Is It Time To Renew Your Business Broadband Contract?

Leaving things as they are may be convenient, but it could be costing you.

When did you last start a new contract for your business broadband? If it was more than a year ago, you're possibly on a rolling contract, lasting no more than 30 days. In other words, you pay month by month, and as long as you don't contact your supplier to cancel, you remain a customer.

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Should You Use Open-Source Software For Business?

Why saving a few quid on software might not be such a good idea.

Using open-source software for business purposes can seem like a good idea for one simple reason: it’s usually free. When you’re trying to keep down expenses and boost margins, a saving of hundreds or even thousands of pounds can be hard to ignore. But like most things in life, it’s a bit more complicated than that…

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Why IoT Security Is Becoming An Essential Part Of Business

Online connectivity brings a whole load of problems with it.

It’s an increasingly important part of business and daily life, but the Internet of Things is set to become a massive cyber security headache for businesses if more isn’t done to protect it from hackers.

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Cryptocurrency: Why It’s Still Not Worth It

If you like losing money, hop on board. Otherwise, you should hold off for now.

Depending on who you talk to, cryptocurrency is either the best modern invention since the smartphone or it’s nothing more than a hyped-up Ponzi scheme covered by a thin veil of mainstream acceptability. Previously, when TMB wrote about this subject, we predicted big players like Bitcoin might have the staying power to survive any kind of crash in the cryptocurrency market, but we recommended that SMEs should probably avoid getting involved – at least for now. But more than a year has passed since we wrote that, so what about now? Is cryptocurrency worth it?

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Article 13 & Article 11: What Do They Mean For Your Business?

The meme ban and link tax are back on the table again.

Controversial new copyright laws proposed by the EU edged closer to reality this week, having been thus far delayed by disagreements between various stakeholders. Up until now, France and Germany had been at an impasse in regarding some of the conditions of the Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market (the EU Copyright Directive to its friends), but a compromise between the two nations has now been reached, opening the way for the next stage of negotiations. And right at the heart of the discussions will be Article 11 and Article 13 – sections of the proposed legislation that have elicited uproar from major web companies and web creatives alike.

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UK Businesses Beat European Average For Cloud Adoption

Online services now favoured by an increasing number of organisations.

Cloud computing for business is yet to go mainstream in Europe according to research from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. While cloud computing might not yet be widespread, the use of cloud services in the EU has still increased compared with statistics in 2014, and an uptake in cloud computing has been most noticeable in the UK.

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Exploring Digital Banking For SMEs

Flexible options for businesses as banking looks to future.

Earlier this month, two major UK banks launched initiatives that embrace fintech. With solutions such as Tide leading the digital charge, it stands to reason that long-established financial institutions should look to develop their own products aimed squarely at technology-savvy businesses.

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5G Mobile Broadband: What's Next?

We take a look at some of the current stories surrounding this new technology.

Are consumers willing to pay for 5G? Not according to research from PwC. A recent survey carried out in the US asked 1,000 people about their awareness of 5G, their expectations of the technology and, crucially, their willingness to pay for it. While the research showed that 5G has an opportunity to improve people’s current perceptions of the mobile web experience (only half of respondents stated that they were currently completely satisfied with their mobile internet service) and that the idea of 5G appeals to the majority of consumers, only a third stated that they were willing to pay more for 5G.

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Copyright And Businesses: Why SMEs Need To Educate Themselves

Following a few basic rules can make all the difference.

We’ve written before about how important it is for business owners to know about defamation, slander and libel. But it’s not the only aspect of media law they need to consider, now they’re all able to publish content on their websites and social media. Just as importantly, businesses should also know a bit about copyright – including the potential consequences of infringement.

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Why Businesses Should Use Twitter Responsibly

It would be hard to think of a more famous tweeter in the world right now than Donald Trump. The US president is, shall we say, candid on the social networking platform, having offended a great many people during his time on Twitter. Of course, Trump has managed to offend people elsewhere too, but it’s on Twitter where his particular points of view have been writ large.

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