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HP ProBook 635 Aero G8, ProBook x360 435 G8 Laptops, HP P34hc WQHD Monitor Launched at CES 2021

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HP has unveiled new laptop models in its ProBook range, including HP ProBook 635 Aero G8, HP ProBook 445 G8, HP ProBook 455 G8, and HP ProBook x360 435 G8 at CES 2021. HP P34hc WQHD curved monitor has also been announced for workspaces. HP ProBook 635 Aero G8 offers a sleek design, weighs under 1kg, and claims to offer long battery life. HP ProBook x360 435 G8 features a 360-degree hinge to adapt to four modes of viewing. At the virtual CES 2021 event, HP also unveiled the Envy 14 laptop, new Elite range of laptops, and new wireless earbuds as well.

HP ProBook 635 Aero G8 price, specifications

HP ProBook 635 Aero G8 is expected to be available in April. Pricing and exact sale details could be unveiled closer to launch.

The HP ProBook 635 Aero G8 laptop has a sleek form factor, weighing in less than 1kg. It is powered by next-gen AMD Ryzen processors, and features a 13.3-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080) display. It packs up to 32GB RAM, and up to 256GB of SSD storage. There’s integrated AMD Radeon Graphics, dual stereo speakers, and dual-array microphone. There is also a 720p HD camera + infrared (IR) camera on board.

Connectivity options include WI-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, USB Type-A port, a headphone/ microphone combo, one HDMI 2.0 port, one AC power, and one SIM card slot (optional). It packs up to 53Wh Li-ion polymer battery.

HP ProBook 445 G8, HP ProBook 455 G8 price, specifications

HP has also unveiled the HP ProBook 445 G8 and HP ProBook 455 G8 laptops that are expected to be available starting next month. The company says pricing will be available closer to product availability.

Both the HP ProBook 445 G8 and HP ProBook 455 G8 laptops are powered by next-gen AMD Ryzen processors, and pack up to 32GB RAM, and up to 1TB of SSD storage. There’s integrated AMD Radeon Graphics, dual stereo speakers, and dual-array microphone. Connectivity options include WI-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, USB Type-A port, a headphone/ microphone combo, one HDMI 1.4 port, one AC power, and one microSD card reader. Both the laptops pack a 45Wh Li-ion polymer battery inside.

HP ProBook 445 G8 features a 14-inch full-HD (1,920×1,080 pixels) display, whereas HP ProBook 455 G8 features a larger 15.6-inch full-HD+ (1,920×1,080 pixels) display. HP ProBook 445 G8 weighs 1.37kg and the HP ProBook 455 G8 weighs 1.74kg.

HP ProBook x360 435 G8 price, specifications

HP ProBook x360 435 G8 has a 360-degree hinge to plonk the laptop in four modes – traditional, tent, flat, and tablet. It is expected to be available in February. Pricing is said to be available closer to product availability.

There’s a 13.3-inch full-HD display on board HP ProBook x360 435 G8 with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. It is powered by next-gen AMD Ryzen processors paired with 32GB RAM, and up to 512GB SSD storage. It integrates AMD Radeon Graphics, dual stereo speakers, and dual-array microphones.

Connectivity options on HP ProBook x360 435 G8 include WI-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C port, USB Type-A port, one headphone/microphone combo, one HDMI 1.4 port, one AC power port, and one microSD card reader. It has a HD + IR Web camera, and the 2-in-1 laptop weighs about 1.45kg.

HP P34hc WQHD Curved Monitor price, specifications

Lastly, the company has also unveiled the HP P34hc WQHD curved monitor that is expected to be available in January. The price of the monitor is pegged to be at $449 (roughly Rs. 32,800). The monitor provides a 34-inch diagonal curved screen with WQHD (3440 x 1440) resolution, 250nits brightness, 3,500:1 contrast ratio, 5ms Gray to Gray (GtG) response ratio, and 21:9 aspect ratio.

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HP P34hc WQHD curved monitor has a 34-inch display size

Display features include a low blue light mode, anti-glare, and adjustable height. Ports include USB Type-C port, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, and USB Type-A. HP P34hc WQHD curved monitor has the ability to display two computers on one monitor via its Picture By Picture (PBP) feature. It integrates a KVM switch that enables you to seamlessly transition between two computers.


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Elon Musk to Offer $100-Million Prize for ‘Best’ Carbon Capture Technology

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Tesla chief and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk took to Twitter to promise a $100-million (roughly Rs. 730 crores) prize for development of the “best” technology to capture carbon dioxide emissions.

Capturing planet-warming emissions is becoming a critical part of many plans to keep climate change in check, but very little progress has been made on the technology to date, with efforts focused on cutting emissions rather than taking carbon out of the air.

The International Energy Agency said late last year that a sharp rise in the deployment of carbon capture technology was needed if countries are to meet net-zero emissions targets.

“Am donating $100M (roughly Rs. 730 crores) towards a prize for best carbon capture technology,” Musk wrote in a tweet, followed by a second tweet that promised “Details next week.”

Tesla officials did not immediately respond to a request for additional information.

Musk, who co-founded and sold Internet payments company PayPal, now leads some of the most futuristic companies in the world.

Besides Tesla, he heads rocket company SpaceX and Neuralink, a startup that is developing ultra-high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect the human brain to computers.

Newly-sworn-in US President Joe Biden has pledged to accelerate the development of carbon capture technology as part of his sweeping plan to tackle climate change. On Thursday, he named Jennifer Wilcox, an expert in carbon removal technologies, as the principal deputy assistant secretary for fossil energy at the US Department of Energy.

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Game of Thrones ‘Dunk & Egg’ Prequel in Development at HBO: Report

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Game of Thrones might be getting a second prequel. HBO is reportedly developing an hour-long series based on “Tales of Dunk and Egg” novellas — three published with plans to go up to nine in total (or more) — written by George R.R. Martin, the author of A Song of Ice and Fire books that led to Game of Thrones. Tales of Dunk and Egg follow the adventures of “Dunk” (Ser Duncan the Tall, the future Lord Commander of the Kingsguard) and “Egg” (Aegon V Targaryen, future king of Westeros). Aegon V was the father of the Mad King, grandfather to Daenerys Targaryen, and great-grandfather to Jon Snow.

Variety brings word of a Dunk & Egg prequel series in “early development” at the home of Game of Thrones — HBO — which is set 90 years prior to the events we witnessed in the eight seasons of the epic fantasy series. No writer or creator is attached to the Dunk & Egg adaptation, per Variety, but it’s a “high priority” for HBO apparently. Both HBO and Martin have declined to comment. AT&T-owned WarnerMedia has become quite aggressive in recent months to grow its fledgling streaming offering HBO Max, and it’s possible that it wants to use Game of Thrones to further drive up interest.

It already has House of the Dragon in the works, another Thrones prequel based on Martin’s 2018 book Fire & Blood, which is set 300 years prior to the events of the show and tells the history of House Targaryen, leading up to the civil war known as Dance of the Dragons. House of the Dragon has a series order for HBO and is expected to premiere in 2022 worldwide. If Dunk & Egg were to get a series order too, it would become the second Thrones prequel. But there’s no guarantee. The first prequel, led by Naomi Watts, was cancelled after it filmed a pilot.

Unlike the latter one, Dunk & Egg has written material to base itself on. Martin published the first novella “The Hedge Knight” in 1998, with “The Sworn Sword” following in 2003, and “The Mystery Knight” in 2010. It’s been quiet ever since as Martin is focused on The Winds of Winter — the massively delayed sixth book in A Song of Ice and Fire series — though he maintains he has rough outlines for two future entries (“The She-Wolves of Winterfell” and “The Village Hero”) and notes for even more (“The Sellsword”, “The Champion”, “The Kingsguard”, and “The Lord Commander”).

It’s interesting that HBO is developing Dunk & Egg as a series, given Martin’s earlier apprehensions over the same. Back in 2017 when five Thrones prequels were in development, Martin had said: “We’re not doing Dunk & Egg. Eventually, sure, I’d love that, and so would many of you. But I’ve only written and published three novellas to date, and there are at least seven or eight or ten more I want to write. We all know how slow I am, and how fast a television show can move. I don’t want to repeat what happened with Game of Thrones itself, where the show gets ahead of the books.”

Many agree Game of Thrones moving ahead of the books was a large contributor to its decline in later seasons, which would give some pause over HBO’s new move. Of course, that depends on who is brought on board to helm Dunk & Egg.

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