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VESA Focuses on VR, AR

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The Video Electronics Standards Group (VESA) forms a special interest group (SIG) to address the standards covering the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) markets.

virtual realityAs the creator of multiple display standards, such as DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), EDID and DisplayID, VESA should be well positioned to investigate AR/VR compatability issues. Currently the industry lacks a standard covering head-mounted displays and eyeglasses, leading to increasing confusion and complexity for both developers and customers, impeding broader acceptance of such products.

The VESA AR/VR SIG is open to both VESA members and non-members, and will discuss the needs of all ecosystem players, namely headset makers, glass makers, and other types of providers. The SIG will work with other VESA task groups and other standards organisations to build a "robust ecosystem," starting from physical connections, data transfer protocols, software drivers and application layers.

HP Updates Elite x2 Hybrid

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HP presents the latest generation of Elite x2 notebook-tablet hybrid-- the 1012 G2, a Microsoft Surface Pro rival featuring the usual tablet-plus-keyboard form factor.

Elite x2The 1012 G2 features a 12.3-inch 2736 x 1824 resolution display complete with Gorilla Glass 4 protection and Active Pen support. Inside the aluminium chassis is a choice of 7th generation Core i3, i5 or i7 CPU (maxing out at the Core i7-7600U), up to 16GB LPDDR3-1866 RAM, up to 1TB SSD storage and a 47 watt-hour battery promising up to 10 hours of use on a single charge (with quick charging powering the battery to 50% capacity in all of 30 minutes).

Connectivity comes through UCB-C with Thunderbolt 3 port, USB-A 3.0 port, microSD reader and a SIM slot for cellular connectivity. Also included are dual-band 802.11ac wifi, Bluetooth 4.2 and various options for connecting to 4G LTE and WiGig networks. Security comes through 5MP front-facing camera with IR for facial recognition and a fingerprint reader.

Microsoft: Windows 10 PCs total 500 Million

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Microsoft opens the 2017 Build developer conference with the announcement that Windows 10 machines total 500 million, 8 months after it revealed 400m devices run on the latest version of the OS.

Windows 10 devicesBack in April 2016 the company was hoping to have 1 billion devices running on Windows 10 by 2018. However, by July 2016 it was forced to revise the perhaps overly optimistic forecast, especially following the failure of Windows-powered smartphones to capture the imagination.

In fact, Microsoft was hoping to sell 50 million Windows 10 Mobile devices-- a number currently clocking at, well, around zero, leaving something of a gap in the expected userbase.

Aurea Buys Collaboration Developer Jive

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Wave Systems, an affiliate of private equity firm ESW Capital, acquires collaboration software developer Jive Software for $462 million, adding it to the Aurea technology solutions group.

Jive logoPost-acquisition the Jive product offering will be integrated into the Aurea customer experience management platform. The result gives Aurea an internal and customer-facing community creation tool as well as access to the Jive customer list, one including the likes of T-Mobile, Schneider Electric, McAfee and EMC.

Cloud-Inspired 3D NAND SSDs for the Datacentre

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Intel 3D NAND SSDsIntel presents a pair of 3D NAND SSDs for datacentres-- the DC P4500 series and DC P4600 series, both ideal for cloud storage solutions, software defined storage and converged infrastructure.

Both drive series carry triple level cell (TLC) 3D NAND for "industry-leading density," together with a new Intel-developed controller, "unique" firmware innovations and connectivity via PCIe and NVMe. The DC P4500 series is optimised for reads, and as such promises "more value out of servers" as well as more data storage. Meanwhile the DC 4600 series is designed for mixed workloads, with accelerated caching enabling more workloads per server.

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