Posted on Apr 22 2015 - 8:52am by John Peters
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The new Logitech ConferenceCam Connect brings small and medium-sized meeting rooms for 1-6 people into the twenty-first century. The portable, mains- or battery-powered video-conferencing unit features 1080p video with a 90-degree field of view, digital pan and tilt, 4x digital Full HD zoom and autofocus. It supports both mobile and USB calling and offers 360-degree full duplex audio with a range...

Posted on Apr 21 2015 - 8:27am by John Peters
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Xpert Inventions has developed a new app, which it describes as an ‘Uber’ for the temporary recruitment industry, internal HR teams and companies that use temporary, shift-based staff and contractors. TABS (Temporary Assignment Booking System) is a web- and mobile-based app that lets users send shift and job alerts and book staff in a just few clicks. Claimed benefits include reductions of up...

Posted on Apr 20 2015 - 8:20am by John Peters
Comments Off on All change in web conferencing

Application convergence, the cloud, mobility and social technologies are transforming web conferencing, resulting in ground-breaking technology shifts that are empowering users with greater productivity benefits, Frost & Sullivan claims in a new report, Analysis of the Global Web Conferencing Market. In 2013, the total web conferencing market, including software as a service (SaaS) and on-premises...

Posted on Apr 17 2015 - 8:49am by John Peters
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Readers may not be aware that in 2011, the government set aside £100 million for an Urban Broadband Fund (UBF) to initially create ten ‘SuperConnected Cities’ across the UK. This was followed in 2012 with an additional fund of £50 million for a ‘second wave’ covering a further twelve cities to benefit from this programme. Supported cities include Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bradford/Leeds,...

Posted on Apr 16 2015 - 8:11am by John Peters
Comments Off on IPSE calls for investment in workhubs

IPSE, the Association of Independent Professionals and the Self-Employed, is calling on the Government to provide improved access to workhubs, broadband and 4G coverage so that those working independently have the infrastructure they need to flourish. The representative body for the UK’s self-employed freelancers, contractors, consultants and independent professionals says such measures are easy...

Posted on Apr 15 2015 - 8:07am by John Peters
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ZyXEL has added its voice to those calling for improved communications infrastructure in the UK, following a pan-European study which found that UK workers were struggling with poor connectivity even when at work. The SMB Connectivity Report states that more than three quarters (78%) of UK workers experience connectivity problems in the workplace. Almost two thirds (65%) have no wireless internet...

Posted on Apr 14 2015 - 8:03am by John Peters
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The internet-connected Desk Treadmill from NordicTrack enables corporate and home-workers to incorporate movement into their working day. When you feel like exercising, just unfold the treadmill, which can be done without disturbing material on the desk surface, set the incline at up to 10% and start walking/running at speeds up to 10 mph. The desk height can be adjusted to accommodate sitting, standing...

Posted on Apr 13 2015 - 8:00am by John Peters
Comments Off on A sound solution to the problem of office noise

Avanta Serviced Office Group is trialling a ‘sound room’ in its Warwick Street, Covent Garden, Devonshire Square and Hammersmith offices. The Avanta Sound Room created by The Sound Agency and Adair Acoustic Design uses ambient noise to neutralise office distractions and enable people to concentrate.Julian Treasure, chairman of The Sound Agency, said: “Noisy workspaces may need damping down to...

Posted on Apr 10 2015 - 8:55am by John Peters
Comments Off on Be careful what you wish for

New survey reveals risks of offering genetic screening as a perk One quarter of UK bosses would like to extend health screening into genetic testing as they strive to retain and attract top talent, a new survey has found. A further 16% would consider screening if it reduced the cost of key person insurance. The option is becoming more attractive for businesses and top employees as the price of full...

Posted on Apr 9 2015 - 8:48am by John Peters
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Richard Smith, Croner head of HR at Wolters Kluwer, looks at two recent employment law developments and assesses the impact they will have on UK businesses. 1.Obesity can constitute a disability at work In a long-awaited ruling, the Court of Justice has determined that obesity can constitute a ‘disability’, but only if it hinders the full and effective participation of the person concerned in their...