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Kensington Launches New Suite of Keyboard Cases for iPad Air™ 2, Including Breakthrough PowerLift™ Phone Charging Solution

New KeyFolio™ and Customize Me™ Cases for iPad Air 2 Take Thin Tablet Protection to New Levels of Performance and Reliability

Kensington Twitter logoRedwood Shores, CA, October 20, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, today announced its new suite of ultra-thin keyboard cases designed for the iPad Air 2, including the KeyFolio Thin X3 featuring breakthrough PowerLift technology. This new innovation allows users to tap into the keyboard’s internal battery to charge a phone using a USB cable.

Kensington’s range of ultra-thin keyboard cases for the new iPad also includes the KeyFolio Thin X2, KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus and Customize Me case. Each delivers ultra-thin protection, performance and reliability, combined with the style, function and efficiency embraced by iPad users.

“With its latest tablet release, Apple is continuing to redefine what a thin, lightweight tablet should be. At Kensington we’ve set out to do the same with our new line of ultra-thin keyboard cases,” said Jim Murakami, Global Product Manager at Kensington. “Designed specifically with the Apple user in mind, our new KeyFolio and Customize Me cases embody the design and performance that matches the iPad user’s desire for stylish tablet productivity and protection. Adding to this, we’re pleased to offer our new PowerLift technology, which further supports user mobility by making it easy to charge a phone using the keyboard’s internal battery – anytime, anywhere.”

New Kensington Ultra-Thin Keyboard Cases for iPad Air 2

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air 2

(K97389US; SRP $99.99) – Featuring breakthrough PowerLift phone charging technology, this sleek, hard-shell keyboard case protects iPad Air 2 while maintaining its thin profile. The integrated Bluetooth® keyboard offers six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a dedicated row of shortcut keys. The unique QuickFold design allows you to hide the keyboard beneath the iPad Air 2 for a fast transition between typing and viewing modes. 

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 Plus for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97391US; SRP $99.99) – This form-fitting, hard-shell tablet protection case features an integrated white LED backlit Bluetooth® keyboard that’s ideal for low-light conditions. The KeySense Power Channel automatically turns the keyboard on and off when engaged/disengaged from the magnetic stand for improved battery conservation.

Kensington KeyFolio Thin X2 for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97385US; White – K97386US; SRP $89.99) – A sleek, form-fitting keyboard case for iPad Air 2 with an integrated Bluetooth® keyboard that offers six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a row of dedicated shortcut keys. The KeyFolio Thin X2 also features Kensington’s QuickFold design and KeySense Power Channel for optimal battery life.

Kensington Customize Me Case for iPad Air 2

(Black – K97358US; Red – K97359US; SRP $39.99) – This sleek, lightweight case for iPad Air 2

features a clear, scratch-resistant picture window for user personalization using a photo or artwork. SoundWave speaker channels redirect the tablet’s audio for improved sound quality. A soft interior lining keeps the iPad screen protected, and the cover automatically wakes the tablet or puts it in sleep mode.

Product Availability

The Kensington ultra-thin keyboard cases for iPad Air 2 are available for pre-order at Kensington.com and Amazon.com. For additional information on the new and existing line of Kensington products, please visit:

www.kensington.com/us/us/6404/ipad%c2%ae-air-2#.VEFn4Tbn9EE

www.amazon.com/Kensington-KeyFolio-Bluetooth-Keyboard-K97391US/dp/B00ODV5YP8/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1413575588&sr=1-1&keywords=keyfolio+x2+ipad+air+2

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s mobile security product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademarks of ACCO Brands. QuickFold, PowerLift, KeySense, Customize Me, KeyFolio Thin and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. Apple and iPad are trademarks or registered trademarks of Apple Inc. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

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Kensington Tablet Cases Make Holiday Shopping a Snap

From rugged protection to extreme personalization, Kensington tablet cases have it all, and at budget-friendly prices

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Redwood Shores, CA, October 8, 2014 – Kensington, a worldwide leader in delivering smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, offers a host of tablet cases that ease holiday shopping in a world that is always wired, from classroom, to dining room, to boardroom. Kensington tablet cases address a variety of needs, including rugged protection, power consumption and savings, personalization, ergonomics, and convenience. Ranging from $14.99 to $99.99, the cases deliver value at budget-friendly prices.

You’ve seen the designs before. And now they’re available in a cool, lightweight case for tablets. Kensington is drawing on its nostalgic past to create a case for today with the new Mead-inspired universal cases for 9-inch and 10-inch tablets. The soft, lightweight case offers secure protection for devices through the Silicone 4-Corner Base, which uses stay straps that come up and over the corners of the tablet. The inside cover has a soft interior lining that prevents the screen from getting scratched or damaged and a magnetic flap keeps the folio securely closed. The cover can be opened or folded into an upright or low-angle triangle stand so you can select the ideal position for watching videos, typing emails or web browsing.

The iPad Air has redefined the look and feel of what a thin, lightweight tablet should look and feel like. Now Kensington is doing the same for ultra-thin keyboard cases with the KeyFolio Thin X3 for iPad Air. The X3 features a breakthrough in innovation. PowerLift allows you to tap into the keyboard’s internal battery and charge your phone using its USB cable. A sleek and form-fitting, hard-shell exterior surrounds the tablet with protection while maintaining its thin profile. When the KeyFolio Thin X3 is opened, it reveals an integrated Bluetooth® keyboard that features six rows of high-performance scissor keys, including a row of dedicated shortcut keys, allowing you to be more productive using fewer keystrokes. The unique QuickFold design allows you to hide the keyboard beneath the iPad Air so you can quickly and easily transition from typing mode to viewing mode. The KeySense Power Channel automatically turns the keyboard on and off when it’s engaged or disengaged from the magnetic stand, helping conserve battery life.

With so many 10-inch tablets available in the market, finding a keyboard case that’s versatile enough to fit all the slight dimension changes is more important than ever. That’s why we developed the KeyFolio Fit for tablets running Android. A silicone four-corner base uses stay straps to securely keep the tablet in place. But the most exciting feature has to be TapLaunch available on the Android model, which lets you easily customize three shortcut keys so you can quickly start your favorite apps straight from your keyboard. And speaking of the keyboard, it’s integrated right into the case and pairs fast to your tablet through a Bluetooth® connection. With six rows of high-performance scissor keys, you can type with optimal productivity. A soft interior lining keeps your tablet protected from scratches and damage, and a magnetic flap keeps the case securely closed when you’re on the go.

  • BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case for iPad Air (Black – K97065WW), $59.99
  • BlackBelt  2nd Degree Rugged Case for iPad Air (Plum – K97078WW) or Red – K97079WW), $49.99

Accidents happen, and someday your iPad Air is probably going to get dropped. That’s why Kensington made the BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case. By surrounding your iPad Air in a strong, cushioned rubber layer, it can survive drops and bumps because it offers premium shock absorption. It also features a built-in hand strap, multi-position stand and a screen protector.

  • SafeGrip Rugged Carrying Case and Stand for iPad Air (Blueberry – K67809WW or Charcoal – K67808WW), $44.99

The iPad opens a whole new world of hands-on learning for kids. However, sensitive electronics like the iPad Air just weren’t made to withstand the punishment kids can dish out. The Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Carry Case & Stand wraps the iPad Air in a tough, padded case complete with screen protection. It also has a thick, sturdy handle that’s perfect for kids’ hands, plus a built-in stylus holder and personalization window.

The GummyGrip has a firm tip that’s highly durable, so it won’t wear out even after extended use. Because kids tend to put things in their mouths that they shouldn’t, Kensington designed the GummyGrip with only non-toxic materials in an ergonomic shape that’s ideal for small hands. A lanyard loop allows the stylus to be worn like a necklace, minimizing the chances for the stylus to get misplaced. It also fits perfectly into the stylus holder of the Kensington SafeGrip Rugged Case.

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About Kensington

Kensington, a leader in smart. safe. simple. computing accessories, is the recognized industry standard trusted by enterprises around the world. Kensington’s product offerings include laptop and mobile security locks providing a new generation of front-line protection for mobile devices. In addition, Kensington offers accessories including power adapters, chargers, mice, keyboards, trackballs, universal docking stations, desktop accessories, carrying cases and iPad/iPhone accessories. Headquartered in Redwood Shores, California, Kensington is the technology division of ACCO Brands (NYSE: ACCO), a world leader in branded office products, with products marketed in more than 100 countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.kensington.com or call Kensington toll-free at 1-800-235-6708.

Kensington is a registered trademark of ACCO Brands. BlackBelt, SafeGrip, GummyGrip, TapLaunch, QuickFold, KeySense, PowerLift and smart. safe. simple. are trademarks of ACCO Brands. iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc. All other registered and unregistered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

© 2014 Kensington Computer Products Group, a division of ACCO Brands. All rights reserved.

 

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Belkin Products Named “Cool Tool” Finalists in EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program

Distinguished Awards Program Recognizes Outstanding Solutions in Education and Technology 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 19, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, announced today that three Belkin products have been named as “Cool Tool” finalists in 2014 EdTech Digest Awards Recognition Program. The Tablet Stage and Stage App are Classroom Hardware Solution and Presentation Solution finalists. Belkin’s Store and Charge is a Mobile Device Solution finalist. The Cool Tool awards category recognizes new, emerging and established technology solutions for education.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Presentation Tool for #iPad and Mobile Device Management System Named Finalists in @edtechdigest “Cool Tool” Awards

A distinguished panel of industry influencers and veterans conducted this year’s evaluation proceedings. “There is a lot of talent and quality out there, and we’re excited to recognize these cool tools, leaders and trendsetters in the education technology space,” said Victor Rivero, who oversees the program as Editor in Chief of EdTech Digest. “There are now thousands of startups, apps, and companies working in edtech, more than ever before. Shining a spotlight on the best and brightest, we intend to generate even more activity in this sector to continue pushing forward a slow revolution for the benefit of future generations.”

Belkin Tablet Stage and Stage App

Outfitting individual classrooms with an interactive whiteboard, document camera and computer can add up to several thousand dollars each, and requires extensive training and technical support. Belkin’s Tablet Stage transforms a tablet into an interactive classroom tool at a fraction of this cost. Educators can easily present, conduct a video conference, record a tutorial video, or capture perfect pictures with the mobile device of their choice with the Stage App.

Belkin’s free Stage App for iPad adds interactive capabilities to the Tablet Stage, enabling users to capture live video and overlay text, labels, or highlight key points throughout presentations. Together with Stage App, Stage makes it simple to showcase a lesson or capture content with the iPad. 

Belkin Store and Charge

Store and Charge offers an elegant, accessible, and affordable mobile device management solution designed to optimize digital learning. With the ability to store and charge up 10 devices simultaneously, the station makes it easy to keep tablets, thin and light laptops, and e-readers organized, available, fully charged, and ready for classroom use.

 

The station can store and charge different kinds of devices at the same time, each with its own charging cable or adapter, with an open setup that does not interfere with wireless syncing. Because it is platform agnostic, Store and Charge is suitable for most mobile deployments including all generations of Chromebooks, iPads, Samsung Galaxy, Samsung Note, and up to 13-inch laptops. Its small footprint reduces valuable table top space requirements when in use, and when stored, up to three stations can be mounted on a single cart.

“Belkin is committed to understanding the technology challenges faced by teachers and students, as we continue to innovate solutions that enhance today’s dynamic, digital learning environment,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “This recognition by EdTech Digest is a testament to our customer-driven approach to product design and developing the best quality classroom solutions at prices schools can afford.”

For more information about EdTech Digest, visit www.edtechdigest.com

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education.

About the EdTech Digest Awards Program

Recognizing cool tools, trendsetters and leaders in the education and technology sector, the mission of the annual awards program is to get workable technology solutions for education widely known about and well thought of with the purpose of reshaping the education culture and creating a new and better future for students. Over the years, the best products and brightest minds have been featured helping millions of students, teachers, parents, administrators and others in and around education.

About EdTech Digest

EdTech Digest is a leading source of cool tools, in-depth interviews and notable trends in the education and technology space. Featuring movers and shakers in and around education dedicated to making a difference for our future generations, read it online at http://www.edtechdigest.com.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Samsung tablet, Samsung tablet keyboard, mobile device management, collaboration, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

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Belkin Air Protect™ Case and Air Protect™ Sleeve for Chromebooks Minimize Device Damage Inside and Outside the Classroom

Combined Durability and Usability Make Air Protect for Chromebooks Ideal for Education 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, today unveiled two new products developed for classroom use, the Air Protect™ Case for Chromebooks and the Air Protect™ Sleeve for Chromebooks. Both are designed for ease of use, as well as active classroom environments, where accidental damage can occur to mobile devices that are not outfitted with some form of external protection. Belkin will showcase both new products, and other education solutions, at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

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Air Protect Case for Chromebooks

The Air Protect Case for Chromebooks allows users to work directly from the case without having to remove their Chromebook, laptop or netbook, which minimizes the risk of damage to the device. The case features protective padding and reinforced endoskeleton that absorbs impact, making the Air Protect the ideal case for Chromebook and laptop use in the classroom. Its ballistic nylon exterior protects the case from the wear and tear of constant usage. Innovative micro-gel tabs and screen-attach technology keep the device, even while in use, safely secured while providing a comfortable typing angle and full visibility of the screen.

The anti-slip EVA molded base elevates the device for optimum ventilation to ensure cool operation even after hours of consistent usage. A front pocket accommodates storage for chargers and other classroom accessories. When open, the Belkin Air Protect Case enables direct access to charging ports and other connections on the sides.

Additional Air Protect Case for Chromebooks features:

  • Designed for HP 11, Dell 11, Samsung Series 3, Acer C7 Chromebooks and other supported laptops
    • Simple one-zip auto wake design that allows full access to Chromebook when open
    • Six-sided endoskeleton with shock-absorbing materials to help protect against drops
    • Full screen visibility when open and in use
    • Full tilt-back of screen for all positioning angles
    • Shoulderstrap and retractable carrying handle
    • Seamless and efficient integrated design

Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks

Secure, innovative and lightweight, the Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks allows users to securely travel with and store accessories without the fear of classroom accidents. Perfectly sized for 11” Chromebooks, the durable design with ballistic nylon exterior protects devices from bumps, drops and constant usage, making Air Protect the ideal classroom case. An innovative bottom pocket separated from the laptop compartment safely stores charger and other accessories, minimizing the risk of device screen damage if dropped. 

Additional Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks features:

  • Designed for HP 11, Dell 11, Samsung Series 3, Acer C7 Chromebooks
  • Shock-absorbing endoskeleton and cushioning materials protect against drops
  • Snug fit compartment with six protective barriers
  • Segregated charger compartment insulates the device screen from potential drop damage
  • Integrated hide-away carrying handle
  • ID window with Velcro seal

“Laptops, Chromebooks and tablets are essential supplies in many schools, and they represent a significant investment. Carrying them safely to and from the classroom day after day is a genuine concern,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “Air Protect for Chromebooks offers innovative, practical and affordable solutions for protecting those investments and extending their usability in the classroom.”

Belkin will showcase the Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks, and other education products, at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/. 

The Belkin Air Protect Case and Air Protect Sleeve for Chromebooks will be available in April through the company’s global network of distributors and resellers. 

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Samsung tablet, Samsung tablet, Chromebook, mobile device management, collaboration, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions, Chromebook accessories

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Belkin Introduces Secure and Charge for K-12 Education

Secure Mobile Device Management Solution Keeps Tablets, Chromebooks and eReaders Organized, Secure, Available, and Fully Charged in the Classroom 

PLAYA VISTA, CA – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for classroom, IT infrastructure, office, and mobile environments, today introduced Belkin Secure and Charge, the company’s newest mobile device management solution for classroom use. The Belkin Secure and Charge makes it easy to securely deploy and support tablets and Chromebooks so teachers and students can focus more on the learning experience, and less on the hassles of managing their mobile devices. Belkin will showcase the Secure and Charge and other education products at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Introduces Secure & Charge #MobileDeviceManagement Solution for #Tablets, #Chromebooks & #eReaders

Designed for learning environments, the Secure and Charge stores and charges up to 10 tablets, USB-charging compatible Chromebooks and e-readers at easy-to-reach angles, keeping them organized, available, fully charged, and ready for classroom use. The station can store and charge different kinds of devices at the same time, each with its own charging cable or adapter. An open setup facilitates easy access and seamless wireless syncing.

The Secure and Charge comes with a lockable security enclosure to deter tampering and theft. Because the station is lock type and brand agnostic, users may choose their preferred lockset for easy device management.

Additional Secure and Charge features include:

  • Integrated cable management features that minimize tangles and clutter
  • Labeling space for personalization and identification
  • Compatibility with standard AV carts for ease of transport from classroom to classroom or tabletop to storage location
  • Ability to mount up to three Secure and Charge systems together for the ultimate mobile device charging station
  • Surface mounting features that allow units to be securely attached to tables or carts
  • Stackable design and small footprint makes more efficient use of valuable space

AC Secure and Charge

  • Compatible with all iPad generations, Samsung Galaxy, and e-readers
  • 10 convenient surge-protected AC outlets fit most charging adapters
  • $15,000 Connected Equipment Warranty 

DC Secure and Charge

  • Compatible with all iPad generations, Samsung Galaxy, e-readers and USB-charging cable compatible Chromebooks
  • 10 convenient full-rate (2.4A) USB outlets

“As we’ve continued working with education customers to better understand their technology challenges, it became clear that they required an increased level of mobile device protection, while reducing the hassles of managing these devices,” said Jon Roepke, senior product manager, Business Division, Belkin International. “With lockable security features, the Secure and Charge offers an elegant, accessible, and affordable mobile device management solution designed to optimize digital learning.”

Belkin will showcase the Secure and Charge and other education products at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/. 

The Belkin Secure and Charge will be available in May through the company’s global network of distributors and resellers.

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education. 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Samsung tablet, Samsung tablet, Chromebook, mobile device management, collaboration, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions; tablet charging cart; tablet charging rack

 

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Belkin Announces Completion of Apple MFi Certification for Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad

Technology Leader Becomes First Developer to Offer Apple’s Newest MFi certification for Wired iPad Keyboards 

PLAYA VISTA, California – March 18, 2014 – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, announced today that it has completed Apple® MFi (Made for iPad) certification for its Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad, designed for classroom and standardized testing environments. Belkin will showcase the wired keyboard, introduced in early February, and other education solutions at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Completes #AppleMFiCertification for Secure #WiredKeyboard for #iPad

The MFi Program is a licensing program that encompasses third party hardware accessories using Apple’s licensed technology to connect electronically to iPhone®, iPad® or iPod®. Companies, organizations, government entities and educational institutions are eligible to apply for MFi certification. MFi licensed technology includes lightning and 30-pin connectors, authentication coprocessors, and iPod Accessory Protocol, among other accessories.

Apple has very strict rules and demanding certification requirements to obtain MFi certification, in order to ensure that Apple’s brand image, quality and taste are consistent with its authorized accessories. Companies passing certification tests are able to display MFi-related logos on their product packaging. 

“MFi Apple-certified accessories—more than any other certification—provide users with quality assurance protection,” said Jon Roepke, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Successfully obtaining the MFi authorization is a sign of confidence in the technology and top quality products. We are pleased to offer the first wired keyboard for iPad certified under Apple’s newest MFI guidelines for this product line.”

Secure, durable, and lightweight, the Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard connects directly and securely to a single iPad or Samsung tablet, and it does not require batteries or recharging, making it an ideal partner for standardized testing. The slender, ergonomic design features well-spaced keys made specifically for the classroom. Its plug and play simplicity enables reliable and easy use. The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard also includes a “correct connect” diagnostic indicator, allowing teachers, administrators, and students to verify proper connection via one button push. 

Key Features and benefits include:

  • Plug and play
  • Full-size keys
  • “Correct connect” diagnostic indicator to verify proper connection
  • Durable, lightweight design
  • Well-spaced keys for comfortable typing
  • No additional software required
  • No batteries required
  • Made for classrooms
  • Certified to Apple’s latest MFI specifications for wired keyboards.

Belkin will showcase its Secure Wired Keyboard and other education products, at booth #648 at the annual CUE 2014 Conference, March 20-22 in Palm Springs, California. CUE provides leadership and support to advance student achievement in the educational technology community. For more information visit http://2014.cue.org/.

The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard for the Samsung tablet with the 5-pin micro-USB connector (Part # B2B120) is available now through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers; the 30-pin iPad connector (Part # B2B114) and the Lightning iPad connector (Part # B2B115) will be available April 2014.

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. For more information, please visit: http://www.belkinbusiness.com/education 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Lightning iPad, Samsung tablet, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

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Belkin Unveils Secure Web Camera Adapter

Only Solution Available that Enables the Secure Use of Web Cameras in Computing Environments where Classified or Sensitive Information is Exchanged

PLAYA VISTA, CA – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today unveiled the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter, the only solution available that enables the use of standard USB web cameras in computing environments where classified or sensitive information is presented. The new Secure Web Camera Adapter includes a host of security features, including anti-tampering mechanism in the outside packaging, one-time programmable (OTP) protected firmware, and complete isolation of the USB circuit from the computer.

Using web cameras in a secure environment may cause a security breach if not properly protected. Intruders can exploit computers that are non-secure as a result of web cameras that can view and eavesdrop on conversations, without users being aware that the camera is on and active. 

To avoid these potential breaches, Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International, said that the Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is the only product of its kind in the market, enabling the use of web cameras in environments where security or confidentiality are critical. “Belkin’s Secure Web Camera Adapter is the perfect security solution for environments where computers are present and video calls are used to exchange confidential information,” said Artiz. “It is well-suited for boardrooms, offices, defense, the military, and other areas where sensitive conversations take place.”

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is designed to connect and disconnect a web camera and other USB audio devices at the press of a button. Unlike other adapters, the Belkin web camera adapter makes it very clear to the user when the web camera is active and provides warning before deactivating through a lighting and flashing system. If desired, the user is then able to extend the web camera’s activation period through a simple push of a button.

The Belkin Secure Web Camera Adapter is easy and  intuitive to operate, and should be used whenever web  cameras are used in boardrooms, offices, and other  areas where sensitive conversations take place.

Key features of the Secure Web Camera Adapter include:

  • Automatic Timer Mechanism – The timer functionality combined with intuitive LED lights indicate when the camera is active and when the user must press a button to extend the video call if desired; a disconnect button allows the user to immediately disconnect the camera when necessary.
  • Easy Integration and Operation – the adapter operates with two simple buttons, with clear visual indicators of operation and approaching cut-off; it is easily connected with a standard USB port, including the supplied cable.
  • Advanced Security Features – the isolated independent microcontroller cannot be hacked, reprogrammed or tampered with, and all firmware is stored on a non-programmable ROM.
  • Anti-Tamper Protection – Secure and rugged housing, an active anti-tamper mechanism, non-programmable firmware, and tamper-evident packaging and label ensure that the adapter remains secure in transit at all times.
  • Increased Reliability – the adapter’s simple hardened design, and low self-discharge anti-tamper battery, provide years of reliable usage.
  • Interoperability and Operating System Independent – supports all USB web cameras, requiring only the web camera driver software on the connected computer, and all Windows, iOS, LInux ad Chrome operating systems that support the web camera software.

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government. 

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Secure Web Camera Adapter Enables Secure Use of Webcams where Classified or Sensitive Information is Exchanged

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security, web camera security, webcam security, audio security, network security

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Belkin Releases Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch

New USB Peripheral Switch Delivers Security, Convenience and Control among Multiple Computers with Different Networks at Different Security Levels 

PLAYA VISTA, CA –  Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today introduced the Belkin Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch that uniquely enables users to securely share any USB device on up to four different computers with different networks at different security levels. The new switch was designed and tested to support the widest variety of USB devices, including smart card readers, cameras, thumb drives, USB controllers and more. In tandem with Belkin’s patent-pending desktop controller unit, the USB Switch improves usability, situational awareness, and security.

Belkin’s Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch is configurable through an easy-to-use and password-protected application, ensuring that only authorized IT personnel have access to defined settings. It enables IT departments to assign a specific USB device access to only some of the computers connected to it, allowing a more exact and secure USB device policy. The switch is able to filter USB devices based on a detailed scheme with rules that allow or block USB devices based on specific, user-defined parameters without using software.

The switch is equipped with a designated port supporting the Belkin Advanced Secure Desktop Controller Unit (DCU). With an easy and intuitive user interface, the secure DCU enables browsing through available networks and a clear indication of selected channels through numbers, as well as programmable text and colors. In order to ensure the highest level of protection, the Advanced Secure Peripheral Switch is equipped with an end-to-end tamper-proof packaging system that prevents physical tampering, as well as color chips and name labels to reduce user-switching errors by providing clear identification. 

Key features of the Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch include:

  • USB Device Filtering - The USB device filtering is based on a detailed scheme with the ability to create up to 32 rules that allow or block USB devices based on class, subclass, protocol, serial number, VID and PID.
  • No Shared Resources – The switch is designed to securely operate even when peripheral devices are vulnerable to signaling attacks. The switch does not allow computer access to any shared resource and does not share controllable power sources.
  • Assign USB Devices to Specific Computers – The switch enables users to assign a specific or type of USB device only to some of the computers connected to it – or block others – allowing a more exact and secure USB device policy.
  • Wide Variety of USB Support – The switch was designed and tested to support the widest variety of USB devices.
  • Hot Swap USB Devices – The switch allows hot swapping of USB devices while still connected to the target computers. This enables organizations to create multiple USB device rules, allowing the users to share different devices in a single configuration.
  • Easy-to-Use, Password-Protected Configuration Application – The switch is configurable through an easy-to-use application that can be password-protected, ensuring that only authorized IT personnel can configure the device.
  • DCU (Desktop Controller Unit) Support – The switch supports the patented Belkin Advanced Secure DCU to enable easy and intuitive KVM operation, remotely at the user’s desk. Channel names may be programmed into the DCU display to improve usability, situational awareness and security.
  • Increased Reliability – Using a new, advanced, 25-year anti-tampering battery with an extremely low self-discharge rate, the life expectancy of the switch has been increased dramatically making it the most reliable Advanced Secure USB Peripheral Switch on the market today.

“Until now, USB device access was controlled by software running on the computer which meant it could be hacked or modified. A USB device not issued by an agency can infect the computer system and network which can be used to inject malicious software, for example,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “Now with the new USB Peripheral Switch and Belkin DCU, end users can access authorized USB peripherals on their desktops while ensuring network security. And for government agencies and financial institutions, where security is paramount, deploying a hardware-based solution is critical.”

Belkin delivers the necessary components for workstation security, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of government use. For more information visit: Belkin Government.

Tweet this: @BelkinBusiness Secure USB Peripheral Switch Delivers Security, Convenience & Control for Multiple Computers with Different Security Levels

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

Tags: government security, cyber security, cyber attack, cyber threat, peripheral security, USB security, network security

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Belkin Introduces Meeting Room Power Center for Extended Mobile Device Battery Power

New Tabletop Power Solution Eliminates the Hassles of Losing Battery Power and Inconvenience of Floor Power Units

  

BICSI WINTER CONFERENCE & EXHIBITION – Orlando, FL. –  Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, today announced its release of the new Belkin Meeting Room Power Center, which provides easy, tabletop access to surge-protected AC power outlets and USB charging ports. The new power solution eliminates the inconvenience of plugging into a floor power strip and the disruption of losing battery power during collaborative situations. Belkin will demonstrate the new power solution and other products designed for mobile and business use at the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition 2014, February 2-6 in Orlando, Florida. 

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness introduces Meeting Room Power Center for #mobiledevices, eliminating hassles of losing #batterypower at @BICSI.

Today’s mobile professionals depend on mobile devices for instant access to information and resources. Such access is particularly important in meeting environments such as the conference room, where people come together to share ideas and make informed decisions – not an ideal place for battery power to run out.

The Belkin Meeting Room Power Center offers surge-protected electrical outlets and USB charging ports to keep business-critical devices powered up for as long as needed. Four surge outlets and eight USB charging ports supply simultaneous power to multiple computing devices and peripherals, from tablets and smartphones to laptops and projectors. 

Key Features and Benefits of the Belkin Meeting Room Power Center:

  • Convenient tabletop access to four AC power outlets and eight USB charging ports
  • Fast charging station for mobile devices (2.1A for USB ports)
  • Heavy base keeps the hub stable on the conference room table
  • 1080-Joule energy rating provides superior power protection for sensitive mobile devices
  • Four standard AC power outlets for conventional power cords
  • Eight USB fast-charging ports, compatible with all USB-powered devices
  • $25,000 connected equipment warranty

“Ongoing power supply for mobile devices remains one of the longstanding challenges for mobile professionals and anyone who expects to stay connected wherever they may be,” said Luis Artiz, director of product management, Business Division, Belkin International. “True to our philosophy of designing products that are engineered to address real challenges and make computing a better experience for users, the new Meeting Room Power Center does just that – it eliminates the hassles of running out of battery power and down time, and the inconvenience of connecting with floor power units. And with a $25,000 connected equipment warranty, users can be confident that Belkin stands by its products to deliver the best quality and longevity available.”

The Belkin Meeting Room Power Center (PN: B2E025-06-BLK) is available through the company’s network of authorized channel partners. 

Belkin will showcase the new Meeting Room Power Center and other Belkin products designed for mobile and business use at the BICSI Winter Conference and Exhibition 2014, February 2-6 in Orlando, Florida in booth #606. To arrange a meeting, contact Denise Nelson at dnelson@theventanagroup.com or (925) 858-5198.

Belkin delivers products and customer-driven solutions to support the technology needs of business and mobile computing, as well as every essential accessory and peripheral device to provide a complete, efficient, productive workstation that meets the demands of business use. For more information visit: Belkin Business.

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkin.com/us/business/enterprise.

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Tags: battery power, smartphone battery, smartphone power, tablet battery, tablet power, connectivity, meeting room power, conference room power, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

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Belkin Introduces Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad and Secure Wired Keyboard for Samsung Tablets

Technology Leader Will Showcase New Wired Keyboards Designed for Student-Friendly Use and Standardized Testing at TCEA 2014

TCEA 2014 –  AUSTIN, Texas – Belkin, a trusted leader of technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments, introduced today its new Secure Wired Keyboard for iPad, Lightning iPad and Samsung tablets, designed for classroom and standardized testing environments. Belkin will demonstrate the new wired keyboard and other products designed for education at TCEA 2014 February 3-7 in Austin, Texas, where teachers, campus and district leaders will gather to share best practices for creating engaging classrooms that facilitate active and inspired learning.

Tweet this: @belkinbusiness Introduces Secure #WiredKeyboard for #iPad and #Samsungtablet Use in the Classroom at #TCEA14

Secure, durable, and lightweight, the Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard connects directly and securely to a single iPad or Samsung tablet, and it does not require batteries or recharging, making it an ideal partner for standardized testing. The slender, ergonomic design features well-spaced keys made specifically for the classroom. Its plug and play simplicity enables reliable and easy use. The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard also includes a “correct connect” diagnostic indicator, allowing teachers, administrators, and students to verify proper connection via one button push.

“Bluetooth wireless keyboards are not always permitted in school testing environments, and battery-powered or rechargeable keyboards can run out of power at unfortunate moments, with unfair consequences,” said Jon Roepke, director of product management, Belkin International. “The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard addresses this concern with durable construction, a child-friendly configuration, and ‘no batteries required’ approach to ensure reliable use at any grade level in the classroom.”

The new keyboard features integrated multimedia controls that support advanced learning needs. A row of function keys offers convenient one-touch access to a variety of functions, including volume, play/pause, fast-forward and rewind, screen lock, screen capture, and more. Full-size arrow keys allow users to navigate easily through documents and websites.

Key Features and Benefits

  • Plug and play
  • Full-size keys
  • “Correct connect” diagnostic indicator to verify proper connection
  • Durable, lightweight design Multimedia function keys included
  • Well-spaced keys for comfortable typing
  • No additional software required
  • No batteries required
  • Made for classrooms

The Belkin Secure Wired Keyboard for the Samsung tablet with the 5-pin micro-USB connector (Part # B2B120) is available now through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers; the 30-pin iPad connector (Part # B2B114) and the Lightning iPad connector (Part # B2B115) will be available April 2014. 

Belkin offers a range of solutions designed to enrich the educator and student experience with technology in the modern classroom. Belkin will showcase the new Secure Wired Keyboard and other Belkin products designed for education at TCEA 2014 in Austin, Texas, February 3-7, booth #415. To arrange a meeting, contact Denise Nelson at dnelson@theventanagroup.com or (925) 858-5198. 

About Belkin Business

Belkin Business, a division of Belkin International, offers technology solutions for office, classroom, IT infrastructure, and mobile environments. A proven technology leader for more than 30 years, organizations worldwide trust Belkin for its unwavering commitment to product quality, and expertise in creating solutions designed to address customer requirements in business, government, and education. With a global supply chain and broad provider network, Belkin commands a purchasing power that delivers greater value and unparalleled execution advantages to customers. The company’s line of commercial products are available through Belkin’s global network of distributors and resellers. Headquartered in Playa Vista, California, the company is represented in more than 25 countries and can be found on the Web at http://www.belkinbusiness.com.

Follow Belkin on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BelkinBusiness and FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belkin-Business/528342663855273

Tags: classroom technology, K-12 technology, education technology, iPad, Lightning iPad, Samsung tablet, TCEA 2014, #TCEA14, mobile computing, mobile computing solutions

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