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  • Apple on Sept. 20 launched its latest desktop operating system, macOS Sierra. The new platform is the first to come with the "macOS" branding, but that's just the beginning of the differences Sierra brings to Macs. The operating system, available for free in the Mac App Store, also comes with smarter Siri support, a Photos app that makes it easier to find images related to a particular event and support for Apple Pay in the Safari browser. Users also will find the ability to copy and paste items from the Mac to an iPhone, along with full operating system compatibility across many of the most popular computers the company released in the past several years. Apple's Sierra doesn't come with major upgrades or revisions compared with last year's El Capitan, but what it lacks in basic systems upgrades it makes up for with  some interesting new features. This eWEEK slide show will cover some of those new features Mac owners might find particularly useful when they boot up Sierra for the first time.

  • At the same time, HP rolled out new PageWide and LaserJet printers, all of which are aimed to grow the company's presence in the global copier space.

  • The company is making it easier for Xbox One owners to finding squad mates or adversaries with the new Looking for Group and Clubs features.

  • The new offering comes in celebration of the Raspberry Pi Foundation passing the mark of 10 million devices shipped around the world.

  • The world's largest smartphone maker is struggling in the printer space and may shed the business to focus on core operations, a report says.

  • According to a report, Dell officials want to save as much as $1.7 billion in costs in the first 18 months following the close of the acquisition.

  • The new $74 billion company will have a broad reach throughout the enterprise IT market and will present a larger challenge to HPE, IBM and Lenovo.

  • The "Bristol Ridge" chips offer improved performance and efficiency, but the real shift will come with the "Zen"-based processors early next year.

  • HP Inc. on Aug. 31 unveiled a new computer called the Pavilion Wave. The desktop PC, which will launch later in September, comes in a small triangular package that's designed to deliver immersive audio experiences. The computer, which looks more like a speaker than a desktop PC, runs on Windows 10 and supports 4K displays. It's yet another PC designed to make people forget the boring boxes and towers that encouraged buyers to ignore the desktop market altogether in recent years. With the Pavilion Wave, users will also find several tucked-away USB ports as well as an HDMI port designed to connect the computer to a television. Despite its consumer focus, the Pavilion Wave is no slouch on power. Customers can buy up to the sixth-generation Intel Core i7 processor and include up to 16GB of memory in the machine to keep apps running smoothly. Perhaps most importantly for those who want high-end performance, the computer even boasts support for the AMD Radeon R9 M470 graphics chip. Altogether, these features will make the Pavilion Wave a nice computer for the home.

  • Intel this week unveiled its 7th Generation Core processors—known by the code-name Kaby Lake—which executives said will drive the development of PCs for what they are calling the "immersive internet," where systems can better run such apps as virtual reality (VR), high-end gaming and 4K ultra-high-definition 360-degree video. The new chips, which will begin appearing in systems later this year, offer incremental improvements from the current 6th Generation Skylake processors, but the real comparison comes against systems that are five years old or older, of which there are hundreds of millions still in use. Against those PCs, systems powered by Kaby Lake will be 1.7 times faster at traditional processing jobs, three times faster running high-end 3D games, 8.6 times faster at creating and sharing 4K 360-degree video and 15 times faster at creating video in near-real time. Intel is making a high-profile pivot away from PCs and toward such growth areas as the cloud, internet of things (IoT), data centers and VR, but client systems—particularly such PCs as two-in-ones and convertibles—are the devices on which many of the emerging apps will run.

  • Microsoft on Aug. 21 dropped a hint, either intentionally or inadvertently, about what's next for its hardware division by posting a teaser image on Instagram of what most believe is the next Surface Book model. The image appears to show a Surface Book—which could be named the Surface Book 2 when it launches—with a redesigned hinge. The image follows earlier rumors that Microsoft is planning to eliminate the gap between the screen and keyboard in the original Surface Book so the two components are flush. Microsoft also is rumored to be planning internal component upgrades for a purported Surface Book 2, as well as enhancements to the 2-in-1 hybrid notebook's screen. Microsoft is even reportedly planning to support virtual and augmented reality in its next device. But if nothing else, Microsoft's teaser suggests it has something up its sleeve. This eWEEK slide show will talk about some of the features Microsoft should include in an updated Surface Book, no matter what its name is when it actually reaches the market.

  • The announcement comes after Chinese antitrust regulators approve the massive deal, removing the remaining hurdle for Dell and EMC officials.

  • The company said the 7th Generation Core processors will bring performance and efficiency gains and features for such applications as VR and PC games.

  • An image posted by the official Microsoft Surface account on Instagram seemed to hint at a redesigned Surface Book, but an eagle-eyed Windows developer poured cold water on the rumor.

  • The new name comes as Dell expands its capabilities with the $62 billion acquisition of data storage vendor EMC and its federated companies.

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