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To Know Her Is To Love Her: The Truly Personal, Personal Assistant

If you’re interested in where human computer interfaces are going and you haven’t seen Spike Jonze’ latest film, ‘HER’ yet; stop reading this and go to the movies now. It’s a fascinating, cautionary tale of a man who falls in love with his automated personal assistant named Samantha (the voice of Scarlett Johansson). This is categorically not SIRI. Where SIRI is basically a rules-based natural language search engine, Samantha is an AI-driven learning entity: constantly expanding her knowledge base and creating connections between phrases, ideas, preferences etc. Here’s a quote from the film where Theodore (Joachin Phoenix) has just started using the new software: Samantha: Well, I take it from your tone that you’re challenging me. Maybe because you’re curious how I work? Do you...

Enterprises Turn To Mobile Messaging In A Crowded Communications Landscape

We have seen an explosion of enterprise communication and messaging applications. People are used to more communication platforms on their personal devices, and are expecting a similar range of tools to be available to them in the workplace. Employers are challenged with not only finding the most effective and secure communications platform that can reach an increasingly mobile workforce, but one that also supports communication requirements such as those around mission critical scenarios. Business leaders are asking: what is the best form of communication to address these needs and what are the benefits of one platform over another? In an ideal world, businesses require an enterprise communication platform which is effective at reaching users at the right time, is secure, and used by ever...

5 Top Tips For BYOD: A Legal Perspective

There has been a significant rise in businesses implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies. This comes as no surprise following research by Cisco which revealed that of today’s Generation Y; around 90% check their smartphones first thing in the morning – reinforcing the fact that today we are in an ‘always on’ environment. Whilst BYOD can bring a number of benefits to businesses, including cost savings, there are some steps every organisation should take before implementing it organisation-wide: 1. Put A Policy In Place The first step is to draw up a reasonable, binding policy on BYOD to protect both businesses and employees. This will ensure that all risks are addressed and managed effectively. For example – what will happen if there is a data breach; who will be liable? W...

What Steps Should Be Taken To Ensure Your Business Is Ready For Flexible Working?

Many companies today are asking themselves the same question. Is our business ready to handle the expectations and technical requirements of a modern workforce that demands ever greater flexibility in where and how it works? Today, to attract and retain the best talent, firms know they must be seen to offer competitive working arrangements that respect employees’ personal time, and also their working habits – especially the freedom to choose their own technology. Employees are, more and more, influencing the terms of engagement. One in three workers under 30 say they would prioritise social media freedom, device flexibility and work mobility over salary when evaluating a job offer. The onus is firmly on businesses to develop a winning formula – mixing enlightened employment policies with r...

Top 6 Reasons Why Banking Is Going Mobile

In recent years banks have been striving to make their services more convenient for customers. With the drastic evolution of smart phones, mobile banking has been the natural evolution. Most high street banks now provide applications which allow you to make payments and transfer funds with nothing more than a few clicks of a button. Here are the top 6 reasons why banking is going mobile. 1. Applications Aid Convenience High street banks aren’t just competing with each other; they are also competing with an increasing amount of third party applications, such as PayPal. Many banks are actually starting to work alongside the developers behind these systems to create their own in-house applications. For example, Barclays’ Pingit was developed in response to these third party applications and h...

What Are The Limitations Of Satellite Internet Technology?

Satellite Internet is becoming a major competitor to cable providers. The main point for employing such systems is getting high-speed data traffic in areas that do not have access to cable, broadband or DSL connection. The technology is definitely a major breakthrough, allowing remote communities to get connected to the Web. However, this does not mean that there is not still much work to do to improve the system. While, sometimes, it is the only possible solution to get Internet access, it is also true that it can also have bothering limitations. Here are the main issues users found in this technology. Rush Hours While, generally, satellite Internet speed is quite constant, many people using it pointed to sluggish speeds during peak hours. As in any kind of network, when many users access...

Welcome To The Workspace Of The Future

Gartner predicts that 25% of enterprises will have implemented an app store of some kind by 2017. Enterprise app stores are seeing unparalleled levels of demand fuelled by the rapid rise in the consumerisation of IT and the need for agility in an overcrowded marketplace. With this heightened clamour comes the opportunity to innovate and reinvent enterprise computing, by introducing the ‘Workspace of the Future.’ As consumers continue to embrace the app revolution in their personal lives, they will increasingly demand the same ease of use and accessibility from their working environment. In other words, if employers don’t provide users with access to the apps that they want and need to do their job effectively they will simply get them from elsewhere, regardless of corporate policies and li...

Innovations Are Set To Make Mobile Advertising Buzz

Today, as a rapidly growing number of consumers use their smartphones and tablets to interact with content on-the-go, mobile advertising has become the medium of choice for marketers across the globe. This is a trend backed by a recent report by Nielsen, a global information and measurement company, which highlights that the average smartphone user in the US spends upwards of 60 hours a week consuming content on a mobile device. Technological advances are ensuring that the mobile is now one of the most effective mediums of advertising. We are witnessing innovation across the mobile ad space including areas of data analysis, relevant ad serving, and in building new innovative features such as real-time bidding, pixel tracking, and native ads—all of which help to vastly increase the effectiv...

#GenMobile: A New Breed Of Employee Is Influencing The Workplace

Mobile devices are everywhere – and they’re changing the way we do things. From the way we work and play to how we interact with one another, technology is also altering what employees are coming to expect from their employers. This mobile proliferation has bred a new group of people: #GenMobile. This generation expect to have access to resources and information whenever and wherever they need them and to balance their professional and personal lives. For #GenMobile, flexibility and mobility are business as usual. Not only must employers be able to spot #GenMobile, they need to be able to cater to their mobile needs; empowering a productive workforce, and remaining competitive in an ever-changing business environment. Moving Towards Mobility There is a palpable shift towards mobile computi...

Taking The Business World By Storm: The Rise Of The Chromebook

Chromebooks have been a runaway success since the first model was launched two years ago. Last Christmas saw Amazon announce a pair of Chromebooks as two of the three best-selling notebooks of the US holiday season. And as is increasingly the way, like tablets, they’ve quickly moved from consumer gadgets to business staples as companies have begun to embrace a new connected and collaborative approach to work. In the US, Chromebooks now make up more than 20 percent of notebook sales to businesses, matching sales of tablets. We are now seeing this same trend in the UK. The second half of 2013 saw a significant increase in deployments of Chromebooks from both commercial and public sector organisations. Why are Chromebooks providing such a hit? One group that’s finding them a great...

3 Reasons Why Warehousing Needs Mobile And The Internet Of Things

I’ve written several blogs on how new mobile technologies, Big Data and the emerging Internet of Things are changing how we work, and today I’d like to discuss three specific challenges faced by the warehousing and self-storage industry. 1. Easier Customer Engagement & Sales The rise of mobile-first computing provides an array of opportunities to engage with the customer both more frequently and in a more relevant fashion, but also allows the customer’s experience to be made simpler and easier; all of which increase the chances of repeat business. With more commerce taking place over the internet and increasingly via mobile, it’s vital to have mobile or web apps that make purchasing simple, and which provide a native user experience across device ecosystems, such as iOS or Android, and...

Unified Communications Make Mobile Workforces Go Further And Work Harder

It’s a commonly held view that nothing works in isolation. But the estimated 6 million people in the UK classified as ‘lone workers’ may well disagree; they’re expected to do it every day. With a sizeable chunk of the UK workforce required to operate alone in remote geographies and high-risk environments, employees increasingly work in isolation. But, despite the obvious challenges of hazardous conditions, unsociable hours and often poor mobile coverage, some organisations’ support for vulnerable lone workers remains sub-optimal. Lone working has a particular resonance in manufacturing arenas such as energy, oil and gas, chemical plants and distilleries. In these disparate environments, employees are often required to work on-site at the isolated extremes of production plants, or off-site ...