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HP Recalls 101000 Laptop Batteries!

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HP Recalls 101000 Laptop Batteries!

An overheating risk leads to HP recalling 101000 laptop batteries across the world-- and the company instructs affected customers to immediately stop using the batteries and send for a a replacement.

The recall program follows a previous incident back in June 2016, when HP recalled 41000 lithium-ion notebook batteries due to risks of fire hazards resulting from overheating. Recently HP "received one additional report of the battery overheating, melting and charring and causing about $1000 in property damage," leading to an expansion of the recall initiative.

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Cisco Buys AppDynamics

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Cisco Buys AppDynamics

Cisco makes one of its biggest deals in recent history as it acquires application intelligence software developer AppDynamics for $3.7 billion just a week ahead of AppDynamics' long-announced IPO.

AppDynamics helps customers monitor the performance of business applications through insights into the workings of said applications. This allows companies to spot chokepoints and performance issues potentially holding back transactions or other kinds of actions, stopping them before it is too late.

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HPE Buys Hyperconverger SimpliVity

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HPE Buys Hyperconverger SimpliVity

HPE sets sights on the hyperconverged infrastructure market as it pays $650 million in cash for SimpliVity, a startup described as the 2nd placed in the hyperconverged infrastructure appliance market.

“This transaction expands HPE’s software-defined capability and fits squarely within our strategy to make Hybrid IT simple for customers,” CEO Meg Whitman says.  “More and more customers are looking for solutions that bring them secure, highly resilient, on-premises infrastructure at cloud economics.  That’s exactly where we’re focused.”

The acquisition puts HPE in hyperconverged pole position, as it brings along SimpliVity OmniStack Software and OmniCube infrastructure appliance. SimpliVity software supports VMware, Hyper-V and KVM hypervisors, and runs on servers from the likes of Dell EMC, Lenovo and Huawei. As such, HPE plans to bring OmniStack to ProLiant DL380 servers within 60 days of the transaction's closing, before it starts offering a range of integrated HPE SimpliVity hyperconverged systems by H2 2017.

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

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Intel Presents Credit Card-Size Compute Card

Intel reveals a PC small enough to fit in a wallet at CES 2017-- the Compute Card, a device measuring 95 x 55 x 5mm the company claims brings computing power "to virtually any product, anywhere."

The compact Compute Card frame fits an Intel system-on-chip, memory, storage and wifi/Bluetooth connectivity. Chipzilla does not reveal the actual specifications as yet, but it promises a modular design customers will be able to configure with a range of processors, including 7th gen Intel Core CPUs with vPro.

Connecting a Compute Card to a device demands a new standard connector-- one described as "USB-C plus extension." The connector handles USB, PCIe, HDMI, DP and additional signals running between the card and devices, and Intel says it can be used by a wide variety of things, such as interactive fridges, smart kiosks, security cameras, smart TVs and IoT gateways.

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HP Unveils Sprout Pro G2

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HP Unveils Sprout Pro G2

HP presents the 2nd generation of Sprout all-in-one PC at CES 2017-- the Sprout Pro G2, featuring a ultrawide 20-point capacitive "Touch Mat" display aimed at more than just the creative segment.

If one needs a refresher, the Sprout is a "blended reality" PC designed mainly for creative professionals. It looks like a regular AiO PC, if one with projector protruding from the main display. The projector has multiple uses, since it not only projects the aforementioned Touch Mat surface, it also acts as a scanner for both 2D and 3D objects.

The upgraded Sprout Pro G2 has a larger 23.8-inch display (up from 23-inch in the original), while the Touch Mat measures 21.3-inch. It comes in a fancy black paintjob and is powered by a 2.9GHz Intel Core i7-7700T CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M mobile GPU with 2GB of GDDR5 memory, 16GB of 2400MHz DDR4 RAM and either 1TB HDD or 512GB SSD.

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