Business

  • ​DJI has today released a drone for business professionals, governments and educators that's a good deal more portable than the recently-revealed Phantom 4 RTK. As it's name suggests, it's a special business edition of the Mavic 2 foldable drone that launched a few months back.​
  • ​Just over a year after launching a 14 TB hard drive for cloud and data centers, Western Digital has added another terabyte of storage space without increasing the physical dimensions for the new Ultrastar DC HC620 HDD.​
  • Robot arms have been lending a hand on production lines for decades, but handy as they are, that kind of help usually costs an arm and a leg. UFactory has now unveiled the xArm, an entry-level robot arm designed to be affordable enough for those who might normally be left empty-handed.
  • It was in 2012 that we first heard about Rethink Robotics' Baxter, a kinda cute-looking industrial robot that could reportedly be trained to perform tasks by regular people. Although it looked like it might be "the future of robotics," this Wednesday the company announced that it was shutting down.
  • A few years ago, Microsoft revealed the Surface Hub, an interactive electronic whiteboard with video conferencing capabilities targeted at businesses. The expensive device didn't exactly take off, but the company is hoping to find greater success with the second-generation model – the Surface Hub 2.
  • Billed as the world's largest capacity Serial Attached SCSI SSD, the PM1643 has now entered mass production. Samsung has managed to cram 30.72 TB of storage into a 2.5-inch drive format unit, which it hopes will help accelerate the move from hard drives to solid state storage in enterprise systems.
  • ​The Alexa voice assistant seems to be pretty much everywhere these days – in Amazon's own Bluetooth speakers, living inside fancy lamps, or helping smartphone users cope with their busy lives. Now the company's business arm has unveiled plans to get Alexa into the workplace.​
  • ​Earlier this year, Western Digital's HGST business arm announced a 12 TB hard drive aimed at businesses and data centers. Now the company has managed to add another 2 terabytes of storage space into a single drive unit for the launch of the Ultrastar Hs14 enterprise-class HDD.​
  • Hewlett-Packard's fourth generation Z workstations are aimed squarely at design and productivity professionals, with its pack leader, the Z8 G4 desktop computer, claimed to be the most powerful desktop workstation in the world.​
  • Wheelys, the company that introduced the 24-hour, app-controlled, unmanned convenience store, has now added mobility to the concept. Designed to travel autonomously to various locations, the Moby concept aims to bring retail shopping via smart technology directly to the customer.
  • ​Organizing an office full of people on a project can be tough, and it’s even more chaotic in the modern workforce, when that group can be meeting from anywhere in the world. To try to bring that to order, Cisco is pitching the Spark Board to use the cloud to replicate visual brainstorming sessions.
  • ​​The cross-platform collaboration tool Slack just announced a new way that it will organize communication. The Threads feature, rolling out over the next few days, allows users to group related messages without clogging up an entire communication channel.​