The Trouble with Internet Privacy – Featuring Kevin Spacey!

Internet Privacy

I’ve been doing a bit of reading about Internet Privacy recently and came across the old article on the BBC:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8569750.stm

I know this is mainly down to the big record labels pushing this, but do they really think people wont just find another way around it?

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Hold the phone!? Landlines – who uses theirs nowadays?

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Whilst idly wasting time surfing the internet looking for something interesting to write whilst i’m enjoying my holiday in Thailand, I came across a video about landlines, and if anybody actually uses it anymore.

First thing I did was to check with a few mates if they knew their number – I did this by messaging them on Whatsapp and sending a group Skype message – we’ve moved on so much we don’t even use our mobile numbers to communicate!.  So all in all I’ll go along with the research 100%.
The video was from Relish – London’s new wireless broadband service – which has just released a video experiment to highlight how few people actually know their landlines numbers these days, and that many landlines are used solely for the purpose of accessing the internet – meaning people pay for unused line rental, on top of their monthly broadband fee.
In the video participants were asked on the spot to try and call their own landline number off the top of their head, and offered a prize of £50 cash if they could. (I know there’s not a chance that I could tell you mine off the top of my head, and honestly, I don’t even have a phone plugged in). The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sy5-0sc3OKY it really highlights how the need for a landline is becoming a thing of the past.
Relish’s 4G wireless network for central London means that you can get online without needing to wait for a broadband installation guy, long contracts or unwanted landlines.
Research commissioned by Relish reveals:
- Nearly half of Londoners only keep their home phone so they can access the internet
- Almost 40% of Londoners don’t know their own home phone number
- 56% don’t know how much they’re paying for their landline each month
- Over half ‘rarely’ or ‘never’ use their home phone to make calls
- 65% of adults admit that landlines are a thing of the past
You can find out more by visiting https://www1.relish.net/, following Relish on Twitter andFacebook

Simple Business Tips For First-Time Company Bosses

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Starting a new business in the current climate is a brave move. While many others are holding onto their savings in these uncertain times, you’re venturing out into the world and trying to make your mark regardless. For that, you deserve a well-earned pat on the back. With so much stacked against you, you’ll have to work very hard to ensure your new concept takes off. It’s always a good idea to seek out advice and guidance if you’re new to the business world, and so you’ve come to the right place this morning.

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Getting the capital you require

Presuming you don’t have enough money in your account to fund your new venture, you’ll have to start thinking outside of the box. Most high street banks will refuse to release any money to you without first seeing a business plan they cannot ignore. For that reason, it’s vitally important that you create yours as soon as possible. If you need help with that, there are lots of guides online that tell you everything you need to know.

Finding business premises

Depending on the nature of your new business idea, you might need to rent an office, factory or warehouse. While it is always a good idea to work from home for as long as possible, you should start looking at potential properties immediately. Standard websites like Zoopla and Rightmove should be your first port of call. Also, you might benefit from visiting estate agencies in your local area that deal with commercial buildings.

Employing the best staff

You would think that finding hard-working staff at a time when the job market is terrible would be simple. However, that isn’t the case. Due to the amount of unemployed people in the UK, you’re bound to receive thousands of applications from people who don’t have the skills or dedication you require. You’ll have to spend a significant amount of time filtering through candidates before arranging interviews.

Buying technology for your business

You’ll no doubt need a few computers to ensure your business runs smoothly, but you might also require some other technology too. Just do some research into the latest products on the market and see if they have the potential to save you time and money. At the end of the day, it’s worth making an investment if you will claw the cash back over time.

Protecting any original ideas

If you plan to sell original products, it’s essential that you apply for appropriate patients. You’ll want to be covered in a number of different territories, and so PCT patents are your best option. Presuming you intend to sell your products worldwide, you can get PCT patent applications here. After submitting your application, the lawyers will do all the hard work for you. Thankfully, your designs are covered from the moment your application is received.

We hope you have learned something here today, and that you will apply our suggestions and tips to your business model. While the ideas in this post were simple, you would not believe the amount of people who overlook the basics.

Is A Custom PC Right For You?

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The desktop PC is dying out. Most homeowners are switching to laptops or tablets for their everyday needs. The bulky monster no longer has a place in the house. Laptops are now powerful enough to take care of most daily tasks. They handle everything from surfing the internet to keeping accounts to storing photos.

However, when it comes your business, a laptop or tablet won’t always cut it. Especially if you’re in the multimedia industry or a web developer. A laptop is also no good if you’re a serious gamer or have a hobby that requires some large computer power. In these cases, more and more people are turning to custom PCs. The custom PC business is thriving because many off-the-shelf models don’t quite provide the power.

A custom PC doesn’t have to mean building your own machine from scratch! It typically means choosing each component specific to your needs. It was once an expensive practice but it is becoming more affordable. In some cases it won’t cost much more than buying the newest model. So who benefits most from a custom PC?

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Photo and Video Editors

Photo and video editors need to store thousands of photos and hours of video footage. With cameras now capturing the highest possible pixel rate, each photo can take up huge storage space. They’ll usually need to install two hard-drives. One should be a solid state drive (SSD) for added space and backups.

Solid state drive are perfect because they are faster and more reliable than normal hard drives. They load up faster which means they use less CPU. This can free up more processing power for software. Processing power is key when using Photoshop and movie editors. You need a lot of power to edit high resolution images quickly and efficiently. They’ll need to make sure they have plenty of RAM too. If they begin to run out of memory space, the software will begin to eat up hard drive space in its place.

Finally, they’ll need a great custom monitor to display the full beauty of the images they have captured. They need to see every detail and the tiny changes they make in post-production.

Music Producers

Music producers require a custom PC for most of the same reasons outlined above. Memory, processing power and backups. However, they will also want to install a custom sound card. Your average PC comes with a sound card but it will not be powerful enough. A music producer will want to translate the highest possible quality of sound. They won’t want to lose any detail from the instruments onto the computer software.

Gamers

Gamers hate to have their gameplay interrupted by long loading times, glitches and lagging. They need the fastest possible processing power on a dedicated gaming machine. Gamers will also require extremely powerful graphics cards. Displaying every beautiful pixel will put a strain on the average graphics card so a custom model is a must.

Replacing your old desktop with a custom model is a great idea if you have very specific needs. They are perfect if your software uses a lot of processing power or you need the highest possible quality output. If you think you could benefit from a custom PC, speak to a specialist and you can begin tailoring your perfect machine.

Do you remember your smartphone from when you were a kid?

I do, fondly.  I had the Nokia 3210 and I loved it.  I think I had around 3,000 different covers for it:

Classy right?

Classy right?

Ah yes many many hours spent playing snake ‘just one more time’…  On an even less serious note, check out the infographic below that I found whilst trawling for images of old phones.  It was created by Big Brother All Security and is bang on the money.

 

The Smarthomes Of Yesterday

As regular readers know – I have a bit of a fetish for learning about the development of China’s mobile network infrastructure.  The only thing I’ll add to the fantastic infographic below is that sometimes reality is even more suprising than fiction.  600 million handsets anyone?  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_phone_industry_in_China

All Geeks should Know… “The Cloud Computing 101″

When I received an email into my inbox daring to challenge my knowledge of cloud computing (sort of…) I was forced to confront a little fear of mine.  Yes I know exactly what it is, and I think I know the basics… However computing in the cloud is one of those (rare) things that I don’t know everything about.

I joke!

So for those of you like me that want your information in neatly packaged chunks like infographics, today is your lucky day.  Thank you to Net Technical Solutions in Surrey for your time.

Any questions guys give me a shout!

Computing In The Cloud

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A Quick Look At The Latest Office Technology

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If you operate from an office, you’ll want to ensure your team have the best-possible equipment available. That is the only way you’re going to stay ahead of the competition and make a decent profit. Failing to keep abreast of all the latest advancements could result in dire consequences. If your competitors can complete a job in half the time it takes you, they’re going to be far more productive. Considering all that, we’re attached an infographic to this post that you might like to check out. Before you do that, let’s take a look at some of the most-essential new tech items.

Smartglass

You will have seen lots of articles about this on the internet as Google has been talking about their latest product a lot over the last few months. Smartglass will allow your employees to keep on top of things, no matter where they might be in the world.

Smartwatch

In much the same way, a smartwatch will allow your team to check on their documents and correspondence when not in the office. They can send emails and perform all the standard tasks that would otherwise do from their computer.

Treadmill desks

Ensuring your staff stay in the best health is essential. The last thing you want is for them to have lots of days off sick due to a bad back. Treadmill desks will help to combat that issue.

We hope you are learning a bit here today. As we said at the start of this post, you should look at the infographic to find out more.


Infographic By UK.Insight.com

Technology Essentials for Big Businesses

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The digital age has brought many improvements for big businesses. Helping to streamline practically all parts of the company, technology continues to advance and open up new opportunities. If you want to make the most of your business, below you’ll discover the most essential technology you need to invest in. From digital packaging print to social media and online data storage; there are many options open to you to expand and improve your company.

Digital printing – Creating a flexible packaging solution

Digital printing has really taken off over the past few years. Producing exceptional results every time, it is known to cut costs and keep important clients/customers happy. Not only can digital printing be great for advertising, it can also have benefits for your company’s packaging too by using digital packaging print . A digital printer can print onto practically any material. This allows you to add your company logo and produce high quality labels, shrink sleeve and flexible packaging.

Online data storage

Data storage is one of the biggest challenges big companies face today. As more people move to online browsing and ordering, the amount of data is quickly increasing year by year. As reported by Sage, the explosion of data is set to have a pretty big impact on businesses. Therefore it makes sense to start taking action now.

There are plenty of online storage options available and The Cloud is by far one of the most popular. However, big businesses need to be careful when choosing The Cloud. There are two options available and these include public or private. The public Cloud is free, while the private Cloud is a paid service. It is vital that you pay for the private storage due to data confidentiality laws. The free public Cloud is not completely secure. So unless you want to find yourself on the wrong side of the law, be sure to invest in a purely private data storage system.

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Strong social media presence

The benefits of social media for big businesses have been widely known for the past few years. However, if you really want to keep your customers happy and drive in new traffic, you need to have a strong social media presence. This means having fresh content uploaded to your social media pages frequently. If you don’t have the time to do this yourself, it would be a good idea to outsource a professional to do it for you. Customer comments and feedback will need to be answered promptly so you need to make sure somebody is accessing the accounts every day.

A good tip as featured on O2, is to ensure you don’t constantly talk about your company. Mix it up a little and add interesting facts and posts regarding recent events and issues.

These are just three of the top technology big businesses should be using. Making the effort to keep up to date with the latest technology will really pay off. Focus on technology that enhances customer experience, lowers your overheads and makes your business life easier overall.

 

 

What Sort of Printer is Right For Your Business?

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Buying a printer for your business can be a confusing task. You start off thinking you can just go ahead and buy any old printer. But then it turns out there are different types with different functions. Some could save you money, and others could have you wasting money you can’t afford to spend. So which printer type is right for you and your business? There are several things to consider when you choose a printer, including how much you’ll use it and what you’ll use it for.

Monochrome Laser and LED Printers

These simple printers are best suited to businesses with low print volumes. If you usually print black-and-white documents with simple straight lines, a monochrome printer could be just fine for you. You can use one to print spreadsheets, documents and other plain-text items. But if you need something that can handle more complicated work, you’ll need to go a step up from a monochrome printer.

Color Lasers and LEDs

If you need a color printer, a color laser or LED printer is an option, but it may not be the best one. Laser and LED printers struggle to produce good quality images when it comes to printing photos or other color-heavy images. It’s difficult to get a clear and smooth image on most laser and LED printers.

Inkjet Printers

Inkjet printers produce a much better quality print when it comes to photos and printing lots of color. If your business prints colored pages, inkjets are better suited than laser or LED printers. Some in inkjets can even print on specific materials, such as canvas, t-shirt transfers and CDs or DVDs. These functions are useful if you want to produce marketing materials with a difference. If you print in color, it’s essential to try and get a quality, low-cost print. Use printers from Ricoh London, and similar high-quality printers, instead of the cheapest printer you can find.

How Many People Will Use the Printer?

A personal printer is only suitable if you will be the only one printing from it. If there are more people in the office that need to use the printer, you need an ethernet or wireless connection. Work out how much printing your office will need to do per day, so you know how much the printer will need to be able to handle. You also want to make sure that it can hold enough paper so that you’re not continuously reloading the tray throughout the day.

Multi-use Printers

Some printers perform more than one function, such as photocopying and scanning on top of printing. These extra functions may be extremely useful to some offices, but would be a waste in others. If you only want to print documents, there’s no need for the other functions. But they can be useful for digitizing or making copies of hard-copy texts or sending documents to other people.

If your business prints large volumes every day, you will need to look at more heavy-duty printers. Alternatively, you can outsource very large volumes, so you don’t have to handle the printing.

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