HP’s new 3-D printers build items not of plastic but of steel



HP is hoping its new Metal Jet 3-D printers will provide inroads into manufacturing sectors such as automobiles and medical devices.HP

WHEN YOU THINK about 3-D printing, chances are you think of little plastic doodads created by desktop devices like those made by MakerBot. Computing and printer giant HP wants you to think about metal.

Today the company announced the Metal Jet printer, an industrial-scale 3-D printer that builds items not of plastic but of steel.

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Marc Andreessen explains why software is ‘eating the world’


Groupon, Facebook, and LinkedIn investor Marc Andreessen.

Hewlett-Packard announced this week that it is exploring jettisoning its struggling PC business in favor of investing more heavily in software, where it sees better potential for growth. Google plans to buy up the cellphone handset maker Motorola Mobility.  Hewlett-Packard and Google’s  moves surprised the tech world.  Marc Andreessen (board member at Hewlett-Parckard) explains why software is eating the world.

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HP Buys ‘Palm’ In $1.2 Billion Takeover

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Hewlet-Packard takes over smartphone makers ‘Palm’.

HP had been without a credible smartphone branch of the company and the aquisition of Palm sees the world’s largest technology company move into a rising and highly profitable market.

HP now has an edge over competitors such Dell and Acer by offering its new devices without ties to operating systems from Google and Microsoft.

‘It would be at their risk to ignore it,’ said C.L. King & Associates analyst Lawrence Harris. ‘I would say HP looked around and said, ‘we need to be in this space.’ Google is here, Apple is here.’

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Memristors Could Revolutionize the Memory Chip


A memristor close-up

Hewlett-Packard scientists on Thursday are to report advances in the design of a new class of diminutive switches capable of replacing transistors as computer chips shrink closer to the atomic scale.  The devices, known as memristors, or memory resistors, were conceived in 1971 by Leon O. Chua, an electrical engineer at the University of California, Berkeley, but they were not put into effect until 2008 at the H.P. lab here.


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