Anyone can turn out an iPhone app nowadays (even my local curry restaurant), but for those looking to create a viable business, ‘going mobile’ is more complicated. Here’s what I’ve learned from the experience.
Mobile manufacturers need apps
Mobile manufacturers want to sell phones. They’re always looking for ways to show-off the expensive hardware they’ve packed […]

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Dec 23rd, 2010

CitySights Card Hack Could Generate PCI DSS Fallout

Reports that the Web site of a New York-based tour firm has been hacked and around 110,000 bank card details lifted by hackers may have repercussions for the company on the PCI DSS front.
The hack itself occurred via a SQL Injection attack. In such an attack, the hacker gains illegal access to information in the […]

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Dec 23rd, 2010

Is There Such A Thing As Safe Social Networking?

In the battle against cybercrime, there is one undisputable fact: the bad guys are working harder, faster and smarter than the average web user. These organised criminal operations have an astonishing grasp of online human behaviour and know how to use social engineering tactics and Web 2.0 technologies to lure users to malware.
While users have […]

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Dec 23rd, 2010

Research Shows CEOs Are Embracing The Cloud For Enterprise Communications

A survey conducted by Interactive Intelligence today reveals UK c-level executives recognise the advantages of moving their business communications applications to the cloud – with 64% having already deployed or looking to implement a Cloud-based solution within the next five years. This innovation has been recognised most in the manufacturing and retail, distribution and […]

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Dec 23rd, 2010

Learning From The (Digital) Natives

Not much more than a decade ago, a great many of us—of a certain age—realized that we were explorers aboard an intimidating vessel, bound for the unfamiliar shores of Technologia. When we arrived at the coast of this unexplored land and beached upon its golden sands, the hope and opportunity was palpable.
Alas, it was not […]

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Dec 23rd, 2010

REVIEW: Dell Vostro V130

Moving into the New Year, small and mid-sized firms are likely to be re-examining their IT needs in order to implement technology that gives them comprehensive access to all the capabilities they need, even while on the road. As companies shift from desktops and implement product refreshes that have long been delayed, laptop PCs are […]

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Dec 22nd, 2010

What Opportunities Do Contactless Readers Offer Card Manufacturers And The Payment Industry?

Historically, it has been difficult for payment and ticketing system manufacturers to offer a single reader solution that simultaneously supports closed-loop payment schemes and open-loop debit/credit card schemes on the same reader platform. With the advent of interoperable, multi-functional contactless reader platforms, however, manufacturers are able to configure solutions that, for instance, can process both […]

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Dec 22nd, 2010

The Cloud Gets A Good Kicking – And Maybe Deservedly So!

A recent post by the excellent Louise Kidney on her A Shiny World blog got me thinking about how we approach data security and ownership. Lou’s post was triggered by the planned closure of web bookmarking service Delicious by Yahoo and she wrote:
“Yahoo! bought Delicious. Now, it transpires, it is in on their hit list, […]

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Dec 22nd, 2010

Are You Providing Security For Your Customers?

Security should not be considered exclusively within the context of one’s organization and environment, it is also important to consider your customers’ access to your systems. We all take things for granted and sometimes do not realise certain shortcomings until we come face to face with them.
Recently I ended up facing a security scenario which […]

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Dec 22nd, 2010

Could Your Christmas Dream Turn Into A New Year Nightmare?

Our dreams of a white Christmas may be close to coming true, if the view from my office window is anything to go by. But as the arctic conditions show no signs of easing, is your business equipped with the right systems to continue seamlessly during an adverse weather event?
Unfortunately, for many businesses, this isn’t […]

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Dec 22nd, 2010

Oracle Shocks Analysts

Oracle has reported an impressive last quarter – something the analysts were not expecting. In the second quarter of this year the Net income was £1.2bn ($1.9bn) – 28% up on 2009.
The quarterly earnings call was very much a platform for Oracle to hold up the benefits of the merger with Sun. Hardware and software […]

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Dec 21st, 2010

Gadgets Undermine Corporate Security And Efficiency

Organisations are struggling to keep up with staff needing to access their desktop, email or corporate information on the move as well as the growing trend of employees choosing to use their own personal devices, such as netbooks, iPads and smartphones which is likely to increase after Christmas as more non-corporate gadgets enter the workplace.
A […]

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Dec 21st, 2010

Firms Urged To Prepare For January VAT Rise

A business support organisation is warning firms that the January VAT rise could leave them with a new year headache if they fail to prepare properly.
All VAT registered traders will be affected by the increase, which will see VAT rise from its current 17.5% rate to 20% at midnight on January 4.
The change […]

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Dec 21st, 2010

LinkedIn’s Top 10 Profile Clichés

LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network with more than 85 million members worldwide, has revealed the top 10 most commonly used words and phrases in professional profiles for members based in the UK. These are:
1. Motivated
2. Extensive Experience
3. Innovative
4. Proven Track Record
5. Dynamic
6. Team Player
7. Proactive
8. Entrepreneurial
9. Skill Set
10. Problem Solver
“We have the opportunity to uncover interesting workplace trends given the high volume of people […]

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Dec 21st, 2010

Tips On How To Avoid The Top 5 Internet Security Holes

Data theft and other online threats presently represent a significant danger for businesses in the UK. Compounding this problem is the economic downturn, which is leading many executives to cancel, defer or downsize security budgets.
Security threats are meanwhile costing UK businesses a huge amount of money. On average, the total cost of security breaches including […]