Monday, 07 March 2016 11:18

Surface Pro 3 and 4 get Fingerprint ID type cover


In response to enterprise, government, and defence requests Microsoft has released a Fingerprint ID type cover.

The Surface Pro 4 has Windows Hello bio-metric authentication for a user’s face using the front camera. But this authentication is limited to users registered on that device. Fingerprint ID allows any user registered in the system (Active Directory) to use the device.

But consumers can also benefit especially as it is backwards compatible with the Surface Pro 3 and adds simple bio-metric authentication to that.

But there is more.

The keyboard features the new island style, mechanical, chiclet keys and a slightly different layout that in tests significantly increases typing speed and accuracy. The keys now have a 1.5mm throw, physical spaces between them and less ‘bounce’ that the Surface 3 keyboard. It also has a much larger ‘glass’ trackpad. It weights 292g.

The Windows Hello biometric feature can replace all individual passwords on websites and for e-commerce.

Priced at A$249.95 it is available in Onyx black only and can be pre-ordered in Australia here. It will be in select JB Hi-Fi, and Harvey Norman stores, along with commercial resellersfrom 15 March.

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Now’s the Time for 400G Migration

The optical fibre community is anxiously awaiting the benefits that 400G capacity per wavelength will bring to existing and future fibre optic networks.

Nearly every business wants to leverage the latest in digital offerings to remain competitive in their respective markets and to provide support for fast and ever-increasing demands for data capacity. 400G is the answer.

Initial challenges are associated with supporting such project and upgrades to fulfil the promise of higher-capacity transport.

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Ray Shaw  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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