• It will certainly be a blast from the past when the beloved Nokia 3310 is once again on our shelves.

    Although the release date and retailers (apart from Carphone Warehouse) are still yet to be confirmed, we’re looking forward to reliving memories of the phone which was first released in September 2000.

    Here at Gemini, we’re tech geeks at heart (and we’re not afraid to admit it!) We pride ourselves on embracing all things tech, and keeping up-to-date with all the latest news and developments in the wonderful world of technology. This means our customers and clients know exactly what they’re getting when they come through our doors, thanks to our expertise and knowledge, and of course the trust we’ve built over the years.

    It’s certainly going to be interesting when the orders are officially open for the Nokia 3310. We can’t help but wonder whether this will ignite a trend for tech going back to basics. The new model is going to be less than £50, it will have Snake (of course!) and those nostalgic ringtones we all grew to know and love. The Nokia is undoubtedly an iconic phone, but as it’s around 17 years old, how will it be received in modern society?

    Despite the fact that it has been updated with a colour screen, micro-USB charging port, headphone jack, microSD storage and Bluetooth, it’s still going to be unmistakably retro with no WiFi, no GPS and no app store.

    Initially, we’re sure demand will be huge. In fact, Carphone Warehouse have come out and said that demand for the phone is ‘astonishing’. Carphone Warehouse is the only company to have opened pre-registrations for the handset, and they’ve said they’ve seen an “unprecedented level of demand for a feature phone” a week after it was unveiled.

    But once the initial hype has died down, will the Nokia 3310 simply join its predecessor and become forever confined to the ‘junk drawer’ in homes across the UK? Only time will tell, but in the meantime, we’re always up for a nostalgic game of Snake.

  • We’re proud to share that our very own Operations Manager: Toby has done his part in helping to connect Stoneraise Primary School to the world of superfast broadband with the aid of BT’s Community Fibre Partnerships.

    Operations Manager of Gemini and School Governor, Toby Clements said, “An ever-increasing amount of learning is now being done online but this school has always been frustrated by slow connectivity because we're a long way from the local exchange and we've not been part of any fibre rollout plans. We did a survey asking teachers and pupils 'what one thing would improve our school?' Nine out of ten responded with 'faster broadband' – mainly because of the increasing importance of online learning. We tried all sorts of different solutions. For example, we explored getting a leased line put in but it wasn't economically sustainable.”

    After many attempts at trying to find a solution to the slow internet speeds, Toby got in touch with BT to evaluate the possibilities. The option of installing fibre and connecting the school to a different exchange was discussed and a solution was drawn up…

    The plans have now been put in place for the school to be connected thanks to the help of Toby and the Community Fibre Partnerships, so Stoneraise Primary can look forward to receiving download speeds of up to 330Mbps! Better yet - they are eligible for a match-funded grant of up to £20,000 from BT.

    We understand the pressure on schools to integrate technology into the curriculum. For more information on what we can offer your school, whether you need expert advice or a full support package, click here.

  • Virtual Reality (VR) received a huge amount of attention last year as we watched the new tech emerge as the latest form of entertainment straight out of a sci-fi film. It’s safe to say that there is a real future ahead for this technology and its practical application to the office space…

    The potential for VR is incredible, with the its most promising application being telepresence. With the use of Virtual Reality, we can potentially see an end to the limitations of location, allowing us to host entire conferences virtually online, much like something you’d expect out of a Star Wars film.

    Another application of VR would be the introduction of a virtual space in the workplace, removing the limits of space and resources. Designers and engineers could use this space to test their own products and prototypes.

    Virtual Reality offers an entirely original look into communication and for it to be successfully adopted into the workplace, it is crucial for businesses to notice the real benefits it could have, reducing travel costs to allowing for the recruitment of employees around the world.

    If you are interested in finding out more about the latest office technology, you can join our mailing list here. Or if you want to find out how we can do to help boost your business now, contact us here.


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