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Mobile Trends and Innovative Moves for 2014: A Mid-year Check Up

  
  
  
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At the beginning of the year, we looked at some of the biggest predictions and tech trends for 2014, with mobility being right there at the top of the list. One fact that we are certainly all becoming quickly aware of is that technology has never moved as fast as it does right now - new developments are happening every single day and it can be hard to keep up. So we thought we would check-in with a mid-year update on mobile trends for 2014.

3 way battle: Google Hangouts Vs Skype Vs Facetime

  
  
  
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The optimum video conferencing software is highly dependent on the type of service you are looking for, be it to connect with friends and family overseas, to use for business calls and conferences or simply to communicate faster and cheaper in your day-to-day life. However, when picking a video conferencing software, you will usually choose from  the three dominant players: Microsoft’s Skype, Apple’s Facetime and Google’s Hangouts.

Explore Your World: A Pioneers Experience of Google Glass

  
  
  
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Feature Blog by Marcus Dixon, Head of Marketing, Grove Group.

Email down, Cloud Outage. What options are there?

  
  
  
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Email down, Cloud Outage. What options are there?

Recently, Microsoft suffered another Cloud outage that “left users in the lurch”, only a day after their instant message services also experienced a global ‘downtime’. But let’s face it: this is not something new, and it is certainly not only a Microsoft issue. It is an inevitable looming shadow over any cloud service provider - be it rare, there will be downtime and it will be frustrating. So how do you ensure continuity and security, particularly with regards to your email?

Innovation on the Move: The 5 Biggest Tech Announcements For This Week

  
  
  
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Things are happening in the tech world at warp speed - mobile, cloud, BYOD, wearable tech, apps… take a day off away from the computer and chances are, you will have missed some big, new announcement. So, let’s play catchup. Here are, in my opinion, the 5 biggest tech announcements, in the world of Cloud and Mobile, for this week:

In Africa, Mobile is the new Gold: 6 Ways Africa is taking the lead in mobile innovation

  
  
  
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Mobile technology has become a game changer in many parts of Africa, with cell phones being used for everything from transferring money to providing health care information.

According to Toby Shapshak, publisher and editor of the South African Stuff Magazine, in his TED talk on Mobile technology in Africa, ‘Mobile is the new Gold’ and rather than being a mobile-first continent, Africa can be considered to be a ‘mobile-only continent’.

This very same phrase headlined CNN’s mobile-opinion piece from Shapshak - “Already, 80% of the world's mobile money transactions are happening in East Africa, driven by Kenya, the epicentre of mobile innovation.”

Shapshak looks at various different innovative projects developing in Africa, including M-Pesa, the African SMS service that works on just about any and every mobile phone to allow people to pay bills, buy groceries, send payments, leading to a shocking $25 million a day — and 40% of Kenya’s GDP — being transferred through this African-born technology.

This is not only an opinion that is being shared by Shapshak - the entire world seems to be talking about Africa’s mobile revolution.

In a report on 'How Africa's mobile revolution is disrupting the continent', CNN looks at how in a little over a decade, Africa has become the world's second most connected region by mobile subscriptions, has shown the fastest growth in mobile subscribers in the world and, according to Informa Telecoms, will most likely hit one billion mobile subscriptions by 2015.








5 of the latest Internet Security Plagues for 2014 and how to protect your information

  
  
  
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Internet security is an age-old problem that continues to raise it's ugly head in new and different ways as technology changes and develops. Businesses need to stay on top of these new security threats to ensure that they are protecting their information and data as best possible. With that in mind, here are 5  relatively new internet 'security plagues' for 2014 that you should be aware of:

Introducing... Google+ Stories

  
  
  
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“A suitcase full of dirty clothes. A sad-looking house plant. And 437 photos and videos on your phone, tablet and camera. This is the typically messy scene after a vacation. And although we can’t do your laundry (thanks but no thanks), or run your errands (well, maybe a few), we’d still like to help.”  Official Google Blog

Working Mobile: 16 must-have mobile apps for the working individual.

  
  
  
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Mobile Apps have become a normal part of our day-to-day life. However, new apps are being developed constantly, and at times it can become difficult to keep up. How do you sort through the ever increasing pile to find those apps that really work for you?

Here are 16 apps that we feel are a 'must-have' for any working individual:



 

 

1. Notification Toggle

Decide what is important for you. 

What is it?
Notification Toggle creates notifications in the Android status bar to let you quickly switch WiFi, Bluetooth, Silent mode, Screen rotation and Flight mode on and off or to adjust the screen brightness.

Why should I get this?
Notification Toggle is a crucial app if your phone doesn’t come with its own quick settings menu, or if you’re not satisfied with the one you’ve got. With over 1000000+ downloads, this app is definitely one to add to your list. This is a must have for anyone who wants access to, not only toggles, but also app shortcuts (and it’s free). 

 

 

The 5 most innovative companies in the UK: What’s their secret?

  
  
  
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In a world that is constantly changing, innovation is essential. Many companies claim to be innovative, but few succeed. Recently, Fast Company named the top innovative companies in the UK. We did some research to see if we could unfold the success secrets of the top five. 

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