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And now Device-as-a-Service

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HP has launched Device as a Service (DaaS), to give its customers access to its latest PC technology, enhance device management and free up IT time and resources.

With a single contract across both devices and services and no upfront investment, HP DaaS offers predictable annual costs and gives IT greater flexibility to allocate funding to other projects as needed. The program is globally scalable, meaning customers can easily evolve their hardware infrastructure to adapt to changing workforces. It also lets businesses give their worldwide employees access to the latest PCs for greater productivity, collaboration and innovation.

“HP DaaS allows businesses to lean on our technology and expertise to keep their PC infrastructure running while they focus resources on driving their businesses forward,” said Luciana Broggi, general manager, Enterprise Solutions EMEA, HP Inc. “Our new offering removes the complexity around device management and gives customers a simpler way to access and implement needed technology and support.”

HP DaaS allows customers to pay one price per seat for their PCs on a monthly basis over a multi-year period. Within that subscription, they can receive the latest technology and customized services and support from HP, including PC configuration and installation, data migration, onsite support and technology recycling.

Offerings, such as HP DaaS, are resonating with IT buyers as an alternative to what can be a financially challenging and time consuming venture in today’s environment according to industry analyst firm IDC. In a recent study, just over 40 percent of participating IT decision makers revealed that they engaged in or were considering subscribing to a PC as a Service model in the future.

Pricing and Availability

HP’s Device as a Service subscription is currently available via http://www8.hp.com/uk/en/services/daas.html and through select channel partners. The offering is expected to roll out more broadly via HP’s Partner First Program later this year. Pricing will vary based on individual subscriptions.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to three readers.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers. To enter, first follow Gadget and Gammatek on Twitter. Then click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite), mention @GadgetZA and the link to this article (bit.ly/FPFortnite) to be considered valid.

Click here to see the Funko Fortnite characters and to select the one you want to tweet.

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CES: ThirdEye X2 mixed-reality glasses

The X2 mixed reality (MR) glasses, unveiled at CES last week, are the smallest mixed reality devices yet. They boast a 42-degree field of view, HD resolution, and run on the Android platform. The glasses are not connected to wires or tethered packs, and boast a built-in VisionEye Simultaneous Localization and Mapping (SLAM) system for accurate environment tracking. The UI allows the user to wear it while completing tasks indoors and outdoors.

Click through to read how the software makes these glasses a reality.

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Nick Cherukuri, founder of ThirdEye, said: “The goal of the X2 was to integrate SLAM into a small glasses form factor – that is the future of making MR Glasses mass produced.”

ThirdEye has also partnered with a major manufacturer, which will enable the X2 to be shipped in mass scale, which is currently a significant hurdle for many startups.

The glasses have built-in software like the ThirdEye App Suite, which provides a full MR software platform built into the units. The App Suite includes live audio and video streaming, AR data communication between remote users in the form of a “see what I see” application, and 3D scanning capabilities.  The glasses run on Android 8.0, creating a platform for a worldwide community of developers to submit AR, VR, and MR applications to the ThirdEye App Store. 

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