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5 Essential Tips for Microsoft Word

Posted by Ben Anin-Boateng on 17 March 2017

Most of us know how to do the basics in Microsoft Word—bold text, copy, paste, create bullet points and change font size. But few of us have ever been shown how to use Microsoft Word features that could make our documents that little bit more professional, or help us do things that little bit faster. Below our IT consultants give you their top 5 essential tips for Microsoft Word 2016 for a professional edge.

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How to Spot a Fake App

Posted by Peter Filitz on 08 March 2017

A few weeks ago, the world celebrated International Data Privacy Day. The goal of the day is to draw attention to all the personal information you own, and make sure it is secure as it can be. Most of us know to strengthen passwords and log out of sensitive accounts, but not many people know how to spot a fake app.  And with apps for everything these days, knowing the difference between a real app and a fake app may prove to be a very useful skill indeed.

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The Best Tech for Travel in 2017

Posted by Sarah Andrews on 17 February 2017

It is that time of year when many of us begin dreaming of, or indeed preparing for, a warm weather holiday.  Short, dark days and constant drizzle is enough to make anyone reach for their passport. But before you decide to leave all technology behind for a complete break from your busy, gadget-filled life, check out the tech our IT experts think may help you to have a better trip.

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What is Encryption: This is how apps keep your data safe

Posted by Ben Anin-Boateng on 09 February 2017

You may have thought twice about the security of messages sent over WhatsApp, or about using an app for online banking. After all once you press ‘send’ or ‘transfer’, your data is in cyberspace, where theoretically anything could happen to it. Luckily, you need not worry.  WhatsApp and major banking apps prevent unauthorised access to your data by 'scrambling' the information sent from one person to another into a lengthy code making it unreadable for anybody else attempting to access it. 

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New Gadgets are Here! What to Expect This Year

Posted by Sarah Andrews on 03 February 2017

They may not all be new gadgets, but they are new parts of gadgets or improvements to gadgets we already know and love. They are… (drum roll) the exciting device developments that we can expect to see in 2017.  Each year brings with it new iterations of hardware and software, and the launch of something totally new.  This year is no different; here is a quick synopsis of what you need to know.

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Banks: Too big to…. go to the Cloud?

Posted by Peter Filitz on 27 January 2017

Sure, your business uses cloud services—Microsoft Office 365 for example, or perhaps you even have StorageCraft Cloud Back up for your Office 365.  But what about your IT infrastructure?  Is it in the cloud?  Many businesses are still reluctant to completely move to the cloud because they think they are too big, or the process will be too complicated. The truth is—moving to the cloud now will make things less complicated later. And unless your business is larger than a bank, you are not too big.

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Top Tips & Hidden Tricks for iOS 10

Posted by Ben Anin-Boateng on 16 January 2017

iOS 10 is filled with practical improvements that most of us would use – if we knew about them.  Some things are obvious, but others are little hidden gems that most of need to be told about. One of our favourites is the Night Shift mode which turns your screen red by filtering out the blue light that stops melatonin production for a better night’s sleep.  But there are lots more!

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Tech Industry Unites to Develop Crash-free IT Systems

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 05 January 2017

It is the well-known organisation that you talk about frequently with your friends: the Zero Outage Industry Standard Association.  You shorten it to ZOISA in conversation because everyone, of course, knows what it is. After all it is doing some of the most important work in the technology industry.

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Top 5 Technology Trends to Influence Businesses in 2017

Posted by Scott Bartlett on 23 December 2016

Technology evolves somewhat like a garden does—with some elements growing slowly over time, and others spreading like wildfire given the right conditions.

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Microsoft Beat Salesforce in Battle for LinkedIn

Posted by Peter Filitz on 14 December 2016

The end game for many technology start-ups is to sell to a large company, or go public to facilitate growth. LinkedIn is hardly a start-up anymore, but it has now done both—going public in 2011, and then selling to Microsoft this year.  But it was only last week that Microsoft completed its acquisition of LinkedIn after winning a bidding war with Salesforce.com.

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