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Nashua unveils voice service

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Nashua has introduced Nashua Voice, a service that allows its clients to make voice-over-IP phone calls. The service will enable customers to save money, record calls and host conference calls.

Office automation systems and solutions provider Nashua has introduced a new low-cost, high-quality IP-based telephony service to its growing portfolio of integrated services. Nashua Voice will be available from April 2015 at selected franchises.

This end-to-end solution allows Nashua clients to improve and enhance business communication – both internally and externally,” says Nashua Executive Head of Marketing, Lucinde de Lange. “Nashua Voice provides a host of benefits, including unrivalled scalability and integration, unique cost savings and a wide range of features.”

Nashua Voice enables customers to make and receive calls via landline or mobile phone, whether based locally or internationally, via a carrier-grade next-generation IP network. It also offers the improved ability to record calls and host conference calls.

Beyond just voice

“In an increasingly digital world where communications are often reduced to emails and instant messages, the value of face to face interaction – especially in business – can’t be discounted,” explains De Lange. “This is why our future value-added services will go well beyond voice.”

Some additional services will include Virtual Boardroom (a free teleconferencing service where participants are responsible for their own call costs), Virtual Fax and Virtual Access (an additional cost saving for owners of 0860 Share Call numbers).

Nashua Voice cuts costs by routing all call types and invoicing at pure per second billing from the first second of the call – with no minimum call charges. Web access via Nashua’s Telephone Management System is also provided for real-time monitoring and cost reporting down to extension level.

Integrated client service

“The solution allows clients to add Nashua Voice to their existing integrated solutions portfolio, with the added benefit of receiving one consolidated bill and centralised support from a single service provider,” explains De Lange.

Nashua Voice is backed by Nashua’s always-on support services including dedicated technicians, a 24/7 regional help-desks and proactive monitoring by the Network Operations Centre (NOC). The system integrates seamlessly with traditional PABXs, allowing businesses to opt for a phased migration to a full IP solution when and if required. Options using Wi-Fi or fibre are also available.

“Nashua is committed to providing best-of-breed products and services to help our clients take the leap into the digital era and fully experience the benefits of increased productivity and reduced costs – Nashua Voice is an important part of this commitment,” says De Lange.

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CES: And thanks for all the beer!

Last week, the Las Vegas expo showed off its fun side with state-of-the-art technologies for making and enjoying beer, writes BRYAN TURNER

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From craft beer-making machines to robots that pour beer, CES had more beer than usual in Las Vegas last week. And even free beer if you found the right stand. Stampede’s saloon-style booth offered beer to visitors who tried out its latest drones, virtual reality, and other gaming products. No beer tech, though.

Here are some of the beer technologies that stood out:

LG HomeBrew – Craft beer made at home

LG’s HomeBrew craft beer-making machine,  debuted at CES 2019, brings the brewing process home thanks to single-use capsules,  a self-cleaning feature, and an algorithm optimised for fermentation. 

Like a Nespresso coffee machine, the beer maker uses capsules, which contain malt, yeast, hop oil and flavouring. At the press of a button, LG HomeBrew automates the whole procedure from fermentation and carbonation to ageing. A companion app lets users check HomeBrew’s status at any time during the process, from their handsets.

The beer machine not only offers a simple way to make craft beer, but also enhances the quality of beer it makes. The fermentation algorithm intelligently controls the fermenting process with precise temperature and pressure control. It automatically sanitises itself, using nothing more than hot water, ensuring everything is hygienically clean for the next batch.

Designed with discerning beer lovers in mind, HomeBrew allows for in-home production of batches of more than 4 litres of beer in a variety of styles. The following five distinctive, flavoured beers are available now: 

  • Hoppy American IPA
  • Golden American Pale Ale
  • Full-bodied English Stout
  • Zesty Belgian-style Witbier
  • Dry Czech Pilsner

The only catch? It takes about two weeks to make, depending on the beer type.

“LG HomeBrew is the culmination of years of home appliance and water purification technologies that we’ve developed over the decades,” said Dan Song, president of LG Electronics Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company. “Homebrewing has grown at an explosive pace, but there are still many beer lovers who haven’t taken the jump because of the barriers to entry, like complexity, and these are the consumers we think will be attracted to LG HomeBrew.”

Click here to read about the party speaker that holds beer and robots that pour beer.

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CES: Alienware gets Legend-ary

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At CES in Las Vegas last week, Dell’s Alienware released a family of high-end, thin, light, and affordable machines for both amateur and professional gamers – and a new identity.

Alienware marked CES 2019 as a brand milestone with the debut of a new design identity, Alienware Legend. It aims to set a new bar of excellence for what gamers want most – performance and function. Alienware says it evaluated multiple concepts and chose one that was the biggest and boldest departure from its current look.

Alienware Legend, says the company, stays true to the brand’s core design tenets, taking cues from its deep roots in sci-fi culture and its early industrial designs, to distinguish the brand from the rest of the industry. The new Legend design is optimised with cutting-edge thermal cooling technology to achieve and sustain overclocking power, improved AlienFX lighting, and ultra-thin screen borders. It also unveiled a new “three-knuckle hinge” design that reduces the overall dimension while creating a stronger assembly, all combining to yield a better gaming experience.

“We’re excited to come to this year’s CES with some truly groundbreaking products, next-gen software and strategic partnerships that will bring more people to experience PC gaming and advance the industry,” said Frank Azor, vice president and general manager of Alienware. “The legend design answers the call for more and better from our gaming community, and the new G Series laptops will make PC gaming even more accessible to those looking for high-performance gaming at a cost they can appreciate.”

Click here to read about Alienware Legend in action with the Area-51m and m-series laptops

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