Facebook Farewell

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Did you know that Facebook recently celebrated its 10th Birthday?

Where would we be without 10 years of “pokes”, “likes”, and status updates that have kept us riveted regarding the goings-on of people we barely even know?

Probably a whole lot better off, actually. But that’s not the point.

Facebook has certainly changed the way many of us live our lives and connect with friends and family, but I wouldn’t start planning for its 20th celebrations just yet if I were you.

The site that put social networking on the map may have been conceived in a  Harvard dorm room, before going on to become one of the biggest success stories in recent history with 1.23 billion active users – but already there are dissenting voices suggesting it won’t see another 10 years.

If recent studies are to be believed, Facebook’s days are numbered. With some reports suggesting a haemorrhaging of users, apathy among young users and one even comparing it to an infectious disease.

Astonishingly, researchers at Princeton have even predicted that Facebook will lose 80% of its users within the next three years.

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Bad Password

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A list of the 25 most guessed passwords in 2013 has been released – with “123456” being hacked more than any other.

An unoriginal option, maybe, but it’s proven to be the most common and means last year’s most commonly used password – “password” (ironically) – has been relegated to second place.

Other popular passwords in the running included “abc123,” “111111,” and “letmein”.

The list, which is released annually by SplashData and compiled from files containing millions of stolen passwords, is an attempt to highlight the danger of poor personal security and encourage users to come up with more original, as well as stronger passwords.

So, what can you do in order to keep your computer and valuable information safe at all times?

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Computer Virus

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The PC Support Group has issued a warning to all computer users about a type of computer virus attack which appears to be affecting an increased number of systems in recent weeks.

This relatively new type of malware is capable of bypassing anti-virus/anti-malware protection by changing its appearance, and until anti-malware software is made aware of the new ‘strain’ it isn’t able to block it.  This process can take hours from when the virus is released and as a consequence there is a window of time where systems are particularly exposed and vulnerable to attack.

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young people coding

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The PC Support Group’s Managing Director, Philip Bird, has offered his backing to the BBC’s proposal of getting more young people coding.

30 years on from trying to make computing mainstream by installing machines into the majority of schools across the country, the BBC has announced plans to “bring coding into every home, business and school in the UK”.

Plans for the scheme are, as yet, unclear but it shows a willingness from the organisation to change the way the nation thinks about coding.

In a speech to staff, BBC director general Tony Hall said that the initiative would launch in 2015.

“We want to inspire a new generation to get creative with coding, programming and digital technology,” he said.

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Hudl Tesco Tablet

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Tesco are set to launch their competition for the increasingly popular tablet market as they aim to compete with major software giants including Apple.

If you thought there was no end to the supermarket’s ability to rival the major brands; you’d be right. Cheap clothing, low cost food brands and now a budget tablet.

But can the Hudl, as it is to be known, stand up to the pricier alternatives on the market?

Let’s get this straight. We’re not talking bargain basement here, the tablet costs £119. Even so, it should still attract a lot of interest from those still not wishing to shell out upwards of £300 for the privilege of surfing and browsing on the move.

Tesco’s tablet will run the latest version of Android, has a 1.5 GHz processor, an HD screen and expandable storage – so they obviously mean business.

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iPhone 5S Finger Print Scan

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The latest generation iPhone was unveiled by Apple at a glitzy event in California earlier this week.

Pairing the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C, this is the first time the technology giant has released two handsets on the same day, in what many think is a change of direction for the company.

Despite all the fuss surrounding a possible new budget-friendly version, it’s the latest 5S model that has made all the headlines as phone enthusiasts wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve next.

With the iPhone being Apple’s single biggest product in terms of income, the announcement is a vital part of their strategy for the next 12 months when it comes to seeing-off competition from the likes of Samsung and Nokia in the cut-throat world of smartphones.

So, after all the razzmatazz of this latest Apple announcement – you may find yourself asking: “What exactly is the difference?” and “Why should I upgrade or buy Apple’s latest model?”.

Well, here is a rundown of what you need to know.

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Samsung Galaxy Smartwatch

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Samsung’s new smartwatch has finally been unveiled amid much excitement.

The Galaxy Gear had been highly anticipated as the firm is currently the world’s largest smartphone maker and has beaten rivals Microsoft, Apple and Google to unveil such a device – now consumers can see exactly what it does.

The watch works as an extension of a Galaxy phone and enables users to make calls, use apps and even take pictures form the camera lens mounted on the strap. Samsung have called the Gear a “fashion icon”.

However, analysts warned that a decision to limit the watch to working purely as an accessory to other Galaxy Android devices might be a mistake and limit its appeal among users.

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Hire Me

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A smartphone app and London-based charity are attempting to help young people find work by allowing them to upload video CVs of themselves to Twitter.

In conjunction with UK Youth, the VideofyMe app is encouraging those out of work to record a visual representation of their skill set which employers can then take advantage of by using the #employme hashtag on Twitter.

Users are also able to include a hashtag of their chosen industry to help differentiate themselves from other job-seeking candidates.

The chief executive of UK Youth – Charlotte Hill – claimed the CVs were a “fantastic” idea.

“They are simple and accessible to all and can help young people from all backgrounds present their skills and talents directly to employers,” she explained.

According to recent statistics, it is estimated that there are 46 graduate applications for every one job opportunity with almost 1m people aged between 16 and 24 currently unemployed.

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Most businesses understand how vital it is to protect the data on their computer systems. Yet despite this, a recent (2012) survey Trend Micro shows that less than 50% of SME’s routinely back up their data.
The causes of data loss are much more common than we might suppose. Terror attacks and disasters such as fires and floods aside, evidence shows that a surprising number of businesses experience data loss due to simple human error such as the accidental deletion or overwriting of files.

Disc or system failure, viruses, failed applications, sudden power losses or surges, over-heating, electrostatic discharge and physical damage to the storage device or medium are also often to blame.

Most remarkable of all is the fact that a comprehensive back up system for a PC or laptop can be put in place for a monthly fee that is little more than the cost of a cup of coffee!

Here are a few data loss statistics every business owner should be aware of when deciding whether or not data backup is essential:

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Instagram Video Update

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Users of Facebook’s photo-sharing app, Instagram, will now be able to upload videos as well as still photographs after a deal was announced by the social network giant.

Instagram’s chief executive Kevin Systrom said the updated app would allow users to make and upload clips lasting between three and 15 seconds in length and will also feature the distinctive filters that epitomise Instagram photographs.

The move follows Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram last year for more than $700m (£450m).

The 15 second clip facility is more than double the amount of time currently offered by Vine for Twitter users, which can only upload around six seconds of video content at any one time. The move also means there is now direct competition between the two providers.

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