BT have announced a new relationship with Starbucks Coffee Company to provide Wi-Fi across more than 650 Starbucks coffeehouses in the UK and Ireland. The first stores will have the service installed this week and the roll out will be completed by the end of the summer 2009.
BT today announced a high value business bundle offering broadband and calls to UK landlines, international destinations and mobile numbers for just £30 a month.
Mr Site Takeaway Website has exclusively partnered with web-based accounting application, KashFlow, to offer its 60,000 customers a 90-day free trial of the award-winning accounting software.
Users of KashFlow will also be able to purchase Mr Site Takeaway Website Standard and Pro versions at a special discounted price to celebrate the new alliance.
Whilst we are sure that President Obama doesn’t have to worry about the cost of using his now famous BlackBerry during his current european tour many business owners heading abroad for Easter do. With this in mind Ofcom has produced a video to help travellers keep their mobile phone costs down while travelling.
The video says that while wireless broadband dongles and smart phones are popular to use, downloading data can be very expensive when abroad.
Cloud computing (also sometimes known as Software as a Service or SaaS) has been widely heralded as a development that will fundamentally change the way businesses and individuals use technology. Historically, the software that enterprises depend on to do business (for example databases or word processors) has always taken the form of applications that users install on individual computers, paying a licence fee for their use. Cloud computing, however, turns this model on its head by making these applications available through the browsers we use to surf the Internet either for free, or for a monthly charge.
With parts of England covered in another thick layer of snow we talked to Simon Devonshire from O2 and got his top ten tips on being able to work remotely to ensure that business productivity doesn’t go down. That is unless you do want to go outside and make snow balls with the kids.
As a result of increased broadband penetration, advancements in VoIP technology and escalating business costs due to harsher economic conditions, more businesses than ever before are looking at VoIP telephony solutions to secure a reliable, cost-effective alternative to legacy telephone services, whilst future-proofing their communication strategies for next-generation Unified Communications at the same time.
Technology to help business travellers work on the move is progressing rapidly, and the launch of the new 3G iPhone is likely to push the trend even further. With this in mind, Oliver Chivers, Head of Business Marketing at T-Mobile UK, suggests some alternative business devices to catch the eye of those who want to make the most of working on the move, without leaping on the iPhone bandwagon.
Access to the Internet via public “hotspots” is growing and will continue to grow as more and more hotspots are made available. We have McDonalds offering free Internet access and even Boris Johnson proposing that London becomes a WiFi city, with free WiFi, following the likes of Norwich.
In the technology world, major players such as Google and IBM are maximising their use of Cloud Computing – but what is it? and more importantly, how can it help businesses?
So what is the definition? According to Gartner, cloud computing is “a style of computing where massively scalable IT-related capabilities are provided ‘as a service’ across the Internet to multiple external customers.”
ecademy – the business-orientated social networking site, that we have covered many times within the pages of Business Matters, gave a stark warning to its members of the possible pitfalls of using social networking as they left supposedly private support emails sent through the site publicly viewable as the result of a programming error earlier this week.