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How can the UK enhance and inspire superior technology skills in the workforce?

Blog   A guest post by Nick Wilson, UK Managing Director, of HP   The UK's ICT sector contributes 81bn of added value to the UK's economy. The sector is the largest in Europe and employs over a million people who contribute 10% of GDP, according to UK Trade and Investment.   On the surfa...

Last updated: Feb 27, 2012   3:19 PM GMT  |  Blog: ITWorks   |      Business, informationtechnology, Skill
Microsoft WPC 2011: A newbie's top ten list

Blog  By Pat Ouellette, Associate Editor LOS ANGELES -- Its been an eventful 24 hours since Ihit the tarmac at LAX Sunday to attend my first Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC). From Dodger Stadium and its army of police officers to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer explaining why his all in...

Last updated: Jul 12, 2011   1:35 PM GMT  |  Blog: Channel Marker
Goodbye, Contract Cell Phone Plans

Blog  My first cell phone cost nearly $1000 and air time was $1/minute, with a minimum of $200 per month on a two-year contract. But I owned a limousine service, and that was better than having an answering service handle my calls. Then, like everyone else, I got a phone that was included with my carrier'...

Last updated: Sep 24, 2013   10:51 PM GMT  |  Blog: Cheap Computing
Finding new containers for the BYOD genii

Blog   Many headline IT trends are driven by organised marketing campaigns and backed by industry players with an agenda - standards initiatives, new consortia, developer ecosystems - and need a constant push, but others just seem to have a life of their own. BYOD - bring your own device - is one such tr...

Last updated: May 2, 2014   2:42 PM GMT  |  Blog: Quocirca Insights   |      Business, BYOD, Data-security
Two Cheap Phone Deals -- From Best Buy, of All Places

Blog  My last post was titled Goodbye, Contract Cell Phone Plans. It was about the joys of prepaid cellular service, and how it saved me all kinds of money. About four hours after I uploaded that post, my HTC phone died. A snickery person might say it died because someone dropped it onto a hard floor whil...

Last updated: Sep 27, 2013   11:13 PM GMT  |  Blog: Cheap Computing
Survival of the paranoid

Blog  She received an alert from credit card Company of a debit of $50 from the neighborhood grocery store. She panicked and then remembered that it was probably the refrigerator ordering replenishments (My refrigerator has gone shopping). She was however worried about what did it end up ordering. Having ...

Last updated: Sep 29, 2014   11:50 AM GMT  |  Blog: Oh I See! Getting CIOs to view their jobs from a different angle   |      BYOD, Internet of Things, Security
Limiting Your Subscription Services

Blog  I have cable TV. I have Chromecast. I have Netflix. I am about to trade cable TV for over-the-air TV and a Tivo subscription. And Amazon Prime. That's another $99 a year, which is enough that it shouldn't be forgotten. What else? Phone service. Can't forget that. My wife has a $25/month Virgin Mobil...

Last updated: Jun 24, 2014   10:00 PM GMT  |  Blog: Cheap Computing   |      Amazon, Internet, ISP
2015: The Year Laptops Took Over -- With Help From the Cloud

Blog  Once upon a time there was a little computer you could carry around with you in a briefcase or in a smaller, specialized piece of luggage. You could open this little computer up so that its keyboard sat on your lap and its screen faced you, although it was usually more comfortable to use if it was o...

Last updated: Jan 6, 2015   4:42 PM GMT  |  Blog: Cheap Computing   |      Chromebook, cloud, laptop
The great broadband race - has BT's broadband infrastructure spend been overtaken by that on 4G?

Blog   Bill Broadband pointed out that "spending over three billion pounds on SFBB is a lot of money" when I retweeted a BBC article on the extra billion that BT has just committed to its content operations . The top and bottom rated comments in response to Robert Peston's analysis on whether BT overpai...

Last updated: Nov 12, 2013   7:09 AM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      4G, Arqiva, BBC
Why do cities get smarter? Learn from these smart city examples

Blog  When it comes to making cities smart, some cities are better positioned or equipped to make the leap than others. What makes a city more inclined to embrace smart technologies -- such as sensor networks, data platforms and autonomous vehicles -- than the rest? A range of factors, including local gov...

Last updated: Jun 23, 2017   5:32 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      Boston, Internet of Things, iot
Is IoT taking us back to the garage? The 'hardware renaissance'

Blog  It's now been almost six years since Marc Andreessen coined his famous phrase, "Software is eating the world." What seemed prescient in 2011 is now present in our everyday lives, as software continues to turn one industry after another on its ear. Familiar examples like Uber or Airbnb, of course, c...

Last updated: Jul 13, 2017   6:53 PM GMT  |  Blog: IoT Agenda   |      Hardware, Hardware and software, Hardware relocation
Healthcare plan = big bucks for VARs

Blog   While many VARs may not agree with the now-approved healthcare legislation, those with a healthcare bent see it as a potential goldmine. This according to one member of the SearchITChannel.com Advisory board. Here are the top five takeways from yesterday's quarterly advisory board call: 1: Bu...

Last updated: Mar 25, 2010   5:17 PM GMT  |  Blog: Channel Marker
Securing joined-up government: the UK's Public Service Network (PSN)

Blog   A common mantra of the New Labour administration that governed the UK from 1997 to 2007 (when the 'new' was all but dropped with the departure of Tony Blair), was that Britain must have more joined-up government. An initiative was kicked-off in 2007 to make this a digital reality with the launch of...

Last updated: Jun 29, 2015   8:04 AM GMT  |  Blog: Quocirca Insights   |      Uncategorized
On the tenth day of Christmas my true love (did not!) give to me... A Livescribe Sky Smartpen

Blog   The Livescribe Sky Smartpen vs Murdoch and BSkyB Recent news has caused me to debate whether I should include a review of the Livescribe Sky Smartpen on Inspect-a-Gadget anymore, because sadly, the company has recently removed its products from British shelves following a complaint from BSkyB over...

Last updated: Dec 18, 2012   10:01 AM GMT  |  Blog: Inspect-a-Gadget   |      bskyb, Christmas, Evernote
Review: BlackBerry Storm 2 - More of a drizzle than a storm

Blog   This is not the first Storm that I've got to know intimately, I had something of a hate/hate relationship with the original model. Actually, there were only three things I really loathed about it: the lack of WiFi, the slow web browsing and the godawful touchscreen on a spring that RIM seemed to th...

Last updated: Dec 9, 2009   8:11 AM GMT  |  Blog: Inspect-a-Gadget   |      BlackBerry
IoT security tips: Five ways developers can help thwart IoT malware threats

Blog  Leonardo Lima, Spec Lead of the JSR 363, shared an eye-opening talk at JavaOne 2016 about the Internet of Things and the potential hazards of living in a world with perhaps too much connectivity. The fact is that many popular devices that people use every day are simply not secure. Leonardo highligh...

Last updated: Oct 12, 2016   7:10 PM GMT  |  Blog: Coffee Talk: Java, News, Stories and Opinions   |      Uncategorized
Amazing What You Can Achieve With A 3G Dongle

Blog   ... as the actress said to the IT-aware bishop.So, just back from more travels in the UK which - given that we were scheduled to fly out of Toulouse during the French "greve nationale" - went every bit as smoothly as you'd expect in those circumstances, but more on that later.Thanks to, let's say, ...

Last updated: Oct 26, 2010   2:43 PM GMT  |  Blog: Networks Generation   |      3, Blue Coat, Certero
Three's Huawei MiFi (E5331) - 29 plus 15.99 per month for 5GB of data

Blog   I am constantly adding devices to my life that are in need of fast connections to the internet in order to perform at their best. Gartner research stated that apparently we will carry an average of seven devices by 2015. We failed to be able to count seven in the office, but at moment, I do have at...

Last updated: Sep 5, 2012   2:14 PM GMT  |  Blog: Inspect-a-Gadget   |      Gartner, Huawei, Internet
Ofcom got it right: BT is likely to give better service whole but scared of being broken up

Blog   The hints that BT is to restart investment in fibre to premises and to upgrade services to premises previously deemed uneconomic indicates that the Ofcom Strategic Review almost certainly reached the right conclusions. Back in the early 1970s Michael Beesley told his students at London Business Sch...

Last updated: Mar 14, 2016   10:41 AM GMT  |  Blog: When IT Meets Politics   |      Broadband, BT, Fintech
Phones Are the New Thin Clients

Blog  I hope you read the review of LogMeIn Ignition for iPhone that was published today. This is a great app and one that I've been using for years, not just on my iPod touch but also on a variety of Windows phones. This is the best example of thin-client computing I know of, as it lets you use one not ...

Last updated: Mar 14, 2010   5:15 PM GMT  |  Blog: Brighthand Bytes
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