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AT&T Texting Users Location-Based Shopping Deals with ShopAlerts

AT&T has launched a new service called ShopAlerts, which sends promotional text messages to subscribers who are near certain retailers. According to The New York Times, AT&T is now the first American carrier to push location-based ads via text messages. The free service will soon be available for subscribers in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and San Francisco. The technology AT&T u...

HP's 'Everybody On' Grammys Ad Appeals to Nobody

During last night's Grammys broadcast, HP ran a comprehensively awful commercial for its TouchPad, combining a track from Lou Reed with a script straight from 'Everyone Poops.' The idea behind the ad is simple: with the TouchPad, you can do a lot of different things. It's a message that the company probably could've portrayed in a million ways. For some reason, though, HP decided to build...

webOS is Coming to Desktops and Laptops

After all the TouchPad, Pre 3 and Veer hoopla passed, HP dropped a bit of a bombshell at today's press event: webOS is coming to PCs. Whether that's as a primary OS or as a quick-boot option, we're not sure, but the company is working on bringing the smartphone and tablet OS to full-sized computers later this year....

Is webOS Back? HP Launches TouchPad, Veer and Pre 3

HP snatched up Palm in 2010, and we've been waiting to see just how the computer company planned to use its new property. The only glimpse until now had been the Pre 2, a rather underwhelming upgrade to the original Pre, which was a mighty fine device that simply failed to capture the public's imagination. HP isn't ready to let the brand simply wither and die, though, and with good reason: WebOS ...

HP and UCB Team Up for Live Improv Show

On January 21st, HP will debut an improv comedy miniseries on YouTube and Facebook. For two hours, actors at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater will perform short skits based on viewer suggestions, beginning at 3 p.m. EST. Shortly after the livestream, individual skits will be posted on YouTube to share. As an added bonus, the show (called 'HP ePrint Live') will be hosted by the hilarious and i...

Gift Guide: HP Envy 14, a Sleek Laptop for Under $1000

Sure, all the hubbub these days seems to be over tablet PCs and touchscreens, but let's not forget about the real workhorses, which upon we depend when we really need to get stuff done: laptops. This past summer, we fell for HP's crafty little 13-incher, the Envy 13. It was a lot of laptop to squeeze into such a small, pretty package. Still, we had a few minor misgivings, and apparently (and thank...

HP Forks Over $16.25 Million to Settle School Bribery Case

The FCC's E-Rate program provides many schools around the country with money to support their computer networks. It also provides opportunities for private tech companies, who can bid for school contracts under what's supposed to be an open and fair process. Hewlett Packard, however, recently came under fire for allegedly bribing certain school officials with lavish gifts in an attempt to rig the...

HP Slate Aims Higher than iPad with $799 Pricing

We first got a peek at the mysterious HP Slate in January at CES. Since that time, it's made only fleeting appearances on our radar and the project seemed to be all but dead. But HP surprised us all by making the Slate 500 official on Thursday. The Atom-powered, 8.9-inch tablet is available to order now, but units won't start shipping until November 12. Inside the $799 tablet you'll find a 1.86 G...

Web OS 2.0 and Palm Pre 2 Get Official, France Gets First Dibs

The first webOS-based handset released since HP snatched up Palm was officially announced today and, in addition to packing more powerful innards, the Pre 2 ushers in the era of webOS 2.0. WebOS 2.0 boasts what HP calls "true multitasking" (taking an obvious potshot at Apple's iOS), support for Flash 10.1 and HP Synergy for syncing your data from several services. In addition, the Pre 2 features ...

Malware Reaches Record Level, Verizon and Google Plan Draws Criticism

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... It's time to refresh those data protection skills (even for Macs users apparently), because security firm McAfee contends that malware production reached a record high during the first half of 2010. [From: Reuters] The HP/Palm offices are growing increasingly barren, and Peter Skillman (reportedly the man behind the Pre) has bec...

Jodie Fisher 'Saddened' Over HP CEO Mark Hurd's Resignation

On Friday, Mark Hurd resigned from his position as CEO and President of HP, amid accusations of sexual harassment. Now, the woman behind the accusations has revealed her identity to the world, and has offered her condolences to her former boss. Jodie Fisher, a 50-year-old former actress and reality TV star, knew Hurd while working as a marketing consultant for HP. From 2007 to 2009, she regula...

White iPhone 4 Delayed Again, 'Horrendous' vBulletin Flaws Could Expose Thousands

Highlights from this morning's other big tech headlines.... The white iPhone 4 manufacturing problems have apparently forced Apple to delay the model's release to sometime "later this year." [From: Engadget] Internet Brands released a patch for its flawed vBulletin message board software this week, but reportedly there are persistent, "horrendous" vulnerabilities that could compromise p...

HP, Yahoo! Team Up To Launch Targeted Ad Campaign

Last week, Hewlett-Packard unveiled its online printing program, which allows users to remotely print Web content from their computers or phones. Along with the program, the company launched a new service called "scheduled delivery," which enables customers to regularly print pages at specified times. Now, in order to promote these new features, the company has joined forces with Yahoo! to launch...

HP Plugs Printers Into the Cloud, Lets You Print from Google Docs

Hewlett-Packard announced yesterday a new line of printers that have their own e-mail addresses in an attempt to breathe new life into printing. Rather than connect a device to the printer, you can simply e-mail a document, photo or PDF to one of HP's new machines, and it will be waiting in the printer's tray when you get home. The company hopes these new printers, which will be released over the ...

HP Claims Cow Manure Could Power Server Farms

Oddly enough, cow manure could be a possible solution for technology companies looking for cheaper real estate and electricity. According to The New York Times, a paper written by Hewlett-Packard engineers proposes that tech companies build facilities near dairy farms and use biogas, which is a type of methane created from cow manure, to power their server farms. HP claims that 10,000 cows could p...