MSI launches its first business laptop featuring Intel’s new Tiger Lake processors

MSI Summit business laptop

Long known as a gaming PC producer, MSI has recently ventured away from its core competency to dabble in portables for digital content creatives, and today it’s taking an even bigger leap into the crowded business laptop market with the introduction of its new Summit series. Launched to take advantage of the new Intel 11th-generation Core processors — a.k.a. Tiger Lake —  the Summit lineup comprises two different models each available in 14-inch and 15-inch versions.

Though all editions are equipped with the latest Core i7 CPUs, the Summit E series is the more performance-oriented of the two, shipping with the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics card that can power an optional 4K display. On the other hand, the Summit B series emphasizes its battery life (over 10 hours, according to MSI), thanks in part to its Iris Xe integrated graphics, the latest Intel

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Microsoft Teams just added a key new feature

Microsoft has moved its new app Microsoft Lists to generally availability as an add-on to its popular Teams collaboration and video-meeting app.  

This means the new Lists app, which it announced at Build 2020, is now available to all of Microsoft 365 commercial and Government Community (GCC) customers who use Teams. 

The Lists app is a ‘team-based tab app’ for tracking information that’s built on the Microsoft Teams platform. It represents Microsoft’s efforts to shape Teams for different verticals, with a focus on industries with compliance requirements, such as healthcare, banking, and government, but also for other verticals.

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General availability means Lists is immediately available to at least 75 million daily active users of Teams – a figure Microsoft revealed at its Q3 FY2020 earnings in late April

Teams was given a major boost from mass remote

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Nokia powers the grid in China for the world’s biggest utility company

The State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) is to deploy a programmable and agile optical network using Nokia’s IP and optical systems. The deployment is said to fulfil the data transmission and dynamic network demands of the power giant as it provides power to more than a billion residents across the country.

SGCC, which claims to be the world’s largest utility company, supplies electricity to more than 1.1 billion people across 26 provinces, covering 88% of China’s national territory. To cater to the increased mission-critical traffic requirements and to future-proof the network, it is upgrading the communications infrastructure to monitor and control the world’s largest utility grid, producing and transferring massive amounts of data across long distances.

The deployment of the new communications technology will enable SGCC to expand network coverage to more power stations and business offices, while increasing capacity and flexibility. It covers new deployments in Hebei, Hunan

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Yandex says it is spinning out its self-driving car unit from its Uber joint venture, buying out some of Uber's share, and investing $150M into the new company (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)


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Yandex says it is spinning out its self-driving car unit from its Uber joint venture, buying out some of Uber’s share, and investing $150M into the new company  —  Self-driving cars are still many years away from becoming a ubiquitous reality, but today one of the bigger efforts to build … … Read More