In a recent survey, Planon Software, found that over half of those questioned would like the opportunity to work more flexibly. Tim Clapham, marketing director at Planon, says: “Cultural, economic and social changes are all influencing the way in which we balance our work and personal lives. As such, we are seeing the traditional 9-5 work pattern being replaced with more flexible working practices.
However, our survey reveals the surprising fact that this practice is not yet completely widespread. For modern businesses, providing employees with increased options to suit their working styles has become increasingly important to boost employee retention and satisfaction whilst also improving the efficiency of the business. As such, the large number of employees that are still being denied these options could be working below their full potential, and may also be less efficient than others who are enjoying greater flexibility.” Planon collected the views of more than 100 professionals over a three-day period in order to gauge their views on flexible working.
The results indicated that businesses could gain a number of benefits by introducing more flexible policies, and that many of these initiatives could be implemented very easily. Tim Clapham explains “There are many options available for businesses that want to introduce flexibility to the workplace. This could involve allowing employees to work remotely, operating a hot-desk environment or providing employees with business-to-employee applications that allow tasks to be managed from a mobile device whilst on the go. When managed correctly, flexible working
schemes can even allow businesses to reduce their real estate portfolio since fewer employees will be in the office at the same time, which can lead to even greater cost savings.”
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Those working in IT and Telecoms are happier than average when it comes to their work-life balance, despite working longer hours than most, according to research carried out by specialist recruiter Randstad Technologies. A survey of 2,000 employees revealed that almost two-thirds (64%) of IT & Telecoms staff were happy with their work-life balance, well above the national average of 59%.
Those working in utilities (94%) and insurance (90%) were most happy with their work-life balance, despite those sectors having some of the longest average working weeks in the UK.
Those least happy with their work-life balance were accountants (42%) – yet accountants have a shorter average working week than the UK average.
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Leeds has the highest concentration of technology based businesses in Yorkshire and Humber, a new report has revealed.
Around 3,240 companies in the area are making use of and relying on technology to run their businesses. The city is believed to support more growth and jobs than many other areas in the country according to a report by the National Institute for Economic and Social Research commissioned by Google.
The detailed report uses new data from real-time business tracker Growth Intelligence, and draws a map of jobs and growth across the country. It also reveals just how far traditional sectors, such as manufacturing, architecture and engineering, have embraced digital technology.
Max Nathan, senior research fellow at NIESR, said:“Policymakers have identified the digital economy as one of the UK’s key economic strengths.
“The old image of tech businesses as start-ups that make no money is out of date too: using big data we show a broad array of active businesses selling digital products and services.”
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4G is the fourth generation of mobile phone technology and follows on from 2G and 3G.
2G technology was suitable for making calls and sending text
messages while 3G makes it possible to access the internet more effectively through your mobile phone.
What to expect from 4G?
4G services should make it much quicker to surf the web on your
mobile, tablets and laptops – speeds will be nearer to what you currently experience with home broadband.
Because of this, 4G is ideally suited for services which demand
more capacity like video streaming, mapping and social networking
For the typical user, download speeds of initial 4G networks could be around 5-7 times those for existing 3G
This means a music album taking 20 minutes to download on a 3G phone and just over 3 minutes on 4G. This is based on existing 3G speeds being 1Mbit/s on average and 4G speed being 6Mbit/s (average of 5 and 7 times
What will 4G coverage be like?
Ofcom has designed the 4G auction in a way that will see mobile broadband rolled out to at least 98% of people in villages, towns and cities across the UK. This is for indoor coverage; however, given that it is easier to provide coverage outdoors, a network meeting this obligation is likely to cover more than 99% of the UK by population when outdoors.
Ed Richards, Ofcom Chief Executive, said: ‘As a direct result of the measures Ofcom is introducing, consumers will be able to surf the web stream high-quality videos and download big files on their mobile device from almost every home in the UK.’
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An elderly relative is being plagued by nuisance calls. Will trueCall stop them or can readers suggest an alternative?
At last, my brother and I hope we have found the solution to protecting an
elderly relative from nuisance phone calls.
There has been a lot in the news recently about the hassle householders
suffer in dealing with unsolicited sales calls and irritating, potentially
frightening "silent" calls. Recently, consumer organisation Which? called on the government to step in and tak tough
action against firms perpetrating nuisance calls, saying that the Telephone Preference Service (TPS), the free national opt-out service for consumers who do not wish to receive telemarketing calls, was failing in its job
of blocking unsolicited sales calls.
Most people who have registered their landline or mobile numbers with TPS
will know from experience that this does not protect you against all forms of
unwanted calls. Because its remit lies strictly within the boundaries of "live
unsolicited calls of a sales or marketing nature", TPS cannot and does not claim
to stop other call types such as recorded or automated messages, silent calls,
market research calls, international calls from overseas sales companies and
fraudulent scam calls.
Such calls can be more of a worry where older, frail householders are
concerned. My brother and I have lost count of the number of times we have
visited our relative to discover she has fallen prey to such calls. She has
unwittingly switched fuel suppliers when already in a fixed contract, accidently
subscribed to a fitness magazines she does not want at age 81, given her
personal details and those of friends to an ambulance-chasing firm promising to
get her compensation for a minor accident, given fraudulent callers remote
access to her computer which they told her had a virus they could fix for a
price, and agreed to be sent brochures on investing in Ukrainian agricultural
land. Sometimes it is hard to know whether to laugh or cry.
To stem the flow of calls, we started by registering her number with the TPS
and asked her to say "no thank you" and hang up on anyone who appeared to be
trying to sell her something or get her to answer questions for "market
But she inevitably forgot our warnings after a while and problems recurred.
The next step was to see if we could block unwelcome calls using optional
features available on her BT line.
We tried using "caller display", inputting all numbers from her known and
trusted contacts into her phone's memory so that she could see who was calling
on the display panel each time the phone rang. We asked her simply not to answer
the phone when it rang unless she could see that the caller was someone she knew
and instead let unrecognised callers go straight to answerphone. Then, if the
caller did leave a message that was important to her, she could call them
But such instructions do not sit well with someone forgetful and from a
generation who finds it discourteous not to answer the phone and who
automatically engages in polite conversation with a friendly-sounding caller.
"What we need is some way of programming her phone to ring only when
calls come in from her list of known callers," said my brother.
I checked with BT whether we could set this up on one of their systems but,
though using various features on the recently launched BT 6500 would take us close, nothing matched the
simple configuration we wanted: that is, known caller means the phone rings,
unknown caller means the phone stays silent and goes straight to
Then we found a device from a firm called trueCall. The trueCall Call Blocker, a box device
with integral answerphone that you plug in between your phone and the wall
socket, offers various options for how you set up the system to handle calls and
block unwanted ones – from simply blocking international calls to asking every
caller to identify themselves before putting them through to you.
The highest-security "lock down profile" looks right for our relative. Here,
the phone will only ring if someone calls whose number has been input into a
"star list" of known and trusted contacts. If someone calls whose number is not
on the star list, the receiver will not ring. Instead the caller will hear a
sound as if the phone is ringing and be put through to the answerphone to leave
a message if they choose.
There is also an option to manage and control your unit online which lets you
see a log of all incoming and outgoing calls, edit the numbers on your star list
and change your configuration setting. This is free for the first year and £20 a
This device appears to tick all the boxes as far as our needs are concerned.
But before we shell out a fairly pricey £99.99 on it, it would be interesting to
know if any readers have experience of trueCall and whether they think it is
worth the money.
As another story emerges of people suffering mobile phone bill shock after a trip overseas, we look at how to limit the pain
Summer's finally here and millions of people are heading off to sunnier climes – but some of them will return to find a shockingly high mobile phone bill waiting for them on their return.
The latest incident to make the headlines is the case of 14-year-old Casey Snook who reportedly racked up a £3,800 mobile phone bill during a trip to New York. She was posting updates on Facebook and uploading photos, and – her family claim – was unaware she was running up a huge data roaming bill.
Her network, Orange, said it sent a text to Casey warning her she had gone over her internet data limit and barred her from sending any more texts and making calls. But it did not block her data roaming and claimed Casey clicked a "yes" button when asked if she wanted to keep the facility switched on.
The good news for millions of other holidaymakers is that a new cap on roaming charges within the EU came into force on 1 July 2013, just in time for this summer's big getaway.
So what's the best advice?
Simple, talk to us first – many networks offer add-on deals and bundles that can make it much cheaper to use the web abroad.
For example, O2 offers O2 Travel whereby pay monthly and pay as you go customers can use the internet on their phone in Europe for £1.99 a day. It's available on every O2 phone. Meanwhile, EuroTraveller from Vodafone allows people to take their price plan with them, within Europe, for £3 a day, while those travelling outside Europe can opt in toVodafone Data Traveller and pay £5 for 25MB for every day they go online.
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Find the full original story at http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2013/jul/12/data-roaming-avoid-excess-charges
Article by Rupert Jones and Harriet Meyer
guardian.co.uk, Friday 12 July 2013 13.33 BST
Nokia's Lumia 1020 features 41 megapixel camera
Nokia has unveiled a new handset with a 41 megapixel sensor which it claims can record "details never thought possible from a smartphone".
It says consumers will be able to zoom in and reframe their photos without worrying about the image quality suffering.
Analysts who have tested the device said that it was "without doubt" the best smartphone camera on the market.
But they added that was not a guarantee that it would be a bestseller.
Market research firm IDC recently carried out a survey of smartphone owners in 25 countries to identify what factors were most likely to drive future purchases.
The results placed camera resolution 15th on a list of 23 features. Audio quality for voice, battery life, device security and browsing came top of the poll.
For more news on this article http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-23272758
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Microsoft officials on Thursday announced details of the latest companywide reorganization, designed
to help the company make itself into a leaner, meaner devices and services machine.
First order of business: Steve Ballmer stays on as CEO. There's no change in
leadership at the very top. And basically all the other new "winners" in the
reorg are already household names at the company.
The new Microsoft is not going to be cleaved cleanly along devices and
services lines, as some had thought and heard. The new organization is a little
more complicated than that.
Gone are the current five Microsoft business units -- Windows, Server and
Tools, Microsoft Business Division, Entertainment and Devices and Online
Services -- each with its own president and chief financial officer.
Going forward, all three of Microsoft's operating systems will be lumped
together into a single division, so as to share more technologies and components. And
marketing and business strategy for all of Microsoft's product lines is moving
out of the individual business units and into centralized, cross-company
These changes will be phased in over the next several months, though some of
Microsoft's roughly 100,000 employees will begin working almost immediately with
their new groups. (From what I am hearing, there are no layoffs today as part of
this changing of the guard.)
Who's in, who's out
In the new organization, reporting to Ballmer are heads of four new
engineering groups, along with a handful of executives in charge of new
centralized functional groups. Most of the new leaders are familiar names to
those who know the company. The four new engineering chiefs:
Terry Myerson, current head of Windows Phone engineering, is
now the head of the new Operating Systems Group at the company. Myerson is going
to run engineering for the Windows, Windows Phone and Xbox operating
systems. Anything that attaches directly to these OSes, such as Xbox Live, also
reports into this new OS division. All of these OSes are currently running on a
common "core" based on Windows NT.
Qi Lu, current head of Microsoft's Online Services Division,
is now the head of the new Applications and Services group. Lu is in charge of
engineering for Bing, MSN, Office 365, Office servers and clients, Dynamics CRM
and ERP, Skype, Yammer and Lync.
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