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Top PC brands in South Africa 2016

7 Dec No Comments webmaster NEWS

MyBroadband’s 2016 Technology Survey has revealed the top PC and component brands among South African techies. MyBroadband’s 2016 Technology Survey has revealed that Dell is the favourite PC brand of South African techies. The survey was completed by 2,134 respondents, of which 64% were either an IT professional, IT manager,

When it comes to security, Android is the new Windows

30 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

The world’s leading mobile operating system keeps improving security, but it suffered a number of notable issues this month For decades, it’s been conventional wisdom that Windows PCs are more vulnerable to attacks and malware than computers running the Mac OS. There’s been some argument over whether that was primarily

Guide to Installing Windows 10

30 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

In this guide I’ll go through the steps to perform a fresh installation of Windows 10. Whether you’ve bought a new computer without Windows installed or are reinstalling to freshen up an existing computer, the process is the same. The first step, since we’re installing Windows 10, is to make

Making Movies With Windows 10

30 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Q. Microsoft hasn’t updated Windows Movie Maker in years. I have it on my Windows 10 PC from when I upgraded the computer from Windows 8, but will there ever be a proper app version for Windows 10? A. Windows Movie Maker has been around for more than 15 years,

Will my PC run Windows 10? PLUS how to get Windows 10

30 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Windows 10 is now a paid-for operating system. In this article we go through the system requirements to run Windows 10. Windows 10 is no longer a free-upgrade, Windows 10 Home costs £99.99 and the Pro version will set you back £189.99. Here we’ll outline the system requirements so you

How to download Windows Store apps with a local account

30 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Microsoft didn’t want you to use the Windows Store without signing in with a Microsoft Account. That no longer appears to be the case. It’s common knowledge that if you decide to go all Windows 7 in Windows 10 and create a local user account, you get shut out of

Microsoft patches 68 vulnerabilities, two actively exploited ones

30 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Two of the patched flaws are already being exploited and three have been publicly disclosed Microsoft has patched 68 vulnerabilities in Windows, Office, Edge, Internet Explorer and SQL Server, two of which have already been exploited by attackers and three that have been publicly disclosed. The patches are covered in

SanDisk reveals world’s first 1TB SD card

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

        The new SD card represents 16,000 times the capacity of SanDIsk’s first 64MB product. SanDisk today showcased its upcoming 1TB SDXC card prototype at a European trade show for photo and video professionals. “There is no definitive timing for availability as of now,” a company spokesperson

First look: The 13-in MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar Wows

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

The newest Apple laptop offers a host of innovations, but it’s the virtual function keys that get the attention. When you show someone Apple’s new 13-in MacBook Pro — the one with the virtual Touch Bar — the first thing they’ll want to do is play with the darn thing.

The long decline of online freedom

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

According to Freedom House’s 2016 report, freedom on the internet is in its sixth year of decline. What’s going on? The internet, for many of us who are fortunate enough to access it on a daily basis, has become an integral part of our lives. Virtually everything we do is

Say cheese: Facebook has just snapped up this facial recognition company

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

FacioMetrics augments the social media giant’s face recognising capabilities, bringing “more fun” to photos. Facebook has boosted its face recognition capabilities with the acquisition of startup FacioMetrics. FacioMetrics uses facial image analysis to determine emotions, and is aimed at sectors including gaming, healthcare, augmented reality, and robotics. Fernando De la

How Facebook is using its cloud clout to design your network, datacenter

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Facebook is the ringleader in a movement to drive down datacenter, telecom, and networking costs. Here’s why Facebook has won over IT partners via an open source approach. Facebook is increasingly wielding influence on the infrastructure design that stretches from the fiber optic cables to the datacenter to the last

Why MacBook Pros don’t need 32GB of RAM

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Should creative pros worry about the 16GB limit on the new MacBook Pro? No, because you don’t need it. Here’s why. As Adrian Kingsley-Hughes pointed out in his article Do you need 32GB of RAM? the answer is probably no. But why? Isn’t more RAM always better? Random access memory

SSD reliability in the real world: Google’s experience

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Using data from millions of drive days in Google datacenters, a new paper offers production lifecycle data on SSD reliability. Surprise! SSDs fail differently than disks – and in a dangerous way. Here’s what you need to know. SSDs are a new phenomenon in the datacenter. We have theories about

Data backup policy

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

This policy will help you implement the backup environment that is appropriate for your company. It factors in onsite, remote, and cloud operations and covers issues such as storage capacity, network bandwidth, and access controls. From the policy: Summary Technological advancements in recent years have provided great advantages by offering

8TB Seagate hard drive reliability data looking good

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

If you want to get a good idea as to how reliable a hard drive is, buy a few thousand of them and put them to use 24/7 in a cloud storage capacity. Cloud backup and storage provider Backblaze has published its latest drive reliability report, data based on the

Windows 10 tip: Protect removable storage devices with BitLocker encryption

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Do you use a USB flash drive, MicroSD card, or portable hard drive to keep backups of important files? Protect yourself by encrypting removable storage devices so your files can’t be accessed if the drive is lost or stolen. Thumb drives, SD cards, and portable hard drives are tremendously convenient.

Microsoft adds Office Hub app to Windows 10 preview

18 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

For months, Microsoft has been bundling a Get Office app with Windows 10. Until now, it’s been little more than an Office 365 ad. All that’s about to change, based on the new Office Hub app included with the latest Windows 10 preview release. Every installation of Windows 10, including

5 things you need to know about Microsoft’s new Office 2016

17 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

New collaboration, help features are here to boost Microsoft’s new productivity suite 1. Collaboration is the killer feature, but it’s not fully baked yet. Microsoft is facing increasing pressure to compete with Google’s productivity suite, and made improving collaboration between its users a key tenet of Office 2016. Word 2016

How to get and set up all the Office 365 components

17 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Part 1: Office 365 and OneDrive let you mix and match apps in Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, and the web Most of the work for setting up Office 365 collaboration happens on the back end, where you define and manage Active Directory users and associated policies and set up SharePoint

Microsoft patches 27 flaws in Windows, Office, IE and Edge

17 Nov No Comments webmaster NEWS

Many of the flaws could allow for remote code execution attacks through websites and malicious documents Microsoft released another batch of security patches Tuesday, fixing 27 vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer and its new Edge browser. The patches are organized in nine security bulletins, five of which are