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LENOVO REFRESHED ITS LEGION GAMING LAPTOP AND DESKTOP LINEUP

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Lenovo is patching up its Legion gaming PC lineup with six refreshed systems: the Lenovo Legion Y730 / Y530 laptops, T730 / T530 towers, and C730 / C530 cubes. They’re all built for gaming but designed for everyday use.

Basically, Lenovo wants to have a gaming offering in every popular form factor for gaming PCs — laptops, cubes, and ATX towers — all with a more mature, darker design that separates the lineup from other gaming machines that are laden with lights and striking logos.

 

No matter the form factor, the new Legions that Lenovo is releasing seem to be fascinated with lower-end graphics offerings, making them better suited for low- to mid-tier graphics and gaming.

The first two machines, the Legion Y730 and Y530 laptops, feature slim bezel screens, dual-chamber cooling, up to Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050Ti GPU — which I recently found out isn’t that powerful for most games — and eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processors. An optional 144Hz full HD IPS display is offered on the Y530, while the Y730’s noteworthy feature is its Corsair iCUE RGB backlit keyboard (which features six macro “Y” keys).

The gaming cubes have 19-liter gray-colored chassis, with optional RGB system lighting, support up to a GTX 1060, 32GB DDR4 RAM, and eighth-gen Intel Core i7 processors.

Finally, the two ATX towers are the main gaming powerhouse announcements here from Lenovo, dubbed the T730 and T530. And somehow, they only have optional GPUs up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060. (Again, that’s not the most powerful of the bunch.)

You can still get eighth-gen Core i7 chips, up to 32GB RAM, and dual SSDS in RAID 0 configuration on the towers, but you’ll still be bootstrapped with that graphics card.

The Y370 laptops launch in September. The 17-inch model will start at $1,249.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $1,179.99. The 15-inch Y530 will start at $929 and launch online or in Best Buy stores in July. The T370, T530, C730, and C530 desktops will all launch in August 2018, starting at $929, $829, $929, and $829, respectively.

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MICROSOFT IS GETTING READY FOR THE NEXT XBOX VS. PLAYSTATION CONSOLE WAR

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Microsoft’s gaming chief, Phil Spencer, didn’t spend a lot of time talking at the company’s E3 press conference last night, preferring to let the games speak for themselves. Microsoft showed off 52 games onstage, including Halo InfiniteGears 5Forza Horizon 4, and titles from third parties like Fallout 76 and Cyberpunk 2077. While Spencer let the pace of the games dazzle the 6,000 people in the crowd, in his less than 15 minutes of stage time, he also made it very clear Microsoft is ready to battle. With new Xbox consoles, cloud streaming, and a fresh commitment to original games, Microsoft is getting ready for the next console war and beyond.

The Xbox One fell behind Sony’s PlayStation 4 for a number of reasons (pricing and Kinect didn’t help initially), but Microsoft is now facing a lack of exclusive titles to really boost its new Xbox One X console. Microsoft is finally responding to that negative feedback, and one of the surprise announcements at last night’s Xbox E3 briefing was the company’s commitment to first-party games. Microsoft is acquiring Undead Labs (makers of State of Decay), Playground Games (Forza Horizon developers), Ninja Theory (Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice), and Compulsion Games (We Happy Few). These developers will join Microsoft Studios, alongside the formation of a newly founded Santa Monica-based studio, The Initiative, that will be led by former Crystal Dynamics head of studio Darrell Gallagher.

While two of the studios already develop exclusive Xbox games for Microsoft, the rest will add to Microsoft’s original games list. “We know that exclusive games from our Microsoft Studios are what originally turned so many of us into Xbox fans. My team and I take our commitment to you seriously,” said Phil Spencer. “By joining us at Microsoft Studios, these five new teams will have the resources, the platform, and creative independence to take bigger risks, create even bolder worlds for you.”

These studio acquisitions are clearly a reaction to a lack of solid first-party games, but they’re also a commitment to Xbox fans that Microsoft isn’t about to give up on gaming. Microsoft is already embracing a world beyond Windows PCs, reducing its consumer focus, and trying to win back developers. A lot of these moves have Microsoft and Xbox fans concerned about the future of its gaming commitments, and Spencer ended Microsoft’s E3 showing with a very clear message.

”We commit and harness the full breadth of our resources at Microsoft to deliver on the future of play,” revealed Spencer, before detailing Microsoft’s plans for a game streaming network and new Xbox consoles. “The same team that delivered unprecedented performance with Xbox One X is deep into architecturing the next Xbox consoles, where we will once again deliver on our commitment to set the benchmark for console gaming.” If that wasn’t enough of a message, Spencer ended with a clear signal that Microsoft is here to stay with Xbox for years to come.

Microsoft Studios dev teams.

“We have committed our team, our company, our technical resources so we can declare to you today, and next year, and all the years after that: you will always experience the best in gaming on Xbox.” Spencer’s strong message felt like a reassuring one to Xbox fans, but it was also a realization that Microsoft isn’t ready to offer the best games on Xbox One just yet. The Xbox One is the best console if you don’t care about new exclusive games, and it’s obvious that Microsoft’s deep focus on backward compatibility will continue with its future consoles.

These new studios will take time to create the games Microsoft needs, and this isn’t going to be a quick turnaround. Microsoft will once again have to mostly rely on third-party studios to fill the gaps this year, with massive games that can also be played on rival hardware.

It might be another tricky year for the Xbox One, especially as Sony has already delivered exclusive games like Detroit: Become HumanGod of War, and Shadow of the Colossus this year. Sony is also expected to show off more big exclusives at its own E3 event tonight, including Death StrandingThe Last of Us: Part IIGhost of Tsushima, and Spider-Man. Microsoft showed at E3 that it’s ready to play the long game, and that will inevitably lead it toward the next big console battle with Sony.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: The Verge

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Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 with SSD, Core i7 Now $699

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Reliable, budget convertibles are hard to find, but the Dell Inspiron 13 2-in-1 makes a solid case for low-cost hybrids. Although it normally sells for $900, Best Buy has slashed its price to $699.99, which makes this machine even more intriguing for cash-strapped 2-in-1 fans.

Weighing 3.5 pounds, the Inspiron 13 isn’t the lightest 2-in-1 around, but its brushed metal lid and deck give it a dash of premium class. The machine is equipped with a 2.7-GHz Core i7-7500U CPU and 12GB of RAM. That’s 4GB more RAM than your typical budget notebook, which means multitasking will be a breeze on this machine. Its 256GB SSD should also help keep the laptop feeling snappy.

The Inspiron 13 features a flip and fold LCD that lets you use it in laptop, tablet, tent, or presentation mode. Its 13.3-inch IPS LCD offers 1080p resolution and supports finger-touch navigation.

Overall, if you want a 2-in-1, but find yourself on a limited budget, the Inspiron 13 delivers a solid experience at a wallet-friendly price.

source:http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/save-200-inspiron-2-1

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NEW RULES REGARDING LAPTOPS ON PLANES WILL AFFECT US ALL

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Well today we greet the news that we will not be able to take laptops into the cabins of planes leaving the Middle East, Just the countries on the list?

If, of course, you are already in the Middle East, as I am, this creates a problem. Sitting in Beirut, I am now working out how to secure my laptop whilst it is in the hold; not that easy to do.

We, at RPS Partnership, provide security advice for travellers on our training courses. We always advise don’t put valuables in the hold. Keep them in your hand luggage! The airlines say the same. That now seems to be more and more impossible to do. Hmm, so what do we do?

How are the airlines going to secure our laptops when valuables go missing from hold luggage on a daily basis?

The news may well be based on solid intelligence and good proactive security, however this latest attempt to beat the terrorists may well be viewed with a healthy measure of cynicism and disbelief. Do they think that terrorists don’t read the news? If the belief is that a computer may be used, then the ban on carrying computers in the cabins should and must be on all flights, from all parts of the world. Maybe that is next of course? Airline security must be consistent on a global basis, if not the terrorists just pick the airport with the least security and start their journeys there. The impact is sort of the same.

Remember the “shoe bomber”? We went through a whole phase of having to take our shoes off. Now of course, that has been forgotten and the only place I ever have to take my shoes off is in the UK and that seems to be when they feel like it and depending on which airport you are in. Elsewhere, they have all forgotten this method; some airports you barely get searched if everything beeps and pings as you go through the security. Remember the printer bomb? Same thing! Noone ever asks me to take my printer out anymore.

Maybe stepping up security in Middle East airports might be the better option; come to think of it step up the security in airports in Africa and the Middle East (which is where I have the most recent experience), The bomb put on the plane in Egypt was not about what container the bomb was in (could easily have been a computer), it was more about the lax security procedures in the airport that allowed the bomb in in the first place. This is something which I have found to be common in many airports in certain parts of the world. From sleeping security guards to immigration services who can not check my exit stamp from a country with a computer and have wade through paper files at the Ministry of Security downtown.

So back to my original question. How am I going to secure my laptop. I guess I can’t.

If they actually enforce it at Beirut airport (some articles say Lebanon is included and some say it is not.). I probably won’t find out til I arrive at the airport.

So what can we do?

Make sure everything is backed up, Ensure there is a password on your computer, encrypt the hard drive and ensure that it is in a protective case and packed in the middle of your case with clothing around it to provide more protection. Log out of any emails systems (or password protect them), so that if someone gets into your computer they can not get straight into your emails.

Make sure you put a lock on your suitcase, to at least make it more difficult for people to get in when it is going through baggage conveyor belts. That opportunist moment in airports is what we have all worried about for years. The final thing is make sure your insurance covers your laptop, so that if it does get stolen, you at least get the money back to replace it.

“I suppose this will also make it more difficult to justify going into business class so you can work during the flight!” So economy it is then!!!

source:https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/new-rules-regarding-laptops-planes-affect-us-all-caroline-neil

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