There are quite a few things about Windows 8 that are irritating to a lot of consumers. It hasn’t exactly been the raving success expected – that’s for sure! But if you had to choose one feature that screams epic “fail!” the loudest, it would have to be the Windows apps the entire system is centered around. Microsoft completely rebuilt Windows as Windows 8 and way too much of it is significantly different from the beloved Windows 7. But the worst aspect is the in-your-face app screen that you are forced to look at every time you boot up. Instead of giving you the option as to whether you want to boot up straight to your desktop or not, your only choice with Windows 8 is to boot up to a busy screen full of app icons.

Not only are consumers vocal about not liking much of the entire Windows 8 system, the very foundation of the system – Windows apps – are rarely used by most people. This article gives the opinion of a company known as Soluto who provides troubleshooting help for Windows computers. They were able to track data to discover that most Windows 8 users do not even open one of the pushy apps once a day. Not a good sign at all seeing as 8 is centered around those very apps and dependent on them for survival.

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You probably do not need anyone to tell you that smartphones and tablets are two very different devices…duh! But what is turning out to be a bit surprising is the breakdown of the differences in usage time and location between the two. The analysis provided in this article offers some interestingly complex characteristics of not only how the devices are used, but also about who the users themselves are.

The similarities between tablets and smartphones might cause the average person to think they are really not that different. But closer inspection reveals how different they truly are which is critical information for anyone on the money side of manufacturing the devices and the apps that run them. In order for app developers to know what consumers are looking for the most, they have to know how each device is being utilized in order to offer relative apps that can be appreciated.

For example, tablet use inside the home is primarily done either in the living room or other common areas and the bedroom. Outside the house, tablets are mostly used in airports, hotels, and coffee shops. Tablets are shared with other people much more often than smartphones are. Smartphones are considered an extension of the users themselves and most people are rather possessive of them – even with friends and family. On the other hand, tablets are more likely to have multiple users either in the home or out.

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Depending on your amount of your exposure to new innovative trends in the tech world, you may or may not have heard of the BYOD policy. BYOD stands for “Bring Your Own Device” meaning employees are providing their own technical devices to use for work-related tasks. It is understood that BYOD policies mean the employee is not only bringing his or her own device to work, but they are also paying for it and any data plan necessary for its use.

Just like any other business policy, there are pros & cons to this issue that have yet to balance out between employee-friendly pros versus employer-friendly benefits – i.e., saving money. In terms of usage and productivity, most employees prefer to use their own devices at work as it simplifies things and saves time by using technology they are already well versed in using. They also enjoy the lack of employer interference when they are using their own devices. Higher employee satisfaction and productivity makes a BYOD policy a great idea on that aspect at least.

But the drawback to the employees is the financial factor – which is the best thing for the employers. A BYOD system can save a company around $1,300 per employee each year. But on average it costs BYOD employees around $1,700 a year for the devices themselves and the data packages needed. Doesn’t seem quite fair, does it?

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