HP security platform
In light of the increased security risk posed by distributed working and a 238% rise in cyber-attacks, HP is bringing out a new portfolio of secure-by-design printers and PCs, hardware-enforced endpoint security software and endpoint security services. Rooted in Zero Trust principles, HP Wolf Security unifies HP’s endpoint protection and cyber defence capabilities on a single platform, backed by security training and certification through HP University. HP’s more integrated offering for SMEs and enterprises includes everything from self-healing firmware and in-memory breach detection to threat containment via virtualisation and cloud-based intelligence. www.hp.com
More than just a monitor
ViewSonic is responding to changing work patterns by expanding its VG and VA series of monitors with highly featured models designed for secondary work hubs in the office, at home or on the road. These include the 24-inch VG2440V and 27-inch VG2740V, with built-in height-adjustable webcam, speakers and microphone; the ultra-widescreen (21:9) VG3456 for multitasking, with a USB-C docking station offering Ethernet support for 90W power charging, data transfer and connectivity to the internet and peripherals; and, for portability, the 0.7kg VA1655 with built-in stand and pivotable display, which can be moved easily around or between locations. www.viewsoniceurope.com
From scribble to scribe
Logitech Scribe is a wall-mounted, AI-powered whiteboard camera that makes brainstorming sessions and team meetings more accessible and productive by capturing content from dry erase whiteboards and broadcasting it directly into video meetings. In-room participants can share whiteboard content with remote colleagues by pressing the wireless button included with Scribe or tapping a meeting room touch controller like Logitech Tap. The wireless button currently works with Zoom Rooms, with support for Teams Rooms coming later in the year. Scribe can also be used as a standalone USB content camera compatible with virtually any videoconferencing service, when connected to a computer or laptop. Built-in AI improves the user experience by rendering the presenter transparent, so that remote participants have an unobstructed view of the whiteboard, and by automatically enhancing the colour of markers so that content is easier to read. www.logitech.com
Acronis has extended its Acronis Cyber Backup Cloud solution with antimalware protection and endpoint protection management and given it the new name of Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud. As well as unifying data protection, cybersecurity and protection management in one product, installed with one agent and managed centrally through one console, Acronis has introduced no-charge licensing so that MSPs can develop a cyber protection services portfolio for little or no upfront cost, with the option to add advanced protection packs when necessary. These include Advanced Backup, Advanced Security, Advanced Disaster Recovery and Advanced Management.
Making a scene
Zoom’s Immersive View is a fun way to display up to 25 video meeting participants or webinar panellists against the same virtual background so that it looks as though everyone is in the same location. Hosts can select Immersive View in the same way that they would Speaker or Gallery View and have the option to place participants into a virtual scene manually or automatically. If desired, they can move people around a scene; resize images; change scene; revert to Speaker or Gallery View; or upload their own scene.
A new office staple?
New from Canon, the Instant Staple Remover-A1 speeds up the preparation of documents for scanning/copying by automating the removal of staples from batches of up to 30 sheets without tearing or damage. Available exclusively from Canon, this useful, time-saving accessory can be bought separately or in a bundle with a high-speed imageFORMULA document scanner. www.canon.co.uk
Life’s a riut
Inspired by a call from a doctor working on COVID wards who was unable to take his normal backpack to work because it couldn’t be disinfected, the limited edition RiutBag+ uses easy-clean tarpaulin and PVC for all surfaces, inside and out, including the straps and handles, so that it can be wiped clean and disinfected in seconds. The 20-litre capacity, 15-inch laptop backpack boasts a built-in mask holder, hand sanitiser storage and RiutBag’s signature anti-theft design with all zips against the wearer’s back. It costs £129. Riut.co.uk