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‘Pay or Consent’ Model Breaches Rules

Following an investigation into whether the big tech companies are complying with the new Digital Markets Act (DMA) rules, the European Commission’s preliminary findings say that Meta’s ‘Pay or Consent’ model for data-sharing is in…

Tech Tip – How To Use Windows Key Shortcuts to Snap Windows

Snapping windows allows you to quickly arrange open windows on your screen, making multitasking more efficient by giving you a better overview of multiple applications simultaneously. Here's how to do it: To snap a Window to the Side: Click…
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Apple Avalanche!

Following Apple’s 5-day Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC24) recently at Apple Park in Cupertino, California, we take a look at the many new products announced and their key features.   Showcasing New Products  At Apple’s…
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Why Microsoft 365 Backup is Essential

In this Tech Insight, we look at why, as reliance on cloud services like Microsoft 365 grows, ensuring robust data backup has become a critical component of business security and continuity, then we look at some best practices for your 365…

Tech Tip – How To Pin Websites to the Taskbar Using Microsoft Edge

Pinning frequently used websites to your taskbar using Microsoft Edge allows you to access them quickly, just like any other app, enhancing your workflow efficiency. Here's how to do it: Launch Microsoft Edge from the Start menu or taskbar. Navigate…

Data and AI Strategies For SME Success

Following a recent AWS survey showing that data-driven SMBs who also adopt AI more quickly and make better use of it are financially outperforming their peers, we look at ways your business could do the same.  The Key Findings Of The…

Google Maps Alternatives

In this insight, we look at what’s good about Google Maps, what may be less ideal about it, plus we provide 10 examples of alternative mapping and navigation apps.  What’s Good About Google Maps?  Before we look at potential…

Tech Tip – How To Customise Quick Access in File Explorer

Quick Access in Windows File Explorer allows you to pin frequently used folders and files, making them easily accessible. Customising Quick Access can save you time when navigating to commonly used locations. Here's how to do it : Open…
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New Windows Screenshot Feature Sparks Privacy Concerns

The new AI-powered Windows ‘Recall’ feature that takes 5-second screenshots to generate a searchable timeline of everything a user has interacted with has prompted security and privacy concerns.  What Is Recall?  The Recall…
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Windows 11 Updates & VBScript Kill-Off ?

In this insight, we look at the implications of Microsoft’s announcement that the Windows 11 24H2 update is being tested in a pre-release stage and the deprecation of VBScript is being initiated by making it an optional feature.  What…

Tech Tip – How To Set Up Dynamic Lock to Automatically Lock Your PC

Dynamic Lock uses the proximity of your Bluetooth-paired phone to automatically lock your Windows PC when you step away. This helps enhance security by ensuring your device is locked when you're not around. Here's how to set it up: Pair…

Microsoft Asks Hundreds Of Employees In China To Re-Locate

It’s been reported in Chinese state media that Microsoft has asked at least 100 employees to consider relocating to other countries.  Why?  It’s been reported that Microsoft has asked hundreds of its China-based employees,…

Tasty Offering : Raspberry Pi

With Raspberry Pi Ltd considering an Initial Public Offering, we look at what this kind of computer is, its value in promoting computer literacy, and what similar alternatives there are.  Raspberry Pi  Raspberry Pi, the most…

Tech Tip – How To Use File Explorer’s “Group By” Feature for Better File Organisation

Organising files in File Explorer can make it easier to manage and locate documents. The Windows "Group By" feature allows you to categorise files by various attributes, such as date, type, size, or name. Here’s how to use it: Open File…
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Currys Selects Accenture and Microsoft to Deliver Core Infrastructure for Gen AI

International omnichannel retailer of technology products and services, Currys, has selected Accenture and Microsoft to deliver the core cloud technology infrastructure that will enable it to leverage the latest generative AI technologies.  Accenture?  Accenture…
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What Are ‘Deadbots’?

Following warnings by ethicists at Cambridge University that AI chatbots made to simulate the personalities of deceased loved ones could be used to spam family and friends, we take a look at the subject of so-called “deadbots”.  Griefbots,…
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OpenAI To Boost Training With Stack Overflow Data

A partnership deal between OpenAI and Stack Overflow (the question-and-answer website for programmers and developers) will see the Stack overflow Q&A data used to train and improve AI model performance, potentially benefitting developers…

Tech Tip – How To Use Windows Security to Check Device Performance and Health

Windows Security provides a comprehensive overview of your device's health and security, including storage capacity, battery life, and apps and software that may affect your device's performance. Here's how to use it: Go to Settings >…
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Microsoft’s $10 Billion Renewable Energy Deal Fuels AI & Cloud

Microsoft has agreed to back $10bn in renewable electricity projects by Brookfield Asset Management to help it meet clean-energy commitments and provide its data-centres with the extra energy requirements of cloud and AI.  Global Framework…
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Millions Defy WhatsApp Bans

In a recent BBC World Service interview, Head of WhatsApp, Will Cathcart, claimed that tens of millions of people in countries where WhatsApp has been banned continue to use it.  Where Is WhatsApp Banned And Why?  WhatsApp is…
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Apostrophes Dropped From Street Signs

North Yorkshire council has said it’s having to drop apostrophes from its street signs to avoid problems with its computer database!  Must Meet BS7666  The reason given for North Yorkshire council for dropping the apostrophes…