WIN! An OMEN by HP Desktop 870-175na worth £1,499

One of the biggest events of the gaming season is happening this weekend, 18-19 February 2017 at Olympia London.

The PC Gamer Weekender – put on by TechRadar’s publishers – is the place to place some of the latest games, get hands on with the best PC gaming kit and watch and listen to the gaming experts.

To celebrate the arrival of the show, headline sponsors OMEN by HP have a fantastic prize to give away.

One lucky winner will get their hands on an OMEN by HP Desktop 870-175na , worth a fantastic £1,499.

This desktop PC is perfect for gaming, offering Nvidia GTX or AMD R9 graphics. The PC is VR ready and its brushed metal chassis and red LED lighting strikes mean it is one that of the best-looking desktops around.

All you have to do to win is visit the PC Gamer Weekender website and follow the instructions.

If you still haven’t got your PC Gamer Weekender tickets then head to the site now – there’s still a limited amount available and you’ll get a free game worth £7.99!

The OMEN by HP desktop will be there and playable at the show.

Microsoft ‘My People’ Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

Microsoft 'My People' Feature Pins Your Close Contacts Directly to Windows 10 Taskbar

  • Users can send messages through platform of their choice
  • Emoji animations named ‘shoulder taps’ introduced
  • Support for third-party applications to come later

There are currently so many social platforms out there that sometimes it becomes extremely cumbersome to keep track of all of them. Most people use multiple social platforms to stay in touch with each other and it is often annoying to switch between the platforms. This is where Microsoft’s ‘My People’ feature, which was launched on Wednesday, steps in.

The ‘My People’ feature, which will be tagged along with company’s ‘Creators Update’, will essentially give out message notifications to the user right from their desktop. It will further provide them with various platform options to reply from. It will further provide users with nifty little animations when emojis are sent to them by their contacts.

Users can easily share files with their contacts using My People by simply dragging and dropping the files onto the contact icon. These files will then be shared by either Skype or via mail.

These emoji animations are being referred to as ‘shoulder taps’ by Microsoft. In the demonstration of this feature, Allison O’Mahoney – Principal Group Program Manager at Microsoft – showed how My People makes it easier to see the mails referred by your contacts and switch back to the conversation in a smooth and easy manner.The entire concept behind the introduction of the My People feature is to remove the complications from conversations and provide users with messages from the people that matter the most, at the earliest. The feature works with email, SMS, and Skype. The support for Xbox Live and Skype for Business will be added later to the feature. The support for third-party applications is also expected to come later on.

HP’s New ‘Sure View’ Feature to Ensure No-One Can Spy on Your Laptop

HP's New 'Sure View' Feature to Ensure No-One Can Spy on Your Laptop
  • The feature cuts of 95 percent of light on either side
  • Other users are unable to see the screen
  • The Sure View feature to arrive on two HP laptops first

Users love their privacy, especially in these current times where frauds and hacks are common crimes. That’s whyOEMs are making smartphones with encrypted chips, andIM apps are introducing secure conversation features. HP seems to be catching on to the trend, and has launched its own feature called Sure View that aims to give a user some privacy even while browsing on a big screen laptop. HPdemoed a display with this feature, and what it does is essentially cut off viewing angles to give maximum vision only to the user, and no one else. This feature will be introduced in two laptops – EliteBook 1040 and EliteBook 840 – in September.

This means that other users hovering around will only see a dark screen, with barely visible visuals. The SureView feature cuts off light, and prevents it from shooting off to the side. This enables you to see the screen only when you are sitting right in front of it, or within the 70-degree field of vision arc. This is achieved by cutting 95 percent of light on either side of the laptop.

If you don’t feel so strongly about privacy, you can switch off the feature manually on the laptop. HP has even introduced a keyboard shortcut (F2) to switch Sure View on and off quickly. The touch-based 1080p resolution display was developed by teaming up with 3M (they announced this partnership last year in October), and HP demoed it last week, reports The Verge. During the demo, the feature seemed to work really well in a dimly lit room. However, the publication does note that HP reduces the brightness a lot when Sure View is on, making it difficult to read even when you are sitting right in front of the screen.

HP Beats Estimates, Weak Printer Demand Weighs on Forecast

HP Beats Estimates, Weak Printer Demand Weighs on Forecast
  • Q3 revenue from the company’s computer business rose 7.5 percent
  • Notebook volumes increased 12 percent
  • Revenue from its printer business declined 4.6 percent from Q2

HP Inc, the hardware business of the former Hewlett-Packard Co, reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as demand recovered for its notebooks.

However, HP forecast current-quarter profit below analysts’ estimates, reflecting weak sales of its printers as companies cut costs across industries. HP’s shares fell nearly 6 percent in extended trading on Wednesday.

Third-quarter revenue from the company’s computer business rose 7.5 percent from the second quarter as sales of notebooks improved.

From a year earlier, sales were flat in the business, which accounts for two-thirds of HP’s total revenue, showing signs of recovery after a drop in the past two quarters.

Notebook volumes increased 12 percent, but the benefit was offset by weak desktop sales and low demand from commercial clients. Revenue from its printer business declined 14.3 percent from a year earlier and 4.6 percent from the second quarter.

“The markets remaining challenging and somewhat volatile,” Chief Executive Dion Weisler said on a conference call. “We have more work to do.”

HP said it cut about 1,000 jobs in the third quarter, taking the total number of job cuts to about 2,300 this year.

The company, which had about 287,000 employees as of October 31, said in February that it expected to slash around 3,000 jobs by the end of this fiscal year.

Weak forecast
HP forecast adjusted earnings of 34-37 cents per share from continuing operations for the current quarter. Analysts on average were expecting 41 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.

Net earnings from continuing operations rose more than a fifth to $843 million (roughly Rs. 5,650 crores), or 49 cents per share, in the three months ended July 31, as costs fell about 9 percent.

Excluding items, HP earned 48 cents per share, beating the average analyst estimate of 44 cents. Total revenue fell 3.8 percent to $11.89 billion (roughly Rs. 79,769 crores), but topped the average estimate of $11.46 billion. HP shares were trading at $13.60 after the bell.

Up to Wednesday’s close, the stock had risen 12.5 percent since HP started trading as a separate company.

CSC-HP Merger Deal Gets Approval From Competition Commission of India

CSC-HP Merger Deal Gets Approval From Competition Commission of India

Competition Commission has approved the proposed merger of Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) with Hewlett Packard’s enterprise services segment, a deal that would create one of the world’s leading pure play IT services companies.

Both entities have presence in India. Under the deal,announced in May, CSC would merge with Everett Spinco – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) that holds the enterprise service business.

In a tweet, Competition Commission of India (CCI) said it has approved the “demerger of Enterprise Service Business of HPE into Everett Spinco; the latter to become subsidiary of CSC”.

Post the transaction, CSC and Hewlett Packard shareholders would have around 50 per cent stake each in the new entity. While announcing the deal, CSC had said the “strategic combination of the two complementary businesses will create one of the world’s largest pure-play IT services companies, uniquely positioned to lead clients on their digital transformations”.

Separately, CCI has given its nod to Gerdau SA, Sumitomo Corporation and The Japan Steel Works (JSW) to form a joint venture for manufacturing parts made from special steels for the wind power industry.

In another tweet, the regulator said it has cleared the “formation of joint venture between Gerdau SA, Sumitomo Corporation and The Japan Steel Works Ltd”. Earlier in January, Gerdau SA said it plans to form the joint venture to serve Brazil’s growing wind power industry.

PC Shipments in India Declined 2.2 Percent in Q2 2016

PC Shipments in India Declined 2.2 Percent in Q2 2016: IDC
  • The Indian PC market is expected to recuperate in due course of time
  • HP led the market with 28.4 percent share
  • Dell stood second with 22.2 percent, followed by Lenovo and Acer

PC shipments in India declined 2.2 percent to 2.14 million units in the April-June quarter this year, research firm IDC said today. The sales stood at 2.19 million units in the second quarter of last year.

However, on a sequential basis, the shipments grew 7.2 percent over the January-March quarter this year. “Consumer spending throughout the quarter remained lukewarm. However, owing to seasonality, the quarter ended up with a positive momentum,” IDC India Senior Market Analyst Client Devices Manish Yadav said.

With forthcoming benefits from the 7th Pay Commission and increased budget allocation for rural India, coupled with good monsoon, the rural demand is anticipated to improve, while urban demand is steadily picking-up, he added.

The Indian PC market is expected to recuperate in due course of time, IDC said. “Consumer demand has remained optimistic over the last few quarters and is anticipated to thrive in coming quarters owing to increased consumer spending both as result of seasonality and festive buying,” Yadav said.

The consumer PC market recorded 1.05 million units (up 14.5 percent quarter-on-quarter), while commercial PC market recorded 1.09 million unit shipments (1.1 percent jump sequentially) in the second quarter of 2016.

“Factors like increasing infrastructure spending and pro-active reforms agendas by the government has led to rise in business expectations,” Yadav said.

HP led the market with 28.4 percent share, helped by strong retail presence, competitive pricing and a well-spread partner coverage across the country, IDC said.

Dell stood second in the tally with 22.2 percent, followed by Lenovo (16.1 percent) and Acer (14 percent). “Our reinvented focus on enabling digital transformation has helped us sustain the market leadership and providing access to technology for consumers and businesses through innovative products and solutions,” HP Inc India Director Personal Systems Ketan Patel said.

MacOS the New Name for OS X? Apple Website Hints Yes

MacOS the New Name for OS X? Apple Website Hints Yes

Apple on Friday put up an updated page on its website mentioning its efforts for the Earth Day 2016. The webpage is meant to answer queries about the company’s efforts to improve the environment. The page briefly mentioned the rumoured new name for Apple’s desktop and laptop operating system – MacOS – instead of the long-standing OS X moniker. The Cupertino-based firm has now changed the name back to OS X.

For those unaware, this is not the first time Apple has referred to OS X as MacOS. The term was found last month in an OS X 10.11.4 framework, which led to a speculation that there might be a naming rebrand in the company’s next major desktop operating system update.

At the point, the MacOS naming scheme seen in the framework was thought to be a filename or a codename used by developers for convenience. The mention on Apple’s website however cements the speculation .”Daily usage patterns are specific to each product and are a mixture of actual and modeled customer use data. Years of use, which are based on first owners, are assumed to be four years for MacOS and tvOS devices and three years for iOS and watchOS devices.”

To recall, Apple went with the OS X moniker in 2001, the same year it discontinued development of its Mac OS 9 operating system.

Although Apple has not mentioned anything about it, we might see an official change of name at theApple WWDC developer’s conference.

Interestingly, the above quote also details Apple’s expected usage lifecycle for its products, which is four years for its PC and home entertainment devices, and three years for its mobile and wearable devices.

UDOO X86 Mini PC Offers 10x The Power Of A Raspberry Pi

UDOO X86 Mini PC

UDOO this week unveiled a new mini PC have created called the UDOO X86, that provides 10 times the power of the new Raspberry Pi 3 for an affordable price of just $89 for the X86 Basic edition.

The UDOO X86 also combines the power of PC software with the Arduino IDE offering an all-in-one board with an Arduino 101 compatible platform, all from the same board to expand the functionality of your projects.

Watch the video below to learn more about this new high-powered PC which combines the best of Arduino and APC into one small form factor board that is capable of powering up to 34K Ultra HD displays at the same time.

 

It is based on Quad Core 64-bit new-generation x86 processors made by Intel, designed for the PC domain. Prodigious processors concentrated in 14 nm, with an amount of energy consumption of 5 or 6 Watt. The UDOO X86 embedds the newest Arduino 101, with all the upgrades – including 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope and Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity.

The Arduino-compatible platform onboard is connected with the main processor through an internal USB port. In terms of software UDOO X86 is compatible with the official Arduino 101 IDE and with all the sketches, tutorials and resources available in the Arduino 101 community.

Speaking of hardware, UDOO X86 has the same pinout layout of Arduino 101. In other words, UDOO X86 is compatible with all Arduino 101-compatible shields, sensors and actuators. The board operating voltage and I/O is 3.3V but all pins are also protected against 5V overvoltage. UDOO X86 can be used to program the Arduino™-compatible module directly with the standard Arduino IDE.

LoRaONE Internet of Things Development Board

LoRaONE Internet of Things Development Board

Anyone looking for a small Internet of Things development board might be interested in the new creation by SODAQ in the form of the LoRaONE witch as the name suggests has been created to offer a LoRa IoT development board.

SODAQ LoRaONE is the one Internet of Things development board to “rule them all” and allows you to create almost any project you can think of using the tiny Arduino compatible LoRaONE boa.

Watch the promotional video below to learn more about the LoRaONE and how it can help you create those Internet of Things projects you have been dreaming up. Its developers SODAQ explain more about its inspiration, design and features :

LoRaONE is all you need to create your own IoT solution. An Arduino compatible board packed with features and sensors, making it the ideal solution for makers and creators that can’t wait to make the Internet of Things a reality. It is easy to program, connected to its surroundings through numerous sensors and ready to go. The board has the size of a matchbox, so it can be placed anywhere you can think of. But best of all, it is connected everywhere through LoRa technology. When it comes to building the IoT, there’s nothing like LoraONE.

For the past months we’ve worked hard to get LoRaONE to the final stages of development. The first beta-users are already working with LoRaONE. To make the final step and start mass-production, we need your help. If you back us, not only do you help us to get LoRaONE out in the world, but you’ll also receive one yourself in July 2016. So this summer you can start building on your LoRaWAN connected IoT.

The LoRaONE project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise €20,000 in pledges to make the jump from concept to production. So if you think LoRaONE is something your IoT projects could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge from €75 and help LoRaONE become a reality.