Mobile with Mario: HP News, Noise-Free Headphones and Scheduling Gmail – Aug 24

Welcome to our weekly Mobile with Mario column.

Each week we bring you articles from Small Biz Go Mobile’s Mario Armstrong – tech expert, commentator and digital lifestyle expert – featuring hot topics, products and trends in mobility and small business.

The Risk is Too Great: HP Terminates Its PC and Consumer Electronics Business

HP’s Q3 earnings call last week was, in a word, a doozy. CEO Leo Apotheker announced that HP–the largest PC manufacturer in the world–would essentially exit the PC and consumer electronics markets, and focus its efforts on high-margin data analytics services (an announcement that’s more than vaguely reminiscent of IBM’s 2004 decision to sell off its PC division). Specifically, HP plans on divesting itself of its PC division within the next 12-18 months, and has announced plans to acquire datacenter analytics firm Autonomy Corporation for $11 billion. While HP’s Personal Systems Group (the company’s internal name for its PC and CE operations) will live on in some form or another, it appears that HP’s WebOS experiment has officially drawn to a close, as Apotheker explains that they “have decided to shut down operations around webOS devices and [will] be exploring strategic alternatives to optimize the value of the software platform and development capability.” Read more.

Work Better in a Noise Free Environment

If you’re anything like us, you’re just as likely to be working from home as you are at the airport or the coffee shop. But none of these places are ideal work environments, are they? Maybe you’re dealing with screaming kids, people talking loudly on their phones, or even just the background noise. When you’re trying to get important work done on-the-go, you need to create a productive atmosphere and reduce distractions. That’s why this week we’re taking a look at a small investment that could make a big impact on your mobile office life: noise canceling headphones.

Boomerang Gmail Plugin Adds a Mobile Client: Schedule Your Emails from Anywhere

One of the coolest things to come out in the past few years was the Boomerang plugin for Gmail. It let users of the Firefox and Chrome web browsers ‘schedule’ their emails to run at a later date. Up too late at the office working unpaid overtime on a project but don’t want your boss to know? Schedule that crucial email to him for 8am instead of sending it now at 4am. Have something that you can’t talk about until next Tuesday, but you’ve written the email now? Schedule it to send later. Needless to say, Boomerang is one of those great products that completely revolutionized how we use email. Now, they’re announcing an exciting new product: a mobile application that lets you schedule your emails while on-the-go straight from your phone.

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