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Costa Coffee is installing sound-proofed pods in select branches so that customers can work and conduct video meetings in privacy while they enjoy a café latte. Bookable Framery Pods from My Work Booth come with a stool, table, light, power socket, charging points for mobile devices and constant fresh filtered air. They can be booked and paid for via the My Work Booth app and accessed with an emailed QR code. The first four Costa Coffee branches with Framery Pods are located in Media City Salford and Portland Street in Manchester and Broadgate and Tooley Street in London. Additional sites will be added in the coming weeks..


sennheiser ADAPT 660

Timeless design

As part of its multi-year partnership with the Aston Martin Aramco Cognizant Formula One Team, global audio brand EPOS is launching a co-branded headset featuring accents in iconic Aston Martin British Racing Green. The ADAPT 660 AMC also boasts superb call clarity powered by EPOS AI machine learning algorithms; four adaptive ANC microphones that monitor a user’s environment and adjust settings accordingly; a dedicated Microsoft Teams function for collaborative working; Alexa Voice Assistant compatibility; and a 30-hour battery life.


Workflow Reporting

Going with the flow

Asana has enhanced its work management platform for teams with the launch of Asana Flow, a suite of tools for building cross-functional workflows. The core component is Workflow Builder, powered by Asana Work Graph process mapping, which enables customers to build connected workflows up, down and across an organisation so that teams can see clearly who’s doing what, by when. Additional functionality is provided by a library of workflow templates, integrations with 200-plus work applications, reporting & analysis and a customisable dashboard that helps users prioritise tasks and collaborate with colleagues.


Easy listening

Fed up with poor sound quality in virtual meetings? If so, you may want to try out Clarity voice isolation technology from audio technology brand IRIS. Available via a desktop download, Clarity by IRIS removes background noise and interference from both sides of a call using a combination of advanced psychoacoustics, machine learning and AI. It works with more than 800 VoIP platforms, including Zoom, Teams and WhatsApp, and is available for £7.99 per user, per month, with discounts for annual licences.


Beware slow start-up times

A computer that takes longer than five minutes to start will produce at least 450 tons of CO2 emissions per year, the equivalent of 50,636 gallons of petrol. This is one of several thought-provoking statistics in Quantifying e-Waste in Corporate IT from Digital Employee Experience (DEX) management software provider Nexthink. Based on data collected from 3.5 million anonymised devices, the report highlights simple steps businesses can take to reduce the environmental impact of corporate IT. These include educating workers about smart computing habits; checking installed applications and eliminating ‘heavy emitters’; and keeping devices for longer. Nexthink’s research shows that 20% of devices that are replaced perform perfectly well and don’t need to be changed. Of the 80% of machines that do have a low performance score, 98% can be fixed with a simple RAM upgrade or by optimising startup performance.


Enhanced protection

Arctic Wolf, which recently became the cybersecurity partner of Wolverhampton Wanderers, has strengthened its cyber security offering with the acquisition of Tetra Defense. With more than 100 cyber security investigators, Tetra Defense adds incident readiness and response to the solutions already provided by Arctic Wolf’s cloud-native security operations platform. These include Managed Detection and Response, Cloud Detection and Response, Managed Risk and Managed Security Awareness. Combining these solutions with incident readiness and response gives customers enhanced security before, during and after an incident, while also providing additional data and threat intelligence. In its partnership with Wolves and the club’s IT solutions partner Silverbug, Arctic Wolf will provide 24×7 monitoring, detection and response, as well as ongoing risk management and security awareness training.


DNS as a service

N-able, a provider of security, backup and remote monitoring and management services to IT services providers, is empowering MSPs to deliver advanced security protection to hybrid workers (both on and off corporate networks) through DNS-as-a-service. N-able DNS Filtering helps MSPs protect themselves and their customers from phishing, ransomware, zero-day social engineering and other attacks from within N able’s N-central and RMM dashboards. Key features include real-time identification of malicious websites; multi-client management from a single platform and single screen; a fast, redundant Anycast network; and ondemand reporting and analytics. The Global Cyber Alliance claims that more than a third of all cyberattacks are deployed via DNS.

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