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  1. There is a lot of distrust surrounding the Intel brand at the moment largely due to a sequence of events which included a slow disclosure of a serious security flaw (which appears to be getting worse), a secret early disclosure of this flaw to China (which has technical ties to North Korea), related patch problems, their CEO apparently fleeing Intel stock. This damaged trust and raised the question of why anyone would want to invest in a company, for product or stock, that the firm’s own CEO didn’t think was a good investment and this comes on top of the insider trading concerns raised by the activity. In the meantime, AMD released their strongest set of processors in their history, generally equal to or better than Intel’s offerings, and providing unique values in areas like single socket servers. Against that launch Dell, HP, and Lenovo brought out new products. However, it is interesting to note, that of the 3 HP was by far the most aggressive releasing entire lines of offerings. Let’s talk about why this could play particularly well for HP. The Importance of a Line When looking at what could become an industry pivot—Intel is struggling at the moment, buyers like to see a solid commitment on competing technology rather than tentative moves. If they are going to invest in the pivot early or take advantage of point price incentives, they like to see the vendor they are using is fully in. While single product targeted sales can be very powerful, as Apple has repeatedly showcased, that approach comes with a massive marketing requirement which only Apple, and occasionally Samsung, have been willing to step up to. And even then, it has rarely worked in the commercial space generally being more effective with consumer offerings. These new AMD-based lines are commercial offerings. Thus, releasing lines for both desktop and mobile use better fit within the traditional PC OEM’s product model and should perform better than the single or dual product offerings of HP’s competitors. HP Stepping Ahead of Their Competitors HP stepped ahead of their competitors to release 4 new notebooks and a whopping 5 new desktop systems with this launch. Standing out from the group were the HP EliteBook 735 G5 with a 13.3-inch screen which is arguably the most compelling AMD based laptop ever produced and more than comparable to its Intel counterpart and the small form factor HP EliteDesk 705 Mini G4 which provides a near perfect blend of size and performance for most desktop implementations. Across the board, the products are both well-priced and have unusually attractive designs easily equaling their Intel based counterparts but priced so that, effectively, the user is getting discrete Vega graphics for free. Given how increasingly applications are using GPU compute over CPU compute this not only provides an initial performance advantage but should allow these products to remain in service longer, further lowering the total cost of ownership for an AMD-based system. One Life The attractive designs surrounding both desktop and laptop lines flow out of HP’s unique One Life strategy, which speaks to the fact that users aren’t either employees or consumers, they are both. This means, and this has proven particularly true of Millennials, that users want tools they can be proud of. Surveys have highlighted that potential employees will favor companies that give them better tools. This learning has driving IT buyers to allow for more attractive offerings and speaks to why HP is outgrowing their competitors of late. They are simply more aggressively providing the tools that users want and IT buyers are increasingly driven by those user wants (something many of us have been tracking for over a decade). Security Given Intel’s weakness surrounds some unfortunate security decisions made by that company, HP’s security first strategy appears to also be resonating. Surrounding their offerings is a unique set of security tools that provide self-healing for BIOS and Firmware, assures that malware can’t shut down critical services, helps the user avoid contaminated web sites, provides multi-factor authentication, and even has a surprisingly unique privacy camera option to prevent spying. One other feature I’m surprised is unique to HP is an integrated optional electronic privacy screen. I think every laptop should have one of these as it prevents the person sitting next to you on a plane, or other public space, from seeing what you are working on. These things should have been a requirement years ago but, currently, only HP is offering them broadly. Wrapping Up: HP Steps Up Markets are often defined by companies that step up to a challenge and—against the current Intel crowd—only HP is fully stepping up to the opportunities represented by AMD alternative PCs. With two strong PC lines that are both attractive and well-secured they have taken the unusual path to being what is likely the safest product heaven for business PC buyers. I expect the market will reward their risk given the growing concerns surrounding Intel. There is an old saying “go big or go home” apparently HP is following it with their new AMD lines which are helping define HP as the PC company to beat this decade. Source
  2. Hello everyone, I'm thinking about changing my laptop hard drive to SSD as this is the age of SSD now. Now, my concern is that, my laptop came pre-installed with Windows 10 Professional & I have an OS recovery DVD but it's older version. I'm stuck here with the activation process, as repository threads are removed now, which I'm not. And I don't wish to recover from the original DVD, because I've to update again my whole operating system, which will be a waste of both time & bandwidth. I have the latest ISO of Windows 10 & I'll be installing from it. My question is, will the OEM product key automatically slipstream to the OS if I install the latest version & activate itself over internet or I have to insert a product key separately & activate it? Please help.
  3. Printer manufacturer Hewlett Packard has released a new firmware update (September 13, 2017) for its Officejet models. After installation, the devices will no longer accept non HP ink cartridges. Here is some information about how to fix this. That’s what I call a déjà vu: Almost exactly one year ago, on September 19, 2016, I had published the blog post HP printer firmware disables refill ink cartridges. After a shitstorm HP and provided a correction firmware for the devices, allowing non HP ink cartridges from third-party suppliers to be used again. New Firmware-Update on 09/13/2017, same problem Today I was alerted via e-mail from a German third party printer cartridge vendor. He wrote: There was a new firmware update today for the most popular HP Officejet printer models that prevents the use of alternative cartridges. The same update as exactly one year ago (09/13/2016). This firmware update has been confirmed by more than 50 customers. Also other third party cartridge vendors confirmed that. Our phones doesn’t stop ringing since yesterday morning. According to German vendor superpatronen.de (German) the following HP printer models are affected: HP OfficeJet 6800 Series HP OfficeJet 6812 HP OfficeJet 6815 HP OfficeJet 6820 HP OfficeJet 6822 HP OfficeJet 6825 HP OfficeJet Pro 6200 Series HP OfficeJet Pro 6230 HP OfficeJet Pro 6235 HP OfficeJet Pro 6239 HP OfficeJet Pro 6830 HP OfficeJet Pro 6835 HP OfficeJet Pro 251 dw HP OfficeJet Pro 276 dw HP OfficeJet Pro 8100 ePrinter HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 Plus e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8600 Premium e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8610 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8615 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8616 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8620 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8625 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8630 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8640 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro 8660 e-All-in-One HP OfficeJet Pro X 450 Series HP OfficeJet Pro X 451 dn HP OfficeJet Pro X 451 dw HP OfficeJet Pro X 470 Series HP OfficeJet Pro X 476 dn HP OfficeJet Pro X 476 dw HP OfficeJet Pro X 551 dw HP OfficeJet Pro X 576 dw After installing the ne firmware update, non HP ink cartridges are producing the following error message. „One or more cartridges appear to be damaged. Remove them and replace with new cartridges.“ (Souce: HP) Vender superpatronen.de wrotes, that 3 of 4 non HP cartriges was accepted, but inserting all four cartridges produces the error message shown above. HP’s Dynamic Security Feature is causing this issue The US HP support page addresses the issue. HP’s new firmware update seems to force HP’s Dynamic Security Feature to block non HP cartridges. A description of this feature may be found here. But there is a fix. HP provides a new firmware update on its HP support page, that disables HP’s Dynamic Security Feature . Go to HP’s support page and search for a firmware update for your printer model. Download and install the new firmware. After deactivating the Dynamic Security Feature via firmware update, non HP ink cartridges should be accepted again. Source: Firmware Update blocks again non HP Printer Cartridges (Born's Tech and Windows World)
  4. Hello everyone, I have an old HP Compaq desktop PC which came preinstalled with Windows XP Home Edition. The PC was running fine, but recently I had to replace the hard drive. Now I don't have a backup of the operating system with me & all the Windows XP Home ISO I downloaded from internet doesn't support the COA product key provided with the PC. If anyone have a copy of HP or Compaq PC OEM copy of Windows XP Home edition, can you please provide me an image of it? I don't want to install any other operating systems in the PC as sometimes I have to work on some old software which doesn't support 64 bit OS. Also my PC configuration is old to run new operating systems.
  5. HP Elite One PC HP has just unveiled the new EliteOne 800 all-in-one PC, which comes with premium design and high-end features to make it one of the best Surface Studio rivals currently available. The new HP PC comes with a modern design that relies on very thin bezels for the 23.8-inch full HD display which also supports touch, just like Microsoft’s Surface Studio. HP says the device was developed for office desktops, reception desks, and medical offices, and integrates speakers at the bottom of the screen with a design that remains of the Bang & Olufsen speakers available on the HP Elite X3 smartphone running Windows 10 Mobile. Hardware specifications In terms of hardware specifications, the HP EliteOne 800 is a monster, but you can also choose a more basic configuration to cut down the price. First and foremost, there are several processor options, and the top-of-the-range configuration comes with the Intel Core i7-7700 (3.6 GHz, up to 4.2 GHz with Intel Turbo Boost, 8 MB cache, 4 cores) and Intel HD Graphics 630. On the other hand, those who want to use the device for gaming can go for the optional AMD Radeon discrete graphics card (RX 460 GFX with 2GB). As far as memory choices are concerned, the top version includes 32GB DDR4, while for storage you can go as high as 1TB SSD. Of course, you get all kinds of connectivity options and ports, just like you’d normally expect on a PC. Another neat feature is support for Windows Hello, the biometric authentication feature that adds a new security layer to Windows 10 devices equipped with dedicated cameras. And last but not least, in terms of pricing the HP EliteOne 800 all-in-one PC is not the most expensive device and is certainly more affordable than the Surface Studio, as the entry-level configuration can be yours for just $1,049. Sales will begin soon, as the device is still listed as “coming soon” in the HP store. Source
  6. HP computers and Bromium have co-produced HP SureClick which is the first laptop with Bromium’s virtualization-based security built-in that is uber-secure, built-in and hands-off for end users. But only Chromium and Internet Explorer are supported in this product which acts as a defence against malware. Sure-Click means that each tab launched in either Chrome or Internet Explorer will launch as its own, fully contained micro-VM. This micro-VM doesn’t carry with it a lot of overhead, relying upon the existing filesystem and memory instead of having to create new, individual virtual machines. Instead, it creates an isolation bubble around the code that is executing, presenting to it a full instance of Windows without actually giving it access to anything that can cause harm. If a malicious site is visited, all users have to do is close the tab, destroying the virtual machine forever and the malware along with it. The technology is designed to prevent the malware escaping a micro-VM. The idea is that Sure-Click will trigger without the user’s intervention. Every time a user visits a website, Sure-Click will engage, providing a small virtualization layer between the browser and the rest of the system which in turn will protect the Elite 360 and its user data. The hardware-based, isolated browsing session will initially be available on HP’s EliteBook x360 1030 G2 on general availability in Spring where it will make its debut as a web download. Other Elite PCs will add support for Sure-Click during the second half of the year. The tech was launched at RSA Conference. More and more browsers, such as Google Chrome, are implementing sandboxing to prevent any malware from escaping the browser. The most important element of this is that Bromium’s micro visor-based security model is continuing its move towards mainstream adoption. HP partnered with Bromium, a maker of “virtual hardware,” to create Sure-Click. Bromium has said that it believes virtualization can be an answer to securing the PC but that creating an actual virtual machine can be too unwieldy. Ref: < http://www.ehackingnews.com/2017/02/hp-launches-sure-click-to-destroy.html >
  7. HP Recalls More Laptop Batteries After Finding They Could Catch Fire HP expands recall program originally started in June In an announcement today, the company says that batteries that are shipped with laptops such as HP, Compaq, HP ProBook, HP ENVY, Compaq Presario, and HP Pavilion Notebook Computers sold worldwide from March 2013 through October 2016 could be affected by an issue causing them to overheat, posing a fire and burn hazard. Additionally, batteries for these models that are sold separately could also be affected, HP says. The company recommends customers to recheck their batteries even if they were originally told they were safe. “Because these batteries pose a fire and burn hazard, it is essential to recheck your battery, even if you did so previously and were informed that it was not affected. However, if you have already received a replacement battery, you are not affected by this expansion,” HP says. If you’re trying to determine whether a specific battery is affected or not, the company also has a validation program that does the whole thing automatically, but you can also check it manually. Stop using defective batteries What’s important to note, however, is that HP does not recall laptops, but batteries, so the aforementioned models are not defective, but only come with a faulty battery that can pose a risk of fire when overheating. “HP is not recalling its notebook computers. HP has announced, in cooperation with various government regulatory agencies, a worldwide voluntary safety recall and replacement program for certain notebook computer batteries,” the company stated. Customers who have already replaced their batteries as part of the original recall program do not need to exchange them again, as this expansion does not affect new units. It goes without saying that should you have one of the laptops suspected to come with a defective battery, you are strongly recommended to stop using it as soon as possible and contact HP for a replacement. You can also use the laptop without a battery, but connected to an external power source until you get the new battery. Source
  8. HP Ink COO: Sorry Not Sorry We Bricked Your Otherwise Totally Fine Printer Cartridges Firmware fix coming soon to clean up Inc's ink stink HP Inc is trying to spin its way out of the mess it created when it decided it would be a fantastic idea to brick unofficial and refilled printer cartridges. Jon Flaxman, COO of the printers'n'PCs chunk of the former Hewlett Packard, confirmed on Wednesday his company really did in fact issue a firmware update in March that was programmed to disable cartridges made by third-party suppliers from September 13 onwards. Once installed on a printer, the new code lay in wait like a ticking time bomb, set to knock out non-HP cartridges later in the year. The update was installed by people oblivious to its hidden purpose: to force folks into buying expensive HP Inc ink. "We updated a cartridge authentication procedure in select models of HP office inkjet printers to ensure the best consumer experience and protect them from counterfeit and third-party ink cartridges that do not contain an original HP security chip and that infringe on our IP," Flaxman said in a statement. The update, which has irked many customers and resellers who are now left with useless printer cartridges, instructs the printers to check the chips embedded in the cartridges and, if the chip is not properly verified, reject the reservoir. Critics of the move have argued that the printer firmware update, which can be reversed by installing a pre-March version, unfairly restricts the rights of users and resellers to offer refilled and third-party cartridges rather than be locked in to HP's more expensive branded ink. Flaxman acknowledges that the update has caused some previously functional and otherwise fine cartridges to be rendered useless, but claims HP also has a right to protect its brand from infringement. "We will continue to use security features to protect the quality of our customer experience, maintain the integrity of our printing systems, and protect our IP including authentication methods that may prevent some third-party supplies from working," Flaxman argues. Rather, the HP Ink COO places the blame on the company's handling of the rollout, suggesting it should have given customers and resellers more warning before issuing the firmware update. "We should have done a better job of communicating about the authentication procedure to customers, and we apologize," he said. "Although only a small number of customers have been affected, one customer who has a poor experience is one too many." Crucially, a fix is promised to reverse the damage. According to Flaxman: As a remedy for the small number of affected customers, we will issue an optional firmware update that will remove the dynamic security feature. We expect the update to be ready within two weeks and will provide details here. Alternatively, you can vent your anger at [email protected] Source
  9. EFF Calls On HP To Disable Printer Ink Self-Destruct Sequence HP firmware update rejected cheaper third-party ink cartridges. HP Inc. should apologize to customers and restore the ability of printers to use third-party ink cartridges, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) said in a letter to the company's CEO yesterday. HP has been sabotaging OfficeJet Pro printers with firmware that prevents use of non-HP ink cartridges and even HP cartridges that have been refilled, forcing customers to buy more expensive ink directly from HP. The self-destruct mechanism informs customers that their ink cartridges are "damaged" and must be replaced. "The software update that prevented the use of third-party ink was reportedly distributed in March, but this anti-feature itself wasn't activated until September," EFF Special Advisor Cory Doctorow wrote in a letter to HP Inc. CEO Dion Weisler. "That means that HP knew, for at least six months, that some of its customers were buying your products because they believed they were compatible with any manufacturer's ink, while you had already planted a countdown timer in their property that would take this feature away. Your customers will have replaced their existing printers, or made purchasing recommendations to friends who trusted them on this basis. They are now left with a less useful printer—and possibly a stockpile of useless third-party ink cartridges." An HP OfficeJet ink cartridge, just $26.99. The printer DRM "was disguised as a security update," reducing trust in the software update process used to fix security flaws, Doctorow argued. If customers have reason to believe that security updates might compromise a device's basic functionality, they are more likely to reject updates and put their security at risk, he wrote. The EFF asked HP to issue a firmware update that rolls back the self-destruct sequence; publicly commit to never using software updates to distribute so-called "anti-features" that are bad for customers; commit to disclosing the effects of future software updates; and "prominently disclose any capability or plan to remove features from devices in your sales literature, so customers know what they're getting before they buy." Doctorow has not heard back from HP, he told Ars today. It doesn't sound like the company will be making any changes. When we contacted HP today, the company did not say whether it will reverse course. Instead, a spokesperson said, "The purpose of this update is to protect HP’s innovations and intellectual property. These printers will continue to work with refilled or remanufactured cartridges with an Original HP security chip. Other cartridges may not function. In many cases this functionality was installed in the HP printer and in some cases it has been implemented as part of an update to the printer’s firmware." The firmware in question is for the security chip "that maintains secure communications between the cartridge and the printer" in HP OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro, and OfficeJet Pro X printers, HP said. The updates began rolling out in 2015, according HP's statement. HP's use of a technical countermeasure to exclude non-HP ink cartridges raises concerns that HP might invoke Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which makes it illegal to circumvent technological measures that control access to copyrighted works, Doctorow also wrote. He asked HP to promise never to invoke Section 1201 against security researchers or "competitors who make legitimate aftermarket products." "Security researchers rightly fear that disclosures of defects in products covered by Section 1201 could lead to severe punishments," Doctorow wrote. "Many respected researchers came forward at the Copyright Office's triennial 1201 exemptions hearing in 2015 to say that they'd been chilled from disclosing vulnerabilities in 1201-covered systems, from voting machines to tractors to insulin pumps. This means that bad guys are free to exploit vulnerabilities in these products, while good guys are scared off from warning the people who depend on them about the dangers lurking in them. Given the history of attacks on printers, and the widespread distribution of your products, this is the last thing you should want." Nearly 8,000 people have signed an EFF petition calling on HP to restore the full functionality of its printers. Source Update:
  10. HP’s Sure View Screens Strive To Stop Shoulder Surfing Enlarge / "Say... that's a nice e-mail you're writing." Press F2 and the person next to you on the plane won't be able to read your screen. I have a dirty secret: I am an inveterate reader of other people's screens. It's a compulsion. I've tried to quit. But I can't. They're invariably more fascinating than my own, so if I'm sitting next to you on the plane I'll be checking out your e-mails, reading your presentations, and tutting at your use of Comic Sans in your documents. As such, I'm not a fan of HP's new Sure View screens—but I certainly understand the justification. Enlarge / The EliteBook 840, showing its off-axis visibility with the privacy mode enabled The Sure View option is being offered on the HP EliteBook 1040 and the EliteBook 840; with one press of a button the screens flip from regular wide viewing angle mode into private mode, slashing the off-axis visibility of the devices. The effect is pretty significant. On-axis visibility drops a little, as the screen gets dimmer, but off-axis visibility drops substantially. It's definitely enough to stop nosy row-mates on your cattle class flight from being able to read your e-mails, and even the people in the row behind are going to struggle to see what you're working on. Privacy filters to cut the viewing angle of screens and make them harder to read from the side are nothing new, but these overlay filters are easily lost, damaged, or forgotten about. HP's new Sure View screen offers for the first time direct integration into a standard laptop, meaning that the filter is always with you, ready to be enabled whenever you need to do something that demands some privacy just by pressing F2. Building this into a laptop makes a lot of sense; they're often used in places like airports and coffee shops where should surfing and visual eavesdropping are something of an inevitability. Enlarge / And the same on the EliteBook 1040. Sure View embeds the filter, which was developed by 3M, into the screen itself. The extra layer makes the screen marginally dimmer in normal use (though it doesn't interfere with touch screens), and quite a bit dimmer in privacy mode. Accordingly, in privacy mode the battery life of the systems will be slightly reduced. The same will tend to be true of separate filters too, since they too block some of the light. The biggest drawback is that right now Sure View only works with TN (twisted nematic) style screens. TN screens tend to be reserved for cheaper laptops, since their viewing angles and color accuracy are inferior to the IPS screens found on high-end devices. HP says it's working to bring Sure View technology to IPS screens, and is also considering building desktop monitors with the same capability for environments like cubicle farms and banks. Source
  11. How To Play Pokémon Go – Beginner’s Tips Not sure which team to join? Don’t know the difference between a regular Poké Ball and a Great Ball? And where do these Pokémon hang out? Read on. Pokémon Go has taken the world by storm and all you need to play it, is a smartphone and a willingness to get outside. Millions have downloaded Pokemon Go, a new augmented-reality game that has them wandering the streets looking for virtual monsters. And as the game soared on the top of download charts, it has also propelled game maker Nintendo on a wild two-day stock spike, adding $7.5-billion to its market value. How do I get started? First things first, you’ll need to install the Pokémon Go app, available in iOS and Android in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. If you’re not in those areas, hang tight, as Niantic is rolling out to other regions as time goes on. Once you’ve been logged in, you’ll get a brief introduction by the dreamy Professor Willow, who’ll give you an introduction to the game, and walk you through catching your choice of the three starter pokémon — either a Charmander, Squirtle, or Bulbasaur, which should all be familiar to Pokémon regulars. After that though, the game pretty much leaves you on your own, aside from a small tips section that mostly explains basic map icons. But there are three basic parts to play Pokémon Go: catching pokémon, visiting pokéstops, and gym battles. How do I catch pokémon? Catching pokémon works mostly like you’d expect: you simply walk around with the app open on your phone, which will buzz when pokémon are nearby. Tap on the pokémon on the map, and you’ll switch to the catching interface. The color of the ring surrounding the pokémon helps determine how easy it is to catch — green is easiest, yellow intermediate, and red the most difficult. GOING FARTHER AFIELD MAY RESULT IN DIFFERENT OR RARER POKÉMON Pokémon are found at different CP (Combat Power) levels, which more or less determines how powerful the pokémon will be. To raise a pokémon’s CP, you’ll need two resources: stardust, a generic item you obtain with each pokémon that you catch, and the pokémon’s specific candy, which can be obtained by catching duplicates of the pokémon you want to level up. For example, to level up a Zubat’s CP, you’ll need stardust and Zubat candies. Similarly, to evolve your pokémon, you’ll need to use more of that pokémon’s candies, which will also dramatically raise the CP of that pokémon. As your character level increases, you’ll encounter higher level pokémon in the wild and be able to level up the CP level of your pokémon more. Different pokémon are found in different places — so while one location might be infested with Zubats, going farther afield may result in different or rarer pokémon. What are pokéstops? Pokéstops are important landmarks, marked on the map at significant (usually) nearby locations. Visiting pokéstops is the primary way of getting items. When you’re close enough to a pokéstops to activate it, the map icon will expand into a spinning pokéballs icon, allowing you to tap on it to obtain items, such as pokéballs, potions, revives, and eggs (which can be hatched by walking around). You can also activate lure modules at pokéstops, which are marked by a swarm of hearts on the map, increasing the likelihood of pokémon appearing there. Some items, however, can only be purchased with pokécoins, which can be earned by fighting in gym battles or bought as in-app purchases. How do I level my character up? You can earn experience from nearly every activity in the game — catching pokémon, fighting at a gym, visiting pokéstops — which in turn levels up your character. You’ll also be gifted items when you reach a new level. Additionally, once you reach level five, you’ll be given the chance to choose from one of the three color-coded factions: red Team Valor, yellow Team Instinct, and blue Team Mystic, and have the opportunity to battle other trainers in gyms. What are gyms? BATTLING IN GYMS ALSO GIVES YOUR POKÉMON XP Gyms are in-game locations that are typically tied to major real-world areas — such as the Bryant Park Fountain or Times Square — where you can battle other trainers. If a gym is held by your faction, you can select a single pokémon and train against other members of your team, raising the amount of prestige points associated with the gym. The higher the prestige, the more pokémon that can be stationed at the gym, which in turn grants higher daily bonuses of stardust and pokécoins that can be earned. If there’s an open spot at a gym, you can add one of your pokémon to help hold down the fort. Gyms held by one of the two rival factions, however, need to be battled for. If you and your fellow members defeat the pokémon stationed there, you can lower the gym’s prestige and eventually return it to a neutral level. It can then be claimed by your faction and a pokémon can be left there to fight against new challengers. Battling in gyms also gives your pokémon experience and raises their CP and HP. How do I battle? Battling in Pokémon Go is like a simplified version of the classic Game Boy game. Pokémon face off one-on-one, and can use one of two attacks — tapping on the enemy pokémon to do a low-damage light attack, and tap-and-holding to unleash a special attack once your meter has filled. Additionally, you can dodge enemy attacks by swiping left and right. Battles continue until one of the pokémon has fainted. And of course, standard pokémon damage type rules are in effect: water pokémon are effective against fire types, fire against grass, etc. Pokémon can be healed or revived using potions and revives that you can obtain from visiting pokéstops. What are the different items, and how do I get them? Pokéball / Great Ball / Ultra Ball — Pokéballs are your bread and butter tool for catching pokémon. Great balls unlock at level 12 and are better at capturing pokémon, while ultra balls, which unlock at level 20 are even more useful for high-level pokémon. All three can be obtained at pokéstops once you’ve reached the right level, and regular pokéballs can be bought with pokécoins from the Store. Potion / Super Potion / Hyper Potion — Potions allow for pokémon to be healed in between battles. Revives — Allow for revival of pokémon that have fainted in battle. Lucky Egg — An item that doubles the experience you gain in the next half-hour after use. Can be obtained at pokéstops or bought using pokécoins from the store. Razz Berries — A higher-level item obtained starting at level 8, Razz berries can be used on higher level pokémon to help prevent them from running away. More can be found at pokéstops once they’ve been unlocked. Egg Incubator — Egg incubators are used to hatch eggs, which can contain rare pokémon. You’re given one incubator for free that has unlimited uses, while additional, three-use incubators can be found in pokéstops or bought with pokécoins. Eggs hatch after being incubated for a certain walking distance that depends on the specific egg (usually between two to five kilometers). Lure Module — A temporary use item that can be applied to a pokéstop that increases the chances of encountering wild pokémon at that pokéstop for all nearby users. Can be found at pokéstops or bought using pokécoins form the store. Incense — A temporary use item that increases the likelihood of encoding wild pokémon for the user of the item for the next half-hour after use. Can be found at pokéstops or bought at the store with pokécoins. Tips and Tricks: Buy an external battery! Pokémon Go can be a huge battery drain on your phone, since the app needs to be running constantly. There are no pokémon centers in Pokémon Go, so revives and potions remain the only way to heal injured or fainted pokémon. Wait to evolve pokémon until you’re at least level 10 — the boost you receive in CP from evolution is tied to your character level, and the higher your level, the greater will be the gain. Hopping on a bicycle is a fun, fast way to hatch pokémon eggs quickly. Make sure to stay hydrated when catching pokémon outside. Consider turning off the augmented reality interface — it’s fun to see pokémon in the real world, but the camera consumes more battery life and constant movement can make pokémon more difficult to catch. Be smart and make sure to always be aware of your surrounding and people nearby. Pokémon Go relies on Google Maps data — try downloading the maps directly from Google to cut down on battery use and data consumption. Source
  12. We already know that Windows 10 runs on more than 300 million devices worldwide. Now, thanks to AdDuplex, we also know who the most popular Windows 10 PC manufacturers are. HP dominates by far the Windows 10 PC sales with an impressive 22.51% market share. Actually this article was written using a reliable HP ProBook laptop. DELL takes the second place with a satisfying 12.42% market share, followed by Lenovo with a 11.05% market share, Asus with 10.66% and Acer with 10.26%. Microsoft’s Windows 10 PCs have only a dim 3.03% market share. However, Microsoft’s Surface devices are not intended for the general usage, they are premium-devices that mainly target professional users. Although the 3% Market share may seem extremely low at first sight, the Surface division brings quite a lot of money to Microsoft’s treasury. Actually, in Q1, Surface revenue increased 61% in constant currency driven by Surface Pro 4 and Surface Book, with many customers preferring to purchase a Surface Pro 4 device over an iPad Pro. HP’s success can easily be explained by the large variety of computer models it offers. The company has covered all market segments, from low-end cheap computers, to high-end devices. For example, last month HP unveiled a series of new entry-level Windows 10 laptops all of which come with bold colors and budget pricing. With these laptops, the company is preparing itself for both the summer and the back to school seasons, and brings new laptops under the budget friendly Pavilion brand. If you’re a gamer and you want a real powerhouse, HP has an interesting offer for you too. Its new OMEN gaming computers come with features such as 4K IPS Full HD displays, Intel Core i7 quad-core processors, and powerful NVIDIA GTX graphics cards, allowing you to play the latest games at full details without any problems. The Source
  13. HP just officially made backpack VR computers a trend HP's recently launched Omen gaming line will soon include a high-end PC that's also a backpack, designed for walking around in virtual reality. Because we live in a strange world, this is becoming far less unusual than it sounds. The unnamed backpack PC (technically part of a premium "Omen X" line) is apparently a work in progress, with HP set to start testing some demo units in about a month. The specs are vaguely similar to other VR-ready desktop PCs: it's got a new Intel Core i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB of memory, and a graphics card that's still unknown. But the whole thing is crammed into the equivalent of a slender day pack that HP promises weighs under 10 pounds — the weight of a hefty VR-ready gaming laptop like Acer's Predator 17X. A pair of fans will dispel heat, and the waist belt incorporates two batteries that power the CPU and graphics card separately. Ideally, this means that owners of an HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or similar VR headset can plug it into this machine, put it on, and walk around without worrying about being tethered to a desktop computer or tripping over a cable. You'll theoretically get something more ergonomic, and less prone to overheating, than tossing a laptop in a normal backpack. And over the course of some focus testing, HP has added a lot of little details that do seem potentially useful. While the batteries only last about an hour, you can swap them out for new ones, while a smaller third battery stops the PC from shutting down during the change. There's also a wireless display, mouse, and keyboard as part of the package, so you can still use its ordinary computing functions without taking it off. (To be clear, that doesn't mean you'll be doing office work like this, but VR headsets require a lot of troubleshooting outside VR.) HP is planning to iterate on the design as more people try it, so new features could be coming before its unknown launch date. HP is following at least two other companies here: MSI, which announced a backpack PC yesterday, and Zotac, which added a backpack to one of its Zbox miniature computers. Despite that, you probably won't be seeing a lot of these any time soon. For one thing, they're a niche of a niche of a niche — a very specific kind of machine for powering tethered headsets, which make up a small portion of total VR headsets, which make up a tiny sliver of our electronic landscape. For another, none of these companies have said how much they'll cost. HP says it wants this backpack to be accessible, but it will almost certainly be more expensive than your average VR-ready desktop, which already runs around $1,000. Given how much hardware needs to be shrunk and rearranged, it may be more like a VR-ready laptop, which can cost two or three times as much. And it doesn't actually let you travel farther than a tethered system, since it's limited by the headset's tracking capabilities. It's just (theoretically) better-feeling and more convenient. It doesn't help that when you pair these things with a headset, you're getting very close to becoming one of the gargoyles from Snow Crash. Or that like almost every single other piece of gaming hardware, this adorable little backpack is hellbent on intimidating you into submission with faux kevlar and crimson threat patterning. Seriously, let's see some Pikachus and ponies — or at least something besides red and black — on that thing. As with gaming laptops, the best use cases for the backpack actually don't lie in people's living rooms. They're in commercial facilities with huge tracking systems, whether that's a theme park like The Void or a research institute like USC. Eventually, if things go right, it'll trickle down to the rest of us — and we'll have had some time to get used to this very literal sort of wearable computing. The Source
  14. HP signs deal with 3M for new security improvements HP has recently announced a new deal with 3M in order to integrate the latter’s privacy screen into laptops and prevent what the company calls “visual hacking.” Basically, this is a method of stealing private information by looking directly into someone’s computer screen and according to HP, this kind of practice is becoming a lot more common these days. The new screens will be available on HP’s business computers, but the company hasn’t yet mentioned which are the models to receive this upgrade. Visual hacking used to steal private info A study mentioned by HP in the press release rolled out today reveals that 90 percent of the visual hacking attempts have been successful so far, with compromised information including contact lists, customer information, corporate financials, and employee access and login credentials. “Visual hacking is a growing problem and 3M is investing in technology that can stop prying eyes,” said Herve Gindre, vice president and general manager, Display Materials and Systems Division, 3M. “By integrating our technology into the displays on HP notebooks, businesses will be able to address this concerning security threat and users will be able to get a privacy solution that can easily be switched on to help prevent visual hacking.” Such a feature would be a welcome addition to the security feature arsenal for Windows 10 laptops, which already benefit from additional protection thanks to improvements that are part of the operating system. For example, Windows 10 comes with support for Windows Hello, the new biometric authentication system that allows users to log into their computers with their face just by looking at the PC camera. The feature requires special hardware, so it’s only available on new computers. Obviously, expect the new laptops to be a little bit more expensive when shipped with this new technology, but more details on models to integrate it and pricing info will be provided at a later time. Source
  15. On top of 55,000 or so people already thrown out the door HP will cut between 25,000 and 30,000 jobs amid its restructuring overhaul. The troubled IT giant told analysts in San Jose, California, on Tuesday it will have to make the redundancies as part of an effort to trim $2.7bn from its books. The cuts will take place in Hewlett Packard Enterprise, formed from the HP split that will formally take place on November 1. The other half of the tech goliath will flog printers, PCs, and so on. According to HP CFO Tim Stonesifer, the cuts will bring a $2.7bn GAAP charge with $2.6bn in cash payments to take place over the next three years. Once those charges have been absorbed, HP said it plans to save about $2.7bn annually from the reduced headcount, most of that coming from its Enterprise Services operation. The cuts come on top of the 58,000 jobs HP shed as part of an earlier series of redundancies set to wrap up in late October. The redundancies had been expected from HP as the company holds its analyst day meetings. The key slides on the layoffs are here [PDF] – specifically slide 10. It's suggested the cuts were made after the biz's stock buyback scheme went south in the second and third quarters of this year. "Hewlett Packard Enterprise will be smaller and more focused than HP is today, and we will have a broad and deep portfolio of businesses that will help enterprises transition to the new style of business," said HP enterprise CEO Meg Whitman. "As a separate company, we are better positioned than ever to meet the evolving needs of our customers around the world." She also likened the $4bn in annual revenue HP Enterprise Services has lost since 2011 to water draining from a bathtub. Source And More News at ARS
  16. Mighty Hewlett Packard has tapped a tiny browser startup spun up by ex-Microsofties to shift customers off the legacy Internet Explorer browser. HP will globally sell and implement management software from Browsium that lets customers run apps written for legacy versions of Microsoft’s browser in the new IE11. It’s the biggest reseller and channel deal by far for Browsium, founded in 2010 by a core of former Microsoft staffers who had built and delivered old versions of IE. Browsium will be delivered with a portfolio of Windows 10 and IE migration services that were unveiled with great fanfare by HP in June. The computer and services firm is hoping to carve out a niche owning the entire chain in Windows 10 migrations, from operating system through to browser. The browser part will be sold under HP’s WebApp Accelerator Service for IE11. HP services are being delivered with other third parties, too, whose names have yet to be revealed. The deal is a major landmark for Browsium, which can now ride into customers through the sales work of HP. It also represents a significant development for HP and customers saddled with legacy IE and running Windows 7. Browsium’s software lets firms run apps that have been written to work with old, non-standards compliant versions of IE with later editions without re-coding. The firm carved itself a niche by helping some big organisations – such as the UK’s HMRC – switch from Windows XP and the standards basket case to Windows 7 and IE8. Now the pressure to move is again, as Microsoft has said it won’t deliver security fixes for browsers other than for IE9, 10 and 11 from January 12, 2016. Up until recently the best and official advice from many – even from Microsoft – had been to re-write apps wired into legacy IE, but that takes time and money; potentially millions of pounds in the case of the UK’s tax man. Remediating existing apps, letting them work with the new browser, avoids this. While HP and Microsoft want customers to up sticks for IE11 and Windows 10, Browsium does work with non-11 flavours of IE and with older versions of Windows 10. “HP wants to and price leader in migrations,” Browsium’s president Gary Schare told The Register. Avoiding re-writes means HP can deliver migration services at a potentially, and relatively, low cost. “HP will seize on browser migrations as they start to build their Windows 10 migrations... there will be a great wave of Windows 10 migrations – there’s no doubt about that. Source
  17. A leaked video demo reveals the HP Slatebook 14 – an Android-powered laptop with a 14″ 1080p touchscreen. It’s not a hybrid (detachable tablet + keyboard dock) like the Slatebook X2, nor is it a dual-boot device, it’s pure Android. The specs are a bit unclear, but the video is promising a slim and lightweight design. Without the need for a second battery behind the screen like on the Slatebook X2, this new device should be thinner than 20mm. It’s positioned as an affordable device, though so we shouldn’t expect anything too cheap. The body seems to be made of polycarbonate and will likely be available in bright colors. The HP Slatebook 14 features a 1080p screen, but a cheaper version with a lower screen resolution might be available too. It will be powered by Tegra 4 with rumored 2GB RAM and 16GB storage, expandable via a microSD card slot. The Android version is unclear, but it’s rumored to be 4.2 Jelly Bean. There are also three full size USB 2.0 ports, a full-size HDMI port, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The connectivity features include a SIM card slot, presumably for HP DataPass. The Slatebook 14 also packs Beats audio speakers. Note that the HP Slatebook 14 isn’t official yet, but with Computex 2014 just around the corner (it starts June 3) it should be announced fairly soon. Until then, check out the video in question: http://<object id="flashObj" width="480" height="270" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=9,0,47,0"><param name="movie" value="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="flashVars" value="videoId=3507630053001&linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fh20621.www2.hp.com%2Fvideo-gallery%2Fus%2Fen%2Fproducts%2Flaptops-and-notebooks%2Flaptop%2F3507630053001%2Fhp-slatebook-14-video-demo%2Fvideo%2F&playerID=1111577658001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAABAeI3VIE~,N0OfmZCPaxgxui0PhG4ilXrKUlL_O1tR&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" /><param name="base" value="http://admin.brightcove.com" /><param name="seamlesstabbing" value="false" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="swLiveConnect" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="http://c.brightcove.com/services/viewer/federated_f9?isVid=1&isUI=1" bgcolor="#FFFFFF" flashVars="videoId=3507630053001&linkBaseURL=http%3A%2F%2Fh20621.www2.hp.com%2Fvideo-gallery%2Fus%2Fen%2Fproducts%2Flaptops-and-notebooks%2Flaptop%2F3507630053001%2Fhp-slatebook-14-video-demo%2Fvideo%2F&playerID=1111577658001&playerKey=AQ~~,AAABAeI3VIE~,N0OfmZCPaxgxui0PhG4ilXrKUlL_O1tR&domain=embed&dynamicStreaming=true" base="http://admin.brightcove.com" name="flashObj" width="480" height="270" seamlesstabbing="false" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowFullScreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" swLiveConnect="true" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/shockwave/download/index.cgi?P1_Prod_Version=ShockwaveFlash"></embed></object> Source
  18. By John Callaham 2 hours ago Microsoft may be attempting to get people to buy PCs with Windows 8.1 installed, but it appears HP is trying to appeal to buyers who want to stick with the older Windows 7 operating system. HP's home page is currently spotlighting a sale of Windows 7 computers, and uses the term "back by popular demand" as part of its pitch. The fact that HP's website is now openly selling Windows 7 PCs to regular consumers, well over a year after the launch of Windows 8, may hint that the company thinks offering the older OS on some of its systems might be a better selection than Microsoft's newest software. So far, it appears that HP is the only OEM that is actively promoting the sale of new Windows 7 PCs. Other companies like Dell, Lenovo and Acer also have options to purchase PCs with Windows 7 pre-installed but they are well hidden on their sites and are usually targeting the business customer, while HP's promotion is for home and home office consumers. A few weeks ago, Microsoft confirmed that while new retail sales of Windows 7 as a separate software product ended on October 30th, 2013, sales of new PCs with the OS pre-installed still don't have a specific end date. Thanks to Neowin reader Frank B for the tip in our forums. http://www.neowin.net/news/hp-promotes-windows-7-pcs-sales-says-they-are-back-by-popular-demand
  19. Hewlett Packard famously exited the smartphone and tablet industry back in 2011 when they made the business decision to retire webOS. After concentrating its collective efforts on a number of different industries, HP will today announce its plans to re-enter the mobile space by introducing two "phablets" that will initially be introduced into the Indian marketplace. The 6 and 7-inch VoiceTab devices are billed as tablets, but will come enabled with voice features that will bring calling capabilities to the hardware. HP may have found their popularity fading in a lot of the world’s major economies but its consumer facing products have remained strong in India, which could be the driving force behind the decision to release the two slates. The two VoiceTab devices will both ship running Android 4.2 and come with an internal storage capacity of 16GB with the ability to expand that storage through use of microSD cards. Both the 6-inch and 7-inch variants will feature dual HD camera modules, dual SIM-card slots and stereo speakers that should definitely appeal to the media conscious consumers in India. The 6-inch VoiceTab version will come equipped with a 720p display, whereas the 7-inch option will offer a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, both of which will be powered by a quad-core processor. HP has clearly paid a lot of attention to the aesthetics of the two tablets and have opted for a rear design with "a premium pixilated, scratch-resistant back cover". The decision to re-enter the smartphone market, albeit initially in India, shouldn’t really come as a great surprise. CEO Meg Whitman admitted in an interview last September that her company would "ultimately have to offer a smartphone". India’s consistent love of HP’s consumer technology doesn’t necessarily mean that the devices will be an immediate success when launched. The likes of Samsung and Nokia both have a relatively healthy share of the smartphone industry in the Indian marketplace, making things a little tougher for HP. Ron Coughlin, Vice President for HP’s consumer PC business, believes that there is a "need in India that we can meet" and that consumers are increasingly "looking for a way to consolidate devices". There’s currently no indication that the hardware will launch in any other markets or what the initial pricing point will be when launched. Source
  20. Last month we got the word that HP intends to release a 6" and 7" Android devices, priced less than $250 each. Naturally, at this price, they are intended more to secure some foothold for HP in markets like China and India. Dubbed HP Slate 6 Voice Tab, the 6-incher already appeared at the Bluetooth certification and graphics benchmark databases. Now we got sent a tiny, blurry picture, supposedly from a presentation at the HP Labs, which shows the back of a whitish device that has the HP logo on it. Our tipster claims that this is precisely what the HP Slate 6 will look like, and it will indeed sport a basic quad-core processor, 1280x720 pixels HD display, dual SIM network support, and have a price tag around the very affordable $200 mark without a contract. Source
  21. 9to5Google reported last week that an HP smartphone could be launching in a matter of days, targeting emerging markets with an affordable price point. Whether or not the release is legitimate this time, Digitimes has its doubts that HP will be able to make its mark in the saturated smartphone market. The first models are expected to feature displays between 5.5 and 7 inches, priced below $250. Although the prices should be competitive with other phones containing similar specifications, “HP’s new mobile devices may lack special features in terms of hardware specifications and could look like white-box models,” says Digitimes. HP will also likely not launch any flagship phones to balance out the entry-level devices, which Digitimes believes could result in a disinterested consumer base. Source
  22. HP today took the wraps off two new Windows 8.1 devices designed with business and enterprise users in mind. The EliteBook Folio 1040 G1 is 14-inch ultrabook that's just 15.9mm thick and weighs in at just 1.49kg (3.3lb). Prices start at $1299 and in the case you'll find a 256GB SSD, 8GB DDR3L RAM, but one of the more intriguing aspects is the ForcePad touchpad. This is a pressure-sensitive touchpad that allows for varying speeds of scrolling. Press firmly as you swipe down and scrolling will be fast, press gently and it will be slower. The display is available in 1600 by 900 pixels and 1920 by 1080 pixels varieties, and there is a choice of fourth-generation Intel Core i5 or i7 processors. This is a device aimed at the business market, and the same is true of the EliteBook Resolve G2, a magnesium cased convertible notebook that can be transformed into a tablet. Prices started at $1364 and include a solid state drive and Intel Core i3, i5, or i7 processor. There is an optional docking station available for the 11.6 inch machine and while the 1366 x 768 is a little on the low side, the screen does feature Gorilla Glass and an anti-glare coating. At 1.4kg, this is slightly lighter than the Folio 1040 G1, but slightly thicker at 22.22mm. Source
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