The National Consumer Technology Division of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) civil rights organization held its annual Awards Tribute & Dinner Dance at New York City’s Grand Hyatt Hotel Nov. 10. The group presented its Lifetime Achievement Award to Voxx International founder and chairman John J. Shalam. The American Heritage Award was bestowed on Dennis L. May, CEO of hhgregg. The Patricia Rienzi Legacy Award went to Todd Bradley, executive vice president of Printing and Personal Systems, at HP. Here are some snapshots from the event. (Photos: Nancy Klosek)
Although some claim the rapid adoption of tablets has ushered in a so-called post-PC era, one HP executive begs to differ.
HP printing and personal systems group executive vice president Todd Bradley said in an interview with PC World that the notion PCs are declining as tablets take over is plain nonsense.
"Look, it's just wrong. Just think of the decision when your child is going off to college," Bradley said. "What's a requirement? A PC. Or you run a business and need your employees to be productive. You need a PC.
Hewlett-Packard is apparently diving back into the consumer tablet business.
The company is apparently developing a new Mobility unit to concentrate on consumer tablets, says an internal memo first published by the Verge. An HP representative confirmed the memo's authenticity, though he declined to comment on its substance. The memo is the work of Todd Bradley, head of the company's Printing and Personal Systems Group.
Beyond handling tablets, the new mobility unit will also be responsible for "additional segments and categories where we believe we can offer differentiated value to our customers,"
I just got off the phone with Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman and HP's executive vice president Todd Bradley: We talked about HP's decision to keep its PC-making Personal Systems Group, which Bradley runs, inside HP, rather than spin it off into a separate company. The decision amounts to the first - and it may turn out to be the only - repudiation so far of the strategic steps taken by HP's prior CEO, Léo Apotheker. HP rolled out the decision to "study strategic alternatives" for the PC unit in a messy, multipronged announcement on Aug. 18.
During an interview at Hewlett-Packard's Palo Alto headquarters, Todd Bradley, the head of the $41 billion PC group, is, as always, full of praise toward his microprocessor suppliers. Intel and Advanced Micro Devices are "important partners," he says. Then he holds up a TouchPad, his company's first tablet computer, which is powered by a Qualcomm chip and HP's in-house operating system, webOS. It goes on sale July 1, starting at $500. "The AMD-Intel thing," he says, "I think that's kind of over." Stunning as it is to hear a PC executive essentially declare the
Hewlett-Packard is looking to expand the use of WebOS software among developers and consumers as it gears up to launch its tablet in a booming market dominated by Apple's iPad
"We would partner with people who can quickly broaden the ecosystem and quickly utilize the strength of WebOS," said Todd Bradley, who runs HP's personal systems group, in an interview.
WebOS-- the basis for HP's 9.7-inch TouchPad tablet that will go on sale next month for $499.99 -- is widely viewed as a strong platform but HP faces an uphill battle to gain traction in the red hot mobile