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Aspera’s new 4G Flip 40 for $99

If you don’t need a complicated smartphone but rather one with real press-buttons and svelte flip-open design, then the unlocked Aspera 4G Flip 40 phone at $99 is perfect. Features:

  • 2.8” colour screen and notification LEDs on the ‘Flip’
  • Removable 1600mAh battery and micro-USB charger
  • 5MP camera, FF for stills or 7230p video
  • Single sim 3/4G with VoLTE, SMS/MMS. Bands 1/3/5/7/8/28
  • Wi-Fi 4 (N), Hotspot, BT 4.2, FM radio (uses 3.5mm headphones as aerial), microSD to 32GB, flashlight
  • SOS button, basic productivity apps – mail, calendar, contact, video viewer, internet browser
  • 107 x 53 x 18mm x 123g

CISCO AP CISO Benchmark Study – Cybercrime just ratcheted up several notches

GadgetGuy does not cover Enterprise news, but the results of the CISCO Asia Pacific Chief Information Security Officer Benchmark Study were astounding. These are from larger companies in 11 countries from over 2,000 security professionals (209 from Australia).

  • 84% of Australian organisations had a breach that cost them over $1+ million (higher than any other country)
  • 69% received more than 100,000 alerts every day, more than double last year’s figure of 33%
  • 75% had an outage of 5-16 hours. This is longer than the global average of 43% 
  • Australian businesses had twice the level of Cybersecurity Fatigue 65% vs. 30% global

Now the $1+ million figure includes downtime, labour to rectify and patch – not just loss of profit. CISCO says a shortage of skilled professionals exacerbates this, Cybersecurity fatigue – the relentless 100,000 alerts a day is taking its toll – and only one threat needs to hit the target.

Cisco Australia and New Zealand’s Director, Cybersecurity, Steve Moros, says,

“Businesses are now facing challenges from all sides – it is a constant battle. Our report shows that data breaches and attacks are increasingly costing businesses and they have to fight constant levels of attacks and in turn suffer cyber fatigue where they don’t have the resources, either in people or time, to proactively protect their business.

Investing in people and skills is the best way forward to alleviate cyber fatigue and increase proactive cybersecurity, particularly around identifying false threat quickly to focus on the high-risk threats. There is no doubt that as we move into a more digital open playing field, these threats will increase, but by investing in upskilling in cybersecurity and working with security partners, we can all fortify our cybersecurity workforce for the better.”

Intel and Samsung collaborate on Project Athena laptops

Intel’s Project Athena focuses on instant-on, long battery life, 10th gen Core speed and small form factor. You are going to see lots more about Athena laptops (17 brands/models are authorised – the initial offerings are quite spectacular).

Samsung has two new Athena laptops:

Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion are co-engineered with Intel to deliver consistent responsiveness on battery, real-world battery life performance and instant action. Each has the world’s first QLED FHD laptop display with an ultra-thin in two sizes: 13.3-inch and 15.6-inch.

Galaxy Book Flex is based on 10th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Plus graphics, has a 360-degree hinge, enhanced S Pen with gesture control, biometric login and an aluminium body.

Galaxy Book Ion uses the 10th Gen Intel Core processors for demanding multithreaded workloads. It has an ultra-thin frame made of lightweight magnesium.


Galaxy Book Flex and Galaxy Book Ion will be available in December in select markets (Note: Samsung laptops are not sold in Australia, and that is a shame as they have a terrific build quality). More information here.

Samsung Galaxy

Samsungs new One UI 2 focuses on accessibility

Samsung has also previewed it’s new One UI 2 which focuses on accessibility features like improved screen visibility via its high contrast theme, larger fonts and simple keyboards, haptic feedback, and the dictate, live transcribe and caption functions. Bixby also receives special AI features to aid accessibility.

One UI 2

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