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Microsoft Surface Hub 2 – 85″ panel for workspaces

Microsoft has unveiled an 85-inch model of its Surface Hub 2 interactive wall display, much larger than the original model. The product is aimed at businesses that want a smarter collaborative board.

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Microsoft’s Chief of Surface, Panos Panay, introduced the new 85-inch model at Microsoft’s Surface Event in New York this week, and briefly showed it between two of the Surface 2S 50-inch panels. 

The panel is likely to include features of the 2S, including a removable cartridge that will be upgraded next year. This will allow businesses to upgrade their computers with a new CPU, RAM, and GPU, and won’t have to replace the expensive display panel.

Pricing and regional availability has not yet been announced, but the company says it’ll be available in 2020.

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Dynabook adds lightweight laptop

Dynabook – formerly Toshiba – has released the Portégé A30-E: a 1.2kg laptop featuring the latest USB-C and gigabit LAN capabilities.

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Dynabook Europe has announced the Portégé A30-E – a lightweight, reliable and durable business laptop, combining the latest in security and connectivity features for the mobile worker. Designed for the mid-market, enterprise, education and public sector segments, the A30-E continues momentum for the new Dynabook brand, following the recent launch of the cutting-edge Portégé X30-F and Tecra X40-F.

It is designed for productivity, usability, and portability, featuring a thin form factor and weighing 1.2kg. A bright non-glare screen makes it highly legible in bright lighting conditions, with the option of low-energy Full HD to deliver higher screen brightness. Dynabook says it features up to 14 hours of battery life and accurate control via the Precision Touchpad, while a fast boot-up enables work to begin in seconds. Developed for the durability and reliability required by today’s mobile workforce, the A30-E has been manufactured to stringent Dynabook standards. These rigorous and military-grade assessments include drop, high and low temperature, and humidity tests.

It safeguards business-critical information with extensive built-in protection, making it straight forward to manage device security at all levels. Central to this is Dynabook’s BIOS, engineered in-house for maximum security, alongside Trusted Platform Module (TPM), which enables ports to be configured to the level of accessibility necessitated by the enterprise. The laptop’s broad range of authentication features ensures that there need not be any concerns about data falling into the wrong hands. The BIOS and SSD can be secured with a single sign-on biometric authentication, while an optional smartcard and two-factor authentication, featuring IR-based Windows Hello and an in-built fingerprint reader, further bolsters the laptop against data breaches.

It offers a host of cutting-edge connectivity features and the ability to link with a wide range of peripherals, thanks to its flexible USB Type-C port. If there is a need to connect to a greater number of peripherals, the optional USB-C dock enables this with a rapid and simple one-click connection. For presentations, the device boasts an HDMI video port, while an optional USB-C dongle adds the possibility of VGA connectivity. The Gigabit LAN port facilitates a straightforward and rapid internet connection, while an Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265 Wi-Fi Antenna configuration ensures optimum WLAN signal, minimising the chance of a dropped connection or downtime.

Despite a lightweight and ergonomic form factor, it packs the performance required to support the workforce – whether on the move or in the office. The device offers a wide range of SSD types and capacities – up to 1TB PCIe SSD – to suit varying business and budgetary requirements. Users can also enjoy enhanced performance power and the capacity to run multiple applications simultaneously with an up to 8th Generation Intel Core i7 vPro processor.

“The arrival of the Portégé A30-E again underlines dynabook’s expertise in providing robust, yet practical, devices for the B2B space, which are designed for portability, without conceding on performance or power,” said Damian Jaume, managing director of Dynabook Europe GmbH. “We know working practices are transforming and we strive to ensure our technology matches to those shifts. The Portégé A30-E epitomises this, delivering the engineering expertise and advanced features to support new ways of working – at an affordable price point”.

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The Portégé A30-E will be available in South Africa from September 2019.

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Samsung launches ‘flip board’

Samsung’s high-quality display technology has been integrated into a digital board called the Samsung Flip. Similar to Microsoft’s Surface Hub, it is designed to be used in place of whiteboards and flipcharts.

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We live in an age where we can communicate with people across continents in seconds. Despite this, many still struggle to connect with people right in front of us, whether it’s in a boardroom, brainstorm session, or client presentation. Technology can clearly make presentations more enticing, but many of us still use tools like slideshows and paper flipcharts, which have become overused and outdated because they lack interactivity, shareability and even scalability.

Enter the Samsung Flip. Samsung managed to retain the basic function of a board but has added convenience, efficiency and an array of digital functionality. While it has the look and feel of a flipchart, it is a large digital screen that helps create interactive presentations.

It features an ultra-high definition LCD mobile display – a flipchart that drives collaboration and expands presentation capabilities, with a touchscreen that allows users to display work, graphics and AV material, as well as write and save notes. 

“Samsung seamlessly integrates business environments and adapts to changing business needs,” says Reginald Nxumalo, Director: B2B, Samsung South Africa. “With its user-centric approach, Samsung has made business technologies simple and easy to use, enabling businesses to adapt to the evolving business environment. ” 

Those with a laptop, tablet or smartphone can mirror their screens to share content. Notes and ideas from a brainstorm can also be recapped and shared, using built-in email, distributed over a network, or saved to USB storage. 

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