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HP brings world firsts to new PC lineup

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HP Inc. has introduced bold new additions to its Personal Systems portfolio that enable more natural and intuitive experiences across work and life. Today’s PC users lead busy on-the-go lifestyles and demand beautiful designs and seamless productivity that allows them the freedom for inspiration and the exchange of ideas.

With this in mind, HP is delivering the new HP Envy Wood Series, delighting customers with thoughtful, personal, and sophisticated designs. HP’s latest HP EliteBook 1000 series – including the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 with up to 24 hours of battery life – and powerful ZBooks redefine modern workstyles for mobility, versatility, and productivity. And HP further elevates the world’s most comprehensive commercial VR solutions portfolio with the HP VR backpack.

“Today’s consumers, workers, and creators desire products that provide authentic and personalised experiences that adapt to the way they work and live,” said Anne-Sophie Hadberg, General Manager, EMEA Personal Systems Business, HP Inc. “Our newest additions to the HP portfolio – premium EliteBooks, powerful Z workstations, immersive VR, and premium one-of-a-kind ENVY PCs – is why HP leads the way in creating the world’s most exciting devices and intelligent solutions.”

Personalisation for Consumers

Expanding on the innovative use of unique materials like the use of leather in the HP Spectre Folio, HP is delivering the world’s first convertible PCs with authentic wood1. The HP Envy 13, HP Envy x360 13, HP Envy x360 15 and the HP Envy 17 Wood Series builds on the durability and performance of the previously announced metal versions, but feature a choice of all new, next-gen Intel Core processors or 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.

Each PC is accented with one-of-a-kind authentic wood inlay in two exquisite combinations: Nightfall Black with Natural Walnut, or Natural Silver with Pale Birch. The HP Envy Wood Series includes features like Amazon’s Alexa Service, Modern Standby, Wake on Voice, Wake on Fingerprint reader, along with privacy and peace-of-mind with HP Sure View and the HP Webcam Kill Switch solution.

The new laptops can be paired with the stylish HP Envy Uptown Tote, for added protection, mobility, and RFID security. For seamless and intuitive connection to dual 4K monitors, network, and accessories, the HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with HDMI Adapter allows for full power, productivity and device expansion that works across HP and other non-HP laptops through a single USB-C cable connection.

Designed for All Workstyles

The next generation of HP’s EliteBook PCs are designed for mobile business leaders who require premium, and enterprise secure experiences whenever inspiration strikes. HP continues to raise the bar as the world’s most secure and manageable PC provider by adding HP Sure Sense to the new EliteBook and ZBook line-up. Co-engineered with Deep Instinct, HP Sure Sense offers customers PCs with deep learning malware protection built-in. This leap forward in security innovation complements HP’s broad stack of hardware-enforced security.

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The HP Elite x2 G4 turns heads with style and versatility with its ultra-mobile design and authentic craftsmanship. It is the world’s first business detachable with a leather keyboard folio, offers superb privacy as the world’s first business detachable with integrated dual camera privacy shutter, and is the world’s only business detachable with privacy screen.

The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 raises the bar for productivity anywhere as the world’s smallest and lightest business convertible with next-generation connectivity Gigabit Class 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.

The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 offers the world’s longest battery life in a 14-inch business convertible under three pounds with up to 24 hours of battery life5. Work where inspiration takes you with world’s only outdoor viewable display in a 14-inch diagonal business convertible and new 4K HDR screen option and have the power for productivity with the world’s only 14-inch business convertible to support 32 GB system memory.

Natural handwriting on both the HP Elite x2 and full-line of HP Elite convertibles with the optional HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3 for the world’s most precise writing experience, made possible by engineering the lowest starting pressure ever in a PC active pen.

The HP Mini-In-One 24 maximises desktop experiences allowing you to work naturally and freely with the world’s most secure modular AiO with a display that fully encloses, secures, and powers a 65W ultra small form factor PC. The Mini-In-One display pairs seamlessly with the new HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini PC to enable clean desk aesthetics and the security of an all-in-one experience.

Make touching down at the office easy and intuitive by creating a comfortable workspace with universal USB-C™ or legacy USB-A connectivity for PCs or peripherals. The HP EliteDisplay E223d and the HP EliteDisplay E273d docking monitors fit naturally for tailored workspaces to deliver video, data, and power over a single USB-C™ cable. The HP USB-C™ Dock G5 and the HP USB-C/A Universal Dock G2 also offer enhanced system network manageability for PCs in any power state.

Power for Designers and Creators

Designers and creators are redefining the world around us and demand the best technology to solve complex problems, which require more powerful, high-performance solutions previously only found in desktops workstations. The next generation HP ZBook 15 G6 and HP ZBook 17 G6 are the ultimate laptops for architects, designers, video editors, and VR creators who need desktop performance and power with the freedom to work wherever and whenever. With the choice of 9th Gen Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processors, and next generation NVIDIA® Quadro RTX graphics, the new ZBooks power demanding workflows including 3D design and VR. Both ZBooks offer tool-less expandability to upgrade memory and storage in seconds. The ZBook 17 G6 – the world’s most powerful mobile workstation – achieves full, unthrottled performance for simulation and GPU rendering. For color-critical workflows it features the world’s first 17-inch mobile workstation display with 100 per cent DCI-P3, giving access to even more colors.

For architects, product developers, and creative professionals who require high performance computing and expandability that fits in increasingly smaller workspaces, HP is introducing powerful entry workstations – HP Z1 Entry Tower G5, HP Z2 Mini G4, HP Z2 Small Form Factor G4, and HP Z2 Tower G4. The new HP Z2 Tower, the world’s most powerful and expandable entry workstation, has been redesigned to provide two times the graphics power, and an epic 41 per cent more processing power over the previous generation. This enables creators to confidently tackle complex workloads like rendering photo-realistic 3D models and scenes with full performance and whisper-quiet acoustics.

To give creators new ways to leverage VR in their workflows, the new HP VR Backpack is the ultimate machine for both VR creation and consumption. Specifically designed to tackle VR engines including Unreal and Unity, the VR solution provides incredible shading and framerate support for more natural rending. Powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 and Nvidia® GeForce® RTX 2080, the VR Backpack provides a 30 per cent performance boost and 25 per cent more powerful graphics over the previous generation. The free-roam tetherless experience is designed to address the needs of multi-user entertainment venues, architectural walk-throughs, and design simulations. While docked or VESA mounted, the VR Backpack acts as a powerful, super-slim desktop ready for intensive design work.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP Envy Wood Series portfolio is expected to be available in Autumn 2019. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP Envy Uptown Tote is expected to be available in EMEA. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with HDMI Adapter is expected to be available in EMEA later this summer. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP Elite x2 G4 is expected to be available in EMEA in August. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 is expected to be available in EMEA in September. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 is expected to be available in EMEA in July. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini is expected to be available in EMEA in July. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP Active Pen G3 is expected to be available later this summer. Pricing will be confirmed closer to availability.
  • The HP EliteDisplay E223d Docking Monitor is expected to be available in EMEA in June. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP EliteDisplay E273d Docking Monitor is expected to be available in EMEA in July. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP Mini-In-One 24 Display is expected to be available in EMEA in later this year. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP USB-C™Dock G5 is expected to be available later this summer for a starting price. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP USB-C/A Universal Dock G2 is expected to be available later this summer. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP VR Backpack is expected to be available in EMEA this summer for a starting price of €3,900.
  • The HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are expected to be available in EMEA. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.
  • The HP Z1 Desktop Entry Tower is expected to be available in EMEA in July. Pricing will be shared closer to availability for South Africa.


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How tech is keeping us young

Research by Lenovo revealed people who use tech feel, on average, 11 years younger.

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Technology is making the world feel younger, healthier and more emotionally connected, reveals new research by Lenovo, suggesting a growing relationship between technological innovation and wellbeing.

The research, which surveyed over 15,000 individuals from around the globe, from the US, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Japan, UK, Germany, France and Italy, not only found 40% of global respondents feel “a lot” or “somewhat” more youthful thanks to technology, but on average it made them feel younger by 11 years.

This rings most true in China, where 70% of Chinese respondents said technology made them feel more youthful, which could be perhaps due to technologies ability to build connections between generations, especially those who might have once felt disconnected from tech-savvy youngsters. For example, grandparents are now able to better communicate with their grandchildren via smart technology due to its growing ubiquity and ease of use.

The research suggests that this sentiment is felt world-over, across genders and ages. “To know how to operate newer technology makes me feel younger” one US woman, said.  Another woman, from France, also stated, “Compared to the younger generation who are born with all these technologies, my adaptability makes me feel younger”. On the other side of the globe, one female respondent in India cited tech as making her feel like she “can do anything with it which any youngster can do,” and one Chinese male respondent said: “It helps me catch up with the times – not only gaining more knowledge, but also feel that I’m on-trend; I feel younger”.

The research generally revealed that many older generations think using technology helps them to connect better with younger people as well as feel livelier and more knowledgeable. This is especially evident when it comes to the role smart devices (from PCs, tablets to smart home assistants and more) play in terms of relationships with family and friends. When asked to compare technology today to those of 20 years ago for giving them the ability to feel connected to what is going on in the lives of the people they care about, 65 percent answered it’s “getting better”. While 75% also said technology is improving their ability to stay in touch with family and friends who live far away.

The global research also revealed that tech is helping people when it comes to mental health and wellbeing, offering emotional gains, particularly in parents. Over three-quarters (78%) of working parents stated the ever-connected nature of technology helps them feel more emotionally connected to their children, even when they are away from home. An even larger portion (83%) of working parents agreed that emerging technologies are making it easier for them to feel confident that their kids are safe and secure while they are at work.

Over two-thirds (67%) of respondents in the survey stated they were optimistic about the future of technology and the role tech can play in our lives and society, especially in wellbeing, with 67% believing devices are currently having a positive impact on the ability to improve their overall health. And that’s hardly surprising, considering 84% also said tech has empowered them to make improvements in their lives overall.

Take for instance how one respondent, a 51-year-old woman from the US, highlighted how science is using technology to do great things for amputees, and enabling those suffering from mental illness to better connect with people from all over the world. “I think that the medical breakthroughs we’ve had are a tremendous statement on how we can have a positive relationship with technology,” she said.

The recognition that tech is helping to improve the quality of life could also be a result of the time it tends to save people. Half of respondents across all markets (50%) feel their smart devices save them 30 minutes or more a day by helping them do something faster or more efficiently. Similarly, over half (57%) agreed smart devices, such as computers and smart home devices like smart displays and smart clocks, are making them more productive and efficient, the highest perceptions of which were seen in China at 82% and India at 81%.

In terms of personal health, 36% of respondents said smart devices have made it easier for them to access health care providers and make doctor’s appointments, and a further 39% of those under 60 years of age stated modern tech makes it easier for seniors to contact emergency services.

A 23-year-old woman from India, for example, expressed her belief that the technological advancement of medical science is helping people better fight diseases and potentially cure them. “Lives of people are better off nowadays because they know ways of curing such health hazards,” she said. “Through technology, increasing the life span of an individual is very much possible.”

Psychologist and founder of Digital Nutrition, Jocelyn Brewer, said: “Keeping up with advancements in technology can feel like a full-time job, but it can have positive impacts on people’s sense of themselves and their age. While older people are stereotyped as being techno-phobic or inept at staying on-trend, this research points to the fact that maintaining currency in the digital space helps people feel more youthful, more connected to young people and youth culture, which in turn is a social currency for feeling valued and a sense of belonging or in ‘the know’.

“It’s this tech knowledge that drives the perception of feeling younger, without having to revisit the angst of our adolescence!

“Staying connected to the people we care about is a wonderful feature of technology. And while it is no replacement for face-to-face connection, it is a valuable supplement to communication for those who might be geographically divided. Parents can manage a range of responsibilities and provide increasing appropriate autonomy to teenagers through a variety of communication tools, reminders and systems that can help take the struggle out of the daily juggle.”

Dilip Bhatia, Vice President of User and Customer Experience, Lenovo, said: “There is a growing relationship between innovation and wellbeing as smart technologies are not only helping people globally to stay more connected but aiding wellbeing in the form of compassion and empathy by building better connections between them.”

“Technology has a transformational ability to unite people across generations and walks of life around the world, with the potential to help them to live healthier and more fulfilling lives. At Lenovo, we passionately believe in creating smarter technology for all, which is why we focus on making our technology accessible, blending into the everyday lives for the benefit of more people.”

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Advanced traffic management tech market hits $1bn

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A new report from Navigant Research analyzes the ongoing transformation occurring in the traffic management industry, providing global market forecasts, segmented by region and technology, through 2028.

Advanced traffic management systems (ATMSs) such as adaptive traffic control (ATC) are enabling greater efficiencies in the traffic management ecosystem and can help integrate the expected growth in vehicle populations without overwhelming existing infrastructure. ATMSs are also enabling the development of smart intersections, which are emerging as one of the most important data-driven backbones needed for solving core city challenges. Click to tweet: According to a new report from Navigant Research, the global market for advanced traffic management will be worth more than $1.1 billion in 2019. Annual revenue is expected to grow to nearly $3.8 billion by 2028, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.2%.

“The global advanced traffic management market is expected to more than triple by 2028,” says Ryan Citron, senior research analyst with Navigant Research. “Over the next 10 years, the market is expected to achieve gradual but accelerating growth as cities prioritize reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, make improvements in safety and livability, and integrate ATMSs with other smart city initiatives (e.g., smart street lighting).”

Currently, cities vary in their level of maturity in using ATMSs. Collecting traffic and vehicle detection data is often the first step toward advanced traffic management. Then, in-depth traffic analytics enable traffic managers to develop mitigation strategies and make operational improvements to existing traffic signal timing systems. In cities with mature traffic management solutions, ATC technologies enable traffic signals to adjust based on real-time traffic conditions, traffic data is sent from traffic lights to connected vehicles, inter-agency data sharing is on the rise, and transport platforms are used to manage mobility ecosystems.

The report, Advanced Traffic Management for Smart Cities, analyzes the ongoing transformation occurring in the traffic management industry. The study focuses on ATC, traffic analytics, artificial intelligence, vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, and vehicle detection technologies. Global market forecasts, segmented by region and technology, extend through 2028. This report also explores regional trends in advanced traffic management strategy and highlights city case studies where innovative projects are being deployed. An Executive Summary of the report is available for free download on the Navigant Research website.

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