October 31, 2011
The Next Web’s Jon Russell, explains how the expansion of the mobile market not only changes how we receive information but how we should measure the Internet.
The potential of mobile
Fixed-line is just one of the many ways we access the Internet today, and if we are to analyse and look at the way nations use the web – as Internet penetration is used for – then other popular touch points and platforms must be included. The issue is more significant when stepping out of the western web, where connection to the Internet is pretty much ubiquitous amongst society.
In regions like Latin America, Africa and Southeast Asia, Internet access is less widespread for a number of reasons. Cost is one key factor, as fixed-line Internet requires hardware – such as PCs – which are often luxury items beyond the reach of many. There is a strong culture of pre-pay in many developing markets, particularly visible when looking at mobile. ISPs require long-term agreements which many are reluctant to engage.
Finally, those in remote areas suffer from lack of access to technology, if ISPs don’t have the necessary infrastructure in place they can only offer a slow service, if anything at all.
Mobile Internet offers the potential to hurdle many of these obstacles, however its usage is not recognised in reports or analysis which assesses national access through Internet penetration rates.
To read the article in it’s entirety, visit: How mobile is forcing us to change the way we measure the Internet
October 26, 2011
The zBoost SOHO was featured on Daytime yesterday in a home office segment presented by Lifestyle expert Brian von Dedenroth.
Working from home is a great benefit but can be less than ideal if you don’t have a home office ready for business. Key items to a well fitted home office is a dedicated area with plenty of work area and storage space. A window is definitely an asset and if it’s a quiet area, all the better.
At Wi-Ex we have had numerous customers call to say they have spent significant funds to set up a home office in their basement or some other area of their home only to find that they don’t receive cell service. I had a similar experience when I set up my home office. I have a room with a beautiful view of our backyard and was determined that my desk would be in front of that window. Sounded great in theory, until I had to run outside to the driveway yelling, “Can you hear me now?” every time I made or received a call. A zBoost SOHO was the next and one of the most important additions to my home office.
Please share any tips or products that have made your home office more productive.
October 24, 2011
At the Web 2.0 Summit, Erick Schonfeld, Editor of TechCrunch, sat down with Facebook CTO, Bret Taylor to discuss the future of Facebook.
How important is mobile to Facebook? Already, 350 million of its 800 million monthly active users are on mobile devices, and that number is just going to get bigger. “Fundamentally we view it as a really big shift for our company, as fundamental as the shift from desktop apps to the Internet,” Facebook CTO Bret Taylor tells me in the TCTV interview above (which was shot at the Web 2.0 Summit earlier this week). “Companies really need to redefine themselves in this world of devices rather than browsers on people’s laptops.”
Taylor goes even further with this stunning prediction: “A few years from now, most every single person at Facebook who works there is going to be working on mobile almost exclusively.” Mobile and social go hand in hand. Facebook wants to create a seamless experience across the desktop and mobile, as well as between mobile devices.
To read the rest of the article and view part 2 of the interview, visit: Tech Crunch: Bret Taylor
October 17, 2011
Ontario-based Research in Motion (RIM), owners of Blackberry, is struggling to reassure many of its 70 million customers in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, India, Brazil, Chile and Argentina after an outage that left many without service for three days last week. RIM blamed the outages on the failure of a crucial link in its infrastructure. The company said the problem created “a large backlog of data… and we are now working to clear that backlog and restore normal service.”
After restoring service, RIM founder and co-CEO, Mike Lazaridis, issued a personal apology via Blackberry’s YouTube channel:
RIM is now going further to make amends. The company announced today that a selection of premium apps worth a total value of more than US $100 will be offered free of charge to subscribers.
The complete selection of premium apps will become available to download at BlackBerry App World over a period of four weeks beginning Wednesday, October 19th. The selections over this period will include the following (with more to come):
• SIMS 3 – Electronic Arts
• Bejeweled – Electronic Arts
• N.O.V.A. – Gameloft
• Texas Hold’em Poker 2 – Gameloft
• Bubble Bash 2 – Gameloft
• Photo Editor Ultimate – Ice Cold Apps
• DriveSafe.ly Pro – iSpeech.org
• iSpeech Translator Pro – iSpeech.org
• Drive Safe.ly Enterprise – iSpeech.org
• Nobex Radio™ Premium – Nobex
• Shazam Encore – Shazam
• Vlingo Plus: Virtual Assistant – Vlingo
RIM’s enterprise customers will also be offered one month of free Technical Support. Current customers will be offered a complimentary one month extension of their existing Technical Support contract, and customers who do not currently have a Technical Support contract will be offered a one month trial of RIM’s BlackBerry Technical Support Services- just in case they are still experience technical difficulty.
Are you a Blackberry customer? Has RIM done enough to be forgiven? Did the outages cause you enough problems to jump ship?
October 10, 2011
As advances in technology have made it a practical possibility for millions, remote working has increased dramatically over the last decade.
While once working from home was considered a bit of a novelty, we argue that it is now so mainstream it’s more interesting to consider how the remote workforce is changing.
Mashable spoke to human resources professionals and other experts to get some interesting insight on this subject. Have a read below and let us know in the comments how you see the remote workforce changing — now and in the future.
1. It’s Growing
The remote workforce has grown rapidly over the past decade, but the recession has had an impact. In a recent press release, the WorldatWork organization revealed that for the first time since 2003, the number of people who worked remotely for one day per month dropped. The U.S. teleworking population in 2010 was estimated at 26.2 million — nearly 20% of the U.S. adult working population.
However, the percentage of people who remote work more often than once per month increased. WorldatWork says 84% of teleworkers did so one day per week or more in 2010, up from 72% in 2008.
For full article, visit: Mashable.com
October 5, 2011
Tuesday was “Improve Your Office Day.” To mark this momentous occasion, Staples.com surveyed 300 workers to find out what would make life at the office better for them. It stands to reason that an office supply company was hoping to hear answers like fancy, new printers, snazzier paper clips or comfier chairs, but one of the top results was a change no merchant can supply: Getting rid of the office entirely.
While a healthy 37 and 35 percent of respondents fulfilled Staples’ dreams and suggested better office technology and furniture would brighten up life at the office, an even larger percentage (41 percent) thought the best improvement that could be made was not seeing the office at all. That’s the percentage that cited allowing or encouraging telecommuting as likely to improve American offices.
To read the entire article, visit: Gigaom.com