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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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How we use phones to avoid human contact

A recent study by Kaspersky Lab has found that 75% of people pick up their connected device to avoid conversing with another human being.

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Connected devices are becoming essential to keeping people in contact with each other, but for many they are also a much-needed comfort blanket in a variety of social situations when they do not want to interact with others. A recent survey from Kaspersky Lab has confirmed this trend in behaviour after three-quarters of people (75%) admitted they use a device to pretend to be busy when they don’t want to talk to someone else, showing the importance of keeping connected devices protected under all circumstances. 

Imagine you’ve arrived at a bar and you’re waiting for your date. The bar is busy, and people are chatting all around you. What do you do now? Strike up a conversation with someone you don’t know? Grab your phone from your pocket or handbag until your date arrives to keep yourself busy? Why talk to humans or even make eye-contact with someone else when you can stare at your connected device instead?

The truth is, our use of devices is making it much easier to avoid small talk or even be polite to those around us, and new Kaspersky Lab research has found that 72% of people use one when they do not know what to do in a social situation. They are also the ‘go-to’ distraction for people even when they aren’t trying to look busy or avoid someone’s eye. 46% of people admit to using a device just to kill time every day and 44% use it as a daily distraction.

In addition to just being a distraction, devices are also a lifeline to those who would rather not talk directly to another person in day-to-day situations, to complete essential tasks. In fact, nearly a third (31%) of people would prefer to carry out tasks such as ordering a taxi or finding directions to where they need to go via a website and an app, because they find it an easier experience than speaking with another person.

Whether they are helping us avoid direct contact or filling a void in our daily lives, our constant reliance on devices has become a cause for panic when they become unusable. A third (34%) of people worry that they will not be able to entertain themselves if they cannot access a connected device. 12% are even concerned that they won’t be able to pretend to be busy if their device is out of action.

Dmitry Aleshin, VP for Product Marketing, Kaspersky Lab said, “The reliance on connected devices is impacting us in more ways than we could have ever expected. There is no doubt that being connected gives us the freedom to make modern life easier, but devices are also vital to help people get through different and difficult social situations. No matter what your ‘connection crutch’ is, it is essential to make sure your device is online and available when you need it most.”

To ensure your device lifeline is always there and in top health – no matter what the reason or situation – Kaspersky Security Cloud keeps your connection safe and secure:

·         I want to use my device while waiting for a friend – is it secure to access the bar’s Wi-Fi?

With Kaspersky Security Cloud, devices are protected against network threats, even if the user needs to use insecure public Wi-Fi hotspots. This is done through transferring data via an encrypted channel to ensure personal data safety, so users’ devices are protected on any connection.

·         Oh no! I’m bored but my phone’s battery is getting low – what am I going to do?

Users can track their battery level thanks to a countdown of how many minutes are left until their device shuts down in the Kaspersky Security Cloud interface. There is also a wide-range of portable power supplies available to keep device batteries charged while on-the-go.

·         I’ve lost my phone! How will I keep myself entertained now?

Should the unthinkable happen and you lose or have your phone stolen, Kaspersky Security Cloud can track and protect your device from data breaches, for complete peace of mind. Remote lock and locate features ensure your device remains secure until you are reunited.

 

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Five key biometric facts

Due to their uniqueness, fingerprints are being used more and more to quickly identify and ensure the security of customers. CLAUDE LANGLEY, Regional Sales Manager, for Africa at HID Global Biometrics, outlines five facts about the technology.

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How many times in a day are you expected to identify yourself? From when you arrive at work you are required to sign in, visiting your bank, receiving healthcare services… The list is endless. When a system knows who you are, you are able to do any number common, everyday activities. Your identity is unique and precious. It is also easily stolen and the target of many hackers across the globe. Technology is constantly evolving alongside the criminal element, always looking for ways to protect data and identity. One such solution happens to be biometrics and it is rapidly gaining traction in our increasingly complex modern world.

Reliable, secure and fundamentally YOU, unique biometric traits such as fingerprints are being used by banks, enterprises and consumers to verify identity. Biometric solutions offer significant identity protection because they use unique biological details to ensure an account is only accessed by the account holder, a door only opened by the owner. Here are five things that are little known about this technology…

  • The uncut identity. Your fingerprint is unique to you. Nobody can use a copy of it to impersonate you. Good technology is capable of scanning down into the layers of the fingertip to differentiate unique elements of a person’s fingerprint, this data is then encrypted and used as a key to unlocking whichever physical or virtual door that the biometric system protects.
  • The living proof. No, there is nothing to the stories of fingerprints being used without their owner’s knowledge or permission. Biometric solutions can use specific variables to determine if the finger used to access the system is that of a present, living person.  A copy or a fake cannot be used to access a cutting-edge biometric solution.
  • Easy and convenient. Queues and documents and paperwork may well be a thing of the past should biometrics take a firmer grip of government and banking systems. The process of registering is easy, and access to identity documents and records is yours alone.
  • Security blanket. A thousand passwords and a hundred post-it notes stuck on walls and drawers.  An excel file with a list of sites and applications and their corresponding passwords, all a thing of the past.  Nobody needs to remember their password with biometrics, they only need to show up.
  • Anywhere is cool. Schools, airports, networks, offices, homes, toilets, banks, libraries, governments, border controls, immigration services, call centres, hospitals and even clubs and pubs – knowing “who” matters and biometrics can quickly and conveniently confirm your identity where needed.

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