Smartwatches – The Future?

It seems that just about every electronics manufacturer is releasing a smartwatch these days, with an Apple offering rumoured to be announced at their annual ‘launch’ in the next week or so. But out if all the watches currently scheduled for release, the LG G Watch R is the one that’s really caught our eye. See what you think.




Home Automation in the Future

We look at the capabilities of a home automation in this article, but what does the future hold? Well, as we’ve seen with other technologies, like smartphones and tablets, if the vision in this video is realised, home automation is set to become an even bigger part of our lives.




Some Useful Business Apps

business-mobile-appsThere is a superb range of apps available for business use and every day the choices are growing. Naturally some apps are only going to suit a particular type of business model or a business sector, but there are plenty of more generic business apps that have great functionality for many different business needs. While there seems to be a general consensus that businesses should be embracing the latest efficiency-improving apps, there still seems to be a lot of confusion about how apps can help a business, over and above the website(s) they have. Top app development companies like messapps have been demystifying apps for business, but in the meantime, here are a few pointers to steer you towards apps that might make your business life even easier. (more…)




Home Automation FAQs

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Home automation is the control of any or all electrical devices in your home or office, whether you are there or away!

What is home automation?

Home automation is one of the most exciting developments in technology for the home that has come along in decades! The intelligent automated home of the future, often glamorized in sci-fi movies, is here NOW! There are hundreds of products available today that allow you control over the devices mentioned above, and more, either automatically; by remote control; or even by voice command! (more…)




Why Being Mobile Friendly Matters

mobile-searchWhen the smartphone revolution began, website builders around the world largely ignored this new format. They didn’t worry too much how their websites looked on the mobile because people just used their phones to check a shop’s opening times or see where the nearest take away was, right? But as the growth in smartphones continues and the use of them rockets past any expectations, can businesses really afford to ignore this vital outlet for their website? No, because being mobile friendly matters now to the biggest name in the business – Google. Here, with the help of Grapefruit Marketing, a specialist provider of London SEO services, we look at why being mobile-friendly matters.

Milestones

This year is set to see a new milestone in the way people use the internet. 2014 saw 72% of people searching for information on their smartphone for businesses within 5 miles of their location (source). It also showed that half of the people who conducted these searches visited the shop that they searched for within a day of the search. So, mobiles are being used for much more than just checking Facebook and Twitter. (more…)




Proposed UK Ban on Encrypted Messaging Apps

Encrypted Messaging AppsIn the wake of several high profile phone hacking scandals, personal security has become big news and even bigger business. The public is now more concerned than ever with privacy, both online and on their mobiles. That created a void that software developers were eager to fill, and a number of firms were quick to launch security conscious smartphone apps designed to protect their user’s privacy. New messaging apps were created that allowed users to encrypt, or even delete, ongoing texts and conversations. These encrypted messaging apps have been a hit with the public, but they now face a serious challenge in the form of a government ban. British Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that, if reelected, he would actively pursue a UK ban on many encrypted messaging apps.

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Citing national security, and the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and Belgium, Cameron says he will push for a ban on any messaging app that renders the user’s data inaccessible to intelligence agencies and government officials. The Prime Minister contends that messaging apps like Snapchat, Ansa and Strings have the potential to become safe havens for terrorists, allowing them to communicate freely without fear of detection. (more…)




Managing Your Business’s Reliance on Technology

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The Internet has unleashed a wealth of knowledge into the world, as well as a fair few viral videos, but where does the world of business belong in the online world? While online shops and businesses were few and far between in the early days, the evolving of the Internet has seen millions of businesses appear, catering to almost every need. Of course, there are those businesses who use the old-school methods they’re used to, just as there are businesses who rely solely on the online world. For those businesses whose entire survival does depend on the Internet, it’s important to have the kind of IT support London companies need. (more…)