Projectors are no longer a luxury but a must and Epson’s latest range are designed to offer effective solutions to many school environment and workplace challenges.
Projectors are no longer considered a luxury, but a crucial part of productive and efficient businesses and classrooms. Far from the bulky, archaic devices that many of us remember from our school days, devices like Epson’s recently launched EB-1400, EB-1700 and EB-2000 projector models offer an effective solution to many school environment and workplace challenges.
In a recent Epson study conducted to measure the readability of information displayed on various screen sizes, over 50 percent of respondents found it difficult to read and absorb information from a 70-inch TV screen. Illustrating the importance that large displays have on information retention and interest, the study found inaccuracies in more than half of respondents’ feedback when they were asked to read charts and text-based information from the TV-screen.
Larger displays also create a more interactive and collaborative experience for audiences. For examplem the Epson EB-1400 range allows users to save, share or print whiteboard content (depending on the model) with others. These features are particularly useful for sharing information with those who were not able to attend the class or meeting.
From an operational standpoint, projectors offer a level of efficiency and technological innovation that every meeting and lesson needs. The interactive Epson EB-1700 projector range features ‘Gesture Presenter’ which allows users to switch between slides by gesturing. In addition, Horizontal and Vertical Keystone Correction corrects the geometry of the projected image in both a vertical and horizontal direction, making the presentation venue less defined by space restrictions.
“Meetings and classes can easily become boring, time-wasting affairs unless more effort and investment is put into running them more effectively,” says Timothy Wilson, VI Product Manager at Epson South Africa. “With a projector in the room, people are instantly more attentive and receptive to the information being shared. There’s also a lot to be said for the easy setup process which allows you to spend less time stressing over technical difficulties.”
The high-end ultra-short-throw projectors feature Wi-Fi and LAN capability for wider connectivity, as well as HDBASE_T connectivity, which has proven beneficial when managing presentations in large auditoriums where signal cable length can be a problem.
In addition, the EB-1700 range offers wireless connectivity via NFC enabling projection using a smartphone or tablet, and MHL support makes it easy to show high-quality video and audio content from mobile devices, while charging them at the same time.
“Projectors are ideal for creating a modern, interactive and productive workplace and classroom, with many of the latest models currently available offering highly advanced features designed to add value to every kind of environment, from digital and design agencies, to Universities, to construction firms, schools and meeting spaces,” says Wilson.
Did an earthquake take out SA Internet?
Seabed avalanches caused by an earthquake could have cut several undersea cables, leading to one of South Africa’s biggest Internet outages yet, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.
There is still no official explanation for freak breaks 11 days ago in two separate undersea cables that provide international access to South Africa’s Internet users. However, as reported in the Sunday Times yesterday, the most common causes of such breaks are damage by ship anchors and earthquakes at sea.
However, the freak occurrence of two separate cables being cut simultaneously far out at sea, as happened on the morning of 16 January, can only be explained by sea-bed activity. One of the cables was cut in two places, and it is widely believed that a third major cable was also cut.
The cable damage mostly occurred in or near an area called the Congo Canyon, which starts inland and extends 220km into the sea. It is known for having the world’s strongest “turbidity currents”, underwater sediment avalanches over hundreds of kilometers, which are known to destroy undersea cables.
The most likely culprit is a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that struck the Atlantic Ocean near Ascension Island shortly before the cables were cut on the morning of 16 January. The earthquake occurred just before 8am South African time, and local ISPs reported losing international access from just before 10am. The epicentre of the earthquake was more than a thousand kilometres off the coast of Africa, but disturbances caused by seismic activity at sea become more powerful as they approach the coast. Combined with turbidity currents, this could well have taken out all cables in the area.
The West Africa Cable System (WACS) was cut in two places, and the South Atlantic 3 (SAT3) cable in one location. Industry insiders believe that the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable was also cut, but it has not been publicly confirmed.
South Africa is connected to the global Internet via seven such cables, with a total capacity of 42.3 terabits per second (tbps). These cables, in turn, connect to additional cables connecting the West and East coasts of Africa, with a single cable running from Angola to Brazil providing another 40 tbps.
However, it emerged in the past week that smaller ISPs in South Africa had bought capacity on only one or two cables. In a freak occurrence, two of the most commonly used cables, the WACS and SAT 3 cables, were cut simultaneously, plunging millions of Internet users into data darkness.
Customers of the major mobile network operators – Vodacom and MTN – were largely unaffected, as these tend to have both part-ownership and access to most of the cables running up both the East and West coasts of Africa.
Visit the next page to read about how ISPs have battled to reroute access, how massive resources are needed to deal with these kinds of outages, and when the ship will reach the breakage points.
Lenovo express-delivers new range from CES to SA
Lenovo has unveiled its new range of ThinkBook laptops, barely two weeks after they were showcased at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The company’s newest sub-brand, ThinkBook, is intended to meet the demand for more aesthetically pleasing, yet agile and powerful devices.
The new range is aimed at small and medium enterprises. According to the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), there are more than 2-million SMEs in South Africa – although there are only 667,433 in the formal sector. This tallies with estimates in recent editions of SME Survey, produced by World Wide Worx, which suggest 650,000 active, formal businesses in South Africa. These SMEs employ about 14% of the South African workforce.
Lenovo argues that access to affordable, yet efficient, technology is a crucial factor in aiding business success and contributing towards the success of the nation. The company has found, in its own research, that younger people prefer working, creating and communicating online “with stylish devices that make a statement”. This means they require streamlined laptops which can be used to collaborate from any remote location, to enhance productivity.
Lenovo said in a statement on Thursday night: “Backed by customer research, ThinkBook is specially designed for SMEs, who typically purchase consumer laptops for perceived design and price advantages but can no longer rationalise their lack of extended services and warranties – core needs of any business. ThinkBook allows growing firms to keep a competitive edge in attracting today’s young tech-savvy execs with trendy yet cost-effective devices.
Thibault Dousson, general manager of Lenovo for Europe, Middle East and Africa, said at the launch event: “With the capacity, SMEs have to grow and upskill the country’s workforce, they are perfectly positioned to bridge the gap between the public sector and large enterprise. Bearing in mind the demands of the digital economy, this sector needs skills and resources in order to compete, and that is where devices such as the ThinkBook come in.”
In South Africa, ThinkBook laptops are now available in 13-, 14- and 15-inch variants. The flagship ThinkBook 14 and ThinkBook 15 devices are powered by Windows 10 Pro and up to 10th Gen Intel Core processing, which Lenovo says combines high performance with intuitive, time-saving features. Options include Intel Optane memory, WiFi 6, and discrete graphics.
The ThinkBook 15 comes at just 18.9mm thin, while the ThinkBook 14 is a mere 17.9mm, both with FHD displays and two Dolby Audio speakers, dual-array, Skype certified microphones and a USB 3.1 (Gen2, Type-C) port.
Lenovo has also introduced the ThinkBook S series, including an elegant 13.3-inch ThinkBook 13s. The sleek and light device is constructed of a metallic finish on an all-aluminium chassis, alongside a narrow bezel display. As with the ThinkBook 14 and 15, the ThinkBook 13s also features advanced Intel processing and an FHD display, Dolby Vision and Harman speakers with Dolby Audio.
Visit the next page to read about the design and features of the new ThinkBook range.