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This week in mobility – January 16, 2014

January 16, 2015

Wearables, WiFi, flexible working, you name it, if it involves mobility it’s been in the news this week. Need convincing? Read on…

Google is rumoured to be working on an upgrade of its translation app. This is said to have the ability to recognise a speaker’s language and translate to text it in real time. Tesco, meanwhile, has become the first British retailer to release an app for Google Glass. Tesco Grocery enables users to search for products via voice or by scanning a product’s barcode with the built-in camera before adding them to their online basket.

Here are my top mobility picks for the week:

  • A report by the Federation of Small Businesses says 49% of rural businesses aren’t happy with their broadband provision. This is twice the number of urban-based businesses, presenting a fairly divided picture of ‘connected Britain’. Failure to better connect these areas could impact over a million small businesses and 28% of all British firms.
  • Vodafone’s UK CEO has claimed that it’s not all about speed when it comes to keeping mobile customers happy. Jeroen Hoencamp suggested in a blog that speed ‘only gets you so far’ and that coverage and content are what customers are looking for.
  • Research by O2 Business says that workers have been unable to take advantage of the flexible working legislation introduced last year because the right technology isn’t there. Insufficient tools was cited as the third biggest barrier by 20%, with a lack of trust (31%) and the office culture not encouraging flexible working (28%) the key concerns.

As always, do let me know what you think of this week’s mobility news – does your rural businesses suffer because broadband’s coming up short? Does speed reign supreme when it comes to your mobile provider? Let me know by tweeting @CiscoUKI or @GrahamFranklin.


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