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Does Blue Light Keep You Awake Or Not?

Scientists can't seem to agree one way or the other.



Everyone knows that using gadgets like phones and tablets before trying to sleep is a bad idea. The blue light emitted by their screens plays tricks with our brains, we’re told, making it hard to nod off and get a healthy 40 winks. This idea has become accepted wisdom in recent times, with technology companies now including blue-light filtering as standard in many devices. But new evidence has emerged, suggesting that blue light isn’t a problem at all, and that warm colours are, in fact, what’s keeping people up at night. So what’s going on?

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Should 5G Be A Priority For Your Business?

You might want to go faster, but it'll cost you.


It’s been several months since the UK’s fifth-generation mobile network launched, offering speeds well in excess of its predecessor. Most phone manufacturers have released a 5G handset, and all the major mobile networks have started offering access to 5G services. But just because something is available, it doesn’t necessarily mean you should buy it. In fact, there several reasons why you shouldn’t upgrade to a 5G phone – at least not for now.

Before we get into that, what are the big advantages of 5G?

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What Is Openreach?

How the nation's main telecoms company works with businesses. 


Last week, the Labour Party announced a pledge to create a nationalised broadband service. Some applauded the other idea, while others ridiculed it. We’re not going to debate the merits of that plan here, but it did get us thinking about how we got to where we are today, in terms of the UK’s current telecoms infrastructure. Almost all phone and broadband lines in Britain are owned by one company: Openreach, a division of BT. How did that come to be, and is it actually good for consumers and businesses?

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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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Do Small Businesses Need Servers?

Or can the cloud do it all instead?

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Security Isn’t The Only Reason To Invest In IT

Technology can make real, positive contributions to your business.


We write a lot about cyber security at TMB. It’s one of those unavoidable subjects that needs to be addressed, because it’s so important. But let's be honest: it’s not exciting. Most of the time, when it’s working, you’ll barely know it’s there, and it’s designed to protect your business, not to improve it. As much as security matters, though, there are many other reasons to invest in IT – in ways you’ll notice every day.

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What Is Managed Telephony, And How Could It Benefit Your Business?

Save money, and simplify your phone system.  


Following the successful relaunch of our managed IT services, we are now expanding our range of services, offering even more business benefits and value to our customers. One of our new services is managed telephony. But what is managed telephony, and why might you want it?

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UK Businesses And Net Neutrality – Should You Be Worried?


As the future of the internet is decided in America, we look at what it could mean for businesses on this side of the pond


The USA is set to remove one of the founding principles of the internet – potentially creating a two-tier system that favours big companies. But what is the relationship between UK businesses and net neutrality, and is there anything to be worried about?

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