Archive for the ‘Brief’ Category

Belkin Celebrates 40 Years with Greater Sustainability

Wednesday, January 4th, 2023

Belkin has embraced greater sustainability in the materials it uses in its products, as well as in its packaging.

Belkin is already on its way to becoming 100% carbon neutral in scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2025. Its commitment to review all areas of the business has included a focus on reducing single use plastics in packaging which has seen up to 90% reduction in plastic usage in some products.

Belkin is already on its way to becoming 100% carbon neutral in scope 1 & 2 emissions by 2025. Its commitment to review all areas of the business has included a focus on reducing single use plastics in packaging which has seen up to 90% reduction in plastic usage in some products.

In the name of sustainability, Belkin is adopting more responsible ways of building and packaging its consumer electronics products.

Beginning with its top selling mobile power products, several of Belkin’s most popular wireless chargers, power banks, wall chargers, and car chargers will receive updated product housing materials that consist of 73-75% post-consumer recycled plastics (PCR) and plastic-free packaging.

Belkin is currently working towards carbon neutrality in scope 3 emissions.

Belkin is currently working towards carbon neutrality in scope 3 emissions.

The product transition will be rolled out beginning 2023 and will save an estimated 7,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and reduce CO2-eq emissions for these products by up to 67%.

More details below from the press release.

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Preview: Circles.Life to Launch Jetpac for Travellers

Thursday, October 27th, 2022

Singapore’s telco Circles.Life is venturing into the travel sector with its new subscription service for travellers – Jetpac. Details below.

Jetpac from Circles.Life will launch on 1 November 2022, with a Pokemon-partnered “Dare to Roam” celebration on 30 October from at *SCAPE, Singapore. Click to enlarge.

Jetpac from Circles.Life will launch on 1 November 2022, with a Pokemon-partnered “Dare to Roam” celebration on 30 October from at *SCAPE, Singapore. Click to enlarge.

Monthly subscriptions are available in three tiers:

  1. Insure Pac: S$30
  2. Pro Pac: S$20
  3. Lite Pac: S$10

Subscribers enjoy global roaming data with rollover of unused data; access to airport lounges in case of flight delays; monthly Expedia vouchers (Pro Pac & Insure Pac) that can be accumulated; as well as travel insurance (Insure Pac only).

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Dell Offers Zero Trust & Cybersecurity Solutions to Protect Multicloud & Edge Environments

Tuesday, October 4th, 2022

The new cybersecurity offerings and services from Dell help provide greater resilience for modern security.

John Roese (left), global chief technology officer; and Amit Midha (right, president, Asia Pacific & Japan, and Global Digital Cities from Dell Technologies hosted the power briefing last week (30 September 2022) on the new services and solutions to help enterprises embrace Zero Trust and build cyber resilience.

John Roese (left), global chief technology officer; and Amit Midha (right, president, Asia Pacific & Japan, and Global Digital Cities from Dell Technologies hosted the power briefing last week (30 September 2022) on the new services and solutions to help enterprises embrace Zero Trust and build cyber resilience.

Dell’s new cybersecurity services, endpoint and cyber protection solutions help customers build cyber resilience.

Dell aims to simplify Zero Trust cybersecurity adoption by streamlining integration across IT environments.

More details below from the press release.

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Preview: Huawei Health and Fitness Smart Wearables

Saturday, May 7th, 2022

Huawei held a special sneak preview for select media on some of the health and fitness wearables that they plan to launch later this month.

The new Huawei Watch GT3 Pro in Titanium (Left) and Ceramic White

The new Huawei Watch GT3 Pro in Titanium (Left) and Ceramic White.

The wearables featured during the briefing included the following.

  1. Huawei Watch GT3 Pro
  2. Huawei Band 7
  3. Huawei Watch Fit 2
  4. Huawei Watch D
Huawei Watch Fit 2, Active Edition in Isle Blue Silicone Strap.

Huawei Watch Fit 2, Active Edition in Isle Blue Silicone Strap.

The new products covered a large spectrum of people ranging from those who just want some basic health data, to fitness enthusiasts who want in-depth data to hone their training; as well as the health conscious who want to measure detailed data about their health, such as blood pressure and heartbeat characteristics.

Later in the month, Huawei is expected to officially launch these devices together with additional products such as the Huawei Mate Xs 2 folding phablet and the Huawei S-Tag tagging accessory.

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Study: 76% of Organisations Suffered Downtime & Data Loss in 2021

Thursday, March 31st, 2022

The losses were due to system crashes, human error and cyberattacks. The Acronis Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 highlights growing threats and need for integrated cyber protection solutions.

The annual Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 surveyed more than 6,200 IT users and IT managers from small businesses to enterprises across 22 countries.

The annual Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 surveyed more than 6,200 IT users and IT managers from small businesses to enterprises across 22 countries.

Acronis has released its annual Cyber Protection Week Global Report 2022 timed to this year’s World Backup Day.

“As the entire world is increasingly at risk from different types of attacks, accelerating to universal all-in-one solutions is the only way to achieve truly complete cyber protection. And that’s precisely the problem Acronis has set out to solve. Attackers don’t discriminate when it comes to means or targets, so strong and reliable security is no longer an option, it’s a necessity,” says Candid Wuest, Acronis V.P. of Cyber Protection Research.

The report exposes some of the most critical shortcomings appearing in cyber protection practices today and examines why they’re appearing, offering guidance on how they can be fixed.

One of the key findings last year was that 80% of organizations ran as many as 10 solutions simultaneously for data protection and cybersecurity — yet more than half of them suffered downtime because of data loss.

So more solutions do not necessarily translate into more protection.

This year, the trend seems to be getting worse.

While 78% of organizations globally run as many as 10 different solutions, 76% of organizations experienced downtime due to data loss — a 25% increase from 2021.

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Tech Focus: Looking Ahead – High Speed In-Vehicle Display and Sensor Connections (Part 2 of 2)

Friday, December 17th, 2021

In this two-part guest commentary, Carrie Browen and Kevin Kershner from Keysight Technologies share their insights into the future of high speed in-vehicle display and sensor connections. You may find Part 1 here.

Automotive display use-case. © 2021 MIPI Alliance, Inc.

Automotive display use-case. © 2021 MIPI Alliance, Inc.

For this second half of our commentary, we begin with an introduction of SerDes.

In today’s infotainment systems, it is common for in-vehicle cameras and displays to be connected to the image-processing electronic control unit (ECU) via a SerDes (serializer/deserializer) connection.

Today, they are delivered by individual vendors using closed, proprietary standards.

Extending the reach of feature-rich SerDes links can require operating at lower Baud rates and higher order modulations (e.g. PAM-4).

In addition, it will require higher bandwidth Ethernet links as primary interconnects between zones, perhaps with 802.3ch support up to 10 Gbps throughput.

Emerging SerDes standards like mobile industry processor interface (MIPI) A-PHY (MIPI A-PHY is a physical layer specification targeted for ADAS/ADS surround sensor applications and Infotainment display applications in automotive) and Automotive SerDes Alliance (ASA) will be implemented by multiple silicon vendors.

This will create a competitive market that acts to drive down the cost while delivering application specific features.

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Tech Focus: Looking Ahead – High Speed In-Vehicle Display and Sensor Connections (Part 1 of 2)

Thursday, December 16th, 2021

In this two-part guest commentary, Carrie Browen and Kevin Kershner from Keysight Technologies share their insights into the future of high speed in-vehicle display and sensor connections.

A conceptual diagram of a zone-based in vehicle network architecture. Image: Keysight Technologies.

A conceptual diagram of a zone-based in vehicle network architecture. Image: Keysight Technologies.

It is no secret the pace of innovation in the automotive industry is exploding.

If the last 20 years have been linear in the development of electrification, the last two to three years have been exponential.

It used to be that a car was a means of getting from A to B.

Now, we can safely say that is not true for the vehicles of today and certainly not for the new vehicles of tomorrow.

Just about every new car on the market has a backup camera, park assist, and blind spot monitoring.

Some offer a 360-degree view.

Other features offer real-time traffic updates, cellular connection to potential hazards, other road users, vehicles, or pedestrians.

There are features that can detect if a driver is distracted or tired.

Meanwhile, the people in the car are often unaware of driving conditions, while they enjoy infotainment systems.

These features are delivered through a mixture of sensors, cameras, and networks.

As demands go up, next-generation advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) require camera and radar systems with increasingly high resolution.

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Virtual Visit to Huawei Health Lab in Dongguan, China

Friday, November 26th, 2021

The new Huawei Health Lab in Songshan Lake in Dongguan, China is the third and largest so far and was officially unveiled on 22 October, 2021, during the first day of the Huawei Developer Conference. I was invited to visit (virtually) the facility as part of the showcase to select media from APAC.

The new Huawei Health Lab in Songshan Lake in Dongguan, China

The new Huawei Health Lab in Songshan Lake in Dongguan, China

In its efforts to lead the industry with continuous technological innovation, Huawei opened its first Health Lab in Shenzhen in 2016.

The 700 sqm facility focussed on research on testing and technology of sports and health products.

Huawei Health Labs help the company lead the industry with continuous technological innovation.

Huawei Health Labs help the company lead the industry with continuous technological innovation. * Click to enlarge.

The next Health Lab was built in Xi’an in 2020.

The bigger 1,100 sqm facility explored the innovation and application of sports and health technologies, to help more people to work out scientifically and live a healthy life.

The latest Health Lab in Songshan Lake, Dongguan, is by far the largest – at 4,380 sqm.

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