Panasonic unveils Toughbook A3 rugged tablet, productivity+ Android software suite

Panasonic Toughbook A3 Android tablet

As Microsoft has withdrawn support for its Windows Embedded CE and Windows Embedded Handheld mobile operating systems, Android has been scooping up market share for rugged enterprise devices. Businesses making such transitions, however, often deal with a number of migration issues, which has led Panasonic to create a new Android-based platform to ease the move away from Windows CE.

Dubbed productivity+, the suite encompasses hardware, software, and support for enterprise migrations to Android. As part of the productivity+ introduction, Panasonic has launched a new rugged tablet to serve as a flagship device for the new approach. The Toughbook A3 is a 10.1-inch slate running Android 9.0 (Pie) and providing the durability features that have made the Toughbook brand arguably the most well-known in the rugged PC category.

Panasonic claims that the A3 is its most powerful Android tablet to date, featuring an octa-core

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Australian government to move to Azure-based records management

Australian government entities will soon see records held in the cloud, thanks to an initiative led by the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to modernise digital records management in the public sector.

In an approach to market (ATM), the DTA said the Digital Records Transformation Initiative (DRTI) aims to promote modernised records management through effective use of “new smart technology”, improve productivity using automation, increase the re-use of information assets across government, and increase compliance with regulations for the management of government records.

According to the ATM, the DTA is seeking an “innovative” software-as-a-service solution to improve the government’s information management environment and practices, as well as to address current records management problems.

“The customer wants to create an information management environment that is agile and suited to current and emerging records management needs,” the DTA wrote.

“The customer is seeking an innovative records management solution that connects to multiple business

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Two-thirds of UK adults to work remotely more often after Covid-19

Confirming other studies that have made the clear point that the new normal of mass home working will persist into the short- and mid-term at least, research from networking systems, services and software company Ciena has found that the just over two-thirds of British adults currently working from home fully expect to carry on doing so.

The study, conducted by Opinium in May 2020, surveyed 1,000 UK adults on their internet habits and usage before and during lockdown, and found that 69% of British adults are now working from home at least some of the time, up from just 9% before Covid-19 measures took effect.

Yet this 776% increase is regarded by Ciena as not just a temporary change, but in fact the complete opposite, as the study also found that more than two-thirds (68%) expect to work remotely more often even after lockdown restrictions ease. Of these people, just

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