Youth Drive Astec Forward – Astec Expands Apprenticeship Scheme

We have extended our apprenticeship programme with the appointment of three technical apprentices, to work within technical support and digital marketing. We have long championed technical apprentices and have guided numerous young people to successful careers in the IT industry. As a Microsoft Silver Partner, the two IT Technical Support … [Read more...]

New computer ‘guaranteed’ to not lose data

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have unveiled a computer that is “mathematically guaranteed” not to lose data in a crash. Whilst many media sources have been quick to proclaim the computer as being “unable to crash”, this isn’t strictly the case. Instead, it’s unlikely to crash, but in the case that it does, no … [Read more...]

Assume everything you do and say will be made public

In a prophetic blog post published on IT news site, The Verve, internet users have been encouraged to come to terms with the fact that, sooner or later, every piece of data they share online will be made public. Despite the semi-comedic tone of this article, the author actually makes a serious point that, faced with a spiralling number of … [Read more...]

Facebook: one billion people log on – but on whose time?

Facebook continues to dominate its competition and, for the first time, one billion people were recorded using the social networking site during a single day in August 2015. Upon declaring this historic milestone, Mark Zuckerberg stated that one in seven people around the world now use Facebook, adding that “it’s just the beginning of connecting … [Read more...]

Hints and Tips: Save time in Outlook with Quick Parts

Users of Outlook frequently find themselves using the same standard text in a range of situations, such as drafting sales proposals, following up on client meetings and chasing in payments. But did you know you can avoid typing out these same paragraphs time after time with the Quick Parts feature, which allows snippets of both text and images to … [Read more...]

Microsoft patent sends shockwaves through the world of fashion

The convergence of fashion and technology appears to be gathering pace, with Microsoft suggesting smartphone users could one day be alerted to the arrival of new messages through tiny electric shocks in their clothing. This new concept in wearable technology came to light when the Redmond computing giant announced it had patented a means of … [Read more...]

Data Recovery Five Considerations – Just in Case

We recently helped a large client during a major data recovery (DR) project, pull all its essential systems back together after a serious fire disrupted the organisations day-to-day operation. Once again, this demonstrated to us why this capability is essential, considering the reliance that most organisations have on their IT platforms. A … [Read more...]

How do hackers steal passwords?

Passwords are a habitual security bugbear, too many people use easy to crack passwords because they are unaware of just how hackers manage to get into their accounts, it has been claimed. The usual image of a hacker entering countless variations into a user account before they magically stumble upon the right one, is a common misrepresentation … [Read more...]

Can Windows 10’s New Browser give Microsoft the Edge in Web Search?

Amid some controversy, Microsoft is to include its latest browser ‘Edge’ within the Windows 10 package, and at least one leading browser company has announced its frustration at this decision. However, in an environment where around 64% of the internet search market is controlled by a single dominant company, isn’t it about time a competitive … [Read more...]

Obama Orders World’s Fastest Computer

Who says it isn’t about boys toys? President Barack Obama has issued an executive order for US computer scientists to build the fastest computer in the world by 2025. However, the US will continue to face stiff competition from China, which currently leads the way. The National Strategic Computing Initiative (NSCI) is “designed to advance core … [Read more...]