Posted on Jun 29 2015 - 10:33am by John Peters
Comments Off on Sharp has joined forces with Chip & PIN Solutions

As a provider of card payment solutions, and created Europe’s first mid-range electronic cash register with fully integrated Chip and PIN payment. Designed with licensed hospitality and small and medium sized retailers in mind, the Sharp ERA421 and ERA411 all-in-one cash register and payment solutions also have the option of a portable card terminal for use behind a bar or till point. The ERA411...

Posted on Jun 26 2015 - 10:25am by John Peters
Comments Off on PicoPix brighter than ever

Philips has increased the brightness of its new range of PicoPix multimedia pocket projectors to 140 lumens and launched its first model with a built-in free-to-air TV receiver (the PPX 3614TV). Both developments make the projectors more suitable than ever for showing films, games, photos and TV in sizes up to 120 inches, at home or on-the-road. For business presenters, a useful Office Viewer function...

Posted on Jun 25 2015 - 10:17am by John Peters
Comments Off on Last year, the number of power outages in the UK rose for the fourth successive year

According to the Blackout Tracker UK Annual Report 2014 from power management company Eaton. In 2014, there were 537 reported power outages, up from 505 in 2013, 246 in 2012 and 241 in 2011. Outages lasted an average of 67 minutes each and collectively affected 1,059,472 people. The most common causes were faulty equipment and human error, but animals knocking over electricity power lines, vehicle...

Posted on Jun 24 2015 - 10:14am by John Peters
Comments Off on Prepare for the unexpected

Following the disruption caused by last month’s underground fire in Holborn, Dave Millet asks ‘How prepared is your business for an emergency?’ The recent events in Holborn, London, where an underground fire caused power cuts and days of disruption costing an estimated £50 million, raise an important question for business managers: What plans do you have in place for the unexpected? The Holborn...

Posted on Jun 23 2015 - 10:07am by John Peters
Comments Off on Death to the Wi-Fi dead spot

BT is addressing the problem of Wi-Fi dead spots in homes and small offices with the introduction of solutions that extend Wi-Fi coverage throughout a building and even into the garden. These include the Mini WiFi Home Hotspot 500 Kit, a powerline extender that enables users to get a WiFi signal in any room that has a power socket, and the 11ac Dual-Band Wi-Fi Extender 1200, which extends coverage...

Posted on Jun 22 2015 - 9:56am by John Peters
Comments Off on Call from your mobile even when there’s no signal

Smartphone users who can’t get a mobile signal in some rooms – up to four million in the UK, apparently – can overcome the problem with a new WiFi Calling service launched by EE. The service, which is available on certain smartphones including the Lumia 640 and Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, makes mobile calls and texts available wherever there is WiFi coverage in a building. EE says that unlike...

Posted on Jun 19 2015 - 10:24am by John Peters
Comments Off on Sustainable LED lighting for paper archives

Bruynzeel Storage Systems and Masterlight have joined forces to create sustainable LED lighting for paper archives, as an alternative to conventional fluorescent lighting. The use of LED lighting enables organisations to reduce power used by lighting by up to 98%. Another advantage is that, unlike fluorescent lighting, LED emits no UV light that can damage sensitive documents. The two companies have...

Posted on Jun 18 2015 - 10:20am by John Peters
Comments Off on 60% reduction in the amount of electricity needed for ships lighting and a 30,000 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions

Europe’s leading holiday cruise company, Costa Cruises, has achieved a 60% reduction in the amount of electricity needed for ships lighting and a 30,000 tonne reduction in CO2 emissions by converting 10 of its cruise ships from 50 Watt bulbs to 7 Watt LED technology. The 300,000 Philips MasterLED spots and CoreProLED tubes used are also longer lasting (up to 40,000 hours) and provide a bright, warm...

Posted on Jun 17 2015 - 10:16am by John Peters
Comments Off on The Bright Building at the University of Bradford – one of the most eco-friendly structures in the world

The University of Bradford’s origins go back to 1832, when The Mechanics Institute was set up to meet the city’s growing need for workers with cutting-edge skills. Today, the University gathers together 10,000 students from 110 nations and, with its ethos of ‘making knowledge work’, is the number one university for graduate employment in the north of England and number two in the UK. The University...

Posted on Jun 15 2015 - 12:54pm by John Peters
Comments Off on 47% of woman think drinking from a pint glass can be seen as unfeminine.

As the nation today raises their glasses on Beer Day Britain – the country’s national beer day, initiat-ed by one woman’s passion and celebrated with an official beer brewed by a woman – a new sur-vey shows that almost one in two women (47%) think that a woman drinking from a pint glass can be seen as unfeminine. The findings come from a new survey released by Friends of Glass on Beer...