The Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i is not a new product. It's been around for a while and I've been using one on my desk for the last couple of years. It is an essential part of my office workflow and has reduced the amount of paper I need to retain to almost (but not quite) zero. Here's what I've learned along the way and why I recommend the ScanSnap S1300i.
When Arnold brought the Terminator to life, we were all worried that steroid-driven Austrian bodybuilders were going to take over the world and kill us all. But it turns out we should be more worried about what we invite between the sheets. A security researcher from Deakin University, Dr Nick Patterson, says that a breached sex-bot could turn on its owner. This is definitely not the droid you're looking for.
After a three month delay, Microsoft has delivered on its promise to enable guest access in Microsoft Teams. Although Teams was released earlier this year, it boasts over 125,000 users across 181 countries. Now, anyone with an Active Directory account across Microsoft commercial cloud services and third-party Azure AD integrated apps can be added as a guest in Teams.
Privacy and security should be at the top of mind for anyone using a computer. Generally, this means having a strong password or passphrase when you log on, possibly biometric security and 2FA as well, and encrypting data. But the hardware we use everyday can go a little further. HP's Elitebook x360 is an example of what can be done on the hardware side to protect your data.
Australians bought over 980,000 PCs over the second quarter of 2017 representing year-on-year growth of 3.3% according to research released by IDC. While the education and SMB sectors contracted slightly compared to the same period last year, consumer, government and enterprise buyers opened the check books and let the credit cards loose.
Atlassian has announced Stride - their new collaboration platform. While Hipchat has been around for a while they say Stride will be Atlassian's core communications and collaboration platform. The company says it will offer a zero-click upgrade path - part of what Atlassian's head of communication products Steve Goldsmith calls their guiding principle: "Don't F**k the Customer".
Artificial intelligence has been big news over the last year or so. While the idea of the technology is not new - Arthur C Clarke's HAL 9000 brought it to the fore back in 1968 when 2001: A Space Odyssey was released - we have reached a tipping point as the amount of data we have access to has exploded and the cloud has made vast amounts of computing power accessible. But we are only now starting to think about the real impacts of AI on business and society.
Skype for Business is joining the Microsoft Teams family, as the company marches forth on their quest to crack the enterprise collaboration nut. While Skype may have started life as a way to disrupt the traditional telco business, it's become a key tool for businesses wanting to connect distributed teams.
Google's Backup and Sync software will be taking over completely from Google Drive for PC/Mac later this year. Support for Google Drive will terminate on 11 December 2017 and the service will shut down completely on 12 March 2018. For G Suite admins, that means you’ll see settings in the Admin console for Drive File Stream. Google is turning Drive File Stream on today for all customers.
Performance reviews can be nerve-wracking, especially if you're not sure what you're going to hear from your boss. And if your manager has feedback for you that is more about your personality than your work, it can be tough to know how to respond. Here's how to handle personality-based feedback so you can move onto focusing on improving your work.
There are weeks where it seems like every piece of physics news mentions quantum computing — but we are nowhere near a quantum iPhone. You probably remember that computers can consist of billions of nanometre-scale transistors etched into silicon. Those chips used to be enormous, room-sized setups where instead of transistors, there were tubes the size of light bulbs. Physicists in the quantum computing world are still trying to pick out the best vacuum tubes.
Daniel Bergan is Westpac's lead on customer experience and has been at the forefront of the bank's recent technology transformation. Despite Westpac being around for 200 years, Bergan says the company has gone through many transformations. But the pace of change has accelerated recently. At the Verint Engage conference held in Melbourne on 6-7 September, he spoke about this transformation and how it impacts customer interactions.
I'm about to move house and one of the things I want to do is invest in some serious home automation. Not just remote switching - that's easy. I want real automation where I can press a button or say a command like "Goodnight" and all the lights tun off and curtains close. The trouble is systems like this, while available, have been quite expensive and tricky to install in older properties. And renters are pretty much left out of many home automation options. But the B-One Hub wants to change that. It's a multi-radio device that acts as a universal translator that can deal with thousands of different end-point devices.
I've spoken before about how bloatware still "infects" computers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US just handed Lenovo a significant smackdown over adware they pre-installed on PCs that made systems vulnerable.
You have problems, I have advice. This advice isn't sugar-coated — in fact, it's sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.
I know a lot of people who only use an electronic diary begrudgingly. They prefer the feel of pen and paper but the need to share diaries in the office or at home (my partner and I keep shared calendars for our social event and all the kids' activities) has forced them to an electronic solution. Moleskine, famous for their very expensive notebooks, teamed up earlier this year with Livescribe to deliver their Smart Writing Set, that combined a Livescribe Pen with a Paper Tablet and app. Later this month, they'll be adding a Smart Planner to the range.
I've been a big fan of Pixelmator for a while now. I have it installed on my Mac, iPad and iPhone and it's my preferred image editing app. It's not as feature-rich as Photoshop but it does the job for most of the tasks I need such as removing unwanted blemishes, cleaning up backgrounds and making minor edits. But the new Pixelmator Pro will take advantage of Apple's new Machine Learning capabilities.
Vodafone has added 16 new apps to their suite of ReadyApps. The suite of tools already includes Office 365, G Suite and a bunch of security and other online tools. The company says the are the only provider in Australia to give customers with 10 or more connections a dedicated, Australian-based Personal Account Manager.