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Meet the New XPS 13: Stylish, Powerful and Better by Every Measure

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first_imgTechnology has become an expression of style for those who use it – though fashion can be fickle. One thing we do know is elegance never goes out of style.First unveiled at CES 2012, the XPS 13 immediately enhanced the legacy of XPS as the world’s most celebrated laptop and winner of more product awards than any other line in Dell’s history, most recently named a CES 2018 Innovation Award Honoree.And how did it garner this latest honor? Vision and a lot of hard work.In reimagining the XPS 13, Dell took inspiration from the realm of fashion, where rose gold remains a trending color and white accents have been growing in popularity, seen everywhere from watch bands to sneakers. However, when turning our XPS white, we strived to achieve elegance and invested more than a dozen people, 11,520 hours and 50 trials to create a new system that was as stunning inside and out. The Dell design team didn’t want to simply paint a system white – they wanted to use authentic materials and make sure the system looked as beautiful on day 1,000 as it does on day 1.With the desire to give its white palm rest a weaved appearance, the team considered different materials beyond the color limits of traditional carbon fiber. The solution? An innovative new crystalline silica material with the white color literally woven in, like a fabric, in nine composite layers.  Dell is the first to use this woven glass fiber in a laptop.“An innovative new crystalline silica material with the white color literally woven in, like a fabric, in nine composite layers.ShareComplementing the new rose gold aluminum shell of the XPS 13, the alpine white glass fiber weave is elegant to the eye and silky to the touch. Durable as it is beautiful, atop its soft-textured lattice is titanium oxide for a pearlescent sheen and UV and stain-resistant coatings to prevent yellowing or staining over time. In fact, if you get a pen mark or other stain on the white interior you can just wipe it off. And with a heat resistance superior to metal, woven glass fiber also stays cooler to facilitate longer performance.Interesting fact: The glass fibers in one palm rest, if laid end to end, would extend for 117,500 miles, nearly enough to stretch halfway from Earth to the moon. Now that’s one giant leap.We not only worked to create the most beautiful laptop on the market, but extended that design ethos to its matching white power cords and USB-A/USB-C adapter. And moving from style, to lifestyle, we invested in sustainable recycled ocean plastics and bamboo packaging so you can purchase with confidence knowing that Dell is doing its part to help the planet.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XChLUIP8kDw&feature=youtu.beBesides its head-turning exterior, the all-new XPS 13 is better by every measure. Now, even more portable as the smallest 13-inch laptop on the planet, its stunning InfinityEdge display fits this 13-inch laptop in an 11-inch frame. It’s a full 30 percent (3.4mm) thinner as well as lighter, starting at just 2.7 pounds, making the XPS 13 the ultimate in mobility and durability.Running Windows 10 and powered by the latest Intel 8th Generation Quad Core processor, XPS 13 delivers superior mobile performance with fast booting SSDs up to 1TB. You can also expect the longest battery life of any 13-inch laptop, with almost 20 hours on FHD, up to 11 on UHD (Mobile Mark 14).While we made the system smaller and lighter, we were able to increase the performance by 2x, over the previous XPS 13 launched in 2015, and maintain the world’s most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class. So how did we do that? We have the most innovative performance and thermal engineering at Dell.“…we were able to increase the performance by 2x, over the previous XPS 13 launched in 2015, and maintain the world’s most powerful 13-inch laptop in its class.ShareWe developed Dell Power Manager to let you customize your balance of battery life, charging, thermals and acoustics and Dynamic Power Mode that intuitively delivers maximum power as needed, for such tasks as video rendering applications and advanced spreadsheets, while intelligently monitoring and managing system temperatures. This means the XPS 13 has sustained high performance while competitors performance declines with continued use, making the XPS 13 the most powerful 13-inch in its class (Tested by Principled Technologies in December 2017 using the Cinebench CPU (multi-core test)).As for thermal engineering, XPS 13 is the world’s first laptop built with GORE™ Thermal Insulation, the same silica aerogels that have been used in high-tech science and extreme engineering environments to diffuse and dissipate heat, such as insulation on the Mars Rovers and Hyper Velocity Particle capture in the Stardust Probe. This material directs heat out of the device, keeping your system cool while it works hard.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kIHVfZX9tXANow with a higher resolution display, incorporating 2.5 million more pixels with 4K Ultra HD compared to the previous QHD+, the 100 percent sRGB display on the XPS 13 gives you great, saturated and accurate color, whether for graphic professionals or watching your favorite Netflix show. In fact, Dell knows people today use their PCs to stream content, so the XPS 13 also delivers an unparalleled immersive cinematic experience with richer colors and details, crisper and stronger audio, and reduced buffering, so you really can watch Netflix and chill.Activated by voice, touch or facial recognition, access to the new XPS 13 comes through a triad of biometric doorways. Log in with a look or a touch with the infrared camera and optional fingerprint reader in the power button for Windows Hello, or talk to your device from across the room, with four integrated digital microphones and Microsoft’s Cortana voice recognition capabilities.The new XPS 13 is available globally beginning today on Dell.com, Microsoft.com and at your local Microsoft Store, starting at $999.99. Dell is also offering an Ubuntu-based developer edition with Linux preloaded starting at $949.99 beginning today on Dell.com in the US, Canada and Europe as well.I can confidently say the new XPS 13 is the most stunning system we have ever created with the perfect blend of elegance and performance. If you are attending CES, please come check it out at the #DellExperience at the Yardbird in the Venetian or give me your feedback at @AzorFrank.The XPS 13 is just the first of many exciting announcements we will be making at CES 2018. Stay up to date on the latest Dell news by visiting our CES press site here throughout the duration of the show.last_img read more

The Tricksters Take London! Dirty Rotten Scoundrels Opens in the West End

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first_imgAfter swindling Broadway audiences in 2005, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels is heading to London to trick a whole new flock of unsuspecting theatergoers! Directed and choreographed by Jerry Mitchell, the musical adaptation of the 1988 film tells the story of Lawrence Jameson and Freddy Benson, two sneaky con artists who attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress in the French Riviera. The new production stars Tony and Olivier Award winner Robert Lindsay as Jameson and comedian Rufus Hound as Benson. Featuring music and lyrics by David Yazbek and a book by Jeffrey Lane, the new West End mounting opens April 2 at the West End’s Savoy Theatre. Happy opening night, Scoundrels—may your evening be filled with endless champagne, piles of money and lots of “Great Big Stuff!” View Commentslast_img read more

Maryland takes lead in forcing coal plants to clean up water discharges

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first_imgMaryland takes lead in forcing coal plants to clean up water discharges FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Baltimore Sun:Maryland is requiring three coal power plants to limit the amount of mercury, arsenic and other toxic metals they release into the Potomac and Patuxent rivers starting in 2020, amid uncertainty over whether the federal government will address the discharges.State environmental regulators issued the new water discharge permits to the Chalk Point, Dickerson and Morgantown power plants last month, replacing water pollution standards that dated to the 1980s.Dozens of Democratic state lawmakers and environmental advocates weighed in during the permitting process last year, urging Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration to require the pollution controls immediately, rather than wait for President Donald Trump’s administration to put new federal rules in place.A rule was set to be put in place under former President Barack Obama by this year, but the Trump administration at first put it on hold and then delayed it by two years. That delay is in the midst of a review in federal appeals court.Regardless of the outcome of that fight, the Maryland plants will have to scrub their water emissions of the toxic metals starting Nov. 1, 2020.More: Maryland requires three coal power plants to limit arsenic, mercury water pollution starting in 2020last_img read more

Rocky Point Man Fatally Hit by SUV

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 20-year-old Rocky Point man was fatally struck by an SUV while walking along a roadway in Wading River early Sunday morning.Suffolk County police said Nicholas Pieloch was walking along Route 25A when he was hit by a westbound Ford Explorer near the corner of Randall Road at 3:18 a.m.The SUV, driven by 21-year-old Jesse Feinberg of Shoreham, then crossed over the eastbound lane, struck a tree and overturned.Pieloch was pronounced dead at the scene. Feinberg was not injured.Seventh Squad detectives impounded the truck, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this crash to call them at 631-852-8752.last_img read more

3 steps for handling sudden wealth

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first_imgYou’ve heard about professional athletes who make some quick millions, see their career cut short and are broke a few years later. To some of us, this seems insane. But the reality is, if a newfound wealth is suddenly in your lap, you may not be ready for it either. Here are three steps you should take if you find yourself with a shiny new pile of cash…Don’t tweet about it: I love when someone local wins the lottery and chooses to remain anonymous. It’s a fantastic decision. Whether it’s a cousin you haven’t talked to in years or an old friend looking for a business partner, the news of your new wealth can bring all kinds of characters out of the shadows. At some point, people will find out about it, but it’s probably best to keep it quiet while you’re adjusting to your new wealth.Take your time: You may have the urge to go buy a new car, a new house, a boat, and a bevy of other things you’ve always wanted, but hold up a second. This kind of spending is what may lead you down a path to bankruptcy. Take some time to think about your life, make a plan, and then make some smart money decisions for your future.Get a money guy (or gal): Just like Barney Stinson had his guy guy named Guy, you’re going to need a financial guy. Everything about your life has now changed. And don’t just find the first advisor that you scroll past in your Google search. Read reviews, ask friends and family for recommendations, and be sure you’re picking a financial advisor you can trust. 33SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

5 ways COVID-19 is influencing how credit unions must approach digital and payments

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first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Carter Michael Carter is the executive vice president of SRM (Strategic Resource Management), an independent advisory firm serving financial institutions. Web: https://www.srmcorp.com Details Wishful thinking has led many to hope that the COVID-19 pandemic would be a memory by now, but the reality is that the pandemic is still significantly impacting the economy and how all of us carry on day-to-day. In March, our firm conducted a survey to assess how the pandemic was impacting financial institutions’ operations. Last month as the virus was reasserting itself across the United States, we conducted a second survey to investigate specifically the evolving consumer landscape in digital transformation and payments.Analysis of this second survey uncovered five key findings of how consumer banking patterns have evolved through the pandemic:Digital growth, as expected, is well above the pre-pandemic norm. 62% of responding financial institutions noted an increase in digital users of between 10 and 25% with the highest concentration of institutions clustered in the 10-15%. range. Another 11% of respondents stated this growth exceeded 25%. Nearly three-fourths of respondents reported more activity in their digital user base, which is not surprising given the temporary closure of many branch locations across the U.S.When asked about changes in how consumers pay for purchases, nearly half of the institutions reported decreases in credit card activity. At the same time, a correlating 49% saw increases in debit card usage. This result aligns with the Federal Reserve report showing outstanding U.S. credit card balances falling below $1 trillion for the first time since 2017. Debit card transactions will likely continue to increase as credit card issuers reduce lines of credit and close some cardholder accounts.Confirming many early speculations, 65% of responding financial institutions stated increases in Card Not Present transactions, and 76% reported the same for mobile payments. No respondents saw declines in either of these areas. In addition, 49% of respondents noted a decrease in cash withdrawals. These trends were impacted by both the increased consumer participation in the “delivery economy,” as well as a concern about the pandemic making the use of cash unsafe.More than one-quarter of respondents noted an increase in transaction values across all payment types, while 22% noted a decrease in transaction values. Understanding these dynamics will be critical over the next 12 months when negotiating high-stakes agreements with payments vendors.Asked to rank their focus in five areas, survey participants saw “Expand/Improve Digital Channels” as their most critical initiative going forward, with nearly two-thirds of respondents rating it their top priority, confirming the results of the earlier survey’s findings in this area. Even if some consumers revert to old habits once more branches across the U.S. open, the importance of the digital channel has been etched in the mind of any consumer trying to manage their daily financial needs.  If there is a subtle message concerning digital in these results, it is that digital now must be a focus that reaches across the financial institution. Future needs will not be satisfied by simply improving mobile and online banking.Though we may all be tempted and even fall prey to wishful thinking concerning the end of the pandemic over the coming months, it is important to free ourselves from this practice and consider that business as usual has left the building with no return expected.  As is the case with most organizations regardless of the industry, the priorities set by credit unions for 2020 have undergone a “sea change” that has already capsized many businesses.  To adapt, survive and thrive, credit unions must rethink how to deliver services and value to members by looking at their front office and back office areas with a new set of eyes.  This is not easy to do and within the coming months and years, those that accomplish this task will be obvious by their presence in the marketplace.last_img read more

Akel Family donates $100,000 to local medical workers

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first_imgExecutive Director of the UHS Foundation Cory S. Jacobs says the “This very generous donation will help fund a number of efforts that are under way to benefit the people providing patient care in our community.” UHS reports that the Akel Family hopes their contribution will encourage others to lend support. The Akel Family owned the Binghamton Giant Food Markets in the area for 76 years. Another $50,000 was donated to Lourdes Hospital workers. (WBNG) — The Akel Family has donated $50,000 to the UHS Foundation that will be used to support healthcare workers in the Binghamton area. It will also help support UHS staff members impacted by the virus. UHS says the donation has jump-started the Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund.last_img read more

Stop, Drop, Adopt! Humane Society raises money for shelter

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first_imgBINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Broome County Humane Society asked everyone to “Stop, Drop and Adopt” at their headquarters in Binghamton on Saturday. Lauren Heilweil, fund development coordinator for the Humane Society, told 12 News proceeds will go toward helping out the furry friends. A can drive was also held with raffle prizes up for grabs, and an opportunity to adopt a duck for the annual Duck Derby on July 26. “The proceeds will go toward our spay and neuter program, going toward making up for some of the lost income that was a result of COVID-19, as well as medication and daily care,” Heilweil said. “Just different things the animals might need as cruelty cases pop up and the animals come in and out.” The event was also part of the Bissel Pet Foundation’s “Empty the Shelters” event. center_img “Empty the Shelters” continues through Sunday by appointment only. Adoption fees are $25 if pre-approved. The event included food from Doug’s Fish Fry to raise money for the shelter, but that wasn’t all. last_img read more

Biden Covid advisor says U.S. lockdown of 4 to 6 weeks could control pandemic and revive economy

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first_imgOn Wednesday, Osterholm said such a lockdown would help the country bring the virus under control, “like they did in New Zealand and Australia.” Epidemiologists have repeatedly pointed to New Zealand, Australia and other parts of Asia that have brought the number of daily new cases to under 10 as an example of how to contain the virus.“We could really watch ourselves cruising into the vaccine availability in the first and second quarter of next year while bringing back the economy long before that,” he said Wednesday.On the current trajectory, Osterholm said the U.S. is headed for dark days before a vaccine becomes available. He said health-care systems across the country are already overwhelmed in places like El Paso, Texas, where local officials have already closed businesses and the federal government is sending resources to handle a surge in deaths caused by Covid-19.Osterholm said the country needs leadership. The president-elect is up to the task of providing that leadership, Osterholm said, adding that it could also come from local and state officials or those in the medical community. He referenced the fireside chats broadcast over radio during former President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s terms, through which Roosevelt addressed the country on issues ranging from the Great Depression to World War II.“People don’t want to hear that El Paso isn’t an isolated event. El Paso, in many instances, will become the norm,” he said. “I think that the message is how do we get through this. We need FDR moments right now. We need fireside chats. We need somebody to tell America, ‘this is what in the hell is going to happen.’” Shutting down businesses and paying people for lost wages for four to six weeks could help keep the coronavirus pandemic in check and get the economy on track until a vaccine is approved and distributed, said Dr. Michael Osterholm, a coronavirus advisor to President-elect Joe Biden.Osterholm, who serves as director of the Center of Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said earlier this week that the country is headed toward “Covid hell.” Cases are rising as more people grow tired of wearing masks and social distancing, suffering from so-called “pandemic fatigue,” he said Wednesday. Colder weather is also driving people indoors where the virus can spread more easily.A nationwide lockdown would drive the number of new cases and hospitalizations down to manageable levels while the world awaits a vaccine, he told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Dr. Michael Osterholm, Regents Professor, McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health, and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, announced advances for COVID-19 testing in Minnesota, Wednesday, April 22, 2020 in St. Paul, MN.Glen Stubbe | Star Tribune | Getty Imagescenter_img “We could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers for losses to small companies to medium-sized companies or city, state, county governments. We could do all of that,” he said. “If we did that, then we could lockdown for four-to-six weeks.”He referenced an August op-ed he wrote with Minneapolis Federal Reserve President Neel Kashkari in which the two argued for more restrictive and uniform lockdowns across the nation.“The problem with the March-to-May lockdown was that it was not uniformly stringent across the country. For example, Minnesota deemed 78 percent of its workers essential,” they wrote in the New York Times. “To be effective, the lockdown has to be as comprehensive and strict as possible.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

China says virus pushing US ties to brink of ‘Cold War’

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first_imgMore European nations meanwhile moved to ease their lockdowns, with virus trends improving and summer nearing. They loosened restrictions that have kept restaurants, bars and hotels shuttered, devastating tourism, and they moved toward reopening more schools.Globally, more than 5.3 million people have been infected by the virus, which most scientists believe jumped from animals to humans — possibly late last year at a market in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.US President Donald Trump has accused Beijing of a lack of transparency over the outbreak, suggesting the virus may have leaked from a top-security Chinese laboratory.Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Sunday that Washington seemed infected by a “political virus” but that Beijing would nevertheless be open to an international effort to find the coronavirus source. China said Sunday that its relations with the United States were “on the brink of a new Cold War,” fuelled partly by tensions over the coronavirus pandemic that has killed nearly 350,000 people worldwide and pitched the global economy into a massive downturn. Fresh tensions between Beijing and Washington emerged as virus restrictions continued to shape and remake lives around the world, and in very different ways. They muted celebrations by Muslims of the end of Islam’s holy fasting month of Ramadan; and they produced a decidedly mixed picture on newly reopened US beaches, with masks common on some and drawing jeers on others. One jam-packed pool party in Missouri, footage of which went viral, was a joyful bedlam of bodies just feet or inches apart from each other. “Some political forces in the US are taking China-US relations hostage and pushing our two countries to the brink of a new Cold War,” Wang said.While once hard-hit European nations relax lockdowns as they work to salvage battered economies, other countries such as Brazil are emerging as new centres of the pandemic.Trump on Sunday suspended travel to the US by non-Americans leaving from Brazil. There was no immediate comment from the Brazilian government, run by Trump ally President Jair Bolsonaro, who has been dismissive of the virus and of lockdown measures.The US death toll rose Sunday night to 97,686, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, with more than 1.64 million cases of infection. The US is by far the country worst hit in both categories.Topics :last_img read more