI Multi-OS, a technology that allows users and visualization applications, for the first time, to take full advantage of multiple NVIDIA Quadro GPUs from a single graphics workstation in a virtualized environment. NVIDIA claims their new technology provides application performance nearly identical to systems configured with a dedicated operating system and GPU while delivering cost savings, more efficient workflow and maximized productivity in markets such as digital content creation, sciences, manufacturing, and oil and gas.  Read More

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