This has not been a good time at all for HP. First,
their TouchPad disaster caused the CEO, Leo Apotheker, to be replaced. The new exec, eBay's former CEO, Meg Whitman, said she was going to stay the course and continue HP's plans to restructure and sell-off it's computer business.
This week, more bad news for HP. Their Chief Technical Officer, Shane Robison, has left the building. Robison, who also served on the HP executive council, will be leaving the company on November 1st after serving for over 11 years. However, his position will not be filled once his desk clears out.
Four months ago at
E3 2011, Sony, while trying to recover from its breach bonanza, gave us a peek at their upcoming 24" 3DTV that could display two different images, simultaneously. We learned that we would see this TV sometime around the holidays and it would sell for $499, but that was it.
This week, however, Sony let us in on their plan for this really cool game room TV.
The future is looking bright for people looking for an excuse to touch themselves and other ad hoc surfaces with purpose, literally. Chris Harrison of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and Microsoft researchers Hrvoje Benko and Andrew Wilson have been focusing their efforts on creating OmniTouch technology that expands touchscreen surfaces beyond the normal array of touchscreen devices like the phones and tablets that we have all become so accustomed to. They realized that the average human hand has more surface area than most touchscreen phones and that there were a lot of usable surfaces already existing in the real world, like your hand, coffee tables and notepads, that could be put to better use. According to Benko,
We wanted to capitalize on the tremendous surface area the real world provides. The surface area of one hand alone exceeds that of typical smart phones. Tables are an order of magnitude larger than a tablet computer.
Find out how this is possible after the break.
The PS Vita first came to our attention in January of this year when it became known that Sony was working on its next generation portable (NGP) device that hopefully wouldn't not be a PSP re-hash... again. We got a
glimpse of what we could expect the hardware to be but were left in the dark as to whether Sony would actually improve the device besides beefing up the hardware or not.
Five months later, at
E3 2011, the Vita came to light and everyone's speculation was surprisingly put to rest by a very good Sony keynote. This is something they desperately needed after extensive PSN outages in April that went unresolved until May 14th after Geo Hotz tweeted a major PSN security flaw. Their keynote was also an extension of the Welcome Back for Sony's handheld gaming devices that had been floundering for years. The key changes that will give the Vita a fighting chance are the addition of a new Android-like operating system that has replaced the old XCrossMediaBar, the PSN functionality that is incorporated with Vita and addition of touch-controls, which were demonstrated through an Uncharted: Golden Abyss demo.
Sadly, a few months after the great news, Sony broke some bad news to the U.S. and Europe about when they could get these devices in their pants. Hit the break to find out more.
Over the past few months, Google has been incredibly active. The company has had
comical auction bids, several rounds of product closures, as well as a visual redesign of current products and launches of new products. This has all been since co-founder Larry Page's return to the company in an attempt to make Google profitable and relevant again.
The latest Google product to fall victim to the redesigned interface is Google Reader. This one won't just be a refresh to make it look like the rest of Google - there will be a lot of features removed, and some new ones added. On the list of things going is: friends, Reader sharing and favoriting (starring). You also will not be able to share subscriptions with friends (partially because friends are going away). All of these features will be replaced by integrations of the Google + brands; the +1 button and Google+ social networking.
How does Google plan to handle the inevitable objections? Hit the break ot find out.
We all know that the era of hard drives is coming to an end, replaced by the quicker, more power-efficient
solid state drives. Between a technology shift and a number of conspiracies and scandals, Samsung and Hitachi have decided to close up shop on their hard drive businesses and sell them off to the competition.
The problem here is that the competition is few and far between. In fact, as of right now, there are only 4 companies manufacturing hard drives: Hitachi, Samsung, Western Digital and Seagate. Because of this, Western Digital has agreed to purchase Hitachi's business for $4.3 billion and Seagate will pickup Samsung's business for $1.375 billion. Clearly the, now, big 2 believe there is still enough of a market to shell out a combined $5.675 billion to lock-in the industry.
Why would they spend the money instead of just letting these guys fail? Hit the break to find out.