1. BYOD  BYOD was arguably the biggest buzz word of 2012 and is now an unstoppable, user-driven wave which will continue to make a major impact on the IT world in 2013 and beyond. Smartphones, tablets and laptops all come under this category, as well as desktop PCs used remotely from home. Related Posts:Five more business technology predictions for 201337 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedTV ‘white spaces’ could be used to increase wireless bandwidth for UK businessOne third of young workers would flout company policies, using personal mobile devices for workNew Version of 1st Touch Mobile Innovates Across Multiple Platforms and Devices

The rise of smartphones has fueled an increase in the amount of unpaid overtime worked by British workers, according to research carried out on behalf of mobile security software vendor, Good Technology. The survey of 1000 UK workers found that on average the time they spend checking emails and answering calls outside of office hours amounts to over three weeks of overtime per year. Increasingly, workers view this practice as essential to being able to perform their jobs, with 38 percent of respondents claiming it would be impossible to do their job without mobile access to email. Just 15 percent said they carry separate work and personal devices, in indication that the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is here[…]

1st Touch, the UK’s leading supplier of mobile technology to the social housing and local government sectors has launched version 4.5 of its acclaimed mobile workforce software. Whilst, the new version has been developed using Microsoft Windows Embedded Handheld technology it now includes additional support for Android, Apple and BlackBerry smartphones and tablets. This represents a significant investment in R&D and innovation by 1st Touch and is a response to evolving market demand for these platforms, coupled with the growing variety of devices available. 1st Touch applications can bring significant efficiencies and productivity increases to any application where field based workers are equipped with mobile devices to provide services. 1st Touch has already won widespread acclaim in the social housing[…]

Users of Ascensio’s TeamLab Projects module can now access the software through their mobile devices thanks to the release of Android and iOS versions of the module. The mobile version offers all the functionality of the desktop version, enabling users to manage projects whilst away from the office. The module provides team members and leaders to view, create, and comment on project tasks, as well as managing milestones, participate in discussions and keep track of the tean;s activities. Users are also able to keep track of changes and businesses issues at all hours of the day and night. Related Posts:Five business tech trends for 201337 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedWhat is Project Portfolio Management, and[…]

A survey carried out by Compuware has revealed that UK businesses risk losing revenue if their websites fail to load quickly enough on consumer’s smartphones. With a growing number of people using smartphones as their primary method of connecting to the internet, it’s increasingly important that businesses ensure their websites deliver a satisfying experience on mobile devices. 46 percent of people said they would be unlikely to return to a website if they had trouble accessing it on the first attempt and 29 percent said they would visit a competitor’s site instead. Mobile users increasingly expect the web experience on their smartphone to be comparable with that of a broadband connected PC, and have little patience for sites which load[…]

The latest version of Skype for Android smartphones includes a new video-calling feature. Using either a WiFi or 3G internet connection, Skype for Android 2.0 provides free one-to-one video calls to your Skype contacts on most other devices, including Windows/Mac computers, iPhones and even Skype enabled TVs. Although the service itself is free, the overall cost depends on your phones data-plan if you’re using a 3G connection, but there should be no charges for using the service over a WiFi connection. This new version of Skype for Android also comes with a completely redesigned interface, aimed at improving its ease of use. Related Posts:Five business tech trends for 201337 percent of UK workers reply to business emails in bedNew Version[…]

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 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

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