HP goes wooden with Envy at Computex 2019

first_img Computex 2019 Computex 2019 Share your voice Preview • HP Omen X: A battery-powered VR backpack for cutting the virtual cable Tags Laptops Desktops $1,199 HP strives for novel style with its Envy and Elite laptops CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above HP Omen X Compact Desktop May 30 • Alienware redesigns its thin gaming laptops and offers OLED One of the wood-veneered Envys. Sarah Tew/CNET Among HP’s blizzard of announcements at Computex 2019, a handful stand out from the run-of-the-mill refreshes. For sheer novelty, there’s the new Wood series option for its Envy laptops and convertibles, with wood veneers on the palm rests  and touchpad. They definitely add a little pizzazz to a metal body, though I’m not sure the touchpad is a good place for veneer. HP plans to start offering it in the fall but hasn’t announced pricing.HP EliteBook x2The Elite x2 G4, which allows you to detach the screen to use it as a tablet, wraps its body in leather. Sarah Tew/CNET And following up the splashy launch of the consumer Spectre Folio at the end of 2018, HP’s adapted the leather-clad design for its Microsoft Surface-competitor business detachable, the Elite x2 G4. The x2 also incorporates HP’s Sure View privacy screen technology.The Elite x2 G4 is slated to ship in August starting at $1,500.12-hp-nda-laptop-workstation-loriThe ZBook mobile workstation line debuts the 17-inch Dreamcolor display with a DCI-P3 gamut. Sarah Tew/CNET Less pretty but more practical, HP has updated its ZBook 15 and 17 mobile workstations with an option for a new 4K Dreamcolor display capable of the DCI-P3 gamut (Dreamcolor is HP’s color-controlled display system and has traditionally been Adobe RGB) as well as a configuration option for the new Nvidia Quadro RTX 5000 graphics processor. While the new mobile processor is in designed to fit in thinner systems, hopefully it will allow big systems like these ZBooks to attain improved battery life. HP Omen X Compact Desktop See it May 29 • The laptops of tomorrow will make us even more productive — and it’s terrifying May 29 • The outrageous computer cases of Computex 2019 • See All And if you needed another sign that there’s more enthusiasm for VR among commercial users than consumers, HP has rejiggered its VR backpack strategy: There’s no more Omen X Compact Desktop. Instead HP is merging its commercial line with the consumer line, dispensing with the “Omen X” gaming branding and going with the “HP VR Backpack” name and a lower-key design. It’s been refreshed with slight improvements to the harness — the battery packs sit higher now near the kidneys rather than on the hips — and battery swapping is a little quicker. You can use it with the new HP Reverb VR headset. Post a comment May 30 • Computex 2019: Every announcement you need to know reading • HP goes wooden with Envy at Computex 2019 0 19 Photos Virtual Reality HP Microsoft Nvidialast_img read more

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Sexy selfies by women linked to economic inequality

first_imgWomen tend to post sexy selfies online more in environments with greater economic inequality, rather than where they might be oppressed because of their gender.The findings, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), suggest that women take sexy selfies to compete with peers and climb the social ladder.”The argument is usually that when you see sexualisation, you see disempowerment,” said lead author Khandis Blake from University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in Australia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”What we found instead is that women are more likely to invest time and effort into posting sexy selfies online in places where economic inequality is rising, and not in places where men hold more societal power and gender inequality is rife,” Blake added. For the study, the team analysed tens of thousands of social media posts across 113 countries.They tracked posts where people had taken selfies and then noted those that they were tagged sexy, hot or similar. The researchers explained that income inequality increases competitiveness and status anxiety among people at all levels of the social hierarchy, making them sensitive to where they sit on the social ladder and wanting them to do better than others.”That income inequality is a big predictor of sexy selfies suggests that sexy selfies are a marker of social climbing among women that tracks economic incentives in the local environment,” Blake said.”Rightly or wrongly, in today’s environment, looking sexy can generate large returns, economically, socially, and personally,” she added. The researchers then found the exact same pattern in real-world.last_img read more

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Why Apples Video That Imagines a World Without Apps Makes Me Sad

first_img To open its Worldwide Developers Conference, Apple showed a video that imagines what the world would be like if people suddenly lost access to all the apps on their iPhones. In short: pure chaos.In the three-minute spot, people lose the ability to navigate roads and cause accidents, one crazed woman hands out selfies and a couple actually swap faces by visiting a plastic surgeon. Funny, right? The point of the video was to show that the world, and of course Apple, needs developers to make the little programs that now dominate our lives.But watching the video, I couldn’t help but feel that it’s a fairly accurate portrayal of our increasing dependence on our pocket computers. According to data from Pew Research Center, 77 percent of Americans own a smartphone, and seven in 10 are on social media. And if you think that this trend is just linked to millennials, think again: Nielsen found that people between the ages of 35 and 49 spend an average of six hours and 58 minutes a week on social media, compared with six hours and 19 minutes for 18- to 34-year-olds. Those over 50 only spend an average of four hours and nine minutes a week on social media.Related: Feeling Depressed? Stay Off Instagram and Watch YouTube Instead.A different study, by the Royal Society for Public Health, revealed that 91 percent of 16- to 24-year-olds use the internet for social networking, and found a connection between social media use and increased rates of anxiety, depression and poor sleep. It points out that rates of anxiety and depression have increased 70 percent in the past 25 years (which is longer than smartphones have been ubiquitous). The organization is calling for social media companies to introduce “heavy usage” warnings on their platforms.”Social media has been described as more addictive than cigarettes and alcohol, and is now so entrenched in the lives of young people that it is no longer possible to ignore it when talking about young people’s mental health issues,” RSPH Chief Executive Shirley Cramer said in a statement accompanying the findings.For many people, the smartphone in their hand is an extension of themselves. They just wouldn’t be them without it. And that’s what this Apple video brings to light.But if you find this video speaks to you on a deeper level, do yourself a favor and take a break from technology every once in a while. Turn your phone off, explore the world without any help and resist that urge to take a picture and share it. And hey, maybe learn to navigate with a map. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. 3 min readcenter_img Register Now » June 6, 2017last_img read more

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She was one of the very best The industry remembers Mary Ogaki

first_img Posted by “She was one of the very best”: The industry remembers Mary Ogaki << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, April 13, 2018 Travelweek Group center_img TORONTO — The sudden passing of much-loved industry veteran Mary Ogaki has prompted an outpouring of emotion from the many, many colleagues and friends who worked alongside Mary in this industry over the course of more than 30 years.Tributes and condolences have flooded Mary’s Facebook account, with stories and anecdotes from industry friendships that span more than three decades.Mary’s work on both the retail and supplier side of this industry, most recently as National Account Manager for Royal Caribbean, brought her in touch with thousands of travel industry colleagues across the country.Vicki Freed, Senior Vice President, Sales, Trade Support and Service, Royal Caribbean International, said Mary was one of the very best.“We are deeply saddened by Mary Ogaki’s sudden passing. Part of our Royal Caribbean International family for five years, Mary was an incredible woman, daughter and professional, touching everyone she met along the way,” said Freed.“She was a special and dedicated National Accounts Manager, one of the very best, with a passion and commitment that is so rare.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“Together with many travel partners, branches and our team in Canada who worked with Mary, we’ll continue to admire and honour her with the heartwarming memories we have of her.“Our thoughts are with Mary’s family and friends during this difficult time.”Mary began her travel industry career in 1987 Meetings & Incentives at American Express, a position she held for 11 years.She made the move to Red Seal Tours as Regional Sales Manager, then headed to Encore Cruises as a DSM.In 2000 she landed at Sears Travel as Product Manager, Cruise and Tour. Four years later she took on the same role for Transat Distribution Canada and in 2008 she was appointed Manager, Groups & Special Programs for TDC.She returned to Encore Cruises in 2012 as Director of Sales and then in 2013 she took on her most recent position, as National Account Manager for Royal Caribbean.Mary was active in the industry at large as well. In 2005 she represented Canada as the first woman to sit on CLIA’s travel agent advisory board.More news:  Flights cancelled as British Airways hit by computer problem“Mary had great passion for what she did and was a true force to be reckoned with when she combined that passion with her innate logic and genuine willingness to help travel partners,” said Tim Morgan, most recently with TPI and now Managing Director of nigelkane. “I very much always appreciated her honesty and commitment to building the cruise business in Canada.”Travel Time – TPI Owner Lois Barbour added: “Mary had a unique ability to make everyone feel equally important both personally and professionally. She was knowledgeable and showed a genuine interest in helping agents succeed. Her warm smile and kind spirit will be missed in the travel industry, and I am sure also by anyone else who had the pleasure of knowing her.”The funeral will be a private service, for family only. Tags: People Sharelast_img read more

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