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EE announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

EE announce the Samsung Galaxy Alpha

EE have announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available to pre-order on the UK’s biggest and fastest 4G network from 28 August.     * The UK’s fastest 4G speeds  * Inclusive roaming calls and texts in select international destinations*  * 2 for 1 cinema tickets with EE Film  * Exclusive discounts on EE’s superfast […]

By August 27, 2014 Read More →
HTC One (M8) for Windows

HTC One (M8) for Windows

A few days ago HTC announced the latest itteration to the hugely popular and award-winning HTC One (M8) with their truly inspiringly named HTC One (M8) for Windows…   HTC offers Windows platform on flagship device, blends premium hardware with unique software experience BELLEVUE, WA – August 19, 2014 –HTC, a global leader in innovation […]

By August 22, 2014 Read More →
4G Quad Core for £60 from Gearbest

4G Quad Core for £60 from Gearbest

Gearbest.com are offering the Landvo L200G for a mere £63. This 4G device is one of the first phones running the MT6290 ARMv7 Quad core, 1.3GHz processor. Coupled with a 5.0 inch QHD IPS display this is a bargain if ever there was one. The only downside is the 4GB Rom onboard, however for this price its […]

By August 16, 2014 Read More →
Navdy HUD for your windscreen

Navdy HUD for your windscreen

Here’s something you don’t see everyday. A midway convergence of you in car Satnav and Google Glass. Navdy is a piece of hardware that sits atop of your steering column and projects a head up display (HUD) onto you windscreen if assist with relevant drivers information. We have see it in the movies, The Living […]

By August 12, 2014 Read More →

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HTC Desire 816 hands-on

HTC Desire 816 hands-on

Earlier this year, at MWC, HTC made a fairly queit announcement about two new devices that they were launching. They were the HTC Desire 816 and the HTC Desire 610. Here we are taking a look at the Desire 816, this new smartphone offers a larger screen, that’s reaching phablet proportions, decent performance and features […]

By June 14, 2014 Read More →
Kujali iPad Mini case review

Kujali iPad Mini case review

Let’s be honest, phone and tablet cases are not the most exciting things (unless you’re the one making them!) and there are hundreds of manufacturers out there, each with a variety of designs. So it’s not often that we review cases and covers, it’s too subjective and there’s too many. However, now and then we […]

By June 1, 2014 Read More →
Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ unboxing and hands-on

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ unboxing and hands-on

Back in November of last year we reviewed the previous Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10, that had a 1280 x 800 pixel display but Lenovo have built upon that earlier model and have come up with the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 10 HD+. This new version has a better than HD display with 1920 x 1200 pixels. […]

By May 31, 2014 Read More →
HP 14 Chromebook video review

HP 14 Chromebook video review

Gareth takes a quick look at HP’s larger Chromebook, the 14. Easily the best looking of the larger Chromebooks the 14 has a number of differences over the other Chromebooks on the market whilst delivering the same Chrome Operating System experience. HP 14 Chromebook specification: 14”, 200-nit display with 16:9 aspect ratio 20mm thin – […]

By May 27, 2014 Read More →

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4 Simple Steps to a More Ergonomically Friendly Workplace

shutterstock_182853062Back pain and other related symptoms are among the top 10 reasons workers visit a physician, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In many cases, this pain is a direct result of how we hold ourselves at our work stations. Referred to as ergonomic injuries, these typically include symptoms like discomfort or pain in the back, neck or shoulders; pain in the wrists or other parts of the body, tingling or numbness in the fingers or hands, and swelling and joint stiffness.

As the University of California Riverside notes, these often-painful symptoms are the direct result of what are called ergonomic risk factors. These include things like sitting for a long time in an uncomfortable posture, straining the body, repetitive use of one part of the body, contact pressure, and exposure to vibration.

Fortunately, there are steps that business owners can take to help make the workplace as ergonomically friendly as possible. The following tips can help create a comfortable working environment that allows for maximum productivity along with a minimum of injuries:

1. Make sure arms are well-supported

If your employees spend a lot of time in front of computers or sitting at a desk, it’s imperative that their arms are well-supported during the day. As Ergo-Plus notes, workers whose arms do not have some type of support under them—for example, an arm rest on a chair—will typically have sore and tired shoulders and necks by quitting time. Solutions include supportive office chairs that offer sturdy arm support like the Endeavour 103A office chair from Wayfair.

2. Adjust the position of computer monitors and keyboards

As Humantech notes, the way computer monitors are positioned on a desk has a big impact on ergonomics. Ask your employees to adjust their monitors so that the top of the screen is slightly under or right at eye level. In addition, make sure that the monitor is more than an arm’s length away from the employee’s face. In order to keep the arms as horizontal as possible, work with your employees to adjust the height of their keyboards so their elbows remain at about a 90 degree angle when they are working. If the keyboards are usually placed on the desk, consider investing in adjustable trays that mount underneath.

3. Encourage frequent breaks

In order to decrease the risk of ergonomic-related injuries, make sure your employees are taking breaks from any repetitive activities. For example, if your workers typically spend a lot of time doing data entry, vary their responsibilities so they can also incorporate other tasks like making copies, calling clients, and other jobs that will get them away from repetitive motion. Although there is no cut and dry rule for this, getting away from the computer every hour for five minutes is a good place to start.

4. Watch employees’ posture

A great way to reduce the risk of ergonomic injuries is to make sure your employees are practicing good posture throughout the day. Ask your employees to sit or stand as close to their desk or workstation as they can; this will reduce the chances of slouching or leaning too far forward. In addition, if your employees are on the phone often, purchase devices that allow your employees to keep their head upright while talking. Holding a phone between your neck and ear is not only uncomfortable, it can easily lead to neck pain.

| August 26, 2014 | Read More →

Acer Liquid E3 Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-08-14-12h48m00s13Acer have sent over their dual sim Liquid E3 low end smartphone. This Android powered phone features a great amount of power and genuinely impressive styling.

 

Acer Liquid E3 specification:

  • Mediatek MT6589 Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7
  • 4 GB ROM
  • +.03.
  • 1 GB RAM
  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 for both SIM 1 & 2
  • 136 x 68 x 9 mm (5.35 x 2.68 x 0.35 in)
  • 134 g
  • microSD, up to 32 GB
  • 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • 2 MP, LED flash
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 720 x 1280 pixels, 4.7 inches

 

| August 18, 2014 | Read More →

Acer Liquid S2 Unboxing

vlcsnap-2014-08-14-13h43m18s174Acer have provided us with a red Acer S2, the phablet to end all phablets. Alongside the older Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 this 6.0″ device is juxtaposed by it’s Nano Sim card slot!

Acer Liquid S2 sepcification:

  • GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 900 / 2100, LTE 800 / 1800 / 2600
  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 6.0 inches
  • 16 GB ROM
  • 2 GB RAM
  • microSD, up to 128 GB
  • Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 Quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400
  • 13 MP, 4160 x 3120 pixels, autofocus, LED ring flash, 2160p@24fps, 1080p@60fps
  • 2 MP, 1080p@30fps

 

| August 15, 2014 | Read More →

Nexus 6 specs spotted?

AtutuIt looks like some specs of the Nexus 6 alongside its Motorola Shamu codename have been spotted under the benchmarking app AnTuTu. AnTuTu’s database contains the listing for a device called “Google shamu” sporting a Qualcomm  Snapdragon 805 chipset with a quad-core Krait 450 processor working at 2,65GHz, 3GB of RAM and the Adreno 420 GPU. We also see a 5.2″ QHD (1,440 x 2,560 pixel) display. The camera weighs in at 13Megapixel alongside a 2.1MP front facing camera. 

Pretty beefy specs and something worth getting excited over. However, this could just be a list of speculated specifications, or place holder details for an upcoming announcement. 

| August 13, 2014 | Read More →

Spigen SGP Neo Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S5

silver-2Mobilefun.co.uk have sent across the Spigen SGP Neo Hybrid Case for Samsung Galaxy S5. Having recently looked at the tough armour case for the iPhone 5 / 5S it seemed logical to have a look at something the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 Neo Hybrid is an assembly-type case with a TPU back cover and a polycarbonate frame. The TPU cover provides supreme durability and shock protection for your phone, while the UV coated polycarbonate frame adds additional strength and rigidity to the case. The soft case also prevents any damage that might be caused by removing or attaching the case.

You can purchase on for £19.99 from Mobilefun.co.uk.

 

| August 11, 2014 | Read More →

Veho Pebble Smartstick Portable Charger Unboxing

vehoblack-300-02Mobilefun.co.uk have very kindly sent over a Veho Pebble Smartstick Portable Charger. This is a pocket sized charger with a full size USB plug on top and a bunch of interchangeable connectors for most of your mobile needs. The technical specifications see a 2200mAh capacity at 3.7V, DC-IN: 5V/500mA, DC-OUT: 5V/500mA. As mentioned already this is a very small portable battery measuring at 22mm width and 86mm length. Weight is only 70g. The package contains charging adapters for iPhone (30-pin), Micro USB, Mini USB, Sony Ericsson and Nokia.

You can purchase one for £16.99 from Mobilefun.co.uk

 

| August 10, 2014 | Read More →

Features your Free Business Email is Sorely Missing

8373031051_04ea3f7b90_zThere are a number of free email providers out there, and many are used by the general public. While they may be good enough for tiny businesses and for personal use, emails can be a very important part of the office day – and just choosing the free options means your business could be losing out on some key perks.

While Google and Microsoft might offer free emails, the fact is that they aren’t secure or efficient enough to use in business. Here are some key paid email features that are worth considering when choosing a business email provider.

 

Massive Archiving Space

At some point, your normal in-box will get full and you’ll get a message prompting you to delete some messages. That’s all very well, but when you run a business, you need a record of every email in case of something going wrong and an audit being required.

Cloud storage email management providers can give you masses of space to store old emails, and give you the option to dig up whichever old ones you need whenever you need them.

Security

Standard email providers are not low in security, but your company may need something much more effective. Email encryption can stop hackers from finding out the details about your accounts, for example, by rendering information unreadable to unauthorised users.

In addition, heightened protection from spam and malware is essential – and that’s not something that free business emails are often party to.

Support

In the instance of email complications (such as lost emails, or technical issues), or if you or your employees are unsure how to make necessary changes to the functions of your email accounts, you can easily get support and help from free email providers.

If any connectivity issues come up or there’s any kind of malware or missing emails, paid email providers often have a dedicated support line to help you sort out the problem quickly and easily.

 

Risk Reduction

As a business moves and evolves, management of data can become difficult. Business Email Management from Mimecast can streamline this process, by implementing email security, DLP and retention policies to new employees after mergers and acquisitions.

When the tricky process of server upgrades is required, email management systems can secure data migration. In addition, this security continues even when your business server fails.

Email management systems will also include anti-spam, anti-virus, data leak prevention and full encryption services.

Tackling Spam

While standard free emails have a relatively good spam filter, they aren’t geared towards protecting business email in-boxes from spam. Depending on the nature of your business, your employees could get hundreds of spam emails a day – such as marketing emails – and they can cause serious problems when they clog up in-boxes.

Shelling out a little bit more for spam protection is essential. Keeping the network secure, anti-spam and anti-malware protection can give you freedom from spam emails and dangerous email attachments.

| August 8, 2014 | Read More →

Gigabyte announces the Q21 laptop

gigabyte-q21-laptop,I-W-447800-3Gigabyte are putting out two favours of notebook right now, the difference is quite bizarre. The first is a version sporting Windows 8.1 with Bing. The second has Windows 8.1 without Bing. Just Bingless. An interesting choice when adding to the basket. The most interesting thing about this notebook is the Dual storage solution, a mSATA and a 2.5-inch hard drive. 

Otherwise, the specifications show a number of configurations. 

  • Processor: Intel Celeron N2930 or Intel Celeron N2807
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB, 4GB or 8 GB DDR3L in a single slot; 512 GB SSD or 1 TB 2.5-inch 5400 rpm HDD storage (detailed options not available yet)
  • Display: 11.6-inch LCD with 1,366X768 pixels
  • Webcam: HD camera
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, 10/100 Mbps Ethernet, 1XUSB 3.0, 2XUSB 2.0, HDMI, VGA
  • Operating System: Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Weight/Dimensions: 2.98 pounds (battery included); 11.51X8.29X0.89 inches
  • Battery: 24 WHr lithium-ion with 3 cells

“The dual storage on Q21 combines capacity and speed rarely seen on laptops of this dimension,” the press release stated. “Its mSATA SSD grants a generous space up to 512 GB for seamless data transmission while the hard disk drive supports a whopping capacity up to 1 TB for data storage. You can now back up your system even without access to cloud storage or external devices.”

Pricing and availability are not available yet for the UK market, however they have stated this is a budget offering.

| August 8, 2014 | Read More →

3 Recruiting Tech Tools for Strategic Hiring

shutterstock_187011389Recruiting expert Dr. John Sullivan warns recruiters and hiring managers that as the economy improves, they will quickly be faced with new recruiting challenges. Some of those challenges include intense competition in recruiting, corporate growth that overloads current recruiting systems, out-of-date recruiting strategies, rusty hiring managers and recruiters, the wrong recruiting metrics, and lack of recruiting resources.

The recruiting process traditionally involves many steps and time-consuming processes. With the rise of social media and mobile technology, recruiters who designate time out of their schedule to hire will get to the top candidates before the competition. Companies must make strategic recruiting a priority to compete for the top talent they need, and recruiting technology can help make that happen.

Jobvite

Jobvite is an innovative recruiting platform that includes applicant tracking, recruiter candidate relationship management, and social recruiting modules. It enables recruiters and hiring managers solicit referrals, improve the speed and quality of hiring, provide a positive candidate experience, and reduce recruiting costs.

Jobvite’s modules are Refer, Engage, and Hire, designed for employee referrals, candidate relationship management, and a total staffing solution. Refer lets employers automate the employee referral process with tools to encourage and measure social recruiting, including real-time metrics and reporting, plus ATS integration so employers can use Jobvite Refer within their existing systems.

InsightSquared

InsightSquared is a sales forecasting tool that helps sales managers and business owners use their sales data to analyse and drive sales staff performance. They can use it to identify strong and weak performers and the areas they can improve. This is valuable in workforce management, giving companies the data they need to plan for training or getting rid of poor performers.

InsightSquared’s other features include dashboards and scorecards that make access to valuable data fast and easy, call data integration so sales managers can analyse sales calls by employee, and goal tracker.

iCIMS

iCIMS is an easy to use talent acquisition software that provides a comprehensive cradle to grave recruiting solution, all the way through onboarding, with social media integration and automated reporting.

iCIMS three suites consist of Recruit, Connect, and Onboard. Recruit is a social applicant tracking system that enables recruiters and hiring managers to cut time out of the recruiting process and quickly find and recruit top talent. It includes mobile-optimised career portals, unlimited job posting, employee referral programs, and EEO compliance tools to streamline applicant tracking, provide easy ways for candidates to apply online, and circulate job postings throughout the web to expand posting reach.

Connect is a tool to build a qualified candidate pool and keep candidates engaged until hire. It includes effective marketing processes that incorporate videos and social networking groups to help improve candidate experience and employment branding. Employers that stay connected to a managed pool of engaged passive candidates always stay ahead of recruiting needs.

Onboard is a total recruiting solution that incorporates social distribution, expanded job board posting, branded career micro-sites, video screening capabilities, and automated I9 forms and E-Verify processing.

| August 7, 2014 | Read More →
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