Week Ending: 25th September - A Roundup in I.T. & Tech News

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With the new Covid-19 restrictions coming in to play this week, it’s been an unsettling week for some. While the country’s been awash with negative news, the world of Tech and I.T. never fails to bring us some exciting new developments.

In this week’s blog we take a further look into Microsoft’s new 85-inch Surface Hub 2S, we explore the AI trends for 2021 and take a look at the new iOS 14 update for Apple and what we can expect.

Let’s bring you up to date.

Microsoft releases its largest Surface Hub 2S with a choice of operating systems

Microsoft has launched its 85-inch version of its new Surface Hub 2S which is now available for pre-order. It can run on either the Windows 10 Team OS or using Windows 10 Pro or Windows 10 Enterprise.

Due to the pandemic, Microsoft’s timetable for the launch was delayed. However, the timing couldn’t be better, with many people still working from home and virtual conferences increasing, it allows more companies to have meetings online. Not coming cheap however, the new 85-inch Surface Hub 2S is priced at $21,999.

Robin Seiler, the corporate vice president of Microsoft said:

“As many parts of the world move back to the office or plan for new hybrid and satellite work environments, Surface Hub will be there to ease that transition–even with new considerations in space planning like the need for social distancing.”

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic means we are constantly having to adjust our ways of working, making offices safe for returning to work as well as keeping social distancing at the forefront of our minds. With new technology like the 85-inch Surface Hub 2S this is becoming easier to do, allowing remote working to be as efficient as being in the office. Even after the pandemic, this new technology will allow companies that have multiple offices be able to connect and work effectively.

Discover more here.

iOS 14: What’s new for enterprise IT?

Apple’s newest update has introduced numerous enhancements, including new tools mobile device management (MDM) vendors can exploit. Many of the updates may seem small, but for Apple users this has been a blessing, being able to choose which web browser and email app they want to use being just one of many perks.

Apple have made the setup more efficient, there’s nothing worse than getting a new phone and having to go through a lengthy set up process. The newest update allows you to skip unnecessary steps; if you do not have an Apple Watch just skip that step!

Another useful update is the improved VPN configuration, meaning admins can configure systems with VPM settings for specific and default apps. Apple has also improved managed aps so admins can now enable permissions to allow end-users to remove them from their devices if they aren’t required.

These are just a few of the many additions Apple has released in their iOS 14 update, if you’d like to see all of them you can do so here.

The 4 Top Artificial Intelligence Trends For 2021

Artificial intelligence (AI), and specifically the branch of AI known as machine learning (ML), were causing disruption in almost every industry even before the pandemic. But as the COVID-19 pandemic has progressed it has become more apparent that self-teaching algorithms and smart machines will play a big part.

This week, Forbes released its predictions for AI in 2021, exploring how it will continue to change how we live, work and play in the near future. We discover at some of them here.

Analysing and interpreting data is key to finding solutions on the spread of viruses around the world and how we can effectively deal with pandemics. AI will be added to the list of technological developments that are enabling us to continue the growth of care. With machine learning dealing with massive datasets we will be able to spot outbreaks more easily.

Another related growth area will be facial recognition technology. Being able to track individuals that display symptoms within a crowd allows us to act quicker with testing and isolating.

Understanding the new normal in how customers behave online will be easier with the new AI tools and platforms and providing companies with self-service access to this technology will become increasingly prevalent throughout 2021.

Find out more here.

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