It’s been a year and a half since HP announced Project Moonshot with the goal of bringing low-power, inexpensive servers to the market. As the company struggles to with its failed acquisitions of Palm and Autonomy and declining sales in the PC and printer markets, could its new servers pave the way to the future?
Here’s a roundup of some of the day’s news from around the web.
- HP launches Project Moonshot, small low-power servers that use 89% less energy, take up 80% less space, cost 77% less
HP wants to reinvent the server space with smaller, cheaper, lower power products. The first Moonshot servers will use Intel Atom processors, but the platform supports ARM, AMD, and other chipsets. [HP]
- 4 inexpensive phones with MT6589 quad-core chips
NVIDIA, Qualcomm, and Samsung aren’t the only chip makers that offer quad-core processors for smartphones. The MediaTek MT6589 has proven popular with Chinese device makers, and here are 4 models already available. [CNX Software]
- Preview/beta build of ES File Explorer v3 (with a dramatically redesigned UI)
ES File Explorer is one of the most popular (and powerful, and easy to use) file managers for Android. But it’s not exactly pretty… yet. A preview of ES File Explorer 3 is available for testing, and it gives the app a much-needed coat of fresh paint. [xda-developers]
- Google Fiber is heading to Austin, Texas
Austin, Texas is the next stop on Google’s crazy-fast internet train. Customers will be able to pay a $300 construction fee for free internet, $70 per month for gigabit Internet, or $120 per month for Gigabit internet and TV service. [Engadget]
- 3Doodler handheld 3D printer up for pre-order for $99
Want a 3D printer, but don’t want to spend a lot of money on it? Don’t care about actually printing designs accurately? This 3D printing pen lets you “draw” shapes in the air. No, really. [3Doodler]