Festive overindulgence has probably resulted in the loosening of a few belts this Christmas, and as the guilt begins to sink in, we can be sure our social media timelines will start to feature your friends and family all singing the familiar chorus of “New Year, New Me.”
However if the mobile App charts are anything to go by, it seems many reading this will have a helping hand to get themselves back into shape. I also suspect a quick look around a typical meeting room in the new year will be enough to confirm that wearable tech as officially reached mainstream status as converts discuss the pressure of reaching the elusive 10,000 daily steps target.
In this Podcast Neil looks at how How Fitbit, Airbnb, Uber and Periscope are changing our world.
Microsoft Surface Outsold Apple iPad in October
Apple's reluctance to create an OSX tablet hybrid and choosing to concentrate their efforts on an iPad with a bigger screen instead could be an incredibly costly mistake. Despite the iPad’s dominance on the tablet sales charts since its arrival in 2010, there now seems to be a slight chink in the armor of Apple’s flagship models.
WinBeta received an early version of an upcoming and report that revealed how Microsoft tablets have overtaken the Apple iPad in October 2015. The study was based on 100 retailers in the United States, that are collectively responsible for over 95 percent of physical products ordered online and has prompted many to wonder if these are early signs indicating a gradual decline in Apple’s fortunes.
Microsoft Listens to 72,000 Complaints and Offers More Cloud Storage
Microsoft has infamously become the leaders of the pack where indecision and backtracking are concerned for some time now so we shouldn't be too surprised to hear they have been caught performing U-turns yet again.
Office 365 subscribers recently learned that the unlimited storage they were promised upon signing up for the service was about to be culled while the limit for free users was also heavily cut back from 15GB to a meager 5GB.
The PR disaster both angered and frustrated their customers in equal measure and their inability to anticipate consumer reaction after downgrading services they use every day was more than a little worrisome for a company that was attempting to drive adoption and attract new users of their OneDrive cloud storage.
After over 72,000 complaints, Microsoft to their credit has offered an apology along with a link to claim back some much needed free storage. Microsoft Group Program Manager Douglas Pierce advised, "In November, we made a business decision to reduce storage limits for OneDrive. Since then, we've heard clearly from our Windows and OneDrive fans about the frustration and disappointment we have caused."
Microsoft is now offering their users of OneDrive an opportunity to keep their existing 15GB of free storage and the 15GB camera roll bonus taking them up to a more respectable 30GB for free. What’s the catch? This allowance will not automatically upgrade, and users have to opt-in to update and save these latest storage changes by clicking on a link before January 31st, 2016.
This is where things get quite interesting because there is also an alternative option. OneDrive users who are over the new controversial 5GB storage cap during the transition early next year will be given a 1-terabyte storage limit for 12 months, and if this isn't enough, they will also throw in a free 12-month subscription to Office 365 too for savvy users who play the game.
It seems that almost every week we are subjected to headlines warning how technology is bringing automation and robots into our world that will imminently threaten millions of jobs.
While machines are taking away repetitive or mundane tasks they also allow people to concentrate on bringing real value to businesses in roles that technology cannot perform.
While traditional jobs may well start to disappear, there are a wealth of new roles and opportunities during this digital transformation. Those that are happy to evolve and move with the changes might even find themselves arriving at the elusive destination of a perfect work–life balance.
Critics might argue that a virtual world of freelancers is incredibly unstable and uncertain for parents raising a family. However, it many cases its quite the opposite, for example if you were made redundant or fired from your current role, you have essentially put all of your eggs in one basket and have to start from scratch.
Freelancers, solopreneurs and virtual assistants often juggle over a dozen clients and if they lose one of them they still have others work streams to fall back on.
In this episode, I interview Ruth Cringle who has set up her own virtual assistant business called Admin Elite.
As a big fan of TedTalks I attended a local Tedx event that had the theme "Courageous Creations" for guest speakers.
Many of you know that TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design and these events are attended by inspirational people with amazing stories to share both speaking on the stage and in the audience.
I was interested to hear there was another Neil Hughes at the event who was an author of Walking on Custard: The Book For Anxious Humans and was also appearing on stage for his first ever TedTalk.
This podcast is about his story and the day Neil Hughes met Neil Hughes.