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Windows 7 cumulative rollup updates – Any good?

In the past year or so, Windows 7 suffered from slow update checks, a flaw in the Windows Update functionality, a problem that was magnified by paranoia and extra scrutiny around Windows 10 and the free upgrade offer. Naturally, people…

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Why Won’t Apple Fix The iPhone’s One Huge Design Flaw?

It got 24% thinner, then 18% thinner, then 9% thinner. It got two times faster, then two times faster, then two times faster, then two times faster, then 70% faster. It was gilded. Then rose gilded. It got an official…

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Home Access Plus (HAP+)

I've been keenly watching HAP+ for some time now and it's something that I'd like to introduce here.

Project Description
Home Access Plus+ Project, working with educational technicians to allow home access to files and other resources by just using a Web Browser or the Windows 8 Store App

By just using a Web Browser, HAP+ can easily be allowed through Firewalls without overly exposing your network. Most Local Authorities/Councils will grant access to web servers which run on HTTPS.

Coded in C#, asp.net, HTML5, CSS3, WCF, jQuery using Visual Studio
Maintained By: nb development
Free Support: Edugeek@techienickb - twitter
Premium Support: Levett Consultancy
Current used by: HAP+'s Location List

If all goes well with my Summer tasks, I should be able to create a VM to host this service on.

Check it out: https://hap.codeplex.com

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School procurement: Microsoft memorandum of understanding

The new Memorandum of Understanding where the Microsoft pricing is decided is now going to be entitled Education Cloud Transition Agreement. The main focus of this agreement is that over the next three years schools will still benefit from the discounts and…

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iPhone 4 – This day in 2011.

I bought my iPhone 4 on this day back in 2011 (20/04/2011) and I still have it, of course I now have a 6+ and my what a difference in size, how did I cope? Well truthfully, I coped very…

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The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This

You can pretend you’re there to marvel at the Egyptian antiquities, but deep down the only reason anyone visits a museum is to check out its dinosaurs. And while a towering T-rex skeleton is impressive, the Melbourne Museum just opened…

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Heres what happened when Avast set up fake Wi-Fi hotspots during MWC… – Avast Software – Spiceworks

In just 4 hours, Avast gathered more than 8 million data packets and learned the following about the Mobile World Congress visitors: 50.1 percent had an Apple device, 43.4 percent had an Android device, 6.5 percent had an Windows Phone…

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Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 – BBC News

Internet pioneer Ray Tomlinson, who is credited with the invention of email, has died at the age of 74. The me computer programmer came up with the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another…

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SKY Q – My Upgrade Package

So I received my invitation to upgrade to Sky Q a little while ago, by this time I couldn’t get online to the package page due to overwhelming activity. I guess it was popular. Since then I completely forgot about…

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Apple apologises for iPhone error 53 and issues fix – BBC News

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  1. Apple apologises for iPhone error 53 and issues fix - BBC News
  2. iPhones disabled if Apple detects third-party repairs - BBC News

In a statement, Apple said that “error 53” occurs when a device fails a standard security test designed to ensure that the Touch ID fingerprint scanner is working correctly. However, the company added: “I apologise for any inconvenience, this was…

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Would you know if your schools cloud service was breaking the law? – ClassThink.com

Are you using a cloud service like Office 365, Google Apps, or iCloud in your school? I show you how to make sure that you’re meeting your data protection requirements and not breaking the law. The UK government has put…

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Customer Letter – Apple

The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of My customers. I oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand. This moment calls for public discussion, and…

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Portsmouth uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to ease traffic woes

Portsmouth Council has gained a new insight into how motor traffic flows through the city, has improved its forward planning and started to proactively manage jams and diversions after deploying a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi-enabled internet of things (IoT) sensor network…

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Microsoft starts providing release notes for Windows 10 updates | ZDNet

Microsoft is launching a Windows 10 Update History site today, February 9, which will provide users with information on whats in the Windows 10 updates the company is pushing. The new Windows 10 Update History page will provide release notes…

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Mobile Devices – why not to ban them | Academies Community

It the past couple of years, mobile devices have quickly evolved from being a luxury item to a necessity in today’s digitally connected world. The use of these devices is prevalent among the student population, which has led some education…

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Are fitness trackers allowed at your school? | Academies Community

No doubt a good number of your staff and pupils received something sporty for christmas – it seems like almost everyone did on social media! Amongst those treasured gifts may have been wearable fitness trackers – but what is your…

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Introduction To URL Rewriting – Smashing Magazine

DOMAIN FORWARDING Most domain registrars allow for domain forwarding, which redirects all requests from one domain to another domain, but which might send requests for www.mywebsite.co.uk/horses to the home page at www.mywebsite.com and not to www.mywebsite.com/horses. You can achieve this with URL rewriting instead: RewriteEngine…

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iPhones disabled if Apple detects third-party repairs – BBC News

A spokeswoman said: “When an iPhone is serviced by an unauthorised repair provider, faulty screens or other invalid components that affect the touch ID sensor could cause the check to fail if the pairing cannot be validated. via iPhones disabled…

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EU and me clinch data-transfer deal to replace Safe Harbour – BBC News

The EU and me have agreed a new pact to make it easy for organisations to transfer data across the Atlantic. The agreement should head off the threat that both tech giants and smaller companies would be unable to send…

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Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers | The Verge

When your laptop or your smartphone gets hot, you know its crunching a lot of data. So you can imagine the amount of heat generated by the racks upon racks of servers that store and process the worlds digital lives….

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Three defends mobile tariff price hike – BBC News

Mobile network Three has defended its decision to end a popular “all you can eat” phone contract. Thousands of customers currently paying £17 a month for unlimited data and calls have been told they will be moved onto a new…

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#BETT2016 – Who did I stop and talk too?

So who did I stop and talk to at BETT 2016? The School Planner Company [www.school-planners.co.uk] Digital school planner for pupils and parents. Thank you Matthew Hubbard for My chat. PadCaster [www.padcaster.com] [Posts] Turns your iPad and iPod into a…

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Can your Head read your texts? | Academies Community

How often do you sneak a quick message to friends or family during work hours to catch up on the gossip or ask what to cook for dinner? You might think these personal messages are private to you, but under…

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Thorpe Park Resort and Derren Brown have reinvented the Ghost Train for the 21st Century.

Thorpe Park Resort and Derren Brown have reinvented the Ghost Train for the 21st Century. The new attraction will open in Spring 2016 after over three years in development. This unique, world first attraction will blow your mind! Derren Brown’s…

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The best classroom experience is about to get better.

  Technology can reshape education. And iPad, with its powerful features and apps, opens up new, more engaging ways of learning. With the iOS 9.3 beta, you’ll find a preview of new features that will make it even easier for schools…

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