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HP Unveils Hybrid Products With Future-Ready Portfolio

…Powerful collaboration and productivity from commercial PCs, workstations, peripherals, and services that deliver exceptional experiences from anywhere

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HP’s new products and solutions to usher in the next era of hybrid work for everyone

HP Inc at the just concluded Amplify Partner Conference unveiled new products and solutions to usher in the next era of hybrid work for everyone with a comprehensive set of computing solutions for hybrid flexibility.

With only 22 per cent of workers describing themselves as ‘thriving’ in hybrid work, it’s clear companies are still figuring out how to make hybrid work.

“Most companies want to move past the ‘forced return’ to the office era of hybrid work,” said Alex Cho, President of Personal Systems, HP Inc. “The challenge is, they’re not sure how to.

“We believe the future is hybrid flexibility, which delivers the best of the home and the office to workers everywhere.”

According to HP’s Future of Work, study, 80 per cent of workers want to be in the office some of the time, but many companies continue to struggle to get workers back in the office.

HP research suggests that the most significant barrier to a return to office is a sub-optimal technology experience. In fact, 89 per cent say technology is the most important factor driving return-to-office decisions.

Similarly, of those who report thriving in hybrid work, 90 per cent believe that access to the right technology and tools leads to a positive work experience.

To accelerate employees’, return to work, the right technology is required for optimal work setups, enabling success for companies and their employees.

“Hybrid work does not equate to remote work. True hybrid work creates a great culture that connects people, raises productivity, and builds engagement. Technology is the biggest factor in doing that,” said Guayente Sanmartin, Global Head of Commercial Systems and Displays Solutions, at HP Inc.

“HP is the only company that can truly make hybrid work across all spaces – home, office, and in between – and we’re going big with innovations to help keep people connected, productive, and secure.”

Since 2021, HP Presence has enriched video conferencing experiences on the PC with intuitive collaboration innovations for people to truly feel connected while working together at home or in the office.

HP Presence will be available across all HP commercial notebooks – from ProBook and Dragonfly series to Z by HP mobile workstations. This provides companies the critical solutions for revitalizing collaboration, culture, innovation, and productivity to make working in or out of the office a seamless experience.

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Innovations include multi-camera experiences enabling users to be shown while whiteboarding at the same time and Auto Camera Select for face tracking makes meetings more engaging and natural.

The next generation of HP EliteBook and ProBook devices​are equipped for premium collaboration with HP Presence and next-level productivity. As users move throughout the day from home to office to meeting rooms, these devices are designed for hybrid flexibility.

For instance, the HP EliteBook 800 and 805 G10 Series PCs featuring the world’s most advanced business convertible for collaboration, the lineup makes virtual meetings authentic and interactive with HP Presence technology.

Equipped with a 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processor or next-generation AMD Ryzen™ processor and up to 64GB LPDDR5 memory, the series features enterprise-ready security and manageability.

The HP EliteBook 600 and 605 G10 Series PCs come with a 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processor8 or next-generation AMD Ryzen™ processor9. The HP EliteBook 600 Series devices feature two USB Type A (USB 3.2 Gen 1), one Thunderbolt™ 4 with USB4 Type-C® port, and one multifunction USB Type-C® port for easy configuring.

The HP EliteBook 605 Series lineup is outfitted with three USB Type A (USB 3.2 Gen 1) and one multifunction USB Type-C® port. The HP ProBook 400 and 405 G10 Series PCs are also equipped with a 13th Gen Intel® Core™ processor8 or next-generation AMD Ryzen™ processor.9

HP reinvigorates innovation with a focus on technology and solutions that not only deliver high performance but address new challenges with hybrid work when collaborating on large projects with complex workflows.

Since 2019, 71 percent of companies have increased workstation deployments to future-proof workforces with reliability, expandability, and remote access. Z by HP with HP Presence provides the collaboration tools and high-performance computing solutions needed to power today’s workflows.

The latest ZBook G10 mobile workstations — ZBook Firefly, ZBook Power, ZBook Studio, ZBook Fury — give power, performance, and battery life from anywhere. New workstations, the ZBook Firefly G10 and ZBook Power G10 both combine pro-level performance with mobility.

With the options to configure with the new Intel® vPro® platform powered by 13th Gen Intel Core™ processors,9next-generation AMD Ryzen™ PRO processors for mobile, and NVIDIA RTX™ Ada Generation Laptop GPUs, or integrated AMD Radeon™ graphics, HP is helping eliminate slowdowns during high-performance workflows while also increasing productivity.

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The ZBook Firefly and ZBook Power will be the first in the ZBook portfolio to now offer AMD Ryzen™ and Ryzen™ PRO processors for mobile.

ZBook Studio G10 comes with an Intel®️ Core™️ i9 CPU,8 NVIDIA RTX™️ Ada Generation Laptop GPU or GeForce RTX™️ GPU, 13 and 64 GB RAM. From 3D design to data science and AI computing, this PC delivers. Packed with pro performance in a sleek PC that fits in your bag, the ZBook Studio is engineered for building complex models, rendering in real-time, or visualizing data, on the go.

ZBook Fury G10: Tackles intense workflows from anywhere by offering a desktop-class Intel Core HX processor for pro performance.8 The new ZBook Fury is also combined with up to an NVIDIA RTX™ 5000 Ada Generation Laptop GPU,13 for users simultaneously rendering 3D models, running simulations, analyzing large data sets, or training machine learning models from anywhere.

The recently announced Z by HP Performance Desktops includes the world’s most powerful single-socket workstation with 4 GPUs, enabling complex, data-rich workflows for hybrid workplaces.

Upgrades to the Z by HP portfolio of purpose-built entry desktop workstations are now available with next-gen Intel® Core™ processors8 and the latest NVIDIA RTX™ professional GPUs.

These entry-level desktop workstations are for users who want to step into power and performance while remaining agile with remote access for high-end workflows. The Z2 Mini G9, Z2 SFF G9, Z2 Tower G9, and Z1 Tower G9 are built for designers, engineers, and students working on multiple applications at once.

The new HP Anyware Remote System Controller will now also be supported on the Z2 Mini G9, Z2 SFF G9, and Z2 Tower G9. As the world’s most advanced remote management peripheral, it is built for out-of-band management, allowing IT departments to monitor and manage a workstation fleet from anywhere. The Z by HP entry desktop workstation portfolio continues to bring performance and broad expandability to keep users in the creative zone.

Hybrid work is not just working remotely – it’s about delivering an experience that works seamlessly for those in the room and for those joining remotely. HP and Poly are now delivering the world’s most comprehensive set of commercial video conferencing devices for hybrid work.

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The latest Poly software update, Poly Video OS 4.0, delivers powerful experiences like AI-driven multi-camera mode that can keep multiple speakers in the frame for the most engaging remote collaboration experience.

The Poly Video OS 4.0 is now available across the Poly Studio X Series of video bars and the Poly G7500 modular video conferencing system. The Poly Studio X70 is the first and only video bar for large rooms certified for Microsoft Teams, along with the Poly G7500. Additionally, the Poly Studio X Android-based video bars are available and certified for Google Meet.

Whether you’re taking a personal call, a conference call, or listening to your favorite playlist, the recently announced Poly Voyager Free 60 Series of wireless earbuds provide an elevated pro-grade experience. HP is introducing an entry-level model – the Poly Voyager Free 60 – designed for use with mobile devices and comes with a standard charge case.

The series includes three versions: the Poly Voyager Free 60, Poly Voyager Free 60 UC, and Poly Voyager 60+ UC. The Poly Voyager Free 60 UC and 60+ UC versions are now certified for Microsoft Teams and Zoom. All models are compatible with leading audio and video conferencing applications.

With nearly 70 percent of mouse users experiencing pain around the wrist, the HP 920/925 Ergonomic Vertical Mouse helps keep your hand in a more relaxed, natural upright position. The world’s most versatile ergonomic vertical wireless mouse, the HP 920/925 features a detachable wrist rest to make it just as useable on the go. Users can feel good about its recycled materials and plastic-free packaging.

As IT teams now manage hybrid workers both at home and in the office, setting up employees with the right devices wherever they are in the world can be an unreliable, complicated, and inconvenient process.

As part of HP Logistics Services, the HP Home Delivery solution securely delivers HP commercial PCs, displays, and peripherals directly to employee residential addresses across the globe so hybrid workers can get their devices conveniently up and running right out of the box.

Updates to HP Home Delivery enable more efficient ordering, tracking, and proof of delivery.

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Lagos Govt, FirstBank Partner To Boost Healthcare Delivery In Ije-Ododo Community

…Over 10,000 residents to benefit from new primary healthcare centre

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L-R: Dr. Ibrahim Mustapha, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary Healthcare Board; Mrs. Tolani Oshodi, Permanent Secretary, Office of Secretary to the State Government/Cabinet Office; Hon. Ayodele Thomas, Vice Chairman, Iba Local Council Development Area; Mr. Seyi Oyefeso representing the CEO of FirstBank; High Chief Jelili Ododo, Baale of Ijeododo land looks on as Mrs. Folasade Jaji, Secretary to the State Government and representative of the Governor of Lagos State cuts the ribbon during the commissioning of the Primary Healthcare Centre sponsored by FirstBank to the Ijeododo Community, Lagos.

The Lagos State Government has built and unveiled a new Primary Healthcare Centre (PHC) in Ije-Ododo Community, Iba Local Council Development Area (LCDA), under the Ojo Council Area of the state.

The facility, which has been under construction since 2021 in partnership with First Bank of Nigeria Limited, was unveiled in the community in an opening ceremony attended by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, representatives of the state government, the state Primary Health Care Board, community leaders, as well as traditional rulers of Iba, Ije-Ododo and Ijagemo, among others.

The governor, who was represented by Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Mrs. Folashade Sherifat Jaji, said in his welcome address that the opening of the health facility under the SSG’s One Community At A Time (OCAAT) initiative, formed part of activities to herald the inauguration of his second term in office on Monday, May 29, 2023.

Maintaining that the attention being paid to the healthcare sector was deliberate to ensure a healthier populace, he said the state government under his watch would deploy more resources to the health sector for easier access to health services, especially in underserved communities.

The governor enjoined members of the community to take full advantage of the health benefits that will be provided in the facility and charged them to take ownership and always protect the assets and the facility.

The Permanent Secretary, Primary Healthcare Board, Dr. Ibrahim Mustapha, commended First Bank of Nigeria Limited and the contractor for completing the project within the stipulated time frame, but also requested more assistance to make the facility functional by providing equipment and other necessary medical gadgets.

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On his part, Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Dr. Adesola Adeduntan, who was represented by Mr. Seyi Oyefeso, expressed satisfaction at the successful completion of the project, adding that it was gratifying to know that no fewer than 10,000 residents of Ije-Ododo and neighbouring communities will have access to primary healthcare services in the facility.

He said as a responsible corporate social organisation, the bank’s intervention in the primary healthcare sector aligned with its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) approach anchored on citizenship, impact management, strategic education, as well as the health and welfare of the immediate and remote communities of Lagos State and other parts of the country.

In his words: “The completion and opening of the primary healthcare centre are to ensure that Ije-Ododo community will become healthier and wealthier since health is wealth.”

In his goodwill message, the Baale of Ije-Ododo, Dr. Abu Jelili Ododo, who spoke in the company of the Oba of Iba and Baale of Ijagemo, applauded Governor Sanwo-Olu for the timely completion of the healthcare centre and appealed for the construction of the Ijegun-Ije-Ododo-Abule-Ado road to link the Badagry Expressway, adding that it was high time the Ije-Ododo Community was provided with a motorable road to ease the sufferings of residents.

Responding to the request for the road, Jaji assured that the Lagos State government under Sanwo-Olu was poised to build the road but that the project suffered some setbacks due to agitations by some members of the community over the location of the project, adding however, that as soon as the governor settles down for his second tenure, construction work will begin on the road.

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Excitement As Konga Mid-Year Shopping Festival Kicks Off Today

Konga guarantees same day delivery for Mid-Year Shopping Festival

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Konga, Nigeria’s leading composite e-commerce giant, has pledged huge savings and more importantly, same-day delivery for shoppers in the second edition of the much-anticipated Mid-Year Shopping Festival.

The Konga Mid-Year Shopping Festival widely regarded as the biggest discount sale in the first half of the year, kicks off formally on Tuesday, May 30, and will run through Friday, June 30, 2023, online at  and offline in every Konga store nationwide.

An annual promotion, the month-long fiesta coincides with the celebration of Konga’s 11th anniversary, with the management of the e-commerce giant also seizing the opportunity to roll out KongaNow, its same-day delivery initiative through which shoppers can get their verified items delivered within one to six hours.

All products tagged KongaNow on the Konga website are available for immediate delivery, provided orders are placed before 2 pm daily. Alternatively, shoppers can access to select from a wide array of genuine high and medium-value items across categories.

Meanwhile, a variety of exciting offers have been lined up for shoppers throughout the month-long duration of the Konga Mid-Year Shopping Festival.

In addition to mouthwatering price crashes of up to 70% across multiple product categories including Computing, Electronics, Mobile Phones, Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Home & Kitchen Appliances, Wine & Spirits, Fashion, etc., Konga has equally lined up a suite of budget offerings tailored for every pocket, including Under 5k Shop, 10k Shop, 20k Shop and Under 30k shop, among others.

Shoppers are also in for a treat, with treasure hunts, live auctions and flash sales on specific days of the campaign.

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In partnership with leading financial institution, Access Bank, Konga is also offering an extra 10% discount off all purchases made by Xclusive Plus subscribers who shop with their Visa Signature Card.

Also on offer are app-only deals for Konga App users, early bird discounts, special deals for walk-in customers to Konga stores, free delivery for Konga Prime subscribers, special bulk deals for heavy shoppers, business owners, corporate/religious organizations, cooperatives, and educational institutions, among others.

In line with its mandate of helping shoppers save money, prospective travelers will also enjoy special deals on visa and passport processing, summer flight packages to major destinations as well as flexible installment payments via Konga Travels & Tours.

These offers are available simply by emailing or WhatsApp: 08112114488.

KongaPay users are also set to benefit from attractive discounts and bonuses on daily transactions, airtime, and data recharge, among others during the Mid-Year Shopping Festival.

Konga Mid-Year Shopping Festival runs from Tuesday, May 30 till Friday, June 30, 2023.

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Institutionalising SMEs, Catalyst For Wealth Creation, Prosperity- NITDA DG



L-R- DG of SMEDAN, Mr. Oluwale Fasanya and DG NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa during the courtesy visit to NITDA HQ in Abuja

Director General of the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), Kashifu Inuwa has said that institutionalising Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) would serve as a catalyst for creating wealth and prosperity.

Inuwa’s statement followed a proposed agreement between the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and the Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) to institutionalise the activities of the Small and Medium Enterprises, (SMEs) in the country.

Digital TimesNG gathered that the proposed agreement was revealed at a meeting between NITDA’s Director General, Kashifu Inuwa, and his SMEDAN counterpart, Mr. Olawale Fasanya, held at NITDA’s Corporate Headquarters, Abuja.

According to Inuwa, “We have between 60-90 per cent of our businesses under SMEs. But operating informally, how can we formalise them so that even the government can benefit by collecting taxes and have a structure in place to capture the GDP correctly?

Inuwa noted that most of the Startups the Agency deals with are SMEs who are also trying to solve a real-life problem.

“We see Startups as our babies, while for you anybody trying to start any business, you see them as your babies. We have startups solving problems in agric, commerce, education, logistics and so on,” he said.

The NITDA DG added that the world is moving to smart manufacturing whereby you can design anything on your system and print it using a 3D printer.

“We have Digital Fabrication Lab in our Centre, the National Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics (NCAIR), where you can design all these and manufacture them or prototype them and do mass production,” he further stated.

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He also announced that plans are underway to have facilities everywhere as the goal is for every Nigerian to have access to these kinds of facilities.

Enumerating some of the initiatives which the Agency is undertaking and the collaboration is into with the big techs including NITDA Learning Management System Online Academy, the Director General assured SMEDAN that their SMEs will be onboarded into some of the programmes.

“We are also looking beyond SMEs today; we have what we call IDEs (Innovation Driven Enterprises) which is a process where you start with a mindset that you are solving the immediate problem. But the bigger picture is to go global, and Information Technology is making it possible for you to reach anywhere in the world,” he said.

Citing the recent research conducted by the Lagos Business School on the booming nature of the Gig economy, the Director General said that as of last year, there were over 2 million Nigerians earning a living through the Gig economy who receive training and work from anywhere using IT, like those doing Bolt and online digital marketing.

Describing the roles of the two agencies as common, Inuwa said they both exist to develop and help Nigerians create wealth using IT.

“IT is pervasive, anywhere you think of today, you need IT to enable it. Our lives revolve around technology,” he noted.

“This kind of collaboration is what can help us have structure to even protect the Gig economy as well,” he concluded.

Earlier in his remark, Mr. Fasanya said that they were in the Agency to intimate NITDA of their readiness to further enter into other collaborative areas that will be more impactful to society.

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The SMEDAN’s Director General revealed that they have identified about 70 youths in all 36 states of the Federation who were trained on different skills, particularly on how to market their products digitally.

While disclosing that his organisation wants their SMEs to take advantage of the digital space, Mr. Fasanya said that would give them the required knowledge on e-learning platforms, e-marketing and so on.


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