Internet and Wi-Fi monitoring company Epitiro has updated its offering with Wi-Fi 6 support and enhanced remote access to its plug and play monitoring devices. These Android-based ‘virtual agents’ continually monitor end-to-end internet services and report on speed, service availability, accessibility, reliability and application performance. The enhancements give businesses and MSPs complete control over network testing and troubleshooting via a single web interface, including the ability to drill down into data intelligence via intuitive dashboards, create test schedules, set up performance alerts and update device software.
Scanning made easy
Combining scan speeds of 40 pages per minute with the simplicity and convenience of one-touch operation, the WiFi-enabled ScanSnap iX1600 automates essential tasks through predefined task buttons on its 4.3in colour-coded touchscreen. With one touch, it will automatically scan and classify four document types (documents, receipts, business cards and photos), saving each to the appropriate destination. Less highly featured, but easy to use, the USB-connected iX400 has one big blue button to press and a Quick Menu of options, such as creating searchable PDFs or editable files in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Excel.
Waging war on germs
UK-based Bullitt Group, maker of military-grade smartphones and global licensee for CAT phones, has launched the first fully antimicrobial mobile phone. Every exterior component of the CAT S42 entry-level Android smartphone, including the Corning Gorilla Glass 5s screen, has been treated with Addmaster Biomaster antimicrobial technology, which inhibits the growth of microbes for the device’s lifetime. Thanks to its rugged properties, the CAT S42 can also be regularly washed with soap, water, sanitisers and even bleach. Bullitt Group plans to introduce more phones with antimicrobial technology later in the year.
Chic not geek
More chic than geek, Fauna’s audio glasses with integrated speakers and microphone are perfect for listening to music and audiobooks or making phones calls and interacting with voice assistants. Unlike competitor products marred by bulky temples, Fauna’s new glasses have stylish, conventional-looking frames incorporating tiny speakers, microphones, electronics, touchpad and battery. Despite their small size and weight (50g), the glasses deliver crystal clear sound without major leakage. The Spiro Transparent Brown sunglasses and Memor Havana glasses with blue-light filter lenses (£249 each) connect to a smartphone or PC via Bluetooth and are controlled by touching or swiping the temples. Prescription lenses can be fitted by an optician.
Safe to touch
Premier has added Touchshield anti-microbial, self-adhesive film to its portfolio of products. Produced by UK-based media manufacturer G-Tec Paper and Film, the clear, watermarked film has a silver ion-based coating that provides up to 99% protection against bacteria (certified to ISO 22196) and 93.41% protection against viruses (certified to ISO 21702). Touchshield can be applied easily and bubble-free to a range of surfaces, from handrails to desks.
As good as new
Canon has added two A3 mono models to its range of remanufactured MFPs. (Re)built with 80% fewer raw materials than a new machine and boasting an 80% smaller carbon footprint, the imageRUNNER ADVANCE EQ80 4200 (45 pages per minute) and EQ80 6275i (75ppm) are claimed to provide ‘no compromise’ performance, with all the productivity and security benefits of second generation imageRUNNER ADVANCE technology. Unlike refurbished devices that only offer second-hand warranties, Canon’s remanufactured machines have the same warranty as a newly manufactured MFP.
Raising the bar
New from Bose Professional, the Videobar VB1 all-in-one USB conferencing device (and Bluetooth speaker/speakerphone) adds premium audio and video to today’s meeting spaces. Microsoft Teams-certified and compatible with Google Meet, Zoom and other third-party cloud services, it incorporates a 4K ultra-HD camera with auto-framing; six beam-steering microphones that actively focus on voices and reject other noises; and Bose-proprietary transducers that reproduce accurate, room-filling audio. Single-cable USB connectivity and a choice of mounting options (table-stand and wall-mount) keep clutter to a minimum, while remote management and configuration via app or broswer support distributed working.