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Workstation Performance From ThinkPad P40 Yoga

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Lenovo launches what it claims is "the first-ever multimode mobile workstation"-- the ThinkPad P40 Yoga, a convertible hybrid notebook featuring the 4 modes typical of the Yoga line.

P40 YogaThe P40 Yoga carries pro-level hardware, including a Quadro M500M GPU with 2GB VRAM, 6th generation Intel Core i7 CPU, up to 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD storage and a 2560x1440 IPS touchscreen with 2048 levels of pressure sensitivity and Wacom Active ES stylus input technology.

As mentioned earlier, the laptop offers 4 usage modes, laptop, stand, tent and tablet. Interestingly, the "Lift 'n' Lock" keyboard automatically rises a frame around the keys when the device switches to tablet mode for more comfortable operation.

Polycom Ships RealPresence Trio

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The Polycom RealPresence Trio 8800 is a smart-hub designed for group collaboration-- a device looking like a 3-point conference phone, but with the addition of voice for small spaces.

Polycom trioAimed at group collaboration, it allows users to share voice (since it is a conference phone), HD content sharing (since one can use it like a smartphone and share apps and documents) and live video (with videoconferencing integrated in the 5-inch display).

Panasonic Upgrades Toughpad 4K Tablet

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Panasonic upgrades the 20-inch Toughpad 4K Performance tablet (model FZ-Y1D), with improvements aimed at visual-intensive industries such as photography, videography, CAD and high-end retail.

Toughpad 4KThe device now carries an Intel Core i7-5600U v Pro processor and an AMD FirePro M5100 GPU, while the OS of choice is either Windows 10 Pro or Windows 7 Professional HDMI 2.0 input with support for Digital Cinema 4K (4090x2106@60fps) allows videographers and photographers to use it as a 20-inch 3840x2560 resolution viewfinder, as well as mobile workstation.

Velmenni Tests Light-Based Li-Fi Internet

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Estonian startup Velmenni starts testing Li-Fi, the light-based alternative to wifi, in the real world with a pilot program taking place in offices and industrial environments in Tallinn.

Li-fiAccording to the company the technology already shows promise, as it reaches connection speeds of up to 1Gbps-- 100 times faster than wifi. It has been seen to go faster still, as February 2015 tests by University of Oxford researchers achieved Li-Fi speeds of 224Gbps.

"We are doing a few pilot projects within different industries where we can utilise the VLC (visible light communication) technology," Velmenni CEO Deepak Solanki tells IBTimes UK. "Currently we have designed a smart lighting solution for an industrial environment where the data communication is done through light. We are also doing a pilot project with a private client where we are setting up a Li-Fi network to access the internet in their office space."

HPE Selects Azure As "Preferred Public Cloud Partner"

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HPE CEO Meg Whitman announces the company chumming further with Microsoft-- Azure is its "preferred public cloud partner," while HPE will be primary infrastructure and services supplier for the Microsoft hybrid cloud.

HP Cloud"Microsoft shares our view of a hybrid IT approach for enterprises and we both see opportunity to simplify hybrid infrastructure for our customers," Whitman tells analysts and shareholders at the HPE fiscal Q4 2015 earnings call. "Our goal is to help customers source, manage, and consume services across traditional, private, public, and managed cloud environments."

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