Month: June 2015

Women entrepreneurs are alive and kicking in the UK.

Female startups

According to a study from Wayra UK – a Telefonica-owned startup accelerator that helps entrepreneurs to grow business – women make up almost a third of the startup population in the UK.

News

The world of business is changing – rapid advances in technology mean the global community is ever-expanding and the days of working the nine-to-five are a fading memory.

So why is it some conference call providers only offer customer support during traditional business hours?

Conference calling

Using a phone is pretty much second nature to all of us – unless there are any readers born before the turn of the 20th century, it’s unlikely any will remember a time when we never used phones.

(Note for fact fans and pub quiz types…Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone patent drawing, March 7, 1876. The first successful bi-directional transmission of clear speech by Bell and Watson was made on March 10, 1876 when Bell spoke into the device, “Mr. Watson, come here, I want to see you.” and Watson answered.)

And since the advent of smartphones, the things have become an extension of ourselves, a Swiss Army-style tech tool for all occasions.

Here’s the twist though, you’ve no idea how to use the thing properly…

Guides & How-Tos

Apple has announced that next month the UK will be the first country outside of the US to get its Apple Pay service that allows consumers to make payments by waving their iPhone of Apple Watch at contactless payment terminals.

The system uses NFC technology – the same tech that powers our Wallet Cards – and will be offered at around £250,000 locations across the UK and cover around 70% of credit and debit cards.

Technology

Insurance is something we’d happily go without given half the chance – even the most pessimistic among us would probably prefer to take their chances rather than stump up hundreds of pounds each year ‘just in case’ the worst happens.

This means most of us don’t need much of an excuse forego taking out cover, whether  buildings, contents, life or business insurance – obviously, car insurance is a different matter as that is a legal requirement.

And if you work from home, you might wonder whether you need business insurance – so here’s a quick guide to ensure you’re properly insured to work from home…

Work from home