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Acer launches new ultra-slims

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Acer Africa has launched new editions to its ultra-slim convertible and detachable Windows 10 devices with the second generation of Swift, and Spin models.

The new Swift 5 is launching in South Africa this month, with an ultra-light unit weighing only 970grams. The new Spin 3 14” device will hit South African shores early 2018 and will aim to make slim devices affordable.

Acer provided the following information:

The ultra-slim range incorporates the powerful 8th Generation Intel Core processors with versatile usability features necessary to assimilate perfectly into everyday life both personal and professional. Not only are these devices equipped with an upgraded performance, they also sport a distinctive and classy sense of design, fashion and style with the Swift 3 being available in Metal and Blue.

Bennie Budler, Consumer Product Manager for Acer Africa says this range competes in price as offering the latest Active Stylus Pen which will be free of charge on the Spin Products that are Windows Ink compatible.

He adds, “The new Acer Ultra-slim range is extremely portable and versatile thanks to their unique form factors which allows the user to interchange seamlessly among laptop, tablet, display and tent modes.”

Acer aims to consistently include the latest technology in its notebooks across the product line to give customers the personal computing experience they demand in an always-on, digitally-driven world. Whether for work, play or creating; in the office or on-the-go, the ultra-slim range fits into each aspect of your life. One of the key elements of the range is that it caters to all income levels yet still provides the same level of experience to the user.

“This series is for the trendy, professional person who desires to be recognised for their style. The range is designed to make a statement with the colours, features, flexibility,” says Budler.

What’s Next

When asking Budler what the upcoming plans for the brand in 2018 is he answers: “Keep improving the user experience on our devices as well as lead the market in new and trendy designs. We also strive to further enrich our devices to align to the fast pace of the business world,” adds Budler.

Budler mentions that his favourite device in the range has to be the new Nitro Spin 5. He is most impressed by the convertible NVidia GeForce GTX 1050-powered laptop with the latest Intel 8th gen processor to deliver incredible speed and performance for truly revolutionary gaming experience.

  • The Swift 5 will be available in South Africa in November 2017 with a starting price of R17999.00.
  • The new Spin 3 14” will be available in South Africa in January 2018 with a starting price of R9999.00

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Password managers don’t protect you from hackers

Using a password manager to protect yourself online? Research reveals serious weaknesses…

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Top password manager products have fundamental flaws that expose the data they are designed to protect, rendering them no more secure than saving passwords in a text file, according to a new study by researchers at Independent Security Evaluators (ISE).

“100 percent of the products that ISE analyzed failed to provide the security to safeguard a user’s passwords as advertised,” says ISE CEO Stephen Bono. “Although password managers provide some utility for storing login/passwords and limit password reuse, these applications are a vulnerable target for the mass collection of this data through malicious hacking campaigns.”

In the new report titled “Under the Hood of Secrets Management,” ISE researchers revealed serious weaknesses with top password managers: 1Password, Dashlane, KeePass and LastPass.  ISE examined the underlying functionality of these products on Windows 10 to understand how users’ secrets are stored even when the password manager is locked. More than 60 million individuals 93,000 businesses worldwide rely on password managers. Click here for a copy of the report.

Password managers are marketed as a solution to eliminate the security risks of storing passwords or secrets for applications and browsers in plain text documents. Having previously examined these and other password managers, ISE researchers expected an improved level of security standards preventing malicious credential extraction. Instead ISE found just the opposite. 

Click here to read the findings from the report.

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MWC: Next generation of inflight connectivity to be unveiled

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Next week at Mobile World Congress, the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal progress on its mission towards enabling the next generation of inflight connectivity. This follows a significant start for the Alliance, which has seen membership increase five-fold since the first meeting in June of last year. The Alliance has a new research laboratory setup and continues progress through its three working groups, writing specifications for the technology, requirements, and operations.

These developments represent a huge leap towards the goal of making connectivity as easy and enjoyable in the skies as it is on the ground. Appearing as part of the Airbus stand (Hall 6, stand 6G34), the Seamless Air Alliance will reveal specification topics that have been completed and published to its membership.

“The passenger experience with inflight connectivity remains one of the great technology challenges. From Day One we have been determined to deliver on our mission to bring industries and technologies together to make the inflight internet experience simple to access and a delight to use,” said the Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer, Jack Mandala.

“I have been tremendously encouraged by the enthusiastic and committed response we have seen and the widening areas of expertise we can call upon as more and more companies and organisations continue to join us,” he added.

Announced during MWC 2018, the Seamless Air Alliance has since grown to twenty-three membercompanies with more than one-hundred key personnel from across the membership participating in its three working groups, with numbers continuing to increase.

The Seamless Air Alliance was created by founding members Airbus, Airtel, Delta Air Lines, OneWeb and Sprint, and quickly joined by Air France KLM, Aeromexico, and GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes and global technology leaders including Astronics, Collins Aerospace, Comtech, Cyient, iDirect, Inmarsat, Intelsat, Latecoere, Nokia, and Panasonic. 

Today, the Alliance is pleased to announce five additional new members: Adaptive Channel, Etihad Airways, GlobalReach Technology, Safran, and SITAONAIR.

“We are extremely pleased to have these companies join and be a part of the companies driving the next generation of connectivity.” said Mr Mandala.

The Seamless Air Alliance will enable travelers boarding any flight, on any airline, anywhere in the world, to use their own devices to automatically connect to the Internet with no complicated login process nor paywall to scramble over.

The Alliance is also announcing the release of a new research study on the economic benefit of standardization on the inflight connectivity market at Mobile World Congress. This report is available for download at https://www.seamlessalliance.com/publications/

The Alliance is moving rapidly towards an expected demonstration of the technology later in 2019 and anticipates massive interest in Barcelona from the whole communications eco-system.

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