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They are also more self-supporting on smart devices. And because businesses need to configure and support laptops and full enterprise applications, people on all sides are generally content with a Mac or Windows machine running standard operating environments and ordered conventionally.It is CYOD with smart devices that is attracting marked uptake. An independent study of IT decision makers commissioned by Azzurri Communications revealed that CYOD has grown at twice the rate of BYOD (12 per cent versus six per cent), with 31 per cent of organisations now running company-wide CYOD (against 17 per cent BYOD).Organisations overwhelmingly cited CYOD as more suitable, with 60 per cent opting for it as most appropriate for their business and just 13 per cent favouring BYOD.Accountable public-sector budgets are a hot market for BYOD. Azzurri helped implement a BYOD/CYOD project last year at University College London Hospitals (UCLH).The hospital trust expanded an employee-owned smart-device programme following initial success with patient surveys conducted using tablets, which boosted response rates from ten to 80 per cent. It developed apps for a choice of hospital-owned devices.

When device costs became prohibitive UCLH added BYOD – a pioneering move in public healthcare – with a successful trial of 150 devices belonging to healthcare managers.“We’ve seen an increase in employees forgoing the use of provided mobile devices and instead using their own devices at their own cost,” says Mark Taglietti, head of IT service delivery at UCLH."Access to Trust services on the move not only improves productivity but also provides a cost saving to the organisation – a win-win for all."Another study, this time from Acronis and the Ponemon Institute, revealed that 60 per cent of companies admitted to having no formal own-device policy at all.Acronis points to its customers. Parrish Construction Group gives employees mobile devices loaded with Acronis Access, and each claims to save an hour a day by accessing previously office-bound data by tablet or phone from remote work sites. All the blueprints and budgets they need are accessible seamlessly on tablets.HP believes there is opportunity here to drive new ways of working and back the IT department by fully supporting enterprise mobility.“Planning for the short term and simply allowing employees to use their own tablets is a very small part of this,” says a spokesman.

“The focus needs to be far longer term than that, building an agile infrastructure that will evolve and adapt to changing technologies and demands. Future-proofing is critical. Cloud and mobility will increase, and businesses must invest to move along with it.”The larger the company, the more formal these plans are likely to be, and the more they will include menus of approved devices that employees can choose from. Smaller companies tend to be less rigid, with formal CYOD policies less likely to be followed if they exist at all.“It’s not just about giving employees devices, it’s about developing simple applications that provide secure access to corporate files. The tide is continuing to turn and people now see past earlier security issues,” says Lofgren.Microsoft believes the key to simplifying device choice for employees is to understand what the people using them need to achieve and what their challenges are.“We’ve managed to help businesses move to Lumia within days of their decision. LumiaBizTrial allows businesses to assess our solution, and we will help customers migrate as quickly as they wish,” says Adrian Williams, director of B2B sales for Microsoft UK and Ireland.

As businesses move apps to the cloud, they will be Java/HTML-based and browser accessed. This makes cross-platform compatibility easier and more secure because there is less information on end-user devices.It also makes mobile device management and freedom of choice for end-users a lot less scary for company boards and IT teams.Cornum believes that cloud-friendly applications are changing the whole scenario before it has even taken hold, making the devices that we choose or bring just a matter of personal preference. In practice most of us will actually just need a browser.“We’re seeing a 2.0 of CYOD coming to pass right in the middle of people trying to figure out the 1.0,” he says.It is almost irrelevant who owns what device if companies put the right policies in place. Ultimately CYOD is more acceptable to more people: the board loves compliance and predictability, IT gains control and manageability and end-users get a cool device paid for by their company that makes them more productive.And if most employees had actually read those first-generation BYOD policies they happily signed, they probably wouldn’t bring their own devices into work anyway for fear of events conspiring to wipe and reset a device that thought it was safe.

Printing dark red characters on a black keyboard isn’t the smartest idea anyone’s ever had, and I found that I needed to keep the backlight turned on most of the time just to type quickly and locate function keys. However, I can forgive that minor lunacy as the Beats SE costs just £479 and is probably the cheapest full-HD laptop currently available.You’re not going to get an eye-popping IPS display for that price, and the colours on the 15.6-inch screen do look at bit dull at times. The vertical viewing angle is limited too, which means that you might need to give the screen a little nudge to every now and then. Fortunately, the horizontal viewing angle is a lot better, so you can sit back and browse the web or watch some streaming video in comfort. The Beats speakers are nothing special either, although they’re loud enough to let you listen to a few tunes without needing headphones or external speakers.Performance is pretty modest, with the 1.7GHz AMD A8 processor only managing entry-level scores of 1681 and 1971 points when running the PCMark 8 Home and Work suites. However, it does include 8GB of memory and 1TB hard drive, so you can pile on plenty of music and videos to keep you entertained and there's a DVD drive too.

Battery life only just nudges past the three-hour mark. But, to be fair, the Beat’s performance and battery life are still comparable to many other budget laptops that don’t have the benefit of a full-HD screen. It’s certainly no graphics workstation, but if you just want an affordable full-HD screen for watching video or browsing your photo library then the Beats SE is probably the best you’ll get for less than £500.Lenovo’s biggest boast about the Yoga 3 Pro is that it’s the world’s slimmest and lightest 13-inch laptop. And, with a weight of just 1.2kg and a super-slimline profile of 12.8mm, it really can teach rivals such as the MacBook Air a few lessons in portability.It also outguns the MacBook Air with its quad-HD display and 3200x1800 resolution. The image quality is excellent, and the viewing angles mean that you can see it clearly even when you use the super-bendy hinge to fold the screen into upright ‘tent’ mode, or switch into tablet mode when you want to put your feet up.

The Yoga 3 Pro is also one of the first laptops we’ve seen with Intel’s new Broadwell M-5Y70 processor, running at 1.1GHz, along with 8GB of memory and 256GB solid-state drive. That comes to £1,299.00 – or £1,499.00 with 512GB SSD – which isn’t bad by the standards of its High-DPI rivals.But while the Broadwell’s 14nm design helps to really streamline the Yoga 3 Pro, it doesn’t do an awful lot for performance. It could only manage entry-level scores of 1844 and 2192 in the Home and Work suites of PCMark 8. On the other hand, it did manage to last for five hours and 20 minutes when running PCMark 8, which isn’t at all bad for a High-DPI display such as this. It’s just a shame that the Yoga 3 Pro can’t also offer the pro performance you might expect at this price.Salt Lake City politicos voted to let Uber to operate but only if it followed the same rules as other transport firms including getting background checks, and vehicle inspections but Portland, San Francisco and LA took Uber to court, a court in Berlin upheld a ban on Uber, a US Senator wrote to Uber’s CEO demanding answers about a “troubling disregard for customers” privacy and their data protection - the Senator wrote to Lyft, too - and in Singapore the city transport authority planned its own taxi-finding app.

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