We've reviewed a steady stream of low-cost desktops over the past few weeks, and with the posting of our eMachines T3646 review this morning, we finally achieved critical mass. Click on through to our roundup of five budget desktops, which includes systems from Dell, eMachines, HP, and Shuttle. You won't find Wi-Fi or graphics cards on these systems, but you might be surprised at what kind of system you can get for the same price as a game console.
Hewlett-Packard is often thought of as a conservative Silicon Valley institution, not an industry mover and shaker. Yet for the second time this decade, HP is sticking its neck out with a huge merger. First Compaq, now EDS. Wow!
Lots of industry people will certainly write or blog about corporate synergies and how this deal will affect the overall services industry, but my focus is a bit smaller. I believe this deal really ups the ante for HP in the networking space.
As a solutions provider and government outsourcer, EDS builds a lot of big data centers and enterprise applications … Read more
I'm not a big fan of surveys, so I don't quote them often. But a recent Consumer Reports survey about PC manufacturers listed Apple as No. 1 in tech support, with Lenovo second, Dell third, and HP dead last. I should also say that Dell came in second in desktops.
I thought the headline should be "Survey says leading PC maker HP dead last in tech support." But that's not what happened. The media hailed Apple, trashed Dell, and gave HP a pass.
Horror stories about Dell's support are all over the blogosphere. Why is that? I mean, why does the media give Dell such a hard time?
Because perception is reality. But aside from being a pithy statement, what does that really mean?… Read more
One of the curses, I suppose, of knowing one's high-tech history is that way too many news items cause me to go, "Here we go again!"
The proximate tidbit this time is, of course, the news that Hewlett-Packard is acquiring services giant EDS for $13.9 billion. Various news organizations had previously pegged the deal value between $12 billion and $13 billion. The New York Times described it at a $12.6 billion cash transaction.
When we last saw this play, it was with Carly Fiorina in the role of HP's chief executive, looking to spend … Read more
Updated at 8:30 a.m. PDT with additional analyst comment.
Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday it will acquire computer services firm EDS for $25 per share, or $13.9 billion, in a deal intended to boost HP's services revenue.
On Monday night, HP had confirmed that the two companies were in talks, following news reports earlier in the day.
The deal will create a computer services giant intended to rival IBM in the market for serving business customers.
HP said the deal, which has been unanimously approved by the HP and EDS boards of directors, will close in the second … Read more
Updated at 2:20 p.m. PST.
Hewlett-Packard is in talks to buy Electronic Data Systems, HP confirmed Monday.
The Wall Street Journal initially reported the two have been in talks for HP to buy EDS for $12 billion to $13 billion, citing unnamed sources. An agreement between the world's largest computer maker and the IT services provider could come as early as Tuesday, according to the Journal.
Shares of HP were down 6 percent after the story posted, and HP confirmed that trading of its stock has been halted. EDS shares were up 27 percent on the news. … Read more
Following its massive overhaul earlier this year, HP Labs will begin a more formal and focused program doing collaborative research with universities.
Beginning Wednesday, the research and development arm of Hewlett-Packard will begin accepting proposals from university researchers anywhere in the world.
Proposals will be accepted until mid-June, then judged and awarded in the fall. The winners will receive a grant ranging from $50,000 to $75,000, which is enough for each professor who wins to hire at least one graduate student, according to HP's Office of Open Innovation.
"In the past, we did a lot of … Read more
There have been various efforts to bring YouTube to the TV and other devices that bypass the computer, from Apple TV and TiVo in the living room to Archos on the road. But most of these have centered on boxes made by third parties and not the TV makers themselves.
Hewlett-Packard is trying to fill that void with its "MediaSmart" products, which include an HDTV receiver that allows viewers "to create multiple playlists from anywhere they watch TV." There's a hefty price to watch those homemade cat videos on a big screen, however, as the … Read more
Regardless of whether you believe in the recession, you have to admit it's looking like lean times in laptop-land, with only a handful of products hitting the market this week.
But sometimes a handful is enough. Gamers will no doubt be satiated by news that the long-awaited Alienware Area-51 m17x is finally available for order, even if its starting price is a wallet-squeezing $2,199. Also for gamers, Asus dished the deets on its 17-inch G70 gaming laptop. Frequent travelers will be psyched that the Lenovo IdeaPad U110, a Best of CES Award winner, is officially available for purchase (… Read more