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Hear that? It’s the sound of the “listening” workplace

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Seems the office and factory of the future will be a whole lot more talkative.

That’s because “listening” technology — now powering consumer services that include Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Windows Cortana — is quickly making its way into commercial applications.

To be sure, the traditional keyboard-and-mouse combo isn’t going away anytime soon. But in a growing number of instances, it will be giving way to mics and speakers.

Bank talk

Consider a new application being offered by U.S. Bancorp, a banking giant with assets of $464 billion.

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Intel’s new Myriad X: bringing AI to an edge near you

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Acer intros systems with 8th Gen Intel Core processors

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When Intel introduced its 8th Gen Core processor family last week, one question was whether the new CPUs would help solution providers refresh customers’ older PCs.

If two new systems from Acer are any indication — both are built around the 8th Gen Intel “Coffee Lake” CPUs — then the answer is yes.

All-in-One

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ASUS, Dell offer cool new gaming hardware

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This year’s edition of IFA, the big consumer electronics show, is about to get rolling in Berlin. And PAX West, a popular gaming show, is about get started in Seattle — so popular, the organizers say it’s already sold out.

Dell and ASUS aren’t waiting for either show’s official opening on Sept. 1. They’re both already in Germany, announcing some cool gaming hardware even before the shows gets started.  

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Check out HP & Dell’s new thin clients, rugged tablet

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The end of August is a sleepy, no-news time, right? Not any more.

HP Inc. and Dell just introduced some pretty cool systems for your customers. They include two thin clients and a rugged tablet. Here’s your solution provider’s update:

HP’s thin clients

Though thin-client technology has been around for years, now, with the growth of the cloud, they really make sense. Why provide full-fledged PCs to users who spend most of their time working with cloud-based apps and data?

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New 8th Gen Intel Core processors coming on Aug. 21

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Research roundup: Cybersec spending up, Euro tablet ships leveling

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Cybersecurity spending is on the rise. So are sales of 2-in-1 devices, especially to business users, while tablet shipments continue to slide.

These are the findings of two recent reports from leading industry watchers IDC and Gartner. Here’s your solution provider’s summary:

Cybersec: spending more

The solution provider’s takeaway: Security services, especially those based in the cloud, are a good business to be in, both now and for at least the next year.

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Summer reading: 6 new tech books to take to the beach

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Time flies: August has already hit its midpoint, and summer will soon be over. How did that happen? Now’s the time to squeeze in that vacation you’ve been putting off. And what better way to get some guilt-free relaxation than by reading up on our industry?

Here are our recommendations for a half-dozen new books on tech that are not only informative, but also fun. Any of them should make a great addition to your summer-vacation packing list.

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Blockchain: Microsoft, Intel aim to make it easier

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Mobileye: Intel’s $15.3 billion investment in autonomous driving

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