Multi-function gadgets: Can you think of the ultimate hybrid?

Multi-function gadgetsFrom technologies such as the scanner mouse to the Smartpen, it seems that we have landed in the age of the multi-function gadget. While these innovations are helpful and make those daily mundane tasks in our everyday lives a bit more exciting, we (the blog team) can’t help but wonder: What else could we mould into a multi-function model, making the ultimate hybrid?

This is what we came up with:

A printer laptop: Just think if you had a laptop that made printing easy, right then and there (and you wouldn’t even have to get up to retrieve the paper!).

Microwave TV: We all know how boring it can be watching food in the microwave, but now you don’t have to. Just flick to your favourite show or even the news and sit back and enjoy the TV, straight from the microwave. There’s some food for thought…

A tablet charging doc: Imagine if your tablet also doubled as a wireless charging dock? This means that you could charge your phone and other gadgets on the go, and without any cables or hassle.

Desktop Scanner: If you could scan documents straight from your desktop, you would save an incredible amount of time. Plus, you could do it from the comfort of your own chair.

Projector with popcorn maker: Just what every projector needs. Think how much more enjoyable meetings would be, if they came suited with popcorn – straight from the projector. This is a good way to utilize the heat that projectors already produce and an even better way to keep employees smiling. This can work in a home cinema environment too, of course.

Can you come up with the ultimate multi-function gadget? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below.


Wanted: IT workers for small businesses

IT workers wantedThere’s some new research doing the rounds showing that there’s an increasing demand for IT workers in the private sector.  According to a study by Metaskil, demand for IT candidates has gone up nearly 40 per cent in private companies compared with three years ago.

So does this mean that private sector investment is actually up? If it does there are two pieces of good news to celebrate. Firstly, it could be a positive sign for the UK tech industry which has been criticised for reducing graduate places. Secondly, and perhaps more significantly for small businesses, it means that businesses understand the need to make technology a priority in their organisation.

With around 50 per cent of IT placements in the private sector in business analysis and solutions architecture, it is clear that companies are keen to use IT to teach them more about their business, gaining insight that may well give them a competitive edge.

The other way to view the research is, of course, that public sector recruitment is now so low that proportionally private sector recruitment is up. It’s one of those glass half empty, half full dilemmas….

So what do you think? Are you seeing a need for more IT people in your business sector? Which roles are you most keen to hire for, if any? We’d love to hear your views.


Windows 8: Developers share their thoughts

A few days ago, we posted about the latest Windows 8 announcements, along with the availability of the Developer Preview, which has been out now for just over a week (since September 14th).

Users from all over the world have reviewed, tweeted and blogged about their first impressions of the new OS. More specifically,developers have been sharing their thoughts about the (significantly improved) boot-up, overall speed of the OS and the multitude of apps that are available from the app store.

While many developers have embraced the new features, there have been mixed reviews of Windows 8 in its entirety.

Here is what some of you have said:

To read insights from industry experts on what Windows 8 will mean for future developers, please click here.

What are you impressions of Windows 8? Is there any one element that you feel needs improvement? Any new features that you love?