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HP hiring hundreds in Seattle for ‘Helion’ cloud launch, led by former Microsoft exec, betting $1B on OpenStack

HP is launching a broad cloud computing initiative called “HP Helion,” led by a former Microsoft executive, promising to invest $1 billion over the next two years toward Helion projects and doubling down on the OpenStack cloud computing platform. Helion will be centered in downtown Seattle, where the company employs about 70 people and is aiming to hire as many… Read More

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Google, HP recall Chromebook 11 chargers after 9 overheat and melt

Google and HP announced today that they will be recalling all of the chargers for the HP Chromebook 11 after the Consumer Product Safety Commission said the companies received nine complaints about them overheating and melting. Earlier this year, the companies abruptly pulled the budget laptop from retail shelves, following initial reports of the chargers malfunctioning,… Read More

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UPDATED: HP Chromebook 11 disappears from retailers everywhere due to reported charger problems

HP’s latest addition to its Chromebook lineup seems to be in the process of disappearing without a trace. The Chromebook 11, which is supposed to be the latest in the company’s line of laptops that run Google’s Chrome OS, has suddenly disappeared from retail outlets everywhere. The computer’s product page has completely disappeared from Amazon.com,… Read More

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HP’s Meg Whitman: Microsoft turning from partner to rival

Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman delivered an upbeat assessment of the company’s prospects during an address to investors and analysts this morning, saying she has “real confidence that we’re headed in the right direction and we will turn this thing around.” However, Whitman also said she sees two of the company’s partners, Microsoft and Intel, becoming… Read More

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Former Microsoft exec Ray Ozzie named to HP board

HP today named three new directors to its board, and one of the new faces will be very familiar to the computer maker’s longtime partners in Redmond: Ray Ozzie, the former Microsoft chief software architect, is one of the newly appointed HP board members. Ozzie has been working on his own startup, now known as… Read More

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Why does this iMac have an HP logo on it?

At midnight last night Hewlett Packard released their new line of all-in-one PCs, including the flagship, called Spectre One — apparently because the designers were haunted by the ghost of Steve Jobs. Upon viewing the photos now making the rounds on the internet, you’d be forgiven for thinking the desktop was a black-market iMac (or… Read More

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How the iPad made Apple the top ‘PC’ vendor, and what it means for Windows

What is a “personal computer” in 2012? Do tablets count? Most of the major technology research firms say no. As reflected in the chart above, they count PCs and tablets separately when reporting their data. “Media tablets” such as the iPad and Kindle Fire are separate from traditional desktop and notebook computers. But increasingly it’s becoming… Read More

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HP’s Windows 8 slate? Leak provides possible sneak peek

Microsoft is positioning Windows 8 to work not only on traditional computers but also on tablets, aiming to compete more effectively against the iPad. The Apple device has been making inroads not only among consumers but also in businesses — striking at the heart of Microsoft’s traditional profit center. So how will PC makers leverage… Read More

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HP takes aim at Amazon.com with new cloud services

Hewlett-Packard is the latest technology giant looking to chip away at Amazon.com’s lead in cloud computing services, with the computer giant expected to unveil a new offering today dubbed the HP Converged Cloud. The New York Times reports that  it marks the company’s first real foray into offering public cloud services to large and small companies…. Read More

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Tech Moves: Robert Wise joins MTN; RealNetworks taps CFO; REI’s promotions; and more

Robert Wise has been named chief innovation officer at MTN Satellite Communications, charged with building up the company’s product and technical team in Seattle. Wise most recently served as an engineering vice president in HP’s public cloud computing business, and before that served as an executive at Seattle mobile music startup Melodeo and as a… Read More

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HP keeps PC business, will it resurrect TouchPad next?

HP, the world’s largest PC maker, won’t be selling its PC business, after all. The company announced the news this afternoon, making its biggest reversal yet under the direction of new CEO Meg Whitman. The announcement doesn’t address the other big move that HP made back in August — the decision to discontinue its lineup of webOS devices,… Read More

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Amazon buying Palm? This doesn’t make a whole lot of sense

A report by VentureBeat overnight quotes an anonymous source saying that Amazon.com is “in serious negotiations” to buy Palm from HP, acquiring assets including the well-regarded webOS software for smartphones and tablets. It’s getting a lot of attention in the tech media this morning. The logic? “By purchasing the remnants of Palm, Amazon would have free… Read More

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Morning Radar: iPhone 5 date, Facebook overhaul, more turmoil for HP

A quick rundown of stories catching our attention this morning … Apple’s iPhone 5 is set to be unveiled Oct. 4, with the device available for purchase within a few weeks of the announcement, reports John Paczkowski of AllThingsD this morning, citing unnamed sources. Fortune speculates that the actual availability of the device could be sooner. Apple’s… Read More

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GeekWire Radio: High-tech football, T-Mobile’s future, inside the world of geocaching

This week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast, we talk about the UW football team’s use of high-tech cameras to gain a competitive edge; the Justice Department’s move to block the AT&T/T-Mobile merger; Amazon.com’s new Kindle feature for asking authors questions from inside books; and the second life for the HP TouchPad. Our guest… Read More

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Amazon, Facebook, PAX and Seattle’s status as a tech hub (GeekWire on KUOW)

We talked about HP’s decision to discontinue its webOS devices, the prospects for Amazon.com taking on Apple’s iPad, Facebook’s new privacy controls, Scientific American naming Seattle the No. 1 tech city in the country, and this weekend’s Penny Arcade Expo — geez, we covered lots of stuff – during GeekWire’s periodic appearance on the Weekday program… Read More

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Morning Radar: TouchPad is a best seller; Online video rankings; and more

How do you drive interest in your consumer electronics gadget? Well, you discontinue it, of course.  Engadget notes that HP’s heavily-discounted TouchPad — a tablet computer that’s being phased out — is now among the best selling consumer electronics devices on Amazon.com. nLight Corp., a profitable Vancouver, Washington maker of semiconductor laser technology used in… Read More

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Trapeze artists, TouchPads, Angry Birds … and other quotes of the week

The best insights, observations, comments, tweets and random zingers we heard this week. “I am last to speak at #is15. The trapeze artist had better not be RIGHT before me.” — tech journalist Glenn Fleishman, contemplating his lot in life before speaking at Ignite Seattle. (More on the event in our earlier post.) “Overnighting at #mindcamp. Amazed by… Read More

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HP shedding PC business: Why Microsoft should buy it

Bloomberg News caused a big stir in the tech world today with a report that Hewlett-Packard is looking to spin off its PC business to focus more on software and cloud services, in connection with a possible acquisition of software maker Autonomy. HP is the largest PC maker in the world, shipping more than 15 million… Read More