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Bang & Olufsen and Cisco Premium Business Headset Targets Hybrid Workforce

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Hybrid work has increased the need for high-quality multifunctional headsets, as remote workers seek to reduce background noise from remote workspaces or simply enjoy music while on the go. In light of this, Bang & Olufsen and Cisco have announced the creation of the Bang & Olufsen Cisco 980, a luxury business headset that pairs Bang & Olufsen’s unique combination of timeless design, unrivaled craftsmanship, and powerful sound with Cisco’s integrated meeting controls, Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation, and frictionless IT management capabilities to ensure long-lasting, secure communications.

“Clear and seamless audio is essential for the hybrid work environment,” said Osama Al-Zoubi, CTO for Cisco Middle East and Africa. “We’re thrilled to work with the leaders in luxury audio solutions, Bang & Olufsen, to bring to market the highest quality audio device for business – combining high-end aesthetic, complete functionality and fantastic quality.”

“We are excited to join forces with Cisco and build on the strengths of both brands,” said Kristian Teär, CEO Bang & Olufsen. “Today, customers want a product they can use at home, at work, or in transition – and look and feel good when using it. We’re integrating Cisco’s industry leading technologies with our renowned capabilities within sound, design, and craftsmanship to create the ultimate audio product for the hybrid world.”

Key features of the Bang & Olufsen Cisco 980 include:

  • Enhanced capabilities for business: With Bluetooth 5.1, Webex integrations, voice prompts and convenient on-ear call controls that allow users to easily mute, answer or end calls, the Bang & Olufsen Cisco 980 offers industry-leading connectivity and functionality.
  • Crystal clear communication: Elevate and enhance calls, meetings, video and music experiences with premium acoustics and audio, including beamforming microphone arrays that create a Virtual Boom Arm and help to power Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation providing a more immersive listening experience. Rich, immersive audio helps users feel as if they are in person and excellent noise canceling lets users focus on the task at hand.
  • Lasting comfort and timeless design: The headset is designed to provide unmatched comfort. The Bang & Olufsen Cisco 980 is crafted in a lightweight structure that has been carefully engineered with high-end materials to ensure a stable, enduring fit for all-day use.
  • Enterprise-grade management and security: IT administrators can easily deploy, manage, and view real-time analytics of the Bang & Olufsen Cisco 980 – all from a single platform. It also provides enterprise-grade hardware and software protection to help calls and conversations stay secure.

The Bang & Olufsen Cisco 980 will be available to order starting early 2022 at the Cisco suggested price of $549.

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Nothing Launches Phone (2a) Special Edition at GITEX Africa

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Nothing today announced at GITEX Africa the Phone (2a) Special Edition, a story of colour told through its latest smartphone. From its design identity to its collaborative approach with the Nothing community, transparency lives at the brand’s core. The idea is to distil things down to their most basic, yet beautiful form. The Nothing Industrial Design Team in King’s Cross, London has applied this notion to colour to highlight red, yellow and blue for a unique new colourway.

Phone (2a) Special Edition celebrates primary colours and their place within Nothing’s brand identity. The new smartphone is the first time that all three colours have been used in one piece of Nothing hardware. Previously red has been used in the right earbud of all Nothing audio products, the yellow in the new Ear (a) and most recently blue was revealed in Phone (2a) Blue – but until now, never have all three colours lived in one home.

“We are very happy to unveil Phone (2a) Special Edition. The first product to explore our palette of the primary colours; red, blue and yellow. Its overall aesthetic references some of our design heroes from the past, whilst creating a new expression for a smartphone. Elevating a functional device into a striking piece of ar,” said Adam Bates, Design Director at Nothing.

The Special Edition builds on everything the Phone (2a) was praised for at launch. It features impressive performance driven by the MediaTek Dimensity 7200 Pro processor, a fast and smooth Nothing OS, and a long-lasting 5,000 mAh battery. The device boasts a 6.7” flexible AMOLED display, an impressive dual 50 MP rear camera, and showcases Nothing’s unique design through its hardware and The Glyph Interface.

Phone (2a) brought excitement to the market, selling 100,000 units in a matter of hours. Since launch, the Nothing software team has rolled out 13 updates to fine-tune camera performance including optimising colour consistency in the main wide-angle sensor, improving portrait brightness in HDR scenes and smoothening camera app opening performance.

Phone (2a), and its predecessors, offer industry-first ChatGPT integration when paired with any Nothing or CMF by Nothing audio product. Additionally, new ChatGPT widgets have been introduced for fast and easy access from your smartphone home screen. Earlier this month, Nothing announced that Phone (2a) users can now access the Android 15 Developer Preview.

Phone (2a) Special Edition is available in a 12RAM+256GB model (AED 1,399 / SAR 1,549 / KWD 118) in a special bundle with the CMF Buds and CMF Adaptor (65W). It will be available in limited stock, exclusively at Sharaf DG outlets in the UAE, Jarir Bookstore in Saudi Arabia and at Xcite in Kuwait.

Customers in Saudi Arabia can also get the CMF Watch Pro for an exclusive offer of SAR99, from the original price of SAR 279. Phone (2a) will be available for customers to purchase with the retailers mentioned above from the 5th of June in UAE, the 10th of June in Saudi Arabia, and the 11th of June in Kuwait.

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Dell Intros Comprehensive Portfolio of Copilot+ AI PCs

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As part of the Dell AI Factory’s growing AI devices and infrastructure offerings, Dell expands its broad portfolio of AI PCs and workstations with the leading number of Copilot+ PCs powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus. The brand-new class of devices transforms the AI PC experience with extraordinary performance and battery life, upleveled productivity and powerful security. Dell’s five new laptops, XPS 13, Inspiron 14 Plus, Inspiron 14, Latitude 7455 and Latitude 5455, offer a range of consumer and commercial options that deliver exceptional speed and AI performance to elevate computing and simplify tasks.

With AI processing locally on the device across the custom-integrated Qualcomm Oryon CPU, GPU and neural processing unit (NPU), Dell’s new AI PCs offer:

  1. Groundbreaking battery life.
  2. 45 trillion operations per second (TOPS) of performance on the NPU, to run AI tasks more efficiently.
  3. Instantaneous results when searching your own content using on-device Copilot.

Built for AI, the XPS 13 is the first XPS to feature Copilot+ powered by Snapdragon X Elite. The already iconic laptop now has powerful on-device AI that delivers cutting-edge responsiveness and impressive speed for navigating demanding workloads and freeing up time to be more creative, all the while extending time away from the outlet. XPS 13 is Dell’s thinnest and lightest XPS and now has an all-day battery life of up to 27 hours, suitable for everyday productivity and content creation.

Consumers can also choose from two new Inspiron AI laptops with exceptional battery life, ideal for students and multitaskers. Both Inspiron 14 Plus (available in ice blue) and Inspiron 14 (available in titan grey) are crafted with lightweight, low emissions aluminium and are energy efficient with an EPEAT Gold rating.

Inspiron 14 Plus features the Snapdragon X Plus platform with up to 15 hours of battery life, enabling a faster and more efficient experience. The device offers an upleveled video and audio experience with quad speakers and a QHD+ display with 400nit brightness. Inspiron 14 is powered by Snapdragon X Plus and provides an easy-to-use platform with features like voice commands and a mechanical privacy shutter for extra security.

New Latitude AI laptops with Copilot+ feature Qualcomm Snapdragon X Elite 12-core and Snapdragon Plus 10-core processors, packing game-changing performance and exceptional battery life for today’s busy worker. Users can operate efficiently and smoothly throughout the day without needing to charge, staying productive no matter where they work.

The Latitude 7455 is a premium AI laptop with up to 21 hours of battery life stacked with a stunning 14-inch QHD+ touch display, quad speakers with AI noise reduction, Qualcomm FastConnect Wi-Fi 7 and optional 5G for greater connectivity and collaboration. As Dell’s thinnest Latitude laptop ever, team members have the mobile form factor they need for productivity at the desk or on the go. The all-aluminium chassis is built with a combination of low emissions and recycled aluminium.

The Latitude 5455 packs performance in a mainstream AI business laptop option with a 16:10 FHD+ display and dual speakers. Multiple layers of hardware and firmware security features also protect the Latitudes, from rigorous controls at the supply chain to keep defenses at the BIOS level. Beyond the device, new Dell Implementation Services for Microsoft Copilot solutions rapidly enable more efficient ways of working across the entire organization, reducing risk and preparing the right users to fully adopt Copilot technologies.

Dell’s Copilot+ PCs take productivity, creativity and communication a step further. With new exclusive AI experiences powered by Snapdragon X Series platforms, users can take back time in their day and focus on the tasks that matter most. Recall remembers everything you’ve done on your device and stores it securely on your PC, not in the cloud, making it quick and easy to pick up where you left off. Easily search for files and applications you were working on weeks ago using the natural and descriptive language of what you remember to quickly get back to work.

Using Cocreator, you can create AI-generated images using a combination of descriptive words and your brushstrokes. You can iterate the image in real-time to make it exactly as you like for when you need visuals for a PPT presentation or want to unlock your kids’ creativity. Live Captions adds the ability to translate any live or pre-recorded audio from 44 languages to English, making it even more seamless to connect with friends and colleagues on video calls.

New Windows Studio effects adjust lighting and offer new creative filters to enhance call collaboration.
Auto Super Resolution uses AI to upscale your videos and games in real time for smooth streaming and gameplay. Complete the AI ecosystem with one of two new keyboards, featuring a dedicated Copilot key for quick access to Copilot, the everyday AI companion.

The Dell Silent Keyboard and Mouse (KM555) – ideal for open office environments – they provide silent typing, clicking, scrolling and gliding, in a space-saving compact design and offers up to 36 months of battery life.
The Dell Wired Collaboration Keyboard (KB525C), the world’s first wired collaboration keyboard for Zoom and Microsoft Teams, features dedicated keys designed for seamless performance during conference calls including microphone mute/unmute, video on/off, screen share and chat.

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Acer Launches its First Copilot+ PC, the Swift 14 AI Laptop

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Acer today launched its first Copilot+ PC with the Swift 14 AI laptop, in collaboration with Microsoft and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., ushering in a new AI era with brand new user experiences and AI capabilities on Windows 11. The Swift 14 AI has multiple device models, powered by Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus platforms, and both feature one of the world’s fastest NPUs for laptops to enable on-device AI processing. Users can streamline everyday tasks with smarter PC functions and tackle complex workloads more effectively.

“Engineered for AI from the inside out, the Swift 14 AI is the first among many Acer Copilot+ PCs to come,” said Jerry Kao, COO, Acer Inc. “These next-generation AI PCs see significant leaps in AI processing power, unlocking brand new experiences that we know users will love.”

“It’s exciting to collaborate with Acer to bring AI technology to its Windows PC range of devices from sleek ultrabooks to powerful gaming rigs. Our collaboration has been crucial in delivering productive and secure PCs that cater to a broad spectrum of customers while also balancing style and performance with affordability, making technology accessible to a wider audience while also focusing on sustainability. With Acer’s launch of its Copilot+ PC, the Swift 14 AI laptop, we will bring new AI experiences to life for customers, taking advantage of on-device and cloud AI to empower individuals and organizations to achieve more,” states Mark Linton, VP Device Partner Sales, Microsoft Corp.

“The Swift 14 AI is a remarkable device that demonstrates the power, performance and intelligence capabilities of the Snapdragon X Elite platform,” said Kedar Kondap, Senior Vice President & General Manager of Compute & Gaming, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Powered by the world’s fastest NPU for laptops and high-performance CPU cores, the Swift 14 AI delivers groundbreaking AI, enhanced productivity and creativity, making Acer’s new device a game-changer in the world of AI-enabled laptops.”

The Snapdragon X Series processors are built for AI and are designed to be among the most powerful, intelligent, and power efficient processors created for Windows in its class today. The new Acer Swift 14 AI, powered by Snapdragon X Elite, features 12 high-performance CPU cores on a 4nm process node, integrated Qualcomm Adreno GPU of 3.8 TFLOPS, and Qualcomm Hexagon NPU capable of 45 TOPS. It is also equipped with up to 32 GB LPDDR5X-8533 memory and up to 1 TB NVMe PCIe Gen 4 SSD to enhance system performance and navigate demanding multi-tasking workloads across productivity, creativity, and immersive entertainment scenarios without sacrificing power. Paired with the hundreds of premium apps that are optimized for Arm-compatible architecture, Snapdragon X Elite and Snapdragon X Plus processors enable user experiences that run smoothly and efficiently.

The new Swift 14 AI has been optimized with powerful AI, unlocking new productivity, creativity, and communication experiences. With Recall, users can easily find anything they have seen on their PC by simply describing the clues they remember. With an explorable timeline, users can easily scroll across time to get back to apps, documents, or messages they previously used. Live Captions with live translations provides automatic speech captions and conducts translations in real-time of any live or pre-recorded video from 44 languages into English.

To spark imagination and creative abilities, visual or written prompts can now be used to co-create AI images and texts on the device with Cocreator. Auto Super Resolution automatically upscales graphics resolution and frame refresh rates of games in real-time to deliver the visuals players crave without taking a hit on performance. For those who always want to look and sound their best while better engaging their audience in video calls, Windows Studio Effects helps to automatically improve lighting conditions and cancel out unwanted noise. It can also be used to activate three artistic filters on any video platform via Quick settings, allowing users to express themselves in new and creative ways during video calls. And Copilot, the everyday AI companion, is accessible via a single click of the dedicated Copilot key.

As a reflection of its modern capabilities and usability, the Swift 14 AI sports a refined Copilot+ PC-exclusive design, highlighted by a unique AI icon stamped on the cover of the thin-and-light chassis and an Activity Indicator on the touchpad that illuminates when the device or Copilot is activated. The laptop features a 14.5-inch WQXGA (2560×1600) IPS display with a 120 Hz refresh rate and support for 100% sRGB colour gamut. It is available with edge-to-edge touchscreen options and comes with TÜV Rheinland Eyesafe Certification 2.0 to help minimize the effects of harmful blue light without sacrificing colour accuracy. A 180-degree hinge design provides the flexibility of a different user mode and enables easy opening of the aluminium cover with one hand.

A 1440p QHD IR webcam with a triple microphone array and privacy shutter supports Acer’s suite of AI-boosted conferencing tools in Acer PurifiedView 2.0 and Acer PurifiedVoice 2.0 to ensure users always look and sound their best. These can be swiftly calibrated thanks to Acer QuickPanel which intuitively appears when the device’s webcam or microphone has been switched on. A dedicated key directs users to the Red Dot Design Award-winning AcerSense app for device management and a library of AI features available on the device through the Experience Zone.

This Copilot+ PC comes with Windows Hello that supports biometric and facial recognition login for quick and secure access. Sustainability remains a vital pillar for Acer’s next-generation products, with the Swift 14 AI utilizing PCR plastic in the device, shipping with 100% recyclable packaging, and receiving the EPEAT Gold certification for its compliance with the highest EPEAT criteria. The device also boasts Wi-Fi 7 and Bluetooth 5.4 connectivity to deliver speeds of up to 5.8 Gbps and low network latency of under 2 ms, plus a host of generous port selections including two USB Type-C and two USB 3.2 Type-A ports for added flexibility.

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