Examining the dark side of the remote worker

The growing global remote workforce has had a big impact on business, giving employees more flexibility to manage their personal and business lives and make the most efficient use of time. But there‚Äôs a dark side to detached workforce as employees remain constantly ‘on the job’.

The dark side of mobile work: How can we resist its pull?

Mobility usually means both more hours and more flexibility for workers, but does it also equal more stress? About a third of connected workers say absolutely yes, while another third say absolutely not. What are the differences between these two groups?

Facebook just a healthier smoke break, says iPass

Bosses may be worried that their mobile employees are wasting vast amounts of time updating their wall or emailing friends, but a new report from iPass reveals we lose relatively little time on technology distractions. But our gadgets are harming us in other ways.

Wi-Fi’s coming identity crisis

On Tuesday, iPass introduced a new Wi-Fi roaming service that is one of many data points in Wi-Fi’s slow transition from home networking tech for geeks to must-have for every mobile device to perhaps another source of carrier revenue. Will carriers charge for Wi-Fi?

Want 240 More Work Hours a Year from Employees? Think Mobile!

A mobile workforce is no longer the exception; it’s the rule. While that sounds like an employer’s dream in terms of more productivity through place-shifted work, it opens up the door to enterprise infrastructure and support challenges faced by the rise of the new workplace “mobilocracy.”

Mobilize 2010: The Next Big Idea

New mobile services and devices are affecting the way users interact with each other and how business gets done. Today at Mobilize 2010, executives from Rebtel, iPass, Skyhook and Motricity shared their views for how new mobile Internet capabilities are changing the world.

iPass Adds In-Flight Wi-Fi

The question of whether the Internet should extend into our lives when we are cruising at 30,000 feet has been a heavily debated one. Should airplane cabins be bastions of quiet sanctity from the deluge of information and work that follows us everywhere?

Biggest Barriers to Seamless Mobile Connectivity

ipass_mgmnt_nelson1Most technology vendors agree that multiple mobile networks create a lot of complexity for users trying to figure out how they should connect when Wi-Fi or 3G networks are available. Add WiMAX and LTE to the picture and things get even more complicated, according to Barbara Nelson, CTO of iPass (s ipas).

Creating an easy user experience through seamless connectivity between networks and software can be done, but Nelson laid out several challenges to executing it. Most of them are related to business models rather than technical challenges, among them: Read More about Biggest Barriers to Seamless Mobile Connectivity

We Need a Broadband Cloud, But It’s a Hard Sell

main_r1_c01The demand for ubiquitous web access and a scarcity of bandwidth on wireless networks are driving the technology world to try to figure out how to build the equivalent of a bandwidth cloud composed of a variety of available networks, from cellular to Wi-Fi and WiMAX. Various speakers at a Portable Computer and Communications Association meeting held today in San Mateo, Calif., described how this problem is being addressed by the IEEE and various services and software companies. Read More about We Need a Broadband Cloud, But It’s a Hard Sell

P2P & the Economic Downturn: Hello, Browser Toolbars!

Commercial P2P, we hardly knew ye: The recent shake-up at BitTorrent Inc., which consisted of replacing its CEO, losing its president and firing half of its workforce, has fueled speculation that P2P as a B2C business model is dead. Paul Glazowski mused the other day that, “[T]he legit, utopian vision of paid-for P2P downloads is headed for a depression,” while the typically upbeat P2P news site Slyck.com contended that “things could get dicey” for BitTorrent and other, similar startups.
Actually, things already have, at least in terms of the number of people that have been laid off. BitTorrent went to 18 employees from 55 in just four months, and Vuze recently confirmed two rounds of cuts totaling 24 people. P2P advertising startup Skyrider closed shop completely in October, and file-sharing dinosaur Morpheus quietly faded away earlier this year. Still, there is hope on the horizon for P2P startups — if they’re willing to annoy their user base, that is.
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