A favourite of sci-fi films, nanotechnology is a not a new concept but it’s only now beginning to have an impact in the business world. Broadly speaking, it’s the art and science of manipulating and rearranging individual atoms and molecules to create useful materials, devices, and systems. A nanometre is a billionth of a metre – about 1/80,000th the diameter of a human hair.
Manufacturers, event organisers, theme park operators – even Government departments; everyone seems to be heralding the potential of radio frequency identification these days. But what exactly is the rather cryptically monikered RFID and why should growing businesses care about it?
Environmentally-sound methods of producing energy have been around for years, but powering your business by sustainable means could be closer than you think, if you listen to would-be saviour of the Tory party (and, apparently, now the planet), David Cameron. The Leader of the Opposition is having solar panels and a wind turbine installed at his west London abode.
The UK has beaten off burgeoning tech markets in Europe to become the fastest-growing IT market in Western Europe, according to new figures released by the European Information Technology Observatory.
Even in the fad-friendly world of the internet, podcasting has become something of a phenomenon of late. In fact, new research from the UK Association of Online Publishers found that more than half of the publishing firms interviewed said that they intended to launch their own podcasts over the next 12 months.
Discerning between up-and-coming businesses on the verge of world domination and those merely destined to meander along is far from an exact science. Some, however, are starting to suggest that this needn’t necessarily be the case.
It has been a long-held belief that Apple Mac computers are far superior to PCs when it comes to repelling viruses and up until now it has been true. But that could be about to change with the appearance of Leap A, one of the first pieces of malicious software aimed at Macs.
UK firms are being urged to use technology to adopt smarter working practices, through a new three-year initiative that has been established by not-for-profit group the IT Forum Foundation.
New research from Business Link has found that over 20 per cent of small businesses have been subjected to a breach in online security and 47 per cent said they anticipate an IT security breach in the next year.
Never mind Blackberrys, Palm Pilots and 3G mobiles: in a development that would make James Bond proud, you’ll soon be able to access news headlines, weather, sports news, stock reports and email on the humble wristwatch.
From 7 April, businesses will be able to register websites with the suffix ‘.eu’ – a development German web-hosting business STRATO claims has already seen it take more than 200,000 pre-orders from across the continent.
Electronic communication is now integral to corporate success. However, as we’ve all probably come to realise, email has drawbacks, most notably that it doesn’t necessarily leave a paper trail and that it can be hard to find a particular missive among the thousands you’ve received,
Around 2.5 per cent of all the emails sent worldwide in 2005 either contained spam, viruses or other high-tech security threats, according to new research from message management business Postini. This represents a sharp increase on the figure of 1.5 per cent reported in 2004
Businesses with websites, or those thinking of setting one up, should bear in mind that internet users are increasingly using browsers other than Internet Explorer, says website tester SciVisum.
Bill Gates has announced that Microsoft is launching a series of internet-based software in order to compete with the new wave of on-demand software providers. But has this come too late?
Businesses using laptops are advised to heed the recent case of a worker fined by the courts and given a 12-month conditional discharge for hijacking a nearby company’s wireless broadband connection with his laptop.
Many UK businesses are flirting with IT disaster, with fewer than 20 per cent of SMEs backing up data remotely, according to new research from telecoms giant BT and the Institute of Directors.
Mobile phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) are fast becoming the bane of British businesses, with almost two-thirds of employees complaining of poor mobile habits amongst their co-workers, according to polling organisation YouGov.
With sales of MP3 players, digital cameras and a swathe of other new gadgets rising exponentially, it appears the age of the data-carrying device is well and truly upon us. Yet for some the mass proliferation of these technologies actually represents a serious threat to business security.
As growing businesses strive to make their workforce ever more flexible, mobile network operators are seizing the opportunity to push their data card offerings. But what are these cards, who should use them and how much do they cost?
Technology entrepreneur Piers Linney is listing his company on the Alternative Investment Market, where it will possess a market cap of £34.6 million.
Time was of the essence when Mario Di Giorgio, CEO of e-cigarette brand Salmon & Trout, launched his business. He explains how being proactive worked.
That a team of 13 could build a business worth $1 billion should be the inspiration that all entrepreneurs need.
New research from GrowthBusiness shows that the number of UK cash shells is climbing. We speak to new entrants to the market and those that have recently closed deals to find out what’s driving shells’ increasing popularity.