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HP Announces The Spectre x360 14

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 3, 2020 by itnerd

HP has unveiled the HP Spectre x360 14, offering the viewability of a 15-inch device with the mobility of a 13.5-inch form factor for the ultimate browsing, reading, editing, and viewing experience. Also announced today is HP’s expanded 11th Gen Intel® Core™ Processor Spectre and ENVY line up, packed with incredible performance gains and increased battery life for the perfect work-at-home lifestyle.

The PC has become more essential than ever, with many doing more from home like work, school, and doctor’s visits, for the foreseeable future. But the home is a place often filled with roommates and family members also working or learning, requiring work and personal devices to be as flexible as the user’s environment. Less than one-third of users have an office where the door can be closed, making living rooms, bedrooms, and kitchens the open office floorplan of 2020. 

HP is creating devices like the new HP Spectre x360 14 to be adaptive and smart, with the use of intelligent features – like performance management and new AI-based audio capabilities – to anticipate needs before the user does. The new HP Spectre x360 14 rounds out the Spectre Portfolio, with the latest intelligent features that adapt to the user for the ultimate in productivity.

Additional product announcements include – 

·       HP Spectre x360 13The impressively mobile convertible is even more powerful with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, with a 35% CPU performance improvement versus the previous generation to tackle demanding tasks like photo editing or 3D creation, and offers up to 16.5 hours of battery life. 

·       HP ENVY x360 13Available for the first time with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics, the adaptive, mobile design of this convertible PC is perfect for creators working from home, with HP MPP 2.0 Tilt Pen support, up to 12.75 hours of battery life, and privacy features like a camera shutter, fingerprint reader, mute mic, and HP Sure View button built into the all-in-one keyboard.

·       HP ENVY 13Updated with 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and Intel® Iris® Xe graphics this elegant and powerful creator device features an 88% screen-to-body ratio5, up to 13 hours of battery life, up to 4K UHD display, fast signaling data speeds and 5K display output with Thunderbolt 4, and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity.

HP Introduces A New Global Partner Program

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 15, 2020 by itnerd

Today, HP Inc. unveiled HP Amplify, a first-of-its kind global channel partner program optimized to drive dynamic partner growth and deliver consistent end customer experiences. Built on a single, integrated structure, HP Amplify provides the insights, capabilities and collaboration tools needed to drive growth as digital transformation and customer purchasing behaviors continue to evolve. The new program goes into effect November 1, 2020 for commercial partners with retail partners slated to transition in the second half of 2021.

By consolidating HP’s best partner products, tools and trainings into one intuitive program, HP Amplify removes complexity, making it easier for partners to take advantage of its many benefits and engage customers on a deeper level. Now comprised of just two distinct tracks – Synergy and Power – with clear compensation levels, HP Amplify provides partners with the flexibility to invest in value-added services and capabilities. The more a partner invests in these capabilities, the higher the rewards.

Experiences at the Speed of Digital

Customers have dramatically altered how they research and buy technology and how they engage with brands, buying more products and services through digital channels, such as e-commerce, partner portals and marketplaces. At the same time, technology and digital transformation are advancing at an astounding pace while business models are shifting from simple transactions focused on selling products to contractual relationships.

For the IT industry overall, and the channel specifically, it means business as usual is no longer an option. With the introduction of HP Amplify, HP is taking decisive actions to capitalize on these shifts, arming partners for future growth and to deliver a more satisfying customer experience.

Performance, Capabilities & Collaboration

Designed to enable progressive go-to-market strategies that cater to a combination of transactional, contractual and hybrid selling models, HP Amplify focuses on three core pillars: performance, capabilities and collaboration.


As the traditional sales model has been upended, so too has the traditional channel compensation model. While the new program will continue to reward partners based on goals and volume, HP Amplify features an innovative measurement and reward system that accounts for the many strategic efforts partners employ throughout the holistic sales process, from registration volume to average sales value and account retention.


Beyond sales revenue alone, HP Amplify measures rewards based on new capabilities, including investing in and improving digital skills, service delivery capabilities, e-commerce/omnichannel experiences and secure data collaboration.

Capabilities will be specialized and tailored to the sectors customers operate within, creating more personalized experiences and driving invaluable outcomes. HP Amplify rewards partners who invest in the capabilities to compete – and win – in a world dominated by e-commerce and digital-led customer journeys and experiences. The more capabilities around secure data collection, routes to market, services and specializations, the more access and benefits partners will receive.


Collaboration between HP and its partners is critical to our shared success. HP Amplify is designed to turn data analytics into deeper insights that inspire new strategies and steer innovation. HP will collaborate closely with partners to hone their digital skills, such as automated quotes and ordering, to provide a more consistent customer experience across multiple channels and equip partners with valuable research on the most important pain points in the customer journey.

Armed with this added opt-in customer intelligence, partners will have more of a competitive edge, with the intrinsic ability to anticipate and enable more positive customer outcomes. As a result, partners will be able to serve customers more seamlessly through automated inventory updates, product returns and holistic data intelligence. These experiences will continue to build upon the long- standing bonds between customers, partners and HP.

HP Amplify Impact

HP’s dedication to sustainable impact through technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere has long been integral to its business strategy and operations. Together, HP and its partners can make a lasting difference by acting in lockstep to further fuel innovation and growth in these areas. For this reason, as an extension of the company’s new global program, HP is introducing HP Amplify Impact, inviting all partners to join HP in its pledge to address:

  • Planet: Working toward a circular, low-carbon economy
  • People: Respecting human rights, enable people across the value chain to thrive; and cultivate a diverse and inclusive culture
  • Community: Unlocking educational and economic opportunity while improving the vitality and resilience of local communities  

For partners who choose to join this opt-in pledge, HP will provide training and support, and help identify potential gaps in the goals partners wish to set and provide guidance on how to achieve those goals. HP will provide more details closer to the launch of HP Amplify on November 1, 2020.

HP Releases Their Annual Sustainable Impact Report

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 25, 2020 by itnerd

HP Inc. has released their 2019 Sustainable Impact Report, highlighting progress the company is making to drive greater diversity and inclusion, reduce its environmental footprint, and strengthen communities around the world. Thought portions of this report may fit into a story related to environmental justice, human rights and/or equality.

Future commitments from HP include:

  • HP announced a new goal to double the number of Black Executives inside the company by 2025.
  • HP Foundation pledges $500,000 to social justice organizations as part of broader effort to combat systemic racism, as well as 200% matching of employee donations.
  • HP announced a new goal to eliminate 75 percent of single-use plastic packaging by 2025, supporting the company’s efforts to drive a low-carbon, circular economy.

2019 highlights from the report included:

  • Sales: HP’s Sustainable Impact efforts helped drive more than $1.6 billion in sales wins in 2019, up an estimated 69 percent.
  • D&I: Globally, 40 percent of HP hires in 2019 were women, and the company’s Global Supplier Diversity program spent $374 million with small and diverse suppliers including minority- and women-owned businesses, contributing $698 million in overall economic impact.
  • Printing: HP reduced plastic foam by 40 percent and eliminated over 95 tonnes of the material in 2019 just by redesigning the packaging of a printer model. Launched in 2019, the HP Tango Terra is HP’s first printer with zero plastic packaging, using a combination of molded fiber cushions and glassine paper to replace the typical plastic foam and bag.
  • 3D printing: HP recently announced the availability of a new material called polypropylene (PP) that helps reduce waste by enabling up to 100 percent reusability of surplus powder.
  • Recycle: During 2019, HP used over 25,000 tonnes of post-consumer recycled content plastic in HP print and PS products, or equivalent to 9 percent plastics used. The company is working to increase this to 30 percent by 2025. HP has also sourced 1.7 million pounds – more than 60 million bottles – of ocean-bound plastic, and launched the world’s first notebook, display, mobile workstation and enterprise Chromebook made using ocean-bound plastics. With 111 Gold and 268 Silver EPEAT-registered products – more than any other company in the IT industry, HP has the world’s most sustainable PC portfolio.

Father’s Day Gift Ideas from HP

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 1, 2020 by itnerd

With Father’s Day coming up on June 21, I wanted to share a list of gifts from HP for great gift ideas:

For the dad who loves photography: HP Tango ($179.99 CAD

  • The HP Tango is perfect for the dad who loves capturing and preserving every milestone, from standing on the front porch on the first day of school to waiting in the aisles on graduation day. The Tango makes it easy to print off photos that will last the test of time from anywhere, anytime using cellular data or a remote WIFI connection.

For the dad who is far away: HP ENVY Laptop (Starting from $1,099.99)

  • The HP ENVY allows you to stay connected with dad – whether you’re miles apart or just can’t be together physically on his special day. The wide vision HD camera makes it easy to chat with the entire family in crystal clear detail. 

For the dad who has hopped on the booming gaming-train: HP OMEN 15 Gaming Laptop (starting from $2,299.99)

  • Gaming is on the rise right now. For the dads who can’t get enough, the HP OMEN 15 Laptop is sure to please. This laptop has desktop-class graphics performance, immersion, and upgradability. With the OMEN 15 Laptop, dad can game anywhere.

HP Canada Partners With Federal Government To Supply 540,000 3D Printed Face Shields

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 7, 2020 by itnerd

As Canada seeks support from partners nationally and abroad to establish a stable supply of much needed personal protective equipment (PPE), HP recently announced their partnership with the federal government to supply 540,000 3DP face shields in an effort to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership marks the largest coordinated effort to establish a domestic supply chain for critical PPE at this scale. The face shields have been approved by Health Canada. 

HP Canada and its Digital Manufacturing Partner Network are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to fulfil the growing demand for supplies.

Just under a dozen small and medium businesses who specialize in 3D Printing across the country are using HP’s industry-leading 3D printing technology to manufacture face shields for Canada’s front-line workers that began shipping out last week.

HP and partners mobilize 3D printing solutions to battle COVID-19

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 24, 2020 by itnerd

HP Inc. and its global digital manufacturing community are mobilizing their 3D printing teams, technology, experience, and production capacity to help deliver critical parts in the effort to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1000 3D printed parts have already been delivered to local hospitals.  HP’s 3D R&D centers in Barcelona, Spain; Corvallis, Oregon; San Diego, California; and Vancouver, Washington are collaborating with partners around the world in a coordinated effort to increase production to meet the most urgent needs.  Initial applications being validated and finalized for industrial production include face masks, face shields, mask adjusters, nasal swabs, hands-free door openers, and respirator parts. HP is also coordinating with government, health, and industry agencies in numerous countries to ensure a synchronized and effective approach.

3D Printing Parts to Help Contain COVID-19oreirst applications being validated and produced include:

  • Hands-Free Door Opener:  Door handles are among the most germ-infested objects in houses, hospitals, factories, and elderly homes.  This adapter allows for easy and more sanitary opening with an elbow.
  • Mask Adjuster:  Many hospital staff are required to wear masks for long periods of time.  This clasp is designed to improve comfort and alleviate associated ear pain.
  • Face Shields:  Face shields are one of the highest-need personal protection items.  Brackets to hold the shield and comfortably fit the wearer are a critical component.

Many more applications are in the testing and validation phase and are expected to begin production soon, including:

  • Field Ventilator: 3D printed parts for a mechanical bag valve mask (BVM) that is designed for use as a short-term emergency ventilation of COVID-19 patients. This simplified design enables a robust and less-complex device, facilitating its rapid production and assembly.
  • FFP3 Face Masks:  Effective protective gear is needed for medical providers to treat the volume of expected COVID-19 patients.  HP is validating several hospital-grade face masks and expects them to be available shortly.

Making Many Part Designs Available

HP and its partners will be making the validated design files for many of the parts that do not require complex assembly freely available at this website for download.

3D designers and innovators who wish to join the battle against COVID-19 can contribute new applications and ideas at this website.

Get Parts 3D Printed Now

If you need support with application development or would like to order parts please submit your request here.

HP’s powerful and global 3D Printing Network of Digital Manufacturing and Production Partners are stepping up to fulfill these orders and support the world’s health community.

HP Announces Next Generation Computing Innovations To Enable More Freedom To Work, Live, Play

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 8, 2020 by itnerd

At CES 2020, HP Inc. introduced its newest PCs, displays, and accessories. The company’s latest consumer and commercial product innovations offer users the freedom to work more securely and experience content from anywhere, connect devices simply and easily, and gives customers the freedom to show their personal values by offering the world’s first notebook and sleeve made with ocean-bound plastic materials.

Highlights include:

HP Spectre x360 15:

    • Performance: Masterfully redesigned for enhanced thermal performance, the HP Spectre x360 15 is HP’s most powerful Spectre yet, powered by up to a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7processor with NVIDIA® GeForce graphics, and up to 17 hours of battery life.
    • Experience Content: From the 90% screen-to-body ratio to the 4K OLED 15.6-inch display11 with DCI-P3 with a 30% wider color gamut range, view true-to-life images and vibrant colors like never before.
    • Mobility: Experience nearly three times faster file transfer speeds with the latest Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (gig+) than Wi-Fi 5, and customize network prioritization and settings via Network Booster in HP Command Center.
    • Security: With six in 10 consumers physically covering their laptop’s webcam to feel more secure or prevent it from being compromised, the device features HP’s smallest IR camera at 2.2 mm. The HP Webcam Kill Switch, a dedicated mute mic button, fingerprint reader located on the keyboard deck, and Express VPN and LastPass to create and consume content whenever and wherever you want securely.


HP ENVY 32 All-in-One (AiO):

    • Create: See creations come to life on the new ENVY 32 AiO, with up to 65W 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 processors, up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 graphics, up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and up to 1 TB SSD or dual storage options to power through photo and video projects effortlessly. The ENVY 32 AiO is the first all-in-one to join NVIDIA’s RTX Studio program. Purpose-built for today’s creators, RTX Studio is capable of powering over 40 of the world’s top creative and design applications with RTX accelerated ray tracing and AI-assist to speed up tedious task and high-resolution video editing in real-time.
    • Audio Experience: Immerse yourself with surround sound with the world’s first AiO with loudest volume17 and the world’s first AiO with Advanced Audio Stream – no extra speakers required. Enjoy superb sound, straight from the source, while editing and playing back audio content with built-in front-firing tweeters and subwoofer speakers custom tuned by Bang & Olufsen. With this ultimate audio experience, , easily stream your playlists from your phone to your PC speakers, even when the PC is off.
    • Design: From the beautiful edge-to-edge glass display resting on a solid aluminum stand, to the matte Nightfall Black finish, accented with Dark Ash woodgrain, and a heathered acoustic cloth, the ENVY 32 AiO features thoughtful design touches that are integrated into a premium look and feel. With easy access to ports, built-in wireless charging, and a multi-device keyboard to switch from one device to another with a press of a button, everything you need is at your fingertips.

HP Elite Dragonfly:

  • Connect Securely with 5G: The HP Elite Dragonfly is the world’s first business convertible with 5G developed with a smart signal technology to boost antenna performance. This innovative antenna technology enables the device to meet HP’s rigorous connectivity standards inside the world’s lightest business convertible supporting 5G. Elite Dragonfly features a 10th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro® processor and has the world’s most advanced connectivity and privacy in its class.
  • Work Discreetly: HP Sure View Reflect is a breakthrough technology further advancing HP’s leadership in privacy innovations that allows you to work discreetly in many lighting conditions. Activate privacy mode with the press of a keyboard button to instantly block prying eyes from viewing the screen with a distinct copper colored privacy.
  • Findable: Elite Dragonfly is the world’s first laptop with built-in Tile™, the world’s leading smart location company. Easily see where a misplaced or lost notebook is, or with the optional Tile Premium service, get proactive alerts when a device has been left behind.
  • Sustainable: Elite Dragonfly is the world’s first notebook made with ocean bound plastic material, and more than 82% of the mechanical parts made from recycled materials.

New Displays and Sustainable Accessories:

  • The HP E24d G4 and HP E27d G4 Advanced Docking Monitors are a new category of intelligent displays that streamline workspaces with just one USB-C™ cable for video, data, and up to 100W of power. With a single button, power both the display and laptop, even when the lid is closed, and login with Windows Hello on the integrated privacy webcam. Empower IT to remotely manage HP devices from anywhere on the network and get immediate peripheral expansion.
  • The HP Renew Sleeve is designed to assist with your environmental initiatives. The sleeve is created with knit recycled plastic bottles and knit to shape with minimal manufacturing waste.
  • The HP Renew Series includes a backpack, topload, tote, and slim brief made from 100% recycled PET, or plastic bottles, that are shredded into small pellets, melted into a thin fiber, spun into a roll and woven to create these on-trend, eco-friendly bags in grey or navy for up to a 14- or 15.6-inch diagonal laptop.
  • The HP Spectre Folio Backpack and Topload feature a water-resistant waxed canvas exterior to keep devices safe and dry and an RFID pocket that protects credit card and passport information from electronic data reading devices. Each bag is designed with a quilted and cushy 15.6-inch diagonal laptop compartment for added protection and a convenient trolley handle pass through that slides over the handle of your luggage.

Pricing and Availability

  • HP Spectre x360 15 is expected to be available in March via for a starting price of $1,599.99. The device will also be available at Best Buy.
  • HP ENVY 32 AiO is now available at for a starting price of $1,599.99. The device can also be purchased at Best BuyAmazon, and other US retailers.
  • HP Elite Dragonfly with optional Tile integration and HP Sure View Reflect is expected to be available starting February 2020 via
  • HP E24d G4 Advanced Docking Monitor is expected to be available in January via for $349.
  • HP E27d G4 Advanced Docking Monitor is expected to be available in January via for $479.
  • The HP Renew Sleeve is expected to be available in April via for a starting price of $59.99.
  • The HP Renew Series is expected to be available in Spring 2020. Pricing will be provided closer to availability.
  • The HP Spectre Folio Backpack and Topload are expected to be available in February via for a starting price of $199.99.

HP Asks You To “Get Real” During The Holidays

Posted in Commentary with tags on November 12, 2019 by itnerd

Smartphones, social media, video games, and myriad other digital distractions have become the love-hate focus of our modern era. But, there’s a growing trend to reintroduce real-world experiences, from “digital detox” retreats to phone-free dinner parties to reading more hard-cover books.

HP recently conducted a survey [Warning: PDF] to better understand how North Americans feel about their relationship with screens.

  • 90% of people would rather have 1 real friend than 100 online
  • 70% of people believe relationships were closer before the internet
  • 61% of parents worry their kids aren’t fully developing social skills
  • 60% wish they could return to a time before social media

To bring families and friends together and make the holidays REAL, HP has developed 250+ hours of printable content, including partners such as Disney, DreamWorks, All Recipes and more. You can view the content here.

HP is also hosting an event this month in Toronto to bring this topic of balance to life – Get Real – details below. It’s free and open to the public.

Get Real – an HP Event 

Where/When: Yonge Dundas Square | November 14 – 16, from 10 AM to 6 PM

  • Get Real Emoji Photo Wall – Guests will be able to take a photo outside of the digital tunnel against in Get Real emoji photobooth
  • Digital Tunnel – An immersive experience where guests can login with their social media handles and see their ‘digital footprint’
  • Hot Cocoa Station – Complete a ‘Get Real Pop-Quiz’ and bring it to the hot cocoa station to receive a complimentary hot beverage
  • 250+ Hours of Real Content – Browse through different content/activities to have printed instantly as a takeaway



Infographic: Is There A New Type Of “Hacker” Canadians Need To Protect Against

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 8, 2019 by itnerd

We live in an online-obsessed world where privacy breaches have become the norm and while we’ve become hyper-focused on protecting ourselves online, sometimes we miss what happens in-person. HP’s Creepers & Peekers Survey uncovers secret behaviors of Canadian office workers and explores why people “creep” on laptop screens and “peek” at documents found in printer trays.

Key Findings Include:

  • 8 in 10 admit they restrict the content they look at in public and look at others’ screens without their knowledge.
  • 4 in 5 creep on their coworkers’ screens, and half of office workers say they rush to the printer every time they print something personal to prevent someone else from seeing it first.
  • 2 in 10 say they creep when they could gain something from it.

For office workers concerned that their privacy will be compromised on a laptop, HP’s new Spectre x360 offers features that provide peace of mind such as the HP Webcam Kill Switch, dedicated mute mic key, and optional built-in privacy screen, HP Sure View. For more information, the full Creepers & Peekers study can be found here.

To learn more about how critical endpoints, like PCs and printers, continue to be significant security blind spots for global businesses, HP also released a study in partnership with IDC focusing on the security policies and viewpoints of 500 IT leaders across five countries in the European Union and North America. While cybercrime surges to become a $600 billion problem globally, only 1 in 3 respondents identify endpoint device security as a significant component of their organization’s overall cyber security strategy.

HP-Creepers-Peekers Canada

HP Has Announced Three New Consumer PC Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 30, 2019 by itnerd

HP has announced three new consumer PC devices today.

Firstly, HP is introducing the next generation Spectre x360 13, which combines the cultivation of innovative design and mobility, along with thoughtful security and performance capabilities that allows customers to pursue their passions without constraint.

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Key features of the Spectre x360 13 include,

  • Beauty and Purpose: 13% smaller than last year’s model, with an industry-leading 90% screen-to-body ratio at every angle and a 2.8 lbs. chassis – all while increasing power.
  • Power and Connectivity: Featuring up to 22 hours of battery life, and two times the performance of the previous generation.
  • Secure and Smart: Featuring HP’s Webcam Kill Switch, that keeps users safe from webcam hacking with a physical on/off switch to electrically turn off the webcam when not in use, and an optional built-in privacy screen using HP’s award winning Sure View Gen3.

As well, HP announced two new Chromebooks, the Chromebook x360 12b and Chromebook x360 14b which will be available later this month via and select retailers.

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Both devices are the first HP Chromebooks to be USI pen enabled, offering a two-way communication protocol between a stylus and a USI enabled display for a consistent, easy-to-use experience across all USI devices.

Key features of the Chromebooks include,

  • Slim, Stylish and Practical: Designed for both those on the go, or on the couch, with a seamless backlit keyboard, an eye-catching white polished finish, and a selection of Type-A and Type-C ports for easy, convenient access.
  • Big Performance: Offering 10-12 hours of battery life and a more efficient fan-less design that will have users doing homework, watching movies, or just surfing the web with the performance they need, when they need it.
  • Voice, Touch and Pen: Interact with the touch-enabled convertible Chromebooks in new and exciting ways with the HP Rechargeable USI Pen and magnetic pen dock on the side of the chassis for easy access when drawing and editing documents. Both Chromebooks also feature Google Assistant  to control the Chromebook experience hands-free with a simple voice command.
  • Google Goodness: The Chromebook x360 12b and Chromebook x360 14b provide users with access to an expansive library of apps from the Google Play store as well as a one-year subscription to Google One – an all-in-one shareable plan that gives users access to expanded storage, Google experts, and exclusive member benefits.


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