MacTel first MVNO to supply Apple iOS devices to Aussie SMBs,
ITy Bytes 27 August is a short, curated collection of news you may like to know
ITy Bytes 27 August
Nokia (HMD) smartphones to get Android 10 soon – yet another reason to buy
Nokia uses pure Android be it Android Go in its value range,
Android One in its mass-market r Pure Android in the mid/premium market.
It has announced the Android 10 rollout from Q4, 2019. HMD
Global’s unique Android promise ensures that Nokia smartphone owners benefit
from two years of OS upgrades and three years of security updates.
Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer, HMD Global said:
“With a proven track record in delivering software updates fast, Nokia smartphones were the first whole portfolio to benefit from a 2-letter upgrade from Android Nougat to Android Oreo and then Android Pie. We were the fastest manufacturer to upgrade from Android Oreo to Android Pie across the range. We are the only manufacturer 100% committed to having the latest Android across the entire portfolio. Thank you to everyone in our Beta programmes which help to build on our unique Android promise and ensure your Nokia phone experience just keeps getting better.”
Aussie accessory company 3SIXT has Jetpak Apple Watch Power Bank 1000mAh Keyring good for two watch charges on the go. Four LEDs show remaining charge, and it is topped up via micro-USB. It outputs 5V/1A (5W), so it should match the speed of the original charger. It is 61.8 x 16.5 x 39.2mm x 50g. $99.95 from Optus, Vodafone & Telstra.
Microsoft Edge gets ‘beta’
Microsoft Edge – you know the browser that comes with Windows and everyone uses Chrome or Firefox instead. Well, its Chromium engine version is up to the final beta and tested by over one million downloads and 140k+ feedbacks.
Microsoft has thrown its considerable weight behind Chromium. To date, it has contributed more than 1,000 commits to the Chromium project. It made sense to change the engine to Chromium and pursue a standard for web browsing in the pursuit of making the web better for everyone. Microsoft is good like that.
Huawei adds two new Auslan books to StorySign
Huawei has today announced the expansion of the StorySign app in Australia, by adding two new books in Auslan – the sign language of Australia’s deaf community.
The new books, ‘Max the Brave’ by Ed Vere and ‘All
About Spot’ by Eric Hill, are now accessible on the StorySign app, which
harnesses the power of Huawei AI to translate popular children’s books into
sign language to make storytime possible for deaf and hard of hearing children.
New research commissioned by Huawei, reveals the hidden deaf literacy problem in Australia along with the importance of storytime when developing literacy skills. Key findings from the research:
47% of Australians are unaware that literacy is
an issue for children that are deaf or hard of hearing.
56% are unaware there are many different sign
94% believe reading bedtime stories improve
children’s literacy skills, encourages imagination and creativity and helps
parent and child bonding.
76% of parents feel that technology such as
StorySign could help make storytime possible with their children.
Larking Huang, Managing Director of Huawei Consumer Business
Group in Australia said,
“Globally, millions of deaf
children are struggling to enjoy the wonderful world of books. Together with
Deaf Australia, Huawei’s mission is to raise awareness and help address the
issue of deaf literacy. With more than 35,000 app downloads, StorySign is
changing the lives of deaf children in Australia and around the world. We are committed to building out
this program to help improve deaf literacy and ensure all children can enjoy
Alongside the app expansion, Huawei Australia has continued its partnership with national charity, Deaf Australia, to make a real difference to deaf children’s lives.
ITy Bytes 27 August – Small Business News
Sharp reminds us it does SMB to enterprise laser printers too
Sharp may be better known for microwaves, but it has a substantial SMB to enterprise printer range. Its new A3 ‘Cube’ MFD (multi-function device) BP20C20/25 series can start as a compact 20/25 ppm (A4) or 12/14ppm (A3) desktop printer and you can add extra input rays.
You can now print or scan directly from your smartphone,
tablet or PC using AirPrint, Google Cloud Print or the Sharpdesk Mobile app via
an optional wireless LAN; or plug in a USB drive to select a file from the
pop-up menu to print any stored documents or save scans to it directly without
using a PC.
These MFDs automatically rotate and sort multi-page
documents into sets, and let you copy the front and back of ID cards onto one
page, saving you more time and effort when copying or scanning documents.
Epson reminds us it has fast workgroup scanners
Having owned a large business, I appreciate the need to
convert paper to digital – a scanner is a digital onramp. I also understand the
need for reliability, especially where financial records are concerned and where
you may need to scan different sizes and weights of paper.
Epson’s new DS-870 and DS-970 ($1499/1799) have a three-year business warranty. Interestingly these desktop scanners can scan 27-413gms paper at 65/85ppm and long page scanning in single-pass duplex.
They come with Epson Scan 2.0 software that makes it easy to
edit images with features such as de-skew and auto-rotate. Document Capture Pro
is the easy to use solution for capturing and storing electronic documents.
They are rated at up to 9000 sheets a day and have a three-year business warranty.
MacTel becomes first MVNO to provide Apple iOS devices to Aussie SMB
Macquarie Telecom will bring Apple to the SMB, offering bespoke and off-the-shelf iOS apps for business on iPhone and iPad. It is the first MVNO in Australia to work directly with Apple.
It will initially focus on the delivery of core Apple
products and business apps, before expanding to deliver a device enrolment
program integrated with Apple Business Manager.
Luke Clifton, Group Executive, Macquarie Telecom, said,
“This offering will help mid-sized businesses in
Australia experience the power and value of Apple. Great business devices,
coupled with native apps that will see our customers become more mobile,
increase productivity and solve more business problems. Mobility used to be an
afterthought, but that is changing as enterprises’ needs change.
This move will see business mobility become a business-leading area
of our company.”
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