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Drop in PC sales shows a change in IT use

Posted by Phil Dyson | 23 Apr 2013, 15:18 PM

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PC sales dropped by an unprecedented 14% in the first quarter of 2013, with just 76.3 million units being shipped in the first three months of the year. But what has caused such a sudden dip in demand? And how are businesses responding?

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Is battery life holding back mobile technology?

Posted by Paul Storey | 20 Mar 2013, 15:51 PM

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Within the industry, we are increasingly told that the future is mobile, with the ‘bring your own device’ trend rapidly gaining pace. Paul Storey reflects on the advances in mobile technology, while also highlighting the key areas still requiring improvement; until battery life increases, our remote working aspirations may be put on hold.

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IT in schools: are we getting it wrong?

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 15 Mar 2013, 15:55 PM

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In the corporate world, IT is an integral part of our day-to-day dealings. However, visit any comprehensive high school and you will not experience the same reliance on IT and technology innovations. Ian Rhodes discusses the importance of keeping IT education in line with progression in the workplace, and the benefits this could have for the economy.

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Technology and the aging population

Posted by Stefan Haase | 5 Mar 2013, 16:09 PM

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Though technology is ordinarily associated with the young, the aging population of the nation means that such advancements will no longer remain solely a part of youth culture. In addressing the problems caused by an aging population, technological and IT advances will be key players in our adaptation strategy.

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The importance of remote working

Posted by Stefan Haase | 27 Feb 2013, 16:27 PM

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Marissa Mayer, CEO of Yahoo! Inc, this week announced a ban on ‘working from home’ within her organisation. She cited her reasoning as a ‘need to be working side-by-side,’ but in an age of emerging remote working technology, is this need out-dated? Stefan Haase discusses the benefits of remote working, and some of the best technology for the job.

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The office of the future

Posted by Stefan Haase | 23 Jan 2013, 17:22 PM

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Offices, which once epitomised the words boring, homogenous and restricted, are changing. A recent British Council for Offices conference announced its plans for offices of the future. Boasting plants growing on the walls and total energy efficiency, what does this mean for the IT infrastructure in future office developments?

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Expanding available WiFi spectrum will improve business operations

Posted by Sean Paxton | 21 Jan 2013, 17:25 PM

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The Federal Communications Commission, an independent agency of the US government, is set to open up an additional 5Mhz of the US WiFi spectrum, beginning in February. The decision is aimed at improving processing speed in congested public spaces such as airports and conference facilities.

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Importance of remote working in the face of snow

Posted by Phil Dyson | 15 Jan 2013, 17:31 PM

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This week the Met office has issued an ‘amber / be prepared’ warning of heavy snow in the North East, Yorkshire and the East Midlands. How will this affect your business operations? Some extraordinary figures have been circulated since the last bout of heavy snowfall, numbers that will have unsurprisingly worried business owners and management teams ever since. Increasingly, snow and adverse weather conditions cause travel chaos across the UK, with roads often impassable and public transport unusable. The result of this is that staff are unable to get to the office, and can mean that your business grinds to a halt.

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Happy 150th birthday to the Tube

Posted by Ian Rhodes | 14 Jan 2013, 17:33 PM

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Happy birthday to the Tube. The early life and journey of the Tube is strikingly similar to the development of IT and telecomms in the past few decades – and both have revolutionised the way we work and live.

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Make yourself at home…in the Cloud

Posted by Phil Dyson | 10 Jun 2011, 14:44 PM

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A recent BBC article highlighted the changing face of working practices in the UK. Citing ‘teleworking’ as the catalyst for fast-paced evolution, the report tells us how the number of people working from home or remotely rose from 14% in 2006 to 46% in 2008…with the trend set to continue.

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When the Ash meets the Cloud

Posted by Phil Dyson | 23 May 2011, 10:05 AM

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So, volcanic disruption threatens to ground flights and scupper our various plans all over again. But, hidden behind the media stories of cancelled holidays and 3-day waits in the airport, the Icelandic ash has a serious effect on the UK’s economy.

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