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Scientists at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) have developed a cyber card game to help train staff in the open source techniques a cyber aggressor might use to gain insight, access and control over industrial and commercial infrastructures. Winner of the 2018 Dstl Innovator of the Year award, the game has been shown to speed up players’ understanding of attack techniques and defensive strategies. Dstl is offering the cyber card game on a non-exclusive basis through its Easy Access IP (EAIP) licensing framework, which enables companies to develop Dstl IP at no cost. It has already signed a licensing agreement with Coruscant Productions LLC, which plans to develop the cyber card game further and market it to cyber training providers across the world.

Survival kit

Acronis True Image 2019 is a 15-year Anniversary Edition of the company’s personal backup software. Featuring AI-based anti-ransomware technology, it is the only home solution that allows users to make full image backups to both local and cloud storage and clone an active system disk on either a Windows or Mac machine. A new Survival Kit feature lets the user create an all-in-one recovery tool on an external hard drive containing everything needed to restore a system.

Small but rugged

Panasonic's new Android rugged tablet
Panasonic’s new Android rugged tablet

Panasonic’s new rugged Android tablet is ideal for customer-facing applications in retail and hospitality, manufacturing, transport and logistics. The TOUGHBOOK FZ-L1 with 7-inch display, 8 Megapixel rear camera and optional bar code reader is available in WiFi-only configurations for use inside or with WiFi and 4G for field workers. It supports 10-finger or passive pen input, works in the rain and can be used even if wearing gloves.

Compact MFPs

The new Develop series of A4 mono MFPs offers the same functionality as the company’s A3 devices, just in a smaller footprint. With output speeds ranging from 36 to 47 pages per minute, the four A4 models are ideal for offices where print, copy, scan and fax functionality is required without any special customisation or workflow integration. They include the ineo 3622 and 4422 and the more highly featured ineo 4052 and 4752, which come with a dual-scan document feeder for double-sided scanning and an operating panel with integrated NFC for easy mobile connectivity.

Grass fibre

Uncoated recyclable paper
Uncoated recyclable paper

Zangrass is an uncoated, recyclable, compostable paper with a sun-dried grass fibre content of 20-40%. Zanders claims that making Zangrass produces fewer CO2 emissions and requires less water than pure fibre-based papers. It is initially available in grammages of 120-150gsm for use in reusable paper carrier bags or corrugated cardboard vegetable trays. However, Zanders plans to introduce lighter and heavier weights that will support more diverse applications.

And one makes 11

Sharp has expanded its lineup of A3 mono MFPs with the addition of an entry-level 26 pages per minute model. The MX-M2630 brings the total number of devices in the series to 11, with print speeds from 26 to 60ppm. It features the same customisable user interface as other models in the range, plus a tiltable, 7in LCD touchscreen and pull printing as standard. Options include easy integration with mobile and cloud applications, Office Direct Print and OCR for converting scans into editable, searchable text.

Pocket translator
The perfect device for business travellers, Pocketalk is a portable, AI-powered instant voice translator with dual microphones and built-in speakers. It connects to the internet via WiFi, mobile data or a personal hotspot and provides fast, accurate translations of more than 70 languages. The user speaks as they normally would and Pocketalk provides either an audio or an on-screen text translation.

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