PC Briefs: HP, Blackberry

PC Briefs: HP, Blackberry

HP plans consumer product deluge

HP will this week launch the first of more than one hundred new consumer products and present a new consumer business strategy, according to an email invitation sent by HP’s public relations company in the US. HP Chairman and CEO, Carly Fiorina, was set to host an event in New York City at which the vendor would unveil its new consumer strategy and announce “the largest consumer product roll-out in the company’s history,” the letter said. At the event, HP would showcase the first of more than 100 new consumer technology products in the digital imaging and entertainment area.

Lotus IM comes to BlackBerry

Java-based BlackBerry wireless handhelds from Research in Motion (RIM) now support IBM’s Lotus Instant Messaging Everyplace 3 application, allowing corporate users to chat, receive alerts and access contact lists behind the company firewall, the device vendor has said. The messaging capabilities are designed to help mobile workers access corporate resources while on the move, the companies said, while still benefiting from behind-the-firewall security and message logging. Users of the Everyplace application will be able to see when contacts are online, chat, receive email, instant message (IM) and short message service (SMS) alerts, and edit their profiles. The software offers signal name and password sign-in as well as multilingual support, the companies said.

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