Google today launched a new tool to help businesses easily create mobile web-sites to reach the increasing volume of consumers who now use smartphones rather than PCs to browse the web. Google Sites for Mobile enables non-technical users to quickly build a free mobile-optimised website and can be integrated with Checkout, Google’s online payment processing service, so that businesses can start selling through the new mobile site within minutes. Related Posts:Mobile web experience not good enough say UK consumersFive business tech trends for 201337 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedWhy UK businesses need a Google Places listing [INFOGRAPHIC]New Version of 1st Touch Mobile Innovates Across Multiple Platforms and Devices

A survey carried out by online accounting service, Crunch.co.uk, has found that the average rateable values of commercial property can vary by as much as £114,000 between regions. Westminster in London has the most expensive business rates, averaging at £123,600, while Tendring in Essex has an average business rate of just £9,300; that’s 13 times lower. The survey was based on the latest 2010 figures from the Valuation Office Agency (VOA). Average rates for commercial premises across England stand at £32,800, up from £27,000 in 2005. Unsurprisingly, the highest rates are mainly found in the London and South East regions, while the South West offers some of the most affordable rates. Related Posts:No Related Posts

A consortium of major media and technology companies has been formed to investigate how currently unused portions of the TV broadcasting spectrum can be used to inexpensively satisfy the rapidly growing demand for wireless internet access. The Cambridge TV White Spaces Consortium includes such high profile organisations as the BBC, BSkyB, BT, Microsoft, Nokia, Cambridge Consultants and others. Related Posts:Five business tech trends for 201337 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedNew Version of 1st Touch Mobile Innovates Across Multiple Platforms and DevicesAscensio offers project management tool for Android and iPhoneMobile web experience not good enough say UK consumers

Infogroup, a US based provider of marketing solutions, has announced the UK launch of its sales intelligence tool, OneSource iSell. The tool is offered as a SaaS (software as a service) product, which means that it is accessed via the internet as a browser based application. iSell provides actionable intelligence on sales prospects, by aggregating data from dozens of sources into a single record it is able to alert sales teams of potential opportunities, advising when they should call prospects and what they should discuss. Related Posts:Mindjet consolidates and restructures product line-up

T-Mobile, Orange, Vodafone and 02 have announced plans to collaborate on a system which will allow their customers to make retail payments with their mobile handsets. The new “wave and pay” system uses a technology called Near Field Communications (NFC) to enable quick and easy payments simply by waving an NFC enabled mobile handset next to a suitable transceiver in a shop, much like a smart card system such as Transport for London’s Oyster. Related Posts:Five business tech trends for 2013How SMEs can benefit from QR Codes37 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedNew Version of 1st Touch Mobile Innovates Across Multiple Platforms and DevicesAscensio offers project management tool for Android and iPhone

Panasonic’s Toughbook CF-C1 has been updated to provide a more powerful processor, longer battery life and a better wireless network connection. The device can be used both as a traditional clamshell style laptop or a tablet PC thanks to its rotating screen, and is designed for use in environments where high durability is required. Related Posts:xTablet C1200 launched in UK