STYLISTIC Q555: Fujitsu launches new versatile tablet

During Fujitsu Forum 2014, Fujitsu launched a new tablet-PC: the STYLISTIC Q555.

The new STYLISTIC Q555 as shown at the Fujitsu Forum 2014

The new STYLISTIC Q555 as shown at the Fujitsu Forum 2014

Based on Intel’s Quad Core Atom CPU with 2.4 GHz (BayTrail-T chipset) and up to 128GB of eMMC storage, the Q555 is a nice tablet for general business tasks with a battery runtime of up to 10 hours.

A dual digitizer supports both pen and finger input and possible configurations include a fingerprint or SmartCard scanner. As for the connectivity, LTE and NFC are available.

The back of the STYLISTIC Q555

The back of the STYLISTIC Q555

If you need a physical keyboard, Fujitsu provides a dockable solution. You can also get a cradle which is basically a stand with additional ports.

I asked Markus Seifart from Fujitsu to give us a short insight into the device in the following video:

The Q555 is at the moment only available on project basis which means that you have to contact a partner to order the device with your desired configuration.

More information on the Q555 can be found here.

Fujitsu Forum 2014 Day Zero: Innovation and coffee

Fujitsu Forum officially opens its doors tomorrow but journalists and bloggers already got some insights tonight which I want to share with you.

The entrance of the ICM Munich

The entrance of the ICM Munich

After my arrival which was a little bit too early, I spent some time at the press room where I was already confronted with Fujitsu’s first demo: a coffee machine which uses your Palm veins to identify you.

Fujitsu's combined PalmSecure scanner for two factor authentication

Fujitsu’s combined PalmSecure scanner for two factor authentication

Now, as you may remember, I reviewed the technology just days ago and found out that it’s extremely fast.

However, in a modern world one factor-authentication is not enough. Modern security algorithms require two factors. In this case, the scanner first asks for your card and then asks you to provide your hand.

This way also offers a great feature concerning data privacy. Instead of having to record palm vein patterns on a central server, you can for example take the card itself.

To show you this techonology in action, I captured a short video with Isabelle from Fujitsu:

Afterwards, the actual event began and Duncan Tait started the official press conference where he talked about Fujitsu’s current structure and the market situation.

After this short introduction, Dr. Joseph Reger, CTO of Fujitsu, gave us some insights on his current topics:

Dr. Joseph Reger talking about digitalizing business

Dr. Joseph Reger talking about digitalizing business

His main topics were the Internet of Things, Social Innovations, Digitalizing Business and in the end he presented his news highlights.

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Later on, Joseph ca”s me back to hold an open discussion which was extremely interesting.

Under the title “What’s on the CTO’s mind?” he just walked around the room and let the journalists ask him several questions.

Since one topic was the amount of growing machine-to-machine communication, I asked him on his opinion on net neutrality which he responded in a very interesting way.

When talking about content providers, he defends net neutrality since this concept shouldn’t be misused to make money.

However, when it comes to essential services, there should be a common regulation. Just imagine two cars communicating with each other in a very critical situation and the connection is busy. In this case, a priority system could be very useful.

A 3D version of Joseph Reger

A 3D version of Joseph Reger

He concluded his talk with making clear that IT becomes more and more important to everyone of us and used a 3D-statue of him to paint an image of that.

All in all, the first day was very interesting and gave us great insights into what Fujitsu is to show at this year’s forum.

Stay tuned for more and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Fujitsu PalmSecure: Vein scanner and Workplace Protect review

Thanks to Fujitsu I got the chance to review one of Fujitsu’s newest technologies: PalmSecure.

Fujitsu's PalmSecure vein scanner

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure vein scanner

While fingerprint scanners are currently the most widespread biometric authentication method, they are not always secure.

Other biometric factors could be your eyes, your voice or your face. Or in this case: your palm veins.

Vein patterns are very unique and so they are a very reliable authentication key.

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology isn’t only more reliable, it is also contact-less and therefore more hygienic.

Especially in situation like virus outbreaks, technologies like PalmSecure offer a good solution.

This stand makes it easier to use the scanner.

This stand makes it easier to use the scanner.

However, contact-less also means that you have to position your hand correctly. Therefore, Fujitsu also provides a stand in this case.

You can also find PalmSecure in other forms, an example would be this solution:

This picture shows a laptop with a built-in scanner.

This picture shows a laptop with a built-in scanner.

I shot a short video demonstrating this technology and Fujitsu’s Workplace Protect:

If you want to find out more about PalmSecure, click here. Also, click here to get more information on Fujitsu’s Workplace Protect solution.

Disclaimer: Fujitsu provided me this device for free for a limited time to review it. 

What being a Fujitsu Digital Influencer and Silver Insider means for FujitsuFans

Since I ran this blog I always made clear, that I’m representing my own opinion. However, since 2010, I participated in several Fujitsu projects and visited the company which can be interpreted wrongly.

The Oktoberfest at the Fujitsu Forum 2013

The Oktoberfest at the Fujitsu Forum 2013

I also received some devices from Fujitsu either to test them or as part of projects in which these devices were reviewed.

All this time, I paid attention to clearly stay with my view on Fujitsu related topics, especially when my information source was Fujitsu itself. It was and still is the highest priority to deliver you honest news from an unbiased point of view.

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You may have seen this badge in the right sidebar of this blog and you may have wondered what this means.

Fujitsu has a special program for bloggers and tech-related people from all over the world where said persons are engaging in several projects like Master Your Business. Those project usually consist of the participant who receives a device to test and review. There are also some tasks which require the participant to discuss a feature of the device or office related topics. Those tasks are usually solved at the platform itself.

Members who are very comitted to projects like MYB have the chance to become a Silver Insider which is a higher rank than a normal Insider or Digital Influencer. This doesn’t mean that the person wrote more articles which are friendly to Fujitsu or made special advertisements. This means that the person took time to cover Fujitsu related topics in a detailed manner and covered multiple point of views.

For me and FujitsuFans, being part of Fujitsu’s Silver Insider program is very important. It allows me to serve you neutral news and still get information very early and directly from the source. There is at no point any obligation to blog about Fujitsu in a positive way and disclosure is a very important topic, too. Fujitsu activley asks us to disclose our relationship in order to avoid misunderstandings.

I wrote this article now because the Digital Influencer program is pretty new and I thought this may be a good point to clarify some things. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to comment on this article or send me an e-mail via the contact form.

D3348-B: Fujitsu presents new high-end ATX mainboard for 24/7 operation

When it comes to 24/7 operation, many people don’t realize how important the right hardware is. While you usually turn off your computer at night or when you don’t use, 24/7 systems provide services all the time. That means that the hardware of such systems is always active and working.

Normal end-consumer products are not built for this usage. Of course, they don’t immediately break but they are just not meant for it.

Fujitsu ATX Mainboard D3348-B

 

The D3348-B is Fujitsu’s newest high-end ATX mainboard in the Exended Lifecycle series.

It’s based on Intel’s C612 chipset and supports up to 128GB DDR4 2133 SDRAM which also includes ECC memory.

Fujitsu implemented the LGA-2011-R3 socket which supports Intel Xeon and Intel Core i7-CPUs up to 160W TDP.

The mainbaord also provides stunning 7 PCI-e slots, three of them Gen2 and four of them Gen3. Of course, it also supports USB 3.0.

Also customers who attach a lot of hard drives to the mainboard won’t be disappointed. There are 10 SATA III 600 interfaces for that.

And what if the mainboard breaks or gets damaged? In that case, Fujitsu guarantees an availability of at least 3 years.

The D3348-B will be available as of October 2014. For more information read the datasheet below.

Fujitsu D3348-B datasheet

Save the date: Fujitsu Forum 2014

On November 19th and 20th it’s time again for Europe’s biggest IT event: the Fujitsu Forum 2014.

This year's slogan: 'Human Centric Innovation'

This year’s slogan: ‘Human Centric Innovation’

More than 10.000 people participate in this event anually and there a lot of reasons why you should go, too! First of all, check out my impressions from last year!

This year’s slogan is ‘Human Centric Innovation’ which Fujitsu explains in the follwing:

It expresses Fujitsu’s focus on a safe and prosperous future through innovations in information and communication technology. These ICT innovations strongly support enterprises, public organizations and individuals in creating wealth and value.

 

The event location is Munich and the dates are November 19th and 20th. It offers four different types of talks which you can attend.

Keynotes

They are the largest talks at the Fujitsu Forum. This year speakers from Fujitsu and NetApp will talk on current IT topics. Mr. Tango Matsumoto, Executive Vice President & Head of Global Marketing Fujitsu, will hold the opening keynote and focus on the slogan ‘Human Centric Innovation’ where he talks about business growth and social challenges. Over the two days there will be seven in keynotes in total. Read more on them here.

Breakout Sessions

In about 50 presentations at the Fujitsu Forum, speakers will discuss current topics in small rounds. Those sessions are very practical as they focus on planning, implementation and operation. Read a short description here.

Expert Talks

Those talks are very specific. They are about different IT topics and as a Fujitsu customer you can even contact your Fujitsu sales rep to reserve a time slot with him or her. For a list of the Experts Talks click here.

Partner exhibition

You can also take some time off from all the talks and visit the partner exhibition. There, partners from Fujitsu and Fujitsu itself present the newest innovations and devices of the IT market. You can directly talk to product managers and find out everything about their new solutions.

Oktoberfest

Wait, a fifth thing? Let’s leave this one uncommented. :-)

There a lot of simultaneous events at the Forum which could make it hard to organize the events of your choice. To make sure you get everything you want to hear you can use the schedule builder.

If you don’t live near Munich, you can use this special offer by Deutsche Bahn and travel to Fujitsu Forum.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to the event website now and register for the event for free!

Fujitsu Forum 2014

Submit your idea to Fujitsu’s PalmSecure Innovation Contest and win great prizes

Last year, Fujitsu won UniCredit as a customer for their new PalmSecure technology which replaces current authorisation methods with brand new biometrical technology.

Fujitsu's PalmSecure technology uses biometrical features

Fujitsu’s PalmSecure technology uses biometrical features

PalmSecure uses the veins in your hand to identify you which is way more safer than your fingerprint for example. More information can be found here.

Just imagine what could be done with this new technology. Cardless entry into buildings, fast and easy authentication, banking at ATMs etc.

As you can see there are a lot of possibilites and Fujitsu wants to know from you what technology can achieve. So they want you to answer the following questions:

What are the application areas for a match-on-device system with Fujitsu PalmSecure™ technology? Which use cases can you imagine in the fields such as government, finance, enterprise, automotive, retail, energy, industry 4.0 or others for this technology? How can the device appear in the different usage scenarios? Where can the Fujitsu PalmSecure™ sensor technology be applied in general?

In combination with this Idea contest, Fujitsu also rewards the three best ideas with these great prizes:

  1. Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U904 with PalmSecure sensor
  2. Fujitsu LIFEBOOK U574
  3. Fujitsu STYLISTIC M702

So head over to the website and read the detailed Challenge Description. If you are interested in taking part and head over to the following website:

Fujitsu PalmSecure Innovation Contest

FujitsuFans.com wishes you all the best luck!

Comfortably travel to Fujitsu Forum 2014 with Deutsche Bahn and save money

The summer is coming to an end and while we say Good Bye to the good weather, the business world wakes up from it’s summer sleep. And some of us prepare for the annual Fujitsu Forum which is set to happen in November this year.

This year's slogan: 'Human Centric Innovation'

This year’s slogan: ‘Human Centric Innovation’

The dates to save are November 19th and 20th. And the location? As always, the ICM in the beautiful city Munich.

In order to get there, Fujitsu and Deutsche Bahn partnered up to provide a nice package. Begininng at 99€ you get a ride to Munich and back home with the InterCityExpress. There are four possible packages. If you choose fixed tickets, you have to determine the exact time of travel now. In economy class the price is 99€, in first class it’s 159€.

If you want to stay flexible you can buy tickets which allow you to travel every train on that day to your destination. The economy class costs here 139€ and first class 199€.

The earliest arrival date is November 17th and latest departure is November 20th.

In most cases, this package is way cheaper than booking the tickets at normal rates so if you plan to visit Fujitsu Forum 2014 you may consider this offer.

For more information and online booking please follow the link:

Deutsche Bahn – Fujitsu Forum 2014

Fujitsu LIFEBOOK S904: Review

Four weeks ago, Fujitsu sent me the new LIFEBOOK S904 which was launched earlier this year and announced last year.

The new LIFEBOOK S904

The new LIFEBOOK S904

You can read some details about the device itself here. And if you want to see my first impressions and some Unboxing pics, click here.

This article’s purpose is to deliver you a review you won’t read everywhere. I will describe my workflow with the device and how it reacts to my input.

You will not see benchmarks or pure numbers. I don’t think that this will really help you since numbers like these often can’t be interpreted correctly.

Initial setup

Let’s start with the first steps. The device is unpacked and the user is ready. So after hooking it up and turning on… you have to wait. The device is deployed with a standard image by Fujitsu which in my case contained Windows 8.1 Pro and some software. After waiting some minutes you are asked to run through the typical Windows setup which requires you to enter some information and choose some settings.

After that you get to see the standard Modern UI interface:

The Modern UI

The Modern UI

When switching to the Desktop, you see what kind of software is preinstalled:

The Desktop

The Desktop

Preinstalled software is something I don’t really like. However, Fujitsu still keeps the bloatware level low and removing the software shouldn’t take you that long. You don’t need to format and reinstall the LIFEBOOK.

And as always you should run Windows Update and DeskUpdate first. DeskUpdate is Fujitsu’s solution to keep your drivers up-to-date with a few clicks.

Fujitsu DeskUpdate

Fujitsu DeskUpdate

The system is ready to use and you can do whatever you want. Setting up the system doesn’t take long and is pretty easy.

The display

The LIFEBOOK S904 uses the IGZO technology (What is that?) which means that it can also realize resolutions above Full HD. In this case the resolution is incredible 2560×1440 pixels.

The IGZO display of the S904

The IGZO display of the S904

The photo above shows how detailed text is displayed. Click here to see the photo in full resolution.

Another photo showing the display

Another photo showing the display

All in all, the display is incredible. At only 13.3 inches the IGZO technology combines a high resolution with vivid colors and low energy usage. However, the high resolution also means that viewing low resolution content is even more uncomfortable. In terms of business applications this shouldn’t be a problem though since it’s the year 2014 and many applications are already ready for higher resolutions.

The battery

One of the main features of the LIFEBOOK S904 is its battery. With an advertised runtime of 24 hours and the possibility to put in two batteries, the S904 is clearly aiming for people who need to work the whole day without charging the device.

Testing the runtime wasn’t that easy actually since it’s hard to reproduce a working day of 24 hours. However, the battery should easily last a whole working day. Long term tests aren’t really possible but if you keep the usage low results like this are possible:

16 hours remaining? As long as you don't really work on the device...

16 hours remaining? As long as you don’t really work on the device…

Keeping the laptop turned on but in idle mode (WiFi is connected but there is nothing running besides the operating system) with one battery should give you an extremely long runtime. I did a short test and turned on the laptop at 11:40pm with a remaining battery load of 92%. At 04:56am the battery was still at 72%. The laptop was turned on the whole night wih the display turned off. The advertised 24 hours are possible but you need two batteries and it depends on what you do to achieve this.

To sumarize all this you could say one thing: if you need a long lasting battery, the S904 is the right choice for you. And by using a second battery you can even maximize the usage while keeping the device portable.

Working on the S904

So how do you test a device without just running benchmarks? Check out this video in which I just perform some basic workflows to show you the performance of the S904.

Accessoires

With the laptop, Fujitsu also attached a docking station. Since those laptops are suited for businesses, you usually have a full equipped port replicator available which of course is not always included.

However, that also has the disadvantage that without a port replicator you can’t really embed the device into you working place. The ports are distributed on every side of the S904 so permanently connecting a lot of external devices is not really an option.

Summary

All in all, the LIFEBOOK S904 is a very beautiful device with a pretty specific target group. It aims for users who need a device which delivers enough performance to work on it reliably and a battery runtime which keeps you away from the charger for a whole day. The weight is pretty low which makes the laptop very portable.

If these criterias meet your demands, the LIFEBOOK S904 is an excellent choice for you.

More information can be found here.

ARROWS Tab Q335: Fujitsu announces new 8-inch tablet based on Intel’s Atom

In Japan, Fujitsu sells a separate series of tablet PCs called ARROWS Tab. Those tablets are usually different from the international models but some of them are later sold in other parts of the world.

This time, Fujitsu announced a new tablet which will be sold worldwide in stages.

The Fujitsu ARROWS Tab Q335/K

The Fujitsu ARROWS Tab Q335/K

So far there aren’t a lot of details about the 8-inch tablet. But some specs are already known.

The heart of the new Arrows Tab is the Intel® Atom™ processor Z3735F which has 4 cores with 1.33 GHz per core. The tablet weighs less than 400 grams and is 9.9mm thick. According to Fujitsu you can hold the tablet in one hand.

As for the operating system, the tablet is supposed to run Windows 8.1 Pro. It also supports the Microsoft Office suite and therefore suits typical business needs.

The release date is set to October 2014 although the release will be staged in waves. This means that not every country will have the new Arrows Tab from the beginning. However, there are no details on that yet.

(Source: Fujitsu)

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