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ITy Bytes 31 October – in this edition

  • Which Telco is best at what – Opensignal,
  • Arlo Ultra speaks Siri and gives away Philips Hue,
  • Dyson sharpens the Airblade,
  • D-Link adopts IEC 62443-4-1 to help mitigate cyberattacks, 
  • Aspera’s new 4G Flip 40 for $99,
  • CISCO AP CISO Benchmark Study – Cybercrime just ratcheted up several notches,
  • Intel and Samsung collaborate on QLED screen Project Athena laptops,
  • Samsungs new One UI 2 focuses on accessibility,

ITy 31 October is a short, curated collection of news you may like to know.

ITy Bytes 31 October

Which Aussie Telco is best at what – Opensignal

Opensignal, the mobile analytics company, has just analysed the mobile network experience of Australia’s three operators – Telstra, Optus and Vodafone – based on metrics from 198K Australian Opensignal users. Its Australia Mobile Network Experience report is now out. Highlights:

  • Telstra won in the new ‘Voice App Experience’ award for call quality (e.g. via WhatsApp et al.). Optus was just a smidgen behind.
  • ‘Video Experience’ (quality) is becoming a priority. All three score ‘Very Good.’
  • Optus and Vodafone have by far the lowest millisecond latency (for gamers) – 30% faster than Telstra
  • 4G availability with all three operators scoring above 90% with Optus and Vodafone leading.
  • Outside capital cities Optus offers the broadest coverage
  • Telstra offers slightly higher download and upload speeds to its direct 4GX clients (not via MVNOs which it hobbles to 3/4G and 100Mbps)
ITy Bytes 31 October
ITy Bytes 31 October

Arlo Ultra speaks Siri – and bonus Philips Hue

Arlo Ultra Security Camera Systems that pair with the Arlo Ultra SmartHub (VMB5000) now have HomeKit compatibility. iOS users can access many Ultra functions with Siri voice commands. An automatic firmware update enables this for new and existing Ultra users.

ITy Bytes 31 October Arlo

Bradley Little, Vice President and Managing Director, Arlo Technologies, said

“Now, Arlo’s line-up of Ultra Hub compatible wire-free camera solutions are fully compatible with HomeKit, giving users the added convenience to manage their cameras with simple voice commands.”

iOS users will now be able to receive notifications on the Apple Home app when motion is detected. iOS users can also utilise Siri to quickly activate an HD live stream onto their iPhone or iPad hands-free. With HomeKit, Arlo Ultra users can also set up automation to control other HomeKit-enabled smart home devices.

Arlo also has a bonus Philips Hue White starter kit (2 lamps and a hub value $149). This may be perfect for hooking up via IFTTT.

ITy Bytes 31 October Arlo

Simply purchase eligible products (Arlo Pro 2 and Pro 3, 2/4/4/5 camera kits) from a participating retailer (in-store or via the retailer’s website) and retain the original receipt. Visit and follow the prompts to complete the claim process. Make sure you specify Edison Screw or Bayonet fittings.

Dyson sharpens the Airblade

Dyson has unveiled its fastest and most energy-efficient HEPA-filtered hand dryer, Dyson Airblade 9KJ.  

With a unique design and cutting-edge V4, 75,00 rpm technology motor, the Dyson Airblade 9kJ enables people to dry their hands quickly and hygienically, while using low energy and offering an alternative to single-use paper towels.

ITy Bytes 31 October Dyson Airblade

It has been over three years in development, with more than 700 prototypes made. The result is the quietest Dyson Airblade hand dryer yet, with two settings – 900 watts and 650 watts for a 10 or 12-second fast hand drying.  Available online at at $1,590.

D-Link adopts IEC 62443-4-1 to help mitigate cyber attacks

In a nutshell, it is the global standard for security for industrial automation and control systems. This standard protects D-Link products from the secure design, component sourcing, assembly, testing to distribution stage to help prevent ‘supply-chain’ hacks.

There is a lot of concern that third-parties in any supply chain could built-in ‘backdoors’ for State hacks or cybercriminals and D-Links move addresses that.

ITy Bytes 31 October IEC 62443

To segue – it is a similar move to Kaspersky’s Global Transparency Initiative where its security customers can verify the code and see it ‘assembled’ in a clean-room in Switzerland to ensure that there are no supply chain hacks.

More and more IT goods and services will need to establish similar systems to guarantee their integrity. Congrats to D-Link.