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Hybrid devicesRather than deciding between a notebook or a tablet as your portable productivity tool of choice, consider a hybrid device that can transform on the fly – but make sure the keyboard isn’t its Achilles’ heel.

Windows tablets were once clunky and cumbersome devices, but a new generation of slender designs combined with the power of Windows 10 has delivered the perfect devices to slip in your travel bag when you need to get things done on the road. Lightweight designs, powerful mobile processors and all-day battery life ensure they can meet your needs when you’re away from the office.

The icing on the cake is that you’re no longer forced to choose between a notebook and tablet, as hybrid devices can easily switch modes to suit the task at hand. This way, you can opt... Read More

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SquareIt’s easy to embrace the brave new world of smartphone payments when Square’s tiny contactless card reader allows an iPhone or iPad to accept tap n’ go payments.

There are plenty of ways to put an iGadget to work in your business. Not only do iPads and iPhones make for great personal productivity tools, but they can also double as a fully blown Point of Sale system – either sitting on the counter in your retail store, or living in your pocket when you’re doing business on the move.

A traditional Point of Sale system and merchant facilities can come at considerable expense, making it difficult for small businesses to... Read More

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Google challenges HTTPSGoogle’s push to make HTTPS website encryption standard across the web is about to force some businesses to lift their security game.

If your business website allows customers to log into an account or enter payment details then you certainly already use HTTPS for those web pages, creating a secure encrypted link to ensure this sensitive information isn’t intercepted in transit. Now, Google is on a mission to ensure all websites use HTTPS, to combat online eavesdropping and data tampering. It also helps fight scammers who try to trick you into visiting spoof websites, masquerading as banks and other sites where you’re likely to enter information worth stealing.

HTTPS works by creating an encrypted link from your browser tab all... Read More

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Owning your own hardwareAs digital disruption threatens to shake up every industry, hiring your IT equipment allows your business to remain nimble when facing new challenges.

Cloud services are creating an unprecedented level playing field that allows small business to punch above their weight while granting large enterprises the ability to remain nimble against growing competition. Computing power was once a prohibitively expensive resource but the cloud puts it on tap, turning it into a pay-as-you-go service just like the other utilities your business relies on such as power, water and gas.

This revolutionary shift is fuelling a wave of digital disruption that threatens to wash away those who don’t move with the times, Read More

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Turn an iPhoneWhether you’re scanning name tags as people walk in the door or scanning product labels at the counter, turning an iPhone into a barcode scanner can certainly make life easier.

Barcode scanners are incredibly handy devices, but they’re not all the same, so it’s worth doing your research to ensure you’re using the best tool for the job. Simple USB barcode scanners plug into a computer, but if you need something more portable and flexible then converting a smartphone into a barcode scanner might be a better solution.

There are two types of barcode scanners: those featuring CCD sensors and those relying on lasers.

Basic handheld CCD-based barcode scanners tend to be cheaper than laser scanners, plus they’re also more sturdy than laser scanners as CCD... Read More

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