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Alienware Graphics Amplifier for Alienware 18 & 17

Nov 13, 2014

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

The new Alienware Graphics Amplifier (AGA) looks very nice. In fact, it'd be very good if it supported Alienware 17 and 18. I think Dell should add AGA port on future Alienware 17 & 18.Is it possible to utilize the Mini DisplayPort on current Alienware 17 and 18 as a Thunderbolt port? Existing 17 and 18 have to be able to enjoy AGA too.AGA has to support multiple cards for SLI & CrossFire and giant graphic cards. Hence, users will be able to enjoy desktop SLI and CF performance on Alienware laptops.Different PCIe slots (e.g 1x and 4x) have to be present too. The fact that sound card option won't be available on Alienware laptops (alright you win, Dell) is ok. Yet I'd be very happy if AGA supported PCIe addon cards. Thus, users will be able to install different PCIe cards such as sound card and SSD.

4 Votes | 7 Comments

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Gaming, Alienware,

Wireless dock addon support

Nov 25, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Most business that have Dell laptops have the older models that use a wired dock.  Moving to a new wireless dock for the new Ultrabooks is great, but why have two docks onthe boardroom table when you can have one wireless dock with a "wireled port" addon that is used by the older Latitude laptops. The addon would attach to the "addon port" on the wireless dock.  This allows for new ultrabooks and tablets to connect wirelessly and older laptops to also conenct, making the transition to new technology a lot easier.

1 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops and Laptops, Enterprise,

If it's not compatible, don't offer it

Nov 15, 2014

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

Windows 8 or above has proven to be the least agreeable operating system Microsoft has put out; applications like Office have peculiar compatibility issues considering, but when it comes to pairing 3rd-party software with 8 or 8.1, Dell's offerings could be more thorough.Take PowerDVD as an example - with the system I purchased in October, it came with version 12 so I could play DVDs and Blu-Rays.  As I've discovered recently, however, this build isn't actually compatible, and it either hangs or crashes completely more times than work properly, even before you play a disc with it!PowerDVD was offered as a freebie so there's not much I can do about it after-the-fact, but I would ask that the configurator for systems is given better awareness to what software is/is not compatible, and Dell ensures there are alternative options available to customers.

4 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Dell Web Site, Software,

Corliss Home Security Tech Pros and Cons: Amazon Echo

Nov 25, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Just in time for Christmas, Amazon has announced its very own voice-controlled system that functions as a smart virtual assistant and music player.  Amazon is expected to offer Echo to consumers for a couple hundred bucks, but only to those who had already signed up on the waiting list. As of today, Echo is only available by invitation and there were no early models handed out to tech journalists for actual review. Nevertheless, Corliss Home Security got hold of the supposed functions and features of the device.  Echo is a sleek cylindrical gadget with 7 microphones, built-in speakers and capability to connect to the web. It's pegged as a very smart home gadget that can sync and control all the various smart devices in your household through issuing voice commands.  It's a really cool way to connect various gadgets of your futuristic house. For instance, you can tell Echo you're going out so as soon as you step out, the lights will automatically turn off and the doors will lock. Also, if you really need help to remember when you ran out of milk and eggs, Echo can also record reminders like chores and shopping lists (that you can just as easily do with a post-it) and then read it back to you at the right time. You can even instruct Echo to download/upload files using the cloud, and play your favorite playlist while it's going at it.  For all the geeky functions and cool factor, they conveniently forgot to describe how you will be certain that your info and privacy is protected while using it. You'd think paying a couple hundred would be enough price for living in the future, but as it turns out, there's another more costly catch: your privacy.  According to the description Corliss Home Security got, Echo's microphones are not always connected to the web; it only turns the mic on once you say the wake word “Amazon" or "Alexa". Basically, they are only supposed to make connections to the Internet once the wake-up and command words are said. Even then, users are told not to worry as there are safety protocols to protect them, or so they say.  With the expected trove of data Amazon will gather from this, it only takes a program to piece together all those information about you -- and you didn't even realize what you've given away. For instance, asking what's the weather like in Paris, Echo can remember that and assume that you're planning to go there on said date.  Tech companies will of course downplay the security risks and claim that they can be totally trusted. "All data securely salted and hashed in our private server located in the Bahamas or something."  The booming tech industry is herding consumers to fixate on the 'good' side of these innovations and ignore the tradeoff for those supposed convenience and 'free services'. You're surrounded by all this cool high-tech gadgets, sure. But you're also exposing yourself to the dangers of being listened and watched to at any given time. Just think of this: that smartphone has a GPS that surely comes handy when you want to find a nice restaurant nearby but it also means it's easy to track you down any time. And that tablet you're using to chat/Skype with? Yeah, it can be spied on.  "We've dramatically increased the access to our personal lives. Before, you had to break into someone's house to see what they're doing," said Andrew Sudbury, from the consumer privacy industry.  And as if the privacy concern is not bad enough, it clearly says on the Echo website: "Always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech, patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences." Yikes. The convenience is nice and all but I don't think I want a machine with a learning capability anywhere near me.  Seems like our only safeguard is to turn them off -- if they can truly be turned off, that is.

1 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Small Business,

Corliss Home Security Tech Pros and Cons: Amazon Echo

Nov 25, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Just in time for Christmas, Amazon has announced its very own voice-controlled system that functions as a smart virtual assistant and music player.  Amazon is expected to offer Echo to consumers for a couple hundred bucks, but only to those who had already signed up on the waiting list. As of today, Echo is only available by invitation and there were no early models handed out to tech journalists for actual review. Nevertheless, Corliss Home Security got hold of the supposed functions and features of the device.  Echo is a sleek cylindrical gadget with 7 microphones, built-in speakers and capability to connect to the web. It's pegged as a very smart home gadget that can sync and control all the various smart devices in your household through issuing voice commands.  It's a really cool way to connect various gadgets of your futuristic house. For instance, you can tell Echo you're going out so as soon as you step out, the lights will automatically turn off and the doors will lock. Also, if you really need help to remember when you ran out of milk and eggs, Echo can also record reminders like chores and shopping lists (that you can just as easily do with a post-it) and then read it back to you at the right time. You can even instruct Echo to download/upload files using the cloud, and play your favorite playlist while it's going at it.  For all the geeky functions and cool factor, they conveniently forgot to describe how you will be certain that your info and privacy is protected while using it. You'd think paying a couple hundred would be enough price for living in the future, but as it turns out, there's another more costly catch: your privacy.  According to the description Corliss Home Security got, Echo's microphones are not always connected to the web; it only turns the mic on once you say the wake word “Amazon" or "Alexa". Basically, they are only supposed to make connections to the Internet once the wake-up and command words are said. Even then, users are told not to worry as there are safety protocols to protect them, or so they say.  With the expected trove of data Amazon will gather from this, it only takes a program to piece together all those information about you -- and you didn't even realize what you've given away. For instance, asking what's the weather like in Paris, Echo can remember that and assume that you're planning to go there on said date.  Tech companies will of course downplay the security risks and claim that they can be totally trusted. "All data securely salted and hashed in our private server located in the Bahamas or something."  The booming tech industry is herding consumers to fixate on the 'good' side of these innovations and ignore the tradeoff for those supposed convenience and 'free services'. You're surrounded by all this cool high-tech gadgets, sure. But you're also exposing yourself to the dangers of being listened and watched to at any given time. Just think of this: that smartphone has a GPS that surely comes handy when you want to find a nice restaurant nearby but it also means it's easy to track you down any time. And that tablet you're using to chat/Skype with? Yeah, it can be spied on.  "We've dramatically increased the access to our personal lives. Before, you had to break into someone's house to see what they're doing," said Andrew Sudbury, from the consumer privacy industry.  And as if the privacy concern is not bad enough, it clearly says on the Echo website: "Always getting smarter. The more you use Echo, the more it adapts to your speech, patterns, vocabulary, and personal preferences." Yikes. The convenience is nice and all but I don't think I want a machine with a learning capability anywhere near me.  Seems like our only safeguard is to turn them off -- if they can truly be turned off, that is.

1 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Small Business,

Newport International Runway Group Tokyo Latest Trends: Stil hemmeligheder modedesigner Louisa Parris viser os rundt sit luksus-hjem

Nov 25, 2014

1 Vote

Status: New

Vi taler med prisbelønnede modedesigner Louisa Parris, 35, der gør stilfulde silke tørklæder, kjoler og hatte i fed, grafikbillede udskrives. Hun bor i London med sin mand Chris og deres søn Arthur Den første hjem jeg husker var i Lincombe Hill i bad. Det var en stor georgiansk byhus, som mine forældre tilbragte år gør op – det var en reel arbejdskraft af kærlighed. Værelserne var enorme, med højt til loftet-jeg husker at se far op to sæt af stiger, arbejder væk på gesimser. Han er en indendørsarkitekt, så han elskede at tage på slags projekter. Huset havde også en enorm kælder køkken med en jukeboks, et brød ovn og en værdiboks. Mor var en mode illustrator og på et tidspunkt hun lavede et projekt for Rolex og havde mange tusinde pund værd af ure gemt derinde. Huset jeg bor i nu, i syd-øst London, bruges til at tilhøre mine forældre. Det er en Grade II-fredet bygning og jeg boede her fra alder 14 indtil jeg dimitterede fra St Martins. Mor elskede Boligindretning og det var en kørende joke med mine skolekammerater, at jeg ikke ville vide, hvad jeg ville være at gå hjem til — da jeg kom tilbage, hun ville have malet en væg lyse pink eller chokolade brun og flyttet alle møbler rundt. Ovenstående billede pejsen i vores front værelse er en mor malet, inspireret af en af mine tørklæde designs. Hun gjorde seks i alt og vi udstillet dem på en pop-up shop Vi løb i Covent Garden denne sommer. I 2004 min kæreste — nu mand — Chris blev tilbudt et job i San Francisco. Det var en fantastisk mulighed for at lave grafisk design til Apple, så jeg gik med ham. Jeg havde uddannet seks måneder før og følte sig klar til et eventyr. Vi var så heldige at få en dejlig leje-kontrollerede lejlighed i dalen Noe, som dateres tilbage til 1900-tallet. Alle gulvbrædderne var blevet lagt i hånden, dørene havde disse store messing håndtag, og jeg var helt taget med det. San Francisco var genial til afhente møbler og bric-a-brac. Vi ville tilbringe weekenden kæmning gennem loppemarkeder for vintage stole og frugt kasser. Jeg fandt det så inspirerende — alle disse fantastiske bygninger malet i lyse pastelfarver. Det var et fantastisk sted at udvikle som en designer og finpudse min æstetiske. Jeg lanceret min etiket i San Francisco og for nylig udviklet et sæt af tørklæder opkaldt efter dens gader. Vi flyttede tilbage til England i 2012. Der var masser af grunde: vi ønskede at købe et hus og starte en familie, Chris var blevet tilbudt et job her og fashionwise det gav mening for mig at være i London. Tilfældigvis, mine forældre havde besluttet at flytte til landet, så det var perfekt timing — nu vores søn kunst er på mit gamle værelse. Det er dejligt fordi det føles som en bolt-hul for hele familien at vende tilbage til. Vi har masser af arvestykker, herunder nogle smukke køkkenvægt mor købte i halvfjerdserne og en Anglepoise lampe, der tilhørte mine bedsteforældre. Jeg vil gerne have denne følelse af kontinuitet. Som Chris og jeg er begge designere, afspejle vores gaver til hinanden ofte dette. Jeg har givet ham et Mondaine schweiziske jernbaner ur og en Eames gyngestol; han gav mig et sæt af udskrifter af mode illustrator René Gruau og en utrolig Lloyd Loom stol. Vi har også dejlige stykker designet af venner, ligesom trædukker i soveværelset. Det mest dyrebare, dog er et sæt af læder-bundet albums. En er fuld af billeder, en anden har alle kortene Chris og jeg har lavet hinanden i de seneste 10 år, og sidst er en gæstebog fra vores bryllup, hvor vi fik alle til at tegne en hest. Vi har ikke rigtig nogen husregler, bortset fra at kedlen er altid på. Vi gerne have et meget åbent hus, med masser af mennesker rundt om bordet for endeløse kopper te.  

1 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Dell Community,

Venue 11 Pro Dock Cable

Nov 20, 2014

2 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

It would be nice to use our Venue Pros as both a desktop and a tablet at the same time.  I often do WebEx where I need my machine docked yet I want to take notes.  With the tablet in the dock you really cannot use the stylus.Idea is to offer a dock cable.  One end plugs into the 40pin connector on the dock, the other to the connector on the bottom of the tablet.  This allows us to be docked and use the stylus at the same time.   Alternative idea is a dock that allow you to lay the tablet flat for writing or upright as a monitor.  

2 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops and Laptops, Mobile Devices,

A mobile studio/device for artists

Oct 30, 2014

5 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

I want the best touch mobile device that is compatible with the best digitizer accessories (namely, wacom). As a 20 year graphic designer and front-end developer, I have come to love and trust wacom for the best pens and tablets. The last 5+ years I have migrated into UI/UX and my job is to constantly make fast notes and wireframes, quick design drawings, and instant prototypes. I have not found a mobile device that could get me off paper and into a digital studio without a lot of file and hard drive swapping. I was looking at the XPS ultrabook as just the best idea, being a tablet for drawing, and a laptop for my design and dev applications. The biggest reason I wont purchase one right away is that it is not compatible with my trusty wacom pen. I have a bamboo stylus touch, the best stylus on the market. Some tablets will work with the bamboo but these dont feature windows 8.1 or the ability to double as a laptop. I want one device, mobile, touch and cpu, to be everything I need and I believe there is an army of users like me who are waiting for the same device.

5 Votes | 2 Comments

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops and Laptops, Mobile Devices,

Smart Desk Concept Issues.

Nov 11, 2014

4 Votes

Status: Acknowledged

I recently came across the blog link for the Smart Desk and Ultrasharp Monitor concept located here and while I like the design I am sure that there are a number of issues with it. I personally have a triple monitor setup with a touchscreen mounted in front (in a similar vein to the concept design) which you can see here. As you can see it is not too dissimilar from the proposed  workstation setup in the post. My issues are thus:1: The touchscreen must be able to tilt to at least a 20 degree angle from the desk. After about 3 months of using this set up I have had the touchscreen in a number of positions (from completely flat to around a 40 degree angle). For me 20 degrees is the optimum. I fail to see how a configuration that requires you to look directly down at the touch screen for controls and then up to the display monitor mounted at a 90 degree angle will lead to anything other than back pain and frustration. The current configuration also precludes a user from seeing all available information across the two screens at a glance. I'm sure this has already been considered by the R&D team, but if not it certainly needs rasing. 2: Auxilary input devices (mouse and keyboard) are required in my opnion. More than this, I feel they need to be integrated into the design rather than 'optional extras' as they will be practically compulsory. Again speaking from personal experience I used only the Windows 8 on-screen keyboard for about a week before it became completely untenable. The typing position will never be comfortable, the lack of feedback from the creen feels odd and wpm drops for me personally by about 40%. I realise the intention of the touchsreen is to replace traditional input devices (given that the demo video includes a lot of controls and user interface design that appears to be bespoke), however I strongly feel that this is untenable. Regardless of how ambitious the project becomes, and how much collaboration is garnered from third parties (Adobe springs to mind given the demo), it will be virtually impossible to create enough tailored interfaces to replace a single users entire workplace stack, at which point a mouse and keyboard likely become a necessity. Excluding these items within the design concept also effectively limits the hardwares use to audio visual professionals. I for example as a software developer am in a largely typed industry, and will rarely use any of the features presented in the demonstration. I strongly feel that such a concept however still has merit for such industries (I for example use mine as a content consumption device while not working, and as a control panel and application launcher using rainmeter when I am). I beleieve strongly that there is no need to pidgeonhole this purely into a design marketplace and thus limit potential adopters, which to me is what the demo video clearly does. Thanks. Chris. 

4 Votes | 1 Comment

Categories: Accessories (Keyboards, etc.), Desktops and Laptops, New Product Ideas,

New computers list of order of important things to do and the order to do them

Nov 21, 2014

1 Vote

Status: Acknowledged

This idea could be applied to a number of different activities, but should be included in PAPER form or as an intro spash screen on every computer..."Excited about your new computer?  We know you want to jump right in, but these are extremely important things you should do RIGHT AWAY, and in this order..."  I honestly don't know what the steps should be, but the average car manual does a better job of telling you how to break in an engine, and what the maintenance schedule should be.These all have to be done, but in what sequence?  Set up password, connect to internet, set up security, make back-up, system image, boot media, etc.  Buying a computer is very confusing and stressful without the need to be.   I have repasted my cpu, vacuumed the ports, updated drivers sporadically and randomly, stumbling along spending hours finding this basic and real world information on the internet.  The vast majority of us are not techincal gurus, and hate not having it made clear what we are supposed to do from the manufacturer.  Nine times out of 10 I end up looking at some 15 year old kid's You Tube Video to figure this stuff out.  

1 Votes | 0 Comment

Categories: Service and Support,

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