By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking
This Christmas, the average individual budget for Christmas presents and related festive season items is £375, according to a new study from Rackspace® Hosting (NYSE: RAX), the open cloud company.Google+
By Trefor Davies, CTO, Timico
1. Ignoring BlackBerry
Gartner has damned them, public apologies are rife and the struggles in 2013 have been well documented. But do businesses risk throwing out the baby with the bathwater in 2014 by ignoring BlackBerry’s offerings? As the original corporate-warrior’s tool, BlackBerry has always lauded its practical keyboard and super-secure platform over its competitors. If the mere thought of a BYOD set-up induces a migraine – it might be worth at least considering BlackBerry’s BES10 offering in 2014.Google+
By Stephen Demianyk, channel manager, Ipswitch, UK
The latest Sony SmartWatch or Samsung’s Galaxy Gear are likely to be making an appearance on many people’s Christmas lists this year. Certainly industry analysts are convinced, just one of the many firms predicting an explosion in wearables is ABI Research, whose figures predict 485 million shipments by 2018.Google+
By Claire West, Fresh Business Thinking
UK small businesses are underestimating the risks that come with increasing use of new technology, according to new research commissioned by global insurer Zurich.
The research, carried out by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), shows there is a broad perception amongst SMEs that new technologies bring exclusively positive opportunities.Google+
By Kevin Curran of the IEEE
Luckily there are alternatives to those well-known operating systems for those of you who are looking for a new mobile. The interface for the Ubuntu phone, called Unity, has been well-received by consumers since it’s constantly upgraded, just like its desktop version. What is especially interesting about the arrival of the Ubuntu phone is that an abundance of Linux applications will be available. Ubuntu has been working frantically to make it easier for developers to allow these apps to work seamlessly on much smaller screens; this may result in Linux developers becoming ‘mobile app developers’ overnight!Google+
By Professor Christopher James, Chair of the IEEE UKRI Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) Chapter and Professor of Healthcare Technology at the University of Warwick
Wearable technology was huge at CES - the BBC even called it a revolution, and whilst this is an area that is growing in popularity and advancing at a rate of knots, the type of technology being developed by those at chip manufacturer Qualcomm, aiming to enable a two week warning of a heart attack, is unfortunately not yet commonplace. Professor Christopher James, Chair of the IEEE UKRI Engineering in Medicine & Biology Society (EMBS) Chapter and Professor of Healthcare Technology at the University of Warwick talks about is the type of tech that is currently available, and some of the enabling factors that can help the futuristic wearable healthcare technology solutions to become a reality.Google+
By Ruth Cheesley, Director of Virya Technologies
From the demise of the network provider to the rise in influence of ‘social signals’ and open source solutions, technology expert Ruth Cheesley, founder of Virya Technologies, reveals her top predictions for how technology will influence businesses in 2013. Continue readingGoogle+
By Christopher Barnatt, Associate Professor of Computing & Future Studies at Nottingham University Business School and the author of ‘A Brief Guide to Cloud Computing ‘(2010) and ‘25 Things You Need to Know About the Future’ (2012). His latest book, ‘Seven Ways to Fix the World’ was published in Sept 2012.
With the initial flurries of disbelief and mania out of the way, cloud computing is now starting to settle. For many businesses the benefits in terms of cost and levelling the playing field are clear, with adoption steadily proceeding. However, it is also already evident that the next generation of cloud developments will be about more than saving money and improving collaboration by migrating e-mail and office apps to the Internet.
For start, many Big Data solutions are likely to be cloud-centric. Big Data generates value from the storage and processing of very large quantities of digital information that cannot be analyzed with traditional computing techniques. In practical terms, Big Data is therefore all about understanding customers better and using this information to increase personalization, improve logistics, and reduce waste. Continue readingGoogle+