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Huawei brings MateBook to South Africa

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Huawei South Africa has introduced a duo of new MateBooks, expanding its mobile portfolio and building on its success in delivering high-end devices.

The Huawei MateBook X and Huawei MateBook E feature dynamic new advances, which the company says redefines the intersection of mobility and personal computing.

The new duo is currently available at Makro, Matrix Warehouse and Computer Mania Online

“At Huawei, we strive to bring new advances to market that inspire people to imagine and explore what’s next – our new flagship series of beautifully crafted MateBooks makes this possible. We are extremely excited to finally bring these MateBooks to South Africa,” said Likun Zhao, GM Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa.

“With a stunning new design aesthetic and outstanding performance, the MateBook X and E are the first devices that feature the impressive Dolby Atmos Sound System. Perfectly complementing our smartphones, wearable’s and smart IoT solutions, the groundbreaking MateBook X and MateBook E meet our consumers’ vision for a complete, connected digital world.”

Huawei provided the follwoing information:

·         HUAWEI MateBook X: An efficient and stylish 13-inch fanless notebook design with an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio and 4.4mm bezels. It includes a choice of powerful 7th Generation Intel® Core i7 or i5 processors, Dolby Atmos Sound System and an innovative fingerprint-ready power button with encrypted chip.

·         HUAWEI MateBook E: An elegant 2-in-1 notebook with a screen-to-body ratio of 84 percent, a new Folio Keyboard with a maximum angle of adjustment that can reach up to 160 degrees,  7th Generation Intel Core i5 and 2K touch screen display.

The Huawei MateBook X is designed for exceptional performance, combining advanced features to meet consumers’ demands for an efficient and stylish device.  It features an 88 percent screen-to-body ratio and 4.4mm bezels, as well as an impressive 3:2 aspect ratio, offering users a better visual experience. With Huawei Space Cooling Technology, Microencapsulated Phase Change Material – commonly used in the aerospace field – has been applied to the Huawei MateBook X, making the device a fanless 13-inch notebook with powerful 7th Generation Intel Core i7 or i5 processors inside. The fanless design delivers a compact body, improved ergonomics and silent operation, while reducing malfunctions related to fan blockages and dust. Inspired by Huawei’s flagship products’ premium and chic aesthetic style, the Huawei MateBook X is available in two colors: Prestige Gold available in January and Space Gray available immediately. Included in the package is Huawei’s Back Pack, Mate Dock and a Blue tooth Mouse.

Additionally, the Huawei MateBook X features a 2K display screen with Corning Gorilla Glass and eye comfort technology, and boasts a 41.4Wh battery. The Huawei MateBook X is also the first notebook to feature Dolby Atmos Sound System with speakers co-designed with Dolby. For the first time ever on a notebook, users will enjoy enhanced surround sound with immersive overhead audio from the built-in speakers.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Huawei to launch Dolby Atmos Sound System to the world,” said Giles Baker, Senior Vice President, Consumer Entertainment, Dolby Laboratories. “This is no ordinary laptop audio system. We worked diligently to engineer a complete solution, ensuring unprecedented alignment between hardware and software. The result is a breathtaking, immersive audio experience of which we are tremendously proud.”

The Huawei MateBook X leverages Huawei’s smartphone fingerprint technologies, integrating a fingerprint sensor into the power button. Working with Windows Hello, a new feature in Windows 10, users can instantly sign into the device with their fingerprint. The device’s built-in MateBook Manager* facilitates easy connectivity between Huawei smartphones and the MateBook.

The Huawei MateBook E is Huawei’s next-generation 2-in-1 device with a 2K touch screen display and a screen-to-body ratio of 84 percent. The device features an advanced Folio Keyboard with a hinge adjustable up to 160 degrees, available in blue, brown and pink. The number of Pogo pins has been reduced from seven to three, improving the docking mode over the previous generation. The HUAWEI MateBook E is powered by  a 7th Generation Intel® Core™ i5 processor.

The device features an exceptional multimedia experience with Dolby Audio Premium. It has a 33.7Wh battery and uses an independent, encrypted chip for fingerprint authentication, enabling enhanced security and privacy. The Huawei MateBook E is equipped with several optional accessories, including a brand-new, multi-functional MateDock 2 and a MatePen as well as a Huawei Back Pack.

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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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