Category: Technology

How Can SMEs Stay Safe From Cyber-Attacks?

There have been several reports in the press recently discussing the successful cyber-attacks on high profile companies, including the NHS. Does this mean that SME’s are at more risk now that well-known brands are being successfully attacked, and if so, how can they defend themselves? Mode wanted to address these concerns by providing tips that will help SME’s stay guarded from the increasing cyber security threat. Two-thirds of businesses have been victims of cybercrime. However, one in four owners have admitted that they aren’t up to date on cyber security measures. What are the priorities? Data is the most valuable asset any business holds. Many of your electronic devices store data, such as laptops, PCs, photocopiers etc. It is rare read more...

3 Things to Consider When Buying a New Printer

When running an office, it is inevitable that you’ll have to replace your equipment from time to time, including your printer. Perhaps you’re experiencing frequent paper jams or your printer is simply out-dated; either way it’s time for an upgrade. Believe it or not, there’s much to consider when investing in a new printer if you want to ensure it meets your requirements and is suitable for your office. Here are three things you should think about before obtaining a new printer: What Are Your Requirements? Different printers can carry out different tasks and some are more advanced than others. For that reason, you should think about what you’re actually planning to use the device for. For example, if you read more...

Trends: Print Management in London & Beyond

Louella Fernandes, an internationally respected analyst on the evolution of business printing, discusses in a recent Quocirca article the future opportunities for the print industry and what vendors are doing to survive in a changing field. A Shifting Technological Landscape Print management in London and throughout the world is changing. It needs to change to improve financial performance in the face of hardware commoditisation, lower margins, an increase in competition, and more demanding customers. How Print Management Companies Are Adapting Lexmark and Xerox are expanding their software presence through a series of software aquisitions undertaken since 2010.  All vendors are looking to discover the new markets- exploring the IoT (Internet of Things), in which everyday items can send and receive read more...

Developments in Secure Printing for Business

In our last blog we discussed the evolution of secure printing, citing examples in the last five years of security breaches as well as the current data on number of breaches and the expense this is causing organisations in the UK. Why Invest in Security Printing? Security breaches are not only expensive and fatal to businesses; they represent a breach in the legal requirement of many industries to maintain data security. Secure printing is an integral part of sound business security practices. What is Being Offered in Security Printing A number of security options are available in the field of secure printing. Toshiba offers options that are simple to use, including user authentication, self-encryption HDD, security pattern printing, access logs, read more...

The Merits of Stone Based Paper

First developed in the 1990’s, stone paper has been expanding and improving ever since. Stone based paper is made from the remnants of mining; it is powder ground from stone and has some amazing benefits.  Read on to find out more. What Is Stone Based Paper? Stone based paper is made when nontoxic resins bond with calcium carbonate, creating a naturally white paper that is durable and eco-friendly. Environmental Merits of Stone Based Paper Environmentally, this paper is sound.  You can make it using 30% less power than recycled paper and there is no timber pulp needed for its manufacture.  That said, it solely uses electric power- there isn’t a washing and drying process which can add harmful particles to read more...

Xerox, Lexmark, Ricoh, and Toshiba Printing – Updates from Our Brands

We’re proud to work with some of the best brands in the industry to provide bespoke solutions for our clients. These brands are world renowned for quality and their green credentials; just two of the reasons why we selected them as suppliers. To help you stay up to date on the latest information and find useful articles online, here are some of the recent print highlights from our favourite brands: Seven Steps to Business Reinvention  from Xerox: this advance is targeted at print providers but can help any industry. Xerox has a new savings plan for small businesses to meet print needs while saving money. Will our children live on a waste-free planet? Green credentials are incredibly important to us at Mode, read more...

Printing from Your Phone: There’s an App for That

Smartphones are ubiquitous – even if your business doesn’t provide sales people with smartphones, it’s likely that your staff have used their phones for checking emails or other work tasks at some point. If they’re doing more and more of their work from smartphones and tablets, it makes sense to let them print from those devices. At the moment, emailing items between the devices is the simplest way of getting them from place to place. Unfortunately, this wastes time and can present problems if you need to print a particularly large file. PrintBack from Xerox Printers That’s why Xerox launched PrintBack – an app for both Android and iOS devices that let you print to the device at work from read more...

A Day in the Life of Our Engineers

Our engineers at Mode are the most important element in delivering the best and highest service in the industry to our customers. They don’t sit around our offices waiting for something to happen to one of our customers machines – they are out in London proactively serving our customers and helping those who happen to have any issues. We provide outgoing customer service to minimise any complications our customers may have thus resulting in fewer service calls outs. Starting Early A typical day for one of our engineers always begins with dealing with those customers who may be experiencing problems. Our engineers travel straight from home to the customer; it is fundamental to our ethos at Mode that we have read more...

Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2014

There are many emerging technologies that are expected to shape the future, and at Mode we like to keep our eye on what’s happening! From super-light cars, to innovations in medicine, the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies has identified the top 10 emerging technologies of 2014 that could reshape the society of the future. The council is comprised of leading thinkers from academia and industry, and their selections are based on opinions from experts and industry leaders. Let’s take a look at the innovations that they believe have the potential for real and positive impact on the world. 1. Brain-computer interfaces It’s already possible to type by monitoring the brain’s electrical activity, but as technology advances, read more...