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DJI, 3DR Join Forces in Enterprise Drones

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DJI, 3DR Join Forces in Enterprise Drones

Chinese drone maker DJI joins forces with former competitor 3DR in the development of an enterprise drone platform-- one integrating the 3DR enterprise drone platform with DJI drones.

The collaboration allows customers to use DJI drones with the 3DR Site Scan platform. It promises seamless connection of DJI drones with Site Scans, with a full feature set including automatic flight mode, multi-engine cloud processing and tools designed for the construction industry. These include topographic surveys, calculating cut and fill volumes, stockpile measurement and exporting native Autoddesk file format.

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Lian-Li Updates Desk PC

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Lian-Li Updates Desk PC

Taiwanese desk maker Lian-Li announces an update on last year's DK-04 standing desk PC case-- the Dual-System DK-05, a motorised adjustable desk chassis described as "the new pinnacle of PC desks."

First seen back at CES 2017, the DK-05 is built out of aluminium, with the top covered in tempered glass. It features a new design offering a pair of 305x276mm motherboard trays, with each tray fitting up to x8 PCI and PCIe cards, power supply and two 2.5-inch HDDs. A shared spaces provides more rooms for various drives.

Between the motherboard trays is a space for liquid cooling systems and required reservoirs, pumps and fan trays for 360mm and 480mm radiators. Since the DK-05 fits two PCs, each side has own I/O panels with USB 3.1, USB-C, USB 3.0, HDMI and HD-Audio ports, as well as RGB adjustment dials.

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IDC: W. European SMB Market is "Big and Growing"

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IDC: W. European SMB Market is

The W. European SMB IT market is on the up IDC reports, even if European SMBs can make a "difficult" market-- and as such the region is the second largest for global SMB IT spending during the 2016-2021 forecast period.

"The W. European SMB market is big and growing even if European SMBs traditionally show a lower level of IT sophistication than their bigger counterparts and therefore they can represent a difficult target market," the analyst says. "In this context we see today the rise of SMBs that were born in the digital era, that are very innovative and attracted by 3rd Platform and Innovation Accelerators (particularly cloud, mobility, and IoT). Even if these companies represent only a small percentage of the overall SMB market, they can set the scene and pave the way to a broader adoption of innovative IT solutions."

On a global basis, IDC predicts IT spending by SMBs (defined as companies employing 1000 or less) will total $568 billion in 2017-- a sum expected to exceed $676bn by 2021, with a CAGR for the 5-year forecast period of 4.5%. The forecast is actually slightly stronger than previous forecasts by the analyst, a reflection of the changing ways SMBs are buying and using technology.

SMBs around the world are "increasingly interested" in improving employee productivity, and thus improving their competitive positions. Smaller SMBs have immediate tactical needs to sharpen performance, and are also looking to coordinate resources in a meaningful way, all in the name of Digital Transformation (DX).

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Gravitational Anomaly Leads to Better Solid State Devices?

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Gravitational Anomaly Leads to Better Solid State Devices?

A team of IBM researchers manage to observe an "elusive gravitational effect" on Earth-- a phenomenon previously thought possible only "hundreds of light years away," and one that could lead to improvements in the energy-conversion process in electronic devices.

But what does an elusive gravitational effect involve? It is, essentially, an unusual quantum effect scientists theorised could take place within quark-gluon plasma (GDP), the strange, soupy substance that made the universe back when it was little more than a few microseconds old. The quantum effect involved in the IBM experiments is known as the axial-gravitational anomaly, and breaks the conservation laws of classic physics such as charge, energy and momentum.

To observe the axial-gravitational anomaly here on Earth, the scientists used Weyl semimetal, a material similar to 3D graphene, inside a cryolab at the University of Hamburg using high magnetic fields. Weyl semimetal has two kinds of electrons, but when placed inside the cryolab mimicking the conditions of the early universe the electrons change from one type to the other.

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Gartner: Q2 EMEA PC Market Down -3.5% Y-o-Y

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Gartner: Q2 EMEA PC Market Down -3.5% Y-o-Y

According to Gartner EMEA PC shipments total 17 million units in Q2 2017-- a -3.5% Y-o-Y decline, with mixed results across different countries, as some are confident while others are not.

For instance, uncertainty around the UK elections lead to some UK businesses delaying purchases, especially in the public sector. On the other hand, France sees a "more than expected" surge in consumer confidence after the electoral win of Emmanual Macron, even if spending on PCs remains "sluggish." German businesses are spending more on PCs as they invest in new Windows 10-based hardware, while the Russian market sees improvement thanks to economic stabilisation.

In global terms, Q2 2017 PC shipments are also down-- specifically by -4.3% Y-o-Y, reaching 61.1m units. Gartner says the industry is in the midst of a 5-year slump, making an 11th straight quarter of shipment declines and, when it comes to Q2 2017, the lowest quarter volume since 2007.

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