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Samsung Note10+ Is Available At TELUS Stores Starting Today

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 23, 2019 by itnerd

The Samsung Note10+ is now available in-store at TELUS starting at $0 upfront with TELUS Easy Payment®. The new device financing program gives TELUS customers the flexibility to get any phone – even the iconic Samsung Note10+ – and pay for the device over 24 equal payments. Plus, when customers sign up for the Bring It Back program, they can expect to receive the Galaxy Note10+ at their absolute best cost.

The Note10+ is a powerful, multi-faceted device equipped with Samsung’s latest groundbreaking innovations, including:

  • The Power of Design –  The device has a slimmer & lighter body than any previous model, as well as an uninterrupted view through its cinematic Infinity-O display.
  • The Power of Performance – When your battery power is low, the fast charging technology gets your phone back to 100% in 30 minutes and can last up to 36 hours, making it the biggest battery in the Note series.
  • The Power of Creation – The Note10+ has a new pro grade camera with amazing features such as live focus video, audio zoom etc. Plus, use the intelligent S Pen to draw, sketch and share!

With all of the latest technology now at your fingertips, customers can also take advantage of TELUS’ Peace of Mind plans where they’ll enjoy endless data, endless fun without worrying about overages.


ASUS Republic Of Gamers Hosts Intelligent Evolution Event At Gamescom 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2019 by itnerd

ASUSRepublic of Gamers (ROG) today opened the doors on its Intelligent Evolution press event at Gamescom 2019 to demonstrate the latest innovations resulting from the ASUS Design Thinkingphilosophy — our holistic product-development cycle that sees user feedback result in R&D that leads to iteration in the form of new products.

“Gamers and media are the inspiration for ROG’s fast-paced and passionate product development, because they drive us to push the limits of every feature to enhance every aspect of the gaming experience. Every user comment and product review feeds into this intelligent evolution of ROG products, triggering ever-new and exciting innovations” said Jackie Hsu, Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales for the ASUS Open Platform Business Group.

This year ROG unveiled seven intelligently evolved products. These include the bar-raising ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore motherboard for dream PC rigs and the ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II motherboard for overclocking without extravagance. Three new gaming monitors were also revealed, including the 43-inch ROG Strix XG43UQ and 27-inch ROG Strix XG27UQ, both supporting Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology for native 4K resolution with 144 Hz refresh rates, and the 17.3-inch ROG Strix XG17 with a 240Hz IPS panel and ROG Tripod for serious on-the-go gamers.

We also took the wraps off ROG Chakram, a new 16,000-dpi gaming mouse with a built-in joystick for ultimate control; and ROG Strix Go 2.4, a wireless gaming headset with a USB-C™ 2.4GHz and an AI-powered noise-canceling mic.


ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore gaming motherboard

Designed to raise the bar for dream builds, ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore follows the pedigree of the popular ROG Rampage Extreme and Omega motherboards. This latest board makes many powerful statements, from intelligent tuning, robust power design and cutting-edge ROG technology, to give the most discerning gamers, enthusiasts and overclockers everything they need to push the limits. This includes 16 power stages and a comprehensive thermal design that comprises an active heatsink with two integrated VRM fans, a PCIe-zone M.2 aluminum heatsink and a one-piece aluminum backplate.

It also benefits from all the latest connectivity, including USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 (Type-C), Intel®Wi-Fi 6 AX200, onboard Aquantia®10Gbps LAN and Intel Ethernet, plus unmatched personalization with a 1.77-inch LiveDash colour OLED, and second-generation addressable RGB headers.


ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II motherboard

Many enthusiasts and gamers in particular often have a specific set of requirements for a motherboard: solid performance, ease of overclocking, stylish looks, and a set of features that’s still upmarket but doesn’t delve into extravagant excess. ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II is absolutely perfect for all these tasks, and more.

It features 12 power stages and a pre-installed 40mm fan, plus a great aesthetic design with an I/O cover that has a unique dual-layer design to display a laser-engraved ROG logo against a lighted backdrop of cybertext patterns. ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II offers superb connectivity, with three M.2 slots, Intel®Wi-Fi 6 AX200 and both Realtek 2.5Gbps and Intel Ethernet on board. It also has a 1.3-inch LiveDash OLED, a second-generation addressable RGB header and DIY-friendly designs that include FlexKey and BIOS Flashback.


ROG Strix XG43UQ DSC gaming monitor

Display Stream Compression (DSC) technology is an industry-wide compression standard for transporting ultra-high definition video streams across a single interface at high speed with no perceptible loss of visual quality. It also allows support for variable refresh rate (VRR) and high dynamic range (HDR) from the single connection. With DSC technology, ROG Strix XG43UQis able to display incredibly detailed and smooth visuals at native 4K resolution with a 144 Hz refresh rate via a single DisplayPort 1.4 connection without chroma sub-sampling, and without the need to use dual DisplayPort.

Strix XG43UQ’s 43-inch non-glare HDR display has achieved DisplayHDR™ 1000 compliance and supports 90% DCI-P3 professional colour gamut for exceptional contrast and colour performance, and also works flawlessly with AMD Radeon™ FreeSync 2 HDR technology for buttery-smooth gameplay, low latency, and better brightness and contrast.


ROG Strix XG27UQ DSC gaming monitor

ROG Strix XG27UQ is a 4K UHD gaming monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay. This 27-inch IPS display with quantum-dot technology heralds a new generation of gaming. It provides a wide 90% DCI-P3 colour gamut and DisplayHDR 400 compliance and offers the same DSC support as its Strix XG43UQ stablemate.


ROG Strix XG17 portable gaming monitor with ROG tripod

Designed for competitive gamers that wish to hone their skills while on the move, ROG Strix XG17 is a 17.3-inch IPS Full HD portable gaming panel that delivers a blistering 240Hz refresh rate and 3ms response time — making it the fastest portable display in the world. It weighs just 1 kg and has a built-in battery that supports up to 3 hours of 240Hz operation off a single charge. Thanks to its fast-charging system, a one-hour charge will power the panel for 2.7 hours. Other salient features include adaptive-sync that operates between 48-240Hz, making it easier to derive smooth gameplay from modest GPUs. There’s also a built-in speaker, for those times when a headset just won’t do.

ROG Strix XG17 also comes with a ROG tripod accessory that enables the gamer to set ROG Strix XG17 at various angles and heights, making it perfect for almost any gaming scenario. For example, ROG Tripod makes it easy to position Strix XG17 directly above a gaming notebook, effectively creating an expansive extended screen and play area. It also serves to support XG17 as an on-the-go monitor for console gamers, or as an extended display for mobile gaming.


ROG Chakram wireless gaming mouse

ROG Chakram is an all-new ergonomic, optical gaming mouse with Qi wireless charging and an integrated joystick for ultimate control. In addition to Qi, charging Chakram by wire for just 15 minutes provides enough power for up to 12 hours of gameplay. The joystick is both programmable, enabling personalized settings and superior control, and removable for when it’s not needed. The new mouse also packs an advanced 16,000-dpi, 400-ips sensor, and offers three connectivity methods — wired, 2.4GHz and Bluetooth (BLE). It also features detachable magnetic covers, an exclusive push-fit switch-socket design and a customizable badge for effortless DIY.

ROG Chakram is also loaded with thoughtful and exciting control, design and aesthetic features. These include a one-touch button for switching DPI on the go, a pivoted button mechanism for rapid response and accurate performance with a clean, tactile feel, and integrated Aura Sync lighting for instead illuminated style. These combined with the many other features elevate ROG Chakram to the ultimate gaming mouse, ready for any battlefield,


ROG Strix Go 2.4 wireless gaming headset

ROG Strix Go 2.4 is the world’s first wireless gaming headset that can be used with Nintendo Switch in handheld mode and also works with mobile phones and PCs. The headset connects via an included USB-C 2.4GHz wireless adapter that provides a more stable connection with less latency than Bluetooth, making it a better choice for gaming. ROG Strix Go 2.4 features an integrated AI-powered noise-cancelling microphone for clear communications, and large, Hi-Res Audio-certified 40mm drivers with a ROG-exclusive airtight-chamber design for lifelike audio reproduction, all in a lightweight, foldable design that tips the scales at a mere 290 grams.



ASUS ROG products are available worldwide. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

ASUS Reveals Trio of New X299 Motherboards

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced three new X299 motherboards to support upcoming Intel®CoreX-series processors. Many computing itches can only be scratched by processors with that magical combination of plenty of cores and sizable amounts of cache and memory bandwidth. The latest refresh of Intel’s high-end desktop platform upgrades maximum RAM capacities to 256GB and adds support for more PCIe connectivity directly from the CPU — just the ticket for multi-GPU rigs and massive NVMe solid-state drive arrays.

Baseline features for the upgraded boards include improved power circuitry with additional power stages, support for faster RAM, Intel Virtual RAID on CPU (VROC) support, and better networking and USB connectivity. All three models also include our AI Overclocking intelligence for automatically turning the knobs on the CPU to find the optimum frequency and voltage settings for the system.

ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore

ROG Rampage VI Extreme Encore is one sharply dressed board in the EATX form factor. Right from the get-go, Infinity Lighting holographic accents dazzle and impress atop stylish aluminum ROG Armor. We fortify the primary M.2 slots, I/O shield, and audio signal components with the same material. A 1.77-inch LiveDash OLED display can present POST codes, system information or custom graphics. For those who prefer a stealthy look, the display and onboard lighting can be shut off entirely. Around the back, a single-piece backplate covering most of the board allows for extra heat dissipation and structural reinforcement. All the main PCIe®slots are clad in SafeSlot metal reinforcement, so heavier graphics cards can be plugged in without worry.

Extreme Encore has the ability to handle and overclock the most powerful chips in the Intel Core X-series family. That’s where its humongous 16 power stages come in. Since Intel Core X-series processors can draw a lot of power when overclocked, we used ProCool II auxiliary power connectors with solid pins to maximize current capacity and minimize conduction loss. The VRM sits underneath heatsinks connected by a heat pipe and cooled by two compact fans that will only spin up when needed. Our space-saving DIMM.2 module employs a heatsink to chill NVMe devices also installed there.

One of the reasons to acquire a high-end desktop chip is the copious amount of memory bandwidth it can tap. Extreme Encore lets users take advantage of 256GB of RAM across the quad-channel controller, clocked at blistering speeds as high as 4266MT/s. Our exclusive OptiMem III enhancements help extreme overclockers find the limits of their RAM.

The extra lanes available in the upcoming Intel Core X-series enabled us to increase the onboard NVMe storage device support to four, meaning it’s possible to run massive NVMe RAID arrays with optional Intel VROC technology and push gigabyte-per-second transfers to double digits. Two M.2 slots rest underneath the main heatsink, while the DIMM.2 slot can take in two drives up to 110 mm long on a riser card. And with compatible chips, the three x16 PCIe slots can be run in a x16/x16/x8 configuration for high-speed multi-GPU action, massive deep-learning tasks, and heavy-duty 3D rendering. A USB 3.2 Gen 2×2 connector provides 20Gbps of bandwidth to compatible devices.

To ensure multi-terabyte data sets can be easily delivered over the network, Extreme Encore comes with an Aquantia 10Gbps Ethernet controller humming alongside a tried-and-true Intel Gigabit Ethernet chip. When it’s time to let go of wires and send bits through the atmosphere, an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 adapter pushes throughout up to 2.4Gbps.=

Extreme Encore has a total of four RGB LED strips: two on standard headers, and another two on addressable Gen 2 RGB headers that can detect how many LEDs are present in an attached device to preconfigure effects accordingly and make for easier customization. The included ASUS Fan Extension Card II has three extra RGB strip headers, as well as NODE input and output ports for further expansion. The extra RGB LED headers on this card naturally support RGB LED fans with the proper cabling, as well. Our proprietary NODE connector enables the connection of compatible hardware for control and monitoring.

Extreme Encore’s SupremeFX S1220 audio circuitry includes a dedicated headphone amplifier, Japanese-made capacitors, and its own PCB layers for improved signal integrity. We’ve included DTS Sound Unbound enhancements, so that when a compatible game is played, the player takes a dive deep into a soundscape where every object has a pinpoint-accurate aural location, even if it’s above or below.

ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II=

The majority of enthusiasts and gamers in particular often have a specific set of requirements for a motherboard: solid performance, ease of overclocking, good looks, and a set of features that’s still upmarket but doesn’t delve into extravagant excess. ROG Strix X299-E Gaming II fits that bill.

The board’s cybertext motif, sleek angular lines and smooth finishes all meld together to create a distinctive style that looks fantastic whether on its own or under RGB LED lighting. A translucent ROG logo on the I/O shield can light up to reveal more cybertext embedded in the acrylic nameplate. A 1.3-inch LiveDash OLED display sits just underneath the CPU socket for at-a-glance view of system information or just to show off.

To feed and overclock the CPU, Strix X299-E Gaming II uses a 12-power-stage VRM. The power-delivery cooling system has a two-piece heatsink with a heat pipe running through it, and it’s further chilled by a 40-mm fan that’ll only kick in under high power draw. For those choosing to overclock their processor, the AI Overclocking function will intelligently figure out the best settings.

Power plugs can get a little toasty when overclocking CPUs to their limit, so the auxiliary 12V ProCool II connectors have solid-core pins to deliver more current. Two columns of four DIMMs can take in a total of 256GB of RAM. Sticks clocked at 4266MT/s and beyond will slot right in with ease.

Strix X299-E Gaming II features SafeSlots on all three PCIe slots to easily support multi-GPU setups. Three M.2 slots are ready to take in fast NVMe devices as long as 110mm and have dedicated heatsinks, all using PCIe x4 connectivity. Intel VROC support enables multi-drive NVMe action for the fastest storage transfer rates this side of a server. USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports in both Type-Cand Type-A flavors grace the back panel, and there’s a header available for an extra front-panel port.

For networking, a Realtek 2.5Gbps and Intel gigabit Ethernet adapter handle communications. There’s also Intel’s Wi-Fi 6 AX200 adapter for up to 2.4Gbps of wireless bandwidth, plus Bluetooth®5.0 support.

Strix X299-E Gaming II comes with two standard RGB LED strip headers, plus another pair of connectors for addressable Gen 2 RGB LED strips. A NODE port also lets the board monitor and control compatible components.

Strix X299-E Gaming II has an additional set of handy niceties. The FlexKey allows the reset button to toggle lighting effects on/off, or boot directly into the firmware. SupremeFX S1220A audio includes its own shielding alongside the usual niceties like Japanese capacitors, and it comes bundled with Sonic Studio III and DTS®Sound Unbound.

Prime X299-A II

Our Rampage and Strix boards have the looks and over-the-top luxury to match their performance, but some users prioritize straightforward results over a flashy appearance and a mile-long feature list. However, not every PC has to be a lavish affair – even if it’s using a high-end Intel Core X-series chip. There are plenty of times when the most important aspects are stability, horsepower and subtlety. For those looking for a simple and solid X299 motherboard, we have ASUS Prime X299-A II.

While X299-A II is the most affordable model in our refreshed trio, it’s not bare-bones by any stretch of the imagination. After all, it’s got a 12-power-stage, all-digital VRM ready to juice up even top-end Intel Core X-series processors, along with ProCool II auxiliary power connectors. Much like on our higher-end boards, three PCIe x16 SafeSlots can deal with multiple graphics cards in SLIor CrossFireXarrays. Likewise, eight RAM slots in a quad-channel topology can take in as much as 256GB clocked at 4266 MT/s, and there are three PCIe x.4 M.2 slots. This model supports Intel VROC arrays with the necessary hardware key, as well.

White-and-silver accents and heatsinks lend the X299-A II a subdued look that’ll blend with any build. For those looking to add RGB LED flair, the board’s neutral shades will look fantastic under coloured light. Standard LED strips can be hooked up to a pair of available headers, and extra-fancy illumination is possible thanks to an addressable Gen 2 RGB header for compatible addressable strips.

Prime X299-A II does upstage its fancier brethren in one way, though. Since professional users are more likely to pick out this model, we fitted it with a Thunderbolt3 header so opening up the option of next-gen peripherals with the optional ASUS ThunderboltEX3 card. Audio and video gear in particular makes great use of Thunderbolt 3’s low latency and massive bandwidth, and the X299-A II will happily become the centerpiece of any AV studio. Naturally, USB 3.2 Gen 2 and USB 2.0 peripherals can go into any of the several ports in those formats. Sonic delectation emanates from the Realtek S1220A codec enhanced by DTS:X®Ultra  3D audio positioning.


Check with your local ASUS representative for details on availability and pricing in your region.

For further information, product images and specifics on these new motherboardsplease check out our article at Edge Up ASUS.

Research: Is Employee Experience Falling Short?

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2019 by itnerd

Perks at work have become a source of pride and a competitive differentiator for companies vying for top talent. Stocked fridges, catered meals, on‑site fitness facilities, laundry services and complimentary transportation are just a handful of popular perks companies offer to lure new employees. But according to new research by ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW), the company that makes work, work better for people, an effective way to build an engaged and productive workforce is giving employees a better employee service experience during big moments and even small ones in between.

ServiceNow’s “The Employee Experience Imperative” Report, which studies the service experience at work, reveals that employee enthusiasm for work peaks at the start of a new job, but wanes by 22% shortly thereafter. Where are employers missing the mark? The findings tell us that employers aren’t supporting employee’s basic needs on a day‑to‑day basis during the employee lifecycle: 41% still struggle to obtain information and answers to basic questions, like finding a company policy or resolving an issue with their equipment. Furthermore, only 41% believe their employers make it easy to select their equipment before their first day and only 51% of employees believe their employers make it easy to receive equipment necessary to perform their job responsibilities at the onset of their job.

Where Can Employers Improve? Mobile Work Experiences

One‑third of our lives is spent at work. And, employees want their experiences at work to be more like their experiences at home – like having mobile technology at their fingertips to make finding information and accomplishing tasks simple, easy and convenient. In fact, more than half (54%) of employees expect their employers to offer mobile‑optimized tools at work. Yet, the majority (67%) report not finding it easy to complete necessary paperwork on a mobile device before their first day and only about half (52%) of employees have been allowed to use a smartphone or tablet to access employee tools from HR or other departments. However, those who do have such access self‑report higher productivity than those without these mobility tools. This is a miss for employers who haven’t yet introduced mobile self‑service to their workforce, especially for those aiming to retain and attract millennials, as over half (59%) expect employers to provide mobile‑optimized tools.

A Generation Gap? It’s Smaller at Work Than You’d Think

Baby boomers and millennials aren’t so different at work, after all. Across the four generations that comprise today’s workforce – baby boomers, Gen‑Zs, millennials and Gen‑Xs – employees want a better experience at work. The research found that, across generations and departments, employees are losing faith in their employers to deliver positive employee experiences:

  • Less than half (48%) of employees believe that employers are invested in improving the employee experience;
  • More than half (61%) of employees rate their employers poorly based on a negative experience with personal leave;
  • Less than half (45%) of employees feel that their opinions and perspective matter to their employer. However, millennials (43%) are more optimistic that employers will address feedback when compared to baby boomers (35%);
  • Only 37% of employees believe that employers automate processes to improve the worker experience; and
  • Less than half (44%) of employees believe employers provide them with easy access to information from HR and other departments; the same number felt they did not have access to the information vital to their job on day one.

A positive experience at work strongly correlates high employee net promoter scores (eNPS)– meaning, employees that create great employee experiences are likely to have more loyal, satisfied employees. That’s real business value.

For more findings from the survey, check out ServiceNow’s “The Employee Experience Imperative” Report and download it here.

 The Employee Experience Imperative Research Methodology

The Employee Experience Imperative” Report, which studies the service experience at work, was conducted in June 2019, via qualitative and quantitative research methods. A total of 1,400 people responded to the survey, all 18+‑year‑old full or part‑time employees at companies with 2,000+ employees. Of the respondents, 57% were located in North America (United States, Canada), 29% were located in Europe (United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands) and 14% in Asia‑Pacific (Australia, Japan, Singapore).

Waze Adds YouTube Music As Their Newest Audio Player Partner

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 22, 2019 by itnerd

Waze, the platform bringing together communities on and off the road, today announced YouTube Music is their newest Audio Player partner, giving drivers a new way to listen to music while safely driving.


 Originally launched in October 2018, Waze’s full service audio player caters for every taste and genre by partnering with the world’s leading audio platforms to seamlessly deliver music, podcasts, audiobooks, news, and more. Since then, Waze users have driven almost 11 billion kilometers while listening to content from one of Waze’s Audio Player partners.  By partnering with YouTube Music, from today drivers can safely listen to their favourite albums, playlists, personalized mixes, and more from directly within the Waze app where they get their navigation directions.

YouTube Music Premium subscribers can listen on Waze by simply opening the Waze app and tapping the music note icon to select YouTube Music as their audio player. They can start enjoying audio content directly from Waze right away, including playlists, radio and more.

 Waze initially launched with seven partners: Deezer, iHeartRadio, NPR, Pandora, Scribd, Stitcher, and TuneIn joined Spotify, which has been available on Waze since March 2017. Since then, Waze has also introduced integrations with,, Castbox and NRJ Radio, who integrated their audio experience into Waze by using the Waze Audio Kit. .

 The YouTube Music integration for Waze Audio Player will begin rolling out from today, and will be available for all users globally in the coming weeks. You can download Waze here, and to integrate your audio app with Waze, apply for the Waze Audio Kit here.

Guest Post: Bold and Beautiful in Berlin: Dell’s New Consumer PC Portfolio Unveiled at IFA 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 21, 2019 by itnerd

By Ray Wah, Senior Vice President, Consumer and Small Business Product Group, Dell

We’re back in the thick of European conference season. From Gamescom in Cologne to IFA 2019 in Berlin, Dell Technologies has exciting news coming out of both shows!

IFA is the largest consumer tech show in Europe and we expect to see significant news from 4K and OLED TVs to wearables to smartphones. We’ll be showcasing our latest PCs, of course, as the move to thin and light continues across the industry. It’s not only about smaller form factors though – consumers want adaptive, always connected, high-performing, and flawlessly designed PCs and Dell continues to set the bar for the PC industry.

Ahead of IFA, we’re expanding our consumer portfolio with brand new form factors and the addition of new 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors to our current XPS and Inspiron portfolio delivering performance gains needed for compute intensive, demanding multi-thread workloads, while still handling 4K content efficiently. And in doing so, giving our customers heavyweight performance in thin, light and portable designs — the best of both worlds.

We’ve taken our most beloved and awarded product, the XPS 13, or “the best laptop you can buy,” and made it even better. Available August 27th, we’ve added Intel 10th Gen Core™ U series processors — with i7 hexacore models available in October — in our existing beautiful form factor, helping the XPS 13 maintain its position as the most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class1. Whether you’re a binge watcher or the busy mobile pro on the go, we’ve created the XPS 13 to be one of a kind. With the new Killer™ AX1650 (2×2) built on Intel WiFi 6 Chipset, wireless connectivity is three times as fast as the previous generation. Along with Dell CinemaColor and Dolby Vision and an optional 4K Ultra HD InfinityEdge display, the XPS 13 will remain eye candy for those glued to their screen. Available with either Windows 10 or Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, the latter which serves as the foundation of the XPS 13 developer edition, now in its 9th generation2.

And in case you missed it, the XPS 13 2-in-1, a COMPUTEX d&i Award winner, is now available for purchase. This 2-in-1 is a symbol of our meticulous attention to detail where every decision was driven by customer benefits and a mission to achieve a flawless design. The 2-in-1 is the world’s first Project Athena-verified laptop available with Intel’s new 10th Gen Core™, 10-nanometer silicon processors.

With the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, we’re also bringing premium materials and performance to our Inspiron line with the introduction of the new Inspiron 14 7000 ultralight laptops. Weighing sub-2.5 lbs. (sub-1.1kg)3, this impressively portable design was achieved through introducing a lightweight yet remarkably durable magnesium alloy chassis. And with the new lid-open sensor, Connected Modern Standby and fingerprint reader built into the power button, the system signs on securely and starts in a flash. Plus, the stylish laptop features all-around narrow borders with 100% sRGB color coverage, perfect for mobile multitasking.

Additionally, we’re upgrading many other Inspiron systems with new 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, offering performance gains for multi-threaded workloads, including:

  • Inspiron 13, 15, 17 7000 2-in-1, first announced at CES 2019 and a Computex Design Innovation Award winner, is now available with the addition of USB Type-C™ with Thunderbolt™ 3 support and in an optional silver chassis.
  • Inspiron 14, 15 5000 2-in-1 delivers mobility and expandability with the bonus of an Active Pen compatible touchscreen.
  • Inspiron 13 5000 offers a portable and thin form factor with optional mobile broadband4 for easy connectivity; and two sleek color options – Platinum Silver and Iced Lilac.
  • Inspiron 24 5000 & 27 7000 All-in-One (AIOs) desktops announced at Computex 2019 and are available Friday, August 23. These desktops fit in your living room or dorm room as a simple and attractive entertainment system or TV replacement.
  • Inspiron 14, 15 5000 (5493, 5494, 5593, 5594) includes a narrow border, FHD anti-glare wide-viewing display and Dell Cinema6, perfect for the content-hungry user.
  • Inspiron 14, 15, 17 3000 offers optional NVIDIA® GeForce® MX230 discrete graphics card. The 14 and 15 offer a stylish build for on-the-go tasks, while the 17 is made for the entire family to enjoy throughout the home.

Our small business customers care about reliability, security and price and are often wearing many hats. Our new Vostro 14 and 15 5000 laptop allows customers to tackle more demanding tasks with the performance benefits of NVIDIA® GeForce® MX250 discrete graphics. Plus, the TPM 2.0 security chip and optional fingerprint reader keep data secure. We’ve also added our award-winning software, Dell Mobile Connect, so workers can connect their smartphones to their PC for increased efficiency. Overall, the laptop combines critical features into one affordable device small businesses can rely on to get work done.

We are also introducing our first-ever 5000 series performance desktop for Small Businesses giving content creators, game developers and engineers the power, graphics and storage they need to perform their job at their best. The desktop equips customers with 9th Gen Intel® Core™ R processors and discrete graphics options up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070.

Finally, we are integrating 10th generation Intel Core processors within our current Vostro portfolio:

  • Vostro 13 5000, a compact, thin design fits into a carry-on; plus, it’s Skype for Business certified for on-the-go work calls.
  • Vostro 14, 15 3000 equipped with the hardware-based TPM 2.0 security chip and fingerprint reader integrated onto the power button for top security.

For more specs, details, pricing and availability across our announcements, please check out our official IFA landing page HERE.


  1. Most powerful: Based on Principled Technologies Report commissioned by Dell, November 2018 using the Cinebench CPU (multi-core test) comparing the Dell XPS 13 against competitive products with similar 15W configurations when measuring for sustained performance under a heavy CPU workload and controlling for processor wattage.  Actual performance will vary based on usage, configuration, and manufacturing variability. See report here:


  1. The Dell XPS 13 laptop, developer edition began life as “Project Sputnik” a scrappy skunkworks project to pilot a developer-focused system. Thanks to the amazing feedback and support we received from the community it became an official product. Years later, we are on the ninth generation of the XPS 13 developer edition.


  1. Weights vary depending on configuration and manufacturing variability.


  1. Subject to service provider’s broadband subscription and coverage area; speeds may vary. Additional charges will apply. Contact your service provider for details.


  1. Color offerings are subject to regional availability.


  1. CinemaColor and CinemaStream (SmartByte) are not available on Windows 10 in S Mode.



Luscious Pwned…. Almost 1.2 Million Users Affected

Posted in Commentary with tags on August 21, 2019 by itnerd

Adult website Luscious has apparently been pwned by hackers according to vpnMentor’s research team. And here’s what is floating in the wild as I type this:

The data breach gave our team access to 1.195 million user accounts on Luscious. All of these were compromised, revealing personal details of users with potentially devastating consequences. 

The private personal user details we viewed included:

  • Usernames
  • Personal email addresses
  • User activity logs (date joined, most recent log in)
  • Country of residence/location
  • Gender

Some users’ email addresses indicated their full names, increasing their vulnerability to exploitation and cybercrime.

Now the researchers admit that they think that 20% of the emails are fake. But for the other 80%, this isn’t good. The possibilities of pwnage are endless. Thus if you’ve used this site, you might want to be extra vigilant.