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HP Unveils Smartest Ink Tank Printer

New HP Smart Tank 700 Series designed for those who care about the environment and want to print sustainably without compromising on speed, affordability, or quality

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HP Inc. has introduced the innovative HP Smart Tank 700 series to help families and small business owners stay productive and creative while working and learning from home.

The new series offers a seamless and versatile printing experience that does not compromise on the speed, affordability, or quality.

“We know that 68% of new printer purchases are made to work and learn from home, but it’s tough on everyone. Kids, parents and small business owners alike need smarter devices that are easy-to-use, affordable, and versatile that will accommodate their everyday printing needs,” says Xavier Garcia, GM and Global Head, Print Hardware Systems, HP.

“The Smart Tank 700 series provides an excellent printing experience with high-quality prints.”

Building on HP’s long history of developing products with sustainability in mind, the HP Smart Tank 700 Series is HP’s first ink tank printer to be made from over 25% recycled plastic.

The HP Smart Tank 700 Series has several key features including a smart experience. Users can easily manage tasks with a magic touch panel that appears only when needed and smart-guided lighting for an intuitive experience.

It also has seamless integrated display and tank lights make it easy to see ink levels in situations where ink is running low, so you are less likely to run out.

The HP Smart Tank 700 series also delivers worry-free performance with a quick and easy set-up through the HP Smart App.

Users also get to save money as they get up to two years of ink – perfect for low-cost, high-volume daily printing, with up to 18,000 black or 8,000 colour pages included.

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Smart productivity is another of the printer’s features as users save time and paper when printing everyday documents with automatic two-sided printing.

There’s also a reliable self-healing dual-band Wi-Fi®3. The product will be available in Nigeria from November this year.

 

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Workz Unveils World’s First Open eSIM Platform

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Workz Group, a mobile IoT solutions provider, has launched Multi-eSIM Hub (MeSH), the first multi-tenant eSIM management platform that enables mobile network operators (MNOs) to manage the eSIM lifecycle across any mix of vendors, clients, entities, or locations, through a single platform.

Before now, eSIM platforms operated as closed systems, otherwise known as walled gardens, making a multi-partner or multi-system approach difficult to implement without considerable investment.

With MeSH, MNOs can enjoy enhanced capabilities from their existing eSIM management platform creating the opportunity to fluidly add multiple tenants, platforms, sites, or sales channels without the extra time and cost of setting up additional systems.

Being a platform-agnostic solution, MNOs are also able to extend their multi-vendor procurement strategy to eSIM and capitalise on improved competitiveness, business continuity and geo-redundancy by utilising more than one vendor’s system.

The system allows MNOs to orchestrate all eSIM subscriptions from one place with a common interface for real-time monitoring, billing and reporting for both consumer and M2M users.

Comprising of GSMA SAS-certified hosted site and software, it is available as an on-premise or cloud set up through Workz’ datacentres in Dubai, Paris and soon, Virginia, USA.

CEO of Workz Group, Tor Malmros said, “Today’s eSIM platforms require telcos to make a heavy capital investment but are highly restrictive in terms of additional tenants and systems integration.

“MeSH offers the next generation of eSIM management where MNOs can unlock new possibilities and get far more return from their current platform.”

Counterpoint Research estimates that eSIM devices such as smartphones, watches, tablets, cars, and utility meters will grow from 1 billion in 2020 to more than 6 billion by 2025.

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Workz has been identified by market reports as one of the world’s top five leaders in eSIM technology and is one of a few providers in the world to be fully accredited by the GSMA to manage the complete embedded SIM lifecycle.

 

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Mitel Collaborates With Mart Network For Mobility, Remote Working Solutions In Africa

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Mitel, a business communication technology leader has partnered with Mart Network, a value-added distributor, to launch remote working and mobility solutions in the region.

The two announced the new partnership during the Mitel Symposium 2021 held on Friday last week in Nairobi, Kenya.

Following disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the company is investing in demand generation using various tools such as tele- calling, social media, and webinars to align more with the latest market trends.

Whereas the pandemic has affected virtually all sectors of the economy, notable changes have taken place in the area of IT spending.

According to leading marketing research agencies, in the pre-Covid days, spending was more on areas such as government, finance, manufacturing, utilities and transport.

But with Covid-19 having ushered in a new normal, spending has shifted from these traditional verticals to two major ones: healthcare and education.

With the global pandemic, IT firms and providers are experiencing heightened demand for a scalable Unified Communication as a Service (UCaaS) portfolio to serve their remote workforce.

“Right now, there is a need for flexible home working solutions. The market is ripe for collaborative communication and remote working solutions, smart digital workspaces as well as endpoint security and management solutions,” said Mr Asif Khan, Channel Director, Middle East and Africa (MEA).

These collaborative solutions include mobile apps that can be tied directly into organisations’ workspaces, as today’s technology is geared towards remote working, collaborative efforts and enhancing online presence.

“Healthcare, education, hospitality, contact centre, SME and mid-market, as well as cloud business, will be the key focus areas for Mitel this year. We create our marketing strategy built around those segments to effectively communicate with our end customers and partners”, said Mr Khan.

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The partnership comes at a time when Unified Communication (UC) service providers are experiencing demand for a scalable UCaaS portfolio, which comes at a low cost with a strong presence in instant messaging, mobility and conferencing services.

Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) in the region will also focus on the mid-market and small-to-medium business segments to expand and reduce the dependency on large enterprises.

“Mart Networks has a place for every vendor represented in the collaboration space. Our role is to understand the customer’s business and create a seamless value proposition throughout the collaboration value chain,” Said Moiz Maloo, CEO of Mart Networks.

The main driving force behind UCaaS is mobility. Employees today are no longer restricted to traditional office spaces and prefer to work from home and on the go. As such, UCaaS assumes new importance in the organization to stay connected with employees, as the landscape of the traditional office environment changes dramatically.

 

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Microsoft Partners LinkedIn For Hybrid Work Experience

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As organizations across the globe navigate the challenges and opportunities of hybrid work, Microsoft and LinkedIn have announced several new features and product innovations to help companies transition to hybrid work.

The two organizations have come together to help their employees and their customers as they transform for hybrid work and reimagine everything from meetings that transcend space and time to a digital employee experience that everyone can access from anywhere – right in the flow of their work.

“Right now, every leader is grappling with how to have effective hybrid meetings, often with limited equipment and resources.

“Hybrid meetings are an entirely new kind of meeting and require rethinking how we approach and conduct them to ensure we’re putting every attendee on equal footing, no matter where they’re sitting,” says Satya Nadella, the Microsoft CEO in a statement.

As a way of taking the hybrid meeting experience to the next level, Microsoft announced new Microsoft Teams Rooms innovations featuring a new category of intelligent cameras that support AI-powered active speaker tracking, multiple video streams that allow in-room participants to be placed in their own video pane, and people recognition.

In addition, and in a bid to make remote presentations more engaging, Microsoft announced the launch of cameo, a new PowerPoint experience that integrates the Teams camera feed into a presentation to allow the presenter to customize how and where they want to appear on the screen with their slides.

Planning and understanding who will be attending and how they will attend is also key, and Microsoft announced a new Outlook RSVP feature that lets people specify whether they will attend in person or remotely.

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“The redesigned Working hours will allow users to include work schedule specifics directly in their calendar, so others can know when and where you’ll be working as we adjust to more flexible work hours and locations.

“At Microsoft, we believe that hybrid work is the future of work and that, to empower their people to succeed in hybrid, business leaders will need to reimagine their organizations with a new operating model for people, places, and processes,” Nadella said.

On its part, and as a way of helping employers and hiring managers adapt to this new world of work, LinkedIn is rolling out new fields within job postings where organizations can now signal if the open job is remote, hybrid or on-site, helping job seekers search and discover jobs that align with how they want to work.

And coming soon, LinkedIn will also have a way for companies to share how they are approaching the future of work on their company page including vaccination requirements if they plan to go back to an office, stay remote or go hybrid.

LinkedIn has also made nearly 40 LinkedIn Learning courses free until Oct. 9, 2021, so that LinkedIn members and HR pros can build critical skills that are crucial to thriving in today’s workplace – be it in-person, remote or hybrid.

“Whether you’re looking to support your team through the transition to hybrid work or be the kind of manager no one wants to leave, these courses can help you lead through change,” says Ryan Roslansky, the CEO of LinkedIn.

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LinkedIn has also announced that its skill-building platform, LinkedIn Learning Hub, will be enhanced to help companies build their employees’ skills through personalized content, community-based learning and skill-development insights that will inform their overall learning and development strategy.

“People are rediscovering how they find meaning and purpose in their lives and at work and responding by seeking out new opportunities. Leaders, meanwhile, are facing new challenges in retaining and reskilling their people to meet the demands of our new world of work,” says Roslansky.

To better understand how employers are thinking about navigating this new world of work, LinkedIn surveyed more than 500 C-level executives in the U.S. and U.K. Top of mind for executives is the same thing on the minds of employees – flexibility.

With 87% of people saying they would prefer to stay remote at least half the time, a majority of employers are adapting: 81% of leaders are changing their workplace policies to offer greater flexibility.

 

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