Live from eTail West, we’re excited to announce we’re now accepting bitcoin in the UK and Canada on Dell.com, making Dell the largest merchant to accept bitcoin internationally.Following our successful US pilot, we’ve decided to bring the world’s most widely used digital currency to our consumer and small business customers in the UK and Canada. We are seeing purchases across our full product and customer spectrum – from software and peripherals to our business PCs and even our largest transaction to date – north of $50,000 for a highly configured PowerEdge server system.This form of payment is clearly resonating with consumer, small and medium businesses. And now we’re excited to take the choice and flexibility this payment option offers global, maintaining our partnership with Coinbase, a trusted and secure third party payment processor, to make this possible.When you are ready to make a purchase, simply add the items to your cart and choose Bitcoin as the payment method. Checkout our special video guide to see the bitcoin payment process in action.“Through the expansion of Bitcoin we’re enabling new levels of convenience for our customers, making it easier for them to do business with Dell,” said Paul J. Walsh, CIO, Dell.Have questions about Bitcoin? We’ve tried our best to answer some of them in our original blog post here and in our Terms & Conditions, or feel free to leave them in the comments below.Image by Francis Storr via Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0)
The keynote and breakout sessions of the Dell EMC forum event series represent a huge opportunity for our customers and partners to learn the latest. The Dell EMC forum is much more than sessions. The solutions expo provides a perfect opportunity to connect and share best practices and see real solutions in action from Dell Technologies and our partners. The Solutions Expo includes a look at our client devices and a hand on lab for getting some “stick time”. I spent some time with Sonia Sharma who was happy to cover the details.In addition to the expo, some of the Dell EMC forums include a “Guest Speaker” – In Toronto the speaker was Wendel Clark, former captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Wendel talked Helmets, Sticks Technology and Hockey. Wendel’s guest session is included in this week’s Dell EMC The Source Podcast.Get The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)
Wow, what a tremendous first half of the year. I would go so far as to say that it has been legendary. Thank you to ALL of our partners for your incredible dedication to our Acceleration Strategy that I laid out at Global Partner Summit a few months ago. What Acceleration Strategy you may ask? Well let me refresh your memory on the four key tenants.Standardize – We must become the design standard for your offeringsExpand – We must focus on growing our incremental business and win net new opportunitiesScale – Drive practices around the four transformations of IT, Digital, Security and Workforce Transformation and embrace the full Dell Technologies portfolioLeverage – We must leverage each other’s strengths, from the full portfolio of Dell Technologies products and services to your expertise and ecosystemWhy do I believe this strategy will help us accelerate our success together? Well, it’s working. We saw 13% year over year growth in Global Alliances in the first half of the year. That’s incredible. But what’s truly impressive is that we saw double digit growth in every single region.I highlighted the success that we’ve had thus far and outline our vision for the future in the Global Alliances Broadcast last week. If you haven’t had the opportunity to check it out, I highly recommend you watch the full recap. What will you hear?A conversation with Bill Scannell, President, Global Enterprise Sales and Customer Operations around the importance of our Global Alliances Partners to the Dell Technologies business and how you play an important role in helping our customers on their transformational journeysAn introduction to Partner Preferred for Enterprise and Commercial, a program aimed at incentivizing our partners to grow both of our businessesGet more insight into our Global Client and Compute Solutions group and how YOU can leverage their products and services to grow your business. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the more you know our portfolio, the more successful we will beLearn about the Dell Technologies Advantage Partner Framework, a program aimed at making it easier for our partners to work across all of the Dell Technologies Partner ProgramsHear an update on the Dell EMC Partner Program and the programs we launched in the first half of the year to drive our joint go to market initiatives, including Cloud Partner ConnectUnderstand the three key themes that are driving Global Industries to solve the toughest challenges our customers face across industriesFor our technical experts, hear from our Presales and Specialty Sales leaders and hear about our most recent product launches as well as the success of our Hero’s program and how we’re engaging with our partner technical community to enable knowledge sharingFinally, get an update on our Systems Integrators and Strategic Outsourcers and why our joint customers understand the value of working with Dell EMC and our Global Alliances Partners to accelerate their organizational goalsI want to reiterate a huge THANK YOU to all of the men and women within Global Alliances and our partners for all of your hard work and dedication. We are extremely grateful for all that you do. Don’t forget to check out the leaderboard for President’s Circle 2019 too and see if you’re in the hunt for the elusive trip to South Africa. Last year was absolutely incredible and I can’t wait to see some of you on safari and celebrate our partnership.Head to the Partner Portal to view the broadcast replay!
Gaming is a passion for us and what’s often so inspiring is how unique the experience is for everyone – we all do it a little differently. No matter how many hours you put in, we want you to look forward to gaming on an Alienware or Dell G Series laptop. As gamers ourselves (and tech geeks who appreciate the specs), Alienware and Dell know that gamers have different needs but are all looking for the best CPUs and graphics to power their favorite games. With the addition of the latest 9th Gen Intel® Core™ high performance mobile processors, and NVIDIA’s latest GTX GPUs, you have more options to choose from; we want it to be right for you.Today, you can order the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors and the NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 series GPUs in the Dell G5 and G7 laptops, starting at $949.99. Also available today, Alienware’s m15 and m17 laptops will offer NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 16 series GPUs, starting at $1,329.99. Followed by the new 9th Gen Intel Core processors in June.The all new 9th Gen Intel Core CPUs brings the highest performance to gaming and creator laptops, delivering up to 5.0 GHz Turbo, 8 cores, and 16 threads. This newest generation of Intel Core represents the world’s most powerful gaming laptop platform by optimizing software and hardware, including the latest NVIDIA® GPUs, to help deliver a great end-to-end experience. The 9th Gen Intel Core CPU platform handles everything from demanding AAA games to taxing creative workloads like editing and rendering.The new NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 and 1660 Ti graphic cards offer the perfect complement to 9th Gen Intel Core chips without having to be tethered to a desk. The 16 series is built with the breakthrough graphics performance of award-winning NVIDIA Turing architecture, a blazing-fast supercharger for today’s most popular games. Adding to industry-leading graphics options, these 16 Series graphic cards will let you capture and share videos and screenshots with friends, as well as help you livestream like a pro with dedicated hardware encoders optimized for Open Broadcaster Software (OBS) that delivers 15% improved efficiency over prior cards.As always, XPS is on the forefront of technology updates, and will be offering the latest Intel Core and NVIDIA processors with Dell XPS 15 in June. The world’s smallest 15.6-inch performance laptop packs power and a stunning InfinityEdge design. More details to come.With our Dell G Series gaming laptops, we offer the essential features gamers need as well as some of the premium features you would find in an Alienware, such as 4-zone RGB keyboards, narrows bezels, and software that makes it easy to manage your in-game settings. Coming at the end of May, we’ll add to those premium features with OLED and 240Hz panel options on the Dell G7 15.We’re thrilled for these announcements and the enhanced experience they will provide for gamers and creators! Stay tuned for more information and ordering options. Includes the effect of Intel® Thermal Velocity Boost (Intel® TVB), a feature that opportunistically and automatically increases clock frequency above single-core and multi-core Intel® Turbo Boost Technology frequencies based on how much the processor is operating below its maximum temperature and whether turbo power budget is available. The frequency gain and duration is dependent on the workload, capabilities of the processor and the processor cooling solution.
This is the second installment in our series Not Just Another G, which provides insight into 5G and what it means to the service provider industry. Missed the first post? Catch up here.The next-generation 5G architecture is built around the realization that different services are consumed differently, and by different types of users. Thus, next-generation mobile access technology must have:A way to define those differences,A way to determine and place constraints so as to meet those differences, andA way to architect access methods that meet the goals of the different services that ride on top of the technology.It is to this end that the 5G technology has built-in support for what’s called “network slicing” – a fancy phrase to say that the network is sliced up, with each slice configured to meet the needs of a singular class of service.In the 5G architecture, for example, there is a slice designed to deliver common mobile consumer data. This slice delivers high throughput data consumers want access to, which may be things like pictures, videos, live video interactions, remote mailbox access or remote shared data vault access.Another slice is designed for what is called “latency critical” applications. Imagine a connected, self-driving, auto-diagnosing car of the future. The car, connected to 5G, will be the “new cell phone”. It will automatically make things happen so that the driver can choose to not be in control and enjoy life or get work done while commuting. This requires a fast, high-speed, reliable, always-available and latency critical network. The 5G latency-aware slice allows a network design that can make these guarantees. By the way, the car is just one of the many such latency-critical applications.Another slice of the network is designed to meet both the latency, and the capacity needs of the service. Consider the example of TeleHealth, a use-case where in a medical service provider is physically remote from the consumer. Many healthcare situations demand TeleHealth, which has seen only limited realization because a truly mobile, low-latency and capacity-aware network architecture has remained a challenge. All TeleHealth use-cases require:Interaction with no frame/audio drops,Atomic guarantees of delivery – if a command was sent, the network must guarantee the delivery of that command and the response back, andUbiquity – be a stranded climber on a remote mountain, or an inner-city youth who needs the help of a specialist in Mayo Clinic, the network must always be there to support the service.This new and innovative world requires a large amount of infrastructure. It requires an increase in cell stations, to which a multitude of end-users will be connected to in order to consume services. It requires compute, storage, and networking capabilities distributed across the edge of the network, enabling a service delivery platform running both network services and 3rd party application workloads. This edge platform coupled with differentiated classes of service provides new ways for Telcos to monetize the infrastructure and charge consumers.At Dell Technologies, we are focused on creating the best possible infrastructure elements that will help the creation of next-generation mobile access networks. Dell EMC servers are best-in-class and hold the biggest market share. Dell EMC storage is second-to-none, and offers all types and variations as needed to suit the goals of any point of presence in a 5G network. Dell EMC Networking gear brings it all together, in a self-aware, software-defined, declarative manner so that the network can adapt quickly to meet the demands of all the 5G slices.We are here to help our customers on the Journey to 5G.
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Health authorities in Taiwan are quarantining 5,000 people while looking for the source of two coronavirus cases linked to a hospital. Officials said they have not been able to identify how the husband and wife became infected after a brief hospital stay. Those asked to quarantine include patients who were discharged from Taoyuan General Hospital from Jan. 6 to 19 and their caregivers. The cluster has grown to 15 cases. Taiwan has been applauded for its swift and sustained efforts to contain COVID-19, with just seven deaths and fewer than 900 confirmed cases, despite its proximity to China, where the pandemic began.
NEW YORK (AP) — Netflix is once again the top contender at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards. The streamer got 26 nominations, snapping up film nods for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “The Prom,” comedy nominations for “Dead to Me” and “Big Mouth” and drama nods for “The ”Umbrella Academy” and “Ratched.” Netflix has for the past few years led the annual GLAAD nominations, which honors media for fair and accurate representations of LGBTQ people. HBO Max follows with nine nominations, and Amazon, Hulu and HBO each received four. The Hallmark Channel received its first nomination for the network’s first holiday movie featuring a gay lead character.
OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he keeps a signed hockey stick from “living legend” Willie O’Ree as a constant reminder of the work that remains to combat racism. O’Ree in 1958 became the first Black man to play in the NHL. He and Trudeau participated Monday in a virtual assembly with Canadian students, marking both the first day of Black History Month and the Canadian release of a new documentary about O’Ree. Trudeau keeps the stick O’Ree gave him during a 2018 visit to Parliament Hill next to his desk. He says they are a testament to O’Ree’s perseverance and a daily reminder that neither Canada, nor the game it loves, is inclusive enough. The 85-year-old O’Ree played 45 games for the Boston Bruins in 1958 and 1961.