Category: Technology

All About Steve Jobs

16th October has become widely known as Steve Jobs Day, celebrating the life of a man known for his innovation in modern technology. Initially The Governor of California, Jerry Brown, declared it just a day after Jobs passed away, but the day has been marked every year since. Steve Jobs was an American entrepreneur and inventor who was the co-founder of Apple Computers. Apple has become regarded as revolutionary in its product design having created products such as the iPod, iPad and iPhone which are now seen as driving the evolution of modern technology. Born in Wisconsin in 1955, Jobs founded Apple Computers in 1976 with Steve Wozniak, leaving in 1986 when he then launched Pixar before returning to Apple read more...

5 Interesting Facts about the World Wide Web

The World Wide Web is only 30 years old, yet it’s hard to imagine a life without it. We use it at work, to connect with people across the planet and even to order our food. Here are some facts about the internet you might not have known: 1.     The World Wide Web was Invented by Tim Bernes-Lee Thirty years ago, in 1989, the world’s biggest physics lab (CERN) was a hub of innovation and ideas. In March of that year, Tim Bernes-Lee imagined a structure that connected information across different computers in a user friendly way and wrote a proposal titled “Information Management: A Proposal”. Two years later, the World Wide Web was prevalent. Today, Bernes-Lee has mixed emotions read more...

What are the Benefits of Leasing a Printer?

For many businesses, printers are an essential piece of office equipment; however they can also be an expensive purchase, particularly larger multifunctional devices. This is because on top of the initial cost of the machine, you also need to consider the recurring costs of paper, toner and maintenance. This is where leasing a printer can be a less impactful addition to your business. If you are trying to decide between leasing and buying a printer, here are three of the main benefits that leasing a printer can provide… One of the largest benefits of leasing a printer is that leasing keeps your equipment up to date – computer and printer technology is constantly improving, causing older models to become less read more...

Millennials Love of Print

Millennials, those commonly born between 1980-2000, are the generation that has grown up with the digital transformation. It’s believed they always have their heads in their smartphones or their laptops and are so dependent on digital technology, it was felt that they no longer needed printers or the ability to print anything. By 2030, millennials will make up 75% of the workforce, so understanding their needs and the way they work is paramount in understanding trends. The common myth that they adore technology is simply not true. It is true that they want a 24/7 service, when they want it, how they want it. However, through research in recent years, what has become apparent is their adoration for printing. This read more...

How Can a Small Business Manage Outgoings?

As a small business owner you want to see your profits increase, but in order to successfully achieve this goal you will need to keep an eye on your finances and know how to effectively manage your business outgoings. Start by identifying your largest outgoings and areas where you could make some substantial savings such as production, marketing or administration costs. Once you have identified the key areas you need to focus on, you can then begin to effectively manage your business outgoings, using the tactics we have suggested below. However, it is important to ensure that all new processes are easily maintainable and adhere to your company’s values. The next step will be communicating your new business outgoings management read more...

Why is Information Security Still so Fragile Within Businesses?

Security used to mean CCTV, a manned gate and employees only being able to gain access with a pass. Security of information consisted of lockable cupboards within your offices and that was enough. However, times have certainly changed in the age of dramatic transformation regarding the digital world, and how we defend the information our businesses hold has certainly had to change. Or has it? It appears with recent research, that Companies are still failing to see the importance or protecting confidential information with proper security measures, or rather they’re choosing not to engage with the growing threat of cyber attacks by ensuring they have basic IT security. Mode investigates the threat that all businesses face. Ransomware-an increasing threat: Rates read more...

What Has 30 Years of the World Wide Web Given Us?

30 years ago, today Tim Berners-Lee proposed to his supervisor at work, a new management system that connected documents held across multiple computers. “Vague but exciting” was the Supervisors response, however, that proposal marked the birth of the World Wide Web and has proven to be an invention that has transformed the world we live in today not only socially, but economically as well. Mode looks over the positives that the World Wide Web has given, as well as maybe some of the less positive impact it has had. Email: Communication within business and outside of business has become quicker and more efficient than the days of memos and traditional letters. We may all think we now get too many read more...

6 Questions to Ask Potential Managed Print Companies

Managed print services (MPS) can offer big benefits for your business. By finding the right service you can spend less time managing documents and more time on your business goals. Asking potential managed print companies the right questions will help you get the best return on investment in the future. To help you evaluate your best print management solution and find a service provider who can meet the needs of your organisation, here are six crucial questions you should be asking… Where can we read your client reviews? Client feedback is a great place to start. Do your research and see if you can find online reviews and testimonials for each potential MPS. Do they deliver what they promise? What read more...

5 Tips for Internet Safety at Work

Today is Internet Safety Day and a great opportunity to shed some light on the subject. Most people aren’t actually aware of the cyber threats they face on a daily basis whilst using the internet at work. Keeping both yourself and the company you work for safe should really be a part of everyone’s jobs, so it’s worth knowing how. Here are 5 tips for using the internet safely whilst at work: 1.     Use Strong Passwords When signing up to different online platforms and software, be sure to select strong passwords that are no less than eight characters long. It’s also wise to use numbers and symbols within your passwords and even include a variation of both upper and lower read more...

Are Businesses Beginning to Reignite their Love of Traditional Print?

Digital marketing and advertising were hailed as the answer to printed marketing and predictions were rife that this would end our love affair with printed documents. However, click through rates are in decline and a surge has begun toward direct mail marketing again. What appears to be the trend now Is that marketeers are using a combination of both to try and attract new customers and many businesses are using print to send vouchers or discounts to entice new customers, or as in some food retailers’ cases, printed food brochures with a certain amount off should you shop with them. Certainly, retailers appear to be engaging with potential customers if they have placed something in their baskets and forgotten about read more...