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Epson expands mPOS range
Epson has expanded its line-up of mPOS devices to include the TM-m30II-NT. Aimed at those working in specialist shops, boutique outlets, small restaurants, bars, coffee shops, delis and food trucks, the new TM-m30II-NT’s key feature is network tethering, allowing the printer to provide an internet connection to the tablet over cable. Not having to rely on Wi-Fi means potential connection drop-outs are avoided so orders can be processed effectively, minimising errors and offering the best customer service.

Key features include: standard paper near-end sensor which allows monitoring of paper low status; sync and charge for tablet device connection, allows tablet to be powered and print data over a single cable; network tethering allows sharing of LAN connection with the connected tablet over cable e.g. for stable internet connection without Wi-Fi dropouts; two USB A ports allow simple peripheral connection alongside tablet sync and charge connection; and access and control of the peripherals from applications via the ePOS device.

 SHARP NEC_EA242F_application
SHARP NEC_EA242F_application

Desktop displays for office and home environments
Sharp NEC Display Solutions Europe has introduced the 27-inch NEC MultiSync EA272F and 24-inch NEC MultiSync NEC EA242F desktop displays. With a built-in USB-C port, users can meet all their data, video, audio, power and USB connection needs without taking up unnecessary desk space.

Both displays power workstation and notebook devices through a single 65W USB-C connector cable, with no docking station required.

Users can also easily set up multiple displays using DisplayPort-out to Daisy-chain displays together, with no need for additional cabling. One can still enjoy the full flexibility by connecting devices via HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, USB and audio making both models the ideal companion for a dual-screen desk set-up.User comfort is provided by the displays’ full height adjustment, tilt, pivot and swivel supporting customised personal set-up. The screens’ built-in, low blue light technologies also guard against eye fatigue without compromising on colour performance.

 Konica bizhub
Konica bizhub

Multifunctional A3 colour system
Konica Minolta’s new bizhub C257i A3 colour multifunctional printer provides the full IT capability of other i-Series products, but as an entry-level model it is attractive to companies with smaller budgets.

The colour A3 MFP is connected to Konica Minolta MarketPlace, which is preinstalled on the device. This allows users to securely access, implement and manage a wide range of cloud-based services and applications quickly and easily, even without IT skills. With Open API support, the bizhub C257i can also be easily integrated into existing document workflows with several server-based or device-based print and scan applications.

With an intuitive smartphone-style user interface, the bizhub C257i screen provides easy access to all basic settings and touch navigation, for a convenient and effective user experience. The device is also equipped with a large number of sensors enabling self-diagnosis and use of the Konica Minolta Remote Service Platform, minimising downtime and ensuring uninterrupted use. Consumables such as toner are delivered proactively, and a maintenance technician can be called automatically when needed. The BitDefender anti-virus solution has been embedded in the firmware and monitors all scanned files and transferred documents in real-time and the device can be equipped with bizhub SECURE, a special function for MFPs on which different security levels can be set to ensure the security of office devices and protect device memory and network settings.

Konica Minolta has also expanded its A4 mono bizhub i-Series portfolio with the launch of the bizhub 4750i, bizhub 4050i MFPs and bizhub 4700i printer.

Nutanix extends storage services to cloud
Nutanix has announced new hybrid cloud capabilities for its unstructured data storage offerings, Objects and Files. With these advanced features, Nutanix customers can now deploy an easy-to-use, scale out storage fabric across their different cloud environments to simplify data management and effectively manage costs – moving IT teams ever closer to a true hybrid cloud operating model.

These storage-focused enhancements build on the recent launch of Nutanix Clusters, which supports Nutanix’s hyperconverged infrastructure software running in AWS and, in the future, Microsoft Azure. The company continues to enable its technology to run in any cloud, while embracing a common operating model to streamline IT management and provide organisations the flexibility to run every application in the cloud of their choice.Specifically, the new features offer customers: Cloud Tiering for Objects Storage; Hybrid Cloud File Storage and Simplified Disaster Recovery.