Hospitality Upgrade | Introducing SALTO Neoxx G3: The ultimate electronic padlock solution

“We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the SALTO Neoxx G3 electronic padlock which is the most advanced and versatile locking system on the market,” said Marc Handels, SALTO Systems CTIO. “The SALTO Neoxx G3 is perfect for a wide range of access control applications and is particularly well-suited for those outdoor deployments that need the reporting and advanced technology that electronic access delivers as well as a product with a tough exterior that can withstand extreme weather variations.”

Designed with exceptional attention to detail, this electronic padlock offers unbeatable durability and reliability, ensuring that property and valuables are kept safe and secure at all times.

Featuring a special armoured case with a double-layered structure, the SALTO Neoxx G3 electronic padlock provides unbeatable protection against falls, shocks, and even the harshest environments or usage.

As for innovation, the SALTO Neoxx G3 integrates RFID, Bluetooth LE, and NFC technologies to provide the ultimate keyless experience and most advanced electronic locking system available. In addition, the Neoxx G3 electronic padlock features SALTO SVN data-on-card and BLUEnet wireless network capable core technologies onboard. Thanks to BLUEnet wireless advanced capabilities, the padlock can read, receive, and write information via a smart card or real-time communications over the air (OTA).

The SALTO Neoxx G3 electronic padlock also includes SALTO JustIN Mobile technology, which provides users the convenience of gaining access with an iOS or Android smart device. Users can open doors, gates, and padlocks with a smartphone or Apple Wallet with an iPhone or Apple Watch, thereby eliminating the need for physical keys.

The SALTO Neoxx G3 padlock is made of hardened steel with a removable shackle model option, which can be completely detached from the padlock body. The cover case with a double-layered structure guarantees the ultimate protection from falls, shocks, and the most extreme environments or usage. The shackle is available in 8mm diameter and length options of 25mm, 30mm, 60mm, and 90mm. The padlock weighs 515g.

Other features include anti-drilling protection, emergency battery change, battery monitoring to optimize maintenance and battery life, optical signaling through light ring, and dual-color green/red lights to indicate access authorization, with optional acoustic signal.

The SALTO Neoxx G3 electronic padlock has been tested up to 130,000 operations on a standard set of batteries (4 x LR1) and is IP66 – IP68 rated for water-resistance, making it suitable for any kind of climatic environments, even those that are very extreme. It is also IK08 impact-resistant, thanks to the rubber-made cover that does not scratch and delivers additional protection.

The SALTO Neoxx G3 electronic padlock is the ultimate locking solution because it delivers a weather-proof solution that extends electronic access to places never before thought possible – outside on the perimeter of property, in remote utility fields, and similar places, said Handels.

“We designed the Neoxx G3 to meet the extreme demands that are found in these exterior areas but to also be compatible with the SALTO Space on-premise access platform and the SALTO KS and Homelok cloud applications,” said Handels. “Together, our solutions deliver a comprehensive access platform for any type of business. You no longer have to worry if your valuables, users, guests, residents, or visitors are safe and secure. No matter the type of facility or property, SALTO has a variety of electronic locking soloutions that improve security and can enhance operations.”

For more information or to make an inquiry, please visit the SALTO website at

Best Buy extends Upgrade+ program to iMac and Mac Studio

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Best Buy is expanding its Upgrade+ program to include more Apple products, with customers now able to get select iMac and Mac Studio models under the program.

Best Buy launched its Mac equivalent of Apple’s iPhone upgrade program in October, in collaboration with Apple and with Citizens Pay handling financing. In a December update, Best Buy is now adding more models to the roster.

Under the expansion that starts from Tuesday, customers can use Upgrade+ to apply for financing to acquire select models of the iMac and Mac Studio. Under the program, customers have affordable payments spread across 36 months, with a final payment due in the 37th month.

Instead of the final payment after the three years, customers could instead choose to return the Mac and upgrade to a newer model. Alternatively, customers could return the Mac to avoid the final payment entirely. In such cases, Best Buy handles the final payment on the customer’s behalf.

In an example offered by Best Buy, a customer wanting an iMac priced at $1,299 could pay $28.17 per month for 36 months, with a final month 37 payment of $286.

The amount per month varies based on the original un-discounted cost of the product and the creditworthiness of the customer.

“We’re excited about the amount of customer interest we’ve seen in the Upgrade+ program over the past couple months,” said Best Buy chief merchandising officer Jason Bonfig. “It’s been great to partner with Apple to now bring this program to iMac and Mac Studio, especially during a time when customers are looking for value more than ever.”

As well as the product itself, AppleCare+ is also available for the devices. Best Buy Totaltech members will also get AppleCare+ for 24 months at no additional charge while their membership is active.

When Best Buy launched the program, it was billed as a limited-time promotion without an end date. With the expansion, it seems the program will be around for a lot longer.

More details about the program are available on Best Buy’s Upgrade page.

Apple announces biggest upgrade to App Store pricing, adding 700 new price points

Apple announces biggest upgrade to App Store pricing, adding 700 new price points – Latest News

Developers will also gain new flexibility to manage pricing globally

Apple today announced the most comprehensive upgrade to pricing capabilities since the App Store first launched, providing developers with 700 additional price points and new pricing tools that will make it easier to set prices per App Store country or region, manage foreign exchange rate changes, and more.

Since the App Store’s inception, its world-class commerce and payments system has empowered developers to conveniently set up and sell their products and services on a global scale. The App Store’s commerce and payments system offers developers an ever-expanding set of capabilities and tools to grow their businesses, from frictionless checkout and transparent invoicing for users to robust marketing tools, tax and fraud services, and refund management.

Pricing has been foundational to these capabilities, enabling developers to choose from a variety of business models, such as one-time purchases and multiple subscription types. These new pricing enhancements will be available for apps offering auto-renewable subscriptions starting today, and for all other apps and in-app purchases in spring 2023, giving all developers unprecedented flexibility and control to price their products in 45 currencies throughout 175 storefronts.

Under the updated App Store pricing system, all developers will have the ability to select from 900 price points, which is nearly 10 times the number of price points previously available for most apps. This includes 600 new price points to choose from, with an additional 100 higher price points available upon request. To provide developers around the world with even more flexibility, price points — which will start as low as $0.29 and, upon request, go up to $10,000 — will offer an enhanced selection of price points, increasing incrementally across price ranges (for example, every $0.10 up to $10; every $0.50 between $10 and $50; etc.). See the table below for details.

In each of the App Store’s 175 storefronts, developers will be able to leverage additional pricing conventions, including those that begin with two repeating digits (e.g., ₩110,000), and will be able to price products beyond $0.99 or €X.99 endings to incorporate rounded price endings (e.g., x.00 or x.90), which are particularly useful for managing bundles and annual plans.

Starting today, developers of subscription apps will also be able to manage currency and taxes across storefronts more effortlessly by choosing a local storefront they know best as the basis for automatically generating prices across the other 174 storefronts and 44 currencies. Developers will still be able to define prices per storefront if they wish. The pricing capability by storefront will expand to all other apps in spring 2023.

For developers distributing their apps around the world, the App Store’s global equalization tools have given them a simple and convenient way to manage pricing across international markets. Today’s enhancements expand upon these capabilities, allowing developers to keep their local currency constant in any storefront of their choice, even as foreign exchange and taxes fluctuate. This means, for example, a Japanese game developer who gets most of their business from Japanese customers can set their price for the Japan storefront, and have their prices outside of the country update as foreign exchange and tax rates change. All developers will also be able to define availability of in-app purchases by storefront.

Periodically, Apple updates prices in certain regions based on changes in taxes and foreign exchange rates. This is done using publicly available exchange rate information from financial data providers to help ensure prices for in-app purchases stay equalized across all storefronts. Currently, developers can adjust pricing at any time to react to tax and foreign currency adjustments. Coming in 2023, developers with paid apps and in-app purchases will be able to set local territory pricing, which will not be impacted by automatic price adjustments.

These newly announced tools, which will begin rolling out today and continue throughout 2023, will create even more flexibility for developers to price their products while staying approachable to the hundreds of millions of users Apple serves worldwide, and in turn help developers continue to thrive on the App Store.

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Police upgrade crime reporting mobile app, ‘NPF Rescue Me’

He said the application was designed for effective report of emergencies, criminal activities and professional misconducts of police officers to ensure rapid and immediate response by operatives of the force.

Adejobi said the “NPF Rescue Me App” was improved to redefine security and personalise policing by enabling android and ios users to download the app from the various app stores.

According to him, the step is for the public to register with their details and have access to a variety of features including emergency services, crime reporting, navigation and ambulance services.

“The application also has an emergency button that alerts operatives at the Nigeria Police National Command and Control Centre in cases of depression.

“Once this alert is received, the operatives, immediately, send out the required assistance to victims irrespective of their locations within the country,” he said.

He advised the public to download the application into their mobile gadgets, and input some required information for improved services and their personal safety.

Adejobi reiterated the commitment of the Nigeria Police to exploring the use of cutting-edge technology for combating crime and responding to emergency situations.

macOS Big Sur upgrade can lead to data loss without ample storage

An issue with Apple’s macOS Big Sur installer allows users to upgrade from an earlier operating system without first verifying that the target Mac has enough free hard drive space, resulting in installation failure and data loss.

The problem is present in currently shipping Big Sur installers and appears to date back to the first macOS 11 builds launched in November, reports Mr. Macintosh. Interestingly, subsequent point releases and delta updates are unaffected by the bug.

Apple’s installers fail to check system hard drive space on initiation and continue to run through the installation process until all storage is exhausted. The resulting failure can lead to an install loop, purgatory in Boot Recovery Assistant with a pop-up reading, “An error occurred preparing the software update,” or display of Big Sur’s Recovery startup screen that shows no startup disk available.

Macs require at least 35.5GB of free space — not including the 13GB installer — to upgrade to Big Sur.

According to the publication, any Mac that is compatible with macOS Big Sur or has downloaded the macOS Big Sur upgrade is vulnerable to the flaw. Testing has confirmed the issue exists in both macOS Big Sur 11.2 and 11.3 beta versions, and is possibly present in macOS Big Sur 11.1.

A failed installation might be the least of a potential upgrader’s worries, however, as Macs with a T2 security chip can suffer data loss when FileVault 2 encryption is activated. As detailed by Mr. Macintosh, users are unable to use their Mac’s admin password to initiate the recovery process. Further, attempting to reset the password using Personal Recovery Key or AppleID fails, while Target Disk Mode is rendered unusable on Catalina and Big Sur. Passwords do work in TDM on macOS Mojave and High Sierra, the report says.

Data recovery is possible using a system backup and a second Mac, though the process is complicated when FileVault is enabled. Macs that did not have FileVault enabled prior to upgrade can free up space for a new install through a bit of quick file management in Terminal or transferring data to a second Mac via TDM.

Alternatively, users who do not need to recover data from an affected Mac can simply erase the drive and reinstall macOS. Newer Macs with T2 chips require users to go through an “Erase Mac” step, according to the report.

Mr. Macintosh alerted Apple to the issue, and others have complained of identical problems on Apple’s Support Forums, but the company has yet to respond.

First benchmark indicates A14 is major upgrade from A13

Benchmarks for the iPad Air 4 have seemingly surfaced, indicating the A14 Bionic expected to be used in the “iPhone 12” range offers more performance than the high-powered A13 Bionic and the iPad Pro’s A12Z Bionic.

Apple is due to launch the “iPhone 12” in the near future, and the fourth-generation iPad Air hasn’t gone on sale yet, meaning no-one has been able to try out the latest tablet model to see how responsive the new A14 system-on-chip is in use. In benchmarks spotted by Twitter user “Ice Universe” offers what could be the first benchmark for the tablet, and a first glimpse of what could be powering the 2020 iPhone models.

The single GeekBench benchmark for an “iPad13,2” from October 2 indicates it is a tablet with the motherboard number J308AP. Serial leaker “l0vetodream” pointed out the J308AP refers to the iPad Air 4 with cellular, rather than the J307AP used for the Wi-Fi model.

The benchmark lists the chip as 6-core model with a base frequency of 2.99GHz and 3.66GB of memory. The tablet scored 1,583 points for single-core tests, while for multi-core it achieved 4,198 points, under Geekbench 5.2.3.

Comparing the results against Geekbench’s list of iOS and iPadOS devices, the single-core performance is higher than the 1,327 observed in the iPhone 11 Pro, which uses the A13 Bionic at 2.7Ghz. On the multi-core side, the A14 also outpaces the 3,300 the A13 Bionic achieves in the same test, but is still beaten by the A12Z Bionic used in the 12.9-inch iPad Pro, which scored 4,644 points.

According to Apple, the A14 Bionic offers a 30% boost for CPU performance, while using a new four-core graphics architecture for a 30% faster graphics boost, compared against the A12 Bionic used in the iPad Air 3. Against the A13, the benchmarks suggest the A14 offers a 19% improvement in CPU performance and 27% for graphics.

Of course, this all depends on whether the spotted benchmark is genuine. With the imminent arrival of the iPad Air 4, more benchmarks are likely to appear in short order, giving a more accurate assessment of the A14’s improvements over the A13.

Apple doubles memory upgrade cost for entry-level 13-inch MacBook Pro

Apple has made it more expensive for customers to upgrade the memory on the 13-inch MacBook Pro, with the price of the option doubled on the entry-level model as part of a change quietly made on Saturday.

On Friday, buyers of the entry-level model of the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Pro were able to upgrade the memory on the device from 8 gigabytes to 16 gigabytes for $100. In an update first spotted by Reddit users on Saturday, the cost of the upgrade has gone up to $200.

The change in pricing is not just limited to standard customers in the United States, as the Education Store pricing for the same upgrade has also increased from $90 to $180. Customers in other countries are also affected, with UK customers now paying 200 for the upgrade instead of 100, and in Canada the same upgrade has increased to $250.

Apple has previously made adjustments to pricing of its products and upgrade options, altering them based on fluctuations in exchange rates and of the components themselves. The pricing can go down as well as up, such as in the SSD upgrade price drops observed in July 2019.

At this time, it seems that only the entry-level model of MacBook Pro is being affected by price changes. Given it uses different memory from the unaffected higher-specification variants, it is probable that Apple is altering the price due to the high demand for that particular type of memory.

Apple details how to install Mac Pro parts, upgrade RAM and more


Following a start to Mac Pro sales, Apple on Tuesday revamped a dedicated support webpage with new informational assets covering a range of Mac Pro-related topics including the upgrade of system memory, installation of PCIe cards and more.

Mac Pro Support

Previously reserved for the cylindrical 2013 Mac Pro, Apple’s support page was redesigned today with resources specific to the 2019 version that went up for sale today.

Sitting up top are links to pages for macOS support, backing up a Mac and migrating files from one Mac to another, subjects new users are likely to investigate when getting started with the machine.

A second section covers installation of parts both inside and outside the modular Mac. For example, Apple notes up to 1.5TB of memory — in configurations of 4, 6, 8 or 12 DIMMs — can be equipped across Mac Pro’s 12 memory slots, while the computer’s eight PCIe slots support a wide range of cards including up to two Mac Pro Expansion (MPX) modules.

Links to two videos illustrating proper installation of RAM and MPX modules are provided.

Apple also explains how to replace the I/O card and power supply, but warns users to contact a service provider to replace SSD modules and install chassis wheels.

Other topics covered in the document include the connection of multiple displays, a T2 Security Chip explainer, information about RAM types and an overview of supported PCIe cards.

Apple will likely add to the support document as the launch of Mac Pro nears.

The Ultimate Gaming Upgrade of Vivo NEX Showcased at the PUBG MOBILE Club Open Global Finals 2019

The flagship series NEX is Vivo’s premium line-up and is the leading representation of innovation in design, performance, as well as cutting-edge technologies. With the notch-free Ultra FullView™ Display, NEX fulfills the bezel-less dream with 91.24% screen-to-body, giving gamers a truly immersive experience. Its world’s first Elevating Front Camera hides in the body of the phone and elevates to allow consumers to take selfies exactly as they have in the past.

Now, Vivo has brought NEX to a greater new height with the latest optimization and gaming feature upgrade. This also reinforce Vivo’s commitment to empower gamers, especially during the PUBG MOBILE Club Open Global Finals 2019. With this upgrade, NEX ensures that gamers will be using the best-in-class gaming software throughout the competition.

Vivo Multi-Turbo Engine to ensure a smooth-running gaming experience

NEX features the Vivo Multi-Turbo Engine to deliver optimum performance even during the most intense mobile gameplay. It combines several turbo features including: Game Turbo, Center Turbo, Cooling Turbo and AI Turbo to ensure the smoothest possible gaming experience.

  • ‘Game Turbo’ connects to the game performance SDK to enable optimizations specific to a number of popular mobile games including PUBG MOBILE.
  • ‘Center Turbo’ prioritizes CPU and internal storage resources to ensure maximum performance for games even when there are multiple applications running simultaneously in the background. This ultimately reduces FPS drops by 78%.
  • ‘Cooling Turbo’ ensures the smartphone does not overheat via cooling and thermal management features when gamers are deep in the heat of battle.
  • ‘AI Turbo’ anticipates resource intensive scenarios and intelligently allocates CPU/GPU power to ensure a smooth gaming experience. Through the support of AI prediction, the startup speed of users’ applications is increased by more than 20% as compared to the original application startup mechanism.

Turbo Mode optimizes display for PUBG MOBILE

Turning on the Turbo mode on NEX activates the display optimization tailored for PUBG MOBILE. Exclusive to NEX as a result of the partnership with PUBG MOBILE, this display optimization feature supports HDR + extreme and delivers a stable high frame rate.  

Users can enable the Turbo Mode on PUBG MOBILE application for NEX.   

PMCO 2019 Spring Split

The PMCO 2019 Spring Split began in March, with more than 30,000 teams from around the world participating in official in-game qualifiers. Another Fall Split is planned for later this year.

For more information about PMCO 2019 and participating teams, please visit here.

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About Vivo

Vivo is a leading global technology company committed to creating trendsetting smart mobile products and services. Vivo is devoted to forming a vibrant mobile internet ecosystem, and currently owns and operates an extensive network of research operations, with R&D centers in San Diego, Shenzhen, Nanjing, Beijing, Hangzhou and Taipei. These centers focus on the development of cutting-edge consumer technologies including 5G, AI, mobile photography and next-generation smartphone design. Vivo has also set up 5 production bases around the world across China, South Asia and Southeast Asia.

Vivo has over two hundred million users enjoying its mobile products and services around the world. Vivo features offline retail stores in over 1,000 cities worldwide.


PUBG MOBILE is developed by Tencent Games and PUBG Corporation and based on PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, the original PC and Xbox One gaming phenomenon that took the world of interactive entertainment by storm in 2017. Up to 100 players parachute onto a remote island to do battle in a winner-takes-all showdown. Players must locate and scavenge their own weapons, vehicles and supplies, and defeat every player in a visually and tactically rich battleground that forces players into a shrinking play zone.

PUBG MOBILE is available to download for free on the App Store and Google Play. For more information, please visit the official PUBG MOBILE accounts on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.