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MacBooks & Chromebooks: The End-of-life Problem

Thinking about getting MacBooks and Chromebooks for your business? Be careful, or you might be replacing them sooner than you want.


Both MacBooks and Chromebooks have grown in popularity in recent years, but the way they reach end of life could be a major drawback for businesses – particularly smaller organisations with limited budgets.

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He's Dead, Jim (IT Support Companies Near Me To Run Away From)

With so many IT companies out there, finding the right one can feel like a minefield. Fortunately, you can spot some of the worst pretty fast. If a service provider is any of the following, then steer clear.

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6 Social Media Mistakes That Can Damage Your Business's Reputation

Post like everyone's watching.


According to some people, social media is the greatest thing to happen to the business world since the invention of the telephone. Others, meanwhile, think it’s overrated and generally a waste of time. More likely, though, is that it depends on how you use it and who your audience are. But whether it’s beneficial or not, the fact is when you tweet from a business account, you’re putting your reputation on the line, and getting it wrong can cause enormous damage to your organisation. So how do you avoid social media disaster?

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That'll Be £5, Please. (Beware Of Cheap IT Support!)

The market for managed IT service providers is very competitive, and you'll obviously want to get the best deal for your business. But that doesn't mean you should pick a provider simply because it's the cheapest. A key thing to keep in mind is that best value isn't the same as lowest price. Let's take a more in-depth look at why.

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Right-to-repair Laws For Technology Are Needed – And Fast

Current regulations are undeniably broken.


Right-to-repair laws, which dictate that manufacturers make goods that are easier to fix, benefit consumers and help reduce waste. But there aren’t enough of them, and they’re far too restricted in their scope.

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What Are Information Silos, And Should SMEs Care About Them?

No team should be an island.


The idea of information silos is simple: they occur when different departments within a business do not communicate effectively with each other, resulting in information essentially becoming trapped in one place. It’s a concept that has been around for decades, and although silos are more likely to affect large organisations, they can also be a problem for SMEs. Here, we’ll be looking at how silos manifest themselves, why they’re bad for business and how to deal with them.

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What Are Patent Trolls, And Why Should Small Business Owners Care?

Legal shenanigans from legal shysters.


The idea of patents is simple: to protect the work of inventors (including inventions and designs created by companies), so other people can’t simply copy it with impunity. Unfortunately, the application of this simple idea is not quite so straightforward, and it isn’t helped by a growing number of ‘patent trolls’ – businesses set up with the sole intention of taking legal action over patent infringement.

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How Fake Reviews Damage Businesses

If you want a handy example for the phrase “double-edged sword”, then online user reviews are ideal. In many ways, they provide an excellent public service, helping consumers to choose whom to business with and encouraging companies to offer excellent service. But at the same time, they’re open to abuse, which can mislead users and unfairly damage businesses. The problem, as you can probably guess, is fake reviews.

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It's National Coding Week 2019!

What better time to learn to code?


Today marks the start of National Coding Week 2019. Every year, the National Coding Week organisation promotes the importance of digital skills in the workplace, working with businesses, schools and libraries on events throughout the UK.

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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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