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Kyocera builds power of A3 into A4 MFPs

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Kyocera Document Solutions SA has introduced a range of colour A4 multifunction printers that it says delivers levels of quality, reliability and performance usually only found on more expensive A3 machines.

The three new additions to Kyocera’s Taskalfa range, the 406ci, 356ci and 306ci, have respective print speeds of 40ppm, 35ppm and 30ppm and come with up to 1200 dpi for the best quality document output. They are aimed at workgroups and departments which require the highest levels of functionality and paper handling, combined with reduced upfront costs and low running expenses.

They are aimed at small to large workgroups who use a colour A3 MFP because of the functionality, yet print on A4 most of the time. The new range offers up to 3100 sheet paper tray capacity, double sided printing, scanning, copying and faxing, and full finishing options. Thanks to their fast output, scanning speeds and finishing versatility, the new MFPs boast high productivity, with all key functions being easily accessible using an intuitive menu on a large touchscreen.

“Our new A4 colour multifunctionals are ideal for workgroups and departments who have tight IT budgets, yet need high-capacity printing and advanced finishing options,” says Brandon Zabielski, hardware product manager at Kyocera Document Solutions SA. “SMMEs, educational institutions, legal firms, and the hospitality industries are just some examples of the type of organisation that will appreciate the functionality, affordability and flexibility of these MFPs.”

Kyocera proovided the following information:

The new Taskalfa 406ci and 356ci combine the high volume capacities and advanced paper handling options of larger devices with the easy installation, footprint and flexibility of a more compact MFP. “Their exceptional functionality streamlines document processes, while vivid, high-quality colour printing adds value to your business,” says Zabielski.

All three machines can be easily integrated into existing workflows and tailored to meet the specific needs of an organisation by using Kyocera’s open software platform HyPAS. Combining Java and Web Services technology, Kyocera’s HyPAS-enabled software (including virtual fax system, integrated capturing solutions, print management solutions, advanced workflow capabilities and the ability to index and store documents for easy search and retrieval) can transform these MFPs into a business tool that goes beyond the traditional functions of a normal MFP, improving printing, security and usability easily from the control panel.

They can be quickly and easily set up using the control panel. With their excellent compatibility, the MFPs fit perfectly into your office environment when using ordinary business applications such as Document Management Systems or Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). From mobile and cloud, to cost control and security solutions, Kyocera also offers a robust portfolio of Business Applications that seamlessly integrate with Kyocera MFPs.

Features of Taskalfa 306ci

·         Fax available as an option

·         4.3 inch full-colour touch panel and Home button provides ease of use

·         High speed controller with 1 GHz CPU and 1GB memory

·         Superior standard paper handling capabilities

·         75 sheet reversal document processor with support of A6 scan

·         Scan of banner pages via document processor

·         Scan at up to 40ipm

·         500 sheet internal paper cassette supports up to 220g/m²

·         Duplex up to 100% print productivity, up to 220g/m², custom size

·         500 sheet output capacity for larger print/copy job

·         Blue Angel Eco Label

·         Energy Star V2.0

·         Outstanding paper handling options

·         Internal Job separator can separate incoming faxes from printouts

·         5 bin mailbox or 300 sheet internal finisher with 50 sheet stapling

·         Up to 3,100 sheet paper for high print volume

·         Up to 5 trays for highly flexible media type handling

Features of Taskalfa 356ci and TASKalfa 406ci

·         Fax, dual fax, Internet fax and dedicated fax memory available as an option

·         7 Inch Full-colour touch panel provides ease of use

·         1,200 dpi print resolution for outstanding print quality

·         High speed controller with 800 MHz Dual Core CPU and 2 GB memory

·         320 GB HDD standard on Taskalfa 406ci and optional for Taskalfa 356c

·         Scan documents from A6 up to large banners at up to 120 ipm

·         2015 Good Design Award

·         Blue Angel Eco Label

·         Energy Star V2.0

·         Outstanding paper handling options

·         Optional 75 sheet RADF or DADF (Dual Scan) document processor

·         5 bin mailbox or 300 sheet internal finisher with 50 sheet stapling

·         Up to 3,100 sheet paper for high print volumes

·         Up to 5 trays for highly flexible media type handling

·         Same paper handling options as Taskalfa 306ci

·         1,000 or 3,000 sheet Document Finisher with stapling and punching

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Android Go puts reliable smartphones in budget pockets

Nokia, Vodacom and Huawei have all launched entry-level smartphones running the Android Go edition, and all deliver a smooth experience, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Three new and notable Android Go smartphones have recently hit the market, namely the Nokia 1, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 and the Huawei Y3 (2018). These phones run one of the most basic versions of Android while still delivering a fairly smooth user experience.

Historically, consumers purchasing smartphones in the budget bracket would have a hit-and-miss experience with processing speed, smoothness of user interface, and app stability. The Google-supported Android Go edition operating system optimises the user experience by stripping out non-important visual effects to speed up the phone. Thish allows for more memory to be used by apps. 

Google also ensures that all smartphones running Android Go will receive feature and security updates as they are released by Google. This is a major selling point for these smartphones, as users of this smartphone will always be running the latest software, with virtually no manufacturer bloatware.

Vodafone Smart Kicka 4

At the lowest entry-level, the Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performs well as a communicator for emails and WhatsApp messages. The 4” screen represents a step up for entry-level Android phones, which were previously standardised at 3.5”.

The display is bright and very responsive, while the limited screen real estate leaves the navigation keys off the screen as touch buttons. It uses 3G connectivity, which might seem like an outdated technology, but is good enough to stream SD videos and music. Vodacom has also thrown in some data gifts if the smartphone is activated before the end of September 2018. 

Its camera functionalities might be a slight let down for the aspirant Instagrammer, with a 2MP rear flash camera and a 0.3MP selfie snapper. Speed wise, the keyboard pops up quickly, which is a huge improvement from the Smart Kicka 3. However, this phone will not play well with graphics-intensive games. 

Nokia 1

Next up is the Nokia 1, which adds a much better 5MP camera, improved battery life and a bigger 4.5” screen. It supports LTE, which allows this smartphone to download and upload at the speed of flagships. It also sports the Nokia brand name, which many consumers trust.

Although the front camera is 2MP, the quality is extremely grainy, even with good lighting. This disqualifies this smartphone for the social media selfie snapper, but the 5MP rear camera will work for the landscape and portrait photographer. 

The screen also redeems this smartphone, providing a display which represents colours truly and has great viewing angles. Xpress-on back covers allows the use of interchangeable, multi-coloured back covers, which has proven to be a successful sales point for mid-range smartphones in the past. 

Huawei Y3 (2018)

The most capable of the Android Go edition competitors, the Huawei Y3 (2018) packs an even bigger screen at 5”, as well as an improved 8MP rear camera and HD video recording. The screen is the brightest and most vibrant of the three smartphones, but seems to be calibrated to show colours a little more saturated than they actually are. 

Nevertheless, the camera outperforms the other smartphones with good colour replication and great selfie capabilities via the 2MP front camera – far superior to the Nokia 1 despite the same spec. LTE also comes standard with this smartphone and Vodacom throws in 4G/LTE data goodies until the end of September 2018. The battery, however, is not removable and may only be replaced by a warranty technician.

Comparing the 3

All three smartphones have removable back covers, which provide access to the battery, SIM card and SD card slots. The smartphones have Micro USB ports on the bottom with headphone jacks on the top. The built-in speakers all performed well, with the Y3 (2018) housing an exceptionally loud built-in speaker. 

Although all at different price points, all three phones remain similar in performance and speed. The differentiators are apparent in the components, like camera quality and screen quality. It would be fair to rank the quality of the camera and battery life by respective market prices. The Vodafone Smart Kicka 4 performed well, for its R399 retail price. The Nokia 1, on the other hand, lags quite a bit in features when compared to the Huawei Y3 (2018), bwith oth retailing at R999.

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SA gets digital archive

As the world entered the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth on Mandela Day, 18 July 2018, South Africa celebrated the launch of a digital living archive. 

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The southafrica.co.za  site carries content about the country’s collective heritage in South Africa’s eleven official languages.

Designed as a nation building,  educational and brand promotion web based tool, the free-to-view platform features award-winning photographic and written content by leading South African photographers, authors, academics and photojournalists.

The emphasis is on quality, credible, factual content that celebrates a collective heritage in terms of the following: Cultural Heritage; Natural Heritage; Education; History; Agriculture; Industry; Mining; and Travel.

At the same time as reflecting on the nation’s history, southafrica.co.za celebrates South Africa’s natural, cultural and economic assets so that the youth can learn about their nation in their home language.

Southafrica.co.za Founder and CEO Hans Gerrizen conceptualised southafrica.co.za as a means for youth and communities from outlying areas to benefit from the digital age in terms of the web tool’s empowering educational component.

“We can only stand to deepen our collective experience of democracy and become a more forward planning nation if we know facts about our nation’s past and present in everyone’s home language,” he says.

Southafrica.co.za, with sister company Siyabona Africa, is the organiser and sponsor of the Mandela: 100 Moments photographic exhibition that runs until 30 September at Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront-based Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island.  The 3-month exhibition, which runs daily from 08h00 until 15h00, is showcasing one hundred iconic Nelson Mandela images taken by veteran South African photojournalist and self-taught lensman Peter Magubane.

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