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Published: January 03, 2017

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 At HP, innovation is a cycle of constant reinvention.

New products – whether an upgrade of a previous version or the first in a new brand – are born from an innovation cycle that’s powered by customer insights. Whether that insight comes from researching market trends, studying user habits or responding to other technologies, we’re constantly looking at ways to innovate and make an experience with one of our products better.

This week, during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, we’re putting that innovation cycle into the spotlight with updates to some of our key products, including the 15” HP Spectre x360 laptop and the ENVY Curved 34" All-in-One PC.

While some of the changes we’ve introduced are bold and others are subtle, each update is made for a specific reason and thoughtfully integrated to make an already good experience even better.

 

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The new 15” HP Spectre x360 laptop, announced this week, is an example of that innovation cycle at work. By listening to customers, we knew that 65 percent of them prefer 15-inch displays and that 93 percent prefer the Ultra HD, or 4K, resolution.

 To address and anticipate the needs of customers, we added an NVIDIA 940MX discrete graphics chip that increased the height of the laptop by a mere 1.9mm – or the thickness of a nickel – and included a larger battery, too. We also included the Fast Charge technology that juices the battery to 50 percent in just 30 minutes.

We also know that customers like the freedom that comes with using a stylus pen, so we are using a panel with Ink Certification for N-trig pen to ensure more seamless interactions, whether taking notes, marking up PDFs, drawing or browsing without leaving fingerprints.

Meanwhile, we also reduced the laptop’s overall footprint. With 97 percent of users preferring a thin bezel or no bezel at all, we shifted to a “micro-edge display” design that reduced the bezel width by 70 percent, now only 4.65mm thin on both sides.

Finally, customers told us how much they loved the Ash Silver color on earlier products so the Spectre x360 sports a fully CNC machined aluminum chassis in Ash Silver with copper accents – and made that color an option on a new 13” version, too.

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HP ENVY 34" Curved All-in-One

When it comes to premium all-in-one PCs, we also know a few things about usage and users.

In the home, an all-in-one becomes a focal point in the living room and a digital hub for the family, a place where people store their photos and music and watch movies. That means, for some consumers, it needs to look just as good as it works.20160804_HPI_LA_SCHUMI_SHOT3_391.jpg

The HP ENVY 34-inch Curved All-in-One announced this week does just that, adding a wider curved display and even more improvements to the 27-inch ENVY AIO announced earlier this year.

Because the screen is curved, we were able to taper the edges even more, giving it a near-invisible look. The Micro-Edge border around the display is almost non-existent, just 10.5mm wide on the sides and top and 14mm on the bottom.

And when you consider that the graceful die cast neck almost disappears when its chrome polish meets ambient light, it creates the impression of a floating display.

The display itself is an Ultra WQHD panel with almost 5 million pixels, or 40 percent more than a Full HD display, and a 178-degree viewing angle. According to experts, the blue light emitted from the screen can make viewers more restless at night, so we've included a filter option in the screen controls to reduce it.

But the ENVY 34 Curved AIO is also a PC, and that means customers want the latest technologies and connectivity ports, like the USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 port that’s been added. 

Pop-up web camera.Pop-up web camera.Even user security is part of the updates. When users told us that they were concerned about webcam security, we designed the HD IR Privacy Camera so that it pops up on a spring mechanism when it’s needed. When it’s no longer needed, the user just presses it down to hide it and make sure no one can spy on them via the camera.

With every product we release, we keep learning and keep innovating so that the experience with HP products gets better every time.

Other updates to the 2016 Premium Holiday portfolio include:

  • The Spectre x360 13.3” now offers 4K display and Intel Iris Graphics options with the added choice Ash Silver with Copper accents. It is also Windows Ink Certified.
  • The HP ENVY 13.3” laptop gives customer the choice of Modern Gold in addition to Silver finishes.
  • The HP ENVY All-in-One 27” now offers 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i processors and a 4K display option.

Reinvention through innovation is the HP way and it ensures that with every new product, the experiences are always getting better.CES_CTA_Combo_Logo_1.jpg

 Get all of HP's news during CES by reading the blog and following the HP Newsroom on Twitter.

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Published: April 19, 2017

Android Jones' installation inside the HP Antarctic dome.Android Jones' installation inside the HP Antarctic dome.

From rendering award-winning animated films to propelling cutting-edge research on the International Space Station, HP’s lineup of Workstations are known for powering the most innovative—and compute-intensivetypes of work.

At the Coachella Music and Art Festival this week, HP can add immersive art installations to the long list of Workstation-powered creativity.

HP partnered with visual artists Android Jones and Eric Paré at Coachella, where they’ve installed mind-blowing, immersive installations for festival-goers to experience at the HP Antarctic dome and the HP Lounge.

At the heart of both of the art experiences are HP Workstations, which brought powerful technology to the artists’ fingertips.

 

Painting with light

Photographer Eric Paré tapped HP Workstations to create an interactive “light painting” installation called “Kinetic Art.”

Light painting in the "Kinetic Art" installation at the HP Lounge.Light painting in the "Kinetic Art" installation at the HP Lounge.His technique involves using dozens of high-speed cameras to capture moving light trails against a dark background. The composite images, taken in 120 degrees around his subject, creates dynamic shapes in an explosion of color for a one-of-a-kind photo.

As the cameras snap in succession, participants can use the motion of their bodies to leave a trail of light. The resulting few seconds of video can be rendered out into a still image or shared as an animated gif on social media.

Capturing each image required a custom rig made up of some 28 cameras and two HP Workstations, which Paré said “made the whole experience super-smooth.”

“No matter how optimized is our software, there's a lot of processing going on here,” he said. “HP gave us the best performance we've ever had so far.”

 

Enter the Antarctic

The centerpiece of HP’s Coachella experience is housed inside 60-foot tall geodesic dome, dubbed the “Antarctic,” that brings digital artist Android Jones’ vision to life.

Festival-goers can lounge on bean bag chairs inside the dome and watch an 8-minute show that combines animated digital art and music in a sequence that’s right out of Jones’ imagination.2017-04-19_15-17-10.jpg

He describes it as a journey of colorful, shifting, organic shapes that starts with molecular imagery that slowly builds on itself to form more complex objects, including a massive eyeball. The second half of the piece is a visual trip where the viewer is “flying through this interdimensional kaleidoscope and merry-go-rounds of archetypes, shapes and faces,” according to Jones, who describes himself as an “electro-mineralist.”

Creating this 360-degree experience inside the domethe largest installation of this type for Jonestook a massive amount of computing power to render the images projected onto the dome, which covered some 11,000 square feet.

Jones estimates each image had to be about 8,000 by 15,000 pixels in size in order to project them on the interior of the dome at 60 frames per second, a feat he described as the “highest output we have worked with.”

Scene from the Antarctic dome.Scene from the Antarctic dome.“We had to create huge map images to render out the frames and create the full-dome, immersive experience,” Jones said. “We needed to be working at the highest level of computation and we needed some really powerful workstations to render it within the timeline. That was made possible by the HP machines.”

In a separate installation inside the HP Lounge, Jones tapped HP’s OMEN gaming computers to create a more intimate experience with his art. In this installation, festival-goers could don VR headsets to manipulate and interact with a shorter version of what was playing on a loop in the Antarctic dome.

Jones and his tech team rendered art using the latest NVDIA graphics processors cranking at astonishing speedssome 11 teraflops, or about 11 trillion calculations per secondto generate a VR experience that can trick the human brain into thinking computer-generated imagery is real.

Jones, who’s toured with music festivals for more than a decade, said that if his audience has one thing in common, it’s that “people want to get their minds blown and they want to see something they’ve never seen before,” he said. “These tools enable a whole new level and dimension of creative possibilities.”

Weekend two of Coachella continues through April 23. For exclusive content, follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #HPCoachella and @HP.

 

Published: April 14, 2017

A peek inside the 360-degree projection theater, the centerpiece  of HP's Antarctic Dome at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival.A peek inside the 360-degree projection theater, the centerpiece of HP's Antarctic Dome at the Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival.

While this weekend some 300,000 people are set to descend on the quiet California desert town of Indio for the not-so-hushed Coachella Valley Music and Art Festival, HP will be there to bring a different kind of experience to the mostly-Millennial crowd.   

Distinct from other generations in the way they use technology to chronicle and revisit their memorable moments, Millennial festival-goers this year will have the opportunity to create, reinvent and share their discoveries in what’s set to be a truly unforgettable Coachella experience.Desert scene unfolds inside the Antarctic Dome.Desert scene unfolds inside the Antarctic Dome.

HP, the official technology sponsor of Coachella, installed a much-talked about 11,000-square-foot dome, called “The Antarctic” and the smaller HP Lounge, where festival-goers can immerse themselves in innovative experiences using HP powerful computers.

Ahead of the show, HP announced the latest Pavilion lineup of PCs.  The Pavilion x360 convertible comes in three sizes, an 11.6-inch 14-inch and 15.6-inch diagonal screen versions that can be used as traditional laptops or with a touchscreen and Active Pen, as a tablet for designing, drawing and notetaking.

Read the press release and view all the specs here.

New Pavilion x360 in tablet mode with Active Pen.New Pavilion x360 in tablet mode with Active Pen.What’s different about the Pavilion x360 lineupbesides that HP has turned up the amp on performance, processing and graphics—is that it has several features and design elements that were borrowed from HP’s Premium consumer laptops.

“Our research tells us that our customers want a PC that does everything and can handle a variety of tasks simultaneously,” said Renata Gaspar, director of product marketing for consumer personal systems at HP. “But what’s also exciting about the Pavilion x360 is that they’re designed for personal expression.”

The theme of self-expression and creativity runs throughout HP’s Coachella installations.Digital artist Android JonesDigital artist Android Jones

The Antarctic dome, which is about 120 feet in diameter and 60 feet tall, houses a 500-seat projection theater that plays 360-degree audio/visual, sensory experience powered by HP workstations. Inside, viewers can go on an adventure designed by Android Jones, a cutting-edge projection artist who brings together digital art, animation and music for immersive “journeys.”

Inside the smaller, sister dome, the HP Lounge, festival-goers can take HP’s newest Pavilion x360 convertible PC for a spin and try out its Windows Ink feature to design their own bandana, and then print their custom art with an HP large-format printer. There’s also a chance to pose with photographer Eric Pare’s light-sculptures in a 120-degree photo to share on social media.  

This type of experiential, high-touch marketing is new for HP, which is looking to introduce its brand to a new generation of technology consumers, Gaspar said.  

“This is a big departure from traditional advertising,” she said. “We are driving an emotional connection by bringing immersive experiences into new physical spaces.”

Eric Pare's "light painting"Eric Pare's "light painting"Other installations include “Light Ink,” where attendees can design a real-life kaleidoscope with the HP Inking Laser Show, created on HP’s Spectre x360 laptop. They can also manipulate what’s being displayed in the Antarctic dome with VR-enabled OMEN X desktop gaming rig.

HP is positioning itself at the apex of music, art and technology, with product innovation underpinning all three, according to Gaspar.

“HP wants attendees to be able to experience for themselves how these come together to enable them to express their unique creativity in new ways,” she said. “We want to ‘wow’ people and show them things that they never thought they could do with HP technology.”

Weekend 1 of Coachella continues through April 16th. For exclusive content, follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #HPCoachella and @HP.

Published: February 14, 2017

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Consumers are familiar with the nefarious ways that hackers can infiltrate their technology. From viruses and malware to breaches of confidential data and identity theft – they are aware of the security risks that come with connecting to any type of networked device.

What they might not know, however, is that they are more likely to expose themselves and their employers to costly cyberattacks by using IT-issued PCs and printers than they are to have sensitive information stolen by an anonymous hacker.

Aging PCs with third-party security software and unsecured shared printers are particularly vulnerable “blind spots” in enterprise networks, explains Vikrant Batra, Global Head of Marketing for Imaging and Printing at HP.

In fact, just two percent of the hundreds of millions of printers deployed in offices around the world have any type of security measures in place. 

The_Wolf_MovierPoster_LR_tcm245_2402995_tcm245_2403004_tcm245-2402995.jpg“The printers in today’s enterprise environments are as sophisticated as any computing device,” Batra says. “Hackers can pull data from a printer’s hard drive, or get access to your company’s network. And how many times have you walked by the printer and seen printouts with sensitive information just sitting there?”

 

Meet “The Wolf”

One way HP is getting the word out about this major corporate blind spot is by teaming up with actor Christian Slater for a new, branded short film series that debuted today called “The Wolf.” 

Watch the full series hereThe Wolf Starring Christian Slater | HP Studios

“The Wolf” highlights the ease with which skillful cybercriminals can hack corporate networks. In the serialized short films, Slater riffs on his role as a hacker in the award-winning TV series “Mr. Robot” and systematically infiltrates a company entirely through vulnerabilities in unprotected printers and PCs. Starting in the mailroom and moving up to the executive boardroom, he breaches a fictional company’s most sensitive data via an abandoned printout, the printer interface, and even an innocently downloaded gift certificate.

It’s the everyday-ness of these actions that make them so dangerous, Batra notes. 

“We really want to connect with IT decision makers, CIOs, and CISOs and engage this audience with a message that they’ll pay attention to,” he says. “It’s extremely important to have all aspects of the ecosystem secured.”The Wolf Boardroom.jpg

At HP, that means designing industry-leading hardware and software solutions with innovative features across multiple levels of security. In HP’s printers, that includes the Jet Advantage Security Manager, secure boot-up, firmware validation, and run-time code protections while HP’s lineup of business PCs deploys HP Sure Click, HP Sure View, and HP Sure Start Gen3. Together, these built-in protections enable HP to offer the most secure PCs and printers in the world.

HP is also working to continually improve security for what Batra calls the “three Ds” — data, document, and device.

“We want to secure all of them,” he said. “If you have HP security, you are in really good hands.”

To learn more, visit  www.hp.com/TheWolf and follow @HPBusiness.

Published: February 13, 2017

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When HP declared its mission was to make life better for everyone, everywhere, no one likely considered that “everywhere” might extend past boundaries of the Earth’s atmosphere.

HP’s lineup of high-performance mobile workstations, called ZBooks, are among the technology tools that are found not only on the International Space Station (ISS), but also on the ground at Mission Control.

Today, HP announced that it’s partnering with Intel to launch an innovative new contest, the “Life in Space” Design Challenge, which will tap some of the brightest engineering minds at universities across the U.S. to develop a product that can improve the lives of astronauts in space. 

HP20151008376-Studio-left facing copy2.jpgUndergraduate student teams from prestigious engineering schools across the country will be outfitted with HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstations, powered by Intel® Core i7® processors, to help them design a manufacture-able product to improve life in space for our astronauts. 

 

“We’re looking to the country’s brightest engineering minds to put HP’s ZBook technology to work by designing and prototyping a product that will make life better for the astronauts on the ISS,” said Lisa Baker, Director, Business & Personal Systems Marketing at HP. “ZBook Studio Mobile Workstations will enable their imaginations to soar, while offering the high-performance specs to make their creations come to fruition.”

Maintaining relatively comfortable living and working conditions while on the ISS is something NASA’s been grappling with ever since the first crew arrived in 2000. Questions from how to help astronauts maintain their physical and mental health to the quality and variety of the vacuum-sealed food they subsist upon might spark a revolutionary new product idea.

 

About the contest

HP and Intel are engaging with student teams from Carnegie Mellon University, Georgia Tech, Ohio State, University of Texas, Oregon State University, Arizona State University, Virginia Tech University and Clemson University for the challenge.Astronaut in space web size.jpg

During the first phase of the contest, teams of five students from each school will determine their design and provide a conceptual sketch showcasing their idea as well as a brief team video.

At the end of the month, they’ll submit a work-in-progress CAD (computer assisted design) file of their idea. In the next and final phase in mid-March, the teams will submit fully-rendered CAD files and a video that explains the design overview and finer points of their product vision.

In late March, a judging panel made up of representatives from HP and Intel will narrow down the participant list to three finalists and opens up the voting to the public via social media. Winners will be announced in early April.

 

Each member of the winning team will receive:

  • One HP ZBook Studio Mobile Workstation with Intel® Core i7® processor
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 dock with notebook bag
  • A four-day trip to Orlando including a tour of NASA’s Cape Canaveral and a day at Epcot for an exclusive HP Mission Mars Experience

 

Workstations on the frontlines

The powerful desktops, used by creative types to render, store and send massive files such as detailed architectural plans or CGI dinosaurs in major motion pictures, have long been the reliable workhorses for designers, engineers, architects andyes, astronauts.

They were selected by NASA for their impressive specs, which combine top performance, reliability, innovation and durable design, for a truly stellar work experience—no matter if the office is in a cubicle or located 200 miles above the surface of the Earth.

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Published: February 13, 2017

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For would-be cybercriminals, finding a victim is often as simple as just waiting for an errant click of the mouse. That’s because sooner or later, an employee will click on something while web surfing that could open the door to an unknown threat.

In fact, most security experts say web browsers are the preferred route for hackers to penetrate corporate networks and steal confidential data and financial assets. And, despite significant improvements in browser security, all cybercriminals have to do is wait for such missteps to happen, allowing their malware, ransomware or other exploits to run wild on an enterprise network.

Enterprise security remains a hot topic at the RSA Conference, which kicked off today in San Francisco. It’s where HP announced its latest effort to grow its offering of the most secure and manageable PCs in the industry.

HP announced today a new feature called HP Sure Click, which works by creating micro virtual machines (Micro VMs) around each Explorer or Chromium tab employees open while they’re online. Built in close collaboration with Bromium, Inc., Sure Click enables every web page to operate as if it was contained in a virtual bubble, isolated from the network. If a piece of malware attacks a browsing session, it doesn’t really matter because it simply goes away when the infected tab is closed. 

Sure Click will be available as a web download this spring for the HP EliteBook x360 1030 G2, the convertible business PC that caught headlines when it was unveiled at CES earlier this year.

 Securing endpoint devices on corporate networks continues to be a significant challenge for businesses, which reported a 232 percent jump in attacks on notebooks and desktops over the last six years. HP has responded by releasing an industry-leading series of tools and features to better secure devices, user identities and data on its PCs.

 

 

The company recently rolled out HP Sure Start Gen3 technology to fortify PC Basic Input/Output (BIOS) code, the frequently attacked algorithms that fire up computers.  HP also unveiled hardened multi-factor authentication capabilities in its Elite PCs to make logging-in a million times more secure than using passwords alone. The company even introduced an integrated privacy screen, HP Sure View, which makes it harder for snoops to steal private data by peering over the shoulders of unsuspecting users, available on the new EliteBook x360 as well as the HP EliteBook 1040 and HP EliteBook 840.

 HP Sure Click is just the latest in a long and growing line of PC security innovations. And it surely won’t be the last.

 “With 81 percent of IT security managers citing unsecure web browsers as a primary attack vector, organizations are challenged to protect themselves against this ever-evolving threat,” said Alex Cho, vice president and general manager, Commercial PCs, Personal Systems at HP. “By partnering with Bromium to create HP Sure Click, we provide  exclusive hardware-enforced security for web browsers as a standard feature, giving both users and businesses the freedom to browse confidently.”

RSA continues through February 17th. To learn more about HP’s security offerings for personal systems, visit: www.hp.com/go/clientsecurity.