How many times have you arrived at a meeting on time, only to watch the presenter spend ten minutes troubleshooting a shaky WiFi connection? Or, you’re working from a coffee shop and, after a few minutes of feeling like the “Can you hear me now?” guy with a PC, you realize there’s only one corner with reliable connectivity.WiFi isn’t a nicety for today’s workforce, it’s a necessity. When your connection works, you don’t think about it, but when it doesn’t, work stops.Spotty connectivity is not only irritating for workers, it’s also a challenge for IT tasked with broadcasting solid WiFi to the farthest reaches of campus.It’s with this rampant problem in mind that Dell is excited to introduce the Dell Latitude 7490 with Intelligent Wireless, featuring the exclusive Active Steering Antenna (ASA) technology, announced at CES 2018.How ASA Makes the Most of Weak WiFiASA is designed to give the Latitude 7490 connectivity superpowers. It intelligently detects the location of the strongest wireless signal and reconfigures itself to use that path.Think of it like this. Say you’re out to dinner with a friend and that person launches into a story. Will you be able to hear better if you’re facing that person or if your back is turned? That may seem like a silly question, but your PC’s WiFi antenna may very well have its back turned on the best reception spot in the room without your knowing it.Effectively, ASA technology makes sure your laptop antenna is “facing” the strongest WiFi signal for the best possible connection.How? The antenna chooses from multiple different radio wave patterns to automatically find and lock into the optimal choice for the environment, helping to eliminate dead spots and deliver a more reliable WiFi connection with increased, range and speed.ASA Test PerformanceIn Dell’s real-world tests, the Latitude 7490 offered substantial throughput improvements over non-ASA-enabled laptops. The most significant improvements were in the locations and orientations where signal reception is on the edge of usability.On average, the Latitude 7490 with ASA technology experiences a 40 percent average 11ac throughput enhancement over the same laptop with a passive antenna solution. That translates into fewer dropped connections, successful file transfers and faster email syncs, even on the fringe of the network.The Future of Intelligent WirelessASA is an important step in Dell’s journey to improve connectivity for mobile workers. For users, it means less time spent troubleshooting their connection and more time being productive. For IT, it means that last mile of coverage on campus is no longer the last mile.Dell is proud to be the first and only to offer ASA technology, exclusively available in certain configurations of the Dell Latitude 7490. There are more connectivity advancements to come as we continue working to solve the real challenges our commercial customers face on a daily basis.For the workers relying on a wireless connection to access company files, collaborate and communicate throughout the day (in other words: just about everyone), spotty connectivity is a serious hurdle. Dell is giving those workers tools to be productive and to office anywhere.
Longtime safeguards for U.S. bird populations that were stripped away by the Trump administration are among more than 100 business-friendly rules getting a second look under President Joe Biden. North American bird populations have dropped by some 3 billion since 1970 and wildlife advocates say it’s urgent for Biden to resume prosecutions of companies that don’t prevent bird deaths. Yet reversing Trump’s actions is likely to take years and would continue a decades-old, back-and-forth on environmental regulations between Democratic and Republican administrations. Business groups lobbied for Trump’s deregulatory approach. Courts offer another avenue for dismantling Trump policies, but appointment of scores of conservative judges presents its own challenges.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Law enforcement officials are investigating escalating threats of death and violence against California Gov. Gavin Newsom, his family and the wineries, shops and other businesses he founded. The Sacramento Bee reports it heard a voicemail and reviewed emails containing graphic abusive language about Newsom, violent sexual threats against his wife and a reference to his children. The newspaper said one communication included a threat to burn down one of the wineries owned by the PlumpJack Group, the hospitality company Newsom founded in the 1990s, with patrons inside. The Bee says Newsom is no longer involved in the day-to-day operations of the company.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican authorities say gunmen on two motorcycles burst into a weekend party and robbed those at the house, then returned a few minutes later and opened fire, killing six men and one woman. The attack occurred late Saturday in the north-central state of Jalisco. Jalisco has long been home to the cartel of the same name, but the attack occurred close to the border with Zacatecas state, where several drug gangs have been fighting for territory. A shooting attack on anther party in the neighboring state of Michoacan wounded several people. State police say three assailants opened fire at partygoers in the city of Uruapan.