Yet a passage from Mark Twain’s novel, ‘Tom Sawyer’, famously challenged this notion. In the novel, Tom was given the unenviable task of white washing his aunt’s fence, a task he detested. To add embarrassment to his misery, he also knew that his friends would be passing by at some point. However, when his friends came round the corner they saw him throwing himself into the task with alacrity, presenting the task as though a once in a lifetime opportunity. And sure enough, they all joined in, enjoying the task and completing Tom’s task for him.
Archive for June, 2012
In February 2012, the TechTalk blog highlighted the growing threat to business data security coming from the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend, and the increasing problem of corporate data being downloaded and saved to employee-owned mobile devices. This is a significant problem for many businesses, and one they must address as a matter of urgency. The rising profile of this issue was emphasised at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona in March, and at the 2012 RSA conference, where mobile data security and mobile device management was one of the, if not the, key topic.
The trend towards BYOD is irreversible, and the risks are clear
As businesses (in particular, IT departments) come to terms with the exponential growth of BYOD there has been a widespread acceptance that there’s no going back; employee-owned mobile devices are in the workplace to stay.
It is a well-known reality that the popularity of the amusement arcade is in decline. The release of 3D TV, augmented reality, motion sensing and online gaming, to name a few, have taken the in-home gaming experience beyond comprehension, whilst the current economic climate has left gamers unable to cope with arcades’ rising costs. However, perhaps the innovations in technology and the economic climate are not the only reasons for the demise of these venues; perhaps this could also be saying something about the shift in our culture of gaming? Let us take a step back and consider some of the factors.
A brief history…
Like most Londoners, I absolutely can’t wait for the 2012 Olympics, just around the corner from now. I can’t wait for the buzz, the thrill of watching talented athletes competing and setting new records. Aside from the throngs of even more tourists and a couple of weeks of hectic journeys to work, it’s going to be a hugely positive event of which the UK should be very proud.
But it’s not just the athletics that has us hooked. This Olympics, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiad, is consolidating the future of technology. Social media, mobile banking, 3D TV, NFC-enabled phones, live, multi-platform and high definition TV broadcasting, the site of Europe’s largest free Wi-Fi zone* and extended network service, user-generated content and applications… the list goes on; London is setting the standard for a truly mobile and interactive Games.