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Wouldn’t it be great if you could answer that call right from your Mac?

Have you found yourself in the middle of something important on your Mac and your iPhone starts ringing across the room? Wouldn’t it be great if you could answer that call right from your Mac? Thanks to Apple’s interconnected ecosystem, you can.

First things first, you need an iPhone with iOS 8.1 or later and a Mac with OS X Yosemite or later. Check your devices; chances are they’re already compatible.

Before you start dialling, there’s a bit of setup to do.

Both devices need to be on the same network and use the same Apple ID.

On your iPhone, go to Settings > Cellular or Phone > Calls on Other Devices.

Turn on ‘Allow Calls on Other Devices’ and select your Mac.

On your Mac, open the FaceTime app, click on FaceTime in the dropdown menu and click on Settings. Check ‘Calls From iPhone’.

Now, you’re all set! You can make a call through the FaceTime app or Contacts. Just select a contact or enter a number, and hit call. It’s as simple as that.

Need more time saving advice? We can help with that, get in touch.

#Mac #iPhone #HowTo

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Ever wished for a helping hand while navigating your desktop folders? Microsoft is on it.

Ever wished for a helping hand while navigating your desktop folders? Microsoft is on it.

Imagine you’re looking at your files in the File Explorer and you right-click on one. Suddenly, there’s a new option – ‘Send to Copilot’.

You click it and like magic, the AI assistant pops up offering further options such as summarising the document for you. How cool is that?

This isn’t some far-fetched dream. It’s a possibility hinted at by a line of code found by a leaker on X (aka Twitter). The code, ‘CopilotFEContextMenu’, suggests a context menu option related to Copilot in your folders. Though it doesn’t do anything yet, it could be a sign of things to come.

Microsoft has been very focused on pushing AI across all its products. They even introduced a dedicated key for Copilot on the keyboard, just like the Windows key itself.

It’s still speculation right now, but wouldn’t it be amazing to have AI assistance right where you need it, when you need it? And for those not too keen on AI, hopefully, there should be an easy way to turn off Copilot if needed.

What do you think? A helpful move or AI overload?

#Windows11 #Copilot #FileExplorer

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On the 19th of January 1999, Research In Motion (RIM) introduced the BlackBerry, a game-changer for business communication.

Today’s a big day for tech history. On the 19th of January 1999, Research In Motion (RIM) introduced the BlackBerry, a game-changer for business communication.

Did you own one?

Back then, the original BlackBerries looked more like oversized pagers than the sleek devices we’re familiar with today.

Fun fact: Did you know that the name ‘BlackBerry’ was inspired by the buttons on the device resembling blackberry fruit? Those Canadians sure had a creative touch.

In 2001, the BlackBerry production facility in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, was a lot smaller than you might think. Yet, it played a pivotal role in revolutionising mobile communication.

Join us in celebrating this milestone and give a nod to the BlackBerry for paving the way for real-time email on the go.

#BlackBerry #Anniversary #TechHistory

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The Xbox Series S toaster is here and it’s not just a meme anymore.

Know a gaming fanatic? Maybe you are one? This news might interest you… The Xbox Series S toaster is here and it’s not just a meme anymore.

Remember those images that started circulating nearly a year ago? Well, Microsoft has made dreams come true and is now selling this quirky toaster in the US.

And let me tell you, this isn’t your average toaster. It looks like an Xbox Series S, complete with the iconic black air vent, and it’s packed with features that make toasting a breeze. Six levels of browning, a removable crumb tray, an LED countdown, and a defrost button.

But the pièce de résistance? It toasts the Xbox logo right onto your bread. Now that’s what I call a breakfast of champions!

This isn’t the first time gaming and toast have collided. Razer made an April Fool’s Day joke toaster that never came to fruition. Microsoft has actually delivered with this one.

The Xbox Series S toaster joins the Xbox Series X mini fridge, born from memes mocking the console’s fridge-like appearance. Imagine a full range of Xbox home appliances. An Xbox microwave, kettle, or even a washing machine? Who wouldn’t want their food imprinted with the Xbox logo and their clothes dyed Xbox green? Talk about brand loyalty.

Is this one you’d have in your kitchen?

#Xbox #TechToast #ItsReal

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Big changes are coming to Microsoft Windows. Gone are the days of multiple small updates throughout the year.

Big changes are coming to Microsoft Windows. Gone are the days of multiple small updates throughout the year. The Windows team is going back to the good old annual release cycle. Just one major update a year – simple, right?

But what’s on the horizon for 2024?

Well, they’re working on a major new release, code-named Hudson Valley, based on the Germanium platform. This isn’t just any update. We’re talking about an AI-powered Windows Shell, advanced Copilot that works tirelessly in the background, and groundbreaking search features. Can’t remember where that document is? Just ask in natural language and Windows will do the rest.

And for all creatives, Microsoft is adding a dedicated ‘creator’ area, making it easier than ever to access your projects. Plus, expect major power-saving improvements – we’re talking up to 50% longer battery life.

All that’s left to be revealed is whether this new update will be Windows 12, or a new version of Windows 11.

Are you excited for the future of Windows?

#Windows11 #Microsoft #AnnualUpdates

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Have you heard of Gemini? It’s Google’s latest generative AI platform.

Have you heard of Gemini? It’s Google’s latest generative AI platform.

What makes Gemini special is that it’s ‘natively multimodal’. Here’s what that means… it doesn’t just deal with text; it can handle audio, images, videos, code, and different languages. That’s a big deal, setting it apart from other models that only understand and generate text.

There’s been a little confusion: Gemini is not Bard. Bard is like an app for certain Gemini models. Gemini, on the other hand, is the family of models powering it. To put it in OpenAI terms, Bard is like ChatGPT, and Gemini is like the powerhouse language model (GPT-3.5 or 4).

Gemini has loads of uses, from transcribing speech to captioning images and videos, and even generating artwork. But not all these features are fully baked yet. Google’s promising a lot, but it’s still a work in progress.

Google claims that Gemini outshines the competition in benchmarks, beating GPT-4 in 30 out of 32 widely used academic benchmarks. However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Early impressions suggest Gemini Pro struggles with some tasks and makes factual errors. So, we’ll have to wait and see.

For now, Gemini Pro is free in Bard, AI Studio, and Vertex AI (during the preview phase). But once it exits preview in Vertex AI, it’ll cost £0.0025 per character for input and £0.0005 per character for output. That means a 500-word article might cost you around £5 to summarise and just £0.1 to generate.

It’s only answering text-based queries in English in the U.S. right now but stay tuned for more updates. Are you keen to try it out?

#Google #Gemini #AI

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There’s some scary new malware targeting Windows devices.

There’s some scary new malware targeting Windows devices.

It’s a fresh variant of a remote access trojan called Bandook which first made its debut back in 2007. It was basically the ‘Swiss Army Knife’ of malware, with a ton of features to wreak havoc. Its main goal? Giving the bad guys remote access to your devices.

This new version targets Windows devices, making its way into systems via phishing emails carrying malicious PDF files.

Once you fall for it and click on the PDF, it extracts the malware and injects its payload into a seemingly innocent program called msinfo32.exe. This is supposed to diagnose your computer issues, but Bandook turns it into a cyber criminal’s playground.

The nasty part doesn’t stop there. Bandook goes on to connect to a command-and-control server to receive further sinister instructions. These instructions can include all sorts of actions like stealing info, manipulating files, and even gaining full control over your computer.


What can you do to protect your business from this?

– Keep an eye out for the latest cyber security threats. Knowledge is your best defence.

– Train your team how to spot phishing emails. Always assume the worst with unexpected attachments or suspicious links.

– Ensure your Windows devices are running the latest updates and security patches.

– Invest in reliable antivirus software to detect and neutralise threats like Bandook.

– Educate your employees about cyber security best practices and the dangers of opening unknown files or links.

– And, implement strong network security measures and firewall configurations to stop any suspicious activity.

If you need a hand with any of this, get in touch.

#CyberSecurity #Windows #malware

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Windows 11 offers multiple ways to capture the perfect shot with its built-in tools.

Screenshots are useful for communication, documentation, and more. But sometimes it’s easier said than done, right?

Windows 11 offers multiple ways to capture the perfect shot with its built-in tools. Here are your options:

Capture to clipboard:
To capture your entire desktop, press ‘PrtScrn’ or ‘Ctrl + PrtScrn.’ Then, paste the image into any application.
For capturing the active window, use ‘Alt + PrtScrn.’ Paste it just like before.

(If these shortcuts open the Snipping Tool, turn off ‘Use the Print screen key to open screen capture’ in Settings > Keyboard.)

To save the screenshot to a file, press ‘Windows key + PrtScrn.’ It’s stored in the ‘Screenshots’ folder in ‘Pictures.’

Use the Snipping Tool:
Search for the Snipping Tool in the Start menu and choose your capture mode: Rectangle, Window, Full screen, or Freeform.
Adjust the capture delay if needed.
Hit ‘New’ and create your screenshot.
Annotate and save in the editor for easy sharing.

Keyboard shortcut:
For a speedy screenshot experience, press ‘Windows key + Shift + S.’
Select your capture mode: Rectangle, Window, Full screen, or Freeform.
The screenshot opens in the Snipping Tool editor, equipped with various editing tools.

Microsoft Edge:
Open the web page, right-click, and choose ‘Web capture’ or use ‘Ctrl + Shift + S.’
Click ‘Capture’ or ‘Capture full page.’
Annotate your shot as needed and hit ‘Save.’

Now you can screenshot without having to Google how to do it… another little time saver for you.

#Screenshot #HowTo #Windows11

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Another day, another phishing scam… and this one could catch anyone off guard.

Another day, another phishing scam… and this one could catch anyone off guard.

Have you ever scanned a QR code with your phone? It’s become such a convenient way to access information instantly. But did you know that there’s a new form of phishing out there that’s using QR codes to hide harmful links? It’s called ‘quishing”.

What’s the deal?

QR codes are everywhere nowadays, and we often scan them without thinking twice. They’re on parking meters, in text messages, emails, and even on product packaging. We’ve all just accepted QR codes as harmless tools to access information quickly. But cyber criminals are counting on this trust we have in them.

In a quishing attack, scammers create fake QR codes that look innocent, yet they’re anything but. They can trick you into scanning these codes for various reasons – maybe they claim it’s to reschedule a parcel delivery, confirm account information, or address suspicious activity. The key here is urgency; they want you to act fast without thinking.

Imagine scanning a QR code on a parking meter, thinking it’s just for payment, but instead, it leads you to a malicious site. Scary, right?

So, why is this a big problem? Well, for one, mobile devices are particularly vulnerable to these attacks. Unlike most desktop operating systems, phones often lack built-in phishing protection. And that’s what makes them an easy target for cyber criminals.

How can you protect yourself and your business from this type of attack?

First, avoid scanning QR codes from unknown sources. If you spot a QR code in an unexpected place, take a moment to inspect the URL it leads to. Look for misspellings or odd characters in the URL – these are telltale signs of a scam.

If you receive an unexpected email or text with a QR code urging you to act immediately, don’t scan it. Instead, verify the legitimacy of the sender using a confirmed phone number or website. Legitimate companies will provide clear instructions without asking you to scan a QR code for verification.

And if you receive an email claiming to be from a company but the sender’s email is from Gmail or some random, unknown domain, be suspicious. It could very well be an attack.

Lastly, strengthen your phone and online account security. Keep your phone’s operating system up to date, use strong passwords, and enable multi-factor authentication wherever possible. These simple steps can go a long way in keeping your sensitive business data safe from quishing attacks.

Remember, it’s not just about protecting yourself – it’s also crucial to inform your employees about scams like quishing. Awareness and vigilance are our best defences against these digital tricksters.

#CyberSecurity #Quishing #StaySafeOnline

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Google is a trusty digital companion, always ready to help us find answers to life’s burning questions.

Google is a trusty digital companion, always ready to help us find answers to life’s burning questions. And every year, they give us a sneak peek into the most trending searches across various categories.

From movies to games, news to music, and even some quirky trends, Google’s Year in Search has it all covered. So, what were our most searched highlights from 2023?

The Women’s World Cup came in second place as the most-searched sporting event, right after the Rugby World Cup and ahead of the Ashes. And when it came to athletes, Tommy Fury took the top spot, leaving England men’s football captain Harry Kane in second place. And according to Google, the most searched ‘how to’ query was ‘how to watch the Champions League Final.’ When it comes to sports, we’re all in.

‘Oppenheimer’ claimed its well-deserved spot among the top movie searches, but we couldn’t get enough of royal happenings and TV dramas either. Questions like ‘when is the Coronation?’ and ‘when does Love Island start?’ had us all reaching out to Google for answers. In the realm of TV shows, ‘Happy Valley’ was the top search, ahead of ‘The Last Of Us.’

Artificial intelligence (AI) was a hot topic, especially after the launch of ChatGPT. Many of us wanted to know ‘What is generative AI?’

Sam Smith took the crown as the most Googled musician, followed by Arctic Monkeys and Lil Tay. And let’s not forget Times Person Of the Year, Taylor Swift, who made it to the top ten list, of course.

Remember, these aren’t just the top searches; they’re the top trending searches, reflecting the buzz and excitement of the year. Who knows what 2024 has in store for us?

What were your favourite Google searches from 2023, and what do you predict we’ll be searching for in the year ahead?

#GoogleSearch #YearInSearch #TrendingTopics

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Can you believe, Wi-Fi 7 is officially on the horizon

Can you believe, Wi-Fi 7 is officially on the horizon. Yep, in just weeks (by the end of Q1) Wi-Fi 7, also known as 802.11be, will step out of the shadows and become the next big thing in the world of wireless connectivity.

Why should you care? Wi-Fi 7 will bring a load of benefits. Especially when it comes to business productivity.

It’ll offer speeds up to a jaw-dropping 40 Gbit/s. That’s nearly five times faster than the already impressive Wi-Fi 6… lightning fast.

Even though Wi-Fi 7 will be the latest thing, you won’t necessarily have to buy new equipment. Routers that already have support for 802.11be will just need a firmware update to upgrade their speed.

Of course, having a Wi-Fi 7 router is fantastic, but your devices need to be compatible. As of now, a few devices like the Xiaomi 13 Pro, Oppo Find X6 Pro phones, and Lenovo Legion Slim 7 laptop already support Wi-Fi 7. And you can bet your bottom dollar that more devices will jump on the Wi-Fi 7 bandwagon soon.

With Wi-Fi 7 around the corner, businesses can look forward to lightning-fast connectivity, enhanced productivity, and smoother operations. It’s really exciting.

Are you looking forward to this upgrade?

#WiFi7 #TechUpgrade #BusinessBoost

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Ready to get back into the swing of work?

Ready to get back into the swing of work? Perhaps just one more day off, first… Here’s another new feature that’s going to make your Microsoft Teams meetings smoother and less awkward.

We’ve all experienced this: You’re about to join a call, but you’re not quite sure who’s already on board. Maybe it’s the head of accounts, or maybe it’s just you and a colleague you have nothing in common with.

Microsoft Teams has an update to save you from cringe-worthy moments and precious time wasted.

Introducing the live meeting status. Now, when you’re about to join a Teams call on your mobile device, you’ll be able to see what’s happening before you join the conversation.

You’ll see avatars of the participants who are already in the call. You’ll know if the meeting is being recorded. And you’ll get an idea of the meeting duration, all by checking the details in the Calendar.

This useful update is on its way to both Android and iOS users. It’s still ‘in development’ but it’s scheduled to roll out this month.

Microsoft Teams has been on a mission to make your mobile experience much better. From simplified meeting joins to user-friendly layouts, they’re listening to our frustrations and making the right changes. And it’s making your virtual collaboration as smooth as possible.

If you don’t already use Teams, why not? We can help you get started, get in touch.

#Microsoft #Teams #LiveMeetingStatus

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The incredible tech advances that 2023 brought our way

Happy New Year! As we step into 2024, let’s take a moment to reflect on the incredible tech advances that 2023 brought our way that will continue to develop this year. Here are 3 of the best…

1. On-device AI: Artificial intelligence took centre stage last year, with AI-powered services becoming household names. This year, we should witness the rise of on-device AI functionality.

What’s that? Think phones, computers, and electric vehicles powered by AI, generating images from text, real-time translations, and AI assistants… all without needing an internet connection.

2. Generative AI: 2023 was also the year that generative AI took the creative world by storm. From Canva to Apple to Adobe, AI tools transformed content creation without overshadowing the human touch.

The demand for AI-powered workloads is pushing semiconductor companies like Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm to the limits. Brace yourselves for AI-powered computers and chipsets.

3. Your PC’s new best friend, Copilot: News of Microsoft’s Copilot was big in 2023. With a single click, Copilot brings AI assistance to over half a billion Windows 11 users. Think creative support, shopping advice, meeting summaries, and so much more, all at your fingertips.

So, as we welcome 2024, here’s a question for you: What do you think the tech world has in store for us this year?

#Tech2024 #Innovation #AIRevolution

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More than 100 billion messages were sent worldwide using WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve 2020

Happy New Year. Do you remember this night three years ago?

We all looked forward to saying goodbye to a challenging year and welcomed 2021 with open arms? I bet you didn’t know that WhatsApp played a starring role in making that night memorable.

More than 100 billion messages were sent worldwide using WhatsApp on New Year’s Eve 2020, setting an incredible new record. This remarkable feat marked the highest number of messages sent in a single day in the app’s 10-year history. Can you believe it?

Of these messages, over 12 billion were picture messages, sharing joy, laughter, and cherished memories in the form of photos and videos.

It goes to show that even in the digital age, we hold onto the tradition of celebrating the arrival of a new year with our loved ones, no matter how far apart we might be physically.

WhatsApp, with its staggering 1.5 billion active users, was acquired by Facebook back in 2014 for a massive $19 billion (a little over £15 billion).

Do you still send New Year’s Eve texts or have you switched to more modern ways of celebrating the occasion, like video calls perhaps? And do you think the astonishing rise in WhatsApp messages on that night in 2020 was due to people missing their friends and family more because of the pandemic?

Whatever you’re doing tonight, have a really great time.

#HappyNewYear #WhatsApp #TextMessage

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Remember when the world held its breath for the arrival of the year 2000 and the infamous Y2K bug?

Remember when the world held its breath for the arrival of the year 2000 and the infamous Y2K bug?

It was the late ’90s, a time when floppy disks were still a thing, and the internet was just finding its footing. Among the excitement of a new millennium, anyone responsible for technology was very concerned that a lot of things could go wrong just after midnight on 1st January.

What was this bug all about? It was a computer quirk where systems might interpret the year ’00’ as 1900 instead of 2000. People feared planes falling from the sky, bank accounts vanishing, and their chunky desktop PCs going rogue.

Yes. Really.

But many people who worked in corporate tech roles were pretty chill about it. They spent years prepping systems to avoid the chaos. Some even used the Y2K frenzy for a little tech-savvy humour.

One tech pro set up a remote control to switch off all the lights and the TV at midnight at their New Year’s party. As the clock struck 12, they hit the button, and the lights went out. There were definitely some wide-eyed expressions from people who thought the apocalypse had arrived.

But in reality, Y2K didn’t bring about the chaos everyone feared. Most systems sailed smoothly into 2000 without a hitch. It was a collective sigh of relief around the world.

What do you think would happen if a similar event occurred today? With our increased reliance on technology, it’s intriguing to speculate. Would we handle it with the same level of panic, or have we gained a calm confidence?

One thing’s for sure, technology has come a long way since Y2K, and we’ve learned valuable lessons about preparation and resilience. If you could do with a hand future proofing your business tech, we can help. Get in touch.

#Y2KBug #TechNostalgia #DigitalAdventures

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Guess what? Microsoft is giving Notepad in Windows 11 a fresh new update

Guess what? Microsoft is giving Notepad in Windows 11 a fresh new update, and it’s something you may have been waiting for—a character count.

You know when you’re working on a document and it needs to fit within a certain word limit? Now, just like in Microsoft Word, you’ll see a character count at the bottom of your Notepad window.

What’s even better is that it’s versatile. When you select text, the status bar will display the character count for both the selected text and the entire document. No more guessing or manual counting. And if you haven’t selected anything, it’ll show the character count for the entire document, like Word does.

You might wonder why you should even care about Notepad. It’s like that tool you didn’t know you needed until you started using it.

It’s all about simplicity, speed, and versatility. It’s a clean, lightweight text editor that’s perfect for jotting down notes, writing code, or just quickly opening and editing text files. No bells and whistles, just the essentials.

Microsoft is spoiling us with some other cool updates to Notepad too. Earlier this year, they added an autosave feature, which means you can close Notepad without pop-up save prompts.

And while we’re talking about Windows 11, they’re also making improvements to the widgets section of the OS. Soon, you’ll have the option to show widgets and hide the feed of news and articles.

These features are currently being tested, so there might be a few tweaks along the way. But you can expect to see these changes rolling out to Windows 11 in early 2024.

If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 11 yet and want some help, get in touch.

#Windows11 #Notepad #CharacterCount

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ChatGPT has been one of the most talked about technologies in 2023.

ChatGPT has been one of the most talked about technologies in 2023. And that’s been reflected with the number of people reading about it on Wikipedia.

It got a whopping 49 million page views on the English version, making it this year’s most popular Wikipedia article.

Here are four ways ChatGPT and its AI peers can supercharge your business in 2024.

Boost productivity: Chatbots like ChatGPT can handle routine tasks, answer common questions, and assist employees, freeing up valuable time for your team to focus on high-impact work.

Enhance customer satisfaction: Chatbots provide instant responses and 24/7 availability, ensuring that your customers get the support they need when they need it. Happy customers = repeat business and referrals.

Engage and educate: Chatbots can engage with your customers and employees, offering personalised recommendations and assistance. They can also serve as knowledge repositories, helping your team access critical information right when they need it.

Scale your operations: As your business grows, chatbots can scale with you. No need to hire and train additional staff; your trusty bots are always ready to lend a virtual hand.

How do you think AI will help your business next year?

#ChatGPT #ProductivityBoost #BusinessAI

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Are you making the most of Microsoft Teams for business communication?

You’re probably not working this week. But something to think about for when you go back… are you making the most of Microsoft Teams for business communication? If you’ve been using it for internal team chats and meetings, you’re already ahead of the game. But did you know that you can now send text messages via Teams to anyone, including clients and business partners?

Traditionally, Microsoft Teams was designed for internal team collaboration. With a recent update, they’ve made it super easy to extend your reach and connect with people outside your organisation.

This is really useful. Here’s how it works:

– Open up Teams and click on ‘New Chat’.

– In the ‘To:’ field, type in the phone number of the person you want to send an SMS to.

– In the ‘Add contact name’ field, enter the name of your recipient so it’s easier to identify your chat.

– Compose your message and hit send!

That’s it! It couldn’t be easier.

Your message will be sent to the recipient’s phone number, and they’ll get an SMS from Microsoft Teams. This message will let them know that you want to chat. If they’re interested and want to join the conversation, all they need to do is click the link in the SMS to open Teams via the app.

Now you can seamlessly connect with clients, partners, or anyone you need to collaborate with, all within Microsoft Teams. It’s a great way to streamline communication and stay connected with everyone, no matter where they are.

Give it a try and let us know how it works for your business.

#MicrosoftTeams #SMSMessaging #BusinessCommunication

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If you’re unsure which software is the best fit for your business…

Staying on top of tasks, projects, and deadlines can be a real challenge. Want to make it simpler in 2024? You should consider using project management software. Here’s why…

Better organisation
Miscommunication wreaks havoc on your business. With project management software you can ensure everyone in your business is on the same page. These tools offer transparency, allowing teams to update each other on their progress and stay informed about what others are doing.

Better time and resource management
Project management software helps you allocate resources efficiently, set timelines, and track progress. These tools allow you to input resources and track expenses intuitively. A dashboard provides a comprehensive view of ongoing projects, ensuring you stay on top of everything without getting lost in the details.

More accountability
Assigning tasks to team members and making those tasks visible boosts accountability. Most project management apps allow you to set tasks in great detail, ensuring nothing slips through the cracks. Managers can easily monitor project progress without micromanaging, thanks to the data available within the platform. Project management apps bring everything out into the open, promoting a collaborative and accountable work environment.

Mitigating risk
Project management tools often include features for assessing and tracking project risks. While the software itself can’t eliminate risks, having accessible data can make a world of difference in creating strategies to address potential issues.

Improved decision-making
Data-driven decision-making is essential for success in many industries. Project management software excels at integrating data from various sources, allowing for rational, data-led decision-making.

Project management software isn’t just another tool; it could be your secret weapon for staying organised, efficient and accountable.

If you’re unsure which software is the best fit for your business, I can help you find the perfect solution tailored to your needs. Get in touch.

#ProjectManagement #2024 #BusinessTools

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The secret to enjoying a guilt-free, work-free break

It’s Christmas Day, and we all know that this time of year is meant for joy, celebration, and just enjoying life with the people we love. But sometimes, work can sneak its way into the festivities.

That’s where your ‘Out of Office’ message in Outlook is a lifesaver. In case you’re unfamiliar, here’s how to sprinkle a little Christmas magic into your inbox:

– Open Outlook
– Click on ‘File’ at the top left corner of the screen.
– Choose ‘Automatic Replies.’
– Now, select ‘Send automatic replies.’
– If you don’t want the messages to go out immediately, check ‘Only send during this time range.’
– Pick the start and end dates for your automatic replies. Make sure they match your Christmas plans.
– Type in your message. You can format the text using the toolbar, or copy-paste formatted text, including hyperlinks.
– Click ‘OK’ to save your message.
– If you want to set a different message for contacts outside your organisation, click ‘Outside My Organisation.’ Type in your message and hit ‘OK’ again.

And there you have it, the secret to enjoying a guilt-free, work-free break. Switch on your Out of Office message, bid adieu to your inbox, and embrace the joy of Christmas with open arms.

From all of us here, we wish you the merriest of Christmases and the happiest of holidays.

#OutOfOffice #Outlook #MerryChristmas

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Take a moment to check out the NORAD Santa Tracker.

Have you ever wondered how Santa Claus manages to deliver presents to millions of children around the globe in just one night? Have you ever considered the logistics, the planning, the sheer audacity of such an endeavour?

This is not just a whimsical question for the Christmas season, but a serious business enquiry. After all, isn’t Santa essentially running the world’s most efficient overnight delivery service?

This Christmas Eve, will you be tracking Santa’s progress using the NORAD Santa Tracker?

The North American Aerospace Defense Command tracks Santa’s journey every year, providing real-time updates on his location. How’s that for impressive project management and data analysis?

Consider this: If Santa can deliver presents to every child in the world in one night, surely there are lessons to be learned here about efficiency, logistics, and customer satisfaction. Could your business benefit from a little Santa-style innovation?

But it’s not all business. Tracking Santa is also a fun and heartwarming tradition that brings joy to millions of people around the world. It’s a reminder of the power of belief, the magic of the festive season, and the universal appeal of a good story well told.

So this Christmas Eve, as you’re sipping your hot chocolate and wrapping those last-minute gifts, take a moment to check out the NORAD Santa Tracker. Marvel at Santa’s incredible journey, think about the lessons you can apply to your own business, and remember the joy and wonder that make this season so special.

Let’s keep the magic alive, shall we?

#MerryChristmas #NORAD #BusinessLogistics

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What features would you love to see in Windows 12?

While Windows 11 is still relatively fresh on the scene, the grapevine is already abuzz with whispers of its successor, set to make its debut in the not-so-distant future.

Before you start wrapping your head around Windows 12, let’s take a quick detour back to Windows 11 for a sec. It’s been a little over two years since the OS graced our screens, and it’s been good. But there’s still plenty of room for more improvements… as Microsoft is continually demonstrating with its innovative updates.

I have to admit, the leaks and rumours surrounding Windows 12 have me on the edge of my seat.

So, what’s the scoop on Windows 12? Well, if the rumours hold water, Windows 12 is poised to be the next big leap in the world of operating systems. And of course, Artificial Intelligence (AI) is taking centre stage.

Rumour has it that Microsoft might crank things up a notch in Windows 12, using AI-powered chatbots to provide context-sensitive information and assistance for everyday computing tasks. Imagine having a super-smart virtual assistant at your beck and call, understanding your questions in natural conversational language. Sayonara, Cortana; hello, Copilot.

Microsoft has invested a pretty penny (reportedly around £8 billion) into OpenAI, the brains behind ChatGPT. So, it’s safe to say they’re itching to make the most of their AI tech investment in the next-gen Windows.

Now, remember, none of this is official (yet), but here’s the word so far. Windows 12 could hit the scene ‘next summer.’ We could be unwrapping Windows 12 as early as June 2024.

But, if history serves as a guide, Windows 12 could likely make its grand entrance in the autumn of 2024, keeping in sync with the three-year release cycle we’ve seen in the past.

What features would you love to see in Windows 12?

#Windows12 #TechDreams #2024

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The 22nd of December 1882 is a date that shines as brightly as those iconic Christmas lights.

It’s the late 19th century, and the holiday season is in full swing. Families are gathering around beautifully adorned Christmas trees, but there’s a tiny, albeit potentially flammable, problem – those trees are decked out in wax candles. The warm glow of candlelight is undeniably magical… it also came with its fair share of anxiety. The fear of accidentally setting your tree – and potentially your entire home – ablaze was a real concern.

The 22nd of December 1882 is a date that shines as brightly as those iconic Christmas lights. It’s the day when Edward Johnson, a pioneer in festive cheer, decided to make history by swapping out those traditional wax candles for something a little more… electrifying!

Edward wondered if he could wire his Christmas tree with electric lights. And not just any lights, he wanted bulbs specifically made for this festive mission.

So, he went ahead and had these tiny, walnut-sized bulbs crafted for his Christmas masterpiece. And just like that, the first-ever set of electric Christmas tree lights was born! But Edward wasn’t content with a single colour – oh no, he went all out and decorated his tree with 80 bulbs in red, white, and blue.

Can you imagine the sheer wonder and amazement on the faces of his family and friends when they saw that tree light up with the magic of electricity?

Thanks to Edward Johnson’s innovative spirit, we now have the dazzling, twinkling, and oh-so-safe electric Christmas lights that have become an integral part of our holiday celebrations.

What a bright idea!

#ChristmasLights #BusinessInnovation #ChristmasMagic

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What do you prefer? An old fashioned Christmas, or a today’s tech-powered celebrations?

Let’s jingle all the way back to the good ol’ days when Christmas was all about handmade cards, homemade gifts, and quirky family traditions that made the holiday season extra special.

Fast forward to today, and technology has turned our yuletide celebrations into something straight out of a sci-fi Christmas flick.

Once, Christmas cards were crafted with love, adorned with dried flowers, and often smelled like a festive potpourri. Those hand-delivered cards were more than just pieces of paper; they were a piece of your heart. But now, thanks to tech, we’ve got online card creation tools and e-cards that practically write themselves.

Speaking of gifts, gone are the days of battling people in shops and elbowing your way to the perfect present. Now, from the cosy comfort of your sofa, you can snag all your Christmas gifts with a few clicks. You have Santa’s workshop right at your fingertips.

And when it comes to gift-giving, it’s safe to say that technological gadgets have stolen the spotlight. Whether you’re 8 or 80, everyone’s wish list includes the latest and greatest in the tech world.

Let’s not forget the magic of video calls – it’s so easy to connect with loved ones across miles and time zones, especially when globetrotting isn’t on the menu.

Can you imagine a Christmas where Virtual Reality (VR) devices send holiday greetings that teleport you into a winter wonderland… or AI-powered robots whip up your Christmas feast with the skill of a professional chef… or drones swoop in like Santa’s sleigh to drop off your presents?

What do you prefer? An old fashioned Christmas, or a today’s tech-powered celebrations?

#TechyChristmas #FestiveTech #SciFiChristmas

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Your business relies on cloud services to keep things running smoothly.

Your business relies on cloud services to keep things running smoothly. And everything seems fine until there’s a major service outage. Sadly, it happens. There’s a risk that panic mode sets in, employees become frustrated, customers become unhappy, and your revenue takes a hit.

This is where a new outage simulator from Amazon Web Services (AWS) steps in. It lets you put chaos engineering into practice at scale.

You can simulate scenarios like AWS Availability Zone full power interruptions, or connectivity loss to another AWS region.

It helps you understand your direct and indirect dependencies on AWS services and, more importantly, test how quickly you can recover after an outage.

And yes, cloud services are supposed to be reliable, but recent events, including geopolitical tensions and some embarrassing blunders (like that infamous Azure outage caused by a typo!), have made it clear that we can’t take service reliability for granted.

With AWS’s new outage simulator, you can take proactive steps to ensure your business is ready for any curveball that the digital world might throw at you.

Of course, this is all only applicable if you use AWS for your business’s cloud services. If you use another company, this testing isn’t available. However, you can still test your resilience and create a resilience strategy.

Whether you need assistance setting up a simulation, analysing the results, or creating a comprehensive outage strategy tailored to your business, my team can help. Get in touch.

#AWS #OutageSimulator #CloudStorage

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The dreaded moment when you think your mic is muted, but it’s not!

We’ve all been there – the dreaded moment when you think your mic is muted, but it’s not, and you inadvertently share your secret snack-crunching soundtrack with the entire meeting.

Or something worse (I promise not to swear at the cat again…).

Microsoft Teams understands this. It’s coming to the rescue with a slick new feature that’s about to make your mute super powers stronger.

Get ready for the mic-drop moment (yes, I went there) – Microsoft Teams is working on a new update that will allow you to mute and unmute your audio with just a click on the mic icon in your Windows taskbar.

No more fumbling around in the app or desperately searching for the mute button while trying to keep your composure during a video call.

What’s the big deal? We already have mute buttons in Teams. True, but having this control right there in your taskbar changes things. It’s like a panic button for your mic, making sure embarrassing mistakes are a thing of the past.

Imagine you’re in the middle of an important virtual meeting with your clients, discussing top-secret plans, when suddenly your toddler decides it’s the perfect time for a rendition of Baby Shark. You scramble to mute your mic, but the seconds feel like hours, and the damage is done – your clients are chuckling, and you’re red as a tomato.

But with this new feature, all it takes is a swift click on that taskbar mic icon, and you’re in control, my friend. No more accidentally sharing your personal commentary, heated discussions with your partner, or even that solo karaoke practice.

And it’s simple to use. Just select the mic icon on your taskbar to mute or unmute during a meeting. Plus, if you love keyboard shortcuts, you can press the Windows logo key + Alt + K to work your mute magic.

This update is a testament to Microsoft Teams’ commitment to making our virtual collaboration experience smoother and more intuitive. And it’s not stopping there; Teams is also rolling out exciting AI upgrades, like Microsoft Copilot, which can summarise meeting notes and even draw them on the Whiteboard platform.

Copilot will be your trusted note-taker during meetings, ensuring you don’t miss a beat. Plus, it’ll help you review past conversations effortlessly, so you can focus on what matters. And it can even help compose messages with the new Copilot compose box.

Does this make you less paranoid over that old “Am I still on mute?” worry?

#MicrosoftTeams #MuteButtonMagic #VideoMeetings

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Laptop or PC feeling a bit sluggish?

If you’ve ever wondered why your laptop or PC was feeling a bit sluggish, Google Chrome’s latest feature update is for you.

We all know how annoying it is when your device starts acting like it’s wading through treacle. And what’s usually to blame? A gazillion tabs open in your browser. Well, Google Chrome has come to the rescue with a cool new feature that’s going to make your life a whole lot easier.

Introducing the ‘Tab Memory Usage’ feature. Now, when you hover over your tabs, Chrome will spill the beans on how much memory each one is using up.

So, what’s the big deal? Well, with this feature, you can finally figure out which websites are turning your laptop into a slow-mo turtle. Chrome will not only tell you which tab is responsible, but also why it’s munching away at your memory. Is it the content on the page or some sneaky background process? You’ll soon know.

If a tab has been taking a nap for a while and not doing anything useful, Chrome’s Memory Saver feature might have gently put it to sleep to save memory. No worries, your tab will wake up refreshed when you need it.

Now, I know you’re wondering how you access this feature. It’s simple. No need to dive into complicated menus, you just hover over the tab. That’s it. The memory usage info will magically appear.

This update is part of Chrome’s grand plan to make your browsing experience even better. They already introduced Memory Saver mode and Energy Saver mode earlier this year. Memory Saver mode is like a magician, saving resources from inactive tabs to keep your active tabs running smoothly. It’s the closest you’ll get to having your cake and eating it too – all your tabs are still there when you need them.

And for those times when you’re trying to squeeze every ounce of juice from your laptop’s battery, there’s Energy Saver mode. It’s a guardian angel for your battery life, reducing visual and background activity to keep your laptop going longer.

Best of all, both of these modes are enabled by default, and you can tweak them in your Chrome Settings sidebar. So, you’ve got all the power to customise your browsing experience.

Google Chrome continues to make our browsing lives easier and more efficient. What new feature would help you out the most in 2024?

#GoogleChrome #MemoryUsage #NewFeature

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You’ve got a ton of stuff to juggle, and staying productive is vital… so I’ve got a helpful tip if you use a Mac… Split View.

You’ve got a ton of stuff to juggle, and staying productive is vital… so I’ve got a helpful tip if you use a Mac… Split View.

It gives you the power to run two windows side-by-side in full-screen mode, so you can tackle your tasks with laser focus while keeping distractions to a minimum.

But there’s more. You can adjust window sizes, swap positions, and even share content between them.

Here’s how to get started:

Look at the top-left corner of any app window for the traffic light buttons. Hover over the green button. A secret menu will pop up with options like ‘Enter Full Screen”, ‘Tile Window to Left of Screen”, or ‘Tile Window to Right of Screen”. Pick the second or third option.

Once you’ve chosen your side, your app will take up half of your screen. Now, you can select another app to join the Split View on the other side of your screen.

You’re not stuck with Apple’s default arrangement. Notice that black line between the two Split View apps? Click and drag it to resize each app’s window and customise how much of the screen they occupy. Double-click the line to revert to the original sizes.

If you want to replace one of the apps in Split View, it’s easy. Click the app window, hover your pointer over the green button, and select ‘Replace Tiled Window.’ Choose your new app, and your new Split View setup is ready.

Exiting Split View is easy too. Click one of the apps in Split View, hover over its green maximise button, and select ‘Move Window to Desktop.’ Your app will return to its previous size. The other app that disappeared is still around, either in the App Switcher (Cmd+Tab) or in Mission Control (Ctrl+Up).

Here’s a bonus – you can move content between apps in Split View by simply dragging and dropping. Need to transfer an image from your web browser to a Notes document? Simple!

Did you know about this feature or will you be racing to try it out?

#MacHacks #ProductivityBoost #SplitView

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You know as well as I do that Microsoft is always cooking up something cool.

You know as well as I do that Microsoft is always cooking up something cool. This time it’s all about boosting your device’s energy efficiency and extending precious battery life.

Let me set the scene… you’re in the middle of a productive day, bouncing between meetings, emails, and spreadsheets. Your laptop’s battery is your lifeline, and you want it to last as long as possible. That’s where the new energy saver mode in Windows 11 comes to the rescue.

Energy saver mode takes the existing battery saver feature and turns it up a notch. While it’s preserving your laptop’s battery it’s also using less energy. And here’s the really cool part – it’s not just for laptops with batteries. Desktop PCs can get in on the energy-saving action.

You can toggle this feature on and off directly from the Quick Settings panel. When it’s on, your device goes into energy-saving mode, which means it’ll use less energy from the wall.

Microsoft is also improving the Quick Settings panel, making it faster and smoother to use. And managing VPN settings in Quick Settings is getting easier – it’s a single click to turn it on or off. Simple.

There’s a new addition for Wi-Fi connectivity too. You’ll now have a refresh button in the Quick Settings Wi-Fi panel. No more hunting for the right network – just give it a refresh, and you’re good to go.

Microsoft is also rolling out some helpful notifications for Microsoft accounts on the Settings homepage. It’s all about keeping your data secure and helping you manage your subscriptions effortlessly.

If you haven’t upgraded to Windows 11 yet, what are you waiting for? Need a hand? Get in touch.

#Windows11 #EnergySaverMode #BatterySaver

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Elon Musk, recently introduced his AI chatbot called ‘Grok.’

Elon Musk, the billionaire behind rockets, electric cars, and everything in between, recently introduced his AI chatbot called ‘Grok.’ So far, so good, right? Well, it gets interesting…

Turns out, there’s another player in the tech game called Groq, and they’ve got a thing or two to say. Groq is all about AI chips, and they’ve been around for a while. They’re not mad, but they’ve got some concerns. You see, when people hear ‘Grok,’ they may think of Groq, and it’s causing a bit of confusion.

Groq’s CEO, Jonathan Ross (no, not that one), decided to have some fun with this whole situation. First, he used his own AI magic to come up with a new name for Elon’s AI – Slartibartfast. Yes, it’s from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Then, he cheekily pointed out how much faster AI runs on Groq’s chips compared to the alternative. That’s some friendly competition right there.

But now, they’ve taken it up a notch and sent Elon a ‘cease and desist’ letter. They’re keeping it light and amusing. Groq basically said, ‘Hey Elon, we’re Groq, and you’re Grok. They’re super similar, and we own the trademark. Can you change the name, pretty please?’

Ross really stands by that Slartibartfast suggestion. It’s fun, quirky, and totally in line with Elon’s idea of a sarcastic bot inspired by the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.

But why should Elon change the name? Well, apart from avoiding confusion, it’s just good manners.

Elon, being Elon, has been silent about all of this so far. Who knows if he’ll actually change the name? Do you think a potential legal battle will bother the billionaire?

#TechTales #GroqGrok #FriendlyTechBattles

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It’s been 15 incredible years since Google dropped the first stable version of our beloved Chrome browser in December 2008.

This week we celebrate a milestone that changed the way we surf the web.

Can you guess what it is?

It’s been 15 incredible years since Google dropped the first stable version of our beloved Chrome browser in December 2008.

Fast forward to today, and Chrome has become THE web browser, ruling the digital kingdom with grace and speed. With its sleek design, lightning-fast performance, and a universe of extensions, Chrome has made our online adventures smoother than ever.

Remember the days of clunky browsers and endless buffering? Thankfully, they’re a distant memory, thanks to Chrome. Now we can zip through web pages, stream our favourite shows without a hiccup, and browse the internet without a second thought.

But it’s not all about speed; Chrome has brought innovation galore. Tabbed browsing? Check! Incognito mode for those secret missions? Double check! A plethora of extensions and apps that personalise our browsing experience? Got that too!

Chrome has been a trusty sidekick on our digital journeys, from late-night research sessions to binge-watching cat videos. It’s been there for our online shopping sprees, our virtual hangouts, and even when we needed a quick translation of ‘where’s the nearest pizza place?’

So, happy birthday Google Chrome – our wingman on the web.

#GoogleChrome #15YearsOfChrome #HappyBirthday

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Today’s news is a bit of a mixed bag.

Today’s news is a bit of a mixed bag. You know that trusty Microsoft 365 browser extension that millions of us have been using to easily access our Microsoft 365 apps and documents on the web? Well, it’s time to say ‘bye bye’ because it’s going to retire on the 15th of January.

I wish I could tell you the exact reason behind this retirement, but Microsoft hasn’t spilled the beans. They’re keeping it a bit of a mystery. But hey, at least they’ve given us a heads-up on when it’s happening.

In their own words, Microsoft said, ‘The Microsoft 365 browser extension (formerly named Office browser extension) is a free extension available on Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome that gives you access to your Microsoft 365 apps and documents on the web. This extension will reach retirement and end of support on January 15th, 2024.’

After that date, it won’t get any more security updates, bug fixes, or support. You won’t find it in the Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome web stores either. It’s a sad farewell to an old friend.

You may be wondering why they’re doing this. Microsoft could be trying to steer us towards other ways of accessing Microsoft 365. Take, for example, the Edge Sidebar, which already has a spot for Microsoft 365.

Both the Microsoft 365 browser extension and the Edge Sidebar do pretty much the same thing – quick access to Microsoft 365 apps and documents. Clicking on a document in either of them opens it in a new tab. But if you’re using Google Chrome and Microsoft 365, you might be feeling a little left out.

Oh, and there’s another cool thing to explore – the Edge Sidebar now has a Copilot icon and a shortcut to Copilot with Bing Chat (formerly known as just Bing Chat). It’s all part of Microsoft’s plan to guide us towards using Copilot, and it makes sense to direct us to the Edge Sidebar.

So, while we’re saying goodbye to the Microsoft 365 browser extension, we’re also opening the door to new possibilities. Microsoft simply wants us to have the best experience.

Will this change how you use Microsoft 365?

#Microsoft365 #NewBeginnings #BrowserExtensions

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled Q, a powerful AI chatbot designed specifically for businesses

At its AWS re:Invent conference, Amazon Web Services (AWS) unveiled Q, a powerful AI chatbot designed specifically for businesses. What sets Q apart from the rest? According to Amazon, its focus on security and privacy, which makes it a fantastic tool for businesses of all sizes.

First things first, Q is all about helping businesses leverage their data to the max. With this chatbot, you can generate valuable content from your own company’s data. Imagine the possibilities!

Q comes in two subscription tiers that won’t break the bank – the Business option at just $20 (around £15) a month and the Builder option at $25 (around £20) a month. Let’s break down what each tier brings to the table:

Business option: This tier is your go-to if you want to streamline operations and boost productivity. Q helps you solve problems and uncover valuable insights from your company data.

Builder option: The Builder tier is tailored for developers or IT professionals. Here Q ups its game by assisting with debugging and coding. It can even help you decode unfamiliar lines of code and optimise them. That pesky Java upgrade? Q can handle that too!

Let’s talk privacy. AWS is serious about keeping your data safe. Rest assured, Amazon Q will never use your content to train its AI models. Your business secrets remain your own.

This new addition to AWS’s arsenal is a testament to their commitment to making complex tech accessible to everyone.

Sure, the market is competitive, with other companies offering their own chatbots for enterprises. But Q is here to make its mark with its unique blend of features and robust security.

Would you be tempted to choose Amazon Q over other AI chatbots for your business?

#AmazonQ #BusinessTech #AIAssistant

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Google Drive is investigating reports that it lost files for a small number of people. Have you been affected?

Have you heard? Google Drive is investigating reports that it lost files for a small number of people. Have you been affected?

An increasing number of people are worried, and Google has confirmed that they are actively looking into it. While we don’t have all the details yet, Google mentions that it’s a sync issue with the Drive desktop app and has offered some recommendations while they work on a fix.

What should you do if you’re facing this problem?

Firstly, don’t click ‘Disconnect account’ in the Drive for desktop app and don’t move or delete the app’s data folder on your hard drive. Google also suggests making a copy of the app data folder.

Some people have taken matters into their own hands and found temporary solutions. But I’d advise waiting for Google’s official guidance.

This situation reminds us why having reliable backups is crucial. Even Google Drive can have problems.

You should create a simple 3-2-1 strategy for your business data: Three copies, stored on two different types of media, with one copy in a different physical location.

You can combine local hard drives with an off-site cloud backup for a rock-solid solution. Don’t forget; you can even make backups of your cloud storage files. For instance, with Google Drive, you can use Google Takeout to create a zip folder of your files elsewhere.

If you’ve already been affected by the Drive syncing issue, I understand it’s a bit late to make backups. However, it’s an excellent reminder for all of us to fine-tune our business’s backup plans.

If that’s something I can help you with, get in touch.

#GoogleDrive #BackUp #LostData

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Let’s talk about two things that have been making waves this year: AI, and cyber threats.

Let’s talk about two things that have been making waves this year: AI, and cyber threats. In fact, AI has enabled a big change in the way cyber criminals are targeting businesses like yours.

Typically, the summer months see a dip in hacking attempts and malware scams. Because even cyber criminals need a holiday.

But 2023 has bucked this trend dramatically. According to a report from Avast, cyber attacks spiked during July and August, with their tools blocking over a billion attacks each month – that’s a new record.

AI has made these attacks easier to execute and more potent. It’s a game-changer, not just for us but for cyber criminals too.

But don’t let this put you off AI. It’s still an incredible tool that’s revolutionising our world. What we need to do is stay informed and vigilant.

If you could do with some help understanding the opportunities and risks AI presents to your business, get in touch.

#CyberSecurity #AI #StaySafeOnline

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Monitoring your music…how does it work? It’s all about the algorithm, of course.

As we approach the end of another year, there’s something other than Christmas that’s hotly anticipated (among music fans at least), and that’s your personalised Spotify Wrapped.

Sure, we all love a good holiday tune, but let’s face it, our musical tastes run deeper than ‘Jingle Bell Rock’ and ‘All I Want for Christmas Is You’. And that’s where Spotify Wrapped comes in.

Dropping every December like a fresh snowfall, Spotify Wrapped offers subscribers a fun, visual snapshot of their listening habits over the past year. It’s been described as ‘kind of like a personality quiz but for your musical year.’

How does it work? It’s all about the algorithm, of course.

Spotify tracks your listening data from January to October, tallying up everything from play count to genre preference to favourite artists. For a track to be officially added to your Wrapped stats, you need to listen to it for at least 30 seconds.

This data then gets wrapped up (pun intended) into a neat, social media-friendly package that lets you see—and share—your top artists, most-streamed songs, and even how many minutes you spent jamming out.

But here’s the best part: Spotify Wrapped isn’t just a personal scorecard, it can also be a social event. Why not make it a bit of office fun? Encourage your team to share their Wrapped results and see who spent the most time listening to podcasts, who’s the biggest pop fan, or who discovered the coolest new artists. It’s a great way to bond with your colleagues and maybe even discover some new tunes for your office playlist.

What will be your most listened to track this year?

#SpotifyWrapped #ListeningTastes #FunFriday

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Ever found yourself desperately needing to access your Windows tools, but you’re miles away from your PC?

Ever found yourself desperately needing to access your Windows tools, but you’re miles away from your PC?

Maybe you prefer the portability of your Android or iPhone?

Well, I’ve got some Microsoft news that will make you happy… the new Windows app. It really is the game-changer that could make Windows 11 more accessible than ever, right from your pocket.

This app is designed to let you access Windows on Android devices, iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Imagine being able to stream a copy of Windows 10 or 11 from Azure Virtual Desktop, Microsoft Dev Box, Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Service, Windows 365, or even a remote PC.

But what does this mean for you and your employees?

Think about the convenience and flexibility it offers. You can be on the go, yet have all your essential Windows tools at your fingertips. A bit like carrying your office around with you, without the bulk. No more limitations, and no more waiting until you get back to your PC. Plus, the app comes with features that make Windows usable on other devices, like resolution scaling, mouse and keyboard support, and redirection for peripherals like webcams and printers.

Imagine you’re working remotely, in a coffee shop, with just your iPad. With this app, you can use the front-mounted camera as your webcam for that important business meeting. Or connect your iPhone to an external display wirelessly via AirPlay, then use the Windows app to run a copy of Windows on the display while using your iPhone as a touchscreen to control the mouse pointer.

Don’t let that confuse you… just know this new app will simplify the process of using Microsoft services on non-Microsoft devices. It’s flexible, convenient, and efficient – just what we all need.

At the moment, the Windows App is in its preview form and only supports business and school accounts. It’s likely you’ll also be able to log in with your personal Windows account when the app is out of preview.

Will you encourage the use of this one across your business?

#Microsoft #WindowsApp #Android

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Google Chrome is testing a new feature called ‘Probabilistic Memory Saver Mode’

Google Chrome is testing a new feature called ‘Probabilistic Memory Saver Mode’… and that had me intrigued wondering what it was!

I did some digging so you don’t have to. It’s designed to help your computer work smarter, not harder. It essentially ‘snoozes’ tabs that you haven’t visited in a while, freeing up precious RAM (memory) for the tabs you’re actively using.

Here’s where it gets interesting: this mode uses probability distributions to estimate the likelihood of a tab being revisited based on its current state. So, if you’ve got a multitude of tabs open (we all know that feeling), Chrome will assign a probability score to each one. This score represents the chance of each tab being reopened.

Pretty smart, huh?

Now, I know what you’re thinking: ‘That sounds great, but what’s the catch?’ Well, with every innovation comes a trade-off. If you do go back to those snoozed tabs, it might take them a little longer to load. But hey, isn’t a small wait worth the extra memory space?

As of now, this feature hasn’t been officially released and is still under testing in Google Chrome Canary version 121. But don’t worry, if you’re struggling with a sluggish system or need some tips to free up or add memory to your devices, I’m here to help. Just message me.

#GoogleChrome #TechNews #MemorySaver

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Do you remember the magic of instant photography back in the days when it was film not digital?

Do you remember the magic of instant photography back in the days when it was film not digital? The thrill of waiting for an image to materialise before your eyes? Well, it all started on this day in 1948 with the release of the first commercial instant camera – the Polaroid Land Camera Model 95.

It was a chilly November day in Boston. Shoppers at the Jordan Marsh department store were buzzing around, hunting for perfect Christmas gifts. Suddenly, a new item caught their eyes – a sleek, portable camera that promised sepia-toned photographs in just about a minute. No more waiting for film development, no more guessing if the shot turned out right. Instant gratification in the palm of your hand.

Polaroid thought they had enough stock to last through the holiday season, but guess what? All 57 units and all the film sold out on the very first day.

The genius behind this game-changer was none other than Edwin H. Land, the company’s founder, whose name the camera proudly bore. The Model 95 set the stage for Polaroid’s flagship product line, making the name ‘Polaroid’ synonymous with instant film and the cameras that used them.

In 1950, true black-and-white instant film came along, and by 1963, we finally had colour film. Polaroid continued to produce their instant film cameras until 2008, leaving a legacy of instant memories captured and cherished.

Have you ever owned a Polaroid camera? Do you prefer this old-school way of capturing a memory to today’s digital alternative?

#Polaroid #HistoryOfPhotography #InstantGratification

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Have you ever found yourself needing to quickly remove or replace the background in a photo?

Have you ever found yourself needing to quickly remove or replace the background in a photo?

It’s something we all need to do, whether it’s to post a team photo without sensitive info in the background, or to send something to a client.

Good news: If you use Windows 11, this is going to be easy peasy. Microsoft’s Photos app is rolling out a new feature to strip away or replace the background in a snap.

Not only can you remove the background with the click of a button, but you can also replace it with any solid colour of your choice. And if you want to paste the foreground object elsewhere, you can simply copy it to your clipboard or save the pic as is.

How cool is that?

The Photos app will also make it easy to share a photo that’s backed up on OneDrive. Right-click on the photo, send a link via email, or copy the link for pasting wherever necessary. This is the kind of efficiency we want and need.

Microsoft has also applied other performance and stability updates to improve the Slideshow feature, navigation between tabs, and opening images.

We can’t wait to give this one a try – can you?

#Microsoft #Windows11 #PhotosApp

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PowerToys is a suite of utilities designed to make your life easier – and no, it doesn’t come with a cape, though it should.

Bet you’ve been here: You desperately need to copy a piece of text, but it’s simply not selectable. Perhaps it’s an error code in a pop-up message or a key piece of information on a website.

Frustrating, isn’t it?

Guess what? There is a solution, and it lies within the mighty realm of Microsoft PowerToys.

PowerToys is a suite of utilities designed to make your life easier – and no, it doesn’t come with a cape, though it should.

One of these utilities is the Text Extractor module. This little tool is like a magic wand for unselectable text. All you need to do is ensure that the Text Extractor is enabled (check this by clicking on the PowerToys system tray icon and moving the Text Extractor toggle to the ‘On’ position).

To summon this tool use the shortcut Windows + Shift + T. However, if you find this combination as awkward as trying to shake hands with an octopus, you can change it to something more comfortable in the Text Extractor section of PowerToys.

And there’s more. If you’re multilingual and have more than one language configured on your computer, you can choose which one Text Extractor should use by default. Simply select your preferred language from the drop-down menu in the Text Extractor section.

Once you’ve pressed the Text Extractor keyboard shortcut, a floating toolbar will appear at the top of your screen. This is your gateway to text capture options. You can even choose how your captured text will be formatted – as a single line or as a table.

After you’ve drawn your selection box around the text, it will be whisked away to your clipboard, ready for pasting. Just press Ctrl + V to paste the text into your desired location – whether that’s a word processor, a messaging app, or even an email to your favourite IT expert (that’s me, in case you were wondering).

So, there you have it – a simple solution to a frustrating problem. Where there’s a will, there’s a way… and if you need help finding any more cool tricks, get in touch.

#MicrosoftPowerToys #TextExtractor #ITTips

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Ever felt like your team is becoming disconnected from the company culture?

In this era of remote work, have you ever felt like your team is becoming disconnected from the company culture?

You’re not the only one.

The challenge of keeping remote workers connected to our shared goals and values is one that many employers are struggling with.

Recent data paints a concerning picture: A growing chasm between remote workers and their sense of purpose within the company. This disconnect can lead to a transactional, ‘gig-like’ relationship, threatening the very loyalty that holds our teams together.

But there’s no need for despair. Enter Microsoft Teams, a beacon of hope in these challenging times. Why Microsoft Teams, you might ask? It’s an indispensable tool for remote work, much like a compass for a ship at sea.

Microsoft Teams ensures smooth sailing for your day-to-day operations. From quick catch-ups to major meetings, Teams serves as your central communication hub.

There’s also Viva Engage. Have you tried it? It’s Microsoft’s enterprise social network, formerly known as Yammer. This tool is the perfect complement to Teams, designed specifically to bolster employee engagement.

According to a recent study, nearly half (48%) of companies are already using enterprise social apps, while 26% are utilising team-building apps.

These digital platforms build communities across roles, departments, and even countries, allowing remote workers to feel part of the larger whole.

But let’s not forget that technology alone isn’t the solution. It’s how we use these tools that truly matters. And of course, encouraging face-to-face conversation where possible is also a big help.

How do you make sure your remote workers remain engaged?

#MicrosoftTeams #RemoteWork #CompanyCulture

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Could games at work really be productive?

What if I told you that the secret to boosting productivity at work might just lie within… Candy Crush Saga? Yes, you read that right.

New research conducted by King, the parent company of Candy Crush Saga, has found that playing games during work hours could potentially make employees more productive.

Surprised? So was I.

According to the study, more than two-thirds (69%) of office workers play games on their phones during working hours. And about a third of them claim it helps them refocus (34%) or de-stress (30%).

Up to 70% of Gen Z workers are concerned about their boss’s perception. Yet, the data suggests that regular breaks, including those spent gaming, could be beneficial for productivity.

Only around 37% of office workers take regular breaks, and a mere 59% of Boomer workers take their full lunch break. Compare this with 81% of Gen Z workers taking their full break, and you start to see a pattern.

Now, I’m not suggesting we all become professional Candy Crush players (although how fun would that be?), but this research does highlight the need for different working methods. A career expert, quoted in the study, rightly points out that us humans cannot always give 100% effort. We need time to relax and recharge. And if a quick game of Candy Crush does the trick, why not?

So, perhaps it’s time to rethink our approach to breaks and productivity? Would you encourage this for your team?

#Productivity #GamingAtWork #CandyCrushStudy

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OpenAI has just dropped a game-changer: the GPT-4 Turbo.

OpenAI has just dropped a game-changer: the GPT-4 Turbo.

The latest, most advanced iteration of their large language models (LLM), it could again revolutionise how we interact with AI. But what’s all the fuss about?

First off, GPT-4 Turbo is likely to become your favourite AI assistant. It’s been trained on information up until April 2023, an upgrade from its predecessor’s cut-off in September 2021. This means it can now reference events and developments that happened this year.

But it doesn’t stop there. GPT-4 Turbo features a 128,000-token context window – the equivalent of around 300 pages of text. That’s an entire novel’s worth of conversation you could have without the AI going off on a tangent. Remember that time when Bing Chat expressed its desire to be human? Well, with GPT-4 Turbo, such creepy responses should be a thing of the past.

And the cherry on top? It’s cheaper! At £0.01 per 1,000 input tokens (~750 words) and £0.03 per 1,000 output tokens, it’s three times cheaper than previous versions. Your budget will thank you.

What’s more, GPT-4 Turbo is a whizz at following instructions, supports images, text-to-speech, and even offers DALL-E 3 integration to generate images. Plus, it comes with a new copyright shield, taking legal responsibility for copyright infringement.

However, with great power comes great responsibility. GPT-4 Turbo is more capable than ever, but it’s crucial to stay aware of potential drawbacks. Remember, it’s all our jobs to ensure that this powerful tool is used wisely and ethically.

Are you raring to give GPT-4 Turbo a try?

#OpenAI #GPT4Turbo #AIUpdate

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The crown jewel of this latest Winows update is undoubtedly Copilot AI

Microsoft’s latest update for Windows 11 brought us a treasure trove of new features, including a redesigned File Explorer, built-in cloud backup, and even a dark mode for MS Paint (because who doesn’t love painting masterpieces at midnight, right?). But the crown jewel of this update is undoubtedly Copilot AI. It’s like Bing Sidebar on steroids.

Copilot AI offers local actions like switching on dark mode, taking screenshots, and more, all at the click of a button. Sounds cool, right? But what if you’re still on Windows 10?

According to Windows Central, Copilot AI might soon be coming to your rescue too.

Microsoft believes bringing Copilot AI to Windows 10 could help more people harness the power of its AI chatbot. As of September this year, Windows 11 was only installed on 23% of PCs worldwide, while Windows 10 runs on a massive 71% (that rogue 6% are doing their own thing).

An upcoming update will reportedly install Copilot directly onto your Windows 10 taskbar, offering the same seamless experience as on Windows 11.

And we hear whispers of an extension to Windows 10’s end-of-support date beyond 2025…

Microsoft has big dreams for Copilot, hoping it can boost productivity and revolutionise how we interact with computers. But to make this dream a reality, Microsoft needs to show everyone the real value of Copilot – how it can enhance your Windows experience while protecting your privacy and security.

However, let’s not sideline Windows 11. With its sleek design and innovative features, it’s still worth considering an upgrade. After all, who wouldn’t want to be at the forefront of technology?

As of now, Copilot is only available in select regions, but Microsoft plans to expand soon. Keep your eyes peeled.

And if you need help making the move to Windows 11, get in touch.

#Microsoft #CopilotAI #WindowsUpdate

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The 21st of November 1969… a date that might not ring a bell immediately.

The 21st of November 1969… a date that might not ring a bell immediately. But it’s a date of monumental importance in the world of technology.

On this very day, 54 years ago, the first permanent link was established between UCLA and the Stanford Research Institute on the ARPANet. And what’s the big deal, you ask? Well, this connection laid the foundation for what we now know as the internet.

Yes, the mighty internet – the backbone of our modern world, the invisible thread connecting us all – was born out of this humble connection.

Think about it. Without this momentous event, would we be able to Google anything and everything under the sun? Could we have survived the pandemic without Zoom meetings and Netflix binges? How would we ever know what our old school friends had for lunch if not for Instagram?

As business owners, we’ve come to rely on the internet more than ever. From reaching out to customers across the globe to managing remote teams, the internet has truly become a lifeline for our operations. Can you imagine running your business without it? I’d rather not!

So, here’s to the birth of the internet! It’s been a wild ride, and the journey is far from over. As we navigate it, let’s take a moment to appreciate how far we’ve come since that first link was established.

And remember, no matter how much technology evolves, it’s the human connections that make it meaningful.

#InternetBirthDay #OnThisDay #TechHistory

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Has all your storage space disappeared after upgrading to Windows 11?

Has all your storage space disappeared after upgrading to Windows 11?

You’re not alone!

The upgrade process creates a copy of your previous installation as a safeguard, in case any issues arise during the setup. However, once the upgrade is successful, these files linger around, eating up precious storage space. This can be a huge problem for devices with limited capacity.

How much space are we talking about here? Well, it could be as much as 12GB or more, depending on your previous configuration. Imagine all the photos, videos, and documents you could store with that extra space.

But don’t worry, there’s good news. Windows 11 includes a handy feature that allows you to delete these redundant files and reclaim your space.

Here’s how:

1. Open Settings
2. Click on System
3. Click on Storage
4. Click the Temporary files page on the right-side
5. Clear all the preselected items (if applicable)
6. Check the ‘Previous Windows installation(s)’ option
7. Click the Remove files button

Like magic, all those unnecessary files will be removed, and you’ll have your storage space back.

Of course, I can help if you’d rather someone else take care of it, or if you’re having a bigger problem with storage space. Get in touch. My team can help.

#StorageSpace #Windows11 #upgrade

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Generative AI has been a game-changer since OpenAI’s ChatGPT made its debut.

Generative AI has been a game-changer since OpenAI’s ChatGPT made its debut. It can chat like a human, produce images, and even answer our most burning questions. But at what cost?

It uses masses of data scraped from the web, including images published by artists and photographers – without consent or compensation. Sounds unfair, doesn’t it?

Enter Nightshade.

This clever tool, developed by a team of researchers, can ‘poison’ the training data by adding invisible pixels to artwork before it’s uploaded to the web.

The result? It confuses the AI training model, causing it to produce erroneous images. Imagine a dog turning into a cat, or a car morphing into a cow.

Ben Zhao, the professor leading the Nightshade team, believes this could shift the power balance back to artists and serve as a warning to tech firms that disrespect copyright and intellectual property rights.

Nightshade will be open-source when it’s released, so others can refine it and make it more effective. However, it should be used as a ‘last defence for content creators against web scrapers,’ the team advised.

Meanwhile, OpenAI allows artists to remove their work from its training data, but the process has been described as extremely onerous. Making this process easier might discourage artists from using Nightshade, saving OpenAI and others from potential disruption.

Do you think disruption is the answer here, or is there a better solution?

#ArtistsRights #GenerativeAI #Nightshade

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40 years ago today, a young man named Bill Gates made a bold promise.

Flashback alert! Today, we’re throwing it back to a time when shoulder pads were all the rage and E.T. was phoning home. Yep, we’re talking about the 1980s – more specifically, the 10th of November 1983.

40 years ago today, a young man named Bill Gates made a bold promise.

With all the confidence of someone who had just finished their Rubik’s cube, he announced the upcoming release of Windows, a fancy new graphical user interface for Microsoft DOS-based systems.

He promised to ship it by April 1984. Let’s just say that deadline came and went faster than a DeLorean at 88mph.

It wasn’t until November 1985 (yes, more than a year later) that Windows 1.0 finally saw the light of day. But hey, all good things come to those who wait, right?

Windows 1 and 2 were like the forgotten middle children of the family. They were there, they did their bit, but it was Windows 3 that really stole the show.

Here’s to 40 years of Microsoft Windows, the software that gave us Clippy, the Blue Screen of Death, and the iconic startup sound that still gives ’90s kids a warm, fuzzy feeling.

#MicrosoftWindows #40Years #TechThrowback

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Ever thought of controlling your keyboard and mouse with just a tilt of your head?

Ever thought of controlling your keyboard and mouse with just a tilt of your head? Sounds like sci-fi, doesn’t it? Well, not anymore. Google’s ChromeOS is getting an AI-powered boost that will allow you to do just that.

This new feature will be tucked under accessibility options for cursor and touchpad settings. Once enabled, you can say “bye bye” to your mouse and keyboard, letting your face do all the work.

But how exactly does this work?

We’re still waiting for the official word from Google. But one thing’s for sure, this technological leap could be a game-changer for people with mobility restraints or those who prefer hands-free computing.

Is it comfortable knowing Google is tracking your face? The answer may vary for different people. But let’s not forget, this isn’t Google’s first rodeo in making their devices more accessible. Remember the recent update on Google Maps that introduced a screen reader for blind or low-vision users? It seems Google is on a mission to make technology more inclusive, and we’re here for it.

Chromebooks are known for their user-friendly operating system and praised for their simplicity and productivity prowess. But while we marvel at these advancements, I still wouldn’t recommend Chromebooks for business use. Why, you ask? As impressive as these features are, they’re still in their infancy and can be inflexible. Businesses typically need more robust solutions.

What technology would you like to see made more accessible next?

#Chromebook #accessibility #AI

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Noticed anything different about your friendly AI assistant, Google Bard?

Noticed anything different about your friendly AI assistant, Google Bard?

Remember when Bard used to take its time, composing its responses in full before gracing us with its AI wisdom? Well, not anymore.

Much like its counterparts ChatGPT and Bing Chat, Google Bard is now delivering responses in real-time. That means its response appears on your screen as it’s being generated.

Have you experienced this new feature yet? Bard hasn’t officially updated its changelog, but I promise it’s there. Try loading Bard on the web, and you’ll see a message indicating this change.

Not a fan? Don’t worry, you can revert to the old response style by clicking the cog icon and choosing ‘Respond once complete’.

Why is this a big deal, you ask? 🧐 Well, despite being a cosmetic change, real-time responses add a touch of human-like interaction. It’s like having a conversation with a friend who responds while you’re still talking (we all have that one friend, right?). Plus, you can cut off the response to save time if it’s not going the way you want.

Although, let’s not forget that it’s not about how they answer, but the quality of their responses that truly matters.

What do you think about this update? Do you use a chatbot regularly? If so, which one do you prefer and why?

#GoogleBard #RealTimeResponse #AIChatbot

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Microsoft has upped its game with its security features

Good news: Microsoft has upped its game with the security features it rolled out as part of its October 2023 Windows 11 update. And it’s making your digital experience safer and more secure than ever before.

In the latest release, Microsoft introduces innovative features like a new page to manage passkeys for apps and websites, a ‘Presence Sensing’ feature and a cloud backup application for your apps, settings, and credentials.

The ‘Presence Sensing’ feature is particularly interesting. It allows you to control devices that can determine your presence near the computer. You can even set it to lock your device when you leave while an external display is connected. Now that’s smart.

Passkeys are another addition to enhance security. They replace passwords on Windows 11 for accessing a growing number of applications. Say goodbye to remembering complex passwords and hello to easy, secure access.

The cherry on top? The Windows Backup application. This new feature allows you to back up your files, settings, apps, and credentials to your OneDrive account. It’s not just about data safety, but also about making transitions smoother when switching computers.

There’s also an Enhanced Phishing Protection. As part of this, Windows 11 will now warn you when copying and pasting an unsafe password. That’s yet another extra layer of protection.

Have you installed the October 2023 update yet? Or maybe you’re still on the fence about upgrading to Windows 11? My team can help – get in touch if you need a hand.

#Windows11 #MicrosoftUpdate #CyberSecurity

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Have you heard about the latest thing Microsoft is doing to keep you using its browser, Edge?

Have you heard about the latest thing Microsoft is doing to keep you using its browser, Edge? It might raise your eyebrows…

When you use Edge to download Google Chrome, Microsoft now presents you with a poll asking why you’re looking for an alternative. Yes, it wants to know why you’re straying away from its browser.

This is not the first time we’ve seen the company pushing hard to make Edge your default choice. If you use Edge you will have seen the constant ads, banners, and pop-ups nudging you to stick with it. But this new tactic takes things to a whole new level, don’t you think?

Here’s how it works: You open Edge, head to the Chrome download page, and as soon as the download begins, Microsoft throws up a sidebar with a survey. ‘Why do you need another browser?’ it asks. It’s a question that could be seen as both straightforward and confrontational.

So, what does this mean for us, business owners and managers? Is this just a harmless survey or a passive aggressive step from Microsoft? And more importantly, would it encourage you to stick with Edge instead of Chrome?

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. Comment below if you think Microsoft is overstepping its boundaries.

#MicrosoftEdge #GoogleChrome #BrowserWars

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Do you create graphics for presentations or something else at work?

Do you create graphics for presentations or something else at work? Want them to look better AND save time? Microsoft Designer can help you improve your design game.

It’s a user-friendly web application that lets you create graphics for many purposes, from social media posts to invitations. And the best part? It’s as easy as typing a description.

With the integration of DALL-E, an AI language model from OpenAI, you can transform your text descriptions into stunning visuals. But if you’re feeling more hands-on, you can also choose a blank page and create your masterpiece from scratch.

It’s an online tool and you use it in the browser.

Click the link below and sign in with your Microsoft account. You’ll see a prompt box and some graphic samples. The prompt box lets you describe what you want designed, while the samples can inspire you if you’re feeling stuck. And if you want to add your own images, you can do that too.

Once you’ve got your design, you can customise it as much as you want. The toolbar offers a range of settings, including starting a new design, browsing previous designs, and duplicating, resizing, or renaming your current design. And when you’re finally ready to unveil your masterpiece, you can download it as a ‘.png,’ ‘.jpg,’ or ‘.pdf.’

Go and have a play right now. Is this the design tool you’ve been waiting for?

#MicrosoftDesigner #GraphicDesign #BusinessTips

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What do you picture when you think of ‘the cloud’? Fluffy white formations floating in a blue sky?

Let me ask you a question: What do you picture when you think of ‘the cloud’? Fluffy white formations floating in a blue sky? Or perhaps a digital realm where your data goes to hibernate?

I bet you didn’t think of a sheet of glass, did you?

Microsoft’s Project Silica could change how data is stored in the cloud. It’s been four years since we first heard about this game-changing initiative. Back then, they managed to squeeze the entire 1978 Superman movie onto a piece of glass no bigger than a drink coaster.

Fast forward to today, and they’re not just storing superhero flicks. This technology can now hold a huge 7TB of data. That’s around 3,500 movies or 1.75 million songs. Enough entertainment to last you over half a year or keep you humming along for 13 years.

But it’s not just about storing your favourite tunes or films. Microsoft is repositioning Project Silica as a revolutionary cloud storage solution. Unlike our current magnetic media that has a finite lifespan (and isn’t too kind on the environment), this glass storage is resilient, sustainable, and designed to last 10,000 years.

Data is written onto the glass using a laser system and read back using a quick-moving microscope and AI decoding. It’s even got a hi-tech robot to fetch and retrieve the glass panels when needed.

There’s still work to be done before Project Silica is ready for the big leagues. But just imagine the possibilities: A world where your data is stored not in some intangible cloud, but on a tangible, resilient piece of glass. A world where data storage is not just efficient, but also sustainable.

Think this could be revolutionary? Or dangerous in the wrong pair of (slippery) hands?

#ProjectSilica #CloudStorage #SustainableTech

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Ever wondered what skills AI could help you learn?

Ever wondered what skills AI could help you learn?

Maybe it’s a complex coding language? Perhaps you’re hoping to master the art of multitasking?

Here’s a fun twist: Mark Zuckerberg recently used AI to learn… how to braid his daughter’s hair.

Yes, you read that right.

In a promotional clip for Meta’s new Smart Glasses Collection with Ray-Ban, Zuckerberg gives us a glimpse into his hair-styling adventures. ‘Hey Meta, how do you make a braid?’ he asks, as his smart glasses guide him through the steps. The result? A neat little braid, and a proud dad who’s just leveled up in hairstyling. And then with a verbal command he gets his glasses to take a photo and send it.

It’s a charming and humorous example of AI stepping in to lend a hand (or in this case, an extra pair of eyes). But it also raises a question: Beyond braiding and baking, how much more can AI contribute to our daily lives? Is there a boundary that separates useful from intrusive? And how can we ensure that AI serves us without sidestepping our privacy?

While the jury is still out on these questions, one thing is clear: AI is here to stay, evolving and transforming our lives in ways we could never have imagined.

So tell me, what skills would you like AI to help you with, now and in the future? If Zuckerberg can learn to braid with AI, who knows what else we can achieve!

#AI #FutureOfWork #MetaGlasses

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Let’s go back to the 2nd of November 1988 – 35 years ago today

Let’s go back to the 2nd of November 1988 – 35 years ago today – an infamous day in the history of the early internet.
Young Robert Morris, a Cornell University student, embarked on a research project. His goal? To find out just how big the early internet really was.

So, he launched a self-replicating worm (a harmless one, he thought) to help him count the number of computers connected to it.

Simple, right? Sadly no.

Due to a tiny hiccup (read: programming error), this ‘Morris Worm’ took on a life of its own. Instead of politely knocking on each computer’s door and asking, ‘Are you connected to the internet?’, it kept relentlessly barging in, again and again, causing the digital equivalent of a traffic jam.

The result?

Around 6,000 machines (10% of the internet at that time) ended up infected. Government and university systems faced significant downtime for two days. It was a huge wake-up call that the internet would need security.

Morris, unfortunately, didn’t get a pat on the back for his ambitious project. Instead, he was dismissed from Cornell, given three years probation, and handed a $10,000 (just over £8,000) fine. A steep price to pay for an experiment gone wrong, wouldn’t you say?

So, as we commemorate the anniversary of the Morris Worm, let’s remember: With great power (or programming skills) comes great responsibility. And if you ever plan to launch your own digital worm, make sure it knows when to stop knocking!

#TechHistory #MorrisWorm #InternetTrivia

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What’s worse than your coffee machine breaking down on a Wednesday morning?

Here’s a riddle for you: What’s worse than your coffee machine breaking down on a Wednesday morning?

Falling victim to tech support fraud.

“What’s tech support fraud?”, you ask.

You’re working away when a pop-up appears on your screen. It looks like a security alert from a trusted company like Amazon or Microsoft. It convinces you to call a freephone number and before you know it, you’ve handed over control of your computer – and your wallet – to scammers.

Sounds like a nightmare, right?

Good news. Amazon and Microsoft have teamed up with India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to combat this menace. They’ve conducted intensive searches, seized devices, and frozen numerous bank accounts.

Their joint mission: to create a safer online ecosystem for all of us.

But while they’re doing their bit, we need to do ours too. How? By me educating you, and you educating your team about these scams. Look out for red flags, like unsolicited pop-ups or calls. And if you suspect you’ve been targeted, don’t panic – head to Microsoft’s website for guidance, or better still give my team a call.

#TechSupportFraud #Microsoft #Amazon

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Picture this: It’s the year 2030 and your AI assistant asks you a question…

Picture this: It’s the year 2030. You’re at your desk, but instead of typing away on your computer or checking your phone for updates, you’re interacting with an AI assistant that not only understands what you’re trying to do, but also helps you get it done.

Sounds like something out of a movie, right?

Well, according to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, this could be our future reality. At Microsoft’s recent Envision Tour, Nadella boldly claimed that AI will be ‘bigger than the PC, bigger than mobile.’ He can see a future where AI doesn’t take jobs but aids people in doing their jobs better.

The star of the show was Copilot, Microsoft’s AI assistant. From speeding up coding processes to integrating into GitHub, it’s clear that Copilot isn’t just a fancy gadget—it’s a tool designed to make our work easier.

But here’s the million-dollar question from me: Can you see AI taking over jobs, or do you agree with Nadella’s vision of AI as a work aid?

As business owners, we always have to stay one step ahead of the game. And if AI is indeed going to be so important in the future, then it’s crucial we understand how it can benefit our businesses and employees.

After all, who wouldn’t want a personal assistant that never takes a break?

But let’s not get too carried away. Nadella’s vision, although exciting, relies heavily on the accessibility of AI technology. And while the idea of having a personalised tutor or doctor in our pockets sounds amazing, it’s still a bit of a stretch from the current reality of what AI can and can’t do.

So, what’s your take? Do you think AI will be that much of a game-changer within a decade?

#Microsoft #AI #FutureOfWork

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Meet WhatsApp’s self-destructing voice note feature.

WhatsApp is currently testing a new feature that could change the way we communicate – but is it really what your business needs?

Meet WhatsApp’s self-destructing voice note feature. You record a voice note, send it, and then…it vanishes into thin air. No chance to replay, no option to save or forward. It’s here one moment, gone the next.

This new feature, called ‘View Once,’ is being touted as a “new layer of privacy” by Meta.

But before you get too excited, let’s take a step back. Is this really the best tool for sharing sensitive business information? Think about it. Yes, the voice note disappears after being listened to once, which could potentially reduce ‘the risk of your personal or sensitive information falling into the wrong hands.’ However, doesn’t the idea of a vital piece of business info disappearing after one listen sound a bit…risky?

Let’s face it, WhatsApp is great for casual chats and catching up with friends, but when it comes to business communication, there are better, more secure options out there. Business-specific collaboration apps, for example, offer features designed specifically for secure data sharing and team collaboration. So while WhatsApp’s new feature may sound enticing, it might not be the best fit for your business needs.

In short, while WhatsApp’s self-destructing voice notes feature is an interesting addition, it’s essential to remember that not all that glitters is gold. For secure, reliable business communication, stick to tools made for the job. After all, you wouldn’t use a hammer to fix a computer, would you?

So, what do you think? Will you be trying out this new feature? Or would you like some help finding a more suitable business-specific app?

#WhatsApp #NewFeature #BusinessCommunication

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Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of emails?

Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of emails? Like your inbox is a beast that can’t be tamed? Well Microsoft has just thrown you a lifeline.

Say hello to ‘Classic Outlook for Windows – Summarise by Copilot’. Yes, it’s a mouthful, but don’t let that put you off. This new feature is designed to boost your productivity by taking Large Language Models (LLMs) and Outlook data and turning them into your personal email summarising sidekick.

Imagine… instead of wading through lengthy email threads, you get a neat summary of the key points. It’s like having a personal assistant who reads your emails for you and gives you the TL;DR version. And who wouldn’t want that?

This tool was added to the Microsoft 365 roadmap on 12th October, and it’s due to launch in March next year. Not long till you can give it a go.

Whether you’re an email ninja or an inbox avoider, ‘Summarise by Copilot’ is here to make your life easier. With this feature, you’ll be able to conquer your inbox and stay on top of your emails like never before.

Will you be counting down the days till this is released?

(P.S. If you find yourself summarising this post to your colleagues, you’re definitely ready for ‘Summarise by Copilot’)

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Wish there was a way to streamline your work and boost productivity?

Often find yourself lost in a sea of tasks, meeting notes, and brainstorming ideas? Wish there was a way to streamline your work and boost productivity? Well, Microsoft heard our silent cries for help and has come up with a solution: Microsoft Loop.

Think of it as your digital assistant, ready to help you manage projects and collaborate effectively.

Another tool?! Yes. But Microsoft Loop’s interface is as simple and intuitive as it gets. No steep learning curves here, just smooth sailing into the world of organised, efficient work.

To get started, all you need is a Microsoft account. No fancy software or apps needed. Just hop online, sign in, you’re in the Loop.

Once you’re in, you’ll see a dashboard with different views for workspaces, recent components, and pages.

Creating a workspace is as easy as clicking the ‘Add new workspace’ button. Think of it as setting up a new office, but without the hassle of moving furniture and arguing over who gets the window seat.

Next, create a page within your workspace. This is where the magic happens. Pages are like virtual whiteboards where you can jot down ideas, create task lists, or document project progress. You can even add a little flair with an icon or cover image – because who said work can’t be fun?

And there you have it! Your first steps into the wonderful world of Microsoft Loop. So, what are you waiting for? Dive in and let me know how you find it.

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Have you ever dreamed of a world where you could change out of your work attire at the push of a button?

Have you ever dreamed of a world where you could change out of your work attire at the push of a button? Well, we’re inching closer to that reality.

Meet Dr. Christine Dierk, an Adobe research scientist who made quite the entrance at this year’s Adobe Max conference. She strutted her stuff in a fashion statement that was more than just a style choice—it was a technological marvel.

Project Primrose is a brainchild of Dr. Dierk, who holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and, fun fact, is also a talented seamstress.

It’s a revolutionary concept that combines the worlds of fashion and technology in a way we’ve never seen before. This isn’t your grandma’s knitting project. Imagine a wearable, flexible fabric that can display dynamic patterns on demand. Your favourite floral print shirt could transform into a sleek pinstripe pattern in seconds.

Talk about a fusion of passions!

Now, I know you’re thinking, ‘How does this affect my business?’ Well, imagine the applications. Uniforms that can adapt to different settings or events, promotional clothing that can update with your latest marketing campaign, or even a morale-boosting ‘fun shirt Friday’ where employees can express their creativity.

But it’s not just about what you wear. This technology can be applied to various surfaces, creating interactive environments that could revolutionise the way we engage with our surroundings.

Sure, it’s still a proof of concept, and there’s no word yet on when it will hit the market. But isn’t it exciting to think about the possibilities?

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Can you believe it’s been 22 years since Steve Jobs introduced us to the Ipod?

If you wanted to play the Happy Birthday song, how would you do it? Back in 2001, it would’ve probably been using your iPod.

Can you believe it’s been 22 years since Steve Jobs introduced us to the little gadget that could hold a whopping ‘1000 songs in your pocket?’ It was October 2001, and little did we know, our lives were about to change. Forever.

Remember Firewire connectivity? It made charging and high-speed music synchronisation a breeze. It was like having a personal DJ right in your pocket. And let’s not forget its size. Thanks to that tiny 1.8′ drive, the iPod was the pocket-sized wonder that outshone its bulkier MP3 competitors.

But oh, the heartbreak when we discovered it only worked with Macintosh computers. But you know what they say, necessity is the mother of invention. And boy, did Windows users invent. They hacked their way into iPod bliss, proving that where there’s a will (and a killer playlist), there’s a way.

And then, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, in came the iTunes Music Store in 2003. It revolutionised the music AND computer industry.

So, why am I going on this nostalgic journey? Because the iPod is more than just a gadget. It’s a testament to innovation, tenacity, and the power of a great product. As business owners, we can all learn from this. We too can create products and services that not only meet needs but change industries, and who knows, maybe even the world.

Do you remember the first song you downloaded?

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Did you know that Google has an AI-enhanced version of its search engine?

Did you know that Google has an AI-enhanced version of its search engine? Imagine if your most reliable employee had a secret superhero identity. That’s what’s happening here.

It’s called Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) and it just got a major upgrade.

First off, SGE can now generate new images. You tell it what you want, and like magic, it’ll cook up four different options for you, ready to view and download.

There’s also a written content drafting option. Just like ChatGPT, SGE can write it all. And you can of course adjust the tone, from serious to casual.

Here’s the cherry on top – both these features come with an export tool. You can save your text to Google Docs or Gmail, and your images directly to Drive or as a PNG file.

When can you get your hands on these cool new tools? They’ve already started rolling out to people signed up for Google Search Labs. Sadly just in the US for now, but I’m sure we’ll see it here soon enough.

How would you use this tool to help your business?

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Microsoft has unleashed its latest marvel upon the world: Windows 11 October 2023 Update.

Microsoft has unleashed its latest marvel upon the world: Windows 11 October 2023 Update. And this is not just another update. This is a game-changer.

It’s rolling out brand new components like Copilot, an AI companion, and a redesigned File Explorer.

Want to update your Windows now? It’s easy:

1. Navigate to Settings and enter Windows Update.
3. Flip the switch that reads ‘Get the latest updates as soon as they’re available’.
4. Summon the updates with a click of the ‘Check for updates’ button.
5. Clap your hands in excitement as you hit the ‘Download & install’ button.
6. Complete the process by clicking the Restart now button.

And just like that, you’ve stepped into the future.

If you’re ready for the update but aren’t sure where to start – or you’re ready to make the jump to Windows 11 – my team and I can help. Get in touch.

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Everyone. Hates. Passwords.

Everyone. Hates. Passwords.

They’re a total pain: Having to create them, enter them, and then enter them again when you get one character wrong.



If you agree with me, there’s very good news.

Google has officially made passkeys the new default sign-in method for all personal accounts.

What are passkeys?

Let me explain. They’re being called the ‘next evolution for online security.’ Instead of having to remember a password, you can use a simple four-digit PIN or your biometrics (that’s fancy talk for fingerprints or face recognition) to login.

And guess what? They’re also harder for bad guys to steal.

Setting up a passkey is easier than finding a decent parking space in the city centre. Just head over to Google’s official passkeys website, create a PIN or connect your biometrics, and you’re done.

But wait, there’s a catch (isn’t there always?). Your PC needs to run at least Windows 10, Macs need macOS Ventura, and smartphones need Android 9 or iOS 16. And they only work on Microsoft Edge, Safari, and Google Chrome.

If you’re a fan of password managers, good news. Some of them now support passkeys, so you can store them away from Google itself.

Or if you’re thinking “passkeys? Not on my watch!’, don’t worry. You can opt-out. Just go to the Sign-in options page, find ‘Skip Password When Possible’, and turn off the switch.

But I recommend you embrace this change.

Why the sudden change, you ask? Google says 64% of surveyed users found passkeys easier to use than traditional login methods. Plus, logging in with a passkey is 40% faster.

The passkey revolution isn’t stopping here. Google plans to make it usable across Chrome and Android, and it’s already present on Uber and eBay, with WhatsApp soon to follow. Passwords are heading for the exit!

Are you looking forward to switching to passkeys? Or will you miss passwords?

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Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself lost in a mass of browser tabs

Raise your hand if you’ve ever found yourself lost in a mass of browser tabs, squinting at each one as you try to remember why you opened it in the first place. It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack, except the haystack is made up of research, news, and that work thing you meant to read an hour ago.

But fret no more. Google has a solution to tame our unruly tabs. Google Chrome Canary (aka Chrome’s mad scientist lab for experimental features) is testing a new tool named ‘Organise Tabs’.

Click on this button, and your chaotic tabs transform into neat clusters of similar pages. It’s like your browser just went from being a wild, untamed jungle to a well-organised library. You can even rename these groups or let Chrome do its magic and categorise them automatically.

Imagine having all your work-related tabs in one group, your holiday planning tabs in another, and yes, even a separate group for those irresistible cat videos.

This feature isn’t entirely new to the browser world. Chrome has had tab groups for a while, as have Edge and Safari. But Google is upping the game by automating the process, saving us from the daunting task of manually creating and managing groups.

While there’s no official word yet on when this feature will be publicly available, we can only hope that it’s soon. Because our tabs aren’t going to organise themselves.

Are you looking forward to this one as much as I am?

#GoogleChrome #TabOrganiser #BrowserUpgrade

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Microsoft is gearing up to introduce its AI-powered assistant, Copilot, to Teams.

Ever felt like you needed a co-pilot while navigating through your workday, especially during those endless Microsoft Teams meetings? Well, your wish has been granted, as Microsoft is gearing up to introduce its AI-powered assistant, Copilot, to Teams. But the question is: Will you actually use it?

Copilot in Microsoft Teams aims to cut through those tedious admin tasks that clog up our working day, leaving us more time for what truly matters. With this new addition, Teams users can ask Copilot ‘any question’ related to their work and contacts, and use the insights to stay organised and on top of their information.

Can’t think of a specific question? No worries! Copilot will suggest prompts based on your recent meetings, most used files, or frequent contacts. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can ask a ‘free text question’ of your own creation.

The rollout of Copilot in Microsoft Teams is set to begin in November 2023 and will be available for Teams users across Windows desktop and web, Mac, Android, and iOS.

The ‘all-new’ Microsoft Teams app promises a faster, more efficient experience, consuming up to 50% less memory and disk space than classic Teams. Plus, it features Copilot, which can analyse chats and calls to provide short summaries of key points, action items, and decisions.

Using Microsoft Graph, Copilot can sift through your documents, presentations, emails, calendar invites, notes, and contacts to find the information you need and bring it all together in one place.

Will this be something you’ll get a lot of use from, or will it be another addition you’ll never use?

#MicrosoftTeams #CopilotAI #ProductivityBoost

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Google’s AI is on a mission to make these traffic lights less annoying

Ever found yourself stuck at a red light, drumming impatiently on your steering wheel, as the seconds tick by slowly? Well, you’re not alone. According to analytics company Inrix, an average driver in Seattle, over in the States, spends about 20 seconds waiting for each red light to turn green. Multiply that by the number of traffic lights and drivers, and we’re talking about a serious carbon footprint.

But what if I told you that Google’s AI is on a mission to make these traffic lights less annoying and more environmentally friendly?

Google has introduced AI software that is helping cities across four continents, including Seattle, Jakarta, Rio de Janeiro, and Hamburg, to optimise their traffic signals.

By analysing driving data from Google Maps, this project aims to reduce emissions from idling vehicles. So far, it has led to timing tweaks at 70 intersections, cutting as many as 30% of stops and 10% of emissions for 30 million cars a month.

The best part? Google’s traffic light system allows cities to work with their existing infrastructure, making it easier and less risky to adopt. And the company isn’t stopping there. It’s also expanding its fuel-efficient routing feature in Maps to India and Indonesia, and introducing flight-routing suggestions to air traffic controllers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and northwest Germany.

If it’s a big success, we could see this carried out all over the world. Next time you find yourself at a green light, cruising smoothly through the intersection, it might be thanks to Google’s AI for saving you those precious seconds… and helping to reduce our collective carbon footprint.

#GoogleAI #GreenTraffic #EcoFriendly

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Here’s some good news: Windows 11 is about to get even more awesome.

Here’s some good news: Windows 11 is about to get even more awesome.

You know how your trusty Snipping Tool has been capturing screen grabs for you, one snip at a time? Well, it’s getting a major upgrade. ‘Text Actions’ is a game-changing feature that lets you copy and paste text straight from a screenshot. Clever, right?

A new ‘Quick Redact’ function lets you hide sensitive information directly in the screenshot. No more awkward scribbles over confidential data.

And guess what? Your Android devices and PC are about to become BFFs, thanks to Windows 11’s Phone Link feature. Syncing has never been this easy.

Now let’s talk about the Photos app. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, a new Background Blur option is being added based on feedback. Want to make your subject pop by blurring out the background? Done! Need to control the intensity of the blur or select specific areas to blur? They’ve got you.

And here’s the cherry on top – the new ‘Content Search’ capability for photos backed up on OneDrive. Using advanced image detection software, Microsoft will now scan and label your photos with searchable tags. You can even search for photos based on location, across local files, OneDrive, and Apple’s iCloud.

Microsoft is clearly working tirelessly to make our lives easier one update at a time. And as a business owner, that’s music to my ears – it should be to yours too.

If you need a hand getting started with Windows 11, we can help. Get in touch.

#Microsoft #Windows11 #MoreNewFeatures

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On this day, way back in 1958…

On this day, way back in 1958, a couple of lab-coat wearing heroes named William Higinbotham and Robert Dvorak, Sr. made history. These two brainiacs weren’t just flirting with beakers and test tubes at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, oh no! They were busy pioneering the world’s first ‘video’ game – a tennis simulator they affectionately called ‘Tennis for Two’.

This wasn’t your run-of-the-mill Xbox or PlayStation affair. This game was developed on a Donner Model 30 analogue computer (don’t worry, I had to Google it too) and displayed on an oscilloscope. For those not fluent in nerd, an oscilloscope is a piece of equipment that graphically shows electrical signals. In short, these guys were making pixels dance before most of us knew what a pixel was.

This lo-fi, hi-tech marvel was showcased only twice during the laboratory’s annual visitors’ day. And guess what? Hundreds of visitors queued up to try their hand at this electronic novelty. It was like Black Friday, but with less elbowing and more oscilloscope appreciation.

Now, you may be thinking, “Wasn’t Pong the first video game?’ Well, while our beloved Tennis for Two and Pong share a striking resemblance in gameplay, there’s no direct lineage between the two. Just consider Tennis for Two as the cool, obscure indie band that Pong went mainstream with.

Higinbotham and Dvorak unknowingly kick-started a revolution that would change how we play, socialise, and even work. And let’s not forget the humble oscilloscope, which had its brief moment in the gaming limelight. Do you think it’s due for a comeback?

#TechHistory #TennisForTwo #VideoGames

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Our friends over at Google have decided to turn the heat up on spam emails.

Our friends over at Google have decided to turn the heat up on spam emails.

Starting from 2024, Gmail will require bulk senders to authenticate their emails. That means if you’re hitting ‘send’ on more than 5,000 emails to Gmail addresses per day, you need to pay attention.

It’s all about protecting consumers from an avalanche of excess messages. But while it might sound like a great idea for your inbox, it could mean a few migraines for businesses in the coming months.

So what’s the magic potion to keep your emails from being banished to the realm of spam – or worse, not delivered at all? The answer is simple: Email Authentication.

The Microsoft Defender for Office 365 team has told businesses to set up email authentication for their domain, ensuring their messages are less likely to be rejected or marked as spam. A win-win situation, wouldn’t you agree?

Gmail is also asking senders to adopt SPF/DKIM and DMARC email authentication. This is expected to help combat pesky phishing attacks. So, not only are your emails more likely to reach their destination, but they’ll also be safer.

Senders are also being asked to make unsubscribing easier.

The beauty of these changes is that you’ll see the benefit on all email platforms. It’s time to roll up your sleeves and get your email game in order. After all, as Microsoft puts it, ‘it helps maintain the deliverability and reputation of your email campaigns.’ And who can argue with that?

Is this something you’ve already done? Can my team help?

#Gmail #EmailAuthentication #AntiSpam

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The tech giant, Google, is currently testing its ‘Read Aloud’ feature.

Have you ever wished for someone to read out lengthy web articles while you sit back and soak up the information? Google Chrome is about to make this a reality.

The tech giant is currently testing its ‘Read Aloud’ feature. But what makes this innovation so noteworthy?

For starters, it gives you full control over your experience. Want to whizz through an article or take your time absorbing each word? With adjustable playback speed, you can.

There’s more. Future updates will allow you to switch between various voice options, adding a dash of diversity to your listening journey. Isn’t it exciting to think of your favourite articles being narrated in the voice of your choosing?

The user interface won’t disappoint either. As the article is read aloud, the current sentence is highlighted, while the parts already read fade out. This thoughtful design ensures you can easily track your reading progress. And for those who might find the highlighting distracting? There’s a button to turn off this feature.

Chrome is also enhancing its visual appeal. A feature allowing the browser’s theme colour to match the New Tab Page (NTP) wallpaper will be better. And you’ve been previously limited to images from the ‘Customise Chrome’ panel. Soon you can now enjoy this feature with your own images.

Are you looking forward to this one?

#GoogleChrome #ReadAloud #productivity

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Have you ever taken a screenshot of vital information, only to later have to type it out?

Have you ever taken a screenshot of vital information, only to later have to type it out?

How much time have you lost to this tedious process? There’s a better way. And it’s going to be here very soon.

Microsoft is revolutionising the way we interact with our screenshots. Imagine being able to extract text from a screenshot with just a click. This isn’t some distant dream – it’s a reality that Windows Insiders on the Canary and Dev Channel are already experiencing with the updated Snipping Tool for Windows 11.

Think about it. You’re working remotely, and you share a screenshot of important data during a virtual meeting. Instead of scrambling to jot down the details or asking for a follow-up email, people can simply copy the text directly from the screenshot. Efficient, right?

Or perhaps you’re researching for a crucial project. You come across an infographic packed with valuable insights. With the updated Snipping Tool, you can capture the screenshot and instantly have the text ready for citation in your presentation. No more squinting at small fonts or retyping lengthy quotes.

The new Snipping Tool respects your privacy too. It allows you to redact sensitive information like emails and phone numbers before sharing a screenshot. That safeguards your data and adds a layer of professionalism to your digital interactions.

I don’t have a date for general release yet, but I’ll keep you updated.

#MicrosoftUpdates #Windows11 #SnippingTool

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Need something to break up the endless stream of Teams meetings? I’ve got just the solution for you.

Is every workday feeling a bit monotonous? Need something to break up the endless stream of Teams meetings? I’ve got just the solution for you.

Funny Microsoft Teams backgrounds are the secret ingredient to add spice to your virtual workspace. While they might not fit into your high-stakes corporate meetings or conversations with clients, for informal chats and team-building sessions, they’re an absolute game-changer.

These are some of the best funny Microsoft Teams backgrounds, guaranteed to make you and your colleagues smile.

Meme backgrounds: Who doesn’t love a good meme? Whether it’s the ‘This is Fine’ dog or ‘Drake posting’, these viral sensations can inject a dose of humour into your meeting. Imagine making a product announcement with the ‘distracted boyfriend/girlfriend’ meme in the background!

Funny animal backgrounds: Our furry friends never fail to bring joy. Be it a goofy dog or a playful otter, their antics can lighten up any discussion.

Cartoon backgrounds: Who said cartoons are only for kids? Imagine hosting a meeting from the iconic Simpsons’ couch.

Pop culture backgrounds – A nod to your favorite TV show or movie can be an instant mood booster. Imagine being in the Parks and Rec office, or signaling that everyone’s in a ‘Good Place’ with a background from the show.

A little humour goes a long way towards building team spirit and breaking the ice. Which background would you choose?

#MicrosoftTeams #WorkFromHomeFun #VirtualBackgrounds

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Transparent tech is making a comeback.

Transparent tech is making a comeback. Do you remember the days when you could peer into your gadgets and marvel at their inner workings? When transparent tech was all the rage, and our iMacs, Nintendo 64 controllers, and other devices proudly showcased their guts?

Just like high-waisted jeans and vinyl records, it seems that what’s old is new again. That’s right… transparent tech is making a comeback.

We’ve journeyed through the tech fashion landscape together, haven’t we? From the beige keyboards of the ’80s to the grey and black plastic video game systems of the ’90s.

We welcomed the new millennium with translucent tech, only to bid it farewell as we embraced the piano white iPods of the ’00s and the matte black smartphones of the ’10s.

But just as questionable fashion has found its way back into our wardrobes, see-through devices are leapfrogging over today’s coloured aluminium and glass finishes to reclaim their throne.

Will they succeed? Only time will tell.

The Nothing Phone is leading the charge, flaunting its inner workings with pride. Beats Studio buds are jumping on the bandwagon, showing off their components through clear casings. Even game consoles and chargers are joining the party, with colourful translucent shells and USB-C cables revealing some tantalising capacitors.

Is this a trend you’re keen to revisit, or should it stay in the past?

#TransparentTech #TechTrends #ThrowbackTech

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Have you noticed something strange when opening Microsoft Edge on your desktop recently?

Have you noticed something strange when opening Microsoft Edge on your desktop recently? Did the layout seem stretched, with buttons and tabs spaced wider apart? You’re not alone.

Microsoft Edge has undergone an unexpected transformation, and it’s not a change we were prepared for. The tech giant accidentally enabled the tablet-friendly mode of Edge on desktops running Windows 11 and 10.

The ‘touch mode’ feature, designed to optimise the browsing experience on tablets and 2-in-1 devices, is now incorrectly identifying desktops as tablets.

This unforeseen update has led to several issues, including wider spacing between icons, and tabs almost doubling in size. These changes are meant to enhance the touch experience on tablets, not complicate the click experience on desktops. Has your mouse ever felt so lost?

You can revert these changes on Edge by navigating to Settings > Appearances, and disabling the ‘Touch mode’ option.

Clearly, Microsoft aims to revolutionise tablet web browsing, giving devices like Chromebooks a run for their money. But while this is a commendable goal, they need to tread carefully when updating desktop versions. Power users like me, especially, do not appreciate unwelcome surprises.

Did you spot this and wonder what was happening?

#MicrosoftEdge #UIChanges #DesktopNotTablet

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Remember when you opened a .doc file in WordPad because you didn’t want to buy Word?

Remember when you opened a .doc file in WordPad because you didn’t want to buy Word?

Those days are numbered. After three decades of loyal service, Microsoft is finally giving WordPad the retirement party it deserves. Microsoft has announced it’ll stop updating it and will eventually remove it from Windows altogether.

But let’s be honest, how many times have you accidentally opened a document in WordPad when you were aiming for Notepad? The two look so similar it’s like telling apart identical twins.

Could this common mix-up be the reason behind WordPad’s impending retirement? Or is Microsoft just trying to nudge more people towards paying for Word, the star player of its Microsoft 365 suite?

We mustn’t let nostalgia cloud our judgment. As a seasoned Windows fan, I can tell you most of my interactions with WordPad have been unintentional. Its disappearance won’t cause me sleepless nights! There’s an abundance of word processors out there, and Word certainly has my loyalty.

Microsoft is asking for feedback via the Windows Feedback Hub app. So, if you do happen to feel strongly about this, make your opinion known.

Will you be sad to say farewell to WordPad?

#Microsoft #WordPad #EndOfAnEra

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Ever wondered what’s powering your favourite AI tool behind the scenes?

Ever wondered what’s powering your favourite AI tool behind the scenes? It’s not sipping a latte or guzzling an energy drink, but it is drinking… WATER, and lots of it.

You see, our AI companions require hydration. And they’re guzzling gallons of it. Research shows ChatGPT alone gulps down about 500mls of water to process between five and 50 prompts. That’s enough to fill your reusable water bottle.

Let me explain. The computers that power our beloved AI tools generate a huge amount of heat. To stop them overheating, water is used in a cooling system. It’s like giving them a refreshing dip in the pool, but this pool party has some serious consequences.

Microsoft reported a 34% year-on-year increase in water consumption for 2022, while Google noted a 22% rise. Imagine if humans increased our water consumption at that rate?

The question is, can we afford to keep our AI tools so well-hydrated at the expense of local populations and wildlife? And are we prepared to change the course of rivers to keep our digital assistants cool and collected?

It also poses the question of how this may impact any environmental pledges of businesses like yours and mine.

While we wait for OpenAI to weigh in on this dilemma, perhaps we could turn off the tap on our power-hungry tech when it’s not totally necessary. After all, every little bit helps.

Does this change your view of AI, or are you not surprised?

#AI #Sustainability #WaterConservation

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Ever wished for a workplace assistant that could do more than just set the wrong reminders?

‘Alexa… set a reminder for 30 mins to turn on the porch lights’.

‘OK. I’ll remind you to start your Porsche in 13 minutes’.


Ever wished for a workplace assistant that could do more than just set the wrong reminders? Your wish is about to come true. Salesforce and Google Workspace have announced a partnership that hopes to transform your work experience.

They’re going to integrate their AI assistants.

The goal?

To create connected AI experiences across Salesforce 360 and Google Workspace.

Imagine this: You’re working on a presentation in Google Slides. But instead of manually inputting data, your AI assistant pulls relevant account, contact, and opportunity data from Salesforce, generating customised content.

Or you’re drafting an email in Gmail, and your AI assistant helps write personalised messages to clients or leads.

But that’s not all. Google Meet summaries and context from Gmail and Google Calendar can be brought into Salesforce. This means you can update records and trigger workflows with ease. Picture saving a signed contract to Salesforce and closing the opportunity with a win-loss report generated in Docs.

And here’s the cherry on top: Salesforce is the first partner for Google Workspace’s new Duet AI extensions framework. This means people can access both services, offering even greater convenience and efficiency.

What do you think… will it work as seamlessly as they say it will?

#GoogleWorkspace #Salesforce #productivity

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In today’s fast-paced business world, efficient collaboration tools aren’t just a luxury – they’re a necessity.

In today’s fast-paced business world, efficient collaboration tools aren’t just a luxury – they’re a necessity. But let’s be honest, the more tools we introduce, the more confusion we often create.

Sounds familiar, right?

Enter Microsoft Teams and its latest feature: Loop components. This game-changer is designed to streamline collaborative work, whether you’re tracking tasks, conducting polls, or co-writing content.

So, what are Loop components? They’re modules within Microsoft Teams that allow for real-time collaboration. You can co-edit these components within your Teams chat, making teamwork truly seamless. From bulleted lists to voting tables to task lists, Loop has you covered.

Creating Loop components is as simple as 1-2-3. Just go to your Teams chat, select the Loop components icon, choose your desired component, enter your content, and hit send. Voila! Your co-workers can now make inline edits to the content. You can even use @ to mention people within the content of the component.

But the best part? You can see other users’ edits in real-time and insert elements like dates, mentions, images, and even other Loop components using /. Plus, Loop components are stored as .loop files in your OneDrive, so you can access, edit, delete, and restore these files just like any other OneDrive file.

So why should your business embrace Loop components?

Because they’re not just about making collaboration easier – they’re about making it better. With Loop, you can align your team, streamline your processes, and boost your productivity. So why wait? Give Loop components a try today and see the difference they can make in your business.

Need a hand? Get in touch

#Microsoft #LoopComponents #HowTo

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Microsoft has issued a serious warning about an ongoing phishing scam targeting Teams users

Microsoft has issued a serious warning about an ongoing phishing scam targeting Teams users and tricking them into downloading ransomware. The group behind it has been active since 2016, but their attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated.

But first, let’s clarify what exactly phishing scams are. They’re fraudulent attempts to trick you into giving sensitive information, often disguised as communications from trusted sources.

And ransomware? That’s malicious software designed to block access to your system until a (usually large) ransom is paid.

These emails typically mimic invoices and payment services like DocuSign and QuickBooks, and they’ve even tried to trick Microsoft itself.

Imagine losing access to your entire system, with the only solution being to hand over a ton of money. Scary, right?

Microsoft is doing everything in its power to prevent these attacks. But they advise administrators to limit potential damage by adopting the principle of least privilege (every person using Teams has only the minimum security privileges), and making sure 2 factor authentication is used (where you prove it’s you on a second device).

Now… you might be think you’re tech-savvy and wouldn’t fall for a scam. Truth is, even the most tech-savvy business owners and managers can be caught off guard by these sophisticated campaigns.

What can you do? Pay close attention to email details like the domain and address, the grammar, and the layout of the content. It’s the little things that often give these scams away.

Are you confident you – or your employees – would spot a scam like this? If you need any security training, get in touch.

#Microsoft #Teams #ransomware

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Can you believe it’s 26 years today since Apple launched their iconic ‘Think Different’ campaign?

Can you believe it’s 26 years today since Apple launched their iconic ‘Think Different’ campaign? Time flies when you’re busy changing the world.

It was the 28th of September 1997 – just a couple of weeks after Steve Jobs stepped in as interim CEO.

Apple was on the brink of collapse, and they needed something big, something bold, to shake things up. Enter: Think Different.

This wasn’t just another ad campaign. No, this was a call to arms, a rallying cry for all the misfits, rebels, and visionaries out there. It was Apple’s way of saying, ‘Hey, we see you. We are you.’ And boy, did it resonate. The campaign was nearly universally praised, scooping up several awards along the way.

But let’s not forget about the brains behind the operation. While it’s often credited to Steve Jobs, the ‘Crazy Ones’ prose was actually penned by Rob Siltanen and Ken Segall from Apple’s advertising agency, TBWA/Chiat/Day.

And what an impact it made. Think Different wasn’t just an ad campaign; it was the spark that ignited Apple’s resurgence, catapulting them from near-collapse to today being the most valuable company in the world. Now that’s what I call a comeback.

Apple showed us that those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.

Do you remember this campaign?

#Apple #TechHistory #ThinkDifferent

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The new wave of Facebook scams with AI powered traps

We’ve all been there. You’re scrolling through your Facebook feed, and an ad pops up promising to supercharge your business with some revolutionary AI-powered software. It’s a tempting offer, isn’t it? But here’s the catch…

These too-good-to-be-true ads can be a trap set by cyber criminals. They lure you in with promises of increased productivity and revenue, but what they’re really doing is tricking you into installing malware on your computer.

The moment you click on their ad and install their ‘software’, you’re handing over access to your Facebook data, including your ad budget.

You might think, ‘I wouldn’t fall for such a thing’. But let’s face it, as a business owner, you’re juggling a million things at once. It’s all too easy to fall for these sophisticated scams, especially when they’re disguised as legitimate offers.

So, how do you protect yourself, your team and your business?

Be sceptical of offers that seem too good to be true. If it sounds a dream, it probably is.

Verify ads by researching the advertiser before clicking on them.

Secure your Facebook account. Use two-factor authentication – it adds an extra layer of security by requiring you to verify your identity using a second device.

And remember, while these cyber criminals are smart, they’re not infallible. For instance, the researchers who uncovered this scheme found several Vietnamese keywords hidden within the malicious script.

Running a business is tough. It’s a constant juggling act, and adding another ball to the mix might feel overwhelming. But would you rather spend a little time now securing your account or a lot of time later dealing with the fallout of a breach?

As the saying goes, ‘prevention is better than cure’. Don’t let cyber criminals take away what you’ve built.

#Facebook #CyberSecurity #AdScams

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Bugs. They’re the bane of our digital lives, right? They slow things down, cause crashes, and generally wreak havoc.

Bugs. They’re the bane of our digital lives, right? They slow things down, cause crashes, and generally wreak havoc. But what if I told you there’s a bug out there that’s actually doing us a favour? No, I’m not pulling your leg.

Windows 11 users have stumbled upon a strange bug in File Explorer that, against all odds, makes it faster.


Anyone who’s used Windows 11’s File Explorer knows that speed is not its strong suit. It’s more of a leisurely stroll than a sprint. But an X (Twitter) user has shared a neat trick that puts some pep in its step.

Here’s the secret: Press F11 to switch File Explorer to full-screen mode, then press F11 again to exit. Behold! The folder contents load instantly, thumbnail previews pop up like magic, and even the search function gets a boost.

This phenomenon has been confirmed by numerous posts on Reddit, and it seems to benefit all versions of Windows 11, from the Canary test versions for Windows Insiders to various final versions.

So, what’s behind this sudden burst of speed from our otherwise sluggish File Explorer? I can only speculate. Perhaps Windows 11 switches off some indexing options when in full-screen mode, leading to lightning-fast content display.

One thing is certain: this bug is a rare breed. A bug that speeds things up instead of slowing them down? That’s something to celebrate.

#Windows11 #FileExplorer #TechBug

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Working from home could be the secret ingredient to a healthier, happier you.

Working from home could be the secret ingredient to a healthier, happier you. But don’t take my word for it. Deloitte’s 2023 Connected Consumer Survey says so too.

According to their findings, a huge 45% of people reported improved relationships with their family, and 40% experienced better emotional wellbeing while working remotely.

Four out of five noticed improvements in either family or workplace relationships, emotional wellbeing, or resilience.

But there’s more. Burnout and stress among remote workers dropped by four percentage points this year compared to last.

So, the question is… why are we rushing back to the office?

Despite the push from tech giants like Meta, Google, and Amazon to return to the office, 56% of workers crave virtual options for future work, up from 50% last year. The desire for a completely or mostly in-person work environment is dwindling (37%, down from 44% in 2022). On the flip side, the preference for a blend of remote and in-person work is on the rise (28%, up from 21% in 2022).

Yet, many companies are dropping the ball when it comes to equipping employees with the tools and resources needed for effective remote work. Almost a quarter (23%) say their work systems aren’t up to scratch, a significant jump from 16% in 2022.

It’s clear that the future of hybrid and remote working is still up for debate. But one thing is certain: working from home is not just good for business; it’s good for us too.

What’s your business’s stance on remote and hybrid working?

#WFHBenefits #DeloitteSurvey #FutureOfWork

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Did you know the original QWERTY keyboard was missing the numbers 0 and 1?

Did you know the original QWERTY keyboard was missing the numbers 0 and 1?

Back in the 1860s, Christopher Latham Sholes, a newspaper editor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, decided to revolutionise the way we type.

He experimented with various keyboard designs, even one with only two rows of keys. Can you imagine typing on that today? By April 1870, he finally settled on a layout that closely resembles the QWERTY keyboard we all know and love.

But the 0 and 1 were missing. They were deemed redundant. Yep, you read that right. Sholes believed that the O and I could double up as 0 and 1. Talk about cutting corners.

This not only simplified the keyboard layout but also saved on manufacturing and maintenance costs. Clever, huh?

However, Sholes didn’t stop there. In the following years, he continued to tinker with his design. Although the patented version of 1878 still lacked the numbers 0 and 1, Sholes had found better spots for the full stop and ampersand.

So next time you’re tapping away on your keyboard, spare a thought for Sholes and his cost-cutting ingenuity.

#QWERTY #KeyboardHistory #FunFacts

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What do you think about Google ads based on your browsing data?

Halloween may still be a while off, but Google Chrome is already giving us quite the scare. Many people have reported seeing a rather ominous notification that Chrome will start showing ads based on their browsing history data. Spooky, right?

Now, you might be thinking, ‘What’s the big deal?’ Well, this means that our private online browsing activity, from that late-night pizza order to the search for ‘how to get cat sick off the sofa’, will be used to show us specific ads. The horror.

But it gets worse. Chrome isn’t exactly clear about how often it will access your history. Not cool.

Internet privacy experts agree, calling this move a massive violation of privacy. Imagine you’re at a party, and someone you barely know starts talking about your most recent Internet searches. Creepy, isn’t it?

To add salt to the wound, opting out of this data collection process isn’t as easy as saying ‘boo!’ The buttons presented don’t clearly indicate how to prevent Google from treating your data like an all-you-can-eat buffet.

If you’re looking to opt-out of this haunting experience, here are some steps to follow:

1. Click on the three dots at the top of your Chrome window and choose Settings
2. Go to Privacy and security in the left-hand side menu
3. Select Ad privacy
4. In the next menu, select Ad topics
5. Toggle the top Ad privacy setting off (if it’s on). This should stop Chrome from showing you recommended ads

This whole ordeal might even make you consider switching browsers. But beware, many other browsers aren’t exactly ghost-free zones either.

There’s a fine line between useful personalisation and downright creepiness. We need to strike a balance that respects user privacy while still delivering relevant ads.

Would this make you switch browser?

#GoogleChrome #privacy #BrowsingHistory

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Stop! Don’t rush in to try those BETA versions of mobile apps

Did you know that curiosity for early access to the beta versions of your favourite apps might just be leading you to cyber criminals?

The FBI has sounded the alarm on a new threat.

Hackers are injecting malicious code into fake beta apps, potentially turning your mobile into their personal gold mine.

Unlike official app store apps that go through stringent security checks, these beta apps aren’t checked.

The cyber criminals are masters of disguise – mimicking names, icons, and descriptions of legitimate apps to gain trust. They distribute these via fake emails sent to you, and even dating apps.

Once inside your phone, they create havoc, accessing financial apps and personal data. Some even pose as cryptocurrency exchanges, stealing digital currency right under your nose.

So, what can you do? Simple. Avoid beta apps and wait for official app store releases. Use antivirus software and scrutinise new app installations. Watch for red flags like a rapidly draining battery, poor performance, persistent pop-up ads, and unnecessary permission requests.

Think before you tap ‘download’. Ask: is this app worth risking your security? Remember, caution is the best policy.

Do you use beta versions of apps?

#CyberCrime #FBIWarning #BetaApps

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The anniversay of the Smilicon! Are you still using them?

Today, we’re celebrating a special anniversary that will make you 😄 – the birth of the smilicon! Can you believe it’s been 41 years since Professor Scott Fahlman of Carnegie Mellon gifted us with the first ever emoticon?

Back on the 19th of September 1982, in a digital world without emojis, GIFs, or Bitmojis, Professor Fahlman made history by posting this little gem to a university bulletin board:


He even gave us its grumpy cousin:


Look at them sideways, and voila, instant emotion!

For years, these cheeky characters spread across the web like a hilarious joke, but their origin story remained as elusive as the punchline to a dad joke. It wasn’t until the 10th of September 2002, twenty years later, when the original message was unearthed from backup tape. Like a digital time capsule, it brought us back to the dawn of the smiley.

Professor Fahlman saved us countless awkward moments of misunderstanding on the internet by marking what’s funny and what’s not. We owe our LOLs, ROFLs, and 😂 to him.

Let’s celebrate this day with a 😄, a 😂, or even a 🥳. And remember, it’s always more economical to mark things that are NOT jokes. So if you’re not feeling the humour today, feel free to use a :‌-( After all, a smilicon is worth a thousand words.

#SmiliconDay #EmojiHistory #DigitalMilestones

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The final curtain for Microsoft’s troubleshooting tools.

For years, Microsoft’s classic troubleshooting tools have been playing fairy godmother and fixing your PC for you. But all good things must come to an end, and Microsoft is slowly saying goodbye to them. Their final curtain call will be in 2025.

These trusty tools were there for all of us when we needed them most, solving common issues from printing problems to internet interruptions. They were the heroes we didn’t know we needed. But now it’s time for them to retire and make way for the new generation.

Microsoft is ushering in a new era with the Get Help troubleshooting platform. Starting this year, some of our old troubleshooting friends will redirect us to this new platform.

The Get Help app will be the new one-stop-shop for all your troubleshooting. It’s like a digital concierge, ready to assist with common issues and even taking search queries. However, not all troubleshooters are making the transition. Some will be retired without replacement from future versions of Windows 11.

Remember, these tools are here to help, but they’re not miracle workers. In fact, I recommend they’re NOT set up to fix issues automatically. Because even our tech heroes need a little supervision sometimes.

Will you miss troubleshooting tools, or are you ready for the change?

#Microsoft #TroubleshootingTool #GetHelp

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It’s time to meet your new best friend: Google’s Smart Chips.

Ever spent ages searching for a specific piece of info in Google Docs? If so, it’s time to meet your new best friend: Google’s Smart Chips.

They’re highlighted bits of text that, with a simple mouse hover, open a pop-up card with more information. That co-worker whose contact info you can never remember? Just add a smart chip with their name, and their contact details appear. Need to share a business location? Insert a smart chip, and a map pops up. Dates, file links, even interactive drop-downs — smart chips have got you covered.

Every member of your team can update existing smart chips or add new ones, making sharing and accessing crucial information easy.

Behind the scenes, smart chips connect with other Google Workspace apps and services. So if a co-worker’s contact info changes in your Google Contacts, the smart chip in your document will automatically update. It’s all part of Google’s ‘smart canvas’ concept — enhancing Workspace apps to make them ‘more flexible, interactive, and intelligent.’

I’m hoping Microsoft brings this idea to 365.

#GoogleDocs #SmartChips #ProductivityHack

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Why is my inbox cluttered with so many two-factor authentication (2FA) codes?

Have you ever looked at your message inbox and thought, ‘Why is it cluttered with so many two-factor authentication (2FA) codes?’

We’ve all been there, wrestling with the onslaught of 2FA codes that companies insist on sending via SMS or email. Sure, they’re a crucial part of our digital security, but let’s be honest, they can quickly turn our inboxes into a chaotic mess.

Apple’s riding to the rescue. With the upcoming iOS 17, it will introduce an auto-delete feature that magically detects and removes 2FA codes from your messages inbox.

This feature waits until your 2FA codes have served their purpose, then SHAZAM… away they go.

iOS 17 is still in beta at the time of writing. I recommend you wait for the general release. Once you’ve installed it:

1. Go to Settings > Passwords. Open the Settings app and tap Passwords.
2. Tap Password Options. Enter your passcode or unlock your phone using biometrics. Then tap Password Options.
3. Toggle on Clean Up Automatically.

And just like that, you’re on your way to a clutter-free inbox.

#iPhone #iOS17 #2FANotifications

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Isn’t it astonishing what lengths some people will go to for a quick quid?

Isn’t it astonishing what lengths some people will go to for a quick quid? Recently, a man in China was caught after he’d taped not one, not two, but 68 iPhones to his body in an attempt to smuggle them into the country.

Yes, you read that right: sixty-eight!

An entire orchestra of smartphones, all strapped to one man’s abdomen and lower legs.

If you think that sounds rather uncomfortable, you’d be right. Customs officials at China’s Qingmao port thought something was wrong when they noticed a man walking with what they described as an ‘abnormal posture.’

And this wasn’t the first time they’ve seen such a sight. Less than a month earlier, another individual had been spotted at the same port with a similarly peculiar stance. Turns out, he had 306 processors strapped to his body. Can you imagine? It’s like an extreme sport.

But back to our iPhone enthusiast. This 68-year-old man must have thought he could outdo his predecessors by opting for smartphones over processors. The weight of those iPhones alone would give me an awkward gait.

All this effort is to avoid paying import taxes. The potential profit from selling these smuggled goods can be quite significant. From SSDs strapped to bodies to processors hidden in a fake pregnant belly, and even electronics stashed inside an electric scooter, smuggling tech into China is a creative art.

#iPhones #HeavyWork #FunnyFriday

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41 years ago today, the first ever CD was made.

41 years ago today, the first ever CD was made. It was co-developed by Phillips and Sony, designed to be the successor to the vinyl record. And what a successor it turned out to be.

That was just a test pressing back in 1982… seven months later the first CDs designed to be sold were manufactured (‘The Visitors’ album by ABBA).

Today CDs might seem like ancient relics. But let’s not forget the impact they had on the music industry. They made music more accessible and portable than ever before.

The humble CD may have been replaced by MP3s (which were replaced by streaming). But it will always hold a special place in our hearts (and our music collections).

What was the first CD you ever bought?

#HappyBirthday #TechHistory #CD

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