What’s new? CPU issues „Spectre“ and „Meltdown“, cashless paying methods and new DIN RAIL brackets for BRICK

With some interesting news we’re starting the year 2018. This article concerns three topics: First of all the CPU issues called “Spectre” and “Meltdown”. Furthermore we will explain why we charge no more extra fees for cashless paying methods, and we will show you the new DIN RAIL clamps for our spo-book BRICK series.

CPU issues “Spectre” and “Meltdown”

With the beginning of 2018 one big problem in the IT field came up: The security holes Spectre and Meltdown, which were found in processors, especially in those by Intel. Skillfully attackers, exploiting these vulnerabilities, are able to extract data that the computer processes in its memory – including passwords. We at spo-comm are dealing with the currently emerging problems and are working on their solutions with our partners.

You will find a news ticker on our website soon, where you can get the most recent information about this topic. This way you will always stay up to date! You can also learn which of our Mini-PCs are affected and how we act against these issues.

No more Surcharging: Extra costs for cashless payment are eliminated

Since January 13th it is prohibited for merchants across the EU to charge any extra fees for cashless paying methods. This so-called “Surcharging” was used when a customer paid by credit card, SEPA direct debit or bank transfer. Although not initially affected by the "Surcharging" prohibition, PayPal also changed its terms and conditions on January 9th which now stipulate that merchants are not authorized to charge extra fees when a customer wants to use the PayPal services as a paying method.

What this means for our customers is, that even though this prohibition was made for the B2C field, as of now you will no longer pay any extra charges if you want to pay via PayPal or credit card in our online shop.

New DIN RAIL clamps for our BRICK series

For our BRICK series are now new clamps for DIN RAILS available. These clamps are screwed onto a fitting VESA mount and enable therefore the installation of the Mini-PC into switch cabinets. The rails can be directly selected while configuring your Mini-PC.

More on this topic

29 Mar 2018 know-how

Update to Intel’s Spectre and Meltdown

After the occurrence of Spectre and Meltdown at the beginning of this year it got fairly quiet about these processor security holes. Intel’s CEO, Brian Krzanich published a post regarding the security problems Spectre and Meltdown and explains that Intel is going to continue mitigating their effects and what was already done against those exploits.
13 Mar 2018 products

NEW: spo-book RUGGED Q170 – Flexibility combined with robustness

Our spo-book RUGGED Q170 doesn’t only convince with its sixth generation Intel® Core i5 CPU or its free selectable RAM (up to 32 GB), but also with a feature, that is totally new in the history of spo-comm. Besides the usual application field of the RUGGED series – which is especially the outdoor use – the newcomer also conquers new areas of application.
30 Nov 2017 products

The professional Mini-PC product series from spo-comm – network applications

In the past few weeks we have been introducing you our product series in more detail. Both our digital signage players and our Mini-PCs for the fields of industrial control and vehicle computing were introduced. This time we would like to discuss the application of mini computers in the area of networking. Our product range offers the spo-book TECH QUAD and the spo-book NINETEEN Q170.