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HP’s rolls out new Pavilion PCs

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HP has unveiled a new Pavilion PC portfolio featuring new convertibles and notebooks with sleek designs and more power.

The new portfolio, says HP, “lets customers reflect their sense of style and delivers the power they need to be productive and entertained at a price that delivers value”.

HP provided the following information:

Highlights:

·       HP Pavilion x360: Offered in five colours with a stylish new digital thread design on the keyboard deck, a 15.6” (39.6cm) diagonal model joins the 11.6” (29.4cm) and 13.3” (33.7cm) diagonal platforms with a geared hinge inspired by the HP Spectre x360 to transition into four modes.

·       HP Pavilion: Features discrete graphics, five new colours, the iconic digital thread design and Intel RealSense Camera option for improved security with facial authentication with Windows Hello.

“Some customers want thin and light PCs for on-the-go while other customers want power and performance to create and store,” said Louis Perrin, director, consumer products, Personal Systems EMEA, HP Inc. “HP’s redesigned Pavilion PCs offer affordability and a variety of options for customers to get the functionality they need in a PC packed with style and personality.”

Performance with a Pop of Colour

The new HP Pavilion PCs feature updated designs with more colour options. Audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY and vibrant displays, including Full HD IPS options, provide an immersive computing experience. The new line-up also features the latest Intel or AMD processors and graphics.

To meet customers’ increased desire for more mobile solutions, the HP Pavilion convertible and notebook PCs are thinner and lighter than the previous generation. They feature Prismatic Lithium ion battery cells to maintain long battery life and offer HP Fast Charge, which can charge the PC up to 90 percent in 90 minutes even when powered off.

Versatility for On-the-Go Entertainment

For 2016, HP redesigned the HP Pavilion x360 to be sleek with audio custom tuned by experts at B&O PLAY for on-the-go entertainment. HP added a new 15.6” (39.6cm) diagonal model to the 11.6” (29.4cm) and 13.3” (33.7cm) diagonal HP Pavilion x360s which are 12-14 percent thinner with lighter designs compared to the previous generations with starting weights at 2.93lbs (1.33kg) and 3.48lbs (1.58kg) and profiles at 19.3mm and 19.8mm thin respectively. HP’s new 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion x360’s starting weight is 5.07lbs (2.3kg) and is 23.9mm thin. This year’s models feature a new digital thread pattern on the keyboard deck in a pearl colouring for added depth and style which now spans across the Pavilion convertible and notebook portfolios.

The Pavilion x360s are available in an assortment of colours including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Dragonfly Blue, Cardinal Red and Sport Purple.

Other features include:

•          Up to nine hours and 15 minutes of battery life depending on model.

•          HD or option for Full HD IPS displays on the 13.3” and 15.6” diagonal models.

•          A full-size keyboard with an optional backlit keyboard on 13.3” and 15.6” versions and 1.5mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience

•          Up to 12GB of memory with multiple large storage options (HDD/SSD/SSHD) depending on the model.

•          Choice of the latest Intel Celeron, Intel Pentium or up to 6th  Generation Intel Core i7 processors subject to model.

•          A full-size keyboard now offering optional backlit keyboard on 13.3” and 15.6” diagonal versions and 1.5mm key travel for a comfortable typing experience.

Pavilion Laptops Deliver Style and Power

The new portfolio of Pavilion notebooks include 14” (35.5cm) and 15.6” (39.6cm) diagonal Pavilion notebooks that are 11-22 percent thinner and lighter with a smaller footprint compared to the previous generation. The starting weight is 3.3lbs (1.49kg) and 4.26lbs (1.93kg) with thin profiles at 19.5mm and 22.5mm, for the 14” and 15.6” versions respectively. For creating and consuming media, HP is also offering more power and performance in 15.6” (39.6cm) and 17.3” (43.9cm) diagonal Pavilion models with starting weights at 4.62lbs (2.09kg) and 6.28lbs  (2.84kg) and 24.5mm and 29.9mm thin profiles, respectively. The new designs are offered in a variety of colour options including Natural Silver, Modern Gold, Blizzard White, Onyx Black, Cardinal Red, Dragonfly Blue and Sport Purple with the new threaded design element on the keyboard and speakers.

Other features include:

•          6th generation Intel Core up to i7 processor options with optional NVIDIA GeForce 940MX or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 950M or NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960M graphics or 7th generation AMD A10-9600P Quad-Core processor with optional Radeon R7 Graphics on select models.

•          Up to 16GB of memory and up to 512GB SSD or up to 2TB for single storage options or dual storage options with up to 2TB HDD and 128GB SSD on select models.

•          Optical disk drive for select Pavilion models.

•          Edge to edge HD or FHD IPS displays for a more interactive experience on the PC depending on model.

Enhancing the Desktop Experience

To further the desktop experience, HP is offering a new Pavilion 32” (81.2cm) Quad HD display with wide-viewing angles and 100 percent sRGB colour space that delivers true-to-life colour. Customers will also be able to conveniently connect to their devices with dual HDMI, DisplayPort and a USB hub. The HP Pavilion 32” also comes with AMD FreeSync technology, reducing image tears and stutters, smoothing choppy gameplay, and reducing mouse lag for an immersive gaming experience.

Pricing and Availability 

·       The 11.6” diagonal HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in EMEA in May with a starting price of €379.

·       The 13.3” diagonal HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in EMEA in May with a starting price of €699.

·       The 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion x360 is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €499.

·       The 14” diagonal HP Pavilion is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €499.

·       The 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €499.

·       The 15.6” diagonal HP Pavilion with NVidia GTX Graphics solutions is expected to be available in EMEA in May with a starting price of €799.

·       The 17.3” diagonal HP Pavilion is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €899.

·       The 32” diagonal HP Pavilion Display is expected to be available in EMEA in June with a starting price of €479.

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Revealing the real cost of ‘free’ online services

A free service by Finnish cybersecurity provider F-Secure reveals the real cost of using “free” services by Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon, among others.

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What do Google, Facebook, and Amazon have in common? Privacy and identity scandals. From Cambridge Analytica to Google’s vulnerability in Google+, the amount of personal data sitting on these platforms is enormous.

Cybersecurity provider F-Secure has released a free online tool that helps expose the true cost of using some of the web’s most popular free services. And that cost is the abundance of data that has been collected about users by Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon Alexa, Twitter, and Snapchat. The good news is that you can take back your data “gold”.

F-Secure Data Discovery Portal sends users directly to the often hard-to-locate resources provided by each of these tech giants that allow users to review their data, securely and privately.

“What you do with the data collection is entirely between you and the service,” says Erka Koivunen, F-Secure Chief Information Security Officer. “We don’t see – and don’t want to see – your settings or your data. Our only goal is to help you find out how much of your information is out there.”

More than half of adult Facebook users, 54%, adjusted how they use the site in the wake of the scandal that revealed Cambridge Analytica had collected data without users’ permission.* But the biggest social network in the world continues to grow, reporting 2.3 billion monthly users at the end of 2018.**

“You often hear, ‘if you’re not paying, you’re the product.’ But your data is an asset to any company, whether you’re paying for a product or not,” says Koivunen. “Data enables tech companies to sell billions in ads and products, building some of the biggest businesses in the history of money.”

F-Secure is offering the tool as part of the company’s growing focus on identity protection that secures consumers before, during, and after data breaches. By spreading awareness of the potential costs of these “free” services, the Data Discovery Portal aims to make users aware that securing their data and identity is more important than ever.

A recent F-Secure survey found that 54% of internet users over 25 worry about someone hacking into their social media accounts.*** Data is only as secure as the networks of the companies that collect it, and the passwords and tactics used to protect our accounts. While the settings these sites offer are useful, they cannot eliminate the collection of data.

Koivunen says: “While consumers effectively volunteer this information, they should know the privacy and security implications of building accounts that hold more potential insight about our identities than we could possibly share with our family. All of that information could be available to a hacker through a breach or an account takeover.”

However, there is no silver bullet for users when it comes to permanently locking down security or hiding it from the services they choose to use.

“Default privacy settings are typically quite loose, whether you’re using a social network, apps, browsers or any service,” says Koivunen. “Review your settings now, if you haven’t already, and periodically afterwards. And no matter what you can do, nothing stops these companies from knowing what you’re doing when you’re logged into their services.”

*Source: https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2018/09/05/americans-are-changing-their-relationship-with-facebook/
**Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/1/30/18204186/facebook-q4-2018-earnings-user-growth-revenue-increase-privacy-scandals
***Source: F-Secure Identity Protection Consumer (B2C) Survey, May 2019, conducted in cooperation with survey partner Toluna, 9 countries (USA, UK, Germany, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Brazil, Finland, Sweden, and Japan), 400 respondents per country = 3600 respondents (+25years)

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WhatsApp comes to KaiOS

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By the end of September, WhatsApp will be pre-installed on all phones running the KaiOS operating system, which turns feature phones into smart phones. The announcement was made yesterday by KaiOS Technologies, maker of the KaiOS mobile operating system for smart feature phones, and Facebook. WhatsApp is also available for download in the KaiStore, on both 512MB and 256MB RAM devices.

“KaiOS has been a critical partner in helping us bring private messaging to smart feature phones around the world,” said Matt Idema, COO of WhatsApp. “Providing WhatsApp on KaiOS helps bridge the digital gap to connect friends and family in a simple, reliable and secure way.”

WhatsApp is a messaging tool used by more than 1.5 billion people worldwide who need a simple, reliable and secure way to communicate with friends and family. Users can use calling and messaging capabilities with end-to-end encryption that keeps correspondence private and secure. 

WhatsApp was first launched on the KaiOS-powered JioPhone in India in September of 2018. Now, with the broad release, the app is expected to reach millions of new users across Africa, Europe, North America, Southeast Asia, and Latin America.

“We’re thrilled to bring WhatsApp to the KaiOS platform and extend such an important means of communication to a brand new demographic,” said Sebastien Codeville, CEO of KaiOS Technologies. “We strive to make the internet and digital services accessible for everyone and offering WhatsApp on affordable smart feature phones is a giant leap towards this goal. We can’t wait to see the next billion users connect in meaningful ways with their loved ones, communities, and others across the globe.”

KaiOS-powered smart feature phones are a new category of mobile devices that combine the affordability of a feature phone with the essential features of a smartphone. They meet a growing demand for affordable devices from people living across Africa – and other emerging markets – who are not currently online. 

WhatsApp is now available for download from KaiStore, an app store specifically designed for KaiOS-powered devices and home to the world’s most popular apps, including the Google Assistant, YouTube, Facebook, Google Maps and Twitter. Apps in the KaiStore are customised to minimise data usage and maximise user experience for smart feature phone users.

In Africa, the KaiOS-powered MTN Smart and Orange Sanza are currently available in 22 countries, offering 256MB RAM and 3G connectivity.

KaiOS currently powers more than 100 million devices shipped worldwide, in over 100 countries. The platform enables a new category of devices that require limited memory, while still offering a rich user experience.

* For more details, visit: Meet The Devices That Are Powered by KaiOS

* Also read Arthur Goldstuck’s story, Smart feature phones spell KaiOS

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