Airbus unveils carbon fibre plane

June 27, 2008

BBC reports on the roll out of Airbus’ new transport plane for the airforces of the EU.

…the King of Spain will unveil the Airbus A400M, built for air forces across Europe including the RAF.

Airbus unveils carbon fibre plane

One of the key technological innovative parts of this plane is the wings.

They are made mostly of hi-tech carbon fibre and are manufactured in the UK.

New technologies and ways of working allow companies to improve their products making them more attractive to customers and often cheaper and easier to manufacture.

Watch video of the rollout.

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Nokia buys out Symbian

June 25, 2008

The BBC reports on the Nokia buyout of Symbian:

Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia is paying 264m euros ($410m; £209m) to buy out the other shareholders in handset software firm Symbian.

Nokia, which already owns 48% of the UK-based firm, intends to develop its software to compete with Google’s planned Android operating system.

This is (probably) in response to both Google’s Android phone operating system and the continued sucess of Apple’s iPhone.

Technology can have a postive and negative impact on the functions of teams. Being able to use a mobile phone as a mini-computer can allow members of a team out in the field communicate, collaborate and work more effectively than if all their phone did was make phone calls!

The ability to check e-mail, read and edit documents, allows teams to work more effectively when out of the office.

As well as teams, technology such as mobile phones can impact on the performance of the business. If competitors start using technology in innovative ways, this can give them a competitive edge and other businesses will need to respond accordingly if they are to retain market share.

Technological changes need to be noticed and acted upon in the business environment, in order for businesses to retain their competitive edge.


Networks and virtual teams

June 17, 2008

In the traditional business world, teams would either be formed in physical locations, or would need to spend time travelling in order to meet in physical locations.

In the modern connected world, it is easier for teams to communicate and network.

It is possible to create virtual teams which never (or rarely) meet in physical locations and use a range of web tools to communicate and collaborate.

Modern tools such as Adobe’s ConnectNow allow teams to communicate, share and collaborate in ways which were never ever possible before.

Networks and virtual teams

Online word processors such as Buzzword allow teams to collaborate on documents and share information in new ways.

There are a range of ways in which technology impacts on the function of teams, read more.


Apple announce 3G iPhone

June 12, 2008

Apple announced iPhone 3G on Monday in a keynote by Steve Jobs at the WWDC in San Francisco. It will be available in the UK on the 11th July via O2.

New features include:

  • 3G-capable. 2.8 times faster than EDGE.
  • GPS built-in
  • Thinner
  • Better battery life – 300 hours of standby, 2G talk-time 10 hours (as opposed to 5), 5 hours of 3G talk-time (competition is 3 hour 3G talk time), 5 to 6 hours of high-speed browsing, 7 hours of video, 24 hours of audio.
  • Flush headphone jack

Other new features are:

  • contact searching
  • complete iWork document support
  • complete Office document support (now includes PowerPoint)
  • bulk delete and move for Mail
  • save images you receive
  • scientific calculator in landscape mode
  • parental controls
  • language

It will be interesting to see also if iWork (or even Office) support includes editing and creating support, or is it just going to be reading, I suspect the latter.

Of course there are also all the features announced when the iPhone SDK was released earlier this year which include:

  • Exchange and ActivSync support
  • Applications
  • VPN

These final three are squarely aimed at the business and enterprise customer.

The iPhone 3G is an innovative piece of technology and the operational implementation of such technological devices in organisations will have an impact on the organisation. Whether that is a positive or negative impact will depend on the way the technology is implemented by the organisation. Management of change is a key factor here.

More on technology and innovation.