By Brian T. Horowitz, Editor and Contributing WriterOLED and phone streaming were big hits in displays at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and Dell’s new monitors with these features were among nine Innovation Awards the company earned.The company highlighted some of its honorees and how they can handle the heavy workloads of workers at a Jan. 5 press conference at CES hosted by actor Josh Brener (above, left) of the HBO show “Silicon Valley.”Dell’s new UltraSharp 30 Ultra HD 4K OLED Monitor, which the Consumer Technology Association honored in the Computer Peripherals category, will help meet the needs of users that require crisp graphics and photography.Organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology uses organic semiconductors to create thin light-emitting panels that differ from conventional monitors because they create their own lighting. By being thinner and smaller, they can offer sharper black levels and contrast levels. In addition to OLED technology, it features an Ultra HD 4K resolution and an ultra-fast response time of 0.1 millisecond.“It’s so beautiful, people just want to see it and reach into it,” said Kirk Schell, vice president and general manager for Dell’s commercial PC group, at a Jan. 6 press conference.“Getting that frame in front of you is very important” for workers in graphics-heavy fields, such as content creation and health care as well as for gamers, said Jeff Clarke (above, right), vice president of operations and president of Client Solutions.In addition, the USB Type-C cable allows users to connect power, video and data to another device with a single cable and stream content from a smartphone.“You’re charging, you’re connected, you’re productive, and you’re on your way,” Schell said.The UltraSharp 30 hits the market March 31 on Dell.com starting at $4,999.In addition to the UltraSharp 30, Dell introduced its first wireless monitors on the market. The monitors let users mirror content wirelessly from Windows laptops and Android phones.Both units will be available March 31. The UltraSharp 24 starts at $469, and the Dell 23 Wireless Monitor starts at $429.A 2-in-1 that’s really a 3-in-1Another Innovation Award honoree, the new Latitude 12 7000 Series UltraBook, features a Gorilla Glass display and is really a 3-in-1 unit rather than just a 2-1 because it can dock to multiple monitors, Schell said.You can latch a tablet to an UltraBook with one hand, he noted.The Latitude 12 7000 Series will be available in early February on Dell.com starting at $1,049.Latitude offers top security and a carbon-fiber designThe CTA also honored Dell in the Computer Hardware and Components category for the new Dell Latitude 13 7000 Series.“It’s the smallest 13-inch notebook in the marketplace,” Clarke said.It features a unidirectional 40-ton carbon-fiber design used in spacecraft. Security features include multi-factor authentication and compatibility with smart cards.The Latitude 13 7000 Series will be available March 8 starting at $1,299.Dell Precision mobile workstation, Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet and XPS honoreesThe Precision 15 5000 Series (5510) mobile workstation, starting at $1,399, was also honored in the Computer Hardware category and is a good fit for financial analysts, according to Clarke. Many engineers, architects and creative designers are designing products and infrastructure, as well as editing and producing video projects on the system as well.It features a PremierColor 4K InfinityEdge display with more than 8 million pixels and is able to make use of Thunderbolt technology and the Dell Thunderbolt Dock, which was announced this fall. Thunderbolt connects displays, mice and external keyboards for power users and traditional workstation clients.In addition, the CTA honored the Latitude 12 Rugged Tablet in the Tablets & E-Readers category. This ruggedized tablet, which starts at $1,849, meets the needs of workers in harsh environments, where extreme temperatures, vibrations and other variables exist. It features compression sealing to allow it to withstand exposure to sand, dust and liquids.Meanwhile, the Dell XPS 13 was an honoree last year, and at the 2016 show, the XPS 12 was honored in the Computer Hardware category. The XPS 12, starting at $999.99, uses a magnetic connection to allow users to switch easily from tablet to laptop. In addition, it’s the first 2-in-1 to feature an UltraSharp 4K Ultra HD display.With notebooks and workstations being honored at CES, it’s a sign that PCs are “far from dead,” Clarke noted.“You can’t be an end-to-end solution provider without PCs,” he said. This post originally appeared on the PowerMore web site and was written as part of the Dell Insight Partners program, which provides news and analysis about the evolving world of tech. Dell sponsored this article, but opinions are the author’s own and don’t necessarily represent Dell’s positions or strategies.
Addiction is an issue that unfortunately touches many in our society. Treatment centers that provide care to recovering addicts have had to grow in recent years to provide hope to more patients. This growth has in turn resulted in technology challenges, as centers find themselves managing multiple properties from a central location while dealing with stringent health data protection requirements.Dell client virtualization solutions have allowed the Watershed Addiction Program’s nine inpatient facilities in South Florida and Houston to keep its focus on treating patients and saving lives while diminishing the need to service traditional PCs and constantly-monitor legacy IT hardware. Indeed, in healthcare environments, Wyse endpoints and Dell EMC solutions act as a “force multiplier,” allowing medical professionals and caregivers to accelerate clerical tasks and technology deployments without adding significant IT staff. </p><p>As Watershed has expanded its original footprint of just 16 beds to more than 500 patients in its live-in care facilities, its IT footprint has expanded to 350 computers used by 600 employees. Historically, the task of maintaining these endpoints might have been a challenge requiring a large IT staff and a major allocation of resources. However, the Watershed Program is able to service its endpoints and its central data center solution with fewer than five IT administrators.With a private cloud architecture powered by Citrix desktop virtualization software and Microsoft Hyper-V, running on Dell EMC Storage, Networking, and Servers, the center can manage data flows and ensure that each facility is up and running and in HIPAA compliance, safeguarding sensitive patient information. And, clinicians have more flexibility to access patient data, quickly, from any system in the facility, allowing them to focus on patients, not technology.Dell cloud client-computing solutions streamline management and servicing requirements since all endpoint updates, downloads, and patches are easily executed within the data center. And because Wyse endpoints do not have onboard hard drives they lack local storage that can eventually fail or be corrupted. As a result, there is less need to constantly send IT staff out to service individual machines. Updates can be made quickly to a single image that is then distributed to just a few or even thousands of endpoints. Having a single data center that houses all of the program’s backend IT hardware means that patches can be added once to update all machines and data backups can be made quickly and easily, facilitating disaster recovery programs. This also means a consistent quality of service can be maintained across all program facilities.On the data center side, the program leverages a Dell Hybrid Flash Array with the SC220. Combining a mix of SSD drives and traditional spinning media allows IT departments to achieve nearly 100% uptime for both its VDI and storage environments. Live volume migration and the ability to efficiently move data from SLC to newer MLC solid state drives allows the program’s IT department to improve datacenter performance over time and extend the longevity of its investment. The choice of high-performance Dell Networking N3048 switches keeps the individual facilities connected to their data and enhances the throughput to the Wyse endpoints, minimizing latency, while PowerEdge R920 servers give Watershed’s IT team greater management of each server in the cluster.Without the right technology, it might be impossible to care for patients and share information that facilitates their treatment. With Dell EMC and Wyse endpoints, the now 18-year-old Watershed Addiction Program is able to focus financial and staffing resources on quality of care and patient outcomes rather than on making sure its staffers PCs are up and running. By helping Watershed grow its footprint so efficiently, Dell has helped the program bring health and hope to more families by providing patients with care and compassion.To find out more about Wyse endpoints and Dell Cloud Client-Computing solutions, please click here.
For 70 years, April 7 has marked the recognition of World Health Day. It has always served as an opportunity to shine a light on the critical aspects of global health. This year, it goes without saying, that we as global citizens are facing, and uniting to fight, the unprecedented impact of COVID-19.Our nurses, healthcare workers and first responders are working tirelessly on the frontlines of COVID-19. And let’s not forget that, in the midst of a pandemic, this critical community is still performing their usual heroics of delivering babies, performing emergency surgeries and providing much-needed emotional support amid fear and uncertainty.On behalf of Dell Technologies, we cannot say “thank you” enough. We are inspired by your commitment and humbled to be able to play a role, working with our customers, partners and team members to support those fighting to contain and treat the virus. Here are a few examples of how we are lending our support through our technology, donations and the contributions of our team members.Equipping the front lines with technologyHospitals and medical facilities globally are working through increasing technology needs to serve the influx of patients they’re caring for. We are partnering with those customers at every step, from advising which solutions can best support mobile patient care, to expediting the critical orders hospitals need right now to equip their facilities.Our IT infrastructure donation to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in China played a critical role in upgrading the computing power of the Hubei CDC. This has substantially enhanced the centers’ ability to provide public health services for over 60 million people in Hubei province.To support the largest public health hospital in Brazil, SP Hospital das Clínicas, we donated mobile solutions to enable 3,500 physicians, nurses and support staff to collaborate in real time as they open additional treatment areas to accommodate growing cases of COVID-19.Understanding the virus and mitigating the spreadOur advanced computing clusters are being used to understand how diseases like COVID-19 are spreading and how to better track them. These powerful data solutions are accelerating insights on the disease, including prevention methods, treatment options and where resources are most needed.One of our longest healthcare partners is the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen). TGen is conducting population-level genomic analysis to help public health organizations rapidly identify which strains of COVID-19 are circulating more than others, what might be causing local outbreaks and how fast the genome is mutating and changing. TGen’s access to Dell Technologies’ Zenith Supercomputer is helping researchers understand how and when mutations occur – ultimately helping to develop and identify targeted drugs and treatments for COVID-19.Meanwhile, the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) gave about 100 researchers remote access to two supercomputers built on Dell Technologies, Frontera and Stampede2. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin are using the technology to better understand how the disease is spreading and evaluate the impact of social distancing measures.Working with the i2b2 tranSMART Foundation, we are enabling the Foundation’s open source platforms, which mobilize critical health data to the scientific and clinical research community. Timely, comprehensive data on COVID-19 patients across the globe is helping to broker research on prevention and cures, including identifying “hot spots” for where medical resources are most needed.Leveraging the innovative power of our team to help Across the Dell Technologies family, we are constantly looking for technology solutions to help alleviate pressure on the front lines.Our Boomi team got together to innovate and find ways to help our communities at this time, coming up with Answers on Demand, a free question and answer ‘bot’ which sits on an organization’s website and handles the influx of questions they are fielding. For healthcare clinics and organizations, it means questions like “should I come into the clinic if I feel unwell?” or “what is telehealth?” can now be answered automatically, leaving them free to focus on serving patients.Now more than ever, we each have a role to play, with technology helping us to adjust to “the new normal.” Staying at home and following health guidelines minimizes spread and reduces the pressure on our healthcare system. Our team members are doing their part by leveraging existing remote workplace solutions, staying connected by using video conferencing for meetings and even finding ways to support mental health, such as hosting virtual meditation sessions and leading virtual team yoga classes.I am so proud of the collective strength of the Dell Technologies community – and humanity itself – to come together and support one another. From our first responders to small businesses to school systems, every member of our community is working through unique challenges associated with the virus. We are here to help you navigate those.When so much is uncertain, one thing is: it’s amazing what we can do for each other and our customers, when we do it together.
PARIS (AP) — France says it’s closing its borders to people arriving from outside the European Union starting Sunday to try to stop the growing spread of new variants of the virus and avoid a third lockdown. French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced the new measure Friday night after an emergency government health security meeting at the presidential palace, warning of a “great risk” from the new variants. All those arriving from other EU countries will be required to produce a negative virus test, he said.
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Allies of Myanmar’s deposed leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, say she has been charged with a crime. The move gives the new military government grounds to continue her detention as it announced plans to investigate the recent election her party won by a landslide. At a government compound where other lawmakers had been confined since Monday, lines of cars, with the lawmakers inside, were seen leaving on Wednesday afternoon. Amid calls for nonviolent resistance to the coup, residents in Yangon honked horns and made loud noises after nightfall, and medical workers have declared they won’t work for the new military government.
An investigation into harassment allegations by three former employees of United Way Worldwide found no evidence of “actionable harassment, discrimination, or retaliation,” although the report urged the organization to review and improve its policies regarding such complaints, according to a statement issued by the nonprofit. Three female former employees filed complaints over the past two years with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission saying the organization retaliated against them for speaking up about sexual misconduct. After the allegations were raised internally, two of the women were fired and United Way Worldwide’s CEO, Brian Gallagher, unsuccessfully sought to terminate the third, according to HuffPost.
Faith-based organizations involved in refugee resettlement are celebrating President Joe Biden’s new executive order that intends to lift the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 125,000 — a massive increase compared to reduced numbers under former President Trump. But while the groups are hopeful, some admit the U.S. is unlikely to reach a higher refugee ceiling amid a pandemic that has slowed resettlement efforts around the world, and remain concerned that it will take time to rebuild following deep cuts to the resettlement apparatus over the past four years.
CAIRO (AP) — An Egyptian lawyer says authorities have freed an Al-Jazeera journalist after more than four years in detention. Mahmoud Hussein walked free from a police station Saturday afternoon, a few days after a court ordered his conditional release pending investigations into the charges. Hussein, an Egyptian working for the Qatar-based satellite network, was detained at the Cairo airport in December 2016, when he arrived on a family vacation from Doha. His release came a month after Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain ended their dispute with Qatar, which included severing diplomatic and economic ties with energy-rich Qatar. The four nations had also demanded the closure of Al-Jazeera, which Qatar rejected.
NEW DELHI (AP) — Some poorer countries are getting tired of waiting to get vaccines through a United Nations program, so they are striking out on their own. Countries including Honduras, Serbia and Mexico have cut their own private deals. Experts are increasingly concerned that these go-it-alone efforts could undermine a United Nations-backed program to get COVID-19 shots to the neediest people worldwide. In past disease outbreaks, less wealthy countries generally waited for vaccines to be delivered by the U.N. and others. Many are now taking matters into their own hands. Those deals could leave fewer vaccines for the program known as COVAX.