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RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

RoSPA Awards Excellence Forum

After 3 years of receiving a RoSPA Silver award, we needed to aim for Gold. But I must admit, the thought of sitting in a large conference suite with 100s of other people listening to corporate bodies discussing health and safety in the hope I ‘may’ come away slightly wiser wasn’t something that appealed to me, but after discovering HMS Belfast was the host, I changed my mind!

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Data Security on Mobile: Enhance Your Personal Information Online 150 150 Simon Randall

Data Security on Mobile: Enhance Your Personal Information Online

As smartphone ownership increases in number (163.9 million for 2014 and projected to reach 182.6 million by next year), there is also a boost in personal mobile data information being shared online and saved on devices. Security became the main concern in the consumer tech world. As an answer, manufacturers have resorted to various ways on how to prevent data leakage in the past year.

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The Journey to ISO Compliance and Certification 150 150 Simon Randall

The Journey to ISO Compliance and Certification

Operating any form of business intoday’s modern climate is a very competitive affair. In order to compete with
industry leaders for market share in any business niche, it’s not only
essential for companies to have a product or service that is in demand, but the
way that the business itself  carries out
its operations must also be seen to be exemplary. To reinforce their
professionalism, their commitment to best practice, and to open the window to
new opportunities, more and more business are acquiring ISO certification.

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Are your Contractors up to Standard? 150 150 Howard Smith

Are your Contractors up to Standard?

Today, businesses in almost every industry sector and every country – or regional jurisdiction – are regulated by standards and guidelines. Some are mandatory, with penalties for non-compliance. Others are optional and allow complying businesses to demonstrate impeccable credentials.

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3D Printing – How Far Does It Go? 150 150 Simon Randall

3D Printing – How Far Does It Go?

Three dimensional printing is the creation of an object using a very clever machine. But 3D printing isn’t a new technology; it actually goes as far back as the mid 1980’s. The basic process was created by a man called Chuck Hull who worked for a large specialist company called

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Afternoon Tea at the Palace 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

Afternoon Tea at the Palace

It’s not every day you get a chance to go to ‘THE’ Palace and wander through the garden at your leisure, but for two members of our team, that’s exactly what happened.

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Friday 13th!! 150 150 Jan O'Mahoney​

Friday 13th!!

Regarded by many as  a ‘day of bad luck’,  for Quadratek, Friday 13th  September was a great day for the team.  Not only were we all out of the office on a social to Goodwood revival…

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The Rise Of Voice Activated Technologies 150 150 Simon Randall

The Rise Of Voice Activated Technologies

This technology isn’t new to us; we’ve been using voice activated technologies for quite some time now. You may have also heard of voice recognition; which is actually used to describe both speaker and speech recognition. Speaker recognition is when the device can detect who is speaking and speech recognition is when the device can detect what is being said.

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How to Construct an Intranet Homepage that Engages 150 150 Kerry Butters

How to Construct an Intranet Homepage that Engages

The intranet homepage, being the most visible page on the site, tends to be the most cluttered, the most littered, and the often the most confused, as it is there that staff often contend for space to post and advertise the links that they want their colleagues to see.

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How to Make Your Passwords Really Secure 150 150 Kerry Butters

How to Make Your Passwords Really Secure

Without passwords, cyber criminals would have free, unlimited access to all of your accounts and online information. Indeed, the password is the first line of defence against such thieves, and so it is very important that you consider them carefully.

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Are Social Media Skills More Important than a Degree? 150 150 Kerry Butters

Are Social Media Skills More Important than a Degree?

Conventional wisdom has it that, just by getting a degree you show you’re ready for the real world – having made it through three or four years of lectures, and completed something challenging.

Not these days, though.

Increasingly, what matters is getting degrees in fields requiring exact knowledge (like law, medicine, or engineering), or that leave you with an exact skill-set (like education, science, and sometimes business).

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Why Net Neutrality Matters 150 150 Kerry Butters

Why Net Neutrality Matters

First, though…

What it Is

The underlying principle of Net neutrality is that Internet access should be considered a utility (like water, gas, or electricity), and treated like any other. As long as you pay your bills, the electric company doesn’t care how you use their power. So it should be, with Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

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A Plethora of Pixels – Apples New 5K iMac With Retina 150 150 Simon Randall

A Plethora of Pixels – Apples New 5K iMac With Retina

Apple are always at the forefront when it comes to pushing new and challenging technologies, on 16th of October they announced their most impressive computer yet. The new iMac boasts a mind blowing 14.7 million pixels, which is 4 times more than a standard 27 inch iMac. This amazing amount of pixels means ultra HD…

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Microsoft Office 365: What it Means for your Business [Infographic] 150 150 Simon Randall

Microsoft Office 365: What it Means for your Business [Infographic]

Following a recent report entitled the Carbon Disclosure Project, which looked into the environmental impact of global business, cloud-based software packages are looking like quite an attractive option right now.

The report concluded that such technology could save as much as 85.7 million metric tons of carbon emissions per year, within a decade, as well as saving business up to $12.3bn (£7.55bn).

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What is Shellshock and Should You be Worried? 150 150 Simon Randall

What is Shellshock and Should You be Worried?

This isn’t a day at the beach, oh no. This is a software bug that has been sweeping the nation, but is it as dangerous as Heartbleed? In short, yes it’s extremely dangerous for those in the know. Shellshock otherwise known as Bashdoor, is part of a group of security bugs in Unix shell Bash. Bash is basically free software that is used on millions operating systems such as Linux and Mac OS X, but can also be found ported to Microsoft Windows and Android devices.

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Smart Technology 150 150 Simon Randall

Smart Technology

Smart technology is a new age, an age where you can control everything around you from one single place. Smart technology allows us to automate our lives, including our homes. This infographic by Big Brother All Security looks at how smart technology has evolved and how it has made all of our lives easier with time saving devices. Did you know that industry experts are predicting 11% of all homes will be “smart” by the end of 2014?

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5 Essential Features of a Successful Intranet 150 150 Kerry Butters

5 Essential Features of a Successful Intranet

A company’s choice to integrate an intranet into their office infrastructure can be of great and, importantly, controlled benefit to the workforce’s communication and shared knowledge resources. Data sharing within the confines of a firewall, yet still with greater web access outside of this safeguard, is at its foremost reassuring to the organization that any sensitive information cannot be accessed outside of the company, yet still the workforce is not shackled by limited web access.

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Samsung, The Galaxy Note 4 And The Gear VR Headset 150 150 Kerry Butters

Samsung, The Galaxy Note 4 And The Gear VR Headset

Samsung’s surprisingly popular phablet series, it has just been revealed, is about to be blessed with a fourth generation. The Galaxy Note 4 with its 5.7” screen measures in at 518 pixels per inch (giving it a 30% increase on its predecessor the Galaxy Note 3) , and is set to be a solid upgrade over the earlier versions.

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How Big Data is Changing the Business World 150 150 Kerry Butters

How Big Data is Changing the Business World

 It’s very easy to assume that any new term that emerges in the tech world will just be a buzzword, with no real significance to anything of use. For the past couple of years the term ‘Big Data’ has often been labelled as such, but with plenty of corporate enterprises now on board with big data analytics, it’s time for those two words to shed any connotations of inflated bombast and for the rest of us to start taking note. Big data is changing the world of business, and isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

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Microsoft Won’t Patch Internet Explorer if you’re Running XP 150 150 Kerry Butters

Microsoft Won’t Patch Internet Explorer if you’re Running XP

In time, everything moves on, becomes updated, and eventually the old stuff just has to be chucked out to make way for the new. And so it is with Windows XP. Now 13 years old, Microsoft have announced that they will no longer be continuing to support the operating system so as they can better focus their efforts on future developments. Support for Windows XP officially ended on the 8th of April this year.

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Google, Big Data, and a New Cloud Service 150 150 Kerry Butters

Google, Big Data, and a New Cloud Service

With Big Data projects, the challenge is to clean and filter the huge amounts of information involved. It takes a lot of work to get to the point where business value can be extracted.

Over the coming year, Google will focus on releasing cloud tools and services that ease development tasks, while helping companies monitor their Big Data operations. At their I/O developer conference in June, the company unveiled a number of new products to achieve this.

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Why Cloud Computing Could Save the Planet 150 150 Kerry Butters

Why Cloud Computing Could Save the Planet

Cloud computing is an attractive proposition for any organisation not wanting to manage its data in-house, for several reasons:

  • Reduction in up-front capital investment, on infrastructure.

  • New cloud-based servers can be up and running in minutes, rather than weeks.

  • Flexibility, as companies need only pay for the capacity they actually use.

  • Elimination of maintenance costs related to occasional spikes in demand.

  • Increased automation and process efficiency.

  • Added levels of service, and technological expertise.

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The Internet of Things – Why It Matters 150 150 Kerry Butters

The Internet of Things – Why It Matters

And, what is it?

Well, in the Internet of Things (IoT), objects, animals or people are able to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. The IoT evolves from the convergence of wireless technologies, micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) and the Internet.

In the IoT, a “thing” could be animal, vegetable, or mineral – so long as it can be assigned an IP address, and given the ability to transfer data over a network. “Smart” devices built with machine-to-machine (M2M) communication capabilities are the most common.

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Everyday Objects, Updated for The Internet of Things 150 150 Kerry Butters

Everyday Objects, Updated for The Internet of Things

Picture a world where tiny, intelligent devices capture information about how we live, and what we do. And communicate with each other. In our houses, cars, and factories.

Coffee-pots talk to alarm clocks. Thermostats speak with motion sensors. All choreographed to respond to our needs, solve problems – even save our lives.

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Why Technology is Forcing Business Infrastructures to Adapt 150 150 Kerry Butters

Why Technology is Forcing Business Infrastructures to Adapt

Simple fact of evolution: when change occurs, you either adapt to it and survive, or don’t – and perish. In business, change is ongoing, and an organisation frequently relies on IT’s ability to develop and adapt technology to support new and improved processes.

Game-changers

In their 2013 report, “The Search for Creative Destruction,” analysts at Goldman Sachs identified 8 products or processes set to impact the business arena, with evolutionary consequences.

1. E-Cigarettes

Electronic cigarettes (a.k.a e-cigarettes or e-cigs) could grab 10% of the global tobacco market ($10bn), over the next several years. Offering the “good” aspects of smoking, with “none” of the bad (also, not subject to excise taxes or settlement payments), the technology will offer high margins for manufacturers and retailers.

2. Cancer Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy trains the immune system to attack cancer cells, unlike chemotherapy (which can kill healthy cells) and “targeted” therapy (which cancers often develop resistance to). Combination therapies may earn $10-15 billion by 2025, with lung cancer as the primary sector.

3. Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs)

With energy savings of up to 85%, longer life-spans, and programmable capabilities, LED lighting could dominate the commercial sector by 2020.

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Android L Keeps Business and Home Separate 150 150 Kerry Butters

Android L Keeps Business and Home Separate

When Android L arrives later this year, it may put an end to the days of carrying separate devices for work and leisure. The mobile platform now boasts the ability to separate data on a single handset or tablet.

How It’s Been Done, So Far:

Historically, there’ve been five ways to access your business and personal accounts without having to carry two phones:

1. Virtual Machines

Created by software your employer installs on your personal phone. Mobile Device Management (MDM) software like Microsoft’s System Centre can control settings on your phone, making sure your security set-up is safe for work.

Virtual machine software like VMware’s MVP permits a phone to maintain a separate business environment with its own apps and settings, distinct from personal data. A phone within a phone.

2. Remote Desktops

Similar to a virtual machine, there are apps (e.g. LogMeIn Ignition on Android) that let a smartphone have access to a Mac or PC. You can see and control programs running on the faraway computer.

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New Jobs, New Workers, and New Digital Frontiers 150 150 Kerry Butters

New Jobs, New Workers, and New Digital Frontiers

The workplace has changed a lot, in the last 20 years. Today, there’s some form of computer at every desk, telecommuting is common, and traditional cubicles have given way to more collaborative work spaces.

Where do we go, from here?

Well, PSFK, a popular blog that also acts as a consultancy, has come up with its own version of the future of work, based on ideas that are already gaining ground. Their report runs to 138 pages (and costs around $150), but I’ve summarised several of the main points (and some input from other sources) below.

New Jobs…

A recent LSE/PSI project suggests the existence of a digital divide, with manual workers having less opportunity to learn and exercise new information-based skills – even though their knowledge of IT is substantial, from using computers at home.

At government level, there’s a widespread belief that the key to genuine improvements lies in encouraging more skills training among employees – especially in the areas of information and telecommunications technology. Policy-makers see raising the level and value of formal educational qualifications as vital to improving competency at work, and promoting more innovation and creativity.

In future, learning initiatives for young entrepreneurs will become common. In the Enstitute model, university students are matched with start-ups, where they learn the ins-and-outs of a company, take relevant Skillshare classes, work on projects, and sit in on panels.

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Android Apps on Your Chromebook 150 150 Kerry Butters

Android Apps on Your Chromebook

At Google I/O, the company’s developer conference in June, it was announced that Chrome OS will now support Android apps natively, and that Chromebooks will run them on-screen in their own windows.

Since most people who have Chromebooks also have phones, greater integration between Android devices and the Chrome OS should come as welcome news.

Great. When?

Sundar Pichai, Google’s Senior VP of Android, Chrome and apps, didn’t say when the feature would actually arrive.

“We’re in early days,” was his statement, at the conference. But he did demonstrate some of the functionality that Google proposes.

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VR Becomes Mainstream – Google’s Headset Dubbed ‘Cardboard’ 150 150 Kerry Butters

VR Becomes Mainstream – Google’s Headset Dubbed ‘Cardboard’

Being in another world – not just looking at a place on a computer screen, but actually experiencing it, as if you’re standing there.

That’s the magic of virtual reality (VR).

Till now, it’s largely been the province of clunky hardware, powered by high-strength processors. Expensive, and unattainable.

With a new app from Google that lets Android users transform their phones into VR headsets, this looks set to change.

Get Cardboard

You’ll need to; but, more of that later.

Google’s system, codenamed ‘Cardboard’, was a hit at the recent Google I/O 2014 developers’ conference. It’s so named, because the visor component which houses the phone can be constructed from simple materials. The aim is to create a low-cost platform users can assemble on their own.

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Security and the Cloud 150 150 Kerry Butters

Security and the Cloud

There’s been a lot of talk in recent years surrounding security and the cloud and it was something that delayed initial traction in the market until reasonably recently. However, as more and more businesses have made the transition, it’s clear that faith in cloud services has grown.

Despite a recent Ponemon Institute study, which found that moving to the cloud could triple the cost of a data breach, there’s still plenty of evidence to suggest that the cloud is much safer than many business premises.

45% of Network Attacks Due to Malware

A recent study by NTT Group found that businesses are still not doing enough when it comes to securing the company network. In fact, it was found (somewhat worryingly) that many businesses don’t even have the most basic protection, such as antivirus software and vulnerability scanning, in place.

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