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Review: ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32-inch WQHD IPS Monitor

Monday, October 19th, 2020

The ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD is a great monitor for increasing the screen real estate of your computer, in this time of #WorkFromHome because of the COVID-19 pandemic. I use it to extend the display on my notebook computer to enlarge the total screen workspace in order to increase the efficiency and productivity of my daily work.

 

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The latest addition to my #WorkFromHome setup (laptop not included): the ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32-inch WQHD IPS Monitor. Notice the frameless design. If your desktop has the space, I find the 32-inch monitor the optimal size to increase productivity without being too huge to become a strain on the neck when viewing the top of the monitor.

A large monitor is a “productivity-multiplier” and one of the best investments you can make to increase the efficiency of your work on a computer.

Connecting the monitor to a desktop or notebook computer, the monitor serves as a second monitor to extend the screen real estate of a small laptop screen or the first desktop monitor.

A large external monitor is a “productivity-multiplier” and one of the best investments you can make to increase the efficiency of your work on a computer. This is the ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32” WQHD IPS monitor.

A large external monitor is a “productivity-multiplier” and one of the best investments you can make to increase the efficiency of your work on a computer. This is the ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD 32” WQHD IPS monitor.

The ViewSonic VX3276-2K-MHD IPS monitor has a viewable area of 31.5 inches with a WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution.

WQHD (wide quad high definition) is also called QHD and is commonly known as “2K”.

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New Arrival: Synology 3.84TB SAT5200 2.5-inch SSD

Sunday, October 11th, 2020

The new Synology 3.84 terabyte SAT5200 2.5″ solid state drive is designed for users requiring high capacity and reliable storage arrays that can sustain high performance low-latency operations for mission critical work. Price & Availability TBA.

The Synology 3.84 terabyte SAT5200 2.5

The Synology 3.84 terabyte SAT5200 2.5″ SSD is designed for reliability in high-capacity all-flash arrays.

With the increasingly demanding environment in storage, the SSD is created with enterprise grade endurance and reliability to help businesses and users tackle intensive workloads with robust data protection.

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New Arrival: Dell UltraSharp and P-Series Monitors

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

Dell has launched a slew of monitors for creative professionals and office workers. It also released Meeting Space Solutions and a soundbar for hybrid work environments. Price & availability below.

The UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor (UP3221Q) will be available in Singapore for S$5,899.

The UltraSharp 32 HDR PremierColor Monitor (UP3221Q) will be available in Singapore for S$5,899.

Dell has introduced new monitors aimed at enhancing productivity and comfort for desk-centric workers with blue light reduction technology incorporated for eye comfort.

Availability and pricing in Singapore.

Availability and pricing in Singapore.

Amongst these is the world’s first professional monitor with 2K mini LED direct backlit dimming zones to produce precise colours and contrast.

Dell’s meeting space solutions enable seamless videoconferencing for group collaboration in hybrid work environments.

Availability & pricing, and more details below from the press release.

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Event: Fuji Xerox Innovation Re:Mix Forum – Work Reimagined 2020

Friday, September 25th, 2020

The main theme for the 3-day conference in Singapore sought to provide perspectives on how to pivot the “next” normal. Fuji Xerox’s flagship event in Singapore is in its third edition.

Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Re:Mix Forum - Work Reimagined 2020 enabled Industry leaders and analysts to share perspectives and solutions to build business resiliency post-pandemic.

Fuji Xerox’s Innovation Re:Mix Forum – Work Reimagined 2020 enabled Industry leaders and analysts to share perspectives and solutions to build business resiliency post-pandemic.

With approximately 80% of organisations in Asia Pacific expecting a decline in 2020 revenue, the Innovation Re:Mix Forum explores the many facets businesses face in their accelerated digital transformation journeys to ensure business continuity in the current climate.

The Work Reimagined edition explored three themes with a lineup of business and thought leaders from sectors across banking and finance, insurance, healthcare, retail and logistics.

  1. Reboot Your Workplace in the New Normal
  2. Digital Disruption: Pivoting Your Business for a Strong Future
  3. Building Resiliency with Digital Acceleration

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Cybersecurity Tips: Avoiding Phishing, Crypto-Mining & Ransomware

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

With employees working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, how can SMBs better protect against cybercriminals?

Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky shared security tips during a webinar on “The Cyberthreat Landscape for SMBs in Singapore”.

Stephan Neumeier, Managing Director for Asia Pacific at Kaspersky shared security tips during a webinar on “The Cyberthreat Landscape for SMBs in Singapore”.

Kaspersky experts suggest the following tips for SMBs to avoid being lured by cybercriminals through phishing, crypto-mining and ransomware.

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New Arrival: Acronis Cyber Protect 15 for Businesses

Wednesday, September 9th, 2020

Acronis Cyber Protect 15 has been released today in a pandemic world that is vulnerable with security gaps and in need for new security solutions.

Dashboard for Acronis Cyber Protect 15.

Dashboard for Acronis Cyber Protect 15.

First launched in May earlier this year, Acronis Cyber Protect 15 integrates backup, disaster recovery, next-generation antimalware, cybersecurity, and endpoint management tools into a single solution.

The Acronis Cyber Readiness Report revealed that 92% of the companies surveyed say they’ve adopted new technologies to enable remote work, including workplace collaboration tools, privacy solutions, and endpoint cybersecurity.

The Acronis Cyber Readiness Report revealed that 92% of the companies surveyed say they’ve adopted new technologies to enable remote work, including workplace collaboration tools, privacy solutions, and endpoint cybersecurity.

The new product comes at a time when businesses are struggling to safeguard their data and infrastructure against the risks of the new remote work landscape.

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New arrival: Acronis True Image 2021 Cyber Protection Solution

Thursday, August 20th, 2020

Acronis True Image 2021 combines automated backup with antimalware defence to offer a comprehensive personal cyber protection solution. Perpetual & 1-year subscriptions available online, prices below.

Acronis True Image 2021 integrates real-time antimalware and on-demand antivirus with its established personal backup solution.

Acronis True Image 2021 integrates real-time antimalware and on-demand antivirus with its established personal backup solution.

Acronis True Image 2021 is a cyber protection solution targeted at home users, prosumers, and small businesses around the world.

With COVID-19 forcing people to work from home, a recent Acronis survey found nearly half (47%) of remote workers never received clear guidance on working from home.

Incorporating cybersecurity capabilities such as real-time antimalware protection, on-demand antivirus scans, web filtering, and videoconference protection into Acronis True Image helps users enjoy greater cyber protection.

For individuals and small business users, unifying these vital capabilities in one solution makes their protection easier to manage and more affordable.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Hawkermatic to Roll Out Kopimatic Coffee-Making Machine

Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Local foodtech startup Hawkermatic has gotten early-stage VC funding to roll out Kopimatic to coffee-shops in Singapore in August.

Founder Jason Thai demos an earlier version of Kopimatic at the NTUC Foodfare headquarters.

Founder Jason Thai demos an earlier version of Kopimatic at the NTUC Foodfare headquarters.

The fully automated Kopimatic is designed for coffeeshops, drinks stalls, HK & TW style restaurants, as well as bread and cake shops.

“We are delighted to welcome Farquhar VC on board who brings tremendous domain expertise, value and their users as we grow the business in Singapore and regionally. Kopimatic had been previewed by dozens of coffeeshop chain owners, and in the new Covid-19 and pandemic environment, automation is increasingly sought after, and we have taken their commercial inputs and feedback into our planned rollout system,” said Jason Thai, founder of Hawkermatic.

The user pours coffee powder or tea into the brewer, and with a press of a single button, kopi and teh is brewed and pumped into a mixer, with evaporated, condensed milk and sugar solution stored in separate tanks to be added with the same consistency for every single cup.

The staff can follow POS numbers or keypress any standard coffeeshop drink, mixed and configured by micro-controllers to the same standard specific taste for the shop.

The Kopimatic comes in standard coffeeshop counter-top size, and taps into the existing plumbing.

Leasing the machine costs from S$250 per month, upon automation grant approval.

More details below from the press release.

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Trends: COVID-19 Gives Impetus to Hybrid Working

Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

One of the impacts from the global COVID-19 pandemic is the rise of hybrid working, the new normal for businesses and organisations around the world.

* The slides in this article are extracted from Poly’s new report on how hybrid working will be the new collaborative imperative.

What to expect in the new normal of hybrid working.

What to expect in the new normal of hybrid working. Click on image to enlarge.

Working from home had always languished as the catch phrase for businesses aspiring to provide employees with a better work-life balance whilst maintaining a high level of performance.

Even though the requisite technology has been around and available for years now, the main stumbling block to greater adoption of working from home has been predominantly a cultural issue.

Four technology trends enabling hybrid working. Click on image to enlarge.

Four technology trends enabling hybrid working. Click on image to enlarge.

Companies are concerned that employees may not work as hard when left to their own devices at home, while employees worry that it is more difficult to get things done if they’re not physically working at the office.

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New Arrival: Epson Launches Slew of Business Printers for Singapore

Thursday, June 25th, 2020

In its first virtual launch via Zoom, Epson launched a slew of business printers for Singapore, from desktop printers (L14150, L15150, L15160), office printers (WF-C878R, WF-C879R) to enterprise-class copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

The WorkForce Pro WF-C879R and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers were launched earlier in May (see story here).

For today, the new printers were the desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150), as well as new multifunction inkjet WorkForce Enterprise copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

The new EcoTank L15150 and L15160 are compact, wide-format and multifunction A3 ink tank printers with the capacity for high performance continuous printing in both colour and black-and-white.

They are the successor models to the Epson L1455.

The EcoTank L14150 is a compact A4+ ink tank printer that offers scan and copy functions for both legal and folio size on its flatbed, as well as up to A3+ simplex printing via the rear paper feed slot.

The WorkForce Enterprise copiers not only cater to enterprises, but also to medium and large offices as well.

The new WorkForce Enterprise copiers bring improved functionality and usability from previous models, with an improved automatic document feeder (ADF).

It also comes with a new stapler and booklet finisher, that brings new features including saddle-stitching, hole-punching, stapling and stacking capabilities, delivering faster throughput speed.

More details below from the press releases.

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