Tech Thursday: Jabra On Cell Phone Radiation, Manta, Dell Storage, Concur, CDW

  • Jabra Hands-Free Devices Permit 1,000 Times Less Radiation than Cell Phones; Survey Results Show Lack of Awareness Among Consumers
  • Economic Bright Spot: SMBs Are Hiring Manta Reveals Findings from New Survey of Small Business Owners
  • Dell Delivers New Storage Solutions for the Virtual Era Built on Its Fluid Data Architecture
  • Concur Introduces Latest Enhancement to Long Line of Paperless Innovations
  • CDW Poll: 28 Percent of U.S. Organizations Using Cloud Computing

Jabra Hands-Free Devices Permit 1,000 Times Less Radiation than Cell Phones; Survey Results Show Lack of Awareness Among Consumers

A new report from the World Health Organization (WHO)/Interactional Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) released this week has revealed another potential health risk for consumers. The report details that radiation transmitted by cell phones is potentially carcinogenic, based on an increased risk for a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use. What most people don’t realize is that there is solution to dramatically lower the exposure – using hands-free devices!

Just as people aren’t going to stay indoors because they are afraid of sun damage, they won’t stop using cell phones due to fear of radiation. With over 5 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide, cell phones have become a part of our daily routine for communicating with others and are here to stay. Using a hands free device can reduce the exposure to radiation by a factor of one thousand, drastically lowering the exposure from max 2 watts from cell phones to 0.002 watts max output for Bluetooth hands-free devices and zero watts for corded devices.

New survey results, sponsored by Jabra, a world leader in innovative hands-free solutions, show that despite the potential risk, people are not concerned with radiation in their daily lives. Twenty five percent of survey respondents said that radiation doesn’t concern them at all and sixty one percent said that it concerns them a little bit or to some extent. However, when informed that it is a scientific fact that using a Bluetooth™ (wireless) headset actually reduces exposure to phone radiation, 53% said they would use a hands-free device.

“People are concerned about radiation from their cell phones but they don’t care enough to stop using them and aren’t aware that being hands-free lowers the exposure,” said Anne Raaen Rasmussen, Senior Vice President of the Mobile division at Jabra. “We are here to inform them that Jabra offers many hands-free devices that provide a solution for concerned consumers who want to lower their own or their children’s exposure to cell phone radiation.”

A press release issued by the IARC recommended reducing exposure through the use of headsets stating, ”Given the potential consequences for public health of this classification and findings, it is important that additional research be conducted into the long‐term, heavy use of mobile phones. Pending the availability of such information, it is important to take pragmatic measures to reduce exposure such as hands‐free devices or texting.” (Source: http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf)

Economic Bright Spot: SMBs Are Hiring Manta Reveals Findings from New Survey of Small Business Owners

Despite the latest jobs report that shows employers added fewer jobs in May than expected, a majority of small businesses (57 percent) say they plan to hire this year, according to a new survey from Manta, the world’s largest online community for promoting and connecting small business. Manta continues to solidify its position as the leading provider of information on and for SMBs and holds the No.3 ranking by comScore in the business news/research category. Manta’s SMB Nation Survey queried 1,016 small business owners–the majority of whom have less than 10 employees (892)–about the unique challenges they face regarding hiring and managing employees.

While small businesses are hiring, the Manta SMB Nation Survey says they’re struggling to recruit top candidates. Small business owners report the greatest hurdle is compensation (27 percent, larger companies can offer higher salaries), followed closely by a limited talent pool (26 percent, top candidates don’t want to work for a small company), and limited advancement opportunities (15 percent, candidates perceive little chance to move up).

In an ironic twist of economic fate, 15 percent of the small business owners said the improving economy works against them when hiring because candidates anticipate more job openings and better opportunities with larger companies.

The best news revealed in our survey is that small business owners are hiring,” said Pamela Springer, president and CEO of Manta. “Managing a staff has always been challenging for SMBs, but it’s much more difficult in today’s ‘do more with less’ economy. Manta provides a resource to get companies found online, and also makes essential connections with potential customers, partners and even employees, helping make the task of finding job candidates less daunting.”

Despite the proliferation of online job boards, the majority of business owners (59 percent) will depend on time-honored strategies such as networking via colleagues, friends and family to find candidates. Forty-one percent reported they will seek direct referrals from current employees. Manta’s SMB Nation Survey was conducted online in March 2011.   To access the entire results of the survey go to http://www.manta.com/hr/hr_survey_0311.

Dell Delivers New Storage Solutions for the Virtual Era Built on Its Fluid Data Architecture

At its Dell Storage Forum customer and partner event, Dell today announced new solutions built on its Fluid Data Architecture to optimize cost, performance and protection as storage scales with a growing organization. New solutions include its first unified Dell EqualLogic platform, updated Dell EqualLogic software capabilities, a Dell Compellent demonstration of 16Gbps Fibre Channel, and the introduction of Fibre Channel on its PowerVault product line.

These solutions represent a milestone in Dell’s vision for a Fluid Data Architecture designed to help customers efficiently and flexibly manage data. Dell is uniquely unencumbered by legacy storage technologies and rigid philosophies that do not support customer needs in the Virtual Era. Instead, Dell is focused on the development and acquisition of storage intellectual property that delivers productivity and efficiency gains for highly-virtualized data centers. Full details here - http://www.dellstorageforum.com/

Concur Introduces Latest Enhancement to Long Line of Paperless Innovations

Receipt Store added to broad array of imaging options that help Concur clients eliminate millions of pieces of paper each month

REDMOND, Wash., June 1, 2011 – Concur (Nasdaq: CNQR), a leading provider of integrated travel and expense management solutions, today announced the latest update to help Concur® Breeze and Concur® Premier clients manage and eliminate paper from their businesses. With the introduction of the Receipt Store – which enables individuals to email their receipt images to a central repository and easily assign them to line-item expenses – Concur clients now have more choices than ever for managing receipts and invoice images and eliminating the costs associated with handling all that paper.

“From the time that Concur first pioneered receipt imaging for expense reporting, we’ve continued to innovate to help our clients eliminate paper and improve efficiencies,” said Rajeev Singh, president and COO of Concur. “We now process over 3 million images a month, with the total number of images processed to-date for our clients now approaching 100 million. These latest innovations help employees to quickly and easily submit expenses and provide their companies with enhanced visibility into the line item details of every expense report.”

CDW Poll: 28 Percent of U.S. Organizations Using Cloud Computing

CDW LLC, a leading provider of technology products and services to business, government, education and healthcare, today announced the results of its first Cloud Computing Tracking Poll, an assessment of current and future cloud computing use in business, government, healthcare and education based on a survey of 1,200 IT professionals familiar with their organization’s use of, or plans for, cloud computing. Twenty-eight percent of U.S. organizations are using cloud computing today, CDW found, with most reporting (73 percent) that their first step into the cloud was implementation of a single cloud application.

While many organizations (84 percent) say they have already employed at least one cloud application, most do not yet identify themselves as cloud users who are implementing or maintaining cloud computing. CDW defines cloud computing as a model for enabling convenient, on-demand access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications and services) that can be rapidly provisioned.

“Many organizations are carefully – and selectively – moving into cloud computing, as well they should, because it represents a significant shift in how computing resources are provided and managed,” said David Cottingham, senior director, managed services at CDW. “With thoughtful planning, organizations can realize benefits that align directly with their organizational goals: consolidated IT infrastructure, reduced IT energy and capital costs, and ‘anywhere’ access to documents and applications.”


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