Hewlett-Packard Company’s (NYSE:HPQ) first laptop under the current Chief Executive Meg Whitman was a “brick”, as she described its weight and heavy appearance. The firm’s new line of PCs are to debut for the holidays, according to the Wall Street Journal. Whitman is now relying upon PCs that have a better appearance, as she hopes that her company might one day compete with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) as the industry’s benchmark for sleek design; H-P is already the world’s largest PC maker by volume.
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Intel Corporation (NASDAQ:INTC) has provided additional details about its chips of the future, at 2012’s Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, in announcements which indicate that it will take a different approach to the cloud. Its competitors AMD and ARM.Intel spent a good deal of the show emphasizing its upcoming Haswell processor, and not discussing things outside the processor, such as the networking fabric. Mark Davis, chief architect at the ARM-based server supplier Calxeda, commented that, “With Haswell, [Intel] is continuing to try to rectify the sins of their heritage — performance at all cos. Haswell is starting to incorporate some of the basic power management mechanisms that ARM and ARM system-on-a-chip vendors have been refining over an extended period of time.”
JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE:JPM): Private-equity companies that want to divest assets are turning to special types of securities which promise investors annual yields of as much as 19 percent, for years to come. These securities, master limited partnerships, are known for predictable income streams and relative safety, but some investors and analysts are concerned that these new MLPs carry much more risk than their predecessors, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) will conduct one of its largest series of intros ever, featuring new versions or updates of almost all its products and services, from Windows Server to Office, Windows to Windows Phone. And if that is not enough, the firm is launching its first branded computing devices, to be known as the Surface tablets.
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