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HP Unveils PC Innovations for Hybrid Work Environments in Nigeria



HP Unveils PC Innovations for Hybrid Work Environments in Nigeria, SiliconNigeria

HP has released a new range of devices and solutions for the Nigerian and other markets, designed to help people boost productivity, collaborate with ease, and work anywhere, with strong security.

 The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted work environments around the world and it’s clear that hybrid working environments are the new normal. Nearly half of business professionals are working remotely[i]  and the importance of productivity at home is clear: people want faster PCs and faster internet.[ii] For IT organizations, 60% are finding ways to support more flexible work arrangements to provide the same level of support at home as users get in office.[iii] At the same time, more than 40% of IT departments are prioritizing built-in security on employee endpoint devices.

 “With workspaces at home becoming the status quo and businesses supporting their workforce both remotely and for those back in the office, the PC is essential in these hybrid working environments,” said Andy Rhodes, global head of Commercial Personal Systems, HP Inc. “We’re making our most premium experiences more accessible with new laptops that offer greater mobility to work from anywhere, desktops that bring powerhouse performance to small workspaces, monitors that enable collaboration and support wellbeing, and services that offer comprehensive and flexible solutions – all to support the business transformation happening today.”

 One of the new products is the HP ProBook 635 Aero G7, equipped with the latest AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processor for powerful performance and has connected modern standby to get users working in seconds. With a starting weight of under one kg and long battery life, it is designed to keep users productive around the home, in the office, or on-the-go. HP Sure View Reflect allows users to work discreetly, Wi-Fi 6 and 4G LTE makes it easy to get connected, and the keyboard provides a smooth and quiet typing experience.

 Sleek and built with sustainability in mind, it has an elevated design that provides a premium feel that is compact yet sturdy, and an all-metal design that has over 62% of mechanical parts made from recycled materials – a proud addition to HP’s world’s most sustainable PC portfolio. Built to provide a solid performance, the HP ProBook 635 Aero G7 boosts productivity when powered with the latest AMD Ryzen™ 4000 Series Mobile Processors, optional Ryzen PRO 4000 Series Mobile Processors, and latest integrated AMD Radeon™ Graphics. It also comes with sanitation features designed to withstand 1,000 cycles of disinfection with household wipes.

 HP also introduced the HP ProBook 600 G8 and HP ProBook 400 G8 PC Series built for professionals at growing companies who move from desk to meeting room to home. With an enhanced design and optional quad-core 11th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, the latest ProBook 600 and ProBook 400 PCs continue to deliver the commercial performance, security, and durability that users need.

 For users who need more power to keep up with serious workloads, HP unveiled new Elite and Pro desktops designed to meet the demands of a multi-task work-day with a choice of form factors.

 The HP EliteDesk 805 G6 Series PCs features an upgraded chassis for a modern look and new flexibility and expandability options for personalization. HP Run Quiet Design acoustics minimize noise levels to help users focus and VR-ready capabilities enable high performance workloads. The desktop series allow users to experience enterprise-class productivity, plus industry-leading reliability, security, and manageability in their choice of form factors.

 The HP EliteDesk 805 G6 Desktop Mini PC is a compact, high-performance PC that fits easily into an open office when paired with the optional Mini-in-One display. The HP EliteDesk 805 G6 Small Form Factor is part of the world’s first AMD-based small form factor business class desktop PCs with dual M.2 drive capability.

 The HP ProDesk 405 G6 Series PCs features the latest AMD Ryzen™ PRO Series Desktop Processors for powerful performance and versatile options with quieter and energy-efficient designs for growing businesses.

 The HP E24d and E27d Conferencing Monitors empower users with everything they need to virtually collaborate. These Zoom-compatible monitors allow users to effortlessly video conference with the integrated pop-up webcam, microphone, and attached speaker bar without having to buy or connect additional accessories. This clean desk solution is completed with docking, so with a single cable from this monitor, users can connect their laptop and all their PC essentials with 100W USB-C® power delivery.

 When hands-on productivity is needed, the HP E24t G4 FHD Touch Monitor allows users to interact with content onscreen, without distracting glare and fingerprint smudges. Get the right set-up for a comfortable workspace with four-way ergonomics and HP Eye Ease, which addresses blue light without affecting color accuracy or introducing any yellow shift. Responsibly made with more than 80% of its plastics being recycled[iv] and 100% sustainably sourced and recyclable packaging.

With 57% of small- to mid-sized business owners planning to adopt options for employees to work from home in the long-term,[v]they are struggling to manage, protect, and support their remote employees while ensuring  business continuity.

 HP understands the complexity and challenges businesses face in today’s unpredictable climate and is bringing to market a new solution-oriented program providing peace of mind and ultimate productivity. HP Business Boostprovides the right technology, security, and support services enabling small to mid-sized businesses to manage the workforce evolution at an affordable monthly cost.

 To help businesses better manage the device lifecycle, the HP Device as a Service (DaaS) program has been updated and simplified. Customers around the world now have a consistent solution – whether they operate in a single country or globally – and can customize their DaaS program with additional, optional HP or Partner Services, to better address their needs. For partners, the updated HP DaaS program serves as a foundation to build tailored solutions for their customers, and HP Integrated Financial Solutions provides flexible payment solutions to help secure new customers and optimize refresh opportunities in the future. HP TechPulse, the analytics platform that drives services in HP DaaS, is constantly evolving to put the power of insights and AI into the hands of our customers and partners.

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Western Digital Unveils Portable SSDs Across Portfolio



Western Digital Unveils Portable SSDs Across Portfolio, SiliconNigeria

Western Digital Corp has announced it’s now delivering 4TB* portable SSDs across its consumer brand portfolio. Giving consumers and professionals more space to create, the new drives are built to keep up with today’s high-quality content demands.

The four drives now offer gamers, content creators, enthusiasts and creative professionals the performance, durability and greater capacity they need to capture, move and save their files.  

Jim Welsh, senior vice president and general manager of Consumer Solutions Products, Western Digital, said, “This milestone allows us to deliver a new era of solutions with the capacity and performance our customers have been asking for. Our consumer brand products are used by millions of professionals and consumers around the world, and we continue to drive technology forward to deliver the performance, reliability and leading products they demand.”

Western Digital is focused on delivering industry-leading solutions that keep up with the rich content created by consumers and pros alike. Whether using your smartphone to capture family milestones, backing up or expanding your video game library, or in the studio or out in the field creating a feature film, the company’s range of offerings are built to reliably store today’s massive files.

“As a Director of Photography in film and television production, I rely on technology to achieve my creative vision and protect my work. SanDisk® SSDs are a critical asset when I’m out in the field or at the studio working with multiple 12K and 8K cameras,” said Sam Nicholson, ASC, SanDisk Extreme Team member.+ 

“High-capacity, high-performance SSDs make it easy to reliably manage these files, and the SanDisk Extreme Pro® portable SSDs are my go-to drive when I’m shooting on location. With added capacity, I have even more freedom to continue creating amazing content.”

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Sterling Bank’s PayWithSpecta To Boost Consumption, Sales



Sterling Bank’s PayWithSpecta To Boost Consumption Sales, SiliconNigeria

Specta, Sterling Bank’s financial technology lending platform, has created a digital credit solution known as PayWithSpecta which allows customers to pay for goods in instalments, while merchants are credited instantly helping businesses increase sales. 

PayWithSpecta offers digital credit limits to customers to purchase items in-store at merchant locations or from merchant online platforms.  It also gives Merchants the opportunity to access credit for their business activities.

Consumers can make purchases at zero percent interest rate at designated stores for those who choose 30 to 90 days repayment tenor and as low as 1.75 percent monthly for tenors of 7 to 12 months repayment tenor.

Divisional head, retail and consumer banking at Sterling, Shina Atilola, who disclosed this in a statement issued by the bank recently, said the new product will enable customers to buy goods from merchants in-store and  from online platforms on credit. 

According to Atilola, customers can assess their credit limits via the PayWithSpecta platform, use their limits at the merchant’s store and even access 30 per cent of the limit as cash. This will enable customers spread payment up to 12 months while the merchant gets his payments upfront.

He explained that to sign up, customers will provide their basic information and the platform will give an instant credit decision all within five minutes, he said. “The website will then generate a Specta ID for the customer. The customer can then utilize the spending limit by providing the Specta ID at any of the bank’s partner stores (online or in-store) to conclude a purchase,” he stressed. 

He advised customers to do their shopping through PayWithSpecta with their Specta ID, saying, the Specta ID is the smartest way available in Nigeria to make purchases.

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Verve Extends Promo by Two Weeks, Rewards 1,250 Customers



Verve Extends Promo by Two Weeks Rewards 1250 Customers, SiliconNigeria

Verve International has extended its ongoing six weekly draws  ‘Good Life’ promo for Verve cardholders across the country by two weeks.

The company also rewarded 1,250 customers so far on the promo. The lucky 1,250 cardholders’ winnings amount to a total of N11.5 million out of the over N27 million in cash and airtime allotted for over 2,500 cardholders nationwide in the ongoing Verve ‘Good Life’ promo.

The Verve Good Life Promo which was initially slated to run from September 1, 2020 till November 29, 2020 has now been extended by two weeks, till December 13, 2020, to give more Verve cardholders the opportunity to participate and win cash prizes and airtime.

For the September monthly raffle draws, Verve rewarded 50 lucky cardholders with N50,000 cash prize each. Similarly, 300 Verve cardholders also emerged winners of the N10,000 cash prize in the weekly raffle draws, while another set of 300 cardholders emerged winners of airtime worth N5,000.

Among the 50 lucky cardholders that won N50,000 cash prize in the first monthly raffle draws were Anita Iwunze, an account holder with Zenith bank and Raheem Olatayo Ibrahim, an account holder with Wema bank from Lagos state. Iboro Henry John, an account holder with Skye bank from Akwa-Ibom state and Idris Yakubu Galadima, an account holder with First bank from Nassarawa state also emerged winners.

Speaking during the draws, the group chief marketing and communications officer, Interswitch Group, Cherry Eromosele, remarked that rewarding and making Verve’s esteemed cardholders happy is underpinned by the company’s core values.
She said: “we pride ourselves in empowering our loyal cardholders to enable them achieve their dreams. We understand these are indeed challenging times across the globe. For this reason, the Verve Good Life Promo is targeted at enhancing the living standards of our loyal cardholders and we will continue to champion this cause.”

Cardholders are expected to use their Verve cards frequently to stand a chance to win. For the Grand prize of N1 million, cardholders will have to use their cards 36 times within the next five weeks, across PoS terminals, ATMs, Web, and agent banking centres.

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