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Looking To The Future

We are always hearing about new technologies and how they will make our business and personal lives better – but what does the future really hold? Living IT took time out to talk to one of the IT industry’s leading technology gurus to find out.

Small Firms Lead Mobile Revolution

Small businesses are leading the revolution in mobile working and driving both the demand and the supply of innovative technology that is transforming the traditional workplace, according to a report into the UK mobile technology market from software prov

HP introduces first 20.1-inch widescreen notebook PC

HP has brought out its first notebook featuring a 20.1-inch display. The Pavillion HDX is designed to appeal to business users who also want the widescreen format for presentations or for use as a personal and portable high-definition video screen. The ma

Travel in style with Sony

The VAIO TZ-Series is perhaps Sony’s most impressive and attractive laptop line so far. It has been “created for people who always choose the best”, says the company and to offer an exceptional combination of portability, performance and high quality desi

What’s next for wireless?

Most people have heard of ‘Wi-Fi’ and may have heard about the new ‘draft n’ standard and WiMax technologies that promise to deliver faster connections across greater distances – Living IT looks at where wireless is heading in the future.

Wi-Fi Alliance unveils new logo

The Wi-Fi Alliance, the global industry organisation that promotes wireless networking, has launched a new logo that manufacturers will be able to use to show their products comply to the new 802.11n draft 2.0 standard.

Go mobile to cut down on ‘deadtime’ and boost productivity

Not being able to access information during periods of ‘deadtime’, combined with rising customer expectations that are forcing a 'want it now' culture, is costing businesses an average of £60,000 per year.

Microsoft and Vodafone deliver enhanced Instant Messaging service for PCs and mobiles

Vodafone and Microsoft are working together to deliver an enhanced co-branded and seamless Instant Messaging (IM)

service that can be accessed from both the PC and mobile phone.

The high price of not securing your laptop

Businesses should ensure they secure information stored on laptops if they do not want to fall foul of the increasing regulation governing the management and confidentiality of data.

HP iPAQ devices deliver productivity on the road

Converged mobile devices, with the functionality of both telephony and wireless computing, have made productive mobile working a reality for many businesses. With the use of bespoke applications running on micro-sized pocket PCs, you can take your specifi

Wireless Networking

Balvinder Singh Phull, marketing communications manager at specialist networking company, D-Link, talks us through the basics of networking without wires.

BRINGING THE MOBILE EXPERIENCE TO LIFE

Fujitsu Siemens Computers has launched the new LIFEBOOK P1610, a fully-featured, powerful notebook and an ultra-light convertible Tablet PC in one. It has a display that can be rotated 180 degrees in both directions and a PC card slot for easy data transf

Freedom to Roam

With mobile devices and applications evolving rapidly beyond the humble mobile phone, mobility really is on the move. But where is mobility taking us and how are we going to get there, asks Gareth Kershaw.

What’s the right mobile technology for your business?

With laptops, PDAs and smart phones all widely available now, selecting the right technology or combination of technologies for mobile working is not easy and what suits one business may not suit another. Our Q&A; guide answers all the difficult questions.

Communications in a box from Cisco

Cisco's products are usually associated with big businesses but the company has been quietly developing propositions for small businesses over the past 18 months. This effort stems from research that the company did which showed that many SMBs are conside

Cutting the cost of podcasting and listen to email on the go

Podcasting has become a popular way of providing access to audio files and while music and radio shows are most often put out on podcasts, they can also be used in business – to make speeches and seminar contents accessible to people who could not be ther

Watch and record digital TV on your notebook

You should not of course, forget to pay your license fee but providing you do, it is now very easy to pick up digital TV signals on your PC or notebook. The WinTV-NOVA-T-Stick from Hauppauge is a ‘plug and play’ USB device which enables you to watch and l

Fresh and rugged portables put Toshiba back in the box seat

Toshiba was once regarded as the clear leader in the notebook PC market and it has always been at the forefront of development. But with the portable format now more popular than the desktop variety, every manufacturer has an attractive range of mobile co

Small businesses can do it on-line

At the end of a hard day, the last thing you may feel like doing is backing up your data. And yet, you know that if your PC or laptop was stolen or damaged and you lost your data then you would be in big trouble. There are a variety of online data storage

Advertising screen tailors ads to its audience

A smart advertising display that monitors Bluetooth gadgets in its vicinity and then sends only the most appropriate adverts to the handset and minimises repeats to prevent recipients being put off.

Mobile working improves work-life balance

UK workers want mobility to let them work more often at home or out of the office and 73% say that they have seen an improvement in their work/life balance as a result of using mobile technologies.

Get your business moving!

While you hear a lot about mobile computing, much of what you hear may not mean an awful lot. In this article we try to explain to the uninitiated and those who have some idea of what it is all about, what the real benefits of being mobile are and just ho

Power in the palm of your hand

You have all seen and heard about handheld portable PCs or PDAs (Personal Digital Assistants) like the BlackBerry, Treo and iPAQ, but how much do you really know about them? Now’s your chance to find out.

How to use instant messaging for business

The use of Instant Messaging (IM) has grown massively over the past two years and what started as a craze in the home, has now moved into the business world. And while IM can be really useful, it can also expose you to a number of threats. Our list of do’

Driving efficiency on the road

McAllisters Recovery is one of the leading rescue and recovery business in Surrey and Hampshire. Based in Aldershot, it has 48 staff and over 50 vehicles on the road and its customer base includes local police forces, transport, bus and coach companies, m

How to Subscribe to and use a mobile 3G service

It all sounds very complicated but getting on-line with a 3G/GPRS data service is not all that difficult or expensive. Having Internet access anytime and anywhere means you can pick up and send emails and get information from the web wherever you are on y

Strategic approach keeps costs down

By treading carefully and taking advice, one building firm has been able to streamline its systems and cut costs.