News and Features – Microsoft Commits $3 Million to Seattle University Campaign

Seattle University recently announced that Microsoft Corporation has made a $3 million gift to Seattle University’s comprehensive capital campaign that is earmarked for the new Center for Science and Innovation and related academic programming dedicated to examining the ethical implications of Artificial Intelligence.

Of the $3 million, $2.5 million will go toward construction of the Center for Science and Innovation (CSI), which represents the future of STEM education at Seattle U. An additional $500,000 will fund development of programming that explores the intersection of ethics and technology as it relates to AI, big data, facial recognition and more.

Development of programs that focus on technology grounded in ethics would leverage the strengths of the two institutions. Microsoft, whose core values include trust and integrity, is recognized as one of the most ethical companies in the world. Seattle U’s Jesuit education places a special emphasis on empowering students to consider the moral choices of the day and to be leaders for the greater good.

“Seattle University is grateful for Microsoft’s generous gift. This gift will help us reimagine STEM education in a way that touches every student at the university and prepares them to meet future workforce and societal needs in the region and globally,” says President Stephen V. Sundborg, SJ “Receiving such support from the region’s largest technology employer and a leading corporate philanthropist affirms the high quality and future potential of the university’s computer science and engineering programs.”

“A STEM education coupled with a liberal arts background will be a powerful combination in the future,” says Microsoft President Brad Smith. “Microsoft is a longtime supporter of Seattle University and its approach to educating the heart and mind. The future of technology will require developers to approach their work in a responsible way and the Jesuits are known for challenging students to think responsibly for themselves and their community.”

Construction of the CSI is scheduled to begin this spring. It will open in two phases—a new building in 2021 and two renovated buildings in 2023—and will house all of the College of Science and Engineering academic programs and create capacity to accommodate existing and future growth. Overall enrollment in the College of Science and Engineering has jumped 61 percent in the past decade, while the number of students studying computer science has quadrupled.

A café planned for the first floor of the new building will be named for Microsoft.

The Microsoft gift marks a new chapter in its relationship with the university. The company has long sponsored senior-year computer science capstone projects going back to 2000 and currently includes more than 600 Seattle U alumni in its workforce.

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Founded in 1891, Seattle University is a Jesuit Catholic university located on 50 acres in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. More than 7,400 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within the nine schools and colleges. U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Colleges” ranks Seattle U among the top universities in the West that offer a full range of undergraduate, master’s and select doctoral degree programs. Seattle U is a thriving university of distinction in the heart of a leading city for innovation and forward thinking, whose alumni and students impact the region and world for the greater good in their professions and communities.

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AWS Fargate pricing change raises container management stakes

A steep discount to AWS Fargate pricing aims to lure more container workloads to the cloud, anchor AWS’ foothold in this maturing market and fend off rivals such as Microsoft Azure.

Amazon released the Fargate container management service in November 2017 for customers that want to deploy containers on AWS but don’t need or desire control over the underlying infrastructure. It is similar to the likes of Azure Container Instances, which Microsoft made generally available in the spring of 2018.

AWS Fargate pricing is based on vCPU usage and gigabytes of memory per second. Amazon has lowered the costs of the former by 20% and 65% for the latter, according to an AWS blog post. Customers could save up to 50% overall, depending on the ratio of CPU to memory they use for applications, AWS said.

The industry is amid a hype wave around containers, so the hefty price cut is likely a tactic to appeal to customers to try its newer service rather than those of Azure or other competitors.

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“AWS has slashed the price to encourage its own customers to experiment more with Fargate and also to show the market that AWS has container credentials that, it believes, beats its competitors,” said Owen Rogers, an analyst at 451 Research based in New York.

The cost cut is significant, but most enterprises aren’t at the stage to optimize for cost, added Gary Chen, an analyst at IDC.

“Right now, it’s important for customers to start building container expertise,” he said. “For most customers who are in large-scale production, [their] top concern is getting used to the technology, getting expertise on a new application architecture.”

Initially, some customers questioned if the benefits of such a container management service would outweigh the costs. With the AWS Fargate price cut in hand, that analysis is worth revisiting.

Line blurs between containers and serverless

Containers have grown popular in recent years, and one reason is they are lighter-weight than virtual machines (VM) and can be spun up and down more quickly. But the container model strips out the hypervisor layer, which means containers don’t benefit from the security and workload isolation features found in VMs. MicroVMs have a best-of-both-worlds approach, using a minimalist design to provide more speed while maintaining the benefits of VMs.

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AWS developed Firecracker, an open source technology that supports microVMs, for internal use underneath Fargate and its Lambda serverless compute offering, and released it at re:Invent in November. But Firecracker isn’t the only technology of its kind — Microsoft Azure has Hyper-V containers and Google offers gVisor.

Typically, cloud providers price their services based on how they think they can reduce the cost for users, through software optimization or via Moore’s law, Chen said. Firecracker, basically an optimized container in a VM model, is the type of technological leap that indicated AWS has become more efficient, he said.

One thing to watch is whether AWS similarly slashes prices for Lambda, which lets developers write and execute code without the need to manage underlying servers.

Right now, it’s important for customers to start building container expertise.
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In broad strokes, the objectives of Fargate and Lambda are higher cost savings, speed and efficiency. Thus, customers should expect these prices to converge over time, said Ryan Marsh, a software development trainer in Houston, who also works as an evangelist for software testing tools vendor Xolv.io.

“Eventually, the price difference will be so small that most organizations will decide based on architectural needs, rather than perceived cost,” Marsh said. “What is a Lambda but a tiny container? To AWS or Google, it’s just compute. The difference is in resource utilization and extracting the most rent from their data center hardware at the most competitive prices.”

One might think functions have added resource management overhead relative to containers, but that’s not necessarily true, Marsh added. “The fact is we don’t know,” he said. “Few people are running their own hosted container and hosted function services for us to compare.”

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For Sale – iMac 27 inch 5k late 2014

The iMac “Core i5” 3.5 27-Inch Aluminum (Late 2014/Retina 5K) features a 22 nm “Haswell” Quad Core 3.5 GHz Intel “Core i5” (4690) processor with four independent processor cores on a single chip, a 6 MB shared level 3 cache, 8 GB of 1600 MHz DDR3 SDRAM (PC3-12800) installed in pairs (two 4 GB modules), a 1 TB “Fusion Drive” (1 TB hard drive and 128 GB SSD), and a AMD Radeon R9 M290X graphics processor with 2 GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory. It also has a built-in “FaceTime HD” webcam and stereo speakers, but lacks an optical drive.

This model has a 27″ 5120×2880 LED-backlit 16:9 widescreen IPS display that Apple has dubbed “Retina 5K”. The rear of the case is aluminum and is thicker in the middle and tapers to a razor thin 5 mm at the edges.

Connectivity includes four USB 3.0 ports, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n backwards compatible), and Bluetooth 4.0.

Compared to the Late 2013 models introduced previously, this model essentially has the same external enclosure, but it has a much higher resolution display as well as a modestly faster processor, a higher performance graphics processor, a “Fusion Drive” by default, and Thunderbolt 2 support.

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Announcing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18312 | Windows Experience Blog

Hello Windows Insiders, today we are releasing Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 18312 (19H1) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring.
REMINDER: As is normal with builds early in the development cycle, builds may contain bugs that might be painful for some. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may want to consider switching to the Slow ring. Slow ring builds will continue to be higher quality.
If you are looking for a complete look at what build is in which Insider ring – head on over to Flight Hub. You can also check out the rest of our documentation here including a complete list of new features and updates that have gone out as part of Insider flights for the current development cycle (which currently is 19H1).

Reserving disk space to keep Windows 10 up to date
In 19H1, we’re making a few changes to how Windows 10 manages disk space. Through reserved storage, some disk space will be set aside to be used by updates, apps, temporary files, and system caches. Our goal is to improve the day-to-day function of your PC by ensuring critical OS functions always have access to disk space. With reserved storage, updates, apps, temporary files, and caches are less likely to take away from valuable free space and should continue to operate as expected. Reserved storage will be introduced automatically on PCs that come with 19H1 pre-installed or on PCs where 19H1 was clean installed. For Windows Insiders who want to try this feature out right now – just run through this quest. After completing the quest, reserved storage will kick off with the next flight. (If you do the quest before installing Build 18312 – reserved storage should kick off for this flight.) For more details on reserved storage coming in 19H1, read this blog post here..
FLS Slot Limit Increase
As PCs get more powerful, musicians have created increasingly complex projects with more tracks, more instruments, and deeper effects chains. As a result, some of those musicians were running up against a FLS (Fiber Local Storage) slot allocation ceiling that prevented them from loading into their DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) as many unique plugins as they’d like. This build greatly raises that per-process FLS slot allocation ceiling, allowing loading potentially thousands of unique plugins. Beyond musicians, this change will positively impact any application that dynamically loads hundreds or thousands of unique DLLs that have statically-linked Visual C++ runtimes, or otherwise allocate FLS slots.
Reset this PC UI Improvements
We added new UI for Reset this PC as part of Settings > Update & Security > Recovery. The new UI provides a more consistent experience across devices with different configurations and requires fewer clicks to complete.

Windows Subsystem for Linux Command Line Tool Improvements
We added new command line options to the WSL command line tool (wsl.exe) for easier WSL management and added functionality based on your feedback. Below is a summary of changes. You can read about more details in our release notes and on our command line blog.

Consolidated command line options – The wsl command line tool now includes options to manage your WSL distros that are included in the wslconfig command line tool. We intend to only update the wsl tool with the latest management options moving forward.
Import a distro for easy sideloading including to non-system drives – Use the “–import” option to imports a tar file as a new distribution. You can specify the distribution registry to the location of your choice including non-system drives.
Export your WSL distribution for simpler environment management – Use the “—export” option to export a distribution to a tar file. Your distro will export to your default downloads location.

We fixed an issue where the Network shares page in File Explorer used black text in dark theme.
We fixed an issue impacting Microsoft Edge reliability in the last few builds.
We fixed an issue where USB printers may appear twice in Devices and Printers under Control Panel.
We fixed an issue where the console would lose color when spawning a new Command Prompt.
Following up on our work earlier this release to make the console scrollbar dark when dark theme is enabled, the title bar will also now bar dark (if you haven’t chosen in Settings to use your accent color in the title bar).
We’re adding a group policy for disabling acrylic on the sign-in screen. This can be found in Group Policy Editor under Administrative Templates > System > Logon > “Show clear logon background”.
We fixed an issue where custom desktop/Lock screen images deployed by a runtime provisioning package would be removed after Windows Update.
We fixed an issue where the shadow behind a flyout might zoom in after the flyout appeared.
We fixed an issue where, if enabled, the Windows Start Up Sound might not wouldn’t play after turning on from shutdown or after updating.
We fixed an issue where the File Properties dialog wouldn’t show the full timestamp if “Conversational format” was selected for the Date Modified column in File Explorer.
We fixed an issue where the hyperlink colors needed to be refined in Dark Mode in Sticky Notes if Insights were enabled.
If you were experiencing Sticky Notes stuck on Loading with Build 18309, please check the Microsoft Store for Sticky Notes version 3.5.4.

The Windows Security app may show an unknown status for the Virus & threat protection area, or not refresh properly. This may occur after upgrade, restart, or settings changes.
Launching games that use anti-cheat software may trigger a bugcheck (GSOD).
Clicking your account in Cortana Permissions doesn’t bringing up the UI to sign out from Cortana (if you were already signed in) for some users in this build.
Creative X-Fi sound cards are not functioning properly. We are partnering with Creative to resolve this issue.
When attempting to update this build some S Mode devices will download and restart, but fail the update.
Night light functionality is impacted by a bug in this build. We’re working on a fix, and it will be included in an upcoming build.
When you open Action Center the quick actions section may be missing.
Clicking the network button on the sign-in screen doesn’t work.
Some text in the Windows Security app may not currently be correct, or may be missing. This may impact the ability to use some features, such as filtering Protection history.
Windows feature update may fail but show up as a successful update in Windows Update history page. If this happens you will see more than one successful install for the same update in the history page.
Users may see a warning that their USB is currently in use when trying to eject it using File Explorer. To avoid this warning, close down all open File Explorer windows and eject USB media using the system tray by clicking on ‘Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media’ and then selecting the drive to eject.
When performing Reset this PC and selecting Keep my files on a device that has Reserved Storage enabled the user will need to initiate an extra reboot to ensure Reserved Storage is working again properly.
There is an issue impacting a small number of users enrolled in Microsoft Intune where they may not receive policies. Those policies are not applied and left in “pending“ state on the server. The workaround is to go to Settings/Accounts/Access work or school and “Disconnect” your Azure AD account and then re-enroll.
[ADDED] We’re investigating issues with Windows Sandbox not loading on PCs with multiple GPUs.
[ADDED] In some cases, launching Centennial apps will cause a bindflt.sys bugcheck (GSOD).
[ADDED 1/10]: Some Realtek SD card readers are not functioning properly. We are investigating the issue.

If you install any of the recent builds from the Fast ring and switch to the Slow ring – optional content such as enabling developer mode will fail. You will have to remain in the Fast ring to add/install/enable optional content. This is because optional content will only install on builds approved for specific rings.

Whether you’re a superfan or first-time viewer, search on Bing and get answers to all things NFL. Check out the latest stats and all-time rankings for every player and team.
Join our Bing Insider program to be among the first to learn about these Bing features and more.

Mark your calendars, the 19H1 Bug Bash in Feedback Hub will span from January 23th, 2019 to February 3rd, 2019!
No downtime for Hustle-As-A-Service,Dona

3 new ways Microsoft Teams empowers Firstline Workers to achieve more – Microsoft 365 Blog

Today, we are announcing three new features in Microsoft Teams to help Firstline Workers do their best work. Firstline Workers are more than two billion people worldwide who work in service- or task-oriented roles across industries such as retail, hospitality, travel, and manufacturing.

We’re expanding Teams with new capabilities to digitally empower the Firstline Workforce. Today’s news includes: a customizable mobile experience with mobile-only features such as location sharing, a Graph API for the Shifts scheduling tool, which provides integration between Teams and workforce management systems, and the new Praise feature that makes it easy for managers and employees to recognize their coworkers right within Teams.

Here’s a look at what’s new:

Enable Firstline Workers to communicate and collaborate effectively with a customizable Teams mobile experience and new mobile features

For Firstline Workers, such as retail associates, flight crew members, and field service workers, being mobile is the nature of the job. Because these employees often need to share information with others inside their organization, many have resorted to using unsecure consumer chat apps to communicate with coworkers. But this poses security and compliance risks, as well as process inefficiencies. Today, we are announcing a new customizable mobile Teams experience that gives Firstline Workers the tools they need to communicate and collaborate effectively on the go. It’s simple, familiar, and secure, with several new mobile-only features that have particular relevance for Firstline Workers, including location sharing and smart camera, as well as the ability to record and share audio messages. The customizable mobile experience is available starting today.

Workers need different capabilities depending on their role. While some might need access to private chats, calendars, and calls, others may only need access to teams and channels. IT administrators can now give each employee role-based access to the primary Teams features they need. This capability can be used for employees in any role, with the option for IT to create a custom policy or use the newly available Firstline Worker configuration policy template. Employees can further customize their experience by pinning the modules they need most from their module tray to their navigation bar.

Three iPhones display the new Teams feature: Keep all conversations in one place (left), share location and record audio messages (middle), and customize the navigation menu (right)

Customizable mobile Teams experience and new mobile features: Keep all conversations in one place (left), share location and record audio messages (middle), and customize the navigation menu (right).

Integrate workforce management systems with Teams using a new API

Many companies rely on workforce management systems to handle important operational tasks related to their Firstline Workforce, such as shift scheduling, payroll, benefits, time, and attendance. We’re working on a set of new APIs that enable organizations to integrate their existing workforce management systems with Teams.

The first API is the Graph API for Shifts, the schedule management tool in Teams. With Shifts now available in Teams for all customers, the new API makes integration between Shifts and enterprise scheduling systems possible, enabling seamless access to workforce management systems for managers and employees, right from Teams. The Graph API for Shifts will be in public preview this quarter.

Two mobile phones show the new Shifts feature in Teams.

With Shifts, managers can easily plan shift schedules, and team members can review schedules and make schedule change requests, all in real time.

Keep your Firstline Workers engaged and motivated with new Praise feature

Firstline Workers such as retail associates play a key role in representing a company’s brand, but this segment of the workforce experiences some of the highest turnover rates. Taking steps to engage and recognize employees can go a long way to improving their satisfaction and reducing turnover. The new Praise tool, rolling out this quarter, gives managers and employees a simple way to recognize coworkers, right in the Teams app where the whole team can see it.

Two mobile phones show the new Praise feature used in Teams.

With Praise, share badges to celebrate every success, communicate your appreciation with your team members, and foster greater comradery.

Next week, members of the Microsoft team will be at NRF 2019, the annual retail industry conference. Visit us in booth #3301. Also, please visit our Teams for Firstline Workers page to learn more about how Teams can empower your Firstline Workforce.

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SAP resets workforce vendors in Kronos Workforce Dimensions deal

SAP is now reselling Kronos Workforce Dimensions, which may simplify contracting and ordering for users of the workforce management software.

With this reseller agreement, announced Tuesday, SAP will sell the Kronos platform as SAP Time Management by Kronos and make it available as part of its SAP SuccessFactors human capital management suite. This is something Kronos has wanted for years.

But the move also adjusts the workforce management software pecking order for SAP customers. In 2015, WorkForce Software LLC reached a similar reseller agreement. Tuesday’s news about newly formed relationship with Kronos changes WorkForce Software’s relationship with SAP.

“WorkForce Software is still a valued partner, but, as of today, SAP Time Management by Kronos is the solution extension we will be positioning to our customers who have advanced time and attendance requirements,” said Paul Meredith, director of solution management at SAP SuccessFactors, in a written response to questions from TechTarget.

“We will continue to support customers using WorkForce Software as stipulated in their contracts, and customers can still purchase WorkForce Software through SAP,” Meredith said.

SAP’s guidance to customers

SAP customers will still have choices of workforce management platforms, which typically include time and attendance, scheduling and forecasting features. But Meredith said “our guidance to customers will be to go with SAP SuccessFactors Employee Central Time and Attendance. If they need additional capabilities for more complex needs, as part of our new agreement, we will be recommending SAP Time Management by Kronos. Customers always have a choice or choices.”

We will continue to support customers using WorkForce Software as stipulated in their contracts, and customers can still purchase WorkForce Software though SAP.
Paul Meredithdirector of solution management, SAP SuccessFactors

The Kronos and SAP reseller agreement assures customers that the platforms work well together, and that SAP has validated the integration, said Holger Mueller, vice president and principal analyst at Constellation Research Group. “With that, risk is reduced,” he said.

Aside from giving SAP and Kronos customers confidence, Mueller said the reseller agreement could lead to bigger pricing discounts. “It will now be interesting to see which of the two workforce management products will be more popular with SAP customers going forward,” he said.

For SAP, the agreement is about satisfying those customers that are already using Kronos for things like payroll, said Trevor White, an analyst at Nucleus Research. “That’s really why they put this partnership in.” For Kronos, it’s a way to expand their sales, he said.

A ‘jumbled approach,’ analyst says

But White expressed skepticism of the reseller agreement, saying the move may create unnecessary messiness for customers. “I think for customers, it’s just going to make a jumbled approach,” White said, of the choices now before SAP users. “By really focusing on Kronos as opposed to looking at a broader approach, it’s moving things toward one specific vendor that we don’t think has the usability” of WorkForce Software, he said. Kronos disagreed and said it was just an opinion by one analyst.

Donald Pagel, vice president of global strategic partnerships at KronosDonald Pagel

Kronos has over 1,000 customers globally on SAP platforms, said Donald Pagel, vice president of global strategic partnerships at Kronos. The agreement allows for a single point of contact and one contract for both platforms, he said.

Pagel said the agreement helps SAP expand in the North American market, and it helps Kronos in Europe and Asia. “It was a perfect marriage between the two of us,” he said.

Kronos has had discussions going back a number of years with SAP about a reseller agreement, but it was with the release of Workforce Dimensions in late 2017 that “they felt like the time was right,” Pagel said.

Kronos Workforce Dimensions is a cloud-based workforce management product for time and attendance, scheduling, absence management, leave management, coupled with analytics and some other functions. Upon its release, the firm described it as “brand new, built from the ground up” software.

Pagel said that Kronos already has a deep level of integration with the SAP platform. For instance, the system will take demand forecasts off SAP’s manufacturing suite to populate the scheduling capabilities of Kronos, he said. The two companies plan “to look for other opportunities to strengthen the integrations” between the two products, he said.

Words from WorkForce

WorkForce Software CEO Mike Morini didn’t mince his words when sounding off about the news. In a written response to TechTarget, he said the agreement “is about Kronos scrambling to grow its user base on Dimensions.”

He claimed that Kronos has “yet to build a rules engine to address complex time, pay and scheduling challenges, and their existing customers have been slow to adopt their new SaaS platform. What has been proven, time and again, is that customers choose WorkForce Software over Kronos whether their core platform is Workday, Oracle, SAP or any other enterprise HR system.”

He went on to add that “more than 200 global organizations have selected WorkForce Software over SAP’s own workforce management offering since our partnership began three years ago.”

Pagel, in response to Morini’s comments, said the SAP agreement “is another proof point on the tremendous success we are having with Workforce Dimensions. Hundreds of customers from all around the globe have selected Workforce Dimensions, and volume has exceeded all of our expectations.

“This is further proof we have taken the world’s best workforce management application, Kronos Workforce Central, and reimagined how to meet the needs of today’s most complex organizations with an expanded rules engine and the latest technology available to deliver a truly innovative experience,” he said in an email.

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For Sale – Gaming PC Core i5 2500k, MSI GTX970

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    As you can see there is slight damage to the front audio out port on the breakout panel but the rear port works fine. The computer is used but in good condition.

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    Hi there, do you know what corsair cooler it is please? How is the life on the SSD (not too much of an issue, just want to make sure it doesnt die quickly!)

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    I’ll check in the morning and get back to you.

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    The cooler model is Corsair CWCH60, the SSD is in good working order, I have a screenshot from the disk management utility showing this.

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    Thats good thanks.

    I’m looking for a budget build and this looks good. Would you accept 220 though and I can collect please?

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    Can you make it £250?

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    I could meet you at 235, but that was all of my budget, so I’ll have to make do without a bigger SSD!

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    Make it £240 and you have a deal.

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    Alright go on then.

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CES 2019: Powered by AI, the next-gen Lenovo Yoga family delivers a safer, smarter, more personalized and immersive experience, while gaming gets a performance boost with new Lenovo Legion devices | Windows Experience Blog

Technology from phones to smart homes has been getting safer, smarter, more personalized and immersive. Facial recognition and sensors for biometric authentication, cinema-quality entertainment on the go, and voice recognition to activate multiple virtual assistants that co-exist are now all possible. Evolving needs – such as desiring security and privacy without sacrificing convenience, or immersive entertainment without compromising on portability – have driven these advancements.
PCs have been quietly progressing in the same direction too. Artificial intelligence (AI) coupled with advanced audio and display technologies are making Lenovo’s next-gen Yoga computers their smartest yet. Whether you’re a digital nomad, business professional, digital content creator or designer, see how these technologies in the new Yoga S940, Yoga A940, Yoga C730 with AMOLED and Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter can help you get things done faster and make life easier.

Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop

With the rise of work-life integration, remote work and the gig economy, video meetings and conference calls can happen anytime, anywhere – sometimes in environments that are less than ideal, from a noisy coffee shop to a crowded co-working space. But what if your laptop can solve that when you’re on your next video call with the boss? The new Yoga S940 ultra-slim laptop can do just that and more. Its new AI features [1] can automatically filter out ambient noise and blur out distracting backgrounds during video calls, so that your dog’s barking and the neighbor’s car honking doesn’t have to disrupt video calls with colleagues, friends or family again.
Camping out at a co-working space and need to step out for a coffee break? The minute you look away from your laptop screen, the Yoga S940’s AI sensors [1] can detect your absence and auto-lock the display to protect your data from unwanted eyes. It can also detect and alert you when a nosy neighbor is shoulder surfing from your screen. Beyond the added benefits of security and privacy, the Yoga S940 has attention-sensing AI technology, which can help increase productivity too. Look from your main laptop display to a second screen, and it can automatically track your movement and shift open windows and content to a connected external monitor for a seamless and intuitive user experience. All these are part of an entire suite of Lenovo Smart Assist AI-enabled features available on the new Yoga S940 [1].
Lenovo Smart Assist includes hands-free PC log-in through its built-in infrared camera and Windows Hello for an added layer of security and convenience, and voice-matching personalization to respond to just your voice when speaking to Amazon Alexa or Microsoft Cortana from across the room [2]. The Yoga S940 learns from your usage patterns to optimize its performance. For instance, it’ll auto-adjust its power settings for longer-lasting power so that you get every last squeeze out of the up to 15 hours of battery in FHD [3].
The Yoga S940 is also the world’s first laptop with Contour Glass that wraps around its bezels – reducing the look of its already razor-thin bezels for a streamlined design [4]. It will start at $1,499.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo and Micro Center starting in May [5].

Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop

For artists and designers, nothing is better than sketching with a pencil on paper, right? The new Yoga A940 all-in-one desktop is here to challenge that notion. Built for digital content creators, the Windows 10 Yoga A940 is a powerful creative canvas with a large 27-inch optional 4K IPS touchscreen display with Dolby Vision. It features a rotating hinge that enables the display to tilt to a comfortable 25-degree drafting mode, for remarkable flexibility and stability when drawing, sketching or annotating with a digital pen.
A mouse and digital pen are all convenient ways of inputting information on your computer with one hand. But wouldn’t it be even faster and more productive to be able to multitask with both hands? Then check out the Lenovo Precision Dial, a controller that’s tailor made for designers, photographers and videographers to make precise selections and adjustments to their content.
Time to watch that video project you’ve been working on? Experience it on the Yoga A940’s Dolby Vision-enabled 4K wide-angle display, boosted by Dolby Atmos Speaker System for rich, moving audio through speakers custom designed and tuned by Dolby. A second set of speakers under the rotating display ensures powerful sound even in drafting mode. It also comes with a range of Lenovo Smart Assist [1] AI-enabled features for greater productivity and privacy. With up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, AMD Radeon RX 560 discrete graphics, up to 32GB DDR4 memory and up to 512GB PCIe SSD or 2TB SATA HDD storage [6], the Yoga A940 could be the ideal centerpiece in any content creator’s home or workspace.
The Lenovo Yoga A940 will start at $2,199.99 and is expected to be available starting in March [5].

Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop

Equipped with JBL speakers and Dolby Atmos, which delivers immersive audio over any pair of headphones, the 15-inch Yoga C730 2-in-1 convertible laptop gets an upgrade with up to a 4K AMOLED display. Portable and powerful, the Yoga C730 features 8th Generation Intel Core i7 processors, Windows Ink for digital pen input, Windows Hello for instant log-in, and the smart convenience of Cortana and Alexa [2].
The 15-inch Lenovo Yoga C730 with AMOLED will start at $1,649.99 and is expected to be available starting in April [5].

Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter

Modern professionals have more than enough to carry with them when running from one meeting to the next – from laptops, phones, chargers and more. With this in mind, Lenovo streamlined two accessories into one and designed the latest generation Yoga Mouse with Laser Presenter. With just one twist, it converts from an ergonomic mouse with up to 1,600 DPI for high-precision tracking on nearly any surface into a flat, fully functional laser presenter (and vice versa). No more fumbling with a handful of devices at your next presentation with the latest Yoga Mouse in hand. It will start at $69.99 and is expected to be available starting in June [5].
Find out more about Yoga products and other Lenovo announcements at Lenovo’s CES site.
At CES, Lenovo also introduces the latest generation ThinkPad X1 Carbon and X1 Yoga laptops with a focus on making incremental – but noticeable – refinements in virtually every area to offer broader improvements for the discerning end-user.

7th generation X1 Carbon

The 7th generation X1 Carbon will be available with a visible carbon fiber weave top cover. Lenovo named its flagship notebook X1 Carbon to call attention to the product’s material. Following customers’ suggestions, the premium X1 Carbon model with 4K Dolby Visiondisplay, has an optional top cover where the weave is evident to further highlight the use of carbon fiber in the construction of the world’s lightest commercial 14-inch notebook.
Now just 14.95mm thin and starting at 2.5 pounds, it features a Dolby Atmos Speaker System and four far-field microphones enhancing the conferencing collaboration experience. With the system being digital assistant ready, you can use your voice for commands to Cortana in Windows 10 or Amazon Alexa for PCs.
If you need to travel, the battery ensures you can continue to be productive for up to 15 hours. And when you need access to large amounts of remote data, LTE-A Wireless WAN will power through the biggest of files, now available with CAT 16 LTE, offering gigabit speeds where supported.
The 2019 ThinkPad X1 Yoga is an all-new, full precision-machined aluminum design in a beautiful iron grey chassis. Aluminum is just as strong as carbon fiber, but requires extra thickness, which usually makes it heavier. Lenovo’s engineering team overcame design challenges to create a thinner, lighter and smaller design than the previous generation ThinkPad X1 Yoga.
The 4th-generation multi-mode laptop is thinner (15.2 mm) and lighter (1.3 kg) with a 17 percent footprint reduction, thanks to narrower bezels, and is wrapped in a precision-machined aluminum chassis. The X1 Yoga now supports all docking solutions, including ThinkPad Mechanical Dock.
Lenovo have also introduced a new ultra-wide ThinkVision P44w display. If you are a multi-display user, you will recognize the challenges and pitfalls of bezels and managing several displays and associated cables. The new ThinkVision P44w eliminates those frustrations. The 43.4-inch display offers an ultra-wide 32:10 aspect ratio with a resolution of 3840×1200, giving a screen real-estate equivalent to two 24-inch 16:10 displays. Dual integrated USB-C ports allow two video inputs that can simultaneously transfer data, video and audio signals as well as provide up to 90W charging power.
Understanding that gamers need to be ready to play in any scenario – on their couch, at their desk, or in a hotel room far away from home – Lenovo Legion is committed to providing high-performance tools so they can play how they want, wherever they want, for a fun and immersive experience.
This year, Lenovo Legion laptops have been upgraded so that they are in step with the higher performance that players demand. Available with up to the latest NVIDIA GeForce RTX GPUs, Intel Core processors and Windows 10 Home, these laptops offer blazing-fast gaming speeds to play the latest releases, for photo and video editing, to binge-watch shows, or to multitask doing all these things simultaneously.

Lenovo Legion Y740

The Lenovo Legion Y740 has what the most serious core gamer needs. The cutting-edge GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q GPU is available on the 15-inch model, giving it more than enough power to run the latest action-filled titles. Its 17-inch sibling supplies even more power, with up to the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU, upgraded from the last generation’s GeForce GTX 10-series GPUs.
Both sizes come with up to 8th-generation Intel Core i7 processors, optional 32GB DDR4 2666Mhz memory, 100 percent anti-ghosting CORSAIR iCue RGB backlit keyboard and system lighting with more than 16 million color customization options. The Lenovo Legion Y740 also features Dolby Atmos Speaker System with Dolby Sound Radar for rich moving audio that places you inside the action from speakers custom designed by Dolby.
The 17-inch Lenovo Legion Y740 Laptop will start at $1,979.99 and the 15-inch model will start at $1,749.99. Both are expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in February [5].
With up to a GeForce RTX 2060 GPU and Intel Core processors, the 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y540 also packs a hefty amount of power at a more accessible price point. Competing on the go with your multiplayer online battle arena team? It weighs only 5.1 pounds for portability and gives you a white, backlit keyboard offering under 1ms input response time for the win. It also comes with Harman Kardon speakers and supports Dolby Atmos for loud and clear sound.
The 15-inch Lenovo Legion Y540 Laptop will start at $929.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in May [5].
With the Lenovo Legion M500 RGB Gaming Mouse, core gamers can add accuracy and responsiveness to their peripheral arsenal. With ergonomic textured grips, you won’t lose track of where you are or cramp up in the heat of an intense player vs player game. It’s also totally customizable, with additional side buttons for any abilities you need to hit on a whim. It will start at $59.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].
Mechanical keyboards are also integral to an avid gamer’s toolkit, so meet the new Lenovo Legion K500 RGB Mechanical Keyboard, which delivers ultra-fast response time for more precise combinations. It will start at $99.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].
Knowing your surroundings is the key to success in any gaming situation. Whether you’re trying to hear the footsteps of an enemy or keeping up to date with build orders in a real-time strategy game, the new Lenovo Legion gaming headsets present the right tools.

Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset

The Lenovo Legion H300 Stereo Gaming Headset is made for those who want to play all day or all night while staying comfortable. It will start at $59.99. Meanwhile, the Lenovo Legion H500 Pro 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset offers driverless 7.1 surround sound right out of the box. It will start at $99.99. Both headsets’ retractable boom mics provide clearer communication and portability, engineered to hear your teammate’s callouts. Both are expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].
Your games will sound good with the new Lenovo Legion gaming headsets, but you’ll also want great visuals to match.

Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor

Featuring an ultra-wide 43.4-inch curved display with 3840 x 1200 resolution and a peak display brightness of 450 nits, the Lenovo Legion Y44w Monitor creates a panoramic field of view. Whether it’s for racing titles or fighting sims, this monitor is designed to catch every frame of the action with its 144Hz refresh rate. It will start at $1,199.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].
The 27-inch Lenovo Legion Y27gq Monitor with 2560 x 1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate is designed to give players the opportunity to take advantage of every possible frame. And with NVIDIA G-SYNC HDR technology built in, it’s designed so that flickering or screen tearing don’t take away from the gaming experience. It will start at $999.99 and is expected to be available at Lenovo.com and select retailers starting in April [5].
Find out more about Legion devices and other Lenovo announcements at Lenovo’s CES site.
Further product specs, images and more are available on the Lenovo StoryHub newsroom.
[1] Lenovo Smart Assist features are expected to be available starting May 2019. Users will be automatically prompted by Lenovo Vantage to access those features. Features will vary per product.
[2] Cortana is accessible through the Windows 10 start menu, and Alexa for PC is accessible through Lenovo Vantage during the initial set-up. Both come with far-field voice recognition technology, with recommended use of up to 4 meters away on Cortana, and up to 2.74 meters on Alexa. Alexa is available on select Lenovo PCs in the US, UK and Germany.
[3] All battery life claims are approximate and based on test results using the MobileMark 2014 ver 1.5 battery life benchmark test. Actual results will vary, and depend on numerous factors including product configuration and usage, software, operating conditions, wireless functionality, power management settings, screen brightness and other factors. The maximum capacity of the battery will naturally decrease with time and usage. See https://bapco.com/products/mobilemark-2014/ for additional details.
[4] Based on research conducted by Lenovo on December 1, 2018 of PCs sold by major PC manufacturers shipping > 1 million units worldwide annually.
[5] Prices do not include tax, shipping or options and are subject to change without notice; additional terms and conditions apply. Reseller prices may vary. On-shelf dates may vary by geography and products may only be available in select markets. All offers subject to availability. Lenovo reserves the right to alter product offerings, features and specifications at any time without notice.
[6] Actual available capacity is less and varies due to many factors, including formatting, partitioning and operating system, etc. which utilize part of this capacity. The available capacity may change with software updates.
Updated January 8, 2019 11:08 am