Last year, Facebook announced that it was working on building a fleet of solar powered flying wing drones that would slowly transverse the globe, firing internet at the people below. No wires? No problem. The idea isn’t that people in Silicon Valley need something cool to look at out the window (in most cases that’s a part of their compensation package anyway). No, it’s the fact that developing nations, mountainous regions and hard-to-reach places suffer from a lack of internet and a lack of infrastructure to deliver it with. Sooner than building a mesh of antiquated copper cabling it...

CRM – Customer Relationship Management – is a vital business tool. But small businesses need a Swiss Army knife, not a toolbox – integrated tools that can do multiple jobs with minimal human input free staff for more business critical tasks. So a great small business CRM should offer more than sales. Marketing, CRM, project management and analytics can all come in one package if you know where to look. Here are 7 of the best! 1: Intercom $49/mo and up Offering analytics and customer communication as well as CRM functionality, Intercom is an ideal choice for ecommerce stores...

Who’s really shaping tech? Is it Apple? Google? Kind of. What about Intel? They’re up there. But a new generation of tech giants (OK, and one or two of the usual suspects) are changing the whole way we interact with tech – and each other. In the process, they’re changing the face of major areas of industry, altering many people’s working lives and shaping the whole face of the tech landscape. Let’s meet them. Airbnb Airbnb’s proposition is pretty simple. You have a spare room, someone needs a room. Airbnb puts you together. As it does so, it creates opportunities for a new...

Chromebooks are lightweight, fast laptops that use a minimal operating system – just enough to support the Chrome browser. You do everything else through that. While they usually don’t have the spec that a full-on laptop has, the days when they were tiny and couldn’t be used offline at all are past and modern Chromebooks come in sizes up to 13.3” as standard, with some even larger. Squint and you could mistake a Chromebook for a superslim laptop – until you see the price. Low cost, toughness, portability and long battery life make them a great choice for business, so if...

Page load time is all too easily forgotten when you’re adding apps, working on content marketing and direct sales and working on, or in, your actual business. Even when business owners turn their attention to their websites, they’ll look at copy, site architecture, appearance. But page load time could be costing you customers. How is page load time a marketing matter? Because your website is delivering marketing content to you customers. And if it takes too long to load, they’re not seeing it; they’re just clicking away. A website that’s hard to navigate, or where the calls to...

The digital threats business faces are becoming ever more sophisticated. Yes, the biggest gaps remain easy and simple to fix, but even if you’ve disabled links in emails,chosen a password that’s not ‘123456’ and patched Java and Flash, you’re still at risk. That’s enough to keep the slouching criminals in burglar’s masks out, the ones who just try to guess your password, or email you suspicious-looking links in poorly-worded spam emails. But it won’t keep out the skilful, professional malware ninjas hiding under the eaves of the internet. What do the threats look like? Cyber...

Article 5 Content (to put into HTML creator) – Seeing your website the same way your visitors do is pretty important. But if Google doesn’t love you, no-one else is going to get the chance,so it makes sense to look for tools that let you see your website the way Sundar Pichai and friends do. Here are the top 5 tools to let you get a Google-eye view of your website: 1: Google Webmaster Tools Who knows Google better than Google? And at the low, low cost of free, it’s smart to start at the source. If you’re relatively inexperienced in this area, this is also a good place to start;...

With Windows 10, Microsoft has had to swallow two bitter pills: the poor reception of Windows 8 and the end of software as a product. To sweeten that medicine, the colossus of business IT has also swallowed something else: the keys to your data. The new Windows business model involves a 30% cut from sales from the app store and ads delivered with Bing search results, as well as ads already inserted into pre-installed apps. But many of these do their targeting with the help of personal data that Windows 10 collects by default. In fact, Microsoft’s privacy policy explicitly states: ‘We...

The days when there were two and a half operating systems – Mac for creative types, Windows for everyone else and Linux for the weird kids in the corner – are well and truly over. For a start, OSX and Windows both owe a debt to Linux; Microsoft is courting Linux for its Azure cloud service, for instance, too. It’s been awhile since Linux was the sole preserve of bitcoin-waving digital mountain men. It’s coming to business; time to get to grips with it. Linux Myths The biggest Linux myth is that it’s too difficult to start using. Unfamiliarity and the sense that there’s a...

Consolidate Your Contacts to Stave Off the Phishing Attacks Phishing attacks are still largely clumsy. You’ll get a message in your e-mail inbox from someone you’ve never met. If you open the mail, you’ll likely find a link to a strange Web site. Don’t click that link! But if you do visit the site, there will usually be a request for personal information, maybe even your bank information. If you provide this information? You might find your bank account drained. You can protect yourself from phishing with a bit of common sense: Don’t open strange e-mails and...