How Dell Plan to get More People Using Linux

When you buy a new PC, it’s almost certain that it’ll be running one of two types of operating systems, Microsoft Windows or Mac OSX. Despite this market dominance, Dell plans to get more of their customers using Linux with its series of “Project Sputnik” laptops that hope to secure a following of their own.

The newest Sputnik laptop from Dell is the XPS 13 Developer Edition and it looks far different from the typical view of Linux, sporting a sleek, thin design. This XPS 13 also brings a number of features that users typically expect from Windows and Mac laptops including a 4k screen, Intel Skylake processors and even Thunderbolt 3 support, all of which are firsts for a Linux laptop. Due to the lack of support for Skylake chips in Ubuntu, the Linux version of the laptop was released later than its Windows-running cousin, which is unfortunate.

Sputnik’s main goal is to bring new laptop technologies to Linux, which will allow it to match most equivalent Windows laptops and has already been in the works for four years. Originally, Sputnik planned to focus on Ultrabook-form laptops and touch screens as the main technologies, both of which were new at the time, but the project has come a long way since then. Dell’s next goal is to incorporate docking technology into the XPS 13 DE as well as continuing to develop the software and drivers that may be required to make use of even higher resolution screens that could feature in future Sputnik laptops.

While Dell’s main focus may always be on the more mainstream Windows laptop market, Project Sputnik is totally unique, making Dell the only major PC manufacturer with such a focus on releasing Linux-running products. Dell even reports that they have seen Mac users moving over to their Sputnik laptops, due to both Linux and OSX being Unix-based making the switch easier than from Windows. While Linux diehards may choose to install their operating system of choice regardless of the laptop, it is hard to deny that a trusted name like Dell throwing their support behind Linux and releasing it pre-installed on a number of their laptops is a bad thing. Will it lead to a Linux revolution? Probably not, but Dell may just get a few extra customers from Linux-fans and converts alike.

Dell Announces Cloud Based BIOS Security

Dell has taken some flak recently due to some security issues found on their machines, which they were quick to fix. Now they are showing further dedication to improving the security of their business PCs and laptops by adding functions that protect the BIOS from malware.

Attacks on a computer’s BIOS certainly aren’t common, but they are hard for typical security software to handle due to the nature of the BIOS and even typical measures such as formatting hard drives and reinstalling operating systems are unable to fix the issue. Dell’s new Data Protection Endpoint Security Suite Enterprise is to include BIOS verification functionality that is able to tackle this potentially vulnerable part of PCs.

The BIOS verification works alongside a cloud server that holds valid BIOS data. When the PC boots up, it sends a copy of its BIOS data to the secure server, where it is tested against official metrics of how the BIOS image should be according to Dell’s BIOS lab. By handling the verification on the server-side, it avoids a compromised PC sabotaging the result of the comparison and ensures any checks take place in a secure environment. Any BIOS that is detected as potentially compromised is then reported to the administrator who can take appropriate actions, with plans to automate a recovery process in the works.

This BIOS verification will be implemented on Dell systems that are based on the sixth generation Intel chipset, which includes the Latitude line of PCs as well as a number of Dell Precision, OptiPlex, and XPS PCs and Dell Venue Pro tablets. The suite will be optional for users of compatible PCs and will cost extra. It is interesting to see where Dell will go with the Data Protection Endpoint Security Suite in future, as its use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to protect against advanced and persistent threats could be the start of something great.

Dell Announces UltraSharp U2717D Featuring InfinityEdge Bezels

The Dell UltraSharp range offers absolutely fantastic colour reproduction via IPS technology and even includes models designed for professional photo editing. Not only that, the UltraSharp 3-year premium panel guarantee allows you to easily swap the monitor for a replacement if any dead pixels, or IPS bleeding becomes problematic. In contrast to this, some manufacturers deem 5 non-performing pixels or 3 bright pixels to be within the acceptable range. On another note, Dell monitors utilize a fantastic stand containing tilt, swivel, height adjustment and the option to change the monitor’s orientation.

Today, the company unveiled their latest display which opts for a 27-inch IPS panel and incredibly thin bezel design. Furthermore, the monitor has a resolution of 2560×1440 running at a 60Hz refresh rate. The response time is 6ms (GTG) and shouldn’t cause any major ghosting in games unless you’re a professional player. On another note, the monitor sports a 350 cd/m² maximum brightness, and 1000:1 static contrast ratio. Of course, there is a dynamic contrast but these figures are always pretty useless. As you might expect, the panel utilize a 3H anti-glare coating to minimize reflections. I would recommend a cautious approach when cleaning this though as I’ve seen the coating scratch quite easily in the past.

According to Dell, the monitor is suited to multi-display configurations because of the InfinityEdge bezels. From the images provided, the bezels look fairly thin but it’s not really ground-breaking. In terms of inputs, the monitor includes DisplayPort 1.2, mDP 1.2, and HDMI 1.4a (with MHL support). There’s also a USB 3.0 hub to easily connect peripherals or USB memory sticks.

From a technical standpoint, the display is impressive and the small bezels should help to create a wonderful multi-monitor experience. However, I do feel more consumers are going down to the 21:9 single monitor route instead. Unfortunately, Dell didn’t reveal any information regarding pricing or availability but I’m sure this will be disclosed very soon.

Dell Demos Wireless Monitor With Phone Charging @ CES 2016

CES 2016: Monitor technology has progressed at an exponential rate and the future looks very promising with OLED, and Quantum Dot displays around the corner. However, one of the more unusual developments is a 23-inch 1920×1080 wireless monitor by Dell which allows you to mirror your screen on any Android or Windows device via Miracast and Bluetooth. Not only that, the stand has an integrated wireless charging sensor which supports both QI and PMA standards. When testing this functionality on my own handset, it became apparent that the pad has no problems with unibody design handsets, or devices with a glossy back cover.

The monitor will go on sale March 31st with a retail price of $429.

Dell Sorry and Rushes To Fix Security Issue

Yesterday we reported on a security issue that came pre-installed on Dell machines, resulting in a potential security risk to both your details and opening up your system into being tricked about if a website is ‘secure’ or not. It would seem that they have been quick and keen to fix this issue, releasing information on how to fix the problem on machines.

First up, if you are using a Dell machine we recommend you use the test site that’s been set up. If this website appears fine, with a padlock in your browser, without displaying a warning then it means that your computer is currently running the eDellRoot certificate.

In order to remove it, you can either use the following process listed below or you can use the uninstaller app provided here. If you want to remove it manually then follow the steps below:

  1. Go to the start menu, type “mmc” and press enter
  2. Go to File -> Add/Remove Snap
  3. Pick certificates and press add
  4. Choose computer account and press next
  5. Choose local computer and press finish
  6. Press Ok
  7. Expand Certificates and Trusted Root Certification Authorities
  8. Pick the certificates folder and check to see if eDellRoot is present
  9. If eDellRoot is present, right click and press delete.

If you want to see the full steps listed provided by Dell you can find the file here. With these steps, you can ensure one less threat to your machine and as such your digital life. It will be interesting to see how Dell reacts to this issue and moves forward in the coming weeks.

Dells Security Affects More Than Just Your PC!

Recently Dell has received a lot of attention regarding their security, to be more precise it was due to a digital certificate. These are small pieces of code that are used to encrypt the traffic between your system and any website or online system you use, remember that little padlock in your URL bar on the browser? That means that it’s used a certificate to verify that this is a legitimate website and not a fake website.

The problems started when Dell shipped their systems with a certificate, private encryption key included, on their systems. This is like giving somebody the mold to create their own keys, or even conduct man-in-the-middle attacks, where you are able to act as a midway point for communication, and with the encryption details you could easily read the information being sent.

When Duo Security, a digital security company, continued to search they found at least 24 IP addresses which had certificates with the a different digital fingerprint but the same name, eDellRoot. Different lock, same name.

The problem with this is that some of the systems appear to be SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition), a system seen as pretty important given it is often used in energy and manufacturing industries. While these systems are normally closed off from the internet, no access = minimal risk, the systems could have been misconfigured but still have a potential risk.

Dell has posted stating that they would post instructions on how to fix the eDellRoot problem, which can be found here.

With problems like this, public knowledge and learning from the mistake are the best ways to prevent this affecting both companies and the public in the future.

Dell CEO Says “Post-PC” Era has been Great for PCs

Despite what the folks at Apple are thinking, it looks like there are still plenty of companies that believe the PC market is still pretty vibrant. CEO, founder and owner of Dell, Michael Dell has come out and expressed his confidence in the PC. This is in stark contrast to Apple CEO Tim Cook who said there is no reason to buy PCs anymore.

Despite some doom and gloom about shipments, Dell notes that since Apple first declared the PC “dead” half a decade ago, PC shipments have largely grown. With the continued innovation in both performance and aesthetics, Dell believes that newer PCs are going to be more attractive to consumers than ever. While there are now many devices competing with the PC for consumer’s attention, it just means that PC makers will have to step up their game and face their competition head on.

On a separate note, Dell spoke out against the Snooper’s Charter being contemplated in the UK. On this note, Dell and Cook are on the same page, both adamantly opposed against the surveillance law. Dell noted that backdoors would allow both legitimate and illegitimate access to systems and are fundamentally flawed. Even with many experts and officials already speaking out against the wide range of new powers being granted, the recent events in Paris may yet exert their impact.

Leading PC Vendors Launch Embarrassing Advertising Campaign

Apple has had a strong foothold on mainstream television for a considerable time due to a rigorous advertising campaign. The company showcases each product with stylish, slow-moving camera angles to evoke a “cool factor”. In the PC market, vendor sales are dwindling due to people building custom-PCs or simply upgrading their current setup. To try and reverse this long-standing trend, Dell, HP, Intel, Microsoft and Lenovo have joined forces to create a marketing campaign and outline the major benefits of PCs.

According to the AP, the advertising will cost upwards of $70 million (£45 million) and focuses on the “PC Does What?” slogan. Throughout the advert, we can see various extreme situations and actors reiterating, “PC does what?”. The video showcases benefits such as excellent sound and an 18-hour battery life. However, hearing an air-traffic controller screeching PC does what? is nothing short of cringe worthy.

Over the years, I’ve seen some terrible adverts from Apple including ones which contain Jonathan Ive’s voiceover. Whatever you think of Apple, their advertising campaign is very effective and still manages to create a sense of being alternative. Every Microsoft advert I’ve seen in the past 5 years has been quite embarrassing. The PC does what? feels similar and I doubt it’s going to make consumers rush out to buy devices from main vendors.

Dell to Acquire EMC for $50 Billion

In what is expected to be one of the largest tech takeovers ever, Dell is set to wholly acquire enterprise giant EMC on Monday. This follows up a string of other storage-related acquisitions and purchases as well as others relating to computing as a whole. Dell itself was also taken over not too long ago by founder Michael Dell who took the company private with help from Silver Lake.

Dell managed to regain control of his namesake company back in 2013 with a $25 billion investment. At double that amount, EMC may prove a tough pill to swallow. No one knows the pains of acquiring a company valued over twice of their own than AMD, who suffered massive issues in the wake of their relatively miniscule $5.6 billion takeover of ATI. At double its value, the EMC purchase will rely heavily on bonds, something that may be risky given the current financial situation.

The move to acquire Dell does make a whole lot of sense as firm pivots away from a consumer focus and towards the more lucrative enterprise market. EMC either owns or holds a stake in a wide range of enterprise business with names like VMware, RSA Security, Iomega and Syncplicity. It will be interesting to see how these two tech giants merge and manage their huge portfolio.

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Oculus, AMD & Dell Join Forces to Bring You Oculus-Ready PCs

Adding to the long list of Virtual Reality projects that AMD is working on this year, they just announced a unified project between themselves Dell and Oculus. They are aiming to bring consumers Oculus-Ready PCs that have AMD GPUs, and these PCs will start right at $999. This means that Dell and Alienware will join Asus on the Oculus Ready PC program. The recommended GPU for the “full Rift experience” is a R9 290 so it will be interesting to see what actually they are outfitted with when the PCs start to hit the market.

Roy Taylor, corporate vice president, Alliances and Content, of AMD said, “It’s an exciting time to be at the heart of all things Virtual Reality. I’m confident that with Dell and Alienware, we can enable a wide audience of PC users with extraordinary VR capabilities powered by AMD Radeon GPUs.”

There is no doubt that Dell and Alienware will reach a huge audience that will adopt or try VR; it will be easily done just by their market share alone. I can only hope that it will lead to more enthusiasts building higher performance machines of their own after getting a taste of Virtual Reality with an OEM PC.

Thank you TechPowerUp for the information.

Thank you Oculus for the image.

New Dell Precision Mobile Workstations Come With AMD FirePro Mobile GPUs

AMD might be in the process of restructuring their business and employees, but we shouldn’t forget the great products that they have on the market and are bringing to the market right now. AMD announced that Dell’s new Precision 3510, 7510, and 7710 mobile workstations are powered by AMD’s FirePro mobile GPUs to give you all the power that you need while on the go. With AMD FirePro W7170M, W5170M, and W5130M professional graphics, you got a powerful and reliable platform for advanced Computer-Aided Design, Computer-Aided Manufacturing, and Computer-Aided Engineering software.

AMD’s FirePro graphics cards pack quite the punch. The FirePro W7170m comes with an engine clock of 723 MHz, 4GB GDDR5 memory that runs at 1250MHz for a bandwidth of 160GB/s. It has a single precision compute throughput of 2960 GFLOPS and 185 GFLOPS double precision. The memory runs on a 256-bit interface and it is fully DirectX 12 compatible.

The FirePro W5170M and W5130M aren’t quite as powerful, but still impressive on their own. Both have an engine clock of 925 MHz and up to 2GB GDDR5 memory that runs at 1GHz and on a 128-bit interface. The W5130M has up to 64GB/s memory bandwidth and the W5170M is a little faster with up to 72 GB/s bandwidth. When it comes to peak precision compute throughput, the W5130M does up to 950 GFLOPS single and 59.4 GFLOPS double while the W5170 does 1180 GFLOPS single and 73.8 GFLOPS double.

The other hardware in the Dell Precision mobile workstations isn’t without either. Up to 4TB of storage, Intel Xeon processors, and 64GB of RAM are just some of them. The 7710 is a 17-inch notebook while the other two come with 15-inch screens. The Dell Precision 7710, 7510, and 3510 will set you back about $1,699 7710 (about £1,123), at $1,199 (about £792) and $999 (about £660) respectively

Dell XPS 12 Featuring Windows 10 And 4K Edge To Edge Display Set For Release

Companies like releasing products at the same time, often with the same kind of things. With everything from games consoles to laptops, they become ‘generations’ groups of products that are released alongside one another in the hope that each company with benefit where the other lacks something. The most recent addition to this is courtesy of some leaked slides from Dell showing off what their new XPS 12 will be featuring.

The XPS 12 is set to be a 12-inch hybrid tablet with a docking keyboard. The main attraction of which seems to be a 4K ‘Infinity’ edge to edge touchscreen display. With a resolution of 3840 by 2160, the device will also boast an attractive 10-hour battery and 8MP camera built in.

The tablet will include a thunderbolt 3 connection, boasting 8x faster transfer speeds than those provided by USB 3.0. With a magnetic keyboard dock featuring a precision touchpad and illuminated keys the XPS 12 looks to enable the creature comforts of both a tablet and a laptop.

Titled for an October release date, the XPS 12 will not only be going against the Surface 4 which is set to be released at Microsoft Mega Event, but also the Apple iPad Pro.

Are you looking for a new Tablet or Laptop? Would the XPS 12 interest you? Or are you more of an iPad or Surface person?

Thank you VR-Zone for the information and the image.

Dell XPS 12 is a Microsoft Surface Competitor

Dell is allegedly developing its own Surface-style tablet called the XPS 12 which features a 4K Ultra-HD Display and kickstand to hold the device upright. Other notable technical specifications include a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, 8-megapixel rear camera, backlit-key illumination, Thunderbolt 3 connectivity and up to 10 hours of battery life. The clip design is extremely reminiscent of Microsoft’s Surface and follows a recent trend of manufacturers cloning the basic concept. Only recently, Apple decided to launch the iPad Pro which contains a clip-on, rubberized keyboard.

It’s interesting to see companies following Microsoft’s lead and Dell might perceive the form-factor as a re-imagining of the laptop. Of course, Dell is a huge brand in the PC industry and one of the top three manufacturers globally but sales have been dwindling for some time. The ultra-thin Surface-like devices are useful due to the touch screen panel and detachable keyboard. However, the pricing remains quite high and this doesn’t look like changing anytime soon.

The XPS 12 is feature-rich and utilizes an absolutely blissful display. However, I’m not entirely convinced consumers are prepared to pay such a premium. Whatever the case, Dell’s XPS 12 looks impressive from a technical standpoint, and should be a stunning addition to their product library.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Dell Predicts 80% Market Share For Top Three PC Makers by 2020

Dell has predicted 80% of the dedicated PC market will be dominated by the top three hardware companies in the world. This includes Dell, Lenovo and Hewlett-Packard Co. Currently, Lenovo controls 20.3% of PC shipments, followed by HP with 18.5% and Dell attained a figure of 14.5%. During a round-table with journalists in Bengaluru, India, Michael Dell claimed:

“In the first half of this year, we outgrew the two in notebooks and we have grown now 10 quarters in a row,”

“Being a private company has certainly allowed us to focus our future more on 3 years, 5 years, 10 years out and get away from the short-term orientation that public companies often find themselves in,”

“We have been able to grow even though the (PC) market is shrinking and of course our business goes well beyond the device into data center, software, services and security,”

“I think there are maybe only one or two companies who make a profit in the smartphone business today and there are quite a few companies that lose substantial sums of money in the smartphone business,”

“So, no thank you! I do not want to be in the smartphone business.”

The theory revolves around consolidating each company’s current market position as the competition struggles to extend their foothold in a very difficult sector. PC sales are dwindling, and at an alarming rate. Therefore, you need a significant market share to remain near the top. Dell is suggesting other companies with a reduced focus on the PC market will eventually give up and leave space for Dell to enhance their profile.

Thank you Reuters for providing us with this information. 

Dell Unveils Alienware 18 Gaming Laptop

Dell has announced the Alienware 18 in a rather cringe-worthy fashion but signifies the company’s most advanced gaming laptop to date. The Alienware 18 is extremely large and measures in at 18″x 12″ x 2.3″ and weighs 12 pounds. In terms of its specifications, the basic model features an 18.4-inch 1920×1080 panel and bundled with two, yes two GTX 970M GPUs. These can be upgraded to dual 980Ms if you require more GPU grunt.

The cheapest model utilizes a Core i7-4710MQ with a base frequency of 2.5GHz and increases to a maximum boost at 3.5GHz. While this is more than sufficient, customers can select a Core i7-4910MQ or the Core i7-4940MX instead for enhanced CPU performance. On another note, the base unit is packaged with 16GB of RAM but there are four DIMM slots to expand the memory to 32GB. When it comes to storage, the standard model contains a 1TB HDD. This is a rather strange choice as I would expect an SSD boot drive as standard. However, you can add a 500GB SSD for a staggering $500 extra.

There is also a Killer Ethernet controller, Broadcom 802.11ac wireless adapter, four USB 3.0 ports, a mini-DisplayPort, and HDMI input and output ports. To add a certain visual flair, Dell decided to implement 20 LED lighting colours across 10 zones. This should add a great deal of aesthetic customization.

You can now purchase the Alienware 18 directly from Dell with the base model starting at $2,499, and increases to $4,649.99 for the top-tier configuration.

Thank you Digital Trends for providing us with this information.

Dell Unveils 13-Inch Chromebook Featuring Full-HD Display

Dell has expanded its Chromebook line-up to include a 13-inch 1920×1080 model and signifies a significant step up from the Chromebook 11. The Chromebook 13 comes in a wide range of specifications and allows you to choose between a fifth-generation Celeron, Core i3-5005U or an extremely capable Core i5-5300U which turbo boosts to 2.9GHz. In terms of memory, this new device supports up to 8GBs and a 16 or 32GB Solid State Drive.

Connectivity wise, the Chromebook 13 utilizes 802.11AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 USB 2.0 port, 1 USB 3.0 port, plus an HDMI socket to mirror the display on a monitor or Television. As previously mentioned, the display is 1920×1080 to suit the increased screen size and probably based on an IPS panel. Interestingly, Dell have coated the screen in Gorilla Glass to prevent scratches from occurring which adds an additional sense of rigidity. On another note, the island-style keyboard is backlit and the casing is constructed from high-quality aluminium.

Cosmetically, the carbon fiber finish is superb and evokes a luxury feel without being too overbearing for business use. The Chrome 13 is set for a September 17th release with a starting price of $399. However, specific details referring to component upgrades haven’t been confirmed.

Would you ever consider a Chromebook or do you find it overly limiting to completely rely on cloud storage?

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Dell’s Latest Tablet is Built to Withstand Extreme Conditions

Dell has expanded its Rugged line-up with a new Latitude tablet designed to operate in the harshest of environments. This model is resistant against mud, dust, sand, spillages and other hazards. The tablet can even be dropped from over four feet and has a temperature threshold between -20 and 140 degrees Fahrenheit. This device is capable of withstanding war zones, high-altitude mountains and industrial workplaces. According to Dell, the unit is,

“Designed for performance and reliability in the harshest conditions.”

In terms of specifications, the tablet features a multi-touch, 11.6 inch 1366×768 panel which can be easily viewed in direct sunlight. Furthermore, it is equipped with a 5th generation Intel Core CPU, Windows 8.1 (fully upgradable to Windows 10), up to a 512GB Solid State Drive and a battery lasting upwards of 12 hours. Dell also utilized a quad cooling solution to prevent throttling in hot locations. I can see this being useful during expeditions near volcanoes or climates with a blistering heat.

Pricing and availability is still unknown, but the niche nature of this device will incur a hefty price tag. Dell’s existing Latitude 12 Rugged laptop contains an Intel Core i3 CPU and 4GB of RAM which retails for $3,649. I wouldn’t expect the final price to be this high but the reinforced casing will undoubtedly increase manufacturing costs.

The Latitude 12 tablet is massive overkill for 99.99% of people but provides a vital service for those who require reliable hardware in tough situations.

Thank you Engadget for providing us with this information.

Here Are the First Signs That Microsoft Is Getting Ready for the Windows 10 Launch

As the release date for Microsoft’s latest Windows build draws near, we see the company taking the first steps in prepping for their most anticipated date, July 29th. If you are a Windows Insider, you might already be familiar with the company’s recent move.

As of Monday, Microsoft suspended all new preview builds for Windows 10, stating that the next build will be rolled out on the production channels. However, Microsoft still needs a lot of testing before the launch date, so they are most likely focusing on wrapping up the clean install and upgrade process so that Windows Insiders can test and flag any major problems that could arise during the installation or upgrade process. There were a lot of problems with the Windows 8.1 update, especially with the Update 1, where users were even forced to clean install the OS after encountering serious problems during the upgrade process.

To be noted is that even pre-release activation keys will not work on earlier versions of Windows 10 preview builds. There is no word if Microsoft will release a fresh batch of keys for users who still didn’t get a chance to test Windows 10, but they will most likely be forced to upgrade from earlier Windows versions, since Microsoft is expecting a lot of people to migrate to the latest build after it launches.

The move to suspend preview builds also hints at the release of the first RTM build, which was expected last week. This means that the build will be shipped soon enough to OEMs such as Dell, Acer, Hewlett-Packard and Lenovo to install and start shipping Windows 10-powered PCs on July 29th.

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

Colorado Police Cites Guy for Shooting His Computer

We have all been there, the old computer that should have been retired years ago is creating nothing but trouble. It bugs, hang, crashes and generally just doesn’t want to do as it should, and you get frustrated.

A man from Colorado Springs had that feeling and felt the frustration especially hard. The end-result after months of trouble, he shot his computer.

The police were called when people heard gunfire and after some initial investigation the police found the perpetrator. But it wasn’t a gang fight, robbery, or angry partner that caught the lover with another person, it was just a frustrated PC owner.

The 37-year-old Luca Hinch had taken his PC into a back alley after months of frustrations and yet another fight with his system. He couldn’t take it anymore and he simply shot it. I can count eight bullet holes, so it looks like he emptied his entire clip into the system.

Computers as such have no legal rights in our justice system, but it is illegal to just discharge your firearm within city limits, at least in Colorado. The man was cited for discharging the firearm within city limits, but won’t have to face any PC-slaughter allegations.

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Dell Unveils P2416D 24-inch WQHD Monitor

Dell has revealed its new P2416D monitor, a WQHD (2560×1440), IPS, TN-film panel. The screen offers 99% coverage of the sRGB palette, a wide viewing angle of 178o horizontal/vertical, and 8ms response time (6ms in ‘fast mode’). The monitor has four USB 2.0 ports, VGA input, DisplayPort 1.2 input, D-Sub, and an HDMI 1.4 input.

The Dell P2416D goes on sale later this month for $369.99, covered by a 3-year warranty.

Source: TechPowerUp

Man Fixes Laptop by Baking it in the Oven

Between 2008 and 2010, over 50 laptop models shipped with faulty NVIDIA GPUs that caused them to separate from the motherboard when exposed to heat. The class action lawsuit that followed meant that any machine carrying one of these graphics chips was eligible for free repair, but since that period has expired, anyone with a dodgy NVIDIA chip in their system is left with a busted laptop.

This is what Sean Buckley of Gizmodo – owner of a Dell M1210, which had ceased working after its NVIDIA GPU detached itself – thought, until he was introduced to the outlandish idea of putting his laptop in a hot oven. As Buckley explains, the concept isn’t as barmy as it sounds: “The internet tells me that I might be able to “reflow” the solder by baking it in the oven for 10 minutes.”

So Buckley dismantled the laptop, stripped all removable components from the motherboard and baked it in the oven at 170oC for four minutes on each side. He removed the board from the oven, let it cool, reassembled the system, and turned it on…

Not only did the laptop work, but Buckley was able to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview on it, after deciding to ditch Ubuntu. He says that the keyboard and trackpad are buggy until the system “warms up”, but aside from that his Dell gaming laptop is once again functional.

Source: Gizmodo

Apple’s Latest Macbook Is Being Downplayed by PC Makers on Twitter

Apple’s competitors really like to mock its products (a lot). Dell, Asus and Lenovo are one of them, and through some tweets, the PC manufacturers attempt to prove that Apple’s products are not the only ‘thin’ products with high-res display available on the market.

According to Lenovo, its Yoga 3 Pro is not only slimmer, but also has more ports and a higher resolution touch display. However, the only small inconvenience is that the Yoga 3 Pro weighs in 0.62 lbs more than Apple’s own MacBook.

Dell took a similar approach by tweeting that its XPS 13 features a display with 2 million pixels more than MacBook’s counterpart. Dell also did not forget to mention that the XPS 13 features a lot of USB ports, mini-DisplayPort and SD card reader.

Lastly, we have Asus’ ultra-slim ZenBook. The laptop has a thickness of just 12.3 mm compared to the MacBook’s 13.1 mm and also comes with the usual connectivity such as USB, mini HDMI and even costs half of what Apple’s asking for the MacBook.

Given the fact that pre-orders for the new MacBook begin on the 10th of April, there is still time for competitors to downplay Apple’s product even more.

Thank you VR-Zone for providing us with this information

Alienware Launches Its Alpha “Steam Machine”, Starting at $550

Alienware has announced it is now selling its Alpha “PC console”, starting at $550.

The Dell-owned gaming arm is selling its Alienware Alpha PC with an entry price of $550, going up to around $900. It ships with an Xbox 360 controller, features its own user interface dubbed Alpha-UI, is designed around Valve’s Steam Big Picture mode, and controller-enabled games. As for its operating system, it ships with Windows 8.1 from Microsoft.

The cheapest Alienware Alpha machine includes an Intel Core i3-4130T dual-core processor, a 2GB NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M GPU, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB mechanical HDD. Dell is offering a bundle of games worth around $100 for those who managed to pre-order it, or purchase Alpha during its launch period.

Alienware General Manager Frank Azor explains “We’ve been working hard this past year to break the mold and develop a system that finally brings hundreds of Steam games, including some really fun indie titles, to TVs. The team and I are excited to finally deliver our vision for big screen gaming and give our fans a console that delivers true next-gen performance with the flexibility to choose how, what and where they want to play.”

Source: Polygon.

Intel Develop Thumb-Sized PC

Intel plan to release a PC the size of a USB drive in 2015. The move was announced at Intel’s investor conference in Santa Clara, California. The device is designed to be plugged into the back of a monitor or TV via HDMI, turning the visual display into a computer “and bring intelligence to that,” according to Kirk Skaugen, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the PC Client Group for Intel.

Skaugen compared Intel’s “compute stick” to other thumb-sized computers on the market, such as Dell’s Wyse Cloud connect, which has no internal drive but can connect to external or cloud storage via WiFi or Bluetooth. Although details about the compute stick’s hardware are scarce, Intel hope to release their tiny PC next year.

Source: Computer World

Dell UP2715K Expected in December for Less than $2K

Dell is full of good display news today, this time regarding the world’s first 5K monitor that is about to hit the market. Sources now say that the Dell UP2715K will retail for less than $2000 despite the current official $2500 listing and there is more good news on as it could arrive as early as December.

We’ve seen Apple launch their iMac with a 5K screen, but so far anyone else hasn’t been able to get this resolution. Dell’s 27-inch monitor has a IPS display with GB-r-LED backlighting that offers a 5120 x 2880 resolution with a 8ms grey to grey response time, 1000:1 contrast ratio, 350 cd/m2 brightness and 178/178 viewing angles. The screen has a wide colour gamut with 99% Adobe RGB and 100% of sRGB coverage.

The optical bonding and anti-reflective coating used eliminates reflection from the LCD panel itself and the protective glass layer in front of it. This in return allows more light to be transmitted and dramatically improves clarity, vividness and contrast. Dell also gave it an anti-smudge coating to help you keep it clean.

There are a lot of options on how you want to use the monitor as it has VESA mounts as well as a stand that supports tilt, swivel, height and rotate adjustments. Sound is provided by integrated Harman Kardon 16W speakers and it has 6 USB 3.0 ports, two DisplayPort, one mini-DisplayPort as well as a card reader.

Thanks to TFTcentral for providing us with this information

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Dell U3415W Appears on Dell Website with Full Specifications

We had to be patient since we saw the gorgeous Dell U3415W unveiled about 3 months ago considering there weren’t that many details given at that time. The monitor has now finally been listed on Dell’s page, at least fully on the Hong Kong version with the rest looking to be in the update progress.

“Enter a new dimension of multitasking with a curved monitor that delivers an immersive, panoramic screen that surrounds your senses with amazingly detailed edge-to-edge WQHD (3440×1440) imagery and crystal-clear sound.”

The monitor allows for both Picture-by-picture as well as Picture-in-picture and has a built-in USB 3.0 hub and KVM switch for 2 computers. This way you can attach the monitor to two different systems and control both with the same keyboard and mouse combo.

The display can perform a resolution of 3440 x 1440 with 60Hz support. The IPS panel inside has a native grey to grey response time of 8ms with a boost mode to 5ms. It has a 1000:1 contrast ratio, 300 cd/m2 brightness, 178/178 viewing angles and 1.07b colour depth. The screen has a standard gamut of 99% sRGB coverage.

You could also connect your smartphone or tablet to these monitors using the mini-DisplayPort. The stand offers tilt, height and swivel adjustments, but due to the shape of the screen there isn’t any rotation.

The full connectivities are 1x HDMI 2.0, 1x MHL, 1x mini-DisplayPort, 1x DisplayPort 1.2, 1x DisplayPort out and 4x USB 3.0 ports with 2x USB 3.0 upstream ports. It also has integrated speakers with 9W output. The expected MSRP is less than $1200 and release date is expected within the next couple of month, maybe already in December.

Thanks to Dell for providing us with this information

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Dell Announces Venue 11 Pro 7000 Tablet PC

Not to be left in the dust, large-scale tech company Dell has announced the release of their new windows 8.1 Tablet; the Venue 11 Pro 7000.

Said to be similar in design to the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, the Venue is set to come with similar accessories and peripherals alongside offering a mobile keyboard and stylus out of the box. The Venue is being released with the Intel Core M 5Y10a processor (2GHz dual-core) and will be utilizing Intel GT2 graphics coupled with 4GB of RAM. There will be both a 64GB and 128GB storage model released. Both will feature a 10.8-inch touch screen with a 1920×1080 resolution.

Given the specifications above, this tablet certainly is no chump in the performance market – but it seems to be held down by its weight limitations. Users have been complaining of the announced 1.62 pound weight (730 grams) – some claiming “only a mad man would purchase this”. The Venue comes with a HDMI and Display port, as well as the ability to connect two monitors, a keyboard and mouse to the one device, but the weight is too big of an issue in our eyes.

Being released later this month, expect to see the Venue 11 Pro 7000 on shelves for around $699 USD – don’t expect to be able to say the full product name three times in a row without taking a breath though.

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