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Is Microsoft HoloLens Worth It For SMEs?

Microsoft's mixed reality device is impressive but not cheap.

Virtual reality, after many failed attempts to become a real reality, is finally gaining significant interest in the consumer space. The Oculus Rift and the HTC Vive, for example, are getting cheaper but more powerful all the time, while Google’s budget Cardboard and Daydream platforms have brought simple VR to the masses. But some firms are taking a different tack, pinning their hopes on augmented and mixed reality instead. Microsoft HoloLens is arguably the best known and most advanced of such products, but what does it actually offer, and why might it be particularly suited to business?

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Are You Getting The Broadband Speeds You're Paying For?

New rules mean internet providers have to do more to keep their promises.

Are you happy with your broadband? Do you think you’re getting the speeds you were promised? Assuming your answer to both of those questions is a resounding ‘no’, then you can at least be comforted by the knowledge that you are far from alone.

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How Current Events Can Drive Cyber Crime

Fraudsters watch the news just like you do, and they have no problem with using it to steal from people.

With GDPR coming into force and thousands, if not millions, of privacy policy and data protection emails being sent out in the run-up to the deadline, most of us are probably sick of being asked about our marketing preferences. But while the resultant apathy might be bad news for marketers, for cyber criminals, it represented an opportunity.

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Should You Ban Personal Web/Emails In The Office?

Can workers be trusted to use it with respect?

When a business makes a decision to ban something - beards, for example - it needs to ensure it has a strong, clear reason to do so. When housing maintenance company Mears Group announced a ban on beards, there were understandably a fair few scratching of chins, but actually the reason was down to health and safety, the group arguing that in order for dust masks to be a tight fit, workers needed to be clean shaven.

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GDPR Confusion Continues To Mount Up

Businesses still unsure of what they're supposed to be doing.

With just three days to go until until the deadline, GDPR panic is continuing to ramp up. Organisations large and small are flooding inboxes with requests to continue sending marketing emails to customers and prospects, in a process known as ‘repermissioning’. But now, it seems, that might not even be necessary – and in some cases it’s probably breaking the rules that these firms are trying to comply with.

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Is Microsoft’s Surface Hub 2 Worth The Investment?

It's big, it's expensive, and it's very, very fancy.

Everyone loves a good product reveal and it’s fair to say that Microsoft didn’t hold back on its video demonstrating the Surface Hub 2, the newest version of its interactive whiteboard due for release next year. Watching the opening seconds of the official video for the announcement, you’d be forgiven for thinking this was a teaser trailer for the latest superhero film. Orchestral music? Check. Glimpses of shiny, futuristic-looking things? Check. Fade-ins and fade-outs? Oh yes, plenty of those.

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Is It Time For A GDPR Sanity Check?

Data regulation panic is spreading, but is it really justified?

(Note: this article is not intended as legal advice. If you are uncertain about your own data protection requirements, please contact the ICO or a legal expert.)

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Does A Thumb Drive Ban Make Sense For SMEs?

Removable storage is convenient, but it can be a security risk too.

Last week, tech website the Register reported that IBM had banned the use of removable storage devices for all its staff – citing security concerns as the main reason. Although already in place in parts of the business, it was said to be going company-wide with the policy, making all USB drives, flash disks and SD cards prohibited items in the workplace. It’s commonly known that portable storage media can be a security risk, thanks not only to the way they can spread malware but also due to people’s propensity for losing them while they’re filled with sensitive data. But is a thumb drive ban actually a good idea, and would it work for smaller businesses too?

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Alternative Web Browsers - Is It Time To Try One?

TMB takes a look beyond the big names.

The web browser market has nearly always been dominated by one main player. In the 90s, Netscape Navigator reigned supreme, before being usurped by Internet Explorer, which stayed on top for several years, with Mozilla Firefox nipping at its toes. Today, Chrome has become the standard browser for the vast majority of web users, with nearly 60% of browser market share (as of April 2018), according to web stats site W3Counter. But there have always be lesser-known, alternative web browsers too, and that's something that remains true today.

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Data Recovery For SMEs Is More Than A Luxury

How would data loss affect your business?

Every business, no matter how large or small, should have a data recovery strategy. Like seatbelts in cars, hopefully you’ll never need them, but if the worst does happen, you’ll be glad they’re there.

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Sleep Pods And Sabbaticals - The Best Workplace Perks

Be kind to your employees, and your employees will be kind to you(r business). 

Good weekend? Whatever you got up to, chances are it involved meeting up with friends, family or colleagues while enjoying some of the sun we've been having recently. My own weekend was the usual mix of work and family as I managed to get some time off away from my laptop.

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Ergonomics In The Modern Workplace

Are you sitting comfortably?

According to the Collins dictionary, “Ergonomics is the study of how equipment and furniture can be arranged in order that people can do work or other activities more efficiently and comfortably.” From a theoretical point of view, it encompasses numerous disciplines, including psychology, sociology, engineering and physiology, aiming to improve both the physical and mental impact of using work equipment.

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Geo IP Filtering: What Is It And Should You Use It?

GeoIP filtering can be a powerful form of security, but only if used correctly.

GeoIP filtering, a technology that can block web traffic from entire countries, can be an effective way to stop hackers from attacking your business. As the name suggests, it blocks network connections based on geographic location – information it gets based on IP addresses. This can then be used to filter and prevent both outgoing and incoming connections to and from your business.

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Could Remote And Flexible Working Work For Your Business?

Working outside of the office can be beneficial to many businesses.

The UK is lagging behind when it comes to remote and flexible working, according to a slice of research from software company Condeco.

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Cloud Computing – A Beginners’ Guide For Small Businesses

What do SMEs actually need to know about the cloud?

Undoubtedly one of the biggest game changers in the internet age, cloud computing has transformed the way we access, create and share information. But what is it, and what does it mean for small businesses?

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Are Windows Updates Really Necessary?

It's just another update, right?

Have you heard the news? The Windows 10 April update is here. Exciting, right? You would be forgiven for not getting all giddy over this slice of news - let’s be honest, we’ve all been here before, right? Month in, month out, Microsoft bestows upon us another set of Windows updates that will alter the user experience and fix any problems they might have encountered since installing the last build.

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