HP launches new EliteBook laptops, ZBook Firefly mobile workstations

HP ZBook Firefly

In its mixed bag of second quarter results, HP reported flat notebook revenue, which was actually one of the brighter spots. (In comparison, desktop revenue were down 18 percent.) No doubt recent events have kept notebook sales afloat, and HP is looking to capitalize on the telecommuting surge with its announcement of a fleet of new business laptops, including a refresh of its EliteBook lineup and an expansion of the ZBook mobile workstation family.

The EliteBook update comprises a mix of new models and revamped editions of existing systems. In particular, the 13.3-inch EliteBook x360 1030 G7 and 14-inch 1040 G7 convertible laptops receive updates that include a slight reduction in size that results in up to an 89-percent ratio of screen to body, which HP claims is a class-leading figure. Other upgrades are the use of 10th-generation six-core Intel Core vPro processors, and up to

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TSB Bank digitises banking forms in response to coronavirus lockdown

TSB Bank has begun rolling out Adobe Sign as part of its 2022 digital transformation strategy. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the bank has used software from Adobe to support its personal and business banking customers.

Forms designed in Adobe XD are being made available to the bank’s customers online, where customers can complete the forms and electronically sign them via Adobe Sign. According to TSB Bank, the digitised workflow has enabled it to free up employees’ time to focus on proactively helping customers manage their finances.

TSB said the roll-out of Adobe Sign also means it has been able to accelerate its vision of enabling more customers to be serviced through its digital channels, negating the need for physical, in-branch visits, and greatly reducing customer calls to contact centres.

Over the past eight weeks, TSB Bank has released 18 forms online, designed in Adobe XD, and processed

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CSIRO to spend up to AU$7 million annually through new procurement portal

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is looking to build an online procurement portal that the agency’s IT team will use to procure network, unified communications, cybersecurity, and data centre hardware, software, and services for the next five years.

In its request for tender, CSIRO said it anticipates to spend on average between AU$6 million to AU$7 million annually through its eProcurement Portal to support the organisation’s network infrastructure.

“CSIRO IMT provides foundation services that enable the organisation to perform and deliver against current and strategic directions … the network is progressively developed, consolidated, and enhanced to enable high performance, reliable, and efficient IT services,” the agency wrote.

The portal is expected to enable the agency access to a full catalogue of hardware, including servers, storage arrays, core, edge, and data centre network equipment, firewalls, as well as software for network management, server virtualisation, data analytics, cybersecurity, and networking

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Covid-19 calculated to cause 18% drop in net new IoT devices in 2020

The internet of things (IoT) will be integral to the long-term recovery plans of the post-Covid-19 economy worldwide, but some facets of the IoT itself will be negatively impacted in the short term, says a study from ABI Research.

The global tech market advisory’s Assessing the impact of Covid-19 on the IoT market application analysis report calculates that a combination of manufacturing shut-downs, supply chain interruptions, and changes in connected product availability and demand is expected to cause an 18% drop in the net addition of IoT devices in 2020.

The study says Covid-19’s impact on the IoT will be threefold and that some applications will experience a decline in shipments in 2020, bringing about a reduction in the expected growth rate to their installed base. It adds that others will experience fundamental shifts in demand, both positive and negative, for years to come as enterprise priorities change in the

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