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Here is the cheapest 8-core business laptop and it can drive three 4K monitors

The Lenovo ThinkPad X13 Gen 1 is one of the fastest business laptops in the market thanks to its 8-core Ryzen 7 PRO processor. At less than $770 when you use the eCoupon THINK45, it is a very capable workstation that will deliver when it counts.  You can make the X13 Gen 1 far better by boosting the onboard storage, moving to Windows 10 Pro, a fingerprint reader and improving the display by swapping the screen for a full HD one for less than $200, making it a better deal in our view. Lenovo has started to roll out the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO 4750U processor to its mainstream, award winning ThinkPad X business laptop, the X13 Gen 1. This is AMD’s answer to Intel’s vPro platform and it comes with eight cores, 8MB cache, 16 threads and a boost speed of up to 4.1GHz. The entry level version (20UFCTO1WW) is equipped with Windows 10 Home, 8GB DDR4 memory, a 128GB PCIe SSD and a 13.3-inch HD display. The rest of the configuration includes Wi-Fi 6/Bluetooth 5.1, a physical cover for the webcam, a Wake On Voice feature plus the iconic red dot “nipple” controller. The laptop has been tested against 12 military-grade requirements and more than 200 quality checks. The 48Wh, 6-cell battery is decent, procuring up to 12 hours battery life, while the six ports (including four USB connectors) and the dual far-field microphones should prove to be enough for most tasks. Of interest is the fact that…Continue readingHere is the cheapest 8-core business laptop and it can drive three 4K monitors

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VentureBeat

Recognizing data points that signal trends for the future of business post-pandemic

Planning for a post-COVID-19 future and creating a robust enterprise strategy require both strategic scenario planning and the ability to recognize what scenario planners call “news from the future” — data points that tell you whether the world is trending in the direction of one or another of your imagined scenarios. As with any scatter plot, data points are all over the map, but when you gather enough of them, you can start to see the trend line emerge. Because there are often many factors pushing or pulling in different directions, it’s useful to think of trends as vectors — quantities that are described by both a magnitude and a direction, which may cancel, amplify, or redirect each other. New data points can also show whether vectors are accelerating or decelerating. As you see how trend vectors affect each other, or that new ones need to be added, you can continually update your scenarios. Sometimes a trend itself is obvious. Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft each announced a commitment to new work-from-home policies even after the pandemic. But how widespread will this be? To see if other companies are following in their footsteps, look for job listings from companies in your industry that target new metro areas or ignore location entirely. Drops in the price or occupancy rate of commercial real estate, and how that spills over into residential real estate, might add or subtract from the vector. Think through possible follow-on effects to whatever trend you’re watching. What are…Continue readingRecognizing data points that signal trends for the future of business post-pandemic

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Here’s the best alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go for Business

Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga – $769.99 at Amazon(roughly £600)The best alternative to Microsoft’s new business laptop is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, a true 2-in-1 convertible. It’s heavier and a tad slower, but has more storage, a higher screen resolution, far more ports and costs less.View Deal Microsoft has quietly launched the Surface Laptop Go for Business, with the cheapest model starting from $799. However, there appear to be plenty of competitive models around that are worth looking at too. But first, let’s look at the main selling points of Microsoft’s new laptop: it’s very light and has a long battery life, powerful CPU, fast Wi-FI and a touch-capable display. It also offers a choice of three refreshing color schemes. Microsoft is also the only vendor to offer a 36-month PCaaS-like scheme that allows businesses to buy their laptops in interest-free monthly instalments. The Surface Laptop Go for Business also benefits from 60-day returns, up to 13 hours battery life thanks to extra optimizations and the Advanced Exchange program, which entitles you to an immediate replacement upon request. On closer inspection, Microsoft has produced a very intriguing product with only one big flaw: its screen resolution is about a third lower than a full HD screen (the strict minimum we’d recommend for any business laptop). The best alternative, in our eyes, is the Lenovo ThinkPad L13 Yoga, which costs slightly less, has more storage and boasts a superior display. Bear in mind If this product is unavailable in your region,…Continue readingHere’s the best alternative to Microsoft’s Surface Laptop Go for Business

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The Next Web

RankTools SEO Tool can lead a Google Search path right to your business online

TLDR: With over 20 expert services in the RankTools SEO Tool package, you’ll know how to reach the top of the Google search rankings and build traffic to your content. Over 94 percent of all internet searches happen on a Google property — and the volume of Google searches grows by roughly 10 percent each year. 3.5 billion searches happen every day — and if your business isn’t featured at the top of those searches, your odds of attracting the attention you so desperately need drops exponentially. The key to topping Google searches is all about search engine optimization tactics, or SEO. A lot goes into understanding how to find and implement the terms that will help you succeed against the millions of other sites and pages chasing the same customers. But with the help of an all-encompassing suite of services like the RankTools SEO Tool ($29.99, over 90 percent off, from TNW Deals), users can carve out a path toward the top of the Google rankings. Unlike tools that only focus on offering a small piece of the entire SEO picture, RankTools SEO pulls together more than 20 different tools into one collection, offering a well-rounded view for how to improve your search results, drive more traffic to your content, and analyze your results to make the most of this critical marketing avenue. The RankTools online app can analyze your site and dig up the true dirt on how well you’re doing. From social media data to backlinking, from…Continue readingRankTools SEO Tool can lead a Google Search path right to your business online

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Engadget

Gamefly’s rental business now belongs to a media wholesaler

You may have forgotten about GameFly, but someone else hasn’t. The video game rental subscription service has a new owner: Alliance Entertainment. The physical media distributor, one of the largest in the US, has purchased GameFly for an undisclosed amount and plans to operate it as an independent subsidiary.  Thanks to the acquisition, Alliance says GameFly customers will have access to a more extensive catalog of games to buy and rent. The two will also sell a wider variety of gaming-related products, including controllers, headsets and consoles. “Over the coming months, we’re going to be making some big announcements about fresh changes to our subscriptions that we think will make console gamers very happy,” said Tim Hinsley, the president of GameFly. Source linkContinue readingGamefly’s rental business now belongs to a media wholesaler

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This sleek fish isn’t your typical boring business laptop

When I worked in the software industry in my previous life, all the ‘laptops’ we got were bulky and boxy machines that were hard to lug around. Asus is trying to change that with its new line of commercial laptops under the Expertbook moniker in India. The company claims that these laptops not only lightweight, but also powerful and secure. I got to use the new Asus Experbook B9 for a couple of weeks and I’m frankly impressed — it’s sleek, it packs a lot of features, and it’s got excellent battery life. Before we talk more about the device, let’s take a look at its specifications. Keep in mind that, some of the specs are customizable, so you might have a different configuration than the one I tried. You can check out all the possible options here. The model below costs ₹167,771 ($2,285). Specifications Screen: 14-inch full HD LED screen (1920 x 1080 resolution) Processor: Intel Core i7-10510U 1.8GHz quad-core processor RAM: 16GB LDDR3 Internal Storage: 512GB Dual M.2 NVMe SSD Size (L x W x H): 20.3 cm x 32 cm x 1.49 cm Weight: 0.995 kg Battery: 66kWh Power adapter: 65W USB-C adapter Front camera: 720p camera with IR camera for Windows Hello Mic:  Array microphone with 4-meter range and noise cancellation Ports: 2 x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C, 1 x USB 3.1 gen-2 type-A, 1 x HDMI, 1 x RJ45 LAN via micro HDMI port, 1 x 3.5 mm audio jack, 1 x Kensington lock Connectivity: WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.0 Operating system: Windows 10 Pro…Continue readingThis sleek fish isn’t your typical boring business laptop

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Beamable files for Chapter 11 but will still pursue game monetization business

Game monetization firm Beamable has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this week, but in an interview, CEO Jon Radoff said the company still plans to operate. Radoff said the company hopes to go through a quick bankruptcy process and clean up its balance sheet so it can continue its work handling server and monetization tasks for game developers. “We are not shutting down,” he said in an interview with GamesBeat. “We are keeping our employees and last month was the best month we had as Beamable.” The Framingham, Massachusetts-based Beamable, formerly known as Disruptor Beam, filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Worcester, Massachusetts, saying it had $3.4 million in liabilities and $637,987 in assets. The creditors include a venture fund that is owed $1 million; Silicon Valley Bank, which processed the company’s Paycheck Protection Program payments and is owed $900,000; and equipment finance firms owed $920,000. Above: Beamable’s live game services. Image Credit: Beamable As Disruptor Beam, the company made games based on TV shows such as Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, and Star Trek. It sold off Star Trek: Timelines to Tilting Point in May. At that time, 19 of Disruptor Beam’s employees went to work for Tilting Point. And about 14 stayed with Disruptor Beam, which pivoted as Beamable with a focus on monetization and server tasks. About 10 people were laid off in the transition. Radoff said the company had some obligations it no longer needed during the pandemic, such as a lease on offices…Continue readingBeamable files for Chapter 11 but will still pursue game monetization business

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Engadget

Yelp’s new labels will warn you if a business has been accused of racism

When it first notices a person associated with a business has been a target or accused of racism, Yelp will add a Public Attention Alert to that company’s page “to warn consumers that the business may be receiving an influx of reviews as a result of increased attention.” If a business has been accused of “overtly racist actions, where we can link to a news article,” Yelp will use its “Business Accused of Racist Behavior” label instead. Yelp is relying on news and social media reports in this process partly to warn people about the possible influx of fake reviews affecting a business’ ratings in these situations. “It’s always been Yelp’s policy that all reviews must be based on actual first-hand consumer experiences with the business,” the company said in its news release. “This policy is critical to mitigating fake reviews and maintaining the integrity of content on our platform. We don’t allow people to leave reviews based on media reports because it can artificially inflate or deflate a business’s star rating.” According to Yelp, up till this point in 2020, it’s already seen a 133 percent increase in “media-fueled incidences” compared to the same time last year. “Increasingly, consumers across the U.S. are voting with their dollars by supporting businesses that align with their values,” the company said. “As always, we continue to evaluate how we can best use our platform to build a better, more equitable and inclusive environment.” Source linkContinue readingYelp’s new labels will warn you if a business has been accused of racism

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Dell unveils new range of UltraSharp business monitors

Dell has expanded its range of UltraSharp business monitors to help creatives and office professionals stay productive and comfortable in hybrid work environments. The Austin-based company’s expanded UltraSharp portfolio features state of the art technology including mini-LED, built-in colorimeters and low blue light reduction screens. Senior vice president and general manager of Dell Technologies’ Software & Peripherals Group, Bert Park provided further insight on how its new monitors can help users adapt to a hybrid work environment in a press release, saying: “Technology that helps us do our best work is critical as we adapt to the new hybrid work environment. Our monitors have always been the most desired companion to any PC, and our new line is no different. We’re helping customers push productivity to the edge while delivering great performance, style and comfort.”   New UltraSharp monitors The new Dell UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor (UP3221Q) was created with design professionals that require a color accurate display in mind. The new device is the world’s first professional monitor with 2K mini-LED direct backlight dimming zones that provide contrast with deep blacks and bright whites as well as a built-in Calman Powered colorimeter. The new Dell UltraSharp 24 USB-C Hub Monitor (U2421E) and the Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved USB-C Hub Monitor (U3421WE) offer the ideal balance between comfort and functionality for desk-centric professionals.  The 24-inch UltraSharp monitor is also Dell’s first monitor with ComfortView Plus which is a TÜV Rheinland-certified Hardware Low Blue Light solution that maintains color accuracy…Continue readingDell unveils new range of UltraSharp business monitors

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Step aside Reliance Jio, now it is Airtel that is after PUBG’s India business

Telecom operator Bharti Airtel is apparently in talks with the PUBG Corp. team from South Korea to bring back the banned PUBG Mobile game to India. Ever since the app was removed from app stores last month, rumours have been rife about its return with several prospective suitors coming to fore.  According to a report by Entrackr the Korean gaming company is now in early talks with Airtel after a similar discussion with Reliance Jio appear to have petered out. Of course, most of these reports were speculations based on sources, with none of the companies actually confirming even an early discussion.  PUBG Mobile faced the ire of the federal government in India early in September claiming that it was a security risk for the country. Since then PUBG Crop. severed ties with Tencent Games, which is a Chinese company, and was responsible for marketing the mobile version of the game in India and other geographies. PUBG Corp and talks with Airtel The latest report too quotes an unnamed source to suggest that PUBG was in early conversations with Airtel for “handing over distribution rights to the telecom giant”. It went on to add that this desperation could indicate the eagerness that PUBG has over getting itself back into the lucrative Indian market. The report also suggested that the gaming platform was also busy in raising a lean team in India. “It has been interviewing candidates with experience of under 4 to 6 years,” the report said.   There was…Continue readingStep aside Reliance Jio, now it is Airtel that is after PUBG’s India business