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Infographic: Covering Your Webcam? Most People Do

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 18, 2019 by itnerd


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HP Announces Z6 Workstations

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 16, 2019 by itnerd

Building on their continued innovation across the Z by HP workstation portfolio, HP today delivers new highly configurable options for Z6 G4 workstations featuring Intel® Xeon® W CPUs. Ideal for demanding creative workloads like 3D animation and rendering, or any workflows that need higher core counts but don’t require the need for a dual processor system at higher prices.

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The need for technology that can speed up the creative process—all within budget—has become a very real challenge today. With support for up to 364GB of memory on the new single socket Xeon® W-3000 series processors, creators can now take advantage of the HP Z6 higher memory capacity, compared to the Z4. The Z6 is also highly expandable with six PCIe slots for future needs as workflow demands increase. Harnessing the massive expandability of Z workstations  allows creators to take on the next generation of workflows beyond 8K productions without having to worry about system constraints. Furthermore, every Z workstation comes with a 3-year warranty, industry leading software certifications, and amazing reliability with HP Sure Start featuring self-healing BIOS.

Beyond the advancements in the Z6, the entire Z workstations portfolio is designed to scale across creators’ budgets and performance needs, including:

  • The Z8 G4, is designed for the most demanding workflows, like visual effects and finishing work on high res (including 8K and beyond) content. The industry leading 1450W (100V) or 1700W (200V) power supply options enables the Z8 to harness the power of fully maxed out configurations, including dual Xeon® scalable processors, up to four graphics cards, and up to 68TB of storage capacity. The Z8 also has 7 PCIe slots and supports up to 8 Z Turbo drives, offering the greatest expandability in the Z workstation  line up.


  • The Z4 G4, HP’s best-selling performance workstation, supports up to two NVIDIA Quadro RTX 8000 GPUs, which supports 8K Redcode RAW decoding and debayering for real-time playback, editing and color grading without the need to purchase extra video decoding hardware.
  • The Z4 is a great value solution for the video editor with support for two full sized graphics cards, five PCIe slots, and up to 256GB of system memory for fast application responsiveness when working with large content files.


And because creators also need a display with color accuracy to match the highest standards, HP offers the HP DreamColor Z31x Studio Display, the world’s most advanced color-critical display. It boasts cinema 4K resolution, always-accurate colors, user calibration, and a host of workflow tools to give you powerful, consistent performance. The Z31x Display has unique features such as integrated remote manageability, automatic or scheduled calibration, and an integrated KVM switch. For creators in media and entertainment , you can also access built-in markers and masks, video levels, split picture-in-picture, and user presets.

HP Announces Next-Generation Healthcare PC Portfolio

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 11, 2019 by itnerd

Today, timed with HIMSS 2019, HP introduced its next-generation Healthcare portfolio designed to transform patient experiences, whether in traditional care settings or via telemedicine. The new healthcare devices offer innovative features to enhance patient safety, clinical efficiency, and security of healthcare delivery organizations.

New introductions include:

  • HP EliteBook 840 G6 Healthcare Edition, the world’s first ultra-slim notebook for healthcare with integrated RFID location tracking
  • HP EliteOne 800 G5 Healthcare Edition All-In-One, the world’s first all-in-one for healthcare with an integrated privacy screen
  • HP Easy Clean 2.0 enables efficient device cleaning without needing to power down; one simple touch of a button and touch features are disabled for cleaning and disinfection and tracks contact times. Additionally, the new Healthcare Editions are designed for bed-bug infestation treatments16 with popular formulations used by pest professionals.

You can see the entire HP Healthcare portfolio here. 


HP Explores Rediscovered Memories In New Short Film This Father’s Day

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 11, 2019 by itnerd

Canada is a mosaic of different people and cultures, and every individual has a unique story to share. Every family has a history worth exploring, and being able to print off and share special photos allows us to celebrate and remember significant moments forever.

HP’s History of Memory series explores the evolution of photography to better understand the connection between printed photos and memory. Through films, events, personal stories and social experiences, the value of printed images in our lives, especially in our family histories, is elevated and explained.

This Father’s Day, HP is releasing the third film in their History of Memory series, China Lost & Found. The film reminds us of the power of photography by highlighting one story from the world-famous Beijing Silvermine collection, and what happened when a forgotten holiday snapshot is rediscovered and then celebrated around the globe. At its core, China Lost & Found reminds us how much we — as fathers, travelers, everyday photographers — have in common, and the powerful force of photography to cross boundaries, both metaphorical and physical.

You can follow this link to watch the film.

HP Elevates Premium and Personalized PC Experiences

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 28, 2019 by itnerd

HP Inc. today introduced bold new additions to its Personal Systems portfolio that enable more natural and intuitive experiences across work and life. Today’s PC users lead busy on-the-go lifestyles and demand beautiful designs and seamless productivity that allows them the freedom for inspiration and the exchange of ideas.

Fifty-seven percent of millennials know the PC they want as soon as they see it, so HP is delivering the new HP ENVY Wood Series, delighting customers with thoughtful, personal, and sophisticated designs. With 43 percent of employees in the U.S. working remotely in some capacity, HP’s latest HP EliteBook 1000 series – including the HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 with up to 24 hours of battery life – and powerful ZBooks redefine modern workstyles for mobility, versatility, and productivity. And HP further elevates the world’s most comprehensive commercial VR solutions portfolio6 with the HP VR backpack.

Personalization for Consumers

Expanding on the innovative use of unique materials like the use of leather in the HP Spectre Folio, HP is delivering the world’s first convertible PCs with authentic wood. The HP ENVY 13, HP ENVY x360 13, HP ENVY x360 15 and the HP ENVY 17 Wood Series builds on the durability and performance of the previously announced metal versions, but feature a choice of all new, next-gen Intel® Core™ processors or 2nd Generation AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics.

Each PC is accented with one-of-a-kind authentic wood inlay in three exquisite combinations: Nightfall Black with Natural Walnut, Ceramic White with White Birch, or Natural Silver with Pale Birch. The HP ENVY Wood Series includes features like Amazon’s Alexa Service, Modern Standby, Wake on Voice, Wake on Fingerprint reader, along with privacy and peace-of-mind with HP Sure View and the HP Webcam Kill Switch solution.

The new laptops can be paired with the stylish HP ENVY Uptown Tote, Backpack or Convertible Backpack for added protection, mobility, and RFID security. For seamless and intuitive connection to dual 4K monitors, network, and accessories, the HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with HDMI Adapter allows for full power, productivity and device expansion that works across HP and other non-HP laptops through a single USB-C™ cable connection.


Designed for All Workstyles

The next generation of HP’s EliteBook PCs are designed for mobile workers who require premium and enterprise secure experiences whenever inspiration strikes. HP continues to raise the bar as the world’s most secure and manageable PC provider by adding HP Sure Sense to the new EliteBook and ZBook line-up. Co-engineered with Deep Instinct, HP Sure Sense offers customers PCs with deep learning malware protection built-in. This leap forward in security innovation complements HP’s broad stack of hardware-enforced security.


Solutions announced today:

  • The HP Elite x2 G4 turns heads with style and versatility with its ultra-mobile design and authentic craftsmanship. It is the world’s first business detachable with a leather keyboard folio, offers superb privacy as the world’s first business detachable with integrated dual camera privacy shutter, and is the world’s only business detachable with privacy screen.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 raises the bar for productivity anywhere as the world’s smallest and lightest business convertible with next-generation connectivity Gigabit Class 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth® 5.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 offers the world’s longest battery life in a 14-inch business convertible under three pounds with up to 24 hours of battery life. Work where inspiration takes you with world’s only outdoor viewable display in a 14-inch diagonal business convertible and new 4K HDR screen option and have the power for productivity with the world’s only 14-inch business convertible to support 32 GB system memory.
  • Natural handwriting on both the HP Elite x2 and full-line of HP Elite convertibles with the optional HP Rechargeable Active Pen G3 for the world’s most precise writing experience, made possible by engineering the lowest starting pressure ever in a PC active pen.
  • The HP Mini-In-One 24 maximizes desktop experiences allowing you to work naturally and freely with the world’s most secure modular AiO with a display that fully encloses, secures, and powers a 65W ultra small form factor PC. The Mini-In-One display pairs seamlessly with the new HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini PC to enable clean desk aesthetics and the security of an all-in-one experience.
  • Make touching down at the office easy and intuitive by creating a comfortable workspace with universal USB-C™ or legacy USB-A connectivity for PCs or peripherals. The HP EliteDisplay E223d and the HP EliteDisplay E273d docking monitors fit naturally for tailored workspaces to deliver video, data, and power over a single USB-C™ cable. The HP USB-C™ Dock G5 and the HP USB-C/A Universal Dock G2 also offer enhanced system network manageability for PCs in any power state.


Power for Designers and Creators

Designers and creators are redefining the world around us and demand the best technology to solve complex problems, which require more powerful, high-performance solutions previously only found in desktops workstations. The next generation HP ZBook 15 G6 and HP ZBook 17 G6 are the ultimate laptops for architects, designers, video editors, and VR creators who need desktop performance and power with the freedom to work wherever and whenever. With the choice of 9th Gen Intel® Core™ and Intel® Xeon® processors, and next-gen NVIDIA® Quadro RTX graphics, the new ZBooks power demanding workflows including 3D design and VR. Both ZBooks offer tool-less expandability to upgrade memory and storage in seconds. The ZBook 17 G6 – the world’s most powerful mobile workstation – achieves full, unthrottled performance for simulation and GPU rendering. For color-critical workflows it features the world’s first 17-inch mobile workstation display with 100 percent DCI-P3, giving access to even more colors.

For architects, product developers, and creative professionals who require high performance computing and expandability that fits in increasingly smaller workspaces, HP is introducing powerful entry workstations – HP Z1 Entry Tower G5, HP Z2 Mini G4, HP Z2 Small Form Factor G4, and HP Z2 Tower G4. The new HP Z2 Tower, the world’s most powerful and expandable entry workstation, has been redesigned to provide two times the graphics power, and an epic 41 percent more processing power over the previous generation. This enables creators to confidently tackle complex workloads like rendering photo-realistic 3D models and scenes with full performance and whisper-quiet acoustics.

To give creators new ways to leverage VR in their workflows, the new HP VR Backpack is the ultimate machine for both VR creation and consumption. Specifically designed to tackle VR engines including Unreal and Unity, the VR solution provides incredible shading and framerate support for more natural rending. Powered by 8th Gen Intel® Core™ i7 and Nvidia® GeForce® RTX 2080, the VR Backpack provides a 30 percent performance boost and 25 percent more powerful graphics over the previous generation. The free-roam tetherless experience is designed to address the needs of multi-user entertainment venues, architectural walk-throughs, and design simulations. While docked or VESA mounted, the VR Backpack acts as a powerful, super-slim desktop ready for intensive design work.


Delivering Solutions and Services for Mobile Workers

HP is expanding its HP Premier Care Solutions, with curated packages and service levels to empower mobile HP EliteBook and ZBook users. The Essential, Expanded, and Enhanced packages deliver a one-stop suite of travel, data, and damage protection services, enabling today’s diverse workforce to stay productive anytime, anywhere. HP Hardware Support Onsite Call-to-Repair Services provides premium level service to maximize IT help desk and user productivity with expedited support and replacement parts, and includes online case management tools to track resolutions to get customer devices up and running quickly. The new HP Device Recovery Service, retires end-of-use devices with value that can be applied towards the purchase of a new device, making it easier for organizations to retire and refresh devices in a secure and sustainable way.


Pricing and Availability

  • The HP ENVY Wood Series portfolio is expected to be available in Fall 2019. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.
  • The HP ENVY Uptown Tote, Backpack and Convertible Backpack are expected to be available later this summer for $169.99-$179.99.
  • The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 with HDMI Adapter is expected to be available later this summer for a starting price of $249.
  • The HP Elite x2 G4 is expected to be available in August for a starting price of $1,499.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1030 G4 is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $1,449.
  • The HP EliteBook x360 1040 G6 is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $1,499.
  • The HP EliteDesk 800 G5 Desktop Mini is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $924.
  • The HP Active Pen G3 is expected to be available later this summer for a starting price of $99.The HP EliteDisplay E223d Docking Monitor is expected to be available in June for a starting price of $279.99.
  • The HP EliteDisplay E273d Docking Monitor is expected to be available in July for a starting price of $409.
  • The HP Mini-In-One 24 Display is expected to be available in August at starting price of $279.
  • The HP USB-C™ Dock G5 is expected to be available later this summer for a starting price of $209.
  • The HP USB-C/A Universal Dock G2 is expected to be available later this summer for a starting price of $279.
  • The HP VR Backpack is expected to be available this summer for a starting price of $3,299.
  • The HP ZBook Mobile Workstations are expected to be available in July. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.
  • The HP Z1 Desktop Entry Tower is expected to be available in July. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.
  • The HP Z2 Desktop portfolio is expected to be available in August. Pricing will be shared closer to availability.
  • HP Premier Care Solutions are offered in three packages. The Essential Care package is available worldwide now. The Expanded Care and Enhanced Care packages are expected to be available in the second half of 2019.
  • HP Device Recovery Service is available worldwide now.
  • Premium service levels with HP Hardware Support Onsite Call-to-Repair Services is available now.

HP Announces World’s First Dual Screen Gaming Laptop And Other Gaming Gear

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 14, 2019 by itnerd

Today HP raised the bar for gaming experiences, launching the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop and new line of gaming innovations.

The OMEN X 2S – the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop – provides extraordinary power and multitasking capabilities, the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops bring exceptional power in their thinnest forms yet, and both HP Pavilion Gaming 15 and HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptops offer outstanding versatility and mobility for gamers and creatives alike. In addition, with enhancements to OMEN Command Center software and new OMEN and HP Pavilion Gaming displays and accessories, HP has engineered an industry-leading gaming ecosystem that delivers everything gamers need to progress and achieve their goals.

Gaming industry insights show 82 percent of people use their mobile phones for messaging during gaming sessions, 61 percent listen to music, and 49 percent watch game related live streams, video content and browse websites. With this in mind, HP has added an unprecedented second screen to the OMEN X 2S in the form of an easy-to-use six-inch 1080p touchscreen that lets players message friends in WeChat and WhatsApp, browse in Spotify, watch Twitch and YouTube, or even serve as a hub for OMEN Command Center software.

As the world’s first dual-screen gaming laptop, the OMEN X 2S shakes the foundation of what’s expected of a gaming laptop, with tremendous multi-tasking capabilities for various activities and support with dedicated hotkeys. Watching how-to videos while playing, listening to the right song on Spotify while grinding an MMO, or keeping current with Twitch chat or Discord is no longer an alt-tabbing hassle. The OMEN X 2S, further bolstered by a real-time screen mirroring feature that can cut and magnify parts of the main screen – including copying the map portion of a racing game – to the second screen, ensures vision is centered and head movement more vertical than horizontal.

This powerhouse is 20 mm thin with a full metal chassis and is the first 15-inch diagonal gaming laptop in the world to come with an applied liquid metal compound to the thermal system by way of Thermal Grizzly Conductonaut. The result is phenomenal heat dissipation at 10 times the thermal conductivity of silicon thermal grease, up to a 28 percent frames-per-second (FPS) performance boost over traditional grease when testing in Apex Legends, and an 8.5 percent faster lead time in a Blender Benchmark test.

The path to smaller, cooler, and more powerful applies to the newest versions of the OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 laptops. With a 20 percent and 18 percent reduction in thickness over previous versions, they sit at a slim 20 mm and 27 mm thin.

All three laptops feature OMEN Tempest, an overhauled advanced thermal solution powered by a 12V fan, which utilizes three-sided venting to enable five-way airflow to keep things ultra-cool. Realistic visuals are delivered by support for up to NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 2080 for the OMEN 17 and features Max-Q design for the OMEN X 2S and OMEN 15. Additionally, multitasking and grand-scale games – which take mountainous resources – have never been smoother, with up to the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 high performance mobile processor, powered by up to 5.0 GHz Turbo8, eight cores and 16 threads, and up to 32 GB of RAM.

Take advantage of the latest in-storage technology with options that include the newly announced Intel® Optane™ Memory H10 with Solid State Storage. The new Intel® Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) designed to support gigabit speeds ups the wireless game with up to 3X faster file transfer speeds than Wi-Fi 5(802.11ac). Top it off with options up to an esports standard 240 Hz refresh rate 1080p display that allows visuals to flow across the screen with viper strike-like speed and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® on the OMEN X 2S and available on select OMEN 15 and OMEN 17 configurations.

OMEN Command Center Updates

Since its creation, OMEN Command Center has evolved as the software solution for managing and enhancing gaming hardware. The evolution continues with two additions coming to the platform for all three new OMEN devices. Performance Control cranks up fan RPM to either maximize cooling or performance, based on the chosen setting. The new OMEN Dynamic Power feature manages CPU and GPU wattage based on what a game is utilizing at a given moment to maximize FPS. Combined, these powerful additions serve to improve gameplay while also adding a level of flexibility.

Play at the Speed of Esports

Meticulously crafted to take advantage of the max FPS found in top-tier rigs, and with a sturdy design used in collegiate and professional esports, the OMEN X 25 and OMEN X 25f displays feature micro-edge bezels, one millisecond response times, and NVIDIA® G-SYNC® and AMD Radeon™ FreeSync™ technologies to synchronize industry-leading 240 Hz refresh rates to the GPU and keep visuals unsullied by tearing. The OMEN X 25 is an exceptional tool for climbing the ladder of professional play and can be seen in use by Overwatch League players throughout the 2019 season.

Game with Wireless Exceptionalism

Become a cord breaker with the OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse. With a variety of customization options, including removable rests and 11 customizable buttons, it’s laboriously crafted and includes a tensioning-balance system that ensures effortless optical-mechanical mouse clicks for big and little fingers alike. To address concerns of latency, connectivity, and battery life in wireless mice, OMEN Photon features 2.4 GHz Proactive Wireless Technology, 0.2ms click response time, the ability to charge on any Qi enabled surface, and up to 50 hours of battery life.

Constructed with Qi wireless charging capabilities, the OMEN Outpost Mousepad can fully charge the OMEN Photon Mouse in 2.5 hours and works with compatible smartphones. Added adaptability comes in the form of rigorously tested hard and soft anti-fray mat options, which can be selected by simply flipping the mat to the desired side. A USB-A Passthrough port for a wireless dongle and OMEN Command Center customizable RGB LED lighting cement the capabilities of this advanced mousepad.

OMEN Lifestyle

Entering the apparel space requires a bold vision beyond simply slapping a logo onto a shirt or hoodie. OMEN Apparel has been designed with 20 styles from the ground-up by an in-house team focused on creating high quality comfort that can withstand the most intense gaming marathons, while still looking stylish.

Versatile Gaming on the Go

Designed with a thinner frame than before, the latest HP Pavilion Gaming 15 laptop arrives with an eight percent decrease in height over the previous model and is joined by the introduction of the new HP Pavilion Gaming 17 laptop. Technological improvements across the board arrive with options up to the latest 9thGen Intel Core i5/i7 high performance mobile CPUs and up to the recently announced NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti with Max-Q design.

Expertly crafted to yield precise aim and cursor movement along with a variety of customization options such as on-the-fly DPI and RGB lighting effects, the HP Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 gives users a superb gaming experience. It pairs brilliantly with the HP Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400, which utilizes a fine-textured anti-fray cloth surface that is optimized for both speed and control playstyles while resting on a rubber base.

OMEN by HP Pricing and Availability18

  • OMEN X 2S Laptop is expected to be available by June via and other retailers for a starting price of $2099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in July.
  • OMEN 17 Laptop is expected to be available in June via and other retailers for a starting price of $1099.99. The 240 Hz option is expected to be available in October.
  • OMEN 15 Laptop is expected to be available in June via for a starting price of $1049.99.
  • OMEN X 25 Display is expected to be first available late June in Europe for 629.99 € and in North America early September via and other retailers for a starting price of $549.99.
  • OMEN X 25f Display is expected to be first available late June in the US via Best Buy for a starting price of $449.99 and in Europe late June via and other retailers for a starting price of 459.99 €.
  • OMEN Photon Wireless Mouse is expected to be available in July via and other retailers for a starting price of $129.99.
  • OMEN Outpost Mousepad is expected to be available in July via and other retailers for a starting price of $99.99.
  • OMEN Apparel: is available now via and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 17 Laptop is expected to be available by June via and other retailers for a starting price of $849.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming 15 Laptop is expected to be available by June via and other retailers for a starting price of $799.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mouse 200 is available now via and other retailers for a starting price of $24.99.
  • Pavilion Gaming Mousepad 400 is available now via and other retailers for a starting price of $29.99.

For more information about the OMEN by HP ecosystem of gaming PCs, displays and accessories, visit:

HP Canada Offers Up Tips On Sustainability In The Workplace

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 17, 2019 by itnerd

Sustainability is no longer a nice to have for companies, it’s a need to have. According to recent findings, nearly half (48%) of office workers agree that they don’t demand sustainability from employers because they expect them to already have sustainable business practices. Millennials in particular prove to be driven by brand purpose. As much as 45 per cent of millennials would look to change jobs if the company they worked for didn’t implement sustainable business practices.

Frances Edmonds, head of sustainability at HP Canada, shares a few ways we can encourage our own offices or workplaces to start thinking more about sustainability, and some easy programs that can be implemented to get the ball rolling.

These tips include:

  1. Gauge how much your team already knows about sustainability. Calculate individual carbon footprints, or host a townhall on energy, travel, ink and paper.
  2. Start small, with easy ways your coworkers can change their behaviour to be more green, like encouraging double-sided printing or biking/walking to work.
  3. Work in larger initiatives later, once smaller projects are underway. Consider the benefits of switching your company to a close-loop sourcing program to reduce waste. Take HP’s ENVY photo printer for example, it is made with closed-loop recycled plastic – more than 10% by weight.
  4. Involve everyone. For sustainability initiatives to work, make sure everyone in the office is involved. Listen to ideas and encourage team members to lead their own initiatives.
  5. Take advantage of existing resources. If you’re stuck on ideas how to engage your coworkers or what to do next, there are ample resources to point you in the right direction. HP’s sustainable IT purchasing guide has free resources, online toolkits and support to help anyone become a green champion within their office.