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battery lifeYour precious iPad is little more than an expensive paperweight if it runs out of juice, so it’s worth learning a few tricks for nursing the battery through a long day.

In theory, an iPad’s battery life should get you through the average work day. However, your mileage will vary depending on how much you use it and what you’re using it for. The battery life will also diminish with age, like any rechargeable device.

Do you find your iPad tends to run flat when you’re out on the road? It might be worth investing in a car charger or a portable battery so you can top up the iPad during the day. When the battery is running very... Read More

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iPad BusinessIt’s easy to slip an iPad into your travel bag, but they’re only as useful as the iPad business apps at your fingertips.

Apple’s iPads are designed to handle your email, calendar, contacts and basic notes out of the box, whether you use Microsoft Exchange, Outlook.com, Google, iCloud or any other service. This makes Apple’s tablets incredibly useful as a business tool when you’re on the road. They’re especially useful if they have built-in 3G/4G mobile broadband access. You can stay online even when you’re beyond the reach of Wi-Fi networks.

Productivity apps

To squeeze even more business benefits from your iPad, look to the productivity section of the App Store. It’s worth... Read More

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Smart WatchesWith a tiny screen on your wrist, you’ll spend less time reaching for the screen in your pocket during important meetings.

While smartphones are the lifeblood of many businesses, they can also be a distraction when you’re meeting with new clients or trying to close a big deal. Reaching for your phone during important negotiations obviously sends the wrong message when you’re supposed to be giving someone your undivided attention.

Of course, ignoring your phone risks missing an important message. With a smart watch on your wrist, however, it’s easy to keep an eye on all your messages while your phone is still safely tucked away in your pocket. Whether you’re carrying an Apple or Android smartphone, you’ll find the perfect smart watch for the job – staying... Read More

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Cyber SecurityThe fake-invoice epidemic is worsening. It’s vital your people always think twice before clicking on links or opening attachments. When it comes to cyber security, even seemingly innocent-looking emails can be trouble.

Business scammers have been working overtime recently. They have unleashed a deluge of bogus invoices designed to sneak past your defences. It’s not that they look too good to be true, such as promising you’ve won the lottery. Rather, these emails aim to look too mundane to be fake. They pose as an outstanding invoice, unpaid utility bill or unclaimed tax return. The hope is that someone in your business will unwittingly take the bait.

These kinds of emails come in all shapes and sizes. However, the underlying scams are the same. Some are bogus invoices... Read More

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Cheap printersNever judge printers on their price tag alone, as you’ll end up paying more in the long run.

These days you can find ridiculously cheap budget printers, even when you’re walking through the supermarket or standing in line at the post office. At first glance they might seem like an offer too good to refuse. However, business users need to think about the big picture.

Buying a new dirt-cheap printer might cost less than buying replacement ink or toner for your existing printer. But keep in mind that new printers tend to come with “starter” cartridges that aren’t full. It won’t be long before you need to buy more.

Before you buy a printer, it’s important to check on the price of replacement ink or toner. As a general rule you’ll find... Read More

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