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HP Stream 14 -- FINISH HIM

Microsoft and HP: Ripping off the head of Chrome OS?

HP (NYSE:HPQ) seems almost ready to launch its low-cost Windows laptop. Vanguard of the next phase in Microsoft’s battle against the ever-growing threat of the Google Chromebook advance, the HP Stream 14 has fairly decent specs at a dirt-cheap price.

We were expecting some sub-$250 units, but aggressive pricing like this is bound to make the market pay attention.

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A few weeks ago, Microsoft showed the HP Stream as the first example of upcoming super-cheap Windows 8.1 notebooks.

At the low end…for just under $200…you get a 14-inch notebook [with] an AMD A4 Micro-6400T Quad-Core SoC at…up to 1.6 GHz and Radeon R3 integrated graphics, which only needs 4.5 Watts…2GB of RAM…32GB internal flash…14 inch display [at] 1366×768…720p webcam, Beats Audio (with four speakers)…Bluetooth 4.0… one USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports.

The buyer will also receive 100 GB of storage space in Microsoft’s cloud service OneDrive for two years.  MORE

Analyze this, Kevin C. Tofel:

HP will help lead the charge toward lower-priced Microsoft Windows computers this year with an expected $199 laptop called the HP Stream 14. [It’s] a definite reaction to the small but growing market for Chromebooks.

The 3.9-pound laptop runs Windows 8.1, of course, and is tied directly to Microsoft’s cloud storage services, much the way a Chromebook works with Google Drive. … I expect many other similar low-cost laptops to arrive by year’s end, since last month Microsoft publicly acknowledged the threat of Chromebooks.  MORE

What dreams may come to Alex Wilhelm?

To make machines running its operating system more competitive, Microsoft has reduced the price of Windows for small and inexpensive machines. … Google and Microsoft are using inexpensive PCs as a way to pick up more cloud storage market share. … Both companies currently charge $1.99 per month for 100 gigabytes.

Each company is willing to swallow that cost to make computers running their platforms more tempting [so] the price that companies can charge for cloud storage is rapidly approaching zero. If it is being given away…attached to devices that must generate small revenues to the companies providing the storage, there is strong pressure driving the situation’s economics.  MORE

Look who’s talking: It’s Paul Thurrott:

So what does a $200 PC look like, you ask? Brace yourself: It looks almost exactly like a Chromebook. …

  • The HP Stream starts at $199, while the similar HP Chromebook 14 costs…a full $100 more. …
  • The HP Stream [has] a quad-core 1.6 GHz AMD A4…with integrated graphics; because of its ultra-low 4.5 Watts [TDP], it requires no fan. The Chromebook 14, meanwhile, provides a dual-core 1.4 GHz Intel Celeron. …
  • Both devices feature…the same exact screen. …
  • Both devices ship with 2 GB of non-accessible, non-expandable RAM. …
  • The base Stream ships with 32 GB of eMMC. … On the Chromebook, HP offers a 16 GB SSD. … 32 GB is an absolute minimum for Windows 8.1 with Bing …
  • Both devices offer 3 USB ports, but the Chromebook’s configuration (2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0) is better than the Stream’s. …
  • The Stream is Miracast-compatible, and both work with Chromecast.

Amazingly, inexplicably, the Windows-based HP Stream is a better deal. … And Windows is of course more powerful and can do more while offline especially.  MORE

Race you to the bottom, David Panduro:

a chromebook with those specs performs pretty well. a windows laptop with these specs is usually junk.

chromeOS only uses about 4GB of the SSD for the install. windows uses like 40GB.  MORE


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OnePlus is is getting into a new line of business: making TVs. Best known for its phones, China’s OnePlus also has a small catalog of really good accessories like wireless earphonesand surprisingly awesome backpacks, though nothing as complex or expensive as a television set. In announcing the news on the OnePlus online forums, company chief Pete Lau describes it as “the first step in building a connected human experience.”

Every hardware manufacturer is now looking intently at ways to monetize the smart home space. Samsung and Huawei recently announced smart speakers, Apple and Google already have the HomePod and Google Home, respectively, and Microsoft and Sony are old incumbents with their Xbox and PlayStation consoles. OnePlus has decided to make its entry point into this market the TV itself, which has always been at the center of home entertainment, though often with the help of other connected devices. Reading Lau’s teaser announcement, the OnePlus TV — which so far only has a project name, no timeline or specs have been revealed — will serve as the connectivity hub for OnePlus’ future vision of the smart home.

The OnePlus smart TV will be developed by a new division within OnePlus, led by Pete Lau himself. Still at the earliest stages of development, OnePlus is currently seeking input from its fans, as it often does, about what their priorities with a future smart TV will be.

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The Summit, organized by Dedalus Global, gathers innovators, investors, policy makers and other key stakeholders in the Fintech sector to discuss technologies transforming finance on the continent, debate regulatory policies, compare best practices, and forge new ventures
LAGOS, Nigeria, September 17, 2018/ — Africa’s premier fintech event, the Africa Fintech Summit, ( will be held for the first time in Lagos, Nigeria, onNovember 8-9, 2018. This event comes on the heels of the earlier edition in Washington D.C. which featured leading policy makers, c-suite business executives, start-ups, and investors.

The Summit, organized by Dedalus Global, gathers innovators, investors, policy makers and other key stakeholders in the Fintech sector to discuss technologies transforming finance on the continent, debate regulatory policies, compare best practices, and forge new ventures.

Speaking on the decision to bring the Summit to Lagos, the Chairman of the Summit, Leland Rice, said, “Lagos is an ideal host city; it’s an epicenter of Africa’s fintech revolution and the driving force behind the continent’s entrepreneurial spirit. The successes of companies such as Paga, Flutterwave,, and Paystack have strategically positioned Lagos as the destination of choice for investors.”

“The first edition of the Summit in D.C. was a launch pad for several milestone fintech deals struck among its delegates in the months after the event. We plan to build on these successes in Lagos, with a focus on bringing innovators and policy makers together to move the needle on fintech regulation and bringing founders and investors together to facilitate further capital raises,” added Leland.

The two-day event will feature investor missions from the US, UK, and UAE, an Alpha Expo featuring the most exciting startups and entrepreneurs in Nigeria, a half-day blockchain masterclass, and an awards ceremony.

Reacting to the decision to host the Summit in Lagos, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Technology, Lanre Osibona, stated, “This reflects the progress Nigeria is making in the areas of technology and financial services. The event is very important as it comes at the heels of the Vice President Osinbajo’s trip to Silicon Valley to promote Nigeria’s tech sector. We look forward to collaborating with the organizing committee and to a successful event in Lagos.”

In similar vein, Tayo Oviosu, the founder of Paga—a payment company that recently raised $10 million in Series B2 funding—said that “the Africa Fintech Summit in Washington D.C. provided valuable insights into the fintech space and connected me with key players in the industry. I look forward to the Lagos edition.”

Speakers lined up for the event include Chief Economist of PwC Nigeria, Dr. Andrew S. Nevin; Managing General Partner of EchoVC, Eghosa Omoigui; CEO of Diamond Bank, Uzoma Dozie; Founder of Flutterwave, Iyinoluwa Aboyeji; and CEO of PayStack, Shola Akinlade, whose company recently raised $8 million Series A funding

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About Dedalus Global

Dedalus Global ( is an investment and strategy advisory firm focusing on emerging markets and emerging technologies. With networks throughout Africa and the Middle East, we leverage granular market knowledge to drive innovation, accelerate capital deployment, and create value for our clients and the economies where they operate.

About Africa Fintech Summit (AFTS)

The Africa Fintech Summit ( is a biannual event that brings together leading disruptors, tech and finance professionals, regulators, and investors from around the globe to debate policies, compare best practices, and forge Africa-focused ventures. AFTS leverages the growth of the fintech sector in Africa to bring key stakeholders to discuss the technologies transforming finance on the continent.

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Amazon is said to be prepping an ad-supported streaming video service; it’ll be available to folks who own any of the company’s Fire TV streaming dongles and set-top boxes, reports The Information.

It’ll be separate from Prime Video, which offers a range of licensed shows and movies, as well original content produced by Amazon, to people who are subscribed to Prime.

Amazon's latest streaming device is the Fire TV Cube
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Amazon’s latest streaming device is the Fire TV Cube

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The idea behind this upcoming service, which is dubbed Free Dive, is to help Amazon bring in more revenue through advertising. Ads presently account for a small fraction – about $2 billion out of more than $200 billion – of its annual revenue, but they offer higher margins than retail, and are one of Amazon’s fastest growing earners company-wide.

To that end, the company’s been selling ad space on its site, and is slated to run ads during live sporting events on Prime Video. It also turned off ad-free viewing on Twitch – its game video streaming service – for Prime subscribers earlier this month.

Free Dive could give Amazon a chance to rival Roku, which offers a similar ad-supported streaming service for owners of its devices and is expected to reach 59 million users by the end of 2018. Roku also made its ‘Channel’ service available via the web earlier this month to folks in the US, so you don’t need the company’s hardware to access it. It’ll be interesting to see if Amazon follows suit – and how it plays its cards with customers across the globe, especially in cost-conscious markets like India, where it’s expanding its media offerings.

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