Troubleshoot Windows 10’s most annoying problems with a few quick solutions – CNET

Windows 10 ($170 at Best Buy) is now on more than 1 billion devices worldwide. While Microsoft releases monthly security patches and larger feature updates twice a year (check out what’s coming up in the Windows 10 spring 2021 update), users still tend to run into some common problems with the OS that can be frustrating to deal with.

We’ve got you covered. Here are instructions on how to troubleshoot 10 common Windows 10 problems, collected from CNET’s forums and other sites and message boards. One caveat: There are often multiple ways to fix a Windows 10 issue, and what works for you may depend on your device’s make and model and several other factors. (If you haven’t upgraded yet, you can still download Windows 10 for free with this trick. Just make sure you check out our guide for everything to know before moving from Windows 7 to Windows 10.)

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Trouble updating to latest version

Microsoft’s major feature updates arrive twice a year, the most recent being the October 2020 update, which included the new Chromium-based Microsoft Edge browser, and updates to the Start menu, taskbar and notifications. When an update rolls out to your device, you should get a notification. Or you can go to Settings > Update & Security > Windows Update and click Check for Updates. If available, you’ll see Feature update to Windows 10, version 20H2. Click Download and install.

If you’re running into a problem or error updating, you can try the following, according to Microsoft:

Make sure your device is connected to the internet (you’ll need an internet connection to update)Try to install the update manually, by following the instructions above. Run the Windows Update Troubleshooter: Select Start > Settings > Update & Security > Troubleshoot. Under Get up and running, select Windows Update.

If the Troubleshooter doesn’t fix the problem, check out Microsoft’s guide for dealing with update issues.

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Not enough storage space for updates

Windows 10 updates can require a good amount of drive space. If you run into an error due to a lack of drive space, here’s what Microsoft suggests you do:

Save files you don’t need on your desktop on an external hard drive or thumb drive, or in a cloud account like Google Drive or OneDrive. Consider turning on the Storage Sense feature, with which Windows will automatically free up space by getting rid of files you don’t need, like temporary files and items in the Recycle Bin whenever you’re low on disk space or at certain intervals. To turn on Storage Sense, go to Start > Settings > System > Storage, open Storage settings and turn on Storage Sense. Select Configure, or run it now. If your device doesn’t have Storage Sense, you can use the Disk Cleanup tool to delete temporary and system files. In the Taskbar search box, type disk cleanup, and select it from the results. Check the boxes next to the type of files you want to delete — by default, Downloaded Program Files, Temporary Internet Files and Thumbnails are selected.

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Mouse cursor is moving on its own

Sometimes your Windows 10 laptop or desktop cursor will start moving on its own, disrupting your work or browsing. Here are a couple potential ways to fix it from Microsoft.

Run hardware troubleshooter. Press Windows + X, and select Control Panel. Go to Troubleshooting, and on the left panel click View all items. Select Hardware and devices troubleshooter and follow the instructions.

Update the mouse and other pointing device drivers. Press Windows + R, type devmgmt.msc and hit Enter. Expand Mice and other pointing device drivers. Right click on the driver of your mouse, and click update.

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Uncontrollable scrolling

Your device keeps scrolling to the bottom of every menu and page even when you aren’t moving the mouse. There are a few different ways to troubleshoot this. First, try unplugging the mouse or turning off its Bluetooth connection, and plugging it back in.

You can also see if it’s an issue with your browser. For example, in Chrome, you can try going to Preferences > Advanced > Accessibility, and turn on Navigate pages with text cursor.

You may also need to update your mouse or touchpad driver. Go to Device Manager, and see if there are any warnings next to the names of your mice. If so, you’ll be able to repair them there.

Another potential fix: Try creating a new local user. This comes up often on message boards as a fix for a number of problems. You don’t have to move all of your items over to a new account, but the act of creating a new user (or logging into another local account that already exists), logging into that account and then logging back into your account seems to help. To create a new user, go to Settings > Accounts > Family & other users. Click Add someone else to this PC, and click the “I don’t have this person’s sign-in information” link. Click Add user without a Microsoft account, and enter a new username.

Files opening in different apps

Sometimes when you update Windows 10, your apps and files might go back to their default settings or switch settings. One way to change this is to go to Start > Settings > Apps > Default apps. Select which default you want to set, and then choose the app.

When you go to open a file, you can also right click it to see your options. You can choose Open with and then Choose another app, and find which one you want. You’ll see an option asking if you always want to use that app when opening files like that.

Using three monitors

After upgrading from Windows 7 or 8, many users have reported that they are no longer able to connect three monitors on Windows 10. A user on CNET’s forums recommended this fix: Plug in all monitors, and go to Control panel > Display > Change display settings. You should see all three screens displayed there. If one shows as disconnected (the screen is a darker color than the others), click that screen and choose Extend desktop to this display. (You might need to restart your machine once you plug all three monitors in, and then try this.)

Bluetooth not working

If you suddenly can’t connect your Bluetooth headphones, mouse or keyboard, there are a few things you can try:

Make sure Bluetooth is turned on. You can do this by either going to the taskbar, and select Action Center (it looks like a message square). If you don’t see Bluetooth, select Expand. You should then see Bluetooth, and be able to select it to turn it on. If your device isn’t paired with any Bluetooth accessories, it will say Not connected. Your other option is to go to Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth and turn it on there.

Check your Bluetooth device. Make sure your accessory is turned on, is charged or has fresh batteries, and is close to your Windows 10 device. You can then try turning off the Bluetooth device and turning it back on after a few seconds. If it’s still not working, make sure it’s not too close to any other USB device plugged into a USB 3.0 port, since those can interfere.

Check your Windows 10 device. Make sure airplane mode is turned off (Start > Settings > Network & Internet > Airplane mode). Try turning Bluetooth on and off (see above). Finally, try removing the device and adding it again (Start > Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices. Select the device you’re having trouble connecting, and choose Remove device > Yes).

If none of this works, Microsoft has some other tips for troubleshooting Bluetooth problems.

Read more: How to pair Apple AirPods with your Windows 10 PC in less than a minute

Printer connection problems

Windows 10 supports most printers, but connection issues happen. To install or add a printer (whether it’s networked, wireless or Bluetooth), go to Start > Settings > Devices > Printers & scanners. Select Add a printer or scanner. Your device should find the printer (assuming it’s on and connected to Wi-Fi or the network), and let you select Add device.

If your printer isn’t in the list, select The printer that I want isn’t listed, and then follow the instructions to add it manually using one of the options.

If you’re trying to install a local printer, you can typically just plug it in to your USB port and follow the same instructions. If your printer stops working, you can try doing the process again.

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Too many notifications

Windows 10 can be a little notification-heavy at times. If you’re finding these pop-ups are interrupting your workflow, you can adjust them by going to Start > Settings > System > Notifications & actions. There, you can decide which notifications you want on or off.

Cortana not working

Is Microsoft’s virtual assistant Cortana not assisting you? A bunch of different things could be going wrong. Start by turning it on and off, by going to Start > Cortana > Settings. Then, check your microphone under Settings > Sound — if you aren’t using the default computer one, it may have been disconnected.

You can also try restarting your device and checking for updates that may be in place to fix the issue.

For more, check out the best three new features in the Windows 10 October 2020 update, and six simple security changes all Windows 10 users need to make.

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Best cloud storage for 2021: Choosing between Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box – CNET

Storing files in the cloud has made my life way easier. I can view files and photos from any phone, tablet or computer that’s connected to the internet, and download them as needed too.

Storing files in the cloud has made my life way easier. I can view files and photos from any phone, tablet or computer that’s connected to the internet, and download them as needed too. Even if you lose your phone or your computer crashes, cloud storage gives you a backup for files so they’ll never get lost. Many cloud storage services also have a free tier, and different pricing options.

For that reason, we’ve compiled a guide to the most popular cloud storage services: how they work, their strengths and weaknesses and some lesser-known services if you want to get away from the mainstream. (To be clear, we have not tested these — rather, we are just providing an overview of some of the top options in the market.)


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Google Drive storage

Google combines a complete set of office tools with cloud storage in Google Drive. You get a little bit of everything with this service, including a word processor, spreadsheet application, and presentation builder, plus 15GB of free storage space. There are also Team and Enterprise versions of the service. You can use Google Drive on Android and iOS, as well as on Windows and MacOS desktops.

If you already have a Google account, you can already access Google Drive. You just have to head to and enable the service. You get 15GB of storage for anything you upload to Drive — including photos, videos, documents, Photoshop files and more. However, you have to share that 15GB with your Gmail account, photos you upload to Google Plus, and any documents you create in Google Drive unless you upgrade your plan with Google One, Google’s cloud storage subscription.

Signing up for a Google One membership gets you 100GB of space to use across Google Drive, Gmail and Google Photos for $2 a month. You’ll also get access to a number of other features, like automatic backup for your Android device’s photos, messages and contacts.

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Google Drive pricing

Since Google One replaced Paid Google Drive Storage, if you need to expand on your Drive storage beyond the free 15GB, here’s how the price breaks down with Google One:

100GB: $2 a month or $20 annually200GB: $3 a month or $30 annually2TB: $10 a month or $100 annually10TB: $100 a month 20TB: $200 a month30TB: $300 a month
Microsoft OneDrive
Microsoft OneDrive storage

OneDrive is Microsoft’s storage option. If you use Windows 8 or 10, OneDrive should be built into your operating system. You should be able to find it in the file explorer next to all of the files on your computer’s hard drive. Anyone can use it on the web, or download the iOS, Android, Mac or Windows app. The service also has its 64-bit sync available in public preview which is helpful for users who are dealing with larger files.

You can store any kind of file in the service, including photos, video and documents, and then access them from any of your computer or mobile devices. The service organizes your files as well, and you can change how OneDrive sorts your items or the layout. Photos can be uploaded automatically when you turn on Camera Upload, organize with automatic tagging and search by the photo contents.

By adding on Microsoft Office apps, you can streamline group work by sharing documents or photos with others to collaborate. OneDrive gives you notifications when something has been edited, lets you set passwords for shared links for extra security and the ability to set a file to be accessible offline. The OneDrive app also supports scanning documents with your phone’s camera, signing and sending them.

In addition, OneDrive backs up your content so even if your device is lost or damaged, your files are protected. There’s also a feature called Personal Vault that adds an additional layer of security for your files with identity verification.

Microsoft OneDrive pricing

OneDrive has a basic free tier, with 5GB of free cloud storage, that’s upgradable to three different paid plans. Other options include:

OneDrive Standalone: $2 a month for 100GB of storageMicrosoft 365 personal: $70 a year ($7 a month); offers OneDrive premium features, as well as 1TB of storage. You’ll also get access to Skype and Office apps like Outlook, Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Microsoft 365 Family: One-month free trial and then $100 a year ($10 a month). The Family package offers 6TB of storage as well as OneDrive, Skype and Office apps.

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Dropbox storage

Dropbox is a favorite in the cloud storage world because it’s reliable, easy to use and a breeze to set up. Your photos, documents and files live in the cloud and you can get to them at any time from Dropbox’s website, Windows, Mac and Linux, as well as iOS and Android. Dropbox’s free tier is accessible across all the platforms.

You can also have peace of mind when it comes to keeping your file safe with features — even in the free tier — like file sync from your phone, camera or SD card, file recovery for anything you’ve deleted in the past 30 days, and version history which lets you revert edited files back to the original within 30 days.

Dropbox also offers easy ways to share and collaborate with others on projects — no more annoying notifications that your attachment is too big. You can create links to share files with others to edit or view, and they don’t need to be Dropbox users either.

With paid tiers users can also take advantage of features like mobile offline folders, remote account wiping, document watermarking and priority live chat support.

Dropbox pricing

While Dropbox offers a free basic tier, you can upgrade to one of several paid plans with more features. Dropbox’s free version offers 2GB of storage along with file sharing, storage collaboration, backup and more.

Individual professional plan: $20 a month, 3TB storage, productivity features, file sharing and moreStandard team plan: $15 a month, 5TB of storageAdvanced team plan: $25 a month, unlimited storage
Box storage

Not to be confused with Dropbox, Box is a separate cloud storage option for files, photos and documents. When compared to Dropbox, Box is similar with features like assigning tasks, leaving comments on someone’s work, change notifications and privacy controls.

For example, you can decide who in your business can view and open specific folders and files, as well as who can edit and upload documents. You can even password-protect individual files and set expiration dates for shared folders.

Overall, while it’s available for individual use, Box has more of an enterprise focus with built-in features that are particularly useful for businesses. In addition to collaboration with Box Notes and storage accessible across different platforms, the service offers Box Relay which helps with workflow efficiency, and Box Sign for easy and secure e-signatures.

Business users can also connect other apps, such as Salesforce, so that you can easily save documents to Box. There are also plug-ins for Microsoft Teams, Google Workspace, Outlook and Adobe that let you open and edit files saved to Box from those applications.

Box offers three different account types — Business, Enterprise and Personal — that work with Windows, Mac and mobile apps.

Box pricing

Box has a basic free tier with 10GB of storage and a 250MB file upload limit for both desktop and mobile. With the free version, you also can take advantage of file and folder sharing, as well as Office 365 and G Suite integration. You can also upgrade:

Personal Pro: $10 a month, 100GB storage, 5GB file uploadsSeveral paid business plans
Amazon Cloud Drive
Amazon Cloud Drive storage

Amazon already sells you nearly everything under the sun, and cloud storage is no exception. With Amazon Cloud Drive, the e-commerce giant wants to be the place you store all of your music, photos, videos and other files too.

When you sign up for Amazon, you get 5GB of free storage to share with Amazon Photos. While Amazon Photos and Drive are both cloud storage, Amazon Photos is specifically for photos and videos with its own app for iOS and Android. In addition, you can upload, download, view, edit, make photo albums and display media on compatible devices. Amazon Drive is strictly file storage, sharing and preview, but it’s compatible with file formats like PDF, DocX, Zip, JPEG, PNG, MP4 and more.

You can use them to save, organize and share your files across desktop, mobile and tablet devices.

Amazon Cloud Drive pricing

With a basic Amazon account, you’ll get 5GB of free storage to share with Amazon Photos. With an Amazon Prime account ($13 per month or $119 annually), you get unlimited photo storage, in addition to the 5GB of video and file storage. You can also upgrade from the boost you get with Amazon Prime — for $2 a month, you’ll get 100GB of storage, for $7 a month you get 1TB, and 2TB for $12 a month.

What about Apple iCloud Drive?

Apple’s iCloud Drive isn’t included in our list because the service isn’t available for Android, and it’s really meant to be used within the Apple ecosystem. But if you use iOS and Mac devices, it’s a solid choice for cloud storage. For a full run-down of its features, pricing and availability, check out CNET’s guide to Apple iCloud Drive.

Other cloud options

Of course, Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box and Amazon aren’t your only cloud storage options.

Another is SugarSync, a Dropbox-like alternative with apps for every mobile platform. The service offers personal and business plans with a 30-day free trial to start. With a personal SugarSync account, you get 250GB for $10 a month. The service offers secure file-sharing (even if they don’t have an account), collaboration, file syncing, as well as remote data wipe in the event of loss, theft or damage.

A business account is $55 a month ($550 annually) and offers 1TB of storage, admin control, remote wipe for synced devices, and more.

Another option for cloud storage is iDrive. The service offers unlimited backup on PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad and Android, with the option to connect external hard drives. Files and folders can be synced across all the connected devices. You can sign up and get a free 5GB plan and upgrade later.

There are personal and business packages as well. iDrive Personal supports one user — 5TB for about $52 per year, or 10TB for about $75 per year (this was a limited time sale at time of publication). iDrive also offers paid Team, Business and Enterprise plans.

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Yes, downloading SoundCloud songs to MP3 is possible without using a sketchy downloader – CNET

Downloading music to MP3s has changed a lot since the early 2000s. Thanks to services like Spotify and Apple Music, we’re not hovering by our desktop — powered by dial-up — waiting for a single song download from a suspicious website anymore.

Downloading music to MP3s has changed a lot since the early 2000s. Thanks to services like Spotify and Apple Music, we’re not hovering by our desktop — powered by dial-up — waiting for a single song download from a suspicious website anymore. While we can stream music almost all the time from any location, downloaded music is still useful in spots without Wi-Fi or for working offline.

If you’re on SoundCloud — a music-sharing platform where users can upload, promote and listen to music — you can also download songs, but not all artists on the platform for up-and-comers in the music scene allow you to legally do so.

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Here’s what to know about signing up for SoundCloud and downloading music on the platform.

How to sign up for SoundCloud

1. Open the SoundCloud app or in a browser on desktop.

2. Sign up with your Facebook account, Apple ID, Google account or a separate email.

3. Enter your age and gender (optional).

4. Click continue and write in a display name.

5. Click continue and you’ll be taken to the SoundCloud discover page.

Why can’t I download songs on SoundCloud?

Most downloads only work if you’ve upgraded to a paid subscription. For $5 a month, SoundCloud Go offers a seven-day free trial, ad-free listening and unlimited song saves for offline listening. For $10 a month, SoundCloud Go Plus offers a 30-day free trial and the same features, as well as access to the platform’s full catalog and more tools. After you sign up, you can get SoundCloud Go or SoundCloud Go Plus by clicking Upgrade at the top of the web or mobile app.

Some artists might’ve uploaded their music without allowing downloads, so not all tracks will have the option. Some artists will indicate that download is an option in the song’s title (so you don’t have to click the More icon over and over).

The artist might also list the track as a free download, which means you don’t need to subscribe to one of SoundCloud’s paid tiers. You can type “free download” in the search bar to find qualifying tracks.

How to download music with SoundCloud Go

1. Open the SoundCloud app.

2. Upgrade to SoundCloud Go or SoundCloud Go Plus if you haven’t already. (You’ll typically need one of the premium accounts to legally download music, unless the artist you’re searching for offers free downloads.)

3. Search for an artist.

4. Choose an album.

5. Tap the download arrow or the three-dot settings icon.

6. Choose Download (if you tapped the download arrow, the download will begin automatically).

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Alaska Airlines expands service and presence at Santa Rosa/Sonoma County

Sonoma County offers the perfect mix of stunning outdoor locales, acclaimed food and wine, and a vibrant cultural scene,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska’s vice president of network and alliances. “We’re proud to better connect Southern California with Sonoma and look forward to welcoming guests with our award-winning service this summer.

“Sonoma County offers the perfect mix of stunning outdoor locales, acclaimed food and wine, and a vibrant cultural scene,” said Brett Catlin, Alaska’s vice president of network and alliances. “We’re proud to better connect Southern California with Sonoma and look forward to welcoming guests with our award-winning service this summer.”

Alaska was the first commercial airline to resume service to Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport in 2007. The airline has long been the airport’s largest carrier. In 2019, three out of four passengers to Santa Rosa/Sonoma County flew on Alaska.

“We’re grateful for the 14 years of commitment, growth and Alaska’s outstanding service to the North Bay and the heart of wine country. Alaska recognizes the potential in our market and STS looks forward to many more years of a prosperous partnership,” said Jon Stout, airport manager at Charles M. Schulz-Sonoma County Airport.

Tickets for all routes are available for purchase now at

When heading to Sonoma, Alaska’s guests can take advantage of its Wine Flies Free program, which debuted in 2007 to make it easier for travelers to bring home their favorite bottles of wine from Santa Rosa/Sonoma County. Oftentimes, wineries are unable to ship cases directly or consumers are faced with costly shipping fees to transport wine. Alaska’s Wine Flies Free solves those challenges by offering each Mileage Plan member the ability to check an entire case – up to 12 bottles of wine – for free.

The new route between Santa Rosa/Sonoma and Burbank will be served by the Embraer 175 jet, an aircraft with only window and aisle seating; there are no middle seats. Guests will enjoy award-winning service in a three-class cabin that includes First Class and Premium Class; hundreds of free movies and TV shows available for viewing on personal devices; free texting on most flights; and Wi-Fi connectivity for purchase.

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Alaska Airlines and its regional partners serve more than 120 destinations across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica. The airline emphasizes Next-Level Care for its guests, along with providing low fares, award-winning customer service and sustainability efforts. On March 31, 2021, Alaska became the 14th member of oneworld. With the global alliance and Alaska Airlines’ additional partners, guests can travel to more than 1,000 destinations on more than 20 airlines while earning and redeeming miles on flights to locations around the world. Learn more about Alaska at and Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air are subsidiaries of Alaska Air Group (NYSE: ALK).

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Sie kann 12K x 12K 30FPS 3D-Panorama-Videos aufnehmen und mit dem Kandao-Algorithmus kann ein Output von 12K 60FPS 3D-Hochauflösung erreicht werden. Mit ihren 8 APS-C-Sensoren kann sie weit mehr leisten als Kameras mit einem M4/3-Sensor.

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Acht-Objektiv-Design und elektronische Blenden-/Fokussteuerung

195° FOV aller Objektive und 12K Panoramaauflösung. Mit ihren acht Objektiven stellt die Kamera sicher, dass jeder einzelne Winkel von drei Objektiven abgedeckt wird, sodass eine Aufnahmeabdeckung von 300 % erreicht werden kann. Bietet Vollbildaufnahmen für Panorama-Stitching und 3D-Rendering. Das Stitching wird in Mistika ermöglicht.

Sie ist die erste Panoramakamera, die mit Objektiven mit einstellbarer Blende ausgestattet ist. Die maximale Blendenöffnung beträgt f2,8. Zwischen f2.8 bis f16 verfügt sie über 16 einstellbare Belichtungsstufen für eine präzise Steuerung der Schärfentiefe. „Nah” und „Normal” sind zwei Optionen unten den wählbaren Fokusentfernungen, die unterschiedliche Fokusanforderungen unter der großen Blende erfüllen.

12-Bit RAW Video und 14-Bit RAW Foto

Dank des RAW-Formats können 12-Bit-Videos Farbpausen während der Nachbearbeitung vermeiden und sie bieten mehr Möglichkeiten für die Nachbearbeitung. 14-Bit RAW Binocular VR Photo kann im DNG8-Modus noch weiter verbessert werden. Nehmen Sie kontinuierlich acht 14-Bit-RAW-Fotos auf und fügen Sie diese zu einem 16-Bit-RAW-Foto zusammen.

Kandao Obsidian Pro verwendet 8-in-1 SSD-Module, um eine schnelle und stabile Speicherung zu gewährleisten. Bietet 4T, 8T, 16T als drei optionale Speicherkapazitäten. Die Schreibgeschwindigkeit kann sogar bis zu 22160 Mbps erreichen, wenn 12-Bit-RAW-Video aufgenommen wird.

Die Wärmeableitung ist zweifelsohne eine wichtige Funktion für die Langzeitaufnahme von 12K-Videos. Kandao Obsidian Pro verwendet 4mm 16er Heatpipes und 120mm Super Air Cooling für eine effiziente Wärmeableitung.

Steuerung und Übertragung

Mit ihrem visuellen Betriebssystem ermöglicht die Kandao Obsidian Pro eine einfache Kameraeinstellung und Parameteranpassung. Es ist auch eine App-Steuerung verfügbar, mit der eine Fernsteuerung und eine FHD-Vorschau in Echtzeit möglich ist. Parameter wie EV, Weißabgleich, Fokusentfernung und Modus können per App eingestellt werden. Unterstützt High-Speed Wi-Fi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax) und bietet MIMO2 × 2, so dass die Übertragung in einem größeren Bereich stabil bleibt.

Professionelles Audio kann durch verschiedene Methoden erfasst werden. Neben der eingebauten omnidirektionalen Mikrofonmatrix unterstützt sie noch einen 3,5-mm-Standard-Audioeingang und einen USB-Audiogeräteeingang.

Kandao Obsidian Pro hat einen 10 Gigabit Ethernet Port. Damit kann eine Übertragungsgeschwindigkeit bis zu 10 Gbps erreicht werden.

Kandao Obsidian Pro wird die VR-Industrie revolutionieren.

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Kandao Obsidian Pro, la première caméra de réalité virtuelle 12K est disponible

Elle peut capturer des vidéos panoramiques 3D 12K x 12K à 30 IPS et les convertir en vidéo 3D super-résolution 12K à 60 IPS sous l’algorithme Kandao. Grâce à ses huit capteurs APS-C, elle fonctionne bien mieux qu’un capteur M4/3.

Elle peut capturer des vidéos panoramiques 3D 12K x 12K à 30 IPS et les convertir en vidéo 3D super-résolution 12K à 60 IPS sous l’algorithme Kandao. Grâce à ses huit capteurs APS-C, elle fonctionne bien mieux qu’un capteur M4/3. Huit lentilles 6K F/2,8 avec une conception optique à 14 éléments et 10 groupes sont la partie essentielle pour garantir une image de qualité cinématographique. Kandao Obsidian Pro est unique, car c’est la première caméra panoramique qui dispose d’une distance de mise au point et d’une ouverture réglables par commande électronique. La vidéo RAW 12 bits et l’enregistrement vidéo All-I 4:2:2 10 bits sont disponibles. De plus, un module SSD 8-en-1 est mis en place pour obtenir un stockage haute vitesse pour huit lentilles.

Caméra cinématique 3D RV 12K

C’est la première caméra cinématique à 360° au monde avec 8 capteurs APS-C. La plage dynamique 14 arrêts permet une transition en douceur entre l’ombre et la lumière. Les 24 millions de pixels et une valeur ISO qui peut atteindre 12 800 représentent des éléments clés permettant d’enregistrer des détails précis et d’obtenir d’excellentes performances même dans l’obscurité.

Le gyroscope à neuf axes est intégré pour mieux couvrir les besoins de production de films. Avec l’algorithme SuperSteady, il peut atteindre une excellente stabilité de l’image et éliminer l’effet d’obturateur roulant.

Conception à huit lentilles et commande électronique pour l’ouverture et la mise au point

Le champ de vision de chaque objectif s’étend sur 195 ° et la résolution de la vision panoramique est de 12K. La structure à huit lentilles garantit que chaque angle peut être couvert par trois lentilles, de sorte que la couverture de capture peut atteindre 300 %. Elles permettent des séquences à couverture intégrale pour l’assemblage panoramique et le rendu 3D. L’assemblage sera réalisé dans Mistika.

Il s’agit de la première caméra panoramique équipée de lentilles à ouverture réglable. L’ouverture maximale est F/2,8. De F/2,8 à F/16, elle dispose de 16 arrêts d’exposition réglable pour un contrôle précis sur la profondeur de champ. Deux options de distance de mise au point sélectionnables, « Near » et « Normal », permettent de répondre aux différentes exigences de mise au point pour une ouverture maximale.

Vidéo RAW 12 bits et photo RAW 14 bits

Grâce au format RAW, la vidéo 12 bits peut éviter les ruptures de couleur pendant le processus d’étalonnage et offrir plus de possibilités pour la post-production. La photo RV binoculaire RAW 14 bits peut être encore améliorée en mode DNG8. Prenez en continu huit photos RAW 14 bits et fusionnez-les en une photo RAW 16 bits.

Kandao Obsidian Pro utilise un module SSD 8-en-1 pour garantir un stockage rapide et stable. Trois capacités de stockage en option sont disponibles : 4T, 8T et 16T. La vitesse d’écriture peut même atteindre 22 160 Mbit/s lors de l’enregistrement d’une vidéo RAW 12 bits.

La dissipation de chaleur est sans aucun doute une tâche importante pour un enregistrement vidéo 12K de longue durée. Kandao Obsidian Pro utilise seize caloducs de 4 mm et un super refroidissement à air de 120 mm pour créer un système efficace de dissipation de la chaleur.

Contrôle et transmission

L’équipement d’un système d’exploitation visuel sur Kandao Obsidian Pro facilite le réglage de la caméra et le réglage des paramètres. Une application de contrôle est également disponible qui permet la commande à distance et un aperçu FHD en temps réel. Les paramètres tels que l’EV, l’équilibre des blancs, la distance de mise au point et le mode peuvent être réglés sur l’application. Elle prend en charge la norme Wi-Fi 6 à haut débit (IEEE 802.11ax) et la norme MIMO2 × 2, afin que la transmission soit stable sur une plus grande distance.

L’audio professionnel peut être capté par différentes méthodes. Outre la matrice de microphone omnidirectionnelle intégrée, il prend toujours en charge l’entrée audio standard de 3,5 mm et l’entrée de périphérique audio USB.

Kandao Obsidian Pro dispose d’un port Ethernet de 10 Gigabits, ce qui signifie que la vitesse de transmission peut atteindre 10 Gbit/s.

Kandao Obsidian Pro est un produit révolutionnaire dans le secteur de la réalité virtuelle.

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Huawei ban timeline: Company tries to blame US sanctions​ for global chip shortage​ – CNET

Huawei is a global telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but remains a pariah in countries like the US. The Chinese firm has been under huge scrutiny in recent years, and countries like the UK and Sweden have banned the use of its equipment in their 5G networks.

Huawei is a global telecommunications supplier and phone manufacturer, but remains a pariah in countries like the US. The Chinese firm has been under huge scrutiny in recent years, and countries like the UK and Sweden have banned the use of its equipment in their 5G networks. Huawei’s phones are also virtually invisible in the US despite their huge popularity around the world.

The company’s chairman had predicted “difficult” times for Huawei, and there certainly have been challenges. The US has continued to pressure allies to block Huawei from their next-generation 5G wireless networks.

In July, the UK banned Huawei from its 5G infrastructure: The company’s equipment must be removed by 2027 — a decision that Huawei found “disappointing” as 5G becomes increasingly mainstream — and UK carriers will be unable to install Huawei 5G gear starting in September 2021. And in Belgium, a pro-Huawei influence campaign used fake accounts last year to criticize legislation that could limit its access to the country’s 5G contracts, according to The New York Times.

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Huawei’s phone sales also declined 41.1% year over year in the fourth quarter of 2020, and it reported declining 2020 revenue in every region except its native China (which was enough to make it profitable overall).

The core issue with Huawei has been concerns about its coziness with the Chinese government and fears that its equipment could be used to spy on other countries and companies. It’s the reason why, in 2012, the US banned companies from using Huawei networking equipment and why the company was added to the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security Entity List in May 2019, following an executive order from then-President Donald Trump that effectively banned Huawei from US communications networks. A year later, Trump extended the order until 2021, and it’s unclear what stance President Joe Biden’s administration will take.

Read more: Huawei’s Mate 40 Pro looks beautiful but don’t buy it and Huawei and China-US tensions: Where do we go from here?

The US initially offered a reprieve to companies, allowing them to work with Huawei through a temporary general license, but the Commerce Department accused the company of exploiting the rules to continue using US technology in its semiconductor design. the US government tightened those rules in August 2020 and said the temporary general license wouldn’t be extended further.

Huawei has long denied any wrongdoing and continues to maintain its innocence.

It can be tough to keep pace with the sheer number of headlines, so here’s a timeline going back to 2018.


April 15, 2021: Romanian government approves US-backed bill to bar Huawei from its 5G networks.

April 12, 2021: Huawei tries to blame US sanctions for global chip shortage.

April 1, 2021: Huawei reports its revenue grew in 2020, but only in its native China.

March 22, 2021: China reportedly tries two Canadians in secret, in possibleretaliation for a Huawei executive’s 2018 arrest.

March 16, 2021: Huawei prepares to charge phone makers royalties to use its 5G tech as it seeks new revenue sources.

Feb. 26, 2021: Huawei reportedly eyes electric vehicles as sanctions cut into its traditional business.

Feb. 22, 2021: Huawei reveals the Mate X2 foldable phone in China. Meanwhile, an analyst reports that the company dropped to fifth place in global phone sales for the fourth quarter, declining 41.1% year over year.

Feb. 18, 2021: Huawei reportedly tells suppliers its orders for phones will drop by around 60% this year.

Feb. 9, 2021: Huawei founder reportedly expresses confidence in company’s ability to survive. The company also files a lawsuit disputing its designation as a national security threat by the FCC.

Feb. 3, 2021: Huawei says it’ll reveal foldable Mate X2 at Feb. 22 event in China.

Jan. 25, 2021: Huawei reportedly in talks to sell P Series and Mate Series phone brands.

Jan. 18, 2021: Trump administration reportedly hits Huawei’s US suppliers with last-minute restrictions.

Jan. 13, 2021: Huawei patent reportedly refers to tech for identifying Uighur minorities.


Dec. 8, 2020: Huawei reportedly tested facial recognition software that could spot Uighur minorities and set off an alarm.

Dec. 7, 2020: Huawei is reportedly willing to meet Sweden’s requirements after its equipment was banned from the country’s 5G network.

Dec. 4, 2020: The US is reportedly in talks with Huawei finance boss Meng Wanzhou about a deal that’d let her return to China.

Nov. 30, 2020: UK bans installation of Huawei 5G equipment starting in September 2021.

Nov. 26, 2020: UK government commits £250 million ($333 million) to diversify its 5G supply chain following its ban on Huawei.

Nov. 16, 2020: Huawei agrees to sell off Honor phone business to ‘ensure its own survival.’

Nov. 14, 2020: Qualcomm reportedly gets OK to sell 4G chips to Huawei, despite US ban.

Nov. 4, 2020: Huawei sues Trump administration to force release of documents linked to CFO’s arrest.

Nov. 2, 2020: Huawei reportedly works on plan for dedicated Shanghai chip plant to get around US restrictions.

Oct. 29, 2020:Potential Huawei ban raises concerns over 5G in Brazil.

Oct. 28, 2020: BT and Ericsson sign 5G deal as Huawei ban takes shape.

Oct. 26, 2020: Huawei CFO’s trial begins in Canada.

Oct. 20, 2020: Sweden bans Huawei from its 5G networks.

Oct. 8, 2020: UK Parliament cites “clear evidence” Huawei colluded with Chinese state.

Oct. 1, 2020: UK found a flaw of “national significance” in Huawei tech, a government report says.

Sept. 30, 2020: China reportedly prepares antitrust probe into Google following Huawei prompt.

Sept. 29, 2020: BT picks Nokia to power 5G networks as UK starts to phase out Huawei.

Sept. 23, 2020: Huawei chairman labels ongoing US bans as “non-stop aggression.”

Sept. 10, 2020: Huawei says it’s bringing Harmony OS to phones and expanding it to other hardware-makers. It also reveals new headphones, watches and laptops.

Sept. 4, 2020: FCC estimates it’ll cost $1.8B to remove Huawei, ZTE equipment from US networks.

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Aug. 24, 2020: India will quietly remove Huawei equipment from its networks as border tensions rise, a report says.

Aug. 19, 2020: Huawei says its older Android phones will continue to get software and security updates even though its Google license has expired.

Aug. 17, 2020: US tightens restrictions on Huawei’s access to American chips.

Aug. 13, 2020: India takes steps to lock Huawei and ZTE out of its 5G rollout.

July 30, 2020: Huawei takes Samsung’s crown to become world’s biggest phone maker, analyst says.

July 29, 2020: Qualcomm settles long-running Huawei patent spat.

July 20, 2020: China reportedly considers action against Nokia and Ericsson if EU bans Huawei.

July 15, 2020: Trump administration hits Huawei workers with US visa restrictions.

July 14, 2020: UK follows US in banning Huawei from its 5G network.

July 3, 2020: Huawei brings Uber rival Bolt to its AppGallery store.

June 30, 2020: Huawei and ZTE officially designated national security threats by FCC.

June 25, 2020: Trump administration designates Huawei as backed by Chinese military.

June 17, 2020: Huawei reveals which phones will get EMUI 10.1 update.

June 15, 2020: Commerce Department lets US companies work with Huawei on developing 5G standards.

June 10, 2020: NATO boss supports the UK’s review of Huawei’s role in its 5G rollout.

June 9, 2020: Huawei insists it “grew up in the UK” and wants to play a significant role in the country’s 5G deployment.

June 4, 2000: Documents reportedly reveal Huawei covered up ownership of Iranian affiliate in scheme to sell prohibited US tech.

June 3, 2000: Canadian telecoms effectively lock Huawei out of country’s 5G development.

June 2, 2020: US Senator Tom Cotton tells British politicians he thinks China is trying to use Huawei to “drive a hi-tech wedge between” America and the UK.

June 1, 2020: Huawei reportedly turns to rival chipmakers to weather US clampdown.

May 27, 2020: Huawei CFO loses case to dismiss extradition to the US.

May 26, 2020: UK launches fresh probe into Huawei’s role in future 5G plans. Huawei announces partnership with Youtube rival Dailymotion.

May 22, 2020: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly looks to reduce Huawei’s role in country’s 5G networks.

May 18, 2020: Huawei criticizes new US rules as “pernicious” and “arbitrary,” and China reportedly prepares to take “forceful countermeasures” against US tech companies.

May 15, 2020: Commerce Department tightens export controls on Huawei, and extends Temporary General License for another 90 days.

May 14, 2020: Trump extends executive order targeting Huawei for another year.

May 7, 2020: US rule might let American companies work with Huawei on 5G.

May 1, 2020: Huawei Australia’s carrier business drops 21% for 2019 as 5G ban bites.

April 29, 2020: Huawei reportedly expands partnership with European chipmaker in the face of increasing US restrictions on suppliers.

April 21, 2020: Huawei reports 1.4% revenue increase for the first quarter of 2020 as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic. Also, senior British official reportedly says UK is unlikely to reconsider “firm” decision to allow Huawei access to non-sensitive parts of its 5G network.

April 20, 2020: Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei downplays his influence over the company in a South China Morning Post profile.

April 17, 2020: Chinese teaser video showcases Huawei’s Nova 7 phone series ahead April 23 reveal.

April 15, 2020: BT delays removal of Huawei equipment from EE’s core network by two years.

April 13, 2020: Huawei warns that disrupting its involvement in Britain’s 5G rollout would do the country “a disservice.”

April 2, 2020: Huawei signs non-aggression patent pact as it joins Open Invention Network.

March 31, 2020: Huawei reports smallest profit increase in three years as US ban takes its toll.

March 27, 2020: Huawei reportedly starts working on cloud gaming platform with Tencent, the biggest games company in the world.

March 26, 2020: Huawei reveals P40 Pro Plus, P40 Pro and P40, along with smart assistant Celia. Also, senior US officials reportedly agree on new rules to cut Huawei off from global chip suppliers.

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March 24, 2020: Huawei P40 and P40 Pro apparently leak online ahead of launch.

March 12, 2020: Trump signs law to prevent US rural telecom carriers from using Huawei network equipment, and France is reportedly planning to allow some Huawei gear in its 5G network.

March 11, 2020: US officials reportedly postpone a meeting on potential new restrictions on sales of technology to Huawei and China, and the Commerce Department extends Huawei license through May 15.

March 9, 2020: Huawei cancels P40 launch event due to coronavirus, and US envoy reportedly presses Canada over Huawei role in 5G network.

March 6, 2020: Huawei reportedly projects major drop in phone sales amid US sanctions.

March 4, 2020: Nokia and Ericsson pitch themselves to US lawmakers as Huawei 5G alternative. Also, Huawei pleads not guilty to new US criminal charges in 2018 case and FCC’s Brendan Carr says US “cannot treat Huawei as anything other than a threat to our collective security.”

March 3, 2020: US senators urge UK to reconsider use of Huawei gear in its 5G network.

March 2, 2020: Leaked documents reportedly reveal Huawei’s role in shipping prohibited US gear to Iran.

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Feb. 28, 2020: Huawei will spend €200 million on new 5G plant in France.

Feb. 27, 2020: FCC starts collecting data on Huawei use in US networks, and Senate passes bill banning government purchases of Huawei gear.

Feb. 26, 2020: Officials from Huawei and Defense Department spar at cybersecurity panel.

Feb. 24, 2020: Huawei will launch its P40 Pro in Paris on March 26, its upgraded Mate XS foldable will be available outside China and the company is bringing a new tablet, speaker and green MateBook X Pro laptop to Europe. And Trump reportedly accuses British Prime Minister Boris Johnson of “betrayal” in a heated phone call about Huawei 5G decision.

Feb. 23, 2020: Google warns people against sideloading its apps on Huawei’s P40 phones.

Feb. 21, 2020: The White House reportedly is planning a 5G summit to combat Huawei.

Feb. 20, 2020: Huawei makes an aggressive 5G infrastructure product pitch to European nations.

Feb. 18, 2020: A judge dismisses a Huawei suit challenging the US government’s equipment ban.

Feb. 14, 2020: Huawei gets another 45-day reprieve from Commerce Department.

Feb. 13, 2020: The Justice Department charges Huawei with racketeering and theft of trade secrets.

Feb. 11, 2020: The US reportedly finds Huawei has backdoor access to mobile networks globally.

Feb. 7, 2020: Attorney General William Barr suggests that US take a “controlling stake” in Ericsson or Nokia to counter Huawei.

Feb, 6, 2020: Huawei hits Verizon with lawsuits alleging patent infringement, and it’ll reportedly join forces with Vivo and Oppo against Google Play Store.

Feb. 5, 2020: Vodafone says implementing UK and European Huawei restrictions could take five years.

Feb. 3, 2020: Huawei asks FCC to drop national “unlawful and misguided” security risk label, and updates its “ultralight” MateBook D laptops.

Jan. 30, 2020: Australian politicians dismiss talk of revisiting Huawei 5G ban.

Jan. 29, 2020: EU allows Huawei for 5G, but warns states to limit core network access.

Jan. 28, 2020: UK gives Huawei the green light to build the country’s non-core 5G network, with some limitations, while an analyst says Huawei is the world’s top 5G phone vendor.

Jan. 24, 2020: The Pentagon reportedly blocked even tighter rules on US companies selling to Huawei.

Jan. 23, 2020: Huawei postpones its China developers conference due to deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Jan. 20, 2020: Huawei will use TomTom’s navigation software and data after losing Google Maps.

Jan. 16, 2020: Huawei Mate XS foldable phone will reportedly be cheaper and smaller, while images of purported Huawei P40 Pro hint at many camera features.

Jan. 15, 2020: Huawei shipped nearly 7 million 5G phones last year, and it’s reportedly spending $26 million courting developers to build apps for its phones.

Jan. 14, 2020: The US presses British officials to block Huawei from its 5G network, and US senators propose over $1B in 5G subsidies to counter Huawei dominance.

Jan. 9, 2020: Sen. Tom Cotton unveils a bill to stop the US from sharing intelligence with countries that use Huawei 5G technology.

Jan. 7, 2020: Huawei is allowed to participate in India’s 5G trial phase.

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Dec. 31, 2019: Huawei boosted phone sales in 2019 but predicts a “difficult” 2020.

Dec. 26, 2019: Huawei rebuts suggestions that Chinese state support drove its growth.

Dec. 20, 2019: Huawei’s new P40 Pro rumored to have 10x optical zoom.

Dec. 19, 2019: Greenland opts for Sweden’s Ericsson over Huawei for 5G rollout.

Dec. 18, 2019: Huawei opens 5G innovation center in London.

Dec. 17, 2019: Huawei will launch the P40 Pro in March without Google support, and Spain’sTelefonica says it’ll drastically reduce Huawei gear use for its core 5G network.

Dec. 16, 2019: US House of Representatives passes bill barring government from buying Huawei gear.

Dec. 15, 2019: Norway’s Telenor says Huawei will still play a role in the country’s 5G rollout.

Dec. 13, 2019: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou wins court order to receive documents for her arrest and extradition.

Dec. 8, 2019: Huawei will bring Harmony OS to more products next year, but not phones.

Dec. 5, 2019: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson takes selfie with Huawei phone after hinting at ban.

Dec. 4, 2019: Huawei slams FCC’s new restrictions as unconstitutional in legal challenge.

Dec. 3, 2019: Huawei cut US components out of Mate 30 in wake of Trump’s ban, and US judge disqualifies Huawei lawyer from fraud and sanctions case, citing conflict of interest.

Dec. 2, 2019: Huawei predicts Australia’s 5G ban will force it to cut 1,500 jobs.

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Nov. 29, 2019: Huawei will apparently fight the FCC decision to exclude it from federal subsidies.

Nov. 26, 2019: Huawei and Samsung see jump in phone sales for third quarter, while others see decline.

Nov. 25, 2019: Huawei unveils its iPad Pro rival, the MatePad Pro, for China.

Nov. 22, 2019: The FCC bars Huawei and ZTE from billions in federal subsidies, while senators want Trump to halt licenses that let US companies sell to Huawei.

Nov. 21, 2019: Microsoft scores license to export software to Huawei.

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Nov. 20, 2019: Huawei Mate X’s folding screen costs $1,000 to fix.

Nov. 19, 2019: Huawei says US license extension doesn’t change the fact that it’s being treated unfairly.

Nov. 12, 2019: Huawei is reportedly giving staff $286 million in bonuses for sticking through US ban.

Nov. 8, 2019: Trump’s tech chief slams countries for “opening their arms” to Huawei.

Nov. 7, 2019: Huawei founder says the company’s coping fine with the US trade ban, but stresses the need for open collaboration.

Nov. 5, 2019: Hungary will reportedly work with Huawei in building its 5G network.

Nov. 4, 2019: US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says licenses allowing US companies to sell equipment to Huawei “will be forthcoming very shortly.”

Nov. 1, 2019: Huawei might be working on an iPad Pro-style tablet.

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Oct. 31, 2019: The UK general election has apparently delayed the decision on giving Huawei access to the UK’s 5G network again. Also, Huawei ships 66.7 million phones in 2019’s third quarter.

Oct. 28, 2019: The Federal Communications Commission says it’ll cut off funding to wireless carriers using Huawei and ZTE equipment.

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Oct. 23, 2019: Huawei launches the Mate X foldable phone in China and celebrates hitting 200 million phone shipments two months sooner than it did last year. Also, the company’s cybersecurity chief says it’d be easier to bribe telecom staff than build backdoors into networks.

Oct. 21, 2019: A Huawei executive acknowledges the company’s struggling without Google support.

Oct. 16, 2019: Huawei sold a whole bunch of phones despite the US ban, while a Mate X unboxing video hints at the foldable phone’s imminent release. Also, Germany caused an uproar with draft network security rules that would let Huawei work on its 5G networks.

Oct. 15, 2019: Huawei and Sunrise co-build a 5G research center in Switzerland.

Oct. 9, 2019: Trump is reportedly ready to approve sales of US goods to Huawei.

Oct. 4, 2019: Malaysian telecom Maxis signs up with Huawei for 5G.

Oct. 2, 2019: Huawei Mate 30 phones apparently lose backdoor access to Google apps.

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Sept. 30, 2019: Huawei opens flagship store in Shenzhen.

Sept. 26, 2019: Huawei apparently is making 5G base stations without US parts, and Norway says it won’t ban the company from its 5G rollout.

Sept. 19, 2019: Huawei unveils the Mate 30 Pro phone, Watch GT 2 and Vision TV during an event in Munich.

Sept. 18, 2019: Huawei urges Australia to embrace Chinese products during its “explosion of innovation,” and its Mate 30 event lineup apparently leaks a day early.

Sept. 12, 2019: Huawei’s founder is ready to sell his company’s 5G tech to a Western buyer. Separately, Huawei is selling MateBook laptops with Linux preinstalled in China.

Sept. 10, 2019: Huawei drops a lawsuit against the US government after its telecom equipment is returned.

Sept. 9, 2019: Microsoft President Brad Smith wants the US government to offer more evidence to back up its Huawei ban. Also, US prosecutors charge a Chinese professor with fraud for allegedly taking a California company’s tech for Huawei’s benefit.

Sept. 8, 2019: Huawei’s Mate X foldable phone could go on sale in October.

Sept. 6, 2019: Huawei skirts US ban with “new” P30 Pro, but only the colors are new. It also shows off the 5G Kirin 990 chip that’ll power its Mate 30.

Sept. 3, 2019: Huawei accuses US of using cyberattacks and threats to disrupt its business. It also intends to give universities $300 million annually despite the US trade ban.

Sept. 2, 2019: Huawei announces that the Mate 30 series launches Sept. 19.

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Aug 27, 2019: US reportedly receives more than 130 requests for Huawei licenses, but none have been issued yet. Also, new Huawei phones reportedly won’t be able to use Android.

Aug. 23, 2019: Huawei reckons the US ban will cost its phone division $10 billion, and sheds 100 Australian jobs after being banned from country’s 5G rollout.

Aug. 22, 2019: Huawei says it has no plans to launch a Harmony-powered phone.

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Aug. 19, 2019: US Commerce Department extends reprieve allowing companies to work with Huawei.

Aug. 18, 2019: Trump says he doesn’t want to do business with Huawei due to the “national security threat” it represents.

Aug. 16, 2019: Huawei’s founder expresses confidence that UK “won’t say no to us” in its 5G rollout.

Aug. 15, 2019: Huawei pushes back the launch of its Mate X again, and might be working on its own version of Google Maps.

Aug. 14, 2019: Huawei is apparently researching 6G wireless internet connectivity.

Aug. 13, 2019: India remains undecided on letting Huawei sell its 5G networking equipment in the country.

Aug. 9, 2019: Huawei unveils its Android replacement “Harmony,” while Trump says the US won’t do business with Huawei.

Aug. 7, 2019: Trump administration says it’ll ban government from doing business with Huawei, and Republican senators target Google over Huawei project.

Aug. 6, 2019: Huawei Twitter poll reveals its followers think it’s owned by the Chinese government, but people on Facebook disagree.

Aug. 4, 2019: Huawei will reportedly release a cheap phone powered by its Hongmeng OS in late 2019.

July 31, 2019: Huawei beat iPhone with 17% global market share in 2019’s second quarter, research firm said.

July 30, 2019: Huawei reported revenue surge despite US ban, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said Trump administration could decide on licenses allowing Huawei sales by next week.

July 29, 2019: Huawei and Google were reportedly working on a smart speaker before ban.

July 26, 2019: Chinese authorities suspect FedEx illegally held back over 100 Huawei packages, report said.

July 25, 2019: Electronics company reportedly “seized” $100M of Huawei goods following US ban.

July 24, 2019: United Arab Emirates telecom says US ban on Huawei isn’t an issue for its 5G network.

July 23, 2019: Huawei lays off more than 600 US workers due to blacklisting.

July 22, 2019: Leaked documents suggested that Huawei secretly helped build North Korea’s wireless network. Also, the White House gathering tech execs for a meeting where Trump reportedly said Huawei licensing deals will be “timely.”

July 19, 2019: Huawei says Hongmeng OS isn’t designed as an Android replacement.

July 16, 2019: Bipartisan group of senators introduces 5G legislation that would keep Huawei blacklisted.

July 15, 2019: Canada may wait until after October elections to decide on Huawei ban, while the US will reportedly let Huawei sell to companies within weeks. Also, Huawei reportedly plans major layoffs at its US research labs.

July 9, 2019: US will allow licensed sales to Huawei, but it remains blacklisted.

July 7, 2019: Huawei CEO says its HongMeng OS alternative is ‘likely’ faster than Android, but needs its own app store.

July 4, 2019: US government tries to get Huawei lawsuit thrown out.

July 3, 2019: Huawei remains on Commerce Department’s blacklist despite Trump’s latest decision.

July 2, 2019: Huawei reportedly isn’t sure about using Android in future phones.

July 1, 2019: Trump official says eased Huawei restrictions only apply to widely available products.

June 29, 2019: Trump decides to lift some restrictions on US companies selling to Huawei.

June 27, 2019: Huawei employees worked on Chinese military research projects, according to a report from Bloomberg.

June 25, 2019: US companies are reportedly bypassing the Trump ban on sales to Huawei, while FedEx is suing the Commerce Department over the diversion of Huawei packages.

June 24, 2019: Huawei says it’ll increase its 5G investment in spite of US ban, while attorneys for its imprisoned CFO have asked for the US extradition request to be withdrawn. Also, an FCC commissioner wants Huawei gear out of US networks, and the Trump administration reportedly is thinking about requiring domestic 5G equipment to be made outside China.

June 21, 2019: Huawei unveils a trio of new Nova 5 phones in China as US tensions simmer, and its Mate X foldable phone will reportedly launch by September. The US also blacklists five more Chinese tech companies.

June 19, 2019: Huawei’s CEO isn’t worried about $30 billion revenue hit from US ban.

June 18, 2019: Huawei boss predicts $30B revenue hit from US ban, but Microsoft starts selling its laptops again.

June 13, 2019: Chinese ambassador warns Britain that excluding Huawei from 5G sends a “bad signal.”

June 12, 2019: Huawei reportedly moves to trademark its own OS, and apparently chases Verizon for $1B in patent licensing fees.

June 11, 2019: Huawei says it’ll need more time to become world’s biggest phone seller and reportedly delays announcement of its new laptop indefinitely.

June 10, 2019: Huawei reportedly asks app developers to publish on its AppGallery store, and a White House official apparently wants to delay the US government’s Huawei ban.

June 7, 2019: Facebook stops letting Huawei preinstall its apps, and Google reportedly warns the Trump administration that its Huawei ban creates a national security risk. Also, Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s extradition hearing is set for January 2020.

June 6, 2019: Russian telecom agrees to let Huawei develop country’s 5G network, while China gives Huawei a boost by issuing 5G licenses.

June 5, 2019: Huawei chairman says company would sign a “no-spy” deal with US.

June 4, 2019: Huawei trade secrets trial reportedly kicks off in Texas.

June 3, 2019: Science publisher IEEE reverses its week-old ban on Huawei scientists reviewing technical papers.

June 2, 2019: Huawei reportedly strips back production of phones amid US crackdown.

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May 31, 2019: Huawei reportedly orders employees to cancel US meetings, mirrors Consumer Technology Association’s criticism of Trump’s plans to impose higher tariffs on imported Mexican goods.

May 30, 2019: Huawei membership restored by SD Association and Wi-Fi Alliance, while it quietly launches its 5G lab in the shadow of the US ban. Also, its wearables shipments quadruple in first quarter.

May 29, 2019: Huawei asks court to rule US ban unconstitutional.

May 28, 2019: Huawei reportedly plans to bring OS to China later this year, internationally in 2020.

May 26, 2019: Huawei’s founder says he’d “be the first to protest” if China retaliated against Apple.

May 24, 2019: Huawei’s operating system may be called “Hongmeng,” while Amazon Japan reportedly stops selling its devices.

May 23, 2019: US reportedly accuses Huawei of lying about Chinese ties.

May 22, 2019: Chip designer Arm ditches Huawei, while Mate 20 X gets dropped from UK 5G launch.

May 21, 2019: Huawei reportedly wants its app store to compete with Google’s.

May 20, 2019: Huawei gets a temporary reprieve from the US trade ban, prompting Google to revive work temporarily.

May 19, 2019: Google cuts off Huawei phones from future Android updates.

May 16, 2019: Huawei says US ban will ‘significantly harm’ American jobs and companies.

May 15, 2019: Trump effectively bans Huawei with a national security order.

May 8, 2019: 5G rollout may face a delay in UK over Huawei investigations.

May 3, 2019: Countries draft 5G security proposals as the US warns again of Huawei’s threat.

May 2, 2019: A Huawei leak prompts the sacking of UK defense minister Gavin Williamson.

May 1, 2019: Huawei hits 50% growth in phone sales and reportedly has an 8K 5G TV in the works for later this year.

April 30, 2019: Vodafone found hidden backdoors in Huawei equipment, according to a report.

April 24, 2019: Britain will reportedly allow Huawei limited access to 5G infrastructure. Several days later, China pushes Britain to let Huawei be part of 5G rollout.

April 21, 2019: The CIA reportedly says Huawei is funded by Chinese state security.

April 11, 2019: Google and Huawei will pay Nexus 6P owners for bootloop issues in class-action lawsuit.

April 9, 2019: The US reportedly no longer demands a Huawei ban in Germany.

April 8, 2019: Huawei is “open” to selling its 5G chips to Apple, says report.

April 4, 2019: Huawei sets new goals to overtake Samsung and Apple, and MIT severs links with Huawei and ZTE due to US investigations.

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March 29, 2019: Huawei slams US for having “a loser’s attitude” because its tech can’t compete.

March 28, 2019: British watchdog warns that Huawei products represent “significantly increased risk.”

March 26, 2019: Huawei launches the P30 and P30 Pro in Paris.

March 19, 2019: Angela Merkel pushes back against US pressure to bar Huawei from Germany’s 5G rollout.

March 15, 2019: Huawei’s CFO wanted to quit before arrest, according to the company’s founder.

March 14, 2019: Huawei is developing its own OS in case it can’t use Android or Windows, report says.

March 12, 2019: US reportedly tells Germany to drop Huawei or it’ll limit intelligence sharing. The Huawei Mate 20 hits 10 million shipped.

March 8, 2019: Huawei sues the US government over its equipment ban.

March 5, 2019: Huawei reportedly calls for international cybersecurity standards.

March 1, 2019: An extradition hearing for Huawei’s CFO gets the go-ahead from Canada, and the US warns the Philippines against using Huawei 5G gear.

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Feb. 28, 2019: Chinese kids literally sing Huawei’s praises in surreal video.

Feb. 26, 2019: Samsung and Huawei settle 2-year-old patent dispute.

Feb. 25, 2019: Huawei could face a solar tech ban in the US.

Feb. 24, 2019: Huawei unveils the Mate X foldable phone.

Feb. 22, 2019: Italian politicians reportedly push for Huawei 5G ban.

Feb. 21, 2019: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says countries using Huawei tech pose a risk to the US.

Feb. 20-21, 2019: Ren Zhengfei says that the arrest of his daughter, the company’s CFO, was “politically motivated and that the US treats 5G like “military” tech.

Feb. 19, 2019: Ren tells the BBC “there’s no way the US can crush us.”

Feb. 17, 2019: The UK reportedly concludes that using Huawei in 5G is a manageable risk.

Feb. 6, 2019: US State Department discourages European countries from using Huawei equipment in their 5G rollouts.

Feb. 4, 2019: A report says the FBI raided a Huawei lab and set up a CES sting. Also, two of the company’s staff were expelled from Denmark after a work permit inspection.

The charges unsealed today clearly allege that Huawei intentionally conspired to steal the intellectual property of an American company.
FBI Director Christopher Wray, Jan. 29, 2019

Jan. 30, 2019: Qualcomm reaches an interim licensing agreement with Huawei.

Jan. 29, 2019: US hammers Huawei with 23 indictments for alleged trade secret theft and fraud.

Jan. 25, 2019: Colleges reportedly drop Huawei equipment to appease the Trump administration. Also, Huawei says it’ll reveal a foldable phone with 5G in February.

Jan. 24, 2019: Huawei reportedly says it’ll take the smartphone crown from Samsung by 2020.

Jan. 23, 2019: Huawei’s CFO may face formal extradition to the US, report says.

Jan. 18, 2019: China says a Canadian ban on Huawei’s 5G tech will trigger “repercussions.”

Jan. 11, 2019: In Poland, a Huawei employee gets arrested over alleged spying.Three days later, Huawei sacks that employee.

Jan. 8, 2019: Huawei fights to stay in the US with laptops and tablets at CES.

Jan. 4, 2019: Senators introduce a bipartisan bill to address concerns about Chinese tech companies.

Jan. 3, 2019: A report suggests that President Trump may use an executive order to ban Huawei and ZTE purchases.

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Dec. 24, 2018: Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments.

Dec. 12, 2018: A Canadian court grants Huawei’s CFO $10 million bail.

Dec. 7, 2018: Reuters reports that Japan will stop buying Huawei, ZTE equipment.

Dec. 6, 2018: Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is arrested in Canada at the request of the US.

Dec. 5, 2018: Britain’s BT says it’ll strip Huawei equipment from 4G network by 2021 and won’t use it in 5G core.

Oct. 18, 2018: Huawei tussles with US startup CNEX Labs over theft of technology.

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Sept. 7, 2018: Huawei gets caught cheating on a phone benchmark test.

Sept. 5, 2018: In a Senate hearing on Facebook and Twitter, Huawei and ZTE get called out.

Aug. 1, 2018: Knocking off Apple, Huawei becomes the No. 2 phone seller.

July 19, 2018: Huawei crosses 100 million shipments mark for the year to date.

July 11, 2018: Australia says it’ll ban Huawei from 5G rollout amid security concerns.

June 7, 2018: Congress calls out Google over its ties with Huawei.

June 6, 2018: A report reveals that Facebook gave Huawei special access to user data.

May 2, 2018: The Pentagon bans the sale of Huawei and ZTE phones on US military bases.

March 22, 2018: Huawei loses Best Buy as retail partner.

Feb. 13, 2018: FBI Director Chris Wray warns against buying Huawei and ZTE phones.

Jan. 9, 2018: At CES, Huawei CEO Richard Yu addresses the loss of AT&T support.

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Porsche Design Acer Book RS and TravelPack RS Win Red Dot: Best of the Best Award for Product Design

TAIPEI, April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —The Porsche Design Acer Book RS and matching Porsche Design Acer TravelPack RS received a Red Dot: Best of the Best award, the top prize in the product design category.

TAIPEI, April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ –The Porsche Design Acer Book RS and matching Porsche Design Acer TravelPack RS received a Red Dot: Best of the Best award, the top prize in the product design category. Other Acer products, including a desktop, monitor and notebook, earned 2021 Red Dot awards for product excellence and design innovation.

The “Best of the Best” award is the highest distinction bestowed by the jury and indicates that a product is excellent across the board, offering “ground-breaking” design quality and an excellent usage experience. The Red Dot Award is an internationally recognized award that honors innovative companies and praises excellence in concept design. Each submission is judged by an international jury of design experts with a variety of backgrounds.

“We’re delighted to receive the Red Dot’s highest distinction with the Best of the Best award,” said Seji Peng, AVP of Industrial Design, IT Products Business, Acer Inc. “The Porsche Design Acer Book RS holds a clear design philosophy of optimizing functionality with precise engineering. It brings together essential design elements and advanced technologies, and is another example of our commitment to breaking down the barriers between people and technology.”

“Inspired by high-end technical solutions from the automotive industry, the Porsche Design Acer Book RS achieves the ultimate in both design and manufacturing quality,” said Christian Schwamkrug, Design Director, Porsche Design. “The interplay of premium materials like magnesium and aluminum with an inlay of carbon-fiber requires the highest level of accuracy in manufacturing. The notebook is an unparalleled aesthetical statement and the result of excellent attention to detail.”

Porsche Design Acer Book RS Notebook & TravelPack RS

The Porsche Design Acer Book RS is a meticulously crafted notebook that flaunts high-end technology and functional design language. The premium device features a compact all-metal chassis that is topped off with a distinctive carbon fiber cover, echoing decades of motorsports designs, which value the material for its lightweight strength and performance. Engineers responsible for designing the device strived to optimize function and leave nothing to waste, evident in decisions like connecting the covers with a unibody hinge that elevates the notebook as it opens or helping to cool the device and create a better typing experience. The Porsche Design Acer Book RS is a sleek and practical device well-suited to the working professional.

A perfect companion, the Porsche Design Acer TravelPack RS consists of a travel pouch made from durable ECCO® PALERMO XA Leather, a notebook sleeve fashioned from water-repellant 1680D fabric and a wireless, Bluetooth mouse that mirrors the notebook’s aesthetics. The notebook sleeve features a detachable lid which doubles as a mouse pad and utilizes concealed magnetic clasps for attaching the travel pouch, conveniently keeping everything in one place.

ConceptD 300 Desktop

The ConceptD 300 workstation is a mid-sized 18L tower that strives to pack a processing punch while remaining unobtrusively small. Its elegant design is defined by a beautiful white finish, a wood panel top and black front panel, splashes of freshness that add character to any modern office. More than just a good looking feature, this triangular-patterned front panel doubles as an intake that filters air over the desktop’s internals and out a side panel, serving to keep everything running cool—all at 40 dBa or less.

Acer Spin 7 Notebook

The Acer Spin 7 is a convertible notebook that sits at the cusp of innovation, taking advantage of the latest technologies to offer an ultimate productivity experience. The device leverages the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 8cx Gen 2 5G compute platform to offer users blazing-fast 5G connectivity and the freedom to work without a Wi-Fi connection, while four distinctive form factors empower users with the flexibility to meet the task and space at hand. The notebook is just 1.4 kg (3.09 lbs) light and 15.9 mm (0.63 in) thin, offers multi-day battery life and features a touch screen covered with a layer of Antimicrobial Corning® Gorilla® Glass.

Acer B248Y Business Monitor

The Acer B248Y is an ergonomic monitor designed to cushion several pain points associated with daily use, featuring a built-in docking station with a USB Type-C port, the capability to be daisy-chained and an adjustable FHD webcam. Technology like Acer LightSense and Acer ColorSense automatically adjust screen brightness and color temperature to suit the environment, reducing eyestrain, while BlueLightShield Pro selectively filters out blue light with minimal impact on color quality, contributing to a TÜV/Eyesafe certification. For additional viewing comfort, the monitor’s FHD (1920×1080) IPS display is supported by Acer’s Ergostand, which enables users to adjust its height, swivel and tilt, or rotate it 90 degrees into portrait mode.

About Acer

Founded in 1976, Acer is one of the world’s top ICT companies with a presence in more than 160 countries. As Acer evolves with the industry and changing lifestyles, it is focused on enabling a world where hardware, software and services will fuse with one another, creating ecosystems and opening up new possibilities for consumers and businesses alike. Acer’s 7,500 employees are dedicated to the research, design, marketing, sale, and support of products and solutions that break barriers between people and technology.

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Ellucian Celebrates 2021 Impact Award Winners

RESTON, Va., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced the winners of the 2021 Ellucian Impact Awards. The annual awards celebrate visionaries in higher education who are inspiring others to push the boundaries of technology and innovation.

RESTON, Va., April 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Ellucian, the leading higher education technology solutions provider, today announced the winners of the 2021 Ellucian Impact Awards. The annual awards celebrate visionaries in higher education who are inspiring others to push the boundaries of technology and innovation. The announcement was made during Ellucian Live, the industry’s top global technology conference.

The winners—Community College of Baltimore County, University of Southampton, Ajman University, University of Hartford, University of the West Indies-Cave Hill and New Jersey Institute of Technology—leveraged technology solutions in novel ways to support students, faculty and staff. Selected for their positive impact across categories of student well-being, innovation and digital transformation, each institution will receive a $25,000 grant.

“It has been inspiring to see how these Ellucian customers are using technology to operate more efficiently, overcome challenges, and offer a unique student experience. This year’s Impact Award Winners truly exemplify what it means to be a transformational, digitally focused and student-centered institution. I’m honored to recognize them for their remarkable efforts and look forward to continued partnership in navigating the future together,” said Laura Ipsen, President and CEO, Ellucian.

More information about the winners is below.

Student Well-Being
Community College of Baltimore County – Baltimore, MD
CCBC is located in Baltimore County, MD, with three full-service campuses and three extension centers as well as fully online programs. CCBC has a diverse student body, both in regard to ethnic and socioeconomic representation and in terms of students’ life experiences, making it an anchor institution in the community. Of the more than 54,000 students CCBC served last year (close to 25,000 credit and 29,000 noncredit students), approximately 80% received full or partial tuition assistance and 48% worked more than 20 hours per week.

When CCBC campuses closed in March 2020 due to the pandemic, the college launched CCBC Cares, a multi-pronged initiative that made a big impact on access, retention and success for its widely diverse student population, especially vulnerable students who needed technology to pivot easily to remote learning. Initiatives under the CCBC Cares umbrella addressed: academic supports such as changes to instructional methods that made on-campus learning safe and gave students the option to attend classes remotely; technology supports that used student-facing pages and forms to communicate vital information to students; and financial supports to distribute CARES Act funds directly to targeted groups of students impacted by the pandemic, such as those who needed laptops or Wi-Fi to work remotely.

The combination of targeted messaging using the Ellucian Banner Student System and knowledgeable staff who knew how to deliver support were critical components to the success of CCBC Cares. The initiative touched close to 10,000 students and resulted in summer and fall enrollment numbers that surpassed the enrollment budget by 108 percent and 104 percent, respectively.

University of Southampton – Southampton, England
Given that much of its student population traditionally resides on campus, the University of Southampton buzzed with activity pre-pandemic. Most students lived on campus and various welcome and registration events happened in person. Once Covid hit, the university intently followed and used Home Office guidance, and worked closely with the City Council and the National Health Service to move critical processes online. To avoid running afoul of social distancing practices, the university developed Banner Action Item Processing and PageBuilder workflows to bring identity checks, international “right to study” checks and graduation applications 100% online. Processing activities could be handled safely and virtually, and the university saved £15,000 in staff time alone by moving these processes online. The university also used a PageBuilder form to give students access to a saliva-based test and tracing system. This proactive testing resulted in the university’s experiencing no significant increase in cases while their surrounding community spiked.

Ajman University (AU) – United Arab Emirates
2018 was the year of transformation and innovation at Ajman University. Since then, AU is focused on developing strategies for improving work cycles, adopting smart solutions that focus on both digital and “green”, and automating manual processes.

Some of the key improvement initiatives the university has undertaken include:

Digitization of 86% of its processes Conversion of 100% of its documents to electronic archived format, including more than 75,000 student records Adoption of digital signatures for contracts and official documents Integration of the online request system with the digital government application program, UAE Pass

The above initiatives helped us in improving our student satisfaction score to an impressive 91%.

In view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Office of IT at AU successfully developed an innovative campus accessibility management system to ensure the safety of students, staff and faculty members. The accessibility solution which is integrated with the existing SIS Banner system uses unique QR codes to validate Covid-19 test status of individuals and determines their eligibility for access to the campus. This has proven highly effective in ensuring a safe environment within the campus for students and staff members during the pandemic.

At AU, we aim to take innovation to new heights, where a culture of innovation is embedded among students, faculty and staff members, as well as all our stakeholders and partners.

AU is ranked among the top 2.5% universities worldwide, #35 in the Arab region as per the 2021 QS Arab Rankings and one of the top 150 young institutions worldwide.

University of Hartford – Hartford, CT
Despite the pandemic, the University of Hartford believed it was imperative to remain on campus to provide all students a safe, flexible, and residential experience. The university created an integrated analytics “workbench” that took data from various sources and applied a predictive analytics model to proactively identify potential areas of infection risk. Data points were supplied from innovative practices like wastewater testing and pooled saliva testing—the first private institution in the region to implement these efforts. They also utilized a daily health survey. The University prioritized hiring an external, professional nursing staff to manage contract tracing, along with student health ambassadors to monitor compliance with social distancing and mask rules. As a result, the university had one of the lowest positivity rates among institutions in the State of Connecticut (.4%). In addition, the university was intentional about providing meaningful student support services, and celebrated one of the highest rates of first-year student retention in the institution’s history, including a significant retention increase in students of color.

Digital Transformation
University of the West Indies – Cave Hill
Aiming to revolutionise its delivery of educational and other services, The UWI Cave Hill launched its Smart Campus Initiative (SCI) in 2017, seeking to integrate information and communications technology into all aspects of its higher education provisions and related operations. The University made this strategic investment to enhance the student experience, in addition to providing anytime/anywhere access to services; engaging in data-informed decision-making; increasing revenue and cost savings; and increasing both revenue and cost savings. As a result, the University was able to pivot quickly to support their students when the COVID-19 impacted the island. Student-experience focused efforts included: working with local Internet providers to provide “zero-rated” access to students; providing students with laptops and tablets to continue learning uninterrupted; offering its first-ever online new student orientation, which was received favorably by students and which saved the University over $70,000 (Barbadian) (or over US $35,000) at a time when the economy was declining due to lack of tourism; integrating apps to track student movement against the spread of COVID (at the time the award application was submitted, the University had no reported COVID cases on Campus); offering services like psychological and career counselling, health insurance support, and disability services online; and providing students with an online student success hub to teach study skills and prepare them for academic success.

New Jersey Institute of Technology – Newark, NJ
Prior to the pandemic, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) created a new delivery model for several classrooms to blur the lines between online and in-person learning experiences. When the pandemic hit, this Converged Learning Model (CLM) was immediately expanded to facilitate socially distanced attendance for the Fall 2020 semester. The onset of the pandemic also brought opportunities to improve online service delivery and create a global campus supported by a synchronous experience like that of the CLM. As a result of these innovations, 44% of all classes were offered in the CLM and more than 70% of all undergraduate students had an in-person experience that still provided social distancing for students and faculty. In addition, NJIT was able to minimize the spread of Covid on campus: NJIT’s positivity rate never reached 2.5% and was well below 1% for most of the semester, while the surrounding city of Newark had a positivity rate of 19%. NJIT also successfully maintained its enrollment, with the undergraduate population increasing in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021, and student academic performance remained comparable to prior semesters. All student support – including advising, psychological counseling, and student events – is available through online and digital services. NJIT will continue the digital options for students as part of the global campus, whether they are on campus or attending remotely.

For more information on the Ellucian Impact Awards, visit:

About Ellucian
Ellucian is the market leader charting the digital future of higher education with a portfolio of cloud-ready technology solutions and services. From student recruitment to workforce analytics; from fundraising opportunities to alumni engagement; Ellucian’s comprehensive suite of data-rich tools gives colleges and universities the information they need to lead with confidence.

Working with a community of more than 2,700 customers in over 50 countries, Ellucian keeps innovating as higher education keeps evolving. Drawing on its comprehensive higher education business acumen and suite of services, Ellucian guides its customers through manageable, sustainable digital transformation—so that every type of institution and student can thrive in today’s fast-changing landscape. To find out what’s next in higher education solutions and services, visit Ellucian at

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