Amazon’s Alexa for Hospitality handles hotel checkout, pool time and more – CNET

Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home, walked into a darkened hotel suite on the top floor of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home, walked into a darkened hotel suite on the top floor of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Alexa, turn on the lights,” he casually said, and the lights dutifully turned themselves on in the kitchenette, living room and entryway.

Rausch last week was showing off Alexa for Hospitality, the newest iteration of Amazon’s popular voice assistant. This version’s made specifically for hotels, letting you use an Echo speaker in your room to call the front desk, check what times the hotel’s pool is open and get recommendations for nearby restaurants. You can even order a toothbrush if you forgot yours at home.

On Tuesday, Amazon officially launched Alexa for Hospitality together with Marriott International, which said it’s bringing the new feature to about 10 of its US locations over the summer, including Charlotte Marriott City Center in North Carolina and Marriott Irvine Spectrum in California. Alexa for Hospitality will also be available to other hoteliers by invitation only.

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“We want to strip away the things that might create unexpected surprises or bumps in the road and create as seamless an experience as possible,” Jennifer Hsieh, Marriott’s vice president of customer experience innovation, said at the demo, mentioning Alexa’s new ability to check you out of your room so you won’t have to stop by the front desk.

Since releasing its original Echo speaker four years ago, Amazon has focused on building lots of new Alexa-powered devices to get customers to stick Echo speakers throughout their homes, in their bedrooms and living rooms and kitchens. This year, the company has instead worked on building up specialized versions of Alexa itself, releasing a children’s version of the voice assistant for the new Echo Dot Kids Edition, an Alexa for cars that offers directions and that can remotely lock your vehicle, and now Alexa for Hospitality. It’s also developing Alexa for Business for office settings and meeting rooms.

Bringing Alexa to more places should help Amazon maintain its lead in smart speakers and fend off competitors like Google and Apple. But taking Alexa out of the home and into all these new places should come with challenges, too, since some people avoid using smart speakers and won’t want them around in an office, hotel or elsewhere.

While some people will find Alexa for Hospitality to be a benefit, others will see the feature as “so nebulous to me, so dangerous to me” they won’t want to stay in rooms with Echo devices, said Werner Goertz, a Gartner analyst. It will be up to Marriott and other hoteliers to cater to both types of customers, he added.

So far, guest surveys from pilot hotels have been positive, with Rausch mentioning high numbers of respondents who enthusiastically rated Alexa in their rooms and would ask for the voice assistant for future visits.

Rausch said Alexa for Hospitality will allow hoteliers to customize their Echo speakers to each property, allowing them to provide guests with local restaurant and attractions recommendations and specific information about the hotel, like pool and gym hours. Amazon also developed a new back-end system to help hotels manage a whole fleet of Echo devices.

Amazon will soon allow people to connect their Amazon accounts to their hotel Echo speakers, letting them access their Audible audiobooks and music services including Amazon Music, Spotify, and Pandora. The devices will disconnect from a guest’s account at checkout.

Rausch declined to disclose whether Amazon has any ongoing financial agreement with Marriott for using Alexa for Hospitality.

To better protect people’s privacy, he said Amazon won’t share any of the voice data from guests with hotels and will delete that information daily. The hotel Echo speakers also can’t be factory-reset and only work on a hotel’s Wi-Fi, The hotel will be notified if they’re unplugged, helping cut down on potential hacks to the devices.

Hsieh added that Echo speakers in rooms will be muted anytime new guests arrive. So if you don’t want to use the devices, you can leave them muted or unplug them, she said. Rooms without Echo devices will also be offered, she said.

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The Wynn Resort in Las Vegas added Echo speakers into its rooms about two years ago, but the resort wasn’t using the new Alexa for Hospitality platform. Rausch said that hotel will eventually transfer over to the new system.

Following Alexa for Hospitality’s launch, Gartner’s Goertz said he expects Alexa to pop up in plenty more places in the future.

“I’m looking forward to more of those, of Alexa moving into new verticals,” he said. “I can see this going beyond hospitality and moving into places like health care.”

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TP-Link Deco M9 Plus is a smart home-friendly mesh network system – CNET

The new TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi 2-pack System is multitalented, to say the least.

On paper, the specs of the Deco M9 Plus are impressive. It’s a mesh network system, so its two wireless modules are designed to cover twice the space of a standard router thanks to overlapping tri-band wireless coverage — TP-Link says the system will blanket 4,500 square feet.

The new TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Tri-band Mesh Wi-Fi 2-pack System is multitalented, to say the least.

On paper, the specs of the Deco M9 Plus are impressive. It’s a mesh network system, so its two wireless modules are designed to cover twice the space of a standard router thanks to overlapping tri-band wireless coverage — TP-Link says the system will blanket 4,500 square feet. The system supposedly supports more than 100 devices connecting to it at once and uses a dedicated and dynamic backhaul channel to find the strongest signal for all of your devices.

In addition to its Wi-Fi prowess, the Deco M9 has built-in Bluetooth and Zigbee antennas, so it can also serve as a hub for your smart home sensors. Smaller smart home sensors that detect things like temperature and motion typically don’t connect to Wi-Fi directly. They use lower power frequencies such as Zigbee to help their batteries last longer, so you usually need a hub like the popular SmartThings hub to control these devices.

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The Deco M9 can help you do away with the extra hardware. You’ll be able to control connected devices with the TP-Link app. TP-Link also works with Amazon’s voice-activated assistant Alexa and the free online rules platform IFTTT. Give a voice command to a smart speaker with built-in Alexa (such as the Amazon Echo ($100 at Amazon.com)), and you’ll be able to control smart devices connected through the TP-Link system. With IFTTT, you can set up rules such as turning on smart lights if you trigger your door sensor.

TP-Link also has a specialized Alexa skill allowing you to test your router and switch on specific modes like “gaming mode” with a voice command.

The Deco M9 comes with built-in protection from malware and hackers with antivirus called HomeCare powered by Trend Micro. Trend Micro will keep protection up-to-date.

You can monitor and set up the network with the TP-Link app. You’ll also be able to use the app to monitor and limit Wi-Fi usage if you want to compel your kids to get away from their smart devices and go outside.

If you’re interested in a Wi-Fi system tailored for the smart home, the Deco M9 goes on sale in early July. It’ll be sold as a two-pack for $300. You can expand your system with an extra Mesh Wi-Fi one-pack for $180. The Deco M9 will be available overseas, but the company hasn’t specified international prices yet. The two-pack price converts to roughly £225 and AU$400. The one pack converts to £130/AU$240.


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Great ways to watch the World Cup at work – without getting caught

A lot of us are going to end up watching World Cup 2018 games at work. There’s no getting around it. And everyone knows Brian spends about half the time on Twitter anyway, right?

A lot of us are going to end up watching World Cup 2018 games at work. There’s no getting around it. And everyone knows Brian spends about half the time on Twitter anyway, right?

However, there’s more chance of you getting in trouble for dropping into a football game on your work computer than nipping over to a social media site.

So how do we watch some of the World Cup 2018 at work, and how do we get away with it? Let’s get started.

The good news is that World Cup 2018 games are extremely accessible. In the UK they will be broadcast on the BBC and ITV channels, and you can watch those in a web browser.

Both ITV Hub and iPlayer let you watch live broadcasts from their respective sites, so you don’t have to install any additional applications. Larger companies with restrictive IT policies often won’t let you install unapproved apps, so that’s one potential roadblock avoided.

Just beware that your IT crowd may have restrictions on watching anything that’s BBC based, because of licensing issues. If this is the case, then avoid using the work Wi-Fi at all, and skip straight to sorting your own hotspot out (see below).

Hiding windows

Unless you’re watching on your lunch break, don’t maximise the video window. It’ll get you spotted in a second and, well, we’re only giving you these tips on the understanding you’ll be able to get your work done at the same time. OK?

One top tip to stop your line manager realising what you’re doing is to master the hide app shortcut. This varies between OS X and Windows systems.

Running a Mac or MacBook? Press CMD+FN+H and the current screen will be minimised instantly. The Windows shortcut is even subtler. Just press CTRL+ALT and the down arrow.

That avoids having to scramble about with a mouse or trackpad as soon as you think anyone is watching, which looks dead suspicious.

If you fancy adding an extension to your Chrome browser, then Switch Tabs is a good one. It allows you to switch between open tabs really, really quickly.

If you want something that is a little more extreme, then Panic Button will hide all your tabs at once with one single button and restore them later.

Getting around a sneaky IT department

If you work at a large company there’s a solid chance its internet connection blocks off certain sites. And if it doesn’t, it still might monitor the traffic of employees. Sneaky right?

If that gives you a chills, or you think your company or boss is particularly highly strung, you might want to try bypassing the corporate internet completely. This will work best if you have a laptop rather than a desktop, as we need to use its Wi-Fi. And your desktop may not have a Wi-Fi card.

What we’re going to do now is setup your phone to provide the internet access for the laptop, by creating a hotspot.

In an Android phone you’ll find this in the Networking part of Settings menu. It’s in the Wi-Fi part of an iPhone’s Settings menu. When setting this up you’ll see the name of the hotspot, which should appear in your laptop’s Wi-Fi finder once switched on.

Just connect as you would to any Wi-Fi network.

The caveat is your mobile contract needs to allow tethering. This is where your mobile internet is used to get another device online.

Check out your contract’s terms before trying this one, and note how much of your data you’re using. Video streaming will eat it up pretty quick.

Alternatively, you could get hold of a dedicated Wi-Fi hotspot. It’s a pocketable box that creates a 4G-based Wi-Fi network. Mobile networks sell these. However, it’s usually with a fairly long-term contract. You can also buy one separately online, and then plug-in either a preloaded data SIM or one that comes with a one-month contract to avoid long-term costs.

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A privacy screen is one other option. But it’ll raise a few eyebrows.

This is a layer you place on top of your screen, and it blacks out the display from any angle but front-on. You’re much less likely to get caught catching up on a game as a result.

It works a bit like the blinds you might even see in a meeting room at work, funnily enough. A louvre effect blocks off light at any angle but straight-on, drastically reducing the screen’s viewing angle.

A privacy screen is not a bad idea if you end up working on a laptop on the train to work, and are distracted by the eyes of other passengers seeing what’s on your screen. That’s really the only excuse you’re going to be able to use to convince your boss, though.

Well, unless there’s an office creep who comes up to your desk all the time to start conversations after peering at your display.

Altering the brightness of your screen is one other option. Judging by our experience, hardly anyone in an office with a monitor alters its settings much, but you can lower its backlight brightness to make what’s on-screen less obvious. Start pressing the buttons on its front or side to bring up its OSD (on-screen display).

We’d suggest cranking it back up when not watching, though, as peering at a too-dim screen all day won’t be good for your eyes.

Don’t forget the toilet

There’s also the slacker’s classic: a slightly elongated trip to the toilet. You’ll be able to watch World Cup 2018 matches on your phone using the iPlayer app, although if you use this tactic for the whole month, people will think you need a visit to the doctor’s. Or, more likely, that you’re watching the football on the toilet.

Let’s not discard the honest approach either. If you have a reasonable boss who understands how excited people get about the World Cup, why not raise the idea of keeping an eye on the football during work?

Assure them you’ll still be able to get your job done, and will make up for any lost productivity minutes by either cutting down your lunch break or staying late. We’ve been around, we know this won’t work for everyone. But it’s better, and less stressful, than subterfuge.

Also, don’t forget that you’ll likely be able to download any BBC-broadcast matches to watch on your phone on the way home. However, rights issues could potentially put a stop to this. Not all iPlayer programmes can be downloaded for later viewing.

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VIVA Entertainment Group Signs Strategic Venture Agreement With Kredit Koncepts Financial

VIVA Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Falcones, commented, “An OTT solution is ideal for individuals seeking to rebuild their credit since it offers a true cut-the-cord solution that offers live streaming content and pay-per-view programming at a fraction of the cost of cable and satellite packages.

VIVA Chief Executive Officer, Johnny Falcones, commented, “An OTT solution is ideal for individuals seeking to rebuild their credit since it offers a true cut-the-cord solution that offers live streaming content and pay-per-view programming at a fraction of the cost of cable and satellite packages. Partnering with Kredit Koncepts gives us great exposure to their customer base by offering a great product that is packaged with a $1,500 Line of Credit. This Agreement is part of our continued efforts to build our subscription base and provide a full complement of OTT programming.”

Kredit Koncepts adopts a three-prong approach to dealing with client credit issues: Restore, Rebuild, and Protect. In addition to correcting errors on clients’ credit reports, which are present on over 70% of all credit reports, Kredit Koncepts also helps clients rebuild credit. Typically, when a person has major credit issues, lenders close existing accounts that have late payments and fall into collections. Kredit Koncepts provides clients an instant guaranteed approval for $1,500 to begin rebuilding their credit profiles. Allowing customers to bundle VIVA OTT solutions to this package will provide affordable access to programming, often in situations where traditional service providers are unavailable all while increasing credit scores.

Quincy Luzunaris, CEO & President of Kredit Koncepts, added, “The way the credit system is designed in regards to credit reporting, it places limitations on showing someone’s true financial responsibilities. While we can pay our phone bill, insurances, rent, electric bill and even cable TV services on time, month after month, year after year, that responsibility is not reflected on credit profiles. However in life, when hardships happen and we fall behind, theses services can quickly have a negative impact on your credit. Finally, this partnerships provides a platform for VIVA Ent. to report these positive payments to credit reports all while watching the channels they love. This is a true game changer.” Please click on link: http://viva.pagedemo.co/

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VIVA Entertainment Group, Inc. is a global entertainment and technology company connecting content owners and video distributors to deliver premium content on any smart device with a screen. VIVA is a service provider of an OTT system through which television services are delivered using the Internet protocol suite over a network such as the Internet, instead of being delivered through traditional terrestrial, satellite signal and cable television formats. VIVA, your entertainment partner, provides subscribers access to the content they want anywhere, anytime. With a WiFi connection our customers can watch Live TV from around the world, TV shows, as well as movies on demand, Tele-video conference and many other interactive features. Independent and Major film studios, television networks, Telecoms, Cable Companies, and emerging ISPS partner with VIVA for enhanced capabilities in multi-platform video distribution. The only true end-to-end provider of premium content technology services, VIVA looks to license and deliver to traditional and OTT video distributors across the world.

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Founded in 2009 as a result of the global financial crisis, Kredit Koncepts has been diligently helping Americans build better credit profiles. Bad credit leads to being denied on loans, leasing apartments and could potentially affect employment. Therefore, it is necessary to provide a service that assists with credit recovery and educating consumers on the United States Credit System. In addition to repairing bad credit, Kredit Koncepts helps clients rebuild their credit by also providing unsecured credit lines. In 2016, Kredit Koncepts, launched the first Credit Education Center located at 1175 Castle Hill Ave. Bronx, New York and is set to launch the first Mobile Credit Education Center in summer 2018. Our Credit Education Centers provides communities with a self-driven solution to the credit epidemic. We use the Credit Centers to meet the community face-to-face and collaborate on empowering people for economic prosperity. We Raise The Credit, We Raise The Community.

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£12 for 10GB data is one of the best cheap SIM only deals on the market right now

iD Mobile remains one of the go-to mobile phone networks if you need a cheap SIM only deal for an old beloved handset or a brand new SIM-free phone you’ve just bought.

iD Mobile remains one of the go-to mobile phone networks if you need a cheap SIM only deal for an old beloved handset or a brand new SIM-free phone you’ve just bought.

Although it may still not be a household name, you’ve probably seen iD’s logo dotted around on the high street. It’s Carphone Warehouse’s in-house network. Time and again it launches SIMO deals that offer sensational value.

Its current best value 10GB for £12 per month SIM plan offers plentiful data allowance for surfing the net, streaming music and navigating with Google Maps on the go. So that’s all the good stuff, without an annoyingly high amount of £££s on your monthly bills.

The only way anybody else can get close at the moment is by offering big cashback that you have to claim over the course of the 12-month contract – check out today’s best SIM only deals page to see what we mean.

With iD’s offer, you don’t have to bother with any of that faff to get the great price. And you aren’t tied in for a whole year either, as iD goes with a one month rolling model giving you flexibility if your circumstances ever change and you need to look at other options.

Why should I choose iD Mobile?

You may not be that familiar with iD Mobile – it’s not necessarily a household name like networks such as O2 or Vodafone. But in addition to its ridiculously cheap prices, there are other reasons why iD could be a good fit for your next SIM card:

Flexibility As we say above, iD is popular with a lot of people for offering 30 day contracts rather than the one year commitments offered by most big networks.

Data rollover This is a lovely little innovation, which could come in very handy now you’ll be on 10GB a month. If, for example, you use only 6GB of data one month it means that you’ll have 14GB to play with in the next 30 days. Handy if you’re expecting to be away from the Wi-Fi a lot in the future as you can save your data up to use when you most need it.

4G calling If phone reception is rubbish where you live or work, you can utilise iD’s 4G prowess to make calls using data rather than your call allowance. That’s particularly handy when you consider you only get 300 minutes a month with the above deal.

Capping One of those people who always seems to go over their data or call allowances and ends up with a whacking great bill every month. Then we reckon you’ll want to take advantage of iD’s capping feature, which puts a limit on your spend. But with that healthy 10GB of data to use, you hopefully won’t need to rely on the cap too much anyway.

What other SIMO deals does iD offer?

You can check out our iD SIM only comparison chart below to see its current best offers.

One tariff that may stand out is the £3.99 per month offering – the very cheapest SIM in the UK! You only get 500MB of data and 150 minutes of calls a month, but this could suit if you just need a cheap SIM to pop into a second phone or something for a family member.

Android users can now limit how much data their friends use

Google has updated its data-saving app Datally with several new features, including the ability to limit how much data your friends and family can use when they borrow your phone.

Google has updated its data-saving app Datally with several new features, including the ability to limit how much data your friends and family can use when they borrow your phone. No more sneaky streaming sessions gobbling up your allowance without your permission.

You can also set daily usage limits, helping you portion out your data throughout the month so you don’t run out partway through, and Google will soon add warnings so you know when it’s time to start cutting back on the video calls.

Datally now shows nearby Wi-Fi networks too, helping you find an alternative way to get online, and highlights any installed apps that you don’t use, but are sucking up your data regardless.

Slash data use

Datally is a handy app for anyone without an unlimited data plan, and Google claims it can help cut your data use by up to 30%. It’s also ideal for Android users in countries where mobile data connectivity is patchy and expensive, though it’s different to the data management app supplied with Android Go – the mobile operating system designed for low-powered, affordable smartphones.

Android Go comes with streamlined versions of all Google’s key apps (including Gmail, YouTube and Chrome) that are designed to make frugal use of mobile data and use minimal system resources. For example, YouTube Go lets users cache videos for offline watching, and share clips wirelessly using Wi-Fi Direct and Bluetooth.

Android Go’s data saver takes a more active approach than Datally, removing unnecessary images in apps, switching to low-bitrate video, and preventing updates downloading automatically.

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Amazon’s Alexa for Hospitality handles checkout, pool time and more – CNET

Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home, walked into a darkened hotel suite on the top floor of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Daniel Rausch, Amazon’s vice president of smart home, walked into a darkened hotel suite on the top floor of the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge.

Alexa, turn on the lights,” he casually said, and the lights dutifully turned themselves on in the kitchenette, living room and entryway.

Rausch last week was showing off Alexa for Hospitality, the newest iteration of Amazon’s popular voice assistant. This version’s made specifically for hotels, letting you use an Echo speaker in your room to call the front desk, check what times the hotel’s pool is open and get recommendations for nearby restaurants. You can even order a toothbrush if you forgot yours at home.

On Tuesday, Amazon officially launched Alexa for Hospitality together with Marriott International, which said it’s bringing the new feature to about 10 of its US locations over the summer, including Charlotte Marriott City Center in North Carolina and Marriott Irvine Spectrum in California. Alexa for Hospitality will also be available to other hoteliers by invitation only.

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“We want to strip away the things that might create unexpected surprises or bumps in the road and create as seamless an experience as possible,” Jennifer Hsieh, Marriott’s vice president of customer experience innovation, said at the demo, mentioning Alexa’s new ability to check you out of your room so you won’t have to stop by the front desk.

Since releasing its original Echo speaker four years ago, Amazon has focused on building lots of new Alexa-powered devices to get customers to stick Echo speakers throughout their homes, in their bedrooms and living rooms and kitchens. This year, the company has instead worked on building up specialized versions of Alexa itself, releasing a children’s version of the voice assistant for the new Echo Dot Kids Edition, an Alexa for cars that offers directions and that can remotely lock your vehicle, and now Alexa for Hospitality. It’s also developing Alexa for Business for office settings and meeting rooms.

Bringing Alexa to more places should help Amazon maintain its lead in smart speakers and fend off competitors like Google and Apple. But taking Alexa out of the home and into all these new places should come with challenges, too, since some people avoid using smart speakers and won’t want them around in an office, hotel or elsewhere.

While some people will find Alexa for Hospitality to be a benefit, others will see the feature as “so nebulous to me, so dangerous to me” they won’t want to stay in rooms with Echo devices, said Werner Goertz, a Gartner analyst. It will be up to Marriott and other hoteliers to cater to both types of customers, he added.

So far, guest surveys from pilot hotels have been positive, with Rausch mentioning high numbers of respondents who enthusiastically rated Alexa in their rooms and would ask for the voice assistant for future visits.

Rausch said Alexa for Hospitality will allow hoteliers to customize their Echo speakers to each property, allowing them to provide guests with local restaurant and attractions recommendations and specific information about the hotel, like pool and gym hours. Amazon also developed a new back-end system to help hotels manage a whole fleet of Echo devices.

Amazon will soon allow people to connect their Amazon accounts to their hotel Echo speakers, letting them access their Audible audiobooks and music services including Amazon Music, Spotify, and Pandora. The devices will disconnect from a guest’s account at checkout.

Rausch declined to disclose whether Amazon has any ongoing financial agreement with Marriott for using Alexa for Hospitality.

To better protect people’s privacy, he said Amazon won’t share any of the voice data from guests with hotels and will delete that information daily. The hotel Echo speakers also can’t be factory-reset and only work on a hotel’s Wi-Fi, The hotel will be notified if they’re unplugged, helping cut down on potential hacks to the devices.

Hsieh added that Echo speakers in rooms will be muted anytime new guests arrive. So if you don’t want to use the devices, you can leave them muted or unplug them, she said. Rooms without Echo devices will also be offered, she said.

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The Wynn Resort in Las Vegas added Echo speakers into its rooms about two years ago, but the resort wasn’t using the new Alexa for Hospitality platform. Rausch said that hotel will eventually transfer over to the new system.

Following Alexa for Hospitality’s launch, Gartner’s Goertz said he expects Alexa to pop up in plenty more places in the future.

“I’m looking forward to more of those, of Alexa moving into new verticals,” he said. “I can see this going beyond hospitality and moving into places like health care.”

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Vivo expected to launch the Nex A and Nex S in India in July

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo recently unveiled two flagship devices in its home country China, dubbed as the Nex A and Nex S. Now, there are some reports suggesting that the two Nex devices will be launched in India in the second half of July with a starting price of Rs.

Chinese smartphone maker Vivo recently unveiled two flagship devices in its home country China, dubbed as the Nex A and Nex S. Now, there are some reports suggesting that the two Nex devices will be launched in India in the second half of July with a starting price of Rs. 40,000.

At the moment it is not known if Vivo will launch both, the Nex A and Nex S smartphones, however, the expected price tag of Rs. 40,000 is close to that of the Snapdragon 710 powered Nex A and the Snapdragon 845 powered Nex S is expected to be priced higher.

Vivo had recently announced the Vivo X21, the first device with an in-display fingerprint sensor in India and the Nex S is the second device from the company to feature this technology. Apart from this, both the devices sport a pop-up selfie camera and Screen SoundCasting Technology to replace the traditional earpiece.

Vivo Nex A, Nex S Specifications

The Vivo Nex A and Nex S run on Android 8.1 Oreo with the company’s Funtouch OS 4.0 and Energy UI skinned on top. Both the devices feature a 6.59-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2316 x 1080 pixels and an aspect ratio of 19.3:9. While the Vivo Nex S features an in-display fingerprint sensor, the affordable Nex A sports a rear mounted fingerprint sensor.

In terms of performance, the Vivo Nex A is powered by the recently announced Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC coupled with Adreno 616 GPU. In terms of memory, the device is available with 6GB RAM + 128GB internal storage. The Nex S is powered by an octa core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC coupled with Adreno 630 GPU. In terms of memory, the Nex S is available in two variants – 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage and 8GB RAM + 256GB internal storage.

Coming to the camera department, the Vivo Nex A and Nex S feature a dual camera setup consisting of a 12MP primary dual pixel sensor with 4-axis OIS, f/1.8 aperture, phase detection autofocus and a secondary 5MP sensor with f/2.4 aperture. On the front, both the devices sport an 8MP selfie pop-up camera with f/2.0 aperture. Vivo has used micro-stepping motors with independent drive ICs and precision control algorithms for the pop-up camera.

The Vivo Nex A and Nex S are powered by a 4,000mAh battery with fast charge support and connectivity options include Dual 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, 3.5mm audio jack, Bluetooth 5.0 LE and a USB Type-C port.

Vivo Nex A, Nex S Expected pricing

The Vivo Nex A and Nex S are expected to be priced starting at Rs. 40,000. In China, the Nex A is available for CNY 3,898 (Rs. 41,133) and the Nex S is available starting at CNY 4,498 (Rs. 47,465).

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Best network monitoring tools of 2018

Although the headline-grabbing aspects of IT security usually involve cyber-wars, digital espionage and ferocious malware attacks, there is always less glamorous work taking place behind the scenes to keep company data and users safe.

Although the headline-grabbing aspects of IT security usually involve cyber-wars, digital espionage and ferocious malware attacks, there is always less glamorous work taking place behind the scenes to keep company data and users safe.

And much of this involves network monitoring. The IT administrators and software developers who ensure systems stay updated, behavior across IT infrastructure is carefully examined, and outages are kept to a minimum may not grab the cyber-security limelight like those specialising in antivirus and similar areas, but their work is fundamental to the running of organizations both big and small.

Thankfully, there are a host of services that make their job a whole lot easier and more efficient, and we’ve run through the very best of them so you can find the perfect network monitoring tools for your organization.

We’ve also highlighted the best routers for small businesses

Spiceworks

Who said network security software couldn’t get a little spicy? The first platform on our red-hot run-down is Spiceworks, which promises to keep you fully up to date on “the network happenings you care about most.”

Among Spiceworks’ features are an IP lookup tool to trace and identify unknown IP addresses in the network, a subnet calculator for creating new subnets and converting CIDR (classless inter-domain routing) notation to an IP range, a traceroute tool for troubleshooting connection issues, and an interactive outage heatmap.

Looking at potential drawbacks, it’s been commented that older plugins may no longer work with newer versions of the software, while the handy connectivity dashboard feature is not currently available for new Spiceworks users at the time of writing.

However, for an easy-to-use, completely free application that makes money through ads rather than your organization’s subscription, it’s hard to get too hung up the negative aspects here.

You can sign up for Spiceworks here

WebTitan

WebTitan supplies businesses of all sizes with a suite of security and monitoring platforms that give a wide range of powers to IT administrators.

Doing the job of ‘Big Brother’ is WebTitan Cloud, a filtering solution for organizations to monitor, control and protect their online users from web content. The platform’s policy engine enables admins to block access to certain web pages among certain users, while adjusting the policy for other departments in the organization.

It also includes a reporting section which covers behavior-based analysis, trend reports, security reports, and more. These reports can even be scheduled, sending the insights directly to the team members who need them.

Away from the cloud-based platform, WebTitan packages also offer DNS-based web filters that block malware, phishing attempts and ransomware. The software’s creators, TitanHQ, claims its filters identify 60,000 malware variants every day and says the platform is well suited to educational institutions and wifi providers, as well as businesses.

To get a quote for a WebTitan package for your organization, follow the link below.

You can sign up for WebTitan here

Pulseway

Pulseway helps system administrators and IT departments stay right across their organization’s network by offering a real-time overview of all the machines under operation. It works for Windows, Linux and Mac devices and can be used on mobile devices for full administrative control form the palm of your hand.

On top of its main dashboard for remote desktop control, patch management, white labelling and advanced automation, Pulseway offers: a business management integration that includes functions for ticketing, project management, accounting, CRM, time-tracking, invoicing, billing and help desk support; an antivirus integration powered by Webroot and Kaspersky for end-to-end protection; and a storage integration for business continuity and disaster recovery in the event of lost data and outages. Other third-party tie-ins include Slack, Pagerduty, Zendesk and IT Glue.

Personal use of Pulseway (across two devices) is free, while subscriptions for larger teams vary depending on the number of machines and whether the platform is used as on premise or as an SaaS (software as a service). Full pricing details can be found via the link below.

You can sign up for Pulseway here

Atera

Atera combines remote monitoring and management (RMM) with professional services automation (PSA) in a business management platform that’s made and operated in the cloud. The creators claim its cloud DNA and scalable SaaS packages make it extra fast for onboarding and rolling out in new organizations.

The Atera platform offers IT administrators a range of features to stay on top of their network. These include remote access of computers, desktops, servers, apps and files, real time alerts on events like user log-ins, software updates, VMware and IP monitoring, IT automation and patch management, and analytics tools to dig into data and records. For those looking to expand the remit of the platform, integrations include CRM and service desk tools.

Simplicity and ease-of use is the name of the game here, but for those well acquainted with platforms of this nature who really want to push their monitoring software to its limit, the range of features with Atera may feel somewhat limited. But with flexible pricing options available, IT administrators may be able to find the package that suits the needs of their organization.

Pricing starts at $79 (£60) per user, per month.

You can sign up for Atera here

Netwrix Auditor

Netwrix Auditor is all about giving maximum visibility of IT infrastructure changes, data access and system configurations to the IT administrators of your organization. Another key component is Netwrix’s security analytics technology, which monitors your IT environment and enables you to detect threats or anomalous user behaviour.

Among the platform’s features is the option to automate auditing and reporting tasks to save time manually poring over logs of data, plus the ability to maintain a complete audit trail that can be archived for more than ten years. By maintaining such evidence, Netwrix Auditor enables users to prove their business adheres to and is compliant with PCI DSS, HIPAA, SOX, and FERPA standards, among others.

Potentially relieving concerns about integration, Netwrix supports auditing on a wide selection of IT systems, including Active Directory, Office 365, Windows file servers, Oracle DB and VMware. Unlike some of the other services we’ve seen, Netwrix doesn’t support mobile use so it may not be the platform for you if you’re reliant on quick check-ups on the move via phone or tablet.

You can get a quote on a Netwrix subscription via the link below.

You can sign up for Netwrix Auditor hereBest of the rest

Auvik is made exclusively for managed service providers (MSP). Based in the cloud, it enables remote monitoring and management, provides insight into client networks, and automates time-consuming tasks like device configuration and backing up data.

Like any good dog, Datadog is good at retrieving things. In this case, information about your systems, clusters and infrastructure – no matter how disparate it is – and bringing it all into one site to help you analyze and secure the data of your organization.

Panopta is all about meticulous scrutiny of your network to identify outages as quick as possible. Via 24 monitoring locations across North and South America, Europa and Asia, Panopta ensures all outages are detected no matter the duration, so your team can act fast.

Working in a similar vein, Paessler monitors your IT infrastructure to identify problems “before users even notice,” it claims. A whole range of network components are covered by its monitoring systems, including LANs, WANs, servers, websites and applications.

Another strong player in this field is OpsGenie. This operations management service is based in the cloud and its alert notifications extend to mobile as well as desktop, so you can receive network updates via email, SMS and voice calls no matter where you are.

Elari, la marque internationale de haute technologie, lance un routeur SmartWiFi 4G sur la compagnie aérienne Aeroflot

(Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/707012/Elari_WiFi.jpg )

Les amateurs de football se rendant en Russie pour la Coupe du monde apprécieront certainement les fonctionnalités du SmartWifi. Pour ce qui est de l’accès Internet haut débit dans le monde entier, il signe un triplé parfait :

  1. Achetez le SmartWiFi à bord, fourni avec la carte SIMTravel internationale ;
  2. Connectez-le aux dispositifs mobiles ;
  3. Profitez d’un accès à Internet durant votre séjour.

(Photo: https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/707012/Elari_WiFi.jpg )

Les amateurs de football se rendant en Russie pour la Coupe du monde apprécieront certainement les fonctionnalités du SmartWifi. Pour ce qui est de l’accès Internet haut débit dans le monde entier, il signe un triplé parfait :

Achetez le SmartWiFi à bord, fourni avec la carte SIMTravel internationale ;Connectez-le aux dispositifs mobiles ;Profitez d’un accès à Internet durant votre séjour.

Le SmartWiFi d’Elari fournit à tous les dispositifs mobiles un accès Internet haut débit et sans interruption. Il peut être simultanément connecté à un smartphone, une tablette ou un ordinateur portable et ne peut pas être plus facile à installer. Achetez le routeur sur n’importe quel vol d’Aeroflot, puis choisissez tout simplement un service de données Internet et connectez-vous.

Le SmartWiFi d’Elari offre une connectivité mondiale, permettant aux utilisateurs de rester connectés où qu’ils aillent et il est équipé d’une batterie de 5200 mAh assurant jusqu’à dix heures d’autonomie sur les réseaux 4G et jusqu’à douze heures sur les réseaux 3G. On peut également l’utiliser comme batterie externe pour les gadgets avec le câble microUSB, fourni avec chaque routeur SmartWiFi.

Le SmartWifi fait également office de lecteur de cartes microSD et de serveur de fichiers WiFi pour les documents, les photos et les vidéos. Les utilisateurs peuvent créer des galeries photo et vidéo du tournoi et partager l’accès avec leurs amis, par le biais du WiFi ou du microUSB.

Infos Elari

Еlari est spécialisé dans la création et la distribution de gadgets électroniques innovants, pour une vie connectée. Depuis sa création en 2012, Elari est passé du statut d’innovateur brillant à celui de marque internationale reconnue, en étant présent sur différents marchés à travers le monde. Les principaux produits d’Elari sont les gadgets SmartSound pour les mélomanes ; les solutions de traceurs téléphoniques SmartFamily ; les téléphones super compacts GSM anti-smartphones ; les gadgets de voyage novateurs, etc. Nombre de ces produits sont devenus des best-sellers dans leur catégorie et ont remporté des prix prestigieux dans des salons réputés d’électronique grand public. Les circuits de distribution d’Elari incluent des fournisseurs et des détaillants en Europe, en Asie, au Moyen-Orient, Amazon – la plus grande plateforme de commerce électronique, des compagnies aériennes internationales. Elari dispose de bureaux à Hong Kong, Riga et Moscou.

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