Thursday, 22 August 2019

How to use Microsoft To-Do to keep track of your professional and personal tasks

An effective to-do app can help you keep track of your tasks for work and for your personal life. Some to-do apps include Google Tasks, Todoist, Wunderlist, Any.DO, and Toodledo. One program worth trying is Microsoft To-Do.

Accessible from the web, Windows, iOS, and Android, the free Microsoft To-Do app lets you set up each task with a due date, reminder, note, and other attributes. You can add multiple steps to a single task, organize your tasks into different lists, and share your lists with other people. And by signing in with your Microsoft Account, you're able to sync your tasks among your computers and mobile devices.

In the name of love: Ten profound U2 lyrics about Christian faith

Apparently, it's not very cool to like U2 (Actually U2 are one of my fave bands!). As with every band that's been around for several decades, their ageing members – and fan base – means they've become referred to as 'veterans' who many think should have hung up the guitars a long time ago. Whatever your view of them however, it's hard to deny that they've made a massive contribution to popular music – and in more recent years thanks to the strong Christian faith of lead singer Bono, to wider and more important areas of our culture.

That faith has consistently been the driving force behind the band's songwriting, and as a result their back catalogue is laced with incredible lyrics about God, Jesus, faith and doubt. Here are just ten examples of how the band have addressed Christian spirituality directly in their songs over the years, and no doubt inspired millions of people along the way.

Here is my favourite U2 song: "40". This track really speaks to me: of my beginnings, and what the Lord has done for me. Thank you Jesus!

Coming soon: the Sonos Move. A Bluetooth-enabled wireless speaker that can be used flexibly

The Sonos Move Wireless Speaker, according to previous reports, is slightly larger than a Sonos One, but should provide about a similar performance. The special feature here is that the new wireless speaker can be used by the owner both as part of a home network, as well as a mobile Bluetooth speaker. For the first time integrated Sonos for the appropriate BT functionality, because so far, all Sonos speakers only wirelessly. 

As the marketing images show, the Sonos Move is visually in the usual design of current Sonos products held. It has six microphones to operate voice assistants and, in addition, has built-in buttons for controlling audio playback and volume on the surface of Bluetooth speakers. LEDs indicate the connection status and the charge level. 

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 End of Support

It’s incredible how much and how rapidly technology evolves. Microsoft’s server technology is no exception. We entered the 2008 release cycle with a shift from 32-bit to 64-bit computing, the early days of server virtualization and advanced analytics. Fast forward a decade, and we find ourselves in a full-blown era of hybrid cloud computing with exciting innovation in data, artificial intelligence, and more.

I want to thank our customers for choosing SQL Server and Windows Server to run their business and trusting Microsoft to be their technology partner. I would also like to make sure we support our customers in getting ready for the future and taking maximum advantage of today’s technologies. End of support is quickly approaching for these popular 2008 releases:

Extended Support for SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2019.

Extended Support for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 will end on January 14, 2020.

End of support means the end of regular security updates. With cyberattacks becoming more sophisticated and frequent, running apps and data on unsupported versions can create significant security and compliance risks. The 2008 family of products was great for its time, but we highly recommend upgrading to the most current versions for better performance, efficiency, and regular security updates.

Are you running Server 2008 or SQL 2008 in your business? It's important to keep up to date to protect your data & your company. Contact Donline to discuss options and migration planning.

He tried to prank the DMV with the vanity license plate "NULL". Don't try this at home kids!

Everyone hates parking tickets. Not everyone, however, is an information security researcher with a mischievous side and a freshly minted vanity license plate reading "NULL."

That would be Droogie (his handle, if that's not obvious), a presenter at this year's DEF CON hacking conference in Las Vegas and man with a very specific problem: He's on the receiving end of thousands of dollars worth of tickets that aren't his. But don't tell that to the DMV.

It wasn't, of course, supposed to end up this way. In fact, exactly the opposite. Droogie registered a vanity California license plate consisting solely of the word "NULL" —  which in programming is a term for no specific value — for fun. And, he admitted to laughs, on the off chance it would confuse automatic license plate readers and the DMV's ticketing system. 

"I was like, 'I’m gonna be invisible. Instead, I got all the tickets."

Friday, 9 August 2019

Symantec Announces Sale of Enterprise Security Assets for $10.7 Billion to Broadcom

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Enterprise Security assets, which include the Symantec name, to Broadcom Inc. (NASDAQ: AVGO), for $10.7 billion in cash. The transaction, which was approved by Symantec’s Board of Directors, is expected to close before the end of the calendar year pending regulatory approvals.

“Symantec has a long history of offering unparalleled cyber technology,” said Daniel H. Schulman, Chairman of the Symantec Board of Directors. “It is a testament to our market leadership and dedication to the mission of making the world a safer place, that Broadcom has chosen Symantec’s Enterprise Security assets to expand their reach into cyber security. By unlocking value from Enterprise Security, we are significantly advancing our ongoing transformation strategy and positioning our consumer cyber safety business, Norton LifeLock, for success.”

“This is a transformative transaction that should maximize immediate value to our shareholders while maintaining ownership in a pure play consumer cyber safety business with predictability, growth and strong consistent profitability. In addition it allows the Enterprise Security business to grow and compete on an enterprise platform with a worldwide sales and distribution reach which can service our existing customers,” said Rick Hill, Interim President and CEO. He added, “It also allows our Norton LifeLock business, a world recognized leader in consumer and small business cyber safety to operate independently and give investors a clear understanding of the growth opportunity and strong financial performance.”

Huawei announces its new Harmony operating system

Huawei has announced it is developing a new operating system called HarmonyOS.

There had been speculation that Huawei was planning to replace the Android operating system which powers its smartphones and tablets.

In May, Google suspended the company's Android licence after the US government put Huawei on a trade blacklist.

However, Huawei said HarmonyOS would first be used in devices such as smart speakers and watches, rather than replacing Android in its phones.

"HarmonyOS is completely different from Android and iOS," said Huawei's Richard Yu, who announced the project at the Huawei Developer Conference in Dongguan, China.

So that's Huawei designed & manufactured hardware & OS.
I'll give it a miss thanks & stick with Sony Mobile - I'm currently rocking a Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - spot on & SECURE...

Behold The Man! A new production from the folks at Havant Passion Play. 17 & 18 Aug 2019

This weekend Havant Passion Plays will be taking over Havant Park to perform their newest play Behold The Man, with a cast drawn from churches around the Havant area. In previous years these plays have been drawn huge crowds, presenting the gospel with excellent production and enthusiastic performances, and provide an excellent opportunity to engage in conversations about the relevance of faith and the life of the church in our communities.

Having a large, supportive audience makes a huge difference to those performing, and acts as a draw to passers-by, so we’re working with Havant Passion Plays to help get the word out and invite as many people to come as possible.

Everyone is welcome to come, and you are encouraged to bring chairs and/or picnic blankets (and picnics!) so you can enjoy the performance comfortably.

August 2019 - in Havant Park, Hampshire.
Saturday 17th - Noon & 3pm:
Sunday 18th - 3pm.
Entrance is free - please bring something to sit on.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, 8 August 2019

Microsoft finds Russia-backed attacks that exploit IoT devices

The STRONTIUM hacking group, which has been strongly linked by security researchers to Russia’s GRU military intelligence agency, was responsible for an IoT-based attack on unnamed Microsoft customers, according to the company - a blog post from the company’s security response center issued Monday.

Microsoft said in a blog that the attack, which it discovered in April, targeted three specific IoT devices - a VoIP phone, a video decoder and a printer (the company declined to specify the brands) - and used them to gain access to unspecified corporate networks. Two of the devices were compromised because nobody had changed the manufacturer’s default password, and the other one hadn’t had the latest security patch applied.

Devices compromised in this way acted as back doors to secured networks, allowing the attackers to freely scan those networks for further vulnerabilities, access additional systems, and gain more and more information. The attackers were also seen investigating administrative groups on compromised networks, in an attempt to gain still more access, as well as analyzing local subnet traffic for additional data.

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Windows 7 to 10 migration starts to kick into high gear

A month after Windows users took a break from dumping Windows 7 for Windows 10, in July they put shoulders to various wheels and ... shoved.

According to web metrics vendor Net Applications, Windows 7's share of all personal computers plunged precipitously last month, falling 3.6 percentage points - the second-largest amount in a single month for the aged OS - to end July at 31.8%. Meanwhile, Windows 7's portion of only those PCs running Windows also plummeted, falling to 36%, a number not seen since late 2011 when the operating system was barely two years old and busily nibbling away at Windows XP.

(The second number is larger than the first because Windows does not power every PC; in July, Windows ran 88.5% of the world's machines. All but a tiny fraction of the rest ran macOS, Linux or Chrome OS.)

At the same time, Windows 10's share jumped by 3.1 percentage points to 48.9% of all personal computers and 55.2% of those running Windows. The monthly increase was the second-largest ever for Windows 10 (first place went to March 2019), while both percentages were records for the OS.

Still running Windows 7? End Of Support is 14th January 2020!
Time is running out to plan for upgrades or replacement systems.
Contact Donline to get the wheels in motion.

Waterlooville Summer Fete: Sunday 18th August 2019, 11am - 3pm Jubilee Park, Waterlooville, PO7 6AW

Lots of fun for all the family!

Free children’s activities, mobile farm , circus workshops, laser tag, ktroo, zorb, giant dartboard, tony spaghetti, games, dog show, full arena program, classic cars,  funfair, food, bungee trampoline, carriage rides, bouncy castles, over 50 stalls and much more!

Hope to see you there!

Sunday, 4 August 2019

I love motorcycles & BBQing, but how to combine them?...

Here’s Indian’s motorcycle with onboard BBQ!

So you’re going to the Sturgis Rally this year (big rally in America with loads of Harleys, Indians… that sort of thing…) and you want to make the hungry hipster statement so that you get noticed amongst the beards, tattoos and cloth caps.

What do you do? How about fitting a working BBQ to the side of an Indian Springfield Darkhorse?

Yeah, that’ll do it. Apparently this bit of metal for cooking meat is a Traeger Ironwood 885 wood-fried thing that can hold 10 whole chicken or seven racks of ribs.

Monday, 29 July 2019

Ransomware attacks on UK businesses soar 195%

The UK has been the biggest target for ransomware attacks for the first half of 2019 with the number rising 195%, as compared to the 59% reduction in attacks of the same kind in 2018, it has been claimed.

SonicWall, which authored the report, said the number of recorded attacks sits at 6.4 million for the first half of the year and has been largely attributed to the growing preference of criminals for ransomware as a service (RaaS), as well as open-source malware kits becoming cheaper and more readily available online.

"Globally, cybercriminals continue to pivot toward new tactics and that's bad news because ransomware-as-a-service allows less programming-skilled actors into the malware game, and some targets are twice-victimised," said Bill Conner, SonicWall CEO.

Friday, 26 July 2019

Quantum Supremacy Is Coming: Here’s What You Should Know

Quantum computers will never fully replace “classical” ones like the device you’re reading this article on. They won’t run web browsers, help with your taxes, or stream the latest video from Netflix.

What they will do - what’s long been hoped for, at least - will be to offer a fundamentally different way of performing certain calculations. They’ll be able to solve problems that would take a fast classical computer billions of years to perform. They’ll enable the simulation of complex quantum systems such as biological molecules, or offer a way to factor incredibly large numbers, thereby breaking long-standing forms of encryption.

The threshold where quantum computers cross from being interesting research projects to doing things that no classical computer can do is called “quantum supremacy.” Many people believe that Google’s quantum computing project will achieve it later this year. In anticipation of that event, we’ve created this guide for the quantum-computing curious. It provides the information you’ll need to understand what quantum supremacy means, and whether it’s really been achieved...

Thursday, 25 July 2019

Ebola in DRC: Chance for Childhood's Appeal

For almost a year, the Ebola outbreak has been devastating the North Kivu region of DRC. In the last month, it’s got even worse. Ebola has now reached Goma, a city of over one million – putting even more lives at risk. There is also a very high chance that Ebola will spread to neighbouring Rwanda. There have already been three cases in Uganda and the World Health Organisation has now declared it Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

Please donate today to help ensure that 3,000 vulnerable children in the Democratic Republic of Congo can urgently access life-saving prevention measures against Ebola (e.g. Ebola education campaign, soap, water).

Synology urges all users to take immediate action to protect data from ransomware attack

TAIPEI, Taiwan - July 23, 2019 Synology recently found that several users were under a ransomware attack, where admins' credentials were stolen by brute-force login attacks, and their data was encrypted as a result. We investigated and found that the causes of these attacks were due to dictionary attacks instead of specific system vulnerabilities. This large-scale attack was targeted at various NAS models from different vendors; therefore we strongly recommend users check network and account settings to protect data from ransomware.

"We believe this is an organized attack. After an intensive investigation into this matter, we found that the attacker used botnet addresses to hide the real source IP," said Ken Lee, Manager of Security Incident Response Team at Synology Inc. "After collecting admin account passwords with brute-force attacks, the attack was launched on July 19 and caught users off guard. We therefore informed TWCERT/CC and CERT/CC immediately of this matter in hopes of accelerating the collaborative efforts to resolve this incident."

Since this attack is not related to system security vulnerabilities, it is recommended that Synology users utilize built-in network and account management settings to enhance system security level, preventing malicious attacks from the Internet.

"We urge all Synology users to take immediate action to protect their NAS from the ransomware attack," said Hewitt Lee, Director of Product Management at Synology Inc. "Users' data security is always our priority. For those who are not using Synology NAS, we still recommend you take corresponding actions to protect your precious data."

Synology are a great company with fantastic NAS devices. However, any piece of IT is only as secure as it's weakest link. Use a trivial password & expect to lose control of your device and data! ALWAYS use complex passwords & never reuse passwords!

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Reading for today: religion -or- a life of faith?

The word religion is extremely rare in the New Testament or the writings of mystics. The reason is simple. Those attitudes and practices to which we give the collective name of religion are themselves concerned with religion hardly at all. To be religious is to have one’s attention fixed on God and on one’s neighbor in relation to God. Therefore, almost by definition, a religious man, or a man when he is being religious, is not thinking about religion; he hasn’t the time. Religion is what we (or he himself at a later moment) call his activity from outside.

Monday, 22 July 2019

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MCN reviews the Harley-Davidson Livewire

On paper the Harley-Davidson Livewire electric motorbike may appear heavy, lacking battery range and short on power and torque, but riding it tells a different story. It accelerates with the ferocity of a superbike, sounds like a fighter jet and even throbs like a pounding heartbeat at a standstill.

It has an un-Harley-like passion for corners, is well-built, comfortable, smooth and easy to ride. It’ll keep going for longer than some sportsbikes and takes an hour to fully fast-charge. It’s expensive, lacks a petrol engine’s drama and will never please the purist, but if this is the future we’ll all have to face one day, things really won’t be so bad.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

A prayer to mark 50 years since the moon landing

The Church of England is marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with the publication of a special prayer, as events take place around the world to celebrate the event.

The prayer, which is being shared on social media, speaks of man’s drive to “explore the mysteries of creation” and the need to cherish our world.

O God, 
who made the universe and all that is in it
we thank you for the skills and talents
that enable us to explore the mysteries of creation. 
Give us the will to cherish all that you have made, 
and to use the riches of our own world
for the good of all, 
through Jesus Christ our Lord

Friday, 19 July 2019

First meal on the moon: how Buzz Aldrin took communion (and why NASA hushed it up)

Almost everyone knows Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first people to stand on the moon. Almost everyone knows what Armstrong said: 'That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind.' But how many know what Buzz Aldrin did before they stepped out on to the moon's surface? 

Aldrin was a convinced Christian and an elder at Webster Presbyterian Church, Houston, Texas. Before the flight he had wondered about how to mark the landing. He wrote in an article for Guideposts magazine in 1970 that his pastor Dean Woodruff had told him 'God reveals himself in the common elements of everyday life' – like bread and wine. Woodruff gave him a silver chalice to take with him on the flight, and there was just enough gravity for him to be able to pour the wine from a plastic container. 

He wrote in Guideposts: 'In the one-sixth gravity of the moon the wine curled slowly and gracefully up the side of the cup. It was interesting to think that the very first liquid ever poured on the moon, and the first food eaten there, were communion elements.'

He also read from John 15.5: 'I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit, for you can do nothing without me.'

Before he took communion, he radioed back to NASA: 'I would like to request a few moments of silence. I would like to invite each person listening in, wherever and whomever he may be, to contemplate for a moment the events of the past few hours and to give thanks in his own individual way.' NASA kept quiet about what he was actually doing, though. It was bruised by the activities of atheist campaigner Madalyn Murray O'Hair, who had fought a series of court battles – all of which she lost – against it because the crew of a previous mission, Apollo 8, had read out the creation story from Genesis during their orbit. She thought it violated the constitutional division between church and state. 

The Bible and the moon have a lot more history besides all that, though. Three hundred microfilmed King James Versions were carried on the Apollo 14 mission at the instigation of the Apollo Prayer League, 100 of which went down to the moon in the lunar module with astronaut Edgar Mitchell. 

There's also a paper Bible still on the moon; it's on the dashboard of an abandoned lunar rover and was left there by Apollo 15 astronaut David Scott.

Author: Mark Woods, 20 July 2019

Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Slashdot poll: what web browser do techies use?

A web browser (commonly referred to as a browser) is a software application for accessing information on the World Wide Web. Each individual web page, image, and video is identified by a distinct Uniform Resource Locator (URL), enabling browsers to retrieve these resources from a web server and display them on a user's device.

As of March 2019, more than 4.3 billion people use a browser, which is about 55% of the world’s population. The most popular browsers are Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, and Edge.

Slashdot is one of the most popular sites for techies. This poll gives some indication of what web browser us techies use. BTW - I use Chrome most of the time, then Edge & Firefox for testing. 

Real vs fake motorcycle crash helmets

Fake helmets are always a hot topic, especially when the fakes are becoming increasingly harder to distinguish from genuine helmets. It’s recommended that you always purchase your motorcycle crash helmets from recommended retailers with an approved SHARP rating.

Research conducted by SHARP found that up to 50 lives could be saved if motorcyclists wore the safest helmets available to them.

In recent years there was been a massive crack down on those who have been dealing with selling fake helmets. Not only is it illegal but it could seriously impact a riders life if there were to be any injury from a crash.

Although there are currently no plans for SHARP to begin testing other motorcycle garments such as leathers, jackets and boots, or that there is any other organisation testing these materials either, it would make for interesting findings if they were.

A recent survey conducted by Devitt Insurance found that 96% of motorcyclists would continue to wear a helmet even if it wasn’t necessary by law.

If the deal sounds too good to be true - it usually is... These things are life savers - not fashion accessories! Don't take the risk: buy a decent lid from a "bona fides" retailer such as my two favourites: Infinity Motorcycles & Motolegends

Monday, 15 July 2019

But my files are saved in "The Cloud". Oh no they aren't!

From a great article on The Register - about people taking responsibility (or lack thereof) for their own data & files:

...The user began the demonstration, fired up Word, and "started typing... and then promptly closed Word (ignoring the 'Are you sure?' prompt)."

Jason queried the user: "Why didn't you save the file?"

"Why do I need to do that?"

"Because you have to – if you don't save the file then... you haven't saved the file."

"I don't have to – it's in The Cloud."

"OK, where in The Cloud is it?"

"How should I know? We were told that everything would get saved in The Cloud."

Erm... The moral of this story, is save, save & save again. 
Oh, and backup as well!

Microsoft changes terms to convert "valued partners" to cash cows!

The upcoming changes to the Microsoft Partner Network taking effect from the 1st of August is a war on Microsoft Partners and those who have been loyal to the company. Here are the changes summarised:

From July 1st 2020: Microsoft will be updating the terms of use for product licenses to remove the internal use association for partners. This means the applications you where previously allowed to use in your business as part of your membership will now have to be purchased under commercial arrangements. Changes to IUR (July 1st 2020):

From August 1st 2019: Microsoft is retiring the on-premises product support incidents currently included with Silver and Gold competencies and in the Microsoft Action Pack, effective when partners renew their existing competency or subscription beginning August 2019. Changes to Partner Support Incidents (August 1st 2019):

From October 1st 2019: The core product licenses included with competencies will be specific to the competency you attain. Meaning core products which where previously part of all memberships we now have to pay for in full. For some partners this is going to cost them thousands of dollars a month extra. Example of this is Microsoft Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement which a lot of IT companies now use as part of their business. To ask a company using 15 x Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement licenses to now pay $160 each for them doesn’t sit right. That’s $2400 a month you now have to start paying if you where using 15 x Dynamics 365 Customer Engagement licenses under Small and Mid Market Cloud Competency. Changes to Core Benefits (October 1st 2019):

This is really shabby Microsoft! Your partners have helped to build you to be one of the biggest companies on the planet. So how do you reward them? By using them as a cash cow! Fortunately I stopped using the Internal Use Rights some time ago & pay commercial rates for the services that Donline uses. However this is going to hit some fellow Microsoft partners hard.

UPDATE: from The RegisterMicrosoft tells resellers: 'We listened to you, and we have acted'. Software-snatcher backs down on licence plans. HORRAY!

The modern Web is like Black Mirror, says Tim Berners-Lee

Nastiness, misogyny and hate speech” are pushing us towards a dystopian future, says Web founder Tim Berners-Lee has said today's World Wide Web is heading towards a dystopian vision, characterised by the TV series Black Mirror.

Berners-Lee, who was speaking at OpenText's Enterprise World event in Toronto, invented the web 30 years ago.

Comparing today with the early days of the web, he said: "It's not just we've lost all the value of the content; we've lost the spirit that everybody is creating this together, we need to we need to get that back.

"We have issues with nastiness, with misogyny, with hate speech and free speech, and the right to be able to say what you like, pushing against people's need to be respected on the web."

He continued: "If you need a sign of the Zeitgeist, measure the fact that Black Mirror is a thing. There is a TV series based on a completely different dysfunction of humanity."

Berners-Lee described social media platforms like Facebook as "well-intentioned, well-designed systems" but "after the analysis comes in, many, many years later, they realise that a social network does enable people to keep up with the family, but it also polarises people".

Friday, 12 July 2019

Video: God’s Wonderful Animals

There are at least six million species of animals and each is a masterpiece of biological design, engineering and artistry.

Reflect upon the brilliance of God’s creative power in this unforgettable celebration of life on Earth.

Praise the Lord from the earth,
    you creatures of the ocean depths,
fire and hail, snow and clouds,
    wind and weather that obey him,
mountains and all hills,
    fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all livestock,
    small scurrying animals and birds,
kings of the earth and all people,
    rulers and judges of the earth,
young men and young women,
    old men and children.

Calli has just had a brilliant summer trim!

Calli was struggling in the heat: looking like a mini Old English Sheepdog!
But as always Pam has worked her magic, & Calli is a much happier pup!

Tinnitus: Warning for music fans attending concerts

Young music lovers are being warned about the dangers of loud noise at concerts and festivals which could cause permanent hearing damage.

About one in 10 people in the UK have tinnitus and Cardiff-based audiologist Sonja Jones said it was important to wear hearing protection at loud events.

She said ear plugs - offered by many venues - were seen as "uncool" by some.

Musician Nathaniel Ernest, 26, from Cardiff, struggled to sleep after getting tinnitus when he was 18.

He and a friend went to a gig in 2011 - neither wore ear plugs and both came out with ringing in their ears.

Mr Ernest said he had ringing in his ears after gigs and nights out before, but it always went away. This time it didn't.

Yup, that's me. Too much rock n roll, and motorcycling (wind noise) has left me with tinnitusIt's pretty much always there but gets worse at times. If I go to a very loud gig, I can end up with ringing in my ears for a day afterwards! I bought a pair of Senner MotoPro for use on the bike - which work pretty well & attenuating the harmful frequencies out, while are fairly comfortable to wear. I suspect their cousins: Senner MusicPro might end up in the Amazon basket before long...

Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The laptop formerly known as Toshiba: Dynabook!

Dynabook Europe has announced two new laptops, the Portégé X30-F and the Tecra X40-F, to mark ‘dynabook Day’, which celebrates 30 years of dynabook heritage.

The devices are the first to be dynabook-branded in Europe following the rebrand of Toshiba’s computer business in April of this year.

The new laptops feature Modern Standby, the latest 8th Generation Intel Core processor (Whiskey Lake), and newly-added Intel Optane Memory. They also boast new upgrades including a hardware precision touchpad (PTP) with wake on fingerprint capabilities, and a newly-designed fan to improve airflow and cooling by lowering fan noise.

“The 9th July marks ‘dynabook Day’ in Japan, celebrating 30 years of the dynabook brand: we thought it would be a fitting time to launch the first dynabook-branded laptops in Europe,” said Damian Jaume, president of Dynabook Europe GmbH.

“As Toshiba, the company launched the world’s first laptop computer in 1985 (the T1100) and followed it up with the world’s first notebook computer – the DynaBook J-3100 SS001 in 1989.

“Now, as dynabook Europe we are launching two new laptops that continue the trend for excellence expected of the dynabook brand, epitomising our rich heritage of over 30 years of innovation in mobile computing whilst signifying our renewed commitment to investment and our enhanced scale. The launch of these new devices demonstrates that our obsession with quality, security, and innovation remains strong.”

The latest models of the Portégé X30-F and the Tecra X40-F are equipped with Windows 10 Modern Standby, an evolution of the Windows 8.1 Connected Standby power model that enables the smartphone power model on a PC, which in partnership with the ‘wake on fingerprint’ feature provides the instant on/off experience.