Keeping down the cost of using your mobile abroad

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.

Head in the clouds – a beginner’s guide to cloud computing

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.

Thinking about switching to VOIP

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.

Business alternatives to the iPhone

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.

Public WiFi security tips

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.

Cloud computing and its benefit to businesses

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.”