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Everyone has their Achilles heel of technology, and although I've been very familiar with the Windows operating system until now, Windows 8 machines are far too stressful for me to get my head around. Here are 29 thoughts I had during my most recent attempt at setting up a new Windows 8.1 machine:
1. So many terms and conditions
2. Scroll through...
3. So many!
4. But it's ok, because I get to customise with a pretty colour.
5. Not very business-like, but let's go for PURPLE.
6. What, I need a Microsoft account to use a computer now?
7. Maybe I can skip it...
8. No, no I can't.
9. Two factor authentication takes such a long time!
10. At least it's keeping me safe.
11. Wow, it's taking a long time to set up!
12. I wonder if it's frozen?
13. Have I broken it?
14. It says don't turn off...
15. "Almost ready"
17. You've been saying that for 5 minutes now.
18. I've broken it and I've not even done anything yet.
19. Finally the desktop!
20. The panels are sort of cool
21. I like how some of them update in real time.
22. Why does anything I try to open go straight to classic view?
23. What's the point of the panel view if that's just going to happen?
24. I keep forgetting Windows button doesn't do Windows button things anymore...
25. How do I find the settings? Where's the control panel?
26. This operating system doesn't know what it wants to be.
27. How do I get to my documents? Where are those guys hiding?
28. How do I use this app store, where are the things I need?
29. Never mind, I'll do it on my phone.
We're slowly moving into the wearable generation, and the number of people bringing wearables into the workplace is steadily increasing.
When many people think of wearables, fitness trackers and smartwatches are what spring to mind.
But wearable technology can be anything from a health monitor to mobile controlled garments.
Or can it? Designer Lauren Bowker, founder of The Unseen, has roots in Chemistry and has developed a range of clothing that reacts to biological and chemical stimulus as opposed to just electrical.
Her garments, which she recently showcased at the Innovate UK event in London, are "human focussed" and include pieces that change colour depending "environmental fluctuations" or stimulation from the brain.
The first piece is made of leather and changes colour in reaction to the wind and air. Originally Bowker thought this type of technology could be used for F1 in order to assess the aerodynamics of vehicles, but began developing clothes designed to reflect the way wind and air passes over the human body.
Another piece reacts to heat in the brain and therefore changes colour depending on your thoughts. It could be used in healthcare to communicate feelings that are hidden.
She says in the future, she hopes materials will be created for purpose, and there will be no need for disposable fashion, as one garment can be adapted to be suitable for all situations, moods and weather.
But she doesn't believe this is wearable tech, to her it's just material.
"Everyone is calling The Unseen wearable tech whereas we really don't want to be called wearable tech. There's wearable computing, which I see more as the smartwatches," Bowker says. "That to me is just another gadget."
Bowker points out that other fabrics such as polyester could been deemed wearable tech if the way it is used it taken into consideration, so people should be careful to address specific categories garments fall under.
"Treat this as a design-led project rather than a recent trend." Bowker says.
Not for profit organisation the London College of Fashion's 'Innovation Agency' works with technology companies to make technology driven clothing.
Matthew Drinkwater, head of the agency, describes working with Nokia on a digital skirt made of smartphones, and collaborating with Microsoft to create trousers that charge your phone in your pocket as just some of the projects the agency has worked on.
At Innovate UK Drinkwater showcased the Innovation Agency's Tinkerbell inspired dress, created during a collaboration with Disney using fibre optics and LEDs.
But again, he claims wearables should centre on fashion instead of simply being another branch of technology.
Drinkwater says: "Everything before had been functionality focus and device focus, we just want to try and use tech to make something really beautiful."
At the recent Motorola Enterprise Appforum 2014, now owned by Zebra technologies, the usual sea of middle-aged men in suits was interspersed with many younger faces.
It's no secret that when someone says "software developer" people, sometimes incorrectly, picture a particular type of person, much the same as if someone says "beautician" or "accountant".
But the surge of BYOD and use of mobile devices inside and outside of the enterprise has meant that software development isn't all about business systems - it can include mobile, tablet and other device applications, as well as user-facing and externally-facing software.
These changes mean the traditional 'dev' label is growing to include a younger audience of entrepreneurs as well as older experience coders.
According to James Pemberton, EMEA ISV & developer programs from Zebra, the team has been making an effort to draw in a more diverse range of developers by targeting events such as Droidcon and Appsworld for Enteprise.
Pemberton points out that as development moves away from Windows into Android, and as consumer and enterprise technologies merge, the developer ecosystem has grown.
"People coming into our space are not from a mobile or .net background." Pemberton says.
"Take that to one step further, with the internet of things and zebra combination, suddenly our market for developer programmes, developer engagement is expanding hugely."
Pemberton's job is to draw new and old crowds of developer's into the ecosystem to take advantage of the wide ranges of skills out there.
"In the last year or so we've had a new influx of developers joining who are coming from the kind of web based android background, so probably of the ones who joined most recently, you could say 90-100% of those are from that new world rather than the old world," Pemberton explains.
"It's basically incremental growth."
But there were still few women in the crowd. A recent survey by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) found the proportion of female engineers across all industries stands at just six percent, a figure that has not increased since 2008.
Pemberton explains that Zebra had been working with Google developer groups to connect with women in the industry, and has so far seen positive feedback.Even though it's only a few 20-somethings in t-shirts at a developer's convention, it still provides hope that with a different attitude, things can and will change.
- Screen: 5-inch AMOLED 1920 x 1080 Full HD
- Camera: ZEISS 20-MP PureView
- Chipset: Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 @ 2.2 GHz
- Memory: 2 GB
- Storage: 32 GB (no expansion)
- Operating System: Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
- Connectivity: LTE, HSPA+, GSM, WCDMA; NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 LE; Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Microsoft announced the new Windows Surface Pro 3 tablet at an event in New York today.
The device, which is 12 inches, is designed to fit perfectly into user's lives, with Surface product manager Panos Panay claiming that this could be "the tablet that replaces the laptop."
The Surface Twitter feed was inundated with updates, labelling the tablet an "entertainment powerhouse" due to its 2160 x 1440 resolution and Dolby sound capabilities.
The new kickstand is multi-position, so you can angle the tablet any way you want to if placed on a table, although an emphasis was made about the "lapability" of the device, which apparently means it can be used to comfortably complete work from your lap.
As the tablet runs Windows 8.1 Pro OS, you can use all of the features and applications that you are used to, with the added ability to use the new stylus to generate hand-written documents in OneNote.
Specs at a glace:
Surface Pro 3
- Size: 12 inches
- Resolution: 2160 x 1440
- Weight: 800g
- Thickness: 9.1mm
- OS: Windows 8.1 Pro
- Memory: Up to 8GB of RAM
- Battery: Up to 9 hours
- Storage: Varies from 64 GB up to 512 GB
The device includes features such as a redesigned keyboard that is larger than the previous model and includes an improved trackpad. The device also comes with an accompanying stylus dubbed the Surface Pen to make writing easier. Looks like this device might not only replace the laptop, but may also wipe out pen and paper altogether.
The new Surface is 800g, only 9.1mm thick, and is built to apply to Satya Nadella's vision of "empowering people to do more and be more."
Now, Huddle has announced that it is integrating with Microsoft Office to allow employees to collaborate on documents in the Huddle secure cloud via Microsoft Office applications.
Users will be able to save their work directly into their Huddle accounts through Microsoft Office, and Office documents such as Powerpoints, Word documents and Excel files will have the Huddle comments stream alongside it to allow users to interact and collaborate on work.
Huddle believes the next step for business is to move into the cloud, and provides content collaboration platforms for enterprises and governments. http://www.computerweekly.com/news/2240212784/Barnardos-uses-Huddle-Note-for-collaboration-and-communication
Huddle for Office integration will allow users to save documents directly to the Huddle cloud, comment on files directly from Office applications, view recent files instantly and track changes, comments and updates via Huddle's full audit trail.
Alastair Mitchell, Huddle CEO, said: "Skipping between the applications on your desktop and cloud service to share information and discuss files with people is time-consuming and disrupts your workflow. With Huddle for Office, you can continue working in the desktop tools you're used to, but all of your feedback, files and updates are stored and shared in Huddle's secure cloud.
Huddle's Office integration is available now.
Huddle has launched a new app for enterprises to use as an alternative to Microsoft Office.
We've talked about Huddle before, and how it allow teams all over the world to work collaboratively on projects by sharing files and comments in the cloud.
The new Huddle Note application now allows teams to create, edit and store any content in the cloud, making sharing and cross-platform use easier. As explained by Huddle CEO Alastair Mitchell, it's a way for employees to share ideas wherever they are in the easiest way possible, without having to use other application or software.
He said: "People don't want to waste time skipping between apps, battling with legacy word processors, and then uploading documents to the cloud to share them with co-workers - especially when they're quick notes such as brainstorm ideas and meeting minutes.
"With Huddle Note, we're adding an easy-to-use and intuitive way to capture content in Huddle, giving people a simpler, faster, mobile alternative to Microsoft Office and other bloated legacy offerings."
New features in the app include: creating and editing documentation in the cloud, sharing any content instantly with others and commenting and feedback. The app also has Huddle security features and an audit trail of activity so you can see when your documents have been read by others.
This move away from "Jurassic systems" (Mitchell's words, not mine) will give workers everywhere a chance to share their ideas and be more productive in an environment where there's proper support available.
With the workforce slowly becoming more and more dispersed, with people working from home, abroad or even on public transport, it's exactly what people need.
The new Huddle iOS application is also free to download from the appstore, so why not give it a go yourself?
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