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Our Experience With The HP Envy x360

We recently unwrapped the stylish and compact HP Envy x360 2 in 1 convertible, which alternates between laptop and tablet modes with much ease.

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When the HP Envy x360 13 2 in 1 convertible was delivered to my desk recently, I was as eager to explore the interesting features as I was excited to reunite with an HP.

My last personal relationship with the brand ended in a devastating crash, leading me to flee entirely.

It looks and feels very compact at first glance, an element I’m always looking for in a standard laptop. As a content creator, I need a laptop that fits into the agile and always-on-the-move schedule that requires holistic technical adaptability.

Power and performance are next considerations.

Lehlogonolo Mohlala, a trusted day one and attorney based in Johannesburg, who’s used the laptop, told me that she enjoyed how the design works well if you trot around frequently. “It’s great when working remotely or traveling. Being able to convert and use it in a plane or car while on transit is a great plus”, she said.

Adding; “It is not a conversional tablet as the screen is as big as a laptop thus giving a great view. The quality of the screen, colour definition and clarity is easy on the eyes and the definition is great for a lawyer who is always reviewing and typing documents.”

Further to the thin and close packed silhouette, the HP Envy x360 also boasts a superb exterior. Its smooth and gleaming texture gives it a premium feel when it’s in your hands.

It’s a ‘x360’ purely because of its functional capability to transform into a tablet with smooth ease. But my encounter with this premium HP was also a full circle -360- moment for me. The last time I actually used an HP laptop was in 2013.

It was an entry level HP laptop that sufficed for most of my student needs. However, when I began exploring more demanding creative technologies and softwares, which included music production and animation tools, its limits undercut its relevance.

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Until that point, however, it had done a decent job for the price point.

The HP Envy x360 therefore marks the first time I’ve really used the brand’s premium products for both professional and personal purposes.

The attraction lies in a host of features which promise to make it ideal for the millennial.

It knows what we want – a good looking compact laptop that converts into a tablet, and can bend to your needs. It also comes with powerful features which fit the complex requirements that attend to our ever evolving relationship with technology.

I, for one, need a whole lot of space as I use many software programmes and tools to manage multi-platform projects that overlap amongst others graphic design, video editing and editorial functions. The device promises ‘lightning-fast responsiveness’ to accelerate your engagement with it.

Is it worth buying?

MEET THE HP ENVY x360

SPECIFICATIONS INCLUDE

  • With four ways to work, the ENVY x360 13 convertible bends beautifully to your needs with power and performance. This additional versatility is great for artists who require portable devices to create or students who need flexibility when taking notes
  • A full touch screen display enables users to bring their content to life in mesmerizing quality with 178° wide-viewing angles and Quad HP Speakers supplied by Bang & Olufsen
  • Protect your privacy with a built-in Privacy Camera Kill Switch and an integrated fingerprint reader for a seamless login experience
  • Accelerate everything you do with lightning-fast responsiveness. With the 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processor, the ENVY X360 delivers performance in a slim and sleek design
  • Get a laptop built for how you live. 2nd Gen AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors put extra power where you want it most. Explore, connect and create all at the same time.

The HP Envy x360 focuses its design and features to the most pressing needs of a modern day consumer, who is looking for a user-friendly, visually appealing machine that elevates their interaction with technology while complimenting their fast-paced lives.

The laptop is pretty. The smooth surface on the lid and chassis are visually appealing, giving it a cute ultra modern finish. The downside to that, however, especially with the matte body, is the fact that it tends to retain and reflect fingerprints.

The entire laptop is smaller than the Apple MacBook Air (2017), giving it serious competitive edge when the convertible design is thrown in the mix.

The compact design also supports the logistics involved with turning it into a tablet, which happens with the kind of ease that wouldn’t bring attention to you during a meeting. The dual hinge system also allows you to position the lid in interesting angles.

Although the dark ash is a beautiful colour, it’s the only colour currently available.

The brightness and colour display was decent enough for me. Thanks to the full HD resolution, the pictures appear sharp and crisp. This is ideal for all kinds of things, from streaming to surfing social networks that are driven mainly by imagery.

The touch response was decent during my use of the laptop. Its a feature that I didn’t use much because I was generally more drawn to laptop mode, but there were no instances when input didn’t register.

The quality of the webcam is also impressive, producing clear visual outputs through varying lighting.

As far as booting is concerned, the laptop boots into Windows pretty quickly, which does not place any frustration when you need to resume work.

I’m also particularly excited about the built-in Privacy Camera Kill Switch, which enables the user to take some steps to protecting privacy. With all the alarming user data breaches in the radar, this feature offers some kind of relief.

VERDICT

The laptop is stylish, compact and convertible, making it ideal for modern use and interactions with technology.

The display is brilliant, and the touch responsiveness works fine. Professionally, you will also love how it can adapt to various atmospheres and environment, and the laptop can enhance personal experience. The main downside during our testing is the battery life, which was disappointing.

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Squid Game Ending Explained; We’ve Been Scammed

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We’ve been had, and Squid Game is here to prove it.

When the end of the South Korean horror drama arrives on the ninth episode, the winner finds himself harrowed by what the coveted prize has cost his soul. In the rat race for survival, along with a better life that hinges on the never ending hustle, there’s no time to stop and see the horror our lives become. By the end, we see how the winner has sold his soul for a crappy deal that came with a few toys, and a happy meal.

A group of 456 players are mysteriously invited to take part in a set of children’s games for a grand prize of $38 million, which will be enough to give the winner the financial freedom they desperately need. The players are selected from different walks of life, with the burden of excessive debt being their biggest motivation to give the Game a go.

The first of deepening terrors comes during the first game, when the players discover that penalties for losing in the challenges will be death. DEATH. Horrified, the players initially vote to leave and return to their lives.

This noble departure doesn’t last long; their material realities as fugitives on the run from debt collectors only highlights the glow of the precious promise they’ve now left behind. When they return for the second time, they now consent to their highly probable deaths.

Led by Lee Jung-jae, who plays Seong Gi-hun, a taxi driver with a gambling addiction, the South Korean series has become somewhat of a global phenomenon. Now the most streamed Korean series of all time, Squid Game is also said to be on pace to dethrone Bridgerton as the most streamed series in the history of Netflix. And it’s with good reason. Squid Game is a trip.

Survival is the drive. The blues of a broke life pile up for Seong Gi-hun, who’s daughter is being taken away to the US by her mother and step father. His mother is battling deteriorating diabetes and even in her frail condition, is still working hard to make ends meet. It’s during the peak of his frustrations that Gi-hun is randomly invited to take part in the Game.

After accepting the offer, he finds himself in a discreet location along with 455 players, who are also drowning in debt. The players are kept under an authoritarian system of surveillance. Masked guards in pink suits keep the scene under control under the supervision of the Front Man. Gi-hun allies with other players, including his childhood friend Cho Sang-woo, as a the most strategic way to survive the bloody challenges.

Amongst those that end up in this team is player 001, a frail old man who who became his “gganbu”. Sae-byeok, who was also in the team, was killed by Sang-woo, Gi-hun’s childhood friend, team member and flip-flopping ally. Several other team members had to be killed by their team mates, which revealed the wickedness of the games.

In the end, Gi-hun’s victory came without an apology. He had to defeat a close ally in the games, the old and frail player 001. They’d bonded throughout their time, but in the end he had to advance himself against those he’d built alliances. As the games progressed, the players found themselves having to face tough calls. Someone else has to die for you to make it another day.

After a series of brutal games, it comes down to childhood friends Gi-hun and Cho Sang-woo. They’d played different games, with Sang-woo having played hard and stopping at nothing to win. Gi-hun is mad at Sang-woo for a series of betrayals, including him stabbing Sae-byeok to her death. In the end, Gi-hun wins when Sang-woo apologised and kills himself.

Yet despite emerging a winner, Gi-hun finds that the cost of becoming an overnight billionaire has bankrupted his soul. For a year following the day his bank account was loaded with a nine zero figure, he didn’t touch the money. After all, he returned to find his mother dead on the floor. One of his motivations was getting the money to get her medical help over her advancing diabetes.

THE ENDING

Gi-hun is clearly troubled by the bodies upon which his new wealth rests. A year passes and he hasn’t touched the money – even oddly reverting to old patterns of asking for loans to get by. It might be late to be so concerned about the moral questions surrounding the games now – the long and short of it is he won and his life has changed.

Later, he is shocked to find out that the “gganbu” who had to be killed after losing to him in a game of marbles, was never really killed.

In a shocking plot twist that changes everything – he also finds out that the old man is in fact the creator of the games! Finding him in a medical bed after receiving a mysterious invite to the location, Gi-hun discovers that the man’s real name is Oh Il-nam, an obscenely rich fella who created the games in 1988 (the same year Korea hosted the Olympics for the first time) purely for their entertainment. We already know by now that ‘the VIPs’ are a bunch of morally bankrupt elites who find pleasure in watching the poor masses slaughtering each other for money in a broken system. Where have we heard that before?

Although his participation in the games as player 001 was a farce, what he told Gi-hun back then, that he had a brain tumour, had been true. And of course, he challenged him to another sick game. A man had been freezing to death on a street pavement, and Oh Il-nam challenged Gi-hun to guess to bet on the odds that someone who help him when the clock strikes 00:00 at midnight. As Gi-hun wins, Oh Il-nam dies.

We assume this marks the end of the games. However later in the episode, Gi-hun sees the man who recruited him doing it to someone else. He runs to stop what is happening, but arrives at the exact scene late, the train has already taken off. Later on the way to boarding a flight, he turns and calls a number. “I can’t forgive you for everything you’re doing,” he tells ta man we assume to be In-ho. He turns back, clearly about to begin his new mission.

What we know now, is that Oh Il-nam created the games to tickle the sick tastes of his sick rich network. But he is now dead. Who is now behind the games? This, and Gi-hun’s passionate manifesto, are strong indications that next season of the series is already shaping up to a different arc. It’s his final transformation, and he is ready to take down the operation and those behind it. He won’t allow people to be “horses” for the entertainment of wealthy elites.

We know that In-ho shot Jun-ho in a bid to stop him from alerting the police about the games. The signal was bad, delaying the delivering of the evidence Jun-ho had been trying to send in several texts, right up to the moment the moment he plunged from a cliff and hit the water. What we don’t know is whether the messages were really not delivered. There’s also no conclusive evidence that Jun-ho is dead.

Potentially, the biggest lesson from season one is that our relentless pursuit for material success in a punishing money system kills us.

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First Look at HBO’s Game of Thrones Spin-Off ‘House of The Dragon’

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Things look promising for HBO’s upcoming drama series, The House of Dragon. The highly buzzed Games of Thrones prequel’s first visual teaser has been met with much fanfare, raking in more than 8,6 million views on Youtube within two days of its arrival.

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First reactions and buzz around the epic teaser have been strong indications that the series, slated to premiere in 2022, is off to a good start despite the infamous final season slump suffered by G.O.T. And it could mean that maybe, just maybe,  the world ready to let old baggage go.

The House of Dragon, created by an entire different team, will arrive about three years since the cold winter. The cast includes Matt Smith, Paddy Considine and Sonoya Mizuno who will be bringing to life a different era of Westeros.

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Midnight Mass is Creepy With A Dark Subtext and You Need To See it

‘God’s angel’ had sinister plans for the town.

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The reign of terror plunges a small and quiet town to ashes when the arrival of a charismatic yet mysterious priest coincides with the return of a disgraced young man who has just been released from prison.

While Riley (Zach Gilford) initially finds that Crockett Island and its 127 residents – along with his childhood sweetheart Erin (Kate Siegel) – still conduct a mundane existence, Pastor Paul (Hamish Linklater) soon changes that.

Midnight Mass

“The LORD’s angel”‘s life giving blood comes scams locals into horrible mistakes on Midnight Mass.

When the island’s much loved Roman Catholic senior priest takes a trip to the pilgrimage and never comes back, an energetic new priest takes his place at the Holy Land church. And while his arrival brings with it a new wave of spiritual revival amongst the island community, something sinister begins to haunt the town.

With each episode, the esoteric occult that powers Paul’s ability to perform astounding miracles and mesmerise the islanders, slowly gains dominion over the unsuspecting community. Instead, they begin taking up a renewed interest in the church as word of mouth spreads about the signs and wonders. Much like Jesus Christ was able to draw crowds wherever he went, the appearance of Paul’s supernatural power is able to attract even those who’d remained sceptics their lives.

It’s the blending of the sacred and the sinister. The taking of communion that has been contaminated with demonic blood, which functions as the miracle drug promising eternal life.

We soon find out the miracles come at an unthinkable cost.

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