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EU Roaming Charges Finally Finished

After a decade of campaigning by EU citizens and after 2 years of preparing the mobile networks for the change, The European Commission has announced that there will be no more EU roaming charges. What Does This Mean? The abolition of roaming charges applies to calls,...

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Most UK People Trust AI Says Research

New research from US CRM and strategic applications company Pegasystems has found that 60% of UK people would use more Artificial Intelligence (AI) if it saved them time and money. Real World Value The UK results are drawn out of a larger survey which involved 6,000...

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SAP Driven Change At Greggs

The baking and retail high-street chain Greggs is reported to have undergone a £25m change programme for its 1,500 outlets, using a range of SAP software to simplify and better integrate its business processes, and make it more competitive in the lucrative...

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WannaCry Came From North Korea Say Experts

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) led investigation into the origins of the WannaCry ransomware attack that crippled NHS systems last month has concluded that it came from a hacking group in North Korea. What Happened? The WannaCry global cyber attack...

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Secret Desktop Button On Windows 10

If you’d like a fast way to minimise all your open windows to clear the desktop on Windows 10, you can use the ‘secret’ desktop button. Here’s how: Look all the way to the bottom and right of your screen, to the side of the date and time. You will see a button (which...

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UK Attracting Non-EU IT Talent

One of the biggest challenges to the IT sector over many years has been a skills gap but new research from IT contractor services provider SJD Accountancy into Home Office figures appears to show that the skills gap has been a magnet for the UK attracting non-EU...

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Renewables Beat Coal & Gas For The First Time

National Grid figures show that renewable sources of energy such as wind farms, solar panels, hydro and the burning of renewable biomass / wood pellets have, for the first time, produced a greater energy output than coal and gas in the UK. Record Breaking It is...

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Virgin Patches Wireless Security Flaw

Virgin Media have developed and distributed a security patch for their Super Hub home routers after a potentially serious security flaw was uncovered by cyber security consultancy ‘Context Information Security’. What Security Flaw? The flaw was found to be an...

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First Arrest Made Via Facial Recognition Technology

The first arrest made using facial recognition technology took place in Cardiff two weeks ago, just days after trialling of the technology at the Champions League final at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Local Man Despite police using the technology at the match,...

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Death Penalty For Facebook Blasphemer

A 30-year-old man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan after being convicted of the crime of blasphemy over his Facebook and WhatsApp posts. Unpardonable Under current laws in Pakistan, blasphemy ranks alongside the most serious offences, and has been described by...

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Tech Tip: Disable Wi-Fi Sense

If you’re worried about the security implications of Wi-Fi Sense on Windows 10, and if you’d like to wipe off any details of any Wi-Fi networks you've signed into in the past, you can disable Wi-Fi Sense.Here’s how: Go to Start. Click on Settings. Select Network &...

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Apple HomePod “Different”, Says Apple

Apple is reported to be launching its “HomePod” Siri-controlled smart speaker in December this year, and although it’s in the same market as Amazon’s Echo and Sonos, the marketing message is that it’s more about music and sound quality. What Is Siri? Apple’s Siri is...

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Uber Refunds Terror Escapees

After a barrage of bad publicity over surge pricing, ride-hailing company Uber has announced that it has refunded those affected by inflated prices while trying to escape from the London terror attack. Surge Pricing The ‘surge pricing’ which can be turned on or off...

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Turn Off Your Ad Blockers … Or Pay Google

Google’s new “Funding Choices” initiative will directly ask web users who encounter sites where content is funded by adverts to turn off their ad blocker or pay a subscription to view the content without adverts. Why Ad-Blockers? Ad-blockers are programs that work...

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Amazon Grocery-Collect Shopping Launched

Amazon is reported to have extended its business reach into fresh grocery provision and is operating a trial of the ‘Amazon Fresh Pickup’ service from two ‘bricks-and-mortar’ locations in its home city of Seattle. Order Online and Pickup From Fresh Food Warehouse The...

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Cash Second To Contactless Payments

Projected figures from payments industry trade body ‘Payments UK’ have shown that by as soon as next year, more payments will be made using debit cards than using cash. Driven By The Popularity of Contactless Payments The convenience and effectiveness of contactless...

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Is GDPR More Opportunity Than Threat?

With UK businesses needing to comply with the European Union’s (EU’s) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by 25 May 2018 (when enforcement begins), should it be seen by businesses as an more of an opportunity to get the data protection house in order, and find...

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Are YOU The Best Defence Against Cyber Attack?

In the wake of the crippling WannaCry ransomware attack, experts at the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) are keen to point out that a technology-led approach to cyber security means that the strengths of staff in the fight against cyber-crime are being...

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BA Says ‘Never Again’ After Weekend Meltdown

BA has moved to try and mitigate some of the damage caused to its reputation as a result of an IT systems meltdown that left 75,000 passengers stranded at airports and separated from their luggage over the busy Bank Holiday weekend, by announcing that it will never...

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Tech Tip: The Malicious Software Removal Tool

While Windows Defender (that comes with Windows 10) offers some virus and malware protection, if you are unlucky enough to pick up a computer virus that has somehow circumvented your anti- virus, you can download the post-infection ‘Malicious Software Removal Tool’ to...

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UK Tech Industry To Be ‘Taxed On Talent’?

The changes outlined by Prime Minister, Theresa May, to government employment policies in the recently published Conservative manifesto have led to fears that the UK tech industry could be a hit by a so-called ‘tax on talent’. Immigration Skills Charge If implemented,...

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Who Really Benefits From Accelerated Mobile Pages?

Back in October 2015, Google announced that it was introducing a new open source initiative called Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) in order to dramatically improve the performance of the mobile web. In May 2017, AMPs are still attracting criticism and the accusation...

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No … For Net Neutrality

The current Net Neutrality regulations, set in 2015 and designed to force ISPs to treat all data traffic as equal, have been overturned by two-to-one in a vote by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC). What Is Net Neutrality? The idea of having an Open...

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Dump Your Provider By Text

If Ofcom’s new automated 'text to switch' plan comes to fruition, mobile phone customers will be able to ditch their current provider just by sending them a text. What’s The Problem? Delivering exceptional customer service is now a key differentiator in business, and...

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New 160 Terabytes Memory Machine

Hewlett Packard has reportedly unveiled a prototype computer with a massive 160TB of memory, enough to analyse the equivalent of 160 million books at the same time. World’s Largest Simply named “The Machine”, the Linux-based computer is thought to be the world’s...

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Bank’s Voice Recognition Fooled By Twin

Last week, BBC Click reporter Dan Simmons reported that he had been able to fool HSBC’s biometric voice recognition system by passing his brother’s voice off as his own. What Happened? In an experiment that was filmed for the BBC Click technology digest TV programme,...

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Tech Tip: Snap Windows For Multi-Tasking

Windows 10 has a handy feature that allows you to snap the current window to one side of your screen, and simultaneously open a second one on the other side, thus enabling the often elusive multi-tasking! Here’s how: To activate the feature, and to enable able you to...

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Protecting Your Business Mobile From Junk Calls

Your phone rings and you pick up. Instead of a warm voice on the other end, you get the cold, robotic tones of an automated message trying to sell you something you probably don’t want. So, how can you make sure that your mobile is protected from disruptive and...

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Five-Minute-Charge Mobiles By 2018?

Israeli company StoreDot have reportedly claimed that their innovative “FlashBattery” technology means that five-minute charging smartphones could be on the market by 2018. Minutes Rather Than Hours On average it takes most of us anywhere between one to three hours to...

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Ransomware – To Pay Or Not To Pay?

Ransomware such as WannaCry is used to extort money from people and organisations who are told that their important data is locked away until they pay a ransom. If you become a victim of ransomware, should you pay? Even if you do, will you get all of your data back?...

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Hunt for WannaCry Ransomware Attackers

As organisations around the world recover and begin to count the cost of the biggest ransomware attack in history, cyber security and law enforcement agencies around the world have turned their attention to tracking down the perpetrators. Cruel Irony The irony of the...

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Tech Tip: Set Power Button to Turn Off Monitors

If you have the Windows 10 Creators Update, you can make your computer power button into a monitor switch that lets you turn off all your monitors. With this tip you can turn off your monitor and still leave your computer running. Applications won’t be closed, and...

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Touch Sensitive “Paint” Opens New Doors

A new system called Electrick (developed by Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University Pittsburgh) uses conductive spray paint and electrodes to turn any surface into an electronic touch sensor. Electric Field Tomography The revolutionary new system was created by...

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Broadband Speed Claims To Be Examined

A 10-week public consultation is to be held by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Committees of Advertising Practice (CAP) about the advertised speeds of competing broadband services and whether they differ from real user experiences. Why? It has been...

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£23.97/min For 118 Directory Enquiries

Ofcom is reported to be concerned about the high costs of calling directory enquiries- services, and this looks likely to lead to another examination of this area of the market. Directory Enquiries? Historically, up until the 1990s, by calling directory enquiries (for...

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Facebook Offers Tips For Spotting Fake News

Social media giant Facebook has published adverts in the UK popular press, giving readers a list of ten ways to spot ‘fake news’. This marks a widening of an ‘educational’ campaign that saw the same message displayed on the news feeds of users in 14 countries back in...

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3 Steps To Banking Security Heaven In The UK?

The results of an online survey by YouGov, sponsored by credit reference agency Equifax have shown that 55% of British people think that 3 or fewer verification steps are needed to keep their bank accounts safe from criminals. Cyber Crime and Bank Fraud Levels Still...

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Car Scammers Using eBay

Scammers in the Greater Manchester area are using eBay to sell cars that have been stolen and cloned. What Is Car Cloning? Car cloning involves using the identifying details of another, legitimate car (e.g. the number plate of your car) to disguise a stolen vehicle or...

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Tech Tip: Record Your Windows 10 PC

Capturing a screenshot or recording a screencast can be important in many different business situations. Here’s how to do it with Windows 10. Hold down Win + G and a small window will be displayed showing all of the necessary options. Try: Win + G+ PrntScr – for a...

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Millions Of ATMs Need Re-Inventing As Cash Declines

With the use of physical cash in decline, ATMs may need to be modified and reinvented to take on many more banking functions and to offer new services. Cash In Decline Despite the high profile media reports for the introduction of a news UK £1 coin, the truth is that...

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Buy And Sell Subscriptions Through Amazon

Amazon has launched a new ‘Subscribe With Amazon’ service which enables consumers to discover, subscribe and manage a range of digital subscriptions, and enables subscription businesses to reach millions of new customers. What Is It? Whereas we are likely to have...

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Google Translates Business Reviews With AI

If you’re travelling overseas and you want to find a business, bar, restaurant or shop, you will soon be able to read high-quality translations of the reviews that are displayed in Google Search results and Google Maps thanks to an AI upgrade. What’s The Problem? If...

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New App Lets You Book Hotels By The Minute

The new ‘Recharge’ App has launched in the US, which lets users book big city hotel rooms ‘by the minute’. Why Book By The Minute? The app, developed by two-year-old San Francisco-based start-up Recharge is designed to appeal to people who just need a base in the city...

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Driverless Cars Being Tested On UK Roads

The ‘Driven’ consortium will begin an information-gathering trial of autonomous vehicles from next week, which will see manned but autonomous vehicles being tested on roads and motorways between London and Oxford. Driven The 10-member ‘Driven’ consortium of technology...

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Tech Tip: Turn Off “Quick Access” View

In Windows 10, although the ‘Quick Access’ view can help you find a recently or commonly used file or folder, you may also find it helpful and faster to have the familiar “This PC” view from Windows 7 and Windows 8. Here’s how to switch Explorer to it: • Click “View”...

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No More Vodafone Roaming Fees In Most of Europe

Vodafone has announced that it will be scrapping roaming fees for new customers in most European countries. What Are Roaming Fees? Roaming fees / charges are the fees in addition to the usual phone plan charges that smart-phone users have to pay when they use an...

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Scammers Burgling Airbnb Users. Again.

Scammers have used the stolen account details of Airbnb users to target properties for burglaries. What Is Airbnb? Airbnb is an online marketplace that allows people to rent out their properties or spare rooms. Hosts can register on the site, set a price per night for...

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Parcel Robots On Trial In London

Hermes, the courier company, is to operate a trial scheme of autonomous, parcel collection robots on the streets of Southwark in London. Collection Nearby Using Secure Compartment Each of the six-wheeled robots will collect a parcel of up to a maximum 10kg in weight...

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Possible Russian Involvement in Brexit Vote

A UK lawmaker’s committee report appears to imply that a website (used to register for voting in the EU ‘Brexit’ referendum) may have been caused to crash by a cyber attack carried out by a foreign power. DDoS Attack? The Public Administration and Constitutional...

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Taxi Firm Introduces Facial Recognition

A ride-hailing service called Careem (similar to Uber but operating in more than fifty cities in the Middle East and North Africa) is adding facial recognition software to its driver app to help with customer safety. Is The Actual Driver The Authorized Driver? The...

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Microsoft Word Hack – Patch Available

Microsoft has moved to patch a vulnerability in its ‘Word’ program in order to stop hackers and scammers from exploiting it to spread bank account snooping malware. What’s Been Happening? Emails containing Microsoft RTF [Rich Text Format] attachments, loaded with the...

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Robot Wins Poker Competition

In only the second triumph of its kind, an AI program has beaten expert human competitors to the prize money in a series of exhibition poker matches. Team Dragon Vs AI Program In a series of poker matches totalling 360,000 hands and hosted in Hainan island (China)...

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Survey Exposes Poor Online Retailer Communications

A recent study by retail software company Eptica has found that only 7.5% of retailers respond to customers through web, email, Twitter and Facebook, and only 2.5% of retailers provide consistency in their answers to customers across all four channels. Omnichannel...

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Businesses Explore More Uses For Blockchain

If you thought that Blockchain, the ‘incorruptible ledger’ technology behind Bitcoin was only of use in the financial sector, think again. Innovative uses for the new technology are now being found across multiple sectors. What is Blockchain? Blockchain is an...

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Tech Tip: Solve Network Problems Easily

If you have a network problem, Windows 10 gives you the ability to run a troubleshooter, or do a complete reset with a single click. Here’s how: View your network status - go to Settings > Network & Internet > Status. If the network connection is good, a...

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One Third of Jobs At Risk From Automation

A new report by PwC claims that over 30% of UK jobs could be lost to automation by the year 2030. Robot Replacements Advances in AI, robotics, and technology could mean that many jobs that need humans today may be carried out by robots in the next 15 years. Which...

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Scammers Exploit Rise In Bitcoin Value

Scammers have been quick to exploit a rise in the value of web-based, crypto-currency Bitcoin by launching bogus online schemes with the lure of false money-making offers. What Happened to Bitcoin? At the beginning of March, the value of a unit of Bitcoin exceeded the...

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Laptop Bans on Aircraft

The UK and US governments have introduced a ban on taking laptops and tablets on planes as cabin baggage on flights from selected Middle East and North African Countries. Which Countries? For the UK, the ban covers all flights from 6 countries: Egypt, Turkey, Jordan,...

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Facebook Social Data-Sharing & Surveillance Bans

Facebook and Instagram privacy policies are reported to have been updated with the intention of stopping developers and businesses from using the data they find there to provide surveillance tools. What’s Been Happening? Facebook, which acquired Instagram in 2012, has...

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Robots Helping The Elderly

In an age when people are living longer, healthcare systems and resources are being strained, with elderly people facing challenges like loneliness, more research is being carried out into how robots could bridge the care gap. The Challenges The global population is...

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Timely Content … Or A Sneaky Advert?

Google recently removed an unprompted audio advert from its Google Home smart speaker / digital assistant system after accusations that the piece was simply an unrequested advert. Beauty and the Beast The controversial incident occurred when 'Google Home' users were...

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Car Costs Could Skyrocket

If car manufacturers are given sole access your modern car’s digital data records (and not third party repair businesses), this could mean that manufacturers will recommend their own repair centres and spare parts, which would very likely mean higher bills and less...

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Tech Tip: Create Your Own Theme

If you spend a lot of time at your work computer, one way to feel better while you work is to at least have a theme that makes YOU feel good. You don’t have to accept just the selection of themes that Windows 10 gives you, you can create your own! Here’s how: Put your...

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Amazon Drone Shot Down With Patriot Missile

Amazon Drone Shot Down With Patriot Missile At the recent Association of the United States Army (AUSA) symposium, General David Perkins told the audience about an incident where a close ally of the U.S. used a £2.5 million patriot missile to shoot down $200 drone...

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BT To Separate From Openreach

Last week, Ofcom, the telecoms regulator, announced that BT has agreed to legally separate from Openreach, which owns and operates the UK's broadband infrastructure. Why The Split? Through Openreach, BT owns and is responsible for providing the vast majority of the...

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Robot Lawyer For Refugees

A UK student has developed a chatbot computer program that can be used to provide refugees with legal advice and help, via the Facebook Messenger app. DoNotPay. The program was originally launched in March 2016 by a 20-year-old British man, Joshua Browder, who is...

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Tech Tip: Pin Favourite Folders to the Start Menu

It helps to have your favourite and important folders to hand. Windows 10 allows you to pin them to the Start menu. Here’s how: Right-click the folder name in File Explorer Click on ‘Pin To Start’ Or Drag folders from a File Explorer window and drop them on the File...

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