It’s no secret that agile has dramatically sped up the software development life cycle. But faster development means less time to test, and with the rise of mobile, it also means tests have to done at a larger scale. To help simplify and speed up testing in the agile world, HP is releasing a new performance testing solution.
“We see a large percentage of our customers doing some form of agile methodology; they may not be doing pure agile, but they are doing some form of it,” said Genefa Murphy, director of mobile product management, analytics and user experience at HP. “The goal of StormRunner Load is to really help teams who are looking for agile solutions and who also want to leverage the cloud.”
(Related: HP focuses on mobile and cloud testing in ALM revamp)
Unlike HP’s LoadRunner and Performance Center, StormRunner Load is exclusively focused on Web and mobile and is hosted in the cloud, instead of being an on-premises solution.
“As enterprises continue to migrate applications and solutions to the cloud, they need to ensure that the performance of their applications will not degrade as the volume of uses increases,” Raffi Margaliot, general manager of application delivery management at HP, said in the company’s announcement. “HP StormRunner Load is designed specifically to help agile teams deliver scalable, high-performing cloud-based modern apps while also helping them capitalize on their existing investments in HP.”
According to Murphy, StormRunner Load’s most attractive features are that it is smart, simple and scalable.
Smart: The test offering features built-in analytics to deliver users the ability to understand anomalies and problems in real time. “This helps teams be more efficient, helps them to create a better communication path between the development and performance teams, and hopefully helps them with those goals of trying to release quicker,” Murphy said.
Simple: The goal of StormRunner Load is to have a very simple design that allows users to create a load test in 10 minutes, according to Murphy. “The UI and user experience are built to be very simple and straightforward,” she said. “In addition, it has built-in how-to guides that can help guide customers.”
Scalable: “We really built this to be able to essentially scale through a million virtual load tests,” Murphy said. “We worked with a lot of customers who applied this through our beta and got very good feedback in terms of the time that it took them to set up those tests and then to actually execute them at a large degree of scale.”
Marissa Robert graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in English language and literature. She has extensive experience writing marketing campaigns and business handbooks and manuals, as well as doing freelance writing, proofreading and editing. While living in France she translated manuscripts into English. She has published articles on various websites and also periodically maintains two blogs.
HP laptops offer something for you, whether you're a creative looking to edit photos, a gamer in search of aor a student in need of a small, lightweight laptop.
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Like other PC makers such as Dell, Lenovo, Acer and Asus, HP is in the midst of updating the processors in its laptops and two-in-ones. That means Intel-based models are moving from 11th-gen to 12th-gen CPUs, while AMD Ryzen systems are switching from 5000-series chips to 6000-series. It also means it's generally a good time to look for deals on older models of the best HP laptops. However, we've also seen big performance improvements with the new processors. An updated model might cost a little more but will add to the overall longevity.
Spectre is HP's top consumer laptop line so you're getting the best of the best with this 16-inch two-in-one.
Of course, a premium two-in-one like the Spectre x360 comes at a relatively high price; it starts at around $1,200. The top-end configuration we reviewed was good but not great considering its $2,030 price. This is definitely one we recommend getting with the 12th-gen Intel processors and Intel Arc graphics if you're going to go all-in. Read our HP Spectre x360 16 review.
HP's Victus 16 is a surprisingly robust and powerful gaming laptop that keeps up with the latest games at a more affordable price. Compared to HP's high-end Omen gaming laptop line, the Victus is more of an all-purpose laptop but still configured for gaming with a price starting at less than $1,000. HP offers several configurations with graphics chip options ranging from Nvidia's entry-level GeForce GTX 1650 up to a midrange RTX 3060 or AMD Radeon RX 6500M. We like almost everything about it except for its flimsy display hinge and underwhelming speakers. Read our HP Victus 16 review.
There are plenty of convertible Chromebooks, where the screen flips around to the back of the keyboard so you can use it as a tablet. But Chrome tablets with removable keyboards like the HP Chromebook x2 11 are still a rarity. It offers long battery life and performance that rises (slightly) above the competition. The main downside is that it's expensive; the model we reviewed is $599. However, that price did include both the keyboard cover and USI pen and it's regularly on sale for $200. If you're interested make sure to wait for one of those deals. Read our HP Chromebook x2 11 review.
If you're making a laptop aimed at creatives, it's not enough to just put discrete graphics and a strong processor in a slim body. The extra performance really should be paired with a good screen, and that's what you get with the HP Envy 14. The laptop's 16:10 14-inch 1,920x1,200-pixel display not only gives you more vertical room to work, but is color-calibrated at the factory and covers 100% of the sRGB color gamut. The result: a well-rounded option for creatives looking for on-the-go performance at a reasonable price. This model is due for a refresh, though, so keep an eye out for updated models. Read our HP Envy 14 review.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Friday proposed sweeping changes in the way chicken and turkey meat is processed that are intended to reduce illnesses from food contamination but could require meat companies to make extensive changes to their operations.
Despite decades of efforts to try and reduce illnesses caused by salmonella in food, more than 1 million people are sickened every year and nearly a fourth of those cases come from turkey and chicken meat.
AGDAILY Managing Editor Ryan Tipps got to test the 2022 Polaris Ranger SP 570 Premium utility vehicle during the summer and fall. See the video for a complete review or read the transcript below:
There are countless ways that a utility vehicle is valuable around a farm or your large rural property. From hauling firewood and livestock feed, ripping out fencing, scouting the property lines and the crops, and even towing a log-splitter, you have reason to fire up the engine on a daily basis. With that in mind, I spent the past few months testing Polaris’ 2022 Ranger SP 570 Premium, and in this video, we’re going to take a deeper look into that machine!
First off, let me note that this review is not sponsored in any way and no promises were made to the company when they loaned me the machine. What you’ll hear is just my straight, honest thoughts on it.
The SP 570 Premium features a 44 hp ProStar engine, a gas-assist dump box that measures about 33 inches by 49 inches, a hitch towing rating of 1,500 pounds on a standard 2-inch hitch, and a payload capacity of 925 pounds.
In general, the Polaris offered a smooth ride, good four-wheel hydraulic disc braking, and had plenty of storage and, of course, cup-holder options (because that’s what everybody asks about first!). I was surprised there was no separate parking brake on this utility vehicle, and I had to dive into the spec sheet to see that the parking brake is automatically engaged when shifting the Ranger into the Park gear.
For all its perks, however, shifting into forward gears wasn’t always so smooth. I often found that the shifter got stuck in the space between Low and High gear. In talking with a mechanic who works on a lot of newer Polaris machines, he mentioned that this is something that he sees often in this Ranger model and, if it does come up, can usually be fixed with a replacement part.
Still, the fun parts and the functionality of this machine really happen when you get rolling — literally! My land can be pretty bumpy with lots of rocks in the fields, so having 11 inches of ground clearance was key, as was the underbody skid plate for protection, a tough front bumper, and the aggressive Carlisle 489 tires.
The only red flag in terms of durability was a small space in the rear wheel wells where there clearly are mounting holes and a space that looks like it should have a covering the protect some of the internal parts from dirt, mud, clay, and other debris. My friends at after-market company SuperATV were the first to note this and even highlighted the fact that the battery and a couple of accessory plugs were quite exposed.
Regardless, I took this out in the mud once, and it didn’t come back too grimy under there. But that was just one time and not as sloppy as it could have been, so I can see this being a problem if you don’t keep an eye on those cavities. I gotta say, in the stuff I played in, the Ranger’s on-demand all-wheel drive helped grip the ground nicely, making for an exciting ride.
That said, you don’t have to worry about always tearing stuff up. When working on more manicured lawns, the Ranger has a VersaTrac Turf Mode that unlocks the rear differential to allow for tight turns that won’t destroy the grass and offers good maneuverability.
The Polaris 570 has a wheelbase of 73 inches and is 56 inches wide, but it’s worth noting that on a couple of trailers that billed themselves as being five feet wide, things got really tight loading the Ranger onto them. This was especially true if the trailer had taller sidewalls that came up to the height of the Ranger’s headlights and cargo bed – the Ranger flares out a bit at that point, so some five-foot-wide trailers I tried didn’t work at all.
Now, there are a whole lot more technical specs that you should look at on Polaris’ site before deciding whether to get a Ranger SP 570. Things like its 9.5-gallon fuel capacity and in-dash charge port are important ones, as is the almost $14,000 price tag.
If you end up shopping for aftermarket parts for the Ranger 570, I highly recommend going with someone like SuperATV.com that knows a machine like this very well and can advise you on upgrades. Aside from what seemed to be the missing wheel panels I mentioned earlier, SuperATV said they’ve encountered fitment issues related to the windshield height, where some Ranger SP 570 models had 28-inch openings and others were at 29 inches. It’s good to have folks in the know with this kind of stuff.
Overall, though, for my uses, the machine performed very well, and I had zero complaints about the ruggedness of either the suspension or the exterior in tough terrain. It also handled nice and nimble and, as cliché as it sounds, it genuinely was a workhouse of a vehicle. It would be a great buy for lots of different types of farming operations and rural properties.
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HP has put forward a small robot it says can dramatically speed up construction work, by autonomously printing guidelines straight from the blueprints onto the floor. Rugged, roadworthy and extremely accurate, Siteprint is a super-quick layout tool.
The robot replaces the time-consuming manual process of site layout, using a variety of different inks to place precise lines, exact curves and faithful reproductions of complex shapes on all kinds of floors, from porous surfaces like concrete and plywood to terrazzo, vinyl or epoxy.
It doesn't require a perfectly smooth or clean floor – indeed, it can handle a certain degree of surface irregularity and obstacles up to 2 cm (0.8 in) high. It runs built-in obstacle and cliff drop sensors for fully autonomous operation, and will work around barriers even if they're not in the plans.
As well as layout lines, it's capable of printing more or less whatever else you need on the floor too, including text notes. Operators set it up using cloud-based tools for job preparation, fleet management and tracking, and can run it on site with a touch-screen tablet and a tripod-mounted "totalstation."
“The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive,” said Albert Zulps, Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska - a global construction and development company currently using the SitePrint system for two of its US projects. "Despite being done by specialists, there is always the risk of human error, which can result in costly reworks. Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up dedicating most of their time to manual execution. HP SitePrint lets us do more with less, helping reduce schedules thanks to a much faster layout process, and allowing senior operators to focus on other critical activities like quality control.”
While HP hasn't announced pricing, we assume the printer robot itself will be surprisingly cheap, but the ink's gonna be a killer. Yuk yuk.
Check out Siteprint in the video below.
HP SitePrint Skanska testimonial | HP
As VR (virtual reality) looks to transform itself into an increasingly more mobile (aka convenient) experience HP has debuted a novel solution to the wires and tethers associated with VR today – a backpack.
At SIGGRAPH 2017, HP announced the HP Z VR Backpack, a 10-lb, wearable PC with enough horsepower for both experiencing and creating VR content. While it is easy to imagine the entertainment potential of the Z VR, HP has made it clear that it wants its new wearable PC to be catalyst for bringing more robust VR experiences to business and enterprise first and foremost. Safer simulation and training, virtual walkthroughs for architectural design, and better collaboration in virtual environments for product designers, are just a few of the use cases cited by HP.
At its core the Z VR Backpack is a Windows 10 PC with an Intel Core i7 processor, 32 GB of SDRAM, a Nvidia Quadro P5200 GPU, and up to 1 TB of internal storage. It measures in at 13.11 x 9.29 x 2.39 inches and weighs 10.25 lbs according to specs released by HP. The backpack is powered by a 55Whr lithium-ion battery and features two, external portable 74 Whr hot-swappable batteries. The Z VR can also be docked and serve as a desktop PC.
If you've had a chance to try VR for product design you know that the cords and wires can make for a very cumbersome (and potentially unsafe) work experience, particularly with multiple users operating in the same physical space. Without some sort of handy rig overhead to manage the wires and someone to spot you and hold the cords connecting your headset and controllers to the workstation, it only takes a few turns before you end up wrapped in cable clutter.
Placing VR into a backpack form factor goes a long way in addressing the cable clutter issues, but in hands-on demonstrations at SIGGRAPH it feels like comfort is still a big issue. At 10 lbs the backpack itself is not terribly heavy, but it is just heavy enough to be noticeable and one wonders how it will play out with extended use – particularly if adapted to more physically demanding tasks like entertainment (live-action shooting games) or design sessions that require prolonged standing.
The other issue, which to be fair is completely outside of HP's control, is the weight of the headset. The latest version of the HTC Vive weighs in at just over a pound. That may not sound significant but it becomes very noticeable when it's attached to your moving head (also consider a pair of reading glasses only weighs about 30-40 grams). Anyone that has ever worked out will tell you that adding a total of about 11 lbs to your bodyweight can have a significant impact.
But headsets are only promising to get lighter. Kopin, a manufacturer of lightweight displays, recently unveiled a reference design, codenamed Elf VR, that will used patented microdisplay panels to create a VR headset the company estimates will be about 50% lighter than headsets currently available.
The move to untethered VR with internal tracking must also be considered. Oculus and HTC have promised the next generation of their headsets will be wireless and companies including Microsoft and Qualcomm are working with partners to deliver untethered headsets as well. A lightweight, wireless headset that delivers the same fidelity as a tethered headset could make the placement of a workstation entirely irrelevant.
Depending on how long it takes for wireless VR products to roll out wide, HP's backpack could catch on with customers too impatient for untethered solutions. We'll have to wait and see whether the backpack PC becomes a standard or a footnote, but for now it may offer a good intermediary step toward fully free VR.
What do you think of HP's VR Backpack solution? Let us know in the comments.
Chris Wiltz is the Managing Editor of Design News.