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Acer ConceptD 7 Ezel review: A multi-mode creator laptop with impressive GPU performance

zdnet news - Tue, 02/23/2021 - 13:25
The versatile display and impressive performance of Acer's ConceptD 7 Ezel will have a lot of appeal for designers who need a powerful digital drawing board that’s suitable for working at home or in the office.

30,000 Macs infected with new Silver Sparrow malware

zdnet all blogs - Mon, 02/22/2021 - 12:58
Silver Sparrow can even run on systems with Apple's new M1 chip.
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Microsoft Teams or Zoom? A salesman offers his stunning verdict

zdnet all blogs - Sun, 02/21/2021 - 18:00
If you thought the two videoconferencing tools were more or less the same, listen to those who sometimes have to spend more than eight hours a day on video calls.
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Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick

Os-voip - Sat, 02/20/2021 - 03:19

Insights from neuroscience suggest that arts education can play additional important roles in how children learn.

The post Using Arts Education to Help Other Lessons Stick appeared first on Sacramento Waldorf School.

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Nomad brings MagSafe to case lineup: Bests Apple leather case with 10-foot drop protection

zdnet news - Fri, 02/19/2021 - 21:30
With support for Apple's MagSafe technology, Nomad's Horween leather cases offer a compelling alternative to Apple's leather case at the same price.

Ask Your Developer, book review: How to prosper in a ‘build or die’ business landscape

zdnet news - Thu, 02/18/2021 - 14:28
Digital transformation is as much about the business as it is about the technology. Better communication with ‘software people’ could bring the two together, argues Twilio CEO Jeff Lawson.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold review: An innovative shape-shifting tablet/laptop

zdnet news - Wed, 02/17/2021 - 18:13
As a proof-of-concept for folding screens, Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Fold is exemplary. But as an everyday convertible tablet/laptop it's expensive and under-specified, with too many usability compromises.

Incipio and Survivor cases for Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: Dual-layer and compostable options

zdnet news - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 19:21
Wrapping your expensive phone in a case is a good way to provide extra protection. Dual-layers, enhanced grip, and even cases you can easily recycle are available from Incipio and Survivor.

Gear4 and InvisibleShield for Galaxy S21 Ultra: Impact protection and anti-microbial treatment

zdnet news - Sun, 02/14/2021 - 00:28
ZAGG has Gear4 case options and InvisibleShield screen protection for the new Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G. Various levels of drop protection are provided in different case models.

Microsoft Outlook is quietly making a change that may cause big trouble

zdnet all blogs - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 18:42
Does anyone want this? Does anyone need this? Perhaps they do. Somewhere. Somewhere where there are no business emails.
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Samsung Galaxy S21 Speck Presidio cases: Drop and antimicrobial protection

zdnet news - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 18:21
Speck cases are designed to help you hold onto your phone and if you happen to drop it then the case is there to aid in the likelihood of survival. 13-feet drop protection and Microban treatment for reducing bacteria growth are part of each Presidio case.

Laptops we love: Most ZDNet writers prefer this notebook above all others

zdnet all blogs - Fri, 02/12/2021 - 18:00
The daily productivity drivers of ZDNet's editors and writers come in every platform -- Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome. If you spend hours daily banging away at a keyboard, you'll want to consider these favorite models.
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Buyer’s Guide: Business IP Phone Systems

DigiumBlogs - Thu, 02/11/2021 - 21:00

There’s a wealth of information for buyers looking at business IP phone systems, and it can get confusing to understand the different options available. To start learning more about the basics of IP phones, business IP phone systems, and VoIP, read through this helpful article.

What is an IP Phone?

IP phones, also known as VoIP phones, look similar in appearance to traditional desk phones but are far more advanced. Like small computers, all the on-board features are applications, and the user can customize the display and buttons.

IP phones are wired using Ethernet cables and connect to an IP-based phone system. In contrast, traditional desk phones use an analog cable and typically connect to analog or legacy digital phone systems. IP phones are powerful because they use an Internet protocol called SIP (Session Initiation Protocol) to send and receive audio.

To explore Sangoma IP Phones, click here.

What are the benefits of a business IP phone system?

In the modern office, business IP phone systems are widely used. There has been a significant advancement in IP telephony, making it the most desired way of business communication. Some of the top benefits include:

  1. Flexible and scalable with plug-and-play installation and simple integration with other systems
  2. More robust feature set for better customer service and productivity
  3. Using your existing infrastructure is more cost-effective.
  4. Simple installation and use for remote employees
  5. Built-in backup plan

Click here to read more on the benefits of an IP phone system.

Flexible Hosting Options: On-Premise and Cloud Phone Systems

Business IP phone systems can be hosted on-premise, in the Cloud, or a virtual environment. Each solution type carries its own set of unique advantages and disadvantages. The decision on how to deploy your VoIP system should only be taken after a detailed analysis, keeping in mind all your requirements. You should consider:

  1. Cost: Feature cost, upfront vs. recurring cost, and total cost of ownership
  2. Existing infrastructure
  3. Scalability
  4. Flexibility of deployment
  5. Redundancy
  6. Security
  7. The Cool Factor

Download Sangoma’s guide to help you identify and prioritize your needs and guide you through the pros and cons of each deployment method.

For a quick overview, download the hosted vs. on-premise infographic.

How to Switch to VoIP

  1. Prepare your network infrastructure: Unified Communications (UC) solutions can be utilized with Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems and bring many benefits to businesses, including reduced IT costs and the ability to integrate business processes such as chat, presence, screen, and video sharing, CRM and support functions, and more. However, the role of networking is crucial during migration to VoIP/UC.

Download this white paper to learn helpful tips for preparing your network for a VoIP/UC deployment; click here.

  1. Test if your internet connection is strong enough for VoIP: If you’re considering a VoIP phone system for your business or organization, you’re probably well aware of the many benefits a VoIP phone system has to offer. Bandwidth is a series of essential aspects of your VoIP phone system setup that is critical for success. To help you determine how much bandwidth you will need to support a new phone system, users can use the following equation:
  • G711 – A standard VoIP call protocol requires approximately 64kbps.
  • Using G711, you can have approximately 12 concurrent calls for each 1Mbps of bandwidth.
  • So, if your company needs to support 120 concurrent calls, you’d need a 10Mbp service.

To test your current Internet speed for free, check out our VoIP Network Test tool. It will provide you with an easy-to-read report that will help you determine whether your services will support a voice platform or whether you should consider an upgrade.

To read the full article, click here.

  1. Find the right VoIP provider: Now that you understand what VoIP is, the next step is to figure out your business requirements. To do that, however, you will have to start by identifying your organization’s business communications needs.

Once you have identified your operational needs, you can start to look for VoIP providers that can meet your requirements. There are different types of VoIP providers in the marketplace that generally fall under three categories: VoIP-only providers, VoIP with cloud phone system providers, and VoIP as part of unified communications solution providers. The third option addresses the most common business communications needs while improving efficiency by combining solutions in one platform.

“Sangoma’s UC platforms can be augmented with a range of hardware and accessories designed to provide the tightest possible integration with our phone system software. Customers no longer have to purchase software, system appliances, phones, and other hardware from separate sources. With Sangoma, customers can expect a complete custom solution, all from one vendor.”

  1. Know the key features your VoIP provider is offering: Even if a VoIP provider meets all your business communications requirements, you must ensure the provider’s reliability and security features. Securing a network is never a trivial task and requires ongoing attention as threats evolve.

It is essential to understand the protection features of a business phone system. Toll fraud is a costly lesson to learn and can cost businesses a lot of money over a short period. 

A sound business phone system should:

  • Limit the amount of call traffic a hacker can create
  • Lockdown extensions from specific IP addresses or subnet ranges
  • Change the default port for SIP.

Learn more about Sangoma’s VoIP security best practices to download our free white paper, click here.

  1. Research the VoIP Provider: You should always read about the VoIP provider’s background, case studies, and reviews to find the market position of the brand.

Frost and Sullivan have chosen Sangoma to receive their North American Unified Communications and Collaboration Competitive Strategy Leadership Award for our UC products and what we’ve been doing to bring them forward. To read more, click here.

The post Buyer’s Guide: Business IP Phone Systems appeared first on Sangoma.

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Jomise K7 dash cam review: Compact in-car monitoring with some cool app features

zdnet news - Wed, 02/10/2021 - 23:23
The Jomise K7 is a decent dash cam with some clever additional features like green light alerts and electronic fence alerts.

Dynabook Portégé X30W-J-10C review: A featherweight 2-in-1 with all-day battery life

zdnet news - Tue, 02/09/2021 - 20:57
The Portégé X30W-J is a sub-1kg convertible 13.3-inch laptop that functions well in tablet mode. The keyboard features large, easy-to-hit keys, but suffers from issues surrounding flex, key action and noise.

diskAshur M2, hands on: A sturdy and secure SSD, with a frustrating user interface

zdnet news - Tue, 02/09/2021 - 17:10
Combining features from earlier SSD and USB stick models, the diskAshur M2 offers strong security in a rugged chassis, at a price.

Advanced SystemCare Free

zdnet all blogs - Mon, 02/08/2021 - 08:01
Advanced SystemCare is an all-in-one yet easy-to-use software to clean, optimize, speed up, and protect your PC and privacy. The powerful...
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Spigen cases for the Samsung Galaxy S21 series: Affordable prices, professional looks

zdnet news - Sun, 02/07/2021 - 18:21
Spigen offers a wide range of case options for the new Galaxy S21 series with prices ranging from $19.99 to $39.99. All the cases are available in black with a couple subtle color options so they look great in the office.

Best iPhone 12 case in 2021

zdnet news - Fri, 02/05/2021 - 23:50
One compelling aspect of the Apple iPhone is the vast assortment of case offerings that appear after the annual release of new phones. There a thin cases, protective cases, leather cases, MagSafe-compatible cases, and more and these are some of our favorites.

A Microsoft engineer found a brilliant way to fix a big Teams problem

zdnet all blogs - Fri, 02/05/2021 - 19:46
Videoconferencing has been thrust upon humanity in an urgent manner. The details were never worked out. In steps a very clever Microsoft engineer.
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