Hulu and Discovery Increase Live and On-Demand Programming

Discovery Inc. and Hulu announced a distribution agreement that will expand Discovery’s portfolio of real life entertainment brands to Hulu’s on-demand and live TV subscription streaming services.

This multi-year agreement will grow Hulu’s Discovery programming to nearly 4,000 episodes of shows such as Deadliest Catch, Naked and Afraid, Gold Rush, Chopped, House Hunters and more. These additional episodes will be available outside of Discovery’s networks and exclusive to Hulu across all of its subscription plans

Additionally, five Discovery networks will be added to Hulu’s live television plan, which include Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Motor Trend and Animal Planet. These additional networks will join HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel, which are already available on the service since its launch through a previous agreement with Scripps Networks Interactive, now owned by Discovery. The new channels will be available to stream live starting in December.

“At Discovery, we are committed to bringing our portfolio of high-quality, safe family friendly brands and content to viewers across every screen, service and device around the world,” said Eric Phillips, President of Affiliate Distribution at Discovery.  “Our new agreement with Hulu affirms the strength of our brands and their value to viewers in a marketplace with an increasing array of options.”

The new additions to Hulu will help provide an even larger selection of channels with more variety.

“Discovery’s brand is synonymous with high-quality unscripted entertainment that TV fans love, which is why we are excited to bring their entire portfolio to our platform, across all of our subscription plans,” said Lisa Holme, Vice President of Content Acquisition, and Reagan Feeney, Vice President of Network Partnerships at Hulu.

Hulu also reached a licensing agreement with OWN, part of the Discovery Networks family, to bring four additional scripted series to Hulu. Episodes of The Haves and the Have Nots, If Loving You is Wrong, The Paynes, and Love They Neighbor are now available to stream on Hulu. Hulu will now deliver more than 60 channels with Live TV, and still offer an elaborate streaming TV library.

No Ordinary Laptop: Hands On With HP’s Leather Spectre Folio

At first glance, the new HP Spectre Folio just looks like a conventional—albeit very thin—ultraportable sheathed in a leather case. But upon further examination, you realize that the expensive-looking Cognac Brown leather exterior is actually fused with the laptop itself.

Yes, HP made a leather laptop, and it looks and feels gorgeous. Unlike last year’s Spectre 13, which was also gorgeous but sleekly post-industrial, the new Spectre Folio is far more old-fashioned looking, which is apparently all the rage in design circles these days.

“It’s a little bit of retro,” Stacey Wolff, HP’s head of systems design, said as he unveiled the Spectre Folio in a converted warehouse beneath New York City’s trendy High Line linear park. Indeed, you get the sense that the Spectre Folio is designed to look good in a coffee shop, not fit in with the angular lines of a corporate boardroom.

The laptop’s biggest set-apart feature, though, isn’t the leather that envelops it. That would be its complement of several magnets, which let you unhinge the display from its back and attach it to the base of the keyboard, forming a sort of easel for easier movie watching or consuming any other type of content you can think of.

This “easel mode” qualifies the Spectre Folio as a convertible laptop, but it’s not a convertible in the traditional sense of being able to flip the screen around 360 degrees to use the laptop as a tablet. Instead, there’s a second magnet that lets you secure the screen flat atop the keyboard, which means no keys protruding awkwardly out of the bottom in tablet mode.

During a brief demo, I found the magnets easy—even pleasant—to use. There’s nothing awkward about manipulating the screen into its various modes. Still, I couldn’t help but notice that the Spectre Folio isn’t particularly thin and light. At 3.28 pounds and 0.6 by 12.6 by 9.23 inches (HWD), it’s actually larger and heavier than the Spectre 13 conventional laptop that it’s designed to replace. That’s especially noteworthy when you consider that the actual electronic parts—the screen and the keyboard base—are absurdly thin. Essentially, HP is sacrificing thinness and lightness for luxurious leather.

And it is indeed luxurious. You can pre-order one right now in the Cognac Brown color for a starting price of $1,299, and HP expects to sell one in Bordeaux Burgundy before the end of the year, in time for holiday shopping. Both are full-grain leather, and an HP engineer who worked on the design of the product said that it’s intended to evoke a luxury handbag as much as resemble a laptop. That means traditional physical exterior parts that you’d expect on a laptop, such as rubber feet to hold it in place on a desk and provide room for airflow, aren’t there. Instead, you get a thin, raised strip along the back edge.

Come to think of it, there’s actually somewhat less need for clearance around the bottom of the laptop, because no cooling fan vents outward there. The Spectre Folio uses one of Intel’s new eighth-generation Y-series ultra-low-power CPUs, which generates much less heat than the U-series chip that powers the Spectre 13.

Not only is the CPU power-efficient, but it and the rest of the interior electronic components are custom-designed to eke out as much computing performance from as little space as possible. Because everyone hates plugging in their devices, HP decided to devote 70 percent of the real estate in the keyboard base to the battery, which should result in 18 hours of battery life, according to the company’s internal tests.

That means everything else has to fit in the remaining 30 percent of the base. So Intel made a custom motherboard for the Spectre Folio that’s essentially just a narrow strip of silicon and transistors. (You can see it above.) There are only four ports—three USB-C connectors and one headphone jack—but the base is so thin that it wouldn’t accommodate the headphone jack’s height, so it had to be relegated to the side of the display.

Gigabit LTE With an eSIM

In the midst of all this rejiggering of familiar parts, HP managed to fit some wireless components that you won’t find on most ultraportables in the US today: specifically, a gigabit LTE modem, an eSIM chip, and a physical SIM card slot. In the US, it’s compatible with T-Mobile, AT&T, and Sprint. What’s more, if you activate a new Spectre Folio on the Sprint network, you’ll get unlimited data for six months.

The prospect of a laptop that always has internet access for no initial additional monthly cost (well, access anywhere Sprint’s admittedly lagging network has service) is enticing, and it’s something that Microsoft and Intel earnestly have been pushing manufacturers to offer for more than a year. HP appears to have heeded this call.

Nearly everything else about the Spectre Folio is as intriguing as its physical design and wireless capabilities. There’s a full HD (1,920 by 1,080) display, 13.3 inches on the diagonal, with 400 nits of brightness. It’s covered in Corning Gorilla Glass for strength, and the panel consumes just a single watt of electricity, key to achieving those 18 hours of battery life. HP does plan to offer a higher-resolution (but power-hungrier) 4K UHD option in time for holiday shopping, if you really want that kind of fine-grained screen at this size.

HP also works in a very comfortable keyboard with sturdy keys and relatively long travel for such a thin design. You can configure the Spectre Folio with up to 16GB of RAM, up to 2TB of SSD storage, and Core i5 or Core i7 Y-series processors. An included digital pen with 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity easily slips into the leather loop on the right edge. Perhaps the only downright disappointing aspect is that the laptop uses the same laughably small touchpad as the Spectre 13, which makes mousing around with large fingers very difficult.

It’s clear that HP set out to do something different with the Spectre Folio. It’s neither a conventional laptop nor a conventional hybrid convertible design, yet it does double as a tablet or an easel for watching movies. To buy this machine requires an eye for design and a willingness to overlook the fact that the leather adds just as much bulk as it does style. Still, we can’t wait to get one into PC Labs for formal testing. Stay tuned.

8 of the best laptops for business: See why the MacBook Pro and Lenovo ThinkPad top our list

While laptops are wonderful for watching movies and TV shows, sometimes you just need a dedicated machine for getting the job done with no distractions. A great laptop for business needs to be versatile for an assortment of daily tasks, including word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and web research. 

SEE ALSO: Best cheap laptops: 10 options for under $500

In the business world, “the dog ate my homework” is not a good excuse. Business laptops need to be light enough to easily take to meetings and conferences across the country (or around the world), while also performing under pressure and maintaining battery life. The last thing you want is your laptop dying in the middle of an important presentation or meeting. 

We rounded up this compelling list of top-rated laptops that have solid performance and productivity with a long and reliable battery life. It doesn’t matter if the laptop is Mac or PC, you just have to get the job done.

Here are the 8 best laptops for business:  

Best hybrid

The Good

Really good build • Amazing and high quality display • Long battery life

The Bad

Expensive • Keyboard has a learning curve • No USB-A ports • The laptop runs loud and warm with heavier workloads

The Bottom Line

The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is a sexy and powerful laptop that just gets work done in a compact and thin presentation.

Here’s the lowdown: The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is one of the best laptops for getting serious work done in a business and office environment.

  • Storage: 512GB PCIe SSD
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB
  • Features: four USB-C ports (two Thunderbolt 3, two USB-C), microSD slot, FHD 1920 x 1080 touch screen, Intel Core i5-8305G, Radeon RX Vega M GL Graphics with 4GB HMB2 Graphics Memory

Armed with the new Intel Kaby Lake G-series CPU, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 packs a punch when combined with the Radeon RX Vega M GL graphics card for serious computing power and stamina. However, while the laptop displays high performance starting with 8GB of RAM, the Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is also a world class tablet running Windows 10, which is designed for both functions. Without a doubt, this machine is built for multi-tasking and app switching.
Applications load with ease, while the laptop’s display features sharp detail on its FHD 1920 x 1080 “Infinity Edge” touchscreen. It should last you through the day with a whopping 15-hour battery life in a sleek and impossibly thin presentation that gives you the best “bang for your buck” among business laptops. The hybrid is made from premium materials like aluminum and carbon fiber with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 that’s damage resistant and tough.
The laptop has an assortment of ports for expansion, including the new USB-C and microSD slot reader, though it’s lacking a USB-A port. The keyboard may take some getting used to and the laptop can run a bit loud (and warm) when it’s overworked, but its high quality display and excellent build — not to mention its flexibility as a tablet — more than makes up for that.
The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is priced at $1,499.99 from Walmart.

Best battery life

The Good

Luxurious keyboard • Long battery life and fast charging • Brilliant display

The Bad

Tinny audio • Expensive • Webcam is so-so • Fingerprint magnet

The Bottom Line

With hardly any trade-offs in design, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is one of the best business laptops with strong performance and power with a whopping 15.5 hours of battery life. The laptop is a workhorse that will keep you busy and productive at the office or on the road.

With hardly any trade-offs in design, the powerful Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon has a whopping 15.5 hours of battery.

  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB
  • Features: two USB 3.0, two USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), HDMI port, microSD slot, 14-inch 2560 x 1440 pixels IPS anti-glare touchscreen display, Intel Core i5-8350U, Intel HD Graphics 620

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon is a powerful workhorse that will get you through the work day with ease. The laptop features up to 15.5 hours of battery life, while it can quickly charge to up to 80% in just an hour. This means you can get a fast charge during your lunch break or during an airport layover — that’s a major win.
The laptop is made with  a four-layer carbon-fiber reinforced chassis and a magnesium alloy roll-cage, so it’s as tough as it is powerful, especially with its Intel Core i5-8250U Quad-core processor and Intel HD Graphics 620 graphics card. It has 8GB of memory and 1TB of solid state storage. The Lenovo also features a wide array of ports, such as USB 3.0 port, USB-C (Thunderbolt), microSD slot, and a full HDMI port, so hooking your laptop up to any display screens during a presentation should be a cinch.
While you experience the full power of this workhorse machine, you can also enjoy its luxurious 14-inch full HD IPS anti-glare touchscreen display at a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and its best-in-class keyboard for fast and comfortable typing.
Amazon customer Mukul Sawant writes:

“Sharp, comfortable, and portable. The display is much better than in the pictures. Has a fingerprint scanner, sharp display and comfortable keys. Body is really good ; made of carbon fiber! Looks very professional and handy to carry around because it’s the right size and weight. Battery is about 10 hours so i don’t need to worry about charging it often.”

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon retails for $1,299.99 on Amazon.

Best budget

The Good

Lightweight and ultra portable • Very inexpensive • Clever design, 2-in-1 laptop/tablet hybrid

The Bad

Underpowered Atom processor • Lack of traditional keyboard

The Bottom Line

The Lenovo Yoga Book experiences the best of both worlds as a laptop and tablet. It’s unique and clever design allows you to quickly take notes or draw diagrams with ease because of the laptop’s special second screen used for sketching and annotations with a stylus and real pen and paper.

With its clever design and second screen, the Lenovo Yoga Book is useful and versatile machine at a very inexpensive price point.

  • Storage: 64GB/128GB SSD
  • Memory: 4GB
  • Features: one USB 2.0, one Micro USB, one Micro HDMI, 10.1-inch full HD IPS touchscreen display, Intel Atom x5-Z8550, Intel Atom

The Lenovo Yoga Book is an interesting 2-in-1 laptop. While it’s lightweight and compact for easy portability, the laptop has a special folding screen that makes it possible to use as a notebook or sheet of paper. No joke. The Lenovo Yoga Book is the best solution to quickly jotting down notes and messages in your own handwriting, but on a digital surface. This feature comes in handy when drawing up charts and diagrams on the fly, especially in a business and office setting like a meeting or presentation. The laptop even comes with a real pen and a real book pad with 15 pages that’s used in conjunction with the Lenovo Active Pen 2.
The hybrid laptop comes in two variants with different operating systems; either Android or Windows 10. While it would be great if both were available in one model, Windows 10 is the best option for business with its suite of productivity applications like Office 365. Since Windows 10 is built for tablets too, the Lenovo Yoga Book can be converted into a slate with its world-class hinge system that lets you arrange the hybrid in any position.
However, there are some downsides with the Yoga Book, namely it’s on-screen keyboard. The laptop doesn’t have a traditional keyboard, but rather its second screen turns into a virtual keyboard with a push of a button in laptop mode. While it has some haptic feedback and vibrations when you use it, there’s no substitute for the real thing. But for the laptop’s versatility and price point, the Lenovo Yoga Book is a great solution, especially if you’re looking for a combination laptop, tablet, and digital paper in one device. For less than $500, you can’t really beat that flexibility.
Amazon customer Tdh writes:

“Outside the box this combo tablet halo keyboard. Works well for what I need and I find the note taking whether on paper or straight to tablet very helpful for records and for fun! Fast, efficient, feels like luxury in your hands. I’ve had mine a few months now and definitely no buyers remorse. I bought a black vinyl skin to protect the finish and a felt case. The other case I bought was too bulky and I couldn’t fold it into tablet mode. I think this is the best way. I even put one of the screen protectors on the keyboard, a few bubbles but it still works very well and I don’t have to worry about scratches if I sketch directly on the pad.”

The Lenovo Yoga Book goes for $499.99 on Amazon.

Best design

The Good

Ease of use • Stylish and powerfully fast • True tone display

The Bad

Controversial keyboard design • Expensive • Give or take TouchBar • You have to buy a dongle for older expansion ports

The Bottom Line

If you’re an iPhone user, then the Apple MacBook Pro is the laptop for you. The machine perfectly integrates with MacOS and iOS, which makes for a seamless experience. With its 10-hour battery life, you’ll have juice and power for most of the day before you need to recharge. Make no mistake about it, the Apple MacBook Pro is still a workhorse and the gold standard.

A stylish and sleek laptop that’s considered the gold standard for professionals and creatives alike.

  • Storage: 128GB/256GB SSD
  • Memory: 8GB
  • Features: two USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), 13.3-inch 2560 x 1600 LED-backlit display with IPS technology display, Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640

Apple is considered the best at making high-end laptops that run their own powerful operating system. The new Apple MacBook Pro continues the tradition with a trusty laptop that just works for any type of work you can throw at it.
In a traditional 9-to-5? The Apple MacBook Pro can run the latest office applications from Microsoft and Google like Office 365 and Google Suite. Do you work in the arts? The laptop can run just about any application from the Adobe Creative Suite with ease. Do you edit video? The machine is powerful enough to render raw 4K video footage in minutes with Apple’s own Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere editing suite. This laptop is a beast, with its Intel Core i5 with Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz processor and Intel Iris Plus Graphics 640 graphics card with 8GB of RAM, which might seem underpowered, but works brilliantly on this machine.
The laptop features Apple’s Touch Bar, a display meant to replace the upper function keys, which is configurable and personalized to whatever applications you need at a moment’s notice. The vivid, backlit Retina Display is clear and crisp across the 13-inch screen.
However, while the Apple MacBook Pro is considered one of the best of the best laptops out there, it does have some shortcoming that might turn people off, namely its lack of ports. The laptop comes with only two USB-C ports. This means you’ll need a dongle to use any of your older peripherals. It might not be a big deal to some people, but considering the high price, it would’ve been nice if Apple included one in the box. 
The Apple MacBook Pro is priced at $1,989.00 on Amazon.

Best PC

The Good

Great design • Brilliant display • Comfortable keyboard • Amazing performance

The Bad

Unflattering webcam • No SD slot • Laptop fans can get loud

The Bottom Line

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is one of the best Windows 10 laptops out there. While it has some flaws with its webcam, the machine is a great alternative to the Apple MacBook Pro with its wonderful display and reliability when it comes to productivity and entertainment.

A total MacBook Pro copycat, the Huawei MateBook X Pro has a sleek and sexy design that will turn heads, while also making it easy to get work done.

  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB
  • Features: one USB 3.0, one USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), one USB-C 3.1, HDMI port, VGA port, 13.9-inch 3K 3,000 x 2,000 LED with touch panel display, Intel Core i7-8550U, Intel UHD Graphics 620, Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics

We are really impressed with the Huawei MateBook X Pro. Yes, it’s an Apple MacBook Pro clone (it even comes in Space Gray), but the laptop is one of the best Windows 10 machines for business and personal use. In fact, it runs Windows 10’s Signature Edition, which means there’s no free trial software or bloatware that you will never use and will only bog down the laptop. It delivers the best and cleanest Windows experience inside of a sleek and sexy design that might actually make you convert from Mac to PC. 
The laptop is one of the most powerful around with its Intel Core i7-8550U processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620 and Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card working together to give you the best performance to get work done (or watch some Netflix to unwind). The machine features an immersive 13.9-inch 3K touchscreen with a resolution of 3,000 x 2,000 in an almost bezel-less display. Moreover, Huawei achieves this 91% screen-to-body ratio with a clever design choice that removes the laptop’s webcam from the top of the display to inside a pop-out in its keyboard. While it’s very astute, it makes for odd viewing angles when in use. It’s a minor flaw, but something that should be pointed out if you are always in video meetings and conference calls.
Overall, the Huawei MateBook X Pro is one of the best laptops for business with its compact and lightweight design at just under three pounds. The laptop also features many ports, including one USB 3.0 port, one USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) port, one USB-C 3.1 port, an HDMI port, and VGA port for presentations. Although it’s battery life is on the average side with up to eight hours of usage time, the laptop is still recommended for travel thanks to its design and durability. The machine  looks really good and will have random people coming up to you to ask “Is that a MacBook Pro running Windows?,” which is not a bad icebreaker or conversation starter for networking and professional mixers.
The Huawei MateBook X Pro starts at $1,169.99 on Amazon.

Best portability

The Good

Lightweight and compact • Powerful performance • Great keyboard and touchpad

The Bad

Webcam placement • Touchscreen is not standard

The Bottom Line

With different configurations, the Dell XPS 13 is built for business in mind, whether you work from home, the office, or on the road. The laptop is refined for ease of use, durability, and outstanding performance.

A stellar laptop that’s designed for business with its ultraportable build and powerful performance with Windows 10 Pro.

  • Storage: 256GB PCIe SSD
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB
  • Features: two USB-C (Thunderbolt 3), one USB-C 3.1, microSD slot, 13.3-inch, Ultra HD 3,840 x 2,160 UltraSharp InfinityEdge display, Intel Core i5-8250U, Intel UHD Graphics 620

The Dell XPS 13 is a powerful laptop that’s designed for business thanks to its ultraportable build and powerful performance with Windows 10 Pro as its operating system. The computer company designed the laptop for people who want to remain productive with its nearly 22 hour battery life (!!!) and suite of productivity applications like Microsoft Office 365 built-in. Rest assured that every app running on the laptop will look great on the Dell XPS 13’s Ultra HD and UltraSharp InfinityEdge at a 3840 x 2160 resolution with an option to go full 4K.
Although Dell placed the laptop’s webcam at the bottom of the display — seriously, why do computer companies keep doing this — at elast it’s centered, rather than off to the side like past models. 
The ultraportable computer is considered the benchmark for business due to its assortment of ports, brilliant display, and performance power with its Intel Core i5-8250U processor and Intel UHD Graphics 620 graphic card working together to deliver a top-notch experience.
Amazon customer Alfa_Q writes:

“I am a programmer and a student. I typically almost always select dark or silver. Black laptops, dark phone cases, dark tablet case, dark modes across all my software, … you get the idea. But this time, I decided to try something new by going with the Rose Gold XPS. If you are debating between the XPS Silver and the XPS Rose Gold, I ultimately recommend the XPS Rose Gold. I have tried both of the variations and I believe that the Rose Gold primarily wins due to the keyboard material which is infinitely better than the XPS Silver for cleaning! It’s awesome design also stands out quite a bit more compared to the XPS Silver due to it’s white keyboard and bezels. Regardless of which variation you select, the New 2018 XPS 13 performs well, small/portable, lightweight. It’s pretty much the ideal student laptop.”

The Dell XPS 13 is priced at $1,412.14 on Amazon.

Best for comfort

The Good

Great design • Excellent performance • Feels wonderful to type • Very good battery life

The Bad

Limited ports • Windows 10 S is limiting • Small trackpad

The Bottom Line

The Surface Laptop is a powerful machine that features a single USB port and a mini DisplayPort for conference room presentations. Its slim body and premium build will turn heads, while the laptop’s nearly 15-hour battery life will get you through the workday with ease.

The Microsoft Surface Laptop is a reliable machine that will keep you focus-oriented and productive during your workday.

  • Storage: 256GB
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB
  • Features: one USB 3.0, mini DisplayPort, 13.5-inch 2256 x 1504 PixelSense display, Intel Core i5, Intel HD Graphics 620

The Microsoft Surface Laptop seems intentionally limited to keep you focused and productive. While this might seem like a bad thing for users who want to use their laptops for everything, this is a very good option for others who just want to get work done with no distractions.
First up, the Surface Laptop is not a touchscreen device like other Microsoft devices, so it will feel like a very traditional experience when you’re doing work. This is a good thing though because the keyboard and trackpad, however small, are a joy to use with accurate navigation and precision keystrokes. 
The laptop is powered with the Intel Core i5 processor with 8GB of RAM out of the box. Microsoft included a sharp 13.5-inch PixelSense display with a resolution of 2256 x 1504. This machine just screams reliability and focus with the Window 10 S operating system, which only allows users to download apps from the Windows Store. If there’s a piece of software you need that’s not available, then you’d have to upgrade to Windows 10 Pro. However, this laptop is still recommended for its design, portability and travel, and impressive battery life of a productive 14.5 hours.
Amazon customer Herman M. writes:

“I am an intense user and the Surface Laptop is the best laptop I owned so far. Upgraded it to Win 10 Pro since I need a wide variety of software on the machine for professional use (Image processing, CAD, etc.). The upgrade was free and easy. The keyboard is very precise and comfortable, allowing for fast typing. Mouse and touch screen very accurate. The display is crisp with natural colors. Processor and SSD performance is ample. Beautiful detail solutions like the power supply plug and the additional USB charging port in the power supply add to the appeal. And the design is clean, minimalist, beautiful. I hope I will have this laptop for a very long time!”

The Microsoft Surface Laptop starts at $715.00 on Amazon.

Best for work in the field

The Good

It’s very durable • Very good battery life • Bright display • Comfy keyboard

The Bad

Touchpad needs to work better with Windows 10 • Expensive • Bulky and heavy

The Bottom Line

The Dell Latitude 7212 is a reliable workhorse that’s battle tested for extreme jobs and the worst conditions on the planet. While the laptop is pricey and thick, it’s a powerful machine that runs Windows 10 Pro for all your work needs.

The Dell Latitude 7212 is built for rugged environments and extreme durability on the job. While you might not be able to take it to the boardroom, the laptop is capable of completing tasks at a construction site, the dock, and in the field.

  • Storage: 128GB/256GB SSD
  • Memory: 8GB/16GB
  • Features: two USB 3.0, one USB-C, microSD slot, 11.6-inch, 1920 x 1080 Full HD LCD WLED touchscreen display, Intel Core i5-7300U, Intel HD Graphics 620

The Dell Latitude 7212 is built for rugged environments and extreme durability on the job. While it might be too big and bulky for the boardroom, the laptop is more than capable of completing tasks at a construction site, the dock, and in the field — no matter the rough conditions. Dell designed the laptop to withstand essentially any weather condition, like miserable rain, extreme heat or ice cold, and unforgiving sandstorms, while making the Dell Latitude 7212 tough enough to survive a four-foot drop at any angle.
The waterproof laptop features an 11.6-inch full HD touch display with a resolution at 1920 x 1080 that can even be used if you’re wearing thick gloves or in the rain, while its Intel Core i5-7300U processor is powerful enough to help you complete your daily tasks and provide you with up-to-the-minute information while you’re in the field. The five-pound laptop works with a durable keyboard and tough cover, along with Dell’s Active Stylus Pen (sold separately). 
The Dell Latitude 7212 is a great choice for businesses that aren’t exclusively based in an office setting. If you’re an architect at a construction site, a police officer on the beat, or an Army  soldier on the frontlines, then this is a dependable and tough laptop that you can take in any rough condition to get work done. 
The Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme is priced at $1,993.73 at Walmart.

Why Computer Software Firms Rate As Top Artificial Intelligence Stocks

Investors looking for top artificial intelligence stocks should focus on computer software vendors Salesforce.com (CRM), Splunk (SPLK), Zendesk (ZEN), Appian (APPN) and Twilio (TWLO), because they can move quickly to improve existing products by layering on AI tools, says an analyst.

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William Blair analyst Bhavan Suri also includes Amazon.com (AMZN) in his list of artificial intelligence stocks. Amazon utilizes AI in consumer-facing products such as smart Echo-branded home speakers. It also uses AI in cloud computing services.

Suri estimates the value-added AI software market will grow to $15.07 billion by 2020, up from $1.56 billion last year.

“It is still early to gauge which companies can best leverage machine learning to create new revenue opportunities,” Suri said in a note to clients. “In our coverage universe we tend to favor a few application vendors, including Amazon, Appian, Salesforce, Splunk, Twilio, and Zendesk. Still, we expect AI to be an important aspect of the story for other vendors we cover, such as Alteryx (AYX), HubSpot (HUBS), and Tableau Software (DATA).”

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He says in other markets companies need to build AI products from scratch.

How AI Works

AI involves computer algorithms — software programs that aim to mimic the human ability to learn, interpret patterns, and make predictions.

“Since these technologies can be used in many different applications and industries, we expect AI to ultimately take the form of both a feature in enterprise software applications and as stand-alone products,” added Suri. “We expect AI as a feature to be more prominent, because application vendors should be able to quickly build associated capabilities directly into their existing offerings.”

While Suri follows software firms, chip makers such as Nvidia (NVDA) are also among the top AI stocks to watch.

Amid a broad sell-off in technology stocks this week, many computer software firms have taken a licking. The software sector trades at a high multiple to estimated revenue growth. That’s one financial metric analysts watch.

Salesforce.com, though, is holding up better than most enterprise software stocks. Salesforce.com still trades above its 50-day-moving average.

Splunk, a database and security software firm, has dipped below its 50-day line. So has Zendesk, a provider of customer-support software.

Salesforce.com closed up 1.4% to 135.12 on the stock market today. Amazon rose 2.5% to 1,701.45.

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On Computers: How to ramp up safety for your cellphone

Users and Apple say the iPhone is the safest smartphone out there, but you can make it safer still.

Start with the log-on. Do you use a fingerprint? You should. Joy initially had difficulties getting her Android phone to recognize her index finger. The solution was to use more fingers. Now she uses her middle finger to get into the phone, and this one rarely misses. (No comments, please.) If you have an iPhone X, you can use your face instead of a fingerprint. It’s rumored that all iPhones coming out this fall will have “Face ID.” It’s inevitable.

What about a hacker breaking into your iCloud account on the web? It’s a good idea to set up “two-factor identification.” If you Google that phrase, along with “iPhone,” (or Android if that’s what you use), you can find simple instructions for setting it up. With two-factor ID, you’ll need a code that was just emailed, phoned or texted to you as well as your password, whenever you’re logging on from a new machine. This stops the bad guy or girl in their tracks.

There is a device called “GrayKey,” which its maker claims can crack any iPhone password or code. It comes in two versions, one for $15,000 and one for $30,000, used by some police departments and presumably some government agencies. An Israeli firm, “Cellebrite,” will crack a cellphone code for you for $5,000 a pop. That’s plus airfare, because you have to bring the phone to Israel.

If it’s installing phone apps you’re worried about, try the free Malwarebytes mobile app for iPhone or Android, which blocks anything suspicious. In our test, it tagged an app called “Lost Android,” so we removed it. If we ever lose our phone and it isn’t in range of Alexa or our Google Home speaker, either of which can make our phone ring to announce its location or its address, we can go to MyAccount.Google.com and click “find my phone.”

A $12-a-year version of Malwarebytes’ mobile app can screen and block scam calls and texts. It can also unlock your phone if you’re a victim of “ransomware.” In a ransomware attack, you’re asked to pay a sum of money to get your phone unlocked, but Malwarebyes can do that for you for no extra charge. You get a 30-day free trial of this premium version when you download the free version.

Book shout

Joy has a bookstore habit and buys more books than she reads. A free app called “BookShout” fixes that.

BookShout sets a daily goal for you, with a progress bar that moves along as you’re reading a book. After reading just 1,000 words, Joy got a congratulatory email. After 5,000 words, she received 50 cents in BookShout bucks. The first day, she ranked 1,535 among her friends, but quickly moved up to 534 a few days later. It’s all so gratifying, she might just finish a book called “Only Humans Need Apply,” which chronicles the rise of robots. (These robots can also read books, though their reviews are somewhat mechanical.)

To start, either download the app from the app store onto your phone, or go to bookshout.com to read books on your computer. We compared Bookshout’s e-book prices with Amazon’s and found them to be identical. BookShout also has a category called “free books.”

Though some reviewers have balked at reading books inside anything other than the Amazon Kindle app, Joy likes seeing the progress bar move along towards the daily goal. You can switch from one book to another and still get credit for reading. If you don’t like getting congratulatory emails, you can turn those off.

Internuts

• AffordableCollegesOnline.org ranks online programs at a huge variety of colleges, from state schools to the Ivy League.

• MrOwl.com lets you save your favorite websites to a page that others can see. If they like your collections or you like theirs, you can “heart” them. We clicked “history” and learned that a Union commander in the Civil War issued orders freeing the slaves in South Carolina, Florida and Georgia, though this was well beyond his authority. The orders were rescinded by President Lincoln 10 days later.

Recovering photos on your iPhone

We don’t own an iPhone, but the site Comparitech.com gave us some good tips for recovering photos from one.

First, open the Photos app on your iPhone. Look at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen and tap “Albums.” Scroll down and look at “Recently Deleted,” which has all the photos you deleted in the last 30 days. Your lost photo might be there. Now tap “Select” in the upper right and choose the photos you want back. Then tap “Recover.”

Next, try logging on to iCloud.com. Your photos may have been automatically backed up there. Tap “Photos” to see everything saved. If your storage is full, use the iTunes app to back up your photos to your computer. If you’ve done this regularly, you can recover any lost photo. Even easier: Download the free “Google Photos” app. It will automatically back up any photos you’ve taken with your phone. Google Photos gives you unlimited storage space if you are willing to limit photo resolution to 16 megapixels and video resolution to 1080p. If you store at higher resolutions, it counts against your Google Drive quota of 15 gigabytes.

The numbers report

Google has 31 percent of the world’s digital ad market, according to research firm eMarketer, generating $85 billion in revenue. Facebook is second, with 18 percent. Google also owns YouTube and gets another $9.13 billion in ad revenue from there.

Hey Google!

If you have the “Google Home” speaker, you no longer have to say “Hey Google,” every time you want its attention. If eight seconds or less have passed since your last question, you can just ask a follow-up, which doesn’t have to be related to the first one.

But first you have to set this up. Go to the Google Home app on your phone. Look for the three stacked lines called the “hamburger icon” or the word “menu.” Tap it, then tap “more settings.” Tap “preferences” and turn on “continued conversation.” While you’re there, tap “Getting Around” and tell Google how you usually get around – car, public transportation, walking, biking, jet pack, etc. The next time you ask for directions, the Google assistant will tailor her response to your preferred mode of movement.

Hands on with Alienware m15: The thinnest 15-inch Alienware laptop ever made

Alienware’s beefy gaming laptops have never been known to be thin, but that’s about to change. The new Alienware m15 introduced Thursday is a whopping 17 percent thinner and 30 percent smaller than the current 15-inch Alienware laptop. 

Pricing of the new Alienware m15 wasn’t immediately available, but it’s likely to be in the same range as its thicker relative’s going rate. Much will depend on what’s inside when it goes on sale October 25.

Why this matters: Gaming laptops are the last bastion of hulking, fire-breathing, theoretically portable PCs. But thin is in, even with gamers, and new generations of CPU and GPU have made slimmer performance laptops possible. Alienware’s m15 is just the latest to get the Biggest Loser makeover, while maintaining a decent amount of gaming cred. 

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The slimmer, trimmer Alienware m15

Size is the first difference you’ll notice with the Alienware m15. While the current Alienware 15 R4 is about 15.3 x 12 x 1 inches, the new Alienware m15 is 14.3 x 10.8 x 0.8 inches—significantly trimmer all around.

Once you pick it up, the weight difference will hit you like a brick. The current Alienware 15 R4 weighs in at about 7.7 pounds, while the new Alienware m15 cuts the weight down to 4.76 pounds. (This standard clay brick from Home Depot weighs 5 pounds.) What’s crazier is that the current Alienware 13, with a 13.3-inch screen, actually weighs more than the new m15, with its 15.6-inch screen.

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The new Alienware m15 is drastically smaller and lighter than previous versions.

The cost of less weight

Let’s remember, though, that much of the bulk in the Alienware 15 R4 also helps to handle the heat. While the current Alienware 15 R4 can be outfitted with Intel’s 8th-gen Core i9 and a Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, the m15 has to dial it back a little.

The fastest CPU available in the Alienware m15 is Intel’s 8th-gen, 6-core Core i7-8750H. The only graphics options are Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q or a GeForce GTX 1060.

Ports

For ports, Alienware includes three USB Type A (5Gbps) ports, an HDMI 2.0 port, miniDisplay Port 1.3, Noble Lock Port, Thunderbolt 3, charging port, Gigabit ethernet, and Alienware’s Amplifier port.

Those last two are noteworthy. The Killer Networks (using Intel hardware) Gigabit ethernet is especially welcome. Super-thin 15-inch gaming laptops from competitors MSI, Asus and Razer have all dropped Gigabit ethernet.

The proprietary Alienware Amplifier port is likely to be greeted with less joy. The Alienware Amplifier (read about it here) was the first successful external graphics cabinet to catch on. While many screamed about its proprietary interface, that’s what it took to make it work nearly four years ago.

Thunderbolt 3 external graphics has only really worked for about the last 18 months. Alienware said its laptops should work fine with either Thunderbolt 3 external graphics or with the Amplifier. The Amplifier actually still has the advantage in supporting more drivers on launch, and it’s also pretty affordable (we found it for $159 on Amazon.)

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The sexy red Alienware m15 will be sexy in only one market. Alienware said it has plans to sell the red version only in China right now.

Storage

Storage options don’t change much in the new Alienware m15 compared to its thicker 15 R4 cousin, but it differs from the competition. While Asus, MSI, Gigabyte, and Razer have all shifted exclusively to M.2 options (either one or two slots), the new Alienware m15 jams in a 2.5-inch drive bay and an M.2 slot.

Display

The display marks a bigger different in the Alienware m15 compared to the 15 R4. While the thicker 15 R4 offers everything from 1080p to 4K, with and without G-Sync support, the new m15 is limited to 1080p/60Hz, 1080p/144Hz, and 3840×2160/60Hz. None offer G-sync support. 

RIP, RGB

The most missed feature on the m15 compared to the 15 R4 may be the RGB strips along the top and the RGB back-lit trackpad. In the Alienware m15, RGB is strictly limited to six different zones on the keyboard.

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