For business owners, knowing where to invest limited time and resources can be a matter of survival

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As small and medium-businesses become more digital, having control over devices is vital – especially in remote settings – to reduce downtime and IT support costs, among other benefits.Supplied

From tight margins to tight timelines, small and medium-sized business owners face multiple challenges – but new technologies have come a long way in empowering them to accomplish more with less.

Business owners need tech solutions that are easy to use, reliable, flexible, secure and energy efficient. That is what inspired Intel to develop Intel vPro® – powered by the newest Intel® Core™ processors and made specifically to meet their needs.

Its suite of business grade security solutions, remote management and performance capabilities are designed to deliver value to businesses of all shapes and sizes, right out of the box.

Business owners have countless options when it comes to PC technologies. Choosing one that’s designed to support their unique needs and ensure ongoing productivity can offer a real advantage. Intel vPro® offers business-class performance, hardware-enhanced security features and modern manageability and stability to minimize disruptions and reduce IT support costs.

Comprehensive multilayer security

When it comes to protection, small and medium-sized businesses face unique challenges. Whether they offer digital products or manage payroll online, they’re increasingly relying on technology to manage their operations, which makes them vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, underscoring the need for a robust security platform.

According to a recent study, there has been a 600-per-cent rise in cybercrime and a 238-per-cent increase in cyberattacks since the start of the pandemic, yet only one-third of Canadian small business owners feel confident in their cybersecurity defences.

Intel vPro® was designed to address this gap and offers specialized hardware-based security. Its threat detection software uses artificial intelligence to detect and prevent malicious threats, in real time, providing businesses with an added layer of protection, and one less thing to worry about.

Professional-grade performance

You don’t need to run an enterprise company to expect enterprise-level performance from your devices. Keeping pace with best-in-class technology enables small and medium-sized businesses to minimize disruptions while maximizing employee productivity.

Intel® Core™ i5 and Intel® Core™ i7 processors ensure day-to-day performance doesn’t lag during busy periods, when they’re needed most. With industry-leading Intel® Core™ processors at the heart of the Intel vPro® platform, business owners can ensure their vital applications aren’t slowed down by substandard hardware.

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Teck Resources says it’s still evaluating options on coal business sale

Teck Resources Ltd. is making progress in evaluating the various offers put forward by prospective buyers of its steelmaking coal business, the Vancouver-based mining company said Thursday.

On a conference call, CEO Jonathan Price declined to say whether a deal is imminent but said Teck’s board and an independent special committee are engaged with “multiple counterparties” and are progressing talks as quickly as possible.

“I don’t want to say anything now to prejudge or pre-empt what the outcome might be. We’ll take the time to get it right,” said Price, who took questions from financial analysts following the release of the company’s second-quarter earnings report.

“But we’re not sitting on our hands here. We’re taking a very active and diligent approach to moving this forward as quickly as we can.”

Teck, Canada’s largest diversified mining company, has been working to split its coal assets from its base metal operations in the hope of expanding its copper and zinc production to meet growing global demand for these metals, both of which are used in the production of electric vehicles and are considered to be key resources for the coming energy transition.

But a wrinkle was thrown into that plan this spring when Swiss commodities giant Glencore launched its $25-billion hostile takeover bid for Teck.

Rejected offer

Teck’s board rejected Glencore’s original offer. But Glencore notched a victory of its own in April when Teck called off a shareholder vote on its plan to spin off its steelmaking coal operations into a separate company. It had become apparent Teck did not have the required support for its proposal, which Glencore had lobbied against.

Glencore has since presented a new offer to Teck’s board, proposing to acquire the steelmaking portion of the company’s business for an undisclosed amount of cash.

The Swiss company has said it also remains willing to pursue its offer for all of Teck.

A journalist is silhouetted before a Teck Resources special meeting of shareholders in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, April 26, 2023. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Price said the various parties that have expressed interest in Teck’s coal business have brought forward a “range of proposals” and added the board will only sign off on a deal that maximizes the value of the business.

“There will be a range of considerations we need to consider as we make those decisions,” he said.

“We have deliberately sought to keep a

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