How to fix screen sharing in Skype for Business

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How to fix screen sharing in Skype for Business

In October 2018 Microsoft released the Windows 10 October Update (version 1809). It was re-released on November 13, 2018. The update fixed many issues (you can see them listed here) but as with many major updates it also caused problems and unintended side effects. For me the major issue caused by the 1809 update was that it stopped my abilty … Read More

How to delete your social media profiles – and why you probably should

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As I’m sure you noticed, earlier this year the hashtag #deletefacebook began trending on Twitter. Soon many media outlets were reporting on it as a response to Facebook’s terrible handling of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. This involved Facebook admitting they knew that the company had gathered the personal information of over 50 million Facebook users and used it to target … Read More

Google Fined 4.3 billion Euros for Shady Android Behaviour

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Google Fined 4.3 billion Euros

As you may have heard, Google got a pretty big telling off by the European Commission yesterday. 4.3 billion Euros worth in fact, which works out at around £3.8 billion. It’s the largest fine the EC has ever dished out, beating the 2.3 billion Euro fine that it handed out last year (to Google again!) for manipulating search results to … Read More

3 Websites that Once Ruled the Internet

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Do you remember the internet before Google? For many people it seems a difficult thing to even imagine. But it did exist (sadly I was there!) and in those heady days, armed with your trusty 28.8k modem, there were many fantastic sites to visit and use (just remmeber to check no one is using the landline before you connect). In … Read More

A History of Emoji: To celebrate World Emoji Day 2018

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Today is World Emoji Day! Yes, those yellow smiley faces have their very own day now. But where did they come from and who created them? All that and more will be answered below. Remember those? Chances are you used one recently 😉 They are a graphical representation of a facial expression using characters (usually involving punctuation marks) numbers and … Read More

Amazon Prime Day: Some facts and figures

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It is that time of year again and Amazon Prime Day is here! Each year we seem to hear more and more about it even though it started way back in 2013. It’s also not actually just a single day, the event (and the deals) last for 36 hours this year. It has become a day of eye watering numbers … Read More

Microsoft tones down Windows 10 upgrade prompt following ‘user feedback’

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Yesterday (28th June), Microsoft announced that due to ‘user feedback’ it was updating it’s much maligned Windows 10 upgrade prompt. The new design will feature clearer options to either upgrade now, schedule a time to upgrade or decline the free offer entirely. This is a response to criticism from users that the old prompt behaved differently to long established windows … Read More

Tech Roundup 19th February 2016

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Adobe pulls update that deletes unrelated files without warning — Optima Systems (@OptimaSystemsuk) February 15, 2016 Jay says: ‘Be careful when updating Adobe on a Mac as it may delete unrelated files without permission.’ How to get more life from your laptop or tablet battery Jay says: ‘There are many ways of saving battery life on your mobile … Read More

Tech Roundup 12th February 2016

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Dell’s new BIOS security tool makes its laptops harder to hack — Optima Systems (@OptimaSystemsuk) February 8, 2016 James says: ‘Dell’s new BIOS security tool is a handy new feature that will prevent ‘root kit’ virus’s from gaining control of your BIOS. This is the part of the computer you see before Windows starts up so protecting this is … Read More

Tech Roundup 5th February 2016

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Microsoft starts downloading Windows 10 automatically through Windows Update — Optima Systems (@OptimaSystemsuk) February 3, 2016 Sam says: ‘Automatic updates to start downloading Windows 10 for you seems like it could upset a lot of people wishing to remain on Windows 7 or 8. My advice would be if you aren’t too opposed to trying out something new, give … Read More

How do you merge Google Calendars?

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As a regular user (and I’m not afraid to say a fan of) Google Calendar, I thought that I knew a lot about what features it could offer. I was wrong. It seemed that there was one extremely helpful feature that eluded me and that was calendar merging. The question was, how can we combine this public calendar with our … Read More

Can Windows Defender be trusted to look after your PC security?

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Microsoft seem to be (finally) getting serious about providing antivirus and anti-spyware protection after a number of false starts. But is the new version of Windows Defender another of these or is it finally the software that will allow you to dump those costly subscriptions to premium third-party programs? Windows Defender, in name, has been around for a while. It … Read More

Tech Roundup 29th Jan 2016

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Microsoft is working hard on Edge browser – and wants your feedback Jay says: ‘If you ask any group of people that use a computer their thoughts on Internet Explorer you are almost guaranteed a mixed bunch of answers full of controversial justifications and heated loyalty to their browser of choice. Your browser is often your most used software … Read More

Tech Roundup 22nd Jan 2016

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Comment from Sam, story via Techradar. Comment from Jay, story via Techradar.. Comment from Jay, story via Techradar. Friday 22nd January is national hug day, so to honour this we have this story from The Independent. Woman opens professional cuddling shop – gets 10,000 customers in first week #NationalHugDay

WordPress XSS Vulnerability

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A couple of days ago a major vulnerability was discovered in some of the most popular plugins for WordPress. WordPress is the World’s most popular content management systems for websites. According to as of January 2015 23.3% of the top 10 million websites were powered by WordPress. Because of its popularity it’s a common target for hackers and software … Read More