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REVIEW: Toshiba Portégé X30

Last year Toshiba confirmed that while it’s stopping making PCs for European consumers – and indeed won’t be offering these outside of its home market of Japan – the company will continue to sell computers to businesses in Europe and the US. Its Portégé and Tecra laptop ranges fly the flag, so can the company’s latest ultraportable business workhorse compete against the likes of Dell, HP, Lenovo or even Apple? What Is It And Who Is It For? The Portégé X30 (from £1,229) is one of the latest additions to Toshiba’s premium professional notebook range. As expected it comes in a sleek and lightweight magnesium chassis (316 x 227 x 16.4mm, 1.05kg) designed for frequent business travellers, yet offers the latest 7th Generation Intel Core U processors, runs Wind...

REVIEW: Dell Latitude 13 7000 (7370)

Laptops designed for everyday computing are two-a-penny (just pop into your local electronics retailer), but secure mobile computers designed for corporate workspaces are a different breed. Dell is one of a few computer manufacturers who knows the needs of business users really well (it’s been making laptops like this for over 20 years), and its new Latitude family gives users and IT managers pretty much everything they need. 10 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE LATITUDE 7370 Taking a design cue from Dell’s attractive XPS line, the Latitude 7370 (from £1,439 ex. VAT) is one of thinnest and lightest (305 x 211 x 14.32mm, 1.12kg) business-class laptops on the market. But it’s not so dainty that you’ll worry about placing it down or scuffing its case. Its hard-wearing ...

Follow The Techies To Embrace Cultural Change

As someone running a successful business you may not think there is much a software engineer could teach you about management. But one of management’s hardest tasks, cultural change, is complex, intangible and often a moving target. These are precisely the types of problems that software engineers have been grappling with since the dawn of computing. For that reason alone, as business owners and leaders we can look to the skills they have been fine tuning for decades and apply them to other business problems. Here are five proven techniques that you can start to apply across your business, but are particularly powerful when trying to accelerate cultural change. 1. Set Up Experiments Facebook is testing a new form of Like button. They hypothesise that this will improve user experience...

6 Top Tips For Maintaining A Secure Workplace

This month marks ‘National Home Security Month’ and whilst securing your home is extremely important, how often do you think about the safety of your work place? No matter the size of your business the security of your office is paramount because not only do you need to protect any equipment or technology you have but you also need to keep important documents and any personal items safe from theft. Having a good range of security in place at your office could also bring down the premium of your insurance. So, what options do you have when it comes to securing your commercial property? Take a look. 1. Alarm System Having a monitored alarm system should be high on your list when looking at keeping your office secure. If the alarm is set off then it will send an emergency signal to the centre...

Digital Wallets: Cashless Through Digitalisation

With mobile commerce transactions increasingly becoming the norm, it is not surprising that digital and mobile wallets are finally turning from an industry buzzword into a mainstream application. Both consumers and business customers are looking for ways to wade through the digital quagmire as easily and quickly as possible. They want to make transactions wherever they are, using a range of payment methods. Whether it’s loyalty cards, digital vouchers, receipts, transaction tickets, or credit cards, they can now all be stowed away electronically in digital wallet applications. A Better Understanding Of Customers Digital wallets afford us great convenience — and, with that, may entice consumers to make more transactions, buying when they would not have been able to make a purchase pre...

Information Is At Its Most Vulnerable Just Before Employees Resign

Naivety and misplaced trust are a dangerous combination in business. Nowhere is this more clearly seen than when it comes to managing information risk. A recent study reveals that 87 per cent of companies across Europe do not believe that their employees take information with them when they leave. For 81 per cent this confidence stems from the introduction of robust measures that include asking employees to sign non-disclosure agreements, blocking access to company IT networks upon departure, ensuring data cannot be copied onto discs or USB keys, and escorting those in high risk positions from the building the moment they hand in their resignation. Well that’s all right then. Except, three quarters of those surveyed never bother to check whether these measures prevent information being rem...

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