CES 2021 - Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 7+ 2-in-1 PC and the deployment of its 85 ″ Surface Hub 2S

Microsoft is unveiling the Surface Pro 7+, a 2-in-1 laptop PC for business and education, which benefits from some improvements over version 7. The Surface Hub 2S digital board will ship in February. Rumors are rife that a Surface Pro 8 will be released soon. To be patient and to satisfy professionals, Microsoft unveils its Surface Pro 7+, a revised version of the Surface Pro 7 promised as more efficient.    Among the major evolutions of this new model, we note first of all the passage of the Intel Core processors from the 10th to the 11th generation. Storage will still be capped at 1TB, but a maximum of 32GB of RAM can now be installed, down from just 16GB previously. The SSD will also be removable and a Full HD webcam integrated into the Surface.  4G is now supported with a SIM card slot and eSIM support. Plus, battery life gets a big boost, from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm - on paper anyway - with a fast charge to 80% in an hour. The Surface 7 Pro +

American Tesla wants to source cobalt from Glencore

Congolese cobalt mines are once again in the spotlight. The automaker Tesla is said to be on the verge of reaching an agreement to source from Glencore. The goal is to secure tons of minerals essential to its activity ...

American Tesla wants to source cobalt from Glencore

The American company Tesla wants to buy cobalt from Glencore to supply its new factories in China and Germany. This is what the Financial Times reported on Tuesday, relayed in stride by several international media, whose sources specify that the agreement between the two parties would relate to an annual supply of 6,000 tonnes of cobalt extracted in the DRC.

If the two companies have not yet confirmed the information, it should be noted that the agreement goes in the same direction as the previous ones concluded by Glencore with Samsung SDI (last February) and the Chinese GEM (in October). For the transaction last February, for example, the Swiss giant agreed with Samsung on an annual independent audit of the extraction and production sites to verify the absence of children in the mines.

In a context where end-users of cobalt (vehicle manufacturers and industrial giants) are regularly accused of encouraging child labor in Congolese mines, all transactions are scrutinized.

According to the American Tesla, buying cobalt from Glencore may reflect a desire to control the supply chain and at the same time secure an ore, whose availability is becoming critical.