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      Dell tells remote workers that they won’t be eligible for promotion

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 18 March - 19:07

    A woman in a bright yellow jacket is sitting in front of a laptop in emotional tension.

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    Starting in May, Dell employees who are fully remote will not be eligible for promotion, Business Insider (BI) reported Saturday. The upcoming policy update represents a dramatic reversal from Dell's prior stance on work from home (WFH), which included CEO Michael Dell saying: "If you are counting on forced hours spent in a traditional office to create collaboration and provide a feeling of belonging within your organization, you’re doing it wrong."

    Dell employees will mostly all be considered "remote" or "hybrid" starting in May, BI reported. Hybrid workers have to come into the office at least 39 days per quarter, Dell confirmed to Ars Technica, which equates to approximately three times a week. Those who would prefer to never commute to an office will not "be considered for promotion, or be able to change roles," BI reported.

    "For remote team members, it is important to understand the trade-offs: Career advancement, including applying to new roles in the company, will require a team member to reclassify as hybrid onsite," Dell's memo to workers said, per BI.

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      The 5 most interesting PC monitors from CES 2024

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Sunday, 14 January - 12:45 · 1 minute

    Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved Thunderbolt Hub Monitor (U4025QW)

    Enlarge / Dell's upcoming UltraSharp U4025QW. (credit: Scharon Harding)

    Each year, the Consumer Electronics show brings a ton of new computer monitor announcements, and it's often difficult to figure out what's worth paying attention to. When it comes to the most interesting models this year, there were two noteworthy themes.

    First of all, my complaint in 2022 about there not being enough OLED monitors was largely addressed this year. CES revealed many plans for OLED monitors in 2024, with a good number of those screens set to be appropriately sized for desktops. That includes the introduction of 32-inch, non-curved QD-OLED options and other smaller screens for people who have been waiting for OLED monitors in more varied form factors.

    Secondly, with more people blending their work and home lives these days, CES brought hints that the line between gaming monitors and premium monitors used for general or even professional purposes will be blurring more in the future. We're not at the point where the best productivity monitor and ideal gaming monitor perfectly align in a single product. But this week's announcements have me imagining ways that future monitors could better serve users with serious work and play interests.

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      The Dell XPS laptop, as we know and love it, is no more

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Thursday, 4 January - 11:00

    Dell’s XPS laptop lineup has long been my go-to for an easy laptop recommendation. With an accessible starting price, a good amount of display options, and an ultrathin build, it was often a fitting choice for the average consumer seeking something with a premium feel and some clout. With the 2024 laptop lineup announced today, the XPS no longer feels like an obvious recommendation.

    Dell has reimagined the XPS laptop lineup in the image of what used to be called the Dell XPS 13 Plus . When it launched in 2022, the XPS 13 Plus was a 13.4-inch XPS laptop that was pricier than its non-Plus alternative. The XPS 13 Plus and its 2023 predecessor took extreme design measures, including a capacitive touch function row, unique keyboard, and borderless haptic touchpad to squeeze more power out of its processor.

    Those polarizing features are now mandatory in an XPS laptop. The new XPS 13, 14, and 16 look like the XPS 13 Plus. But Dell is no longer calling that design the "Plus." It's now just the standard design of a standard XPS laptop.

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      CAMM standard published, opening door for thin, speedy RAM to overtake SO-DIMM

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 11 December - 19:53

    Front of a 128GB CAMM.

    Enlarge / The front of a 128GB Dell CAMM. (credit: Dell)

    Move over, SO-DIMM. A new type of memory module has been made official, and backers like Dell are hoping that it eventually replaces SO-DIMM (small outline dual in-line memory module) entirely.

    This month, JEDEC, a semiconductor engineering trade organization, announced that it had published the JESD318: Compression Attached Memory Module (CAMM2) standard, as spotted by Tom's Hardware .

    CAMM2 was originally introduced as CAMM via Dell, which has been pushing for standardization since it announced the technology at CES 2022. Dell released the only laptops with CAMM in 2022, the Dell Precision 7670 and 7770 workstations.

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      Idéal pour le gaming, cet écran PC 34 pouces de Dell est à -20 %

      news.movim.eu / Numerama · Friday, 10 November - 08:29

    [Deal du jour] Le moniteur incurvé Alienware 34 de Dell est un écran OLED pour PC, parfait pour vos sessions de jeux vidéo. Il est en ce moment plus abordable, grâce à une réduction de -20 %. [Lire la suite]

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      Dell fined $6.5M after admitting it made overpriced monitors look discounted

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Monday, 14 August, 2023 - 21:09

    An employee uses a handheld scanner to register the barcode of an outgoing Dell Inc. computer monitor inside the warehouse of an order fulfillment centre,

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    Dell's Australia arm has been slapped with a $10 million AUD (about $6.49 million) fine for "making false and misleading representations on its website about discount prices for add-on computer monitors," the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC) announced today. The Australian regulator said the company sold 5,300 monitors this way.

    As Ars Technica previously reported, the ACCC launched litigation against Dell Australia in November. In June, the Australian Federal Court declared that Dell Australia made shoppers believe monitors would be cheaper if bought as an add-on item.

    Here's how the "misleading representations" worked. Shoppers of Dell Australia's website who were buying a computer would see an offer for a Dell display with a lower price next to a higher price with a strikethrough line. That suggested to shoppers that the price they'd pay for the monitor if they added it to their cart now would be lower than the monitor's usual cost. But it turns out the strikethrough prices weren't the typical costs. Sometimes, the lower price was actually higher than what Dell Australia typically charged.

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      Dell in hot water for making shoppers think overpriced monitors were discounted

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 6 June, 2023 - 21:06 · 1 minute

    A Dell computer monitor sits on display inside a Staples store in New York, U.S.

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    Dell Technologies' Australia subsidiary misled online shoppers into thinking that adding a monitor to their purchase would get them a discount on the display, even though doing so sometimes resulted in customers paying a higher price for the monitor than if they had bought it on its own. That's according to a declaration by the Australian Federal Court on Monday. The deceptive practices happened on Dell's Australian website, but they serve as a reminder to shoppers everywhere that a strikethrough line or sale stamp on an online retailer doesn't always mean you're getting a bargain.

    On June 5, the Federal Court said Dell Australia was guilty of making "false or misleading representations with respect to the price" of monitors that its website encouraged shoppers to add to their purchase. The purchases were made from August 2019 to the middle of December 2021.

    The website would display the add-on price alongside a higher price that had a strikethrough line, suggesting that the monitor was typically sold at the price with the line going through it but that customers would get a discount if they added it to their cart at purchase. (The Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, or ACCC, posted a screenshot example here .) However, the strikethrough prices weren't actually representative of what Dell was charging for the monitors for most of the time before the purported discount.

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      OLED is great, but where are all the Mini LED laptops?

      news.movim.eu / ArsTechnica · Friday, 28 April, 2023 - 11:00

    Woman using laptop in hammock on beach.

    Enlarge / Working outside like this isn't so easy on an OLED laptop with limited brightness. (credit: Maria Korneeva/Getty)

    If I could have any type of display panel in my laptop, it would be Mini LED.

    Sure, OLED is best at producing deep blacks and high contrast, but Mini LED is a powerful substitute. The potential for blooming still exists, but it's not a huge deal on a small laptop screen. Meanwhile, there's no burn-in risk, and I'd likely get better full-screen brightness when I want to take my laptop outside. Plus, the battery life of Mini LED screens is superior to that of OLED panels.

    For the things I do most frequently on my laptop—working on Word documents and spreadsheets, reading, editing photos, and streaming video—the highest contrast ratio isn't imperative. I'd settle for second-best if it meant other gains.

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