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Tech News : Black is the New Blue, er, Screen of Death

Tech News : Black is the New Blue, er, Screen of Death

Those who have tried the developer’s version of Microsoft’s new Windows 11 OS have reported that what used to be the ‘blue screen of death’ is now black. What Is The Blue Screen of Death? The so-called blue screen of death (BSoD) is displayed on a computer running Windows when there has been a fatal system error/system crash whereby the OS has reached the stage…

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Tech News : Children Called “Alexa” Getting Bullied

Tech News : Children Called “Alexa” Getting Bullied

It has been reported that children called ‘Alexa’ are being bullied because they share the same name as Amazon’s digital assistant and consequently, some parents are now calling for a digital name change. Alexa There are an estimated 4,000 people in the UK who are under the age of 25 and called “Alexa” (a female form of Alex).  Amazon reportedly chose the name Alexa for…

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Tech Tip – Checking If Links Are Safe or Spam

Tech Tip – Checking If Links Are Safe or Spam

If you’ve ever wanted to click on a link to a website but wanted a way to check first whether its spam or worse, here are five ways to safely check: 1. Check the status of a website URL using Google’s Transparency Report, which harnesses Google’s Safe Browsing technology.  See: https://transparencyreport.google.com/safe-browsing/search?hl=en 2. Use URLVoid to check a website’s reputation and detect potentially malicious lnks.  See: https://www.urlvoid.com/ 3….

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Tech Insight : Windows 11

Tech Insight : Windows 11

With the launch of Microsoft’s Windows 11 recently announced in an online event, we take a brief look at what’s new with this new OS, how it challenges Apple, and when it’s available. Early Preview + Free Update An early preview version of the new Microsoft Windows 11, next generation OS will be released for app developers next week and will be made available as…

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Featured Article : Who Was John McAfee?

Featured Article : Who Was John McAfee?

After John McAfee was found dead in a Barcelona prison cell last week, we take a brief look at the colourful life of this complicated, maverick software entrepreneur. McAfee Antivirus The products that made John McAfee a household name were his antivirus software and anti-spam products. John McAfee formed his software company, originally called McAfee Associates, back in 1987. His idea to create anti-virus software…

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Tech News : £50 Note Featuring ‘Father of Computer Science’ Enters Circulation

Tech News : £50 Note Featuring ‘Father of Computer Science’ Enters Circulation

The new £50 note featuring the face of mathematician and ‘father of computer science’ (and Bletchley Park code-breaker) Alan Turing has entered circulation. Turing’s Birthday The note, which was announced in July 2019 and finally entered circulation last week to coincide with Turing’s birthday, means that all new UK banknote denominations are now made of plastic.  The old paper £20 and £50 notes won’t be…

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Tech News : UK Firm Hit By £130,000 Fine For Marketing Calls

Tech News : UK Firm Hit By £130,000 Fine For Marketing Calls

The ICO has fined home improvements company ColourCoat Ltd £130,000 for making more than 900,000 nuisance marketing calls! What? ColourCoat Ltd of St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, which provides a number of home improvement services, was fined for making almost a million nuisance calls over an eight-month period, between 1st August 2019 and 31st March 2020. This equated to an unbelievable average of 56,601 calls…

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Tech Tip – Creating Drop-down Lists in Google Sheets

Tech Tip – Creating Drop-down Lists in Google Sheets

If you use Google Sheets and need to simplify data-entry, adding dropdown lists can really help. Here’s how to add them: – In Google Sheets, select the cell where you want the dropdown list. – Click on ‘Data’, select ‘Data Validation’, and select ‘List of items’. – In the field that loads, type the items you want to include in the dropdown list, separated by…

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Tech News : UK Nuke Plant Built With Amazon Cash

Tech News : UK Nuke Plant Built With Amazon Cash

General Fusion, a Canadian company with Amazon’s Jeff Bezos as one of its backers is building a Nuclear Fusion power demonstration plant at Culham in Oxfordshire. Fusion Whereas current nuclear power plants split atoms in a process known as ‘fission’ to generate energy, ‘fusion’ generates energy by fusing atoms together, which is the same process that powers our sun.  The fusion process, which can actually…

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Tech News : Five-Year High For Tech Hiring

Tech News : Five-Year High For Tech Hiring

New figures from job search engine Adzuna and data provider Dealroom show that hiring in the tech industry has reached its highest level in five years. Vacancies Exceeding Pre-Pandemic Levels The data, which was compiled by Adzuna and Dealroom for the Government’s Digital Economy Council shows that job vacancies in the digital tech sector have now exceeded pre-pandemic levels and are at their highest level since…

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