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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 assumed that Microsoft was making Windows 7 deliberately slow as an incentive to make users move onto a newer operating system. Nothing like a conspiracy to spice up the rumors.

Via: http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/windows-7-cumulative-rollup-updates.html

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 battery pack and a tiny lightning connector. And the overall industrial design itself has been tweaked half a dozen times—which along the way created new problems including Antennagate. Then Bendgate. Then Touch Disease

Most of me would agree, it feels thin enough! Any thinner, and I’re entering SNL sketch territory, with a phone that’s difficult to grip (and even more droppable). Over almost a decade, Apple bought itself some precious sub-millimeters before any of me feel like Zack Morris circa 2007. Meanwhile, the iPhone 7 is rumored to be 17% thinner than its predecessor—following the hilarious conspiracy theory that the iPhone will by 0 mm thick by 2023.

Via: https://www.fastcodesign.com/3063238/why-wont-apple-fix-the-iphones-one-huge-design-flaw

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

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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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 a new exhibit featuring shockingly life-like animatronic dinos.

via The Dinosaurs at Every Museum Should Do This.

Now thats an impressive use of I.T. gadgetry and animatronics !

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

Image from Spiceworks Featured content

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 device

52.3 percent have the Facebook app installed, 2.4 percent have the Twitter app installed

61.7 percent searched information on Google or checked their emails on Gmail

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

It’s no surprise that people like free Wi-Fi, but as the saying goes, “You don’t get anything for free”.

In this case, free internet access cost them their privacy.

Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 – BBC News

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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 in 1971.

His invention included the ground-breaking use of the @ symbol in email addresses, which is now standard.

Tomlinson died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday, according to reports.

He sent what is now regarded as the first email while working in Boston as an engineer for research company Bolt, Beranek and Newman.

The firm played a big role in developing an early version of the internet, known as Arpanet.

However, Tomlinson later said he could not remember what was in that first test message, describing it as “completely forgettable”.

His work was recognised by his peers in 2012, when he was inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame.

via Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 – BBC News.

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 designed to be a factory test and was not intended to affect customers.”

Customers who paid for an out-of-warranty replacement of their device based on this issue should contact AppleCare about a reimbursement.”

A software update has now been released so that iPhone customers with disabled phones may restore their device via iTunes on a PC or Mac.

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

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

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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 together a checklist and self-certification scheme that schools, local authorities, and school leaders can use to determine if a cloud service provide meets UK law and if they’re suitable to use your school.

The new guidance, entitled Cloud (Educational Apps) Software Services and the Data Protection Act, gives a formal framework for companies like Google, Microsoft, and Apple to complete in order to answer common questions that schools should be asking of cloud companies.

The outcome is a comprehensive checklist of answers to questions like:

  • Does your cloud service fully comply with the Data Protection Act?
  • Do your services ensure the school can delete data to meet data protection requirements?
  • Do you prohibit personal data or metadata being shared with third parties?
  • Are appropriate controls in place to ensure only authorised staff have access to client/customer data?

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

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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 I want My customers and people around the country to understand what is at stake.

via Customer Letter – Apple.

I’m keen to watch this one, very interesting cases set by both sides, but this could potentially mean a big hit for Apple if it was to provide such a solution.

I’m all for authorities solving crimes, but to what cost?

I know these are U.S. Laws, but the impact of such a solution would echo worldwide.

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 around its most congested roads.

The council is nearly three years into a traffic monitoring project supported by Danish IoT specialist Blip Systems and local services provider Smart CCTV, to glean information on journey times and traffic patterns around Portsmouth.

Venture capital-backed Blip was set up in 2003 after an MBO of Ericsson’s Bluetooth business in Denmark. It has built up a substantial business around traffic and transportation collecting systems for data analysis.

Its BlipTrack technology is used in a number of other locations around the world, including the Port of Dover and Bristol and Manchester Airports in the UK, as well as numerous other airports and ports, stations, and even amusement parks and ski resorts.

The council deployed a number of sensors on the roads linking 12 cross-city routes to the mainland – the M275, A3 and A2030 – as well as the M27/A27 east-west corridor, which runs to the north of the city.

The information collected is so far being used primarily within the council for strategic planning tasks, such as identifying problem areas, learning about the capacity of existing roads, and detecting changes in traffic patterns.

After adding further sensors, it has begun to log individual journeys, calculate average speeds, expose previously unknown ‘rat runs’ and short cuts, and identify parking problems. By factoring this data into its planning, the authority hopes to realise economic benefits through cutting commuting times, fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions.

via Portsmouth uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to ease traffic woes.

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 about previous and current updates to Windows 10.

via Microsoft starts providing release notes for Windows 10 updates | ZDNet.

LINK: Windows 10 Update History page

LINK: Windows 10 Release Information (CB,CBB and LTSB)

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 institutions to integrate mobile technologies into their facilities. There are several arguments whether or not to ban mobile devices from schools. Before making any decisions, schools should look at the pros and cons about allowing students to bring their own devices.

via Mobile Devices – why not to ban them | Academies Community.

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

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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

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 if Apple detects third-party repairs – BBC News.

 

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 personal information for processing in me data centres.It follows a court ruling last year that invalidated an earlier data transfer mechanism called Safe Harbour.

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

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. Keeping these data centers cool is such a problem that tech companies like Facebook and Google prefer to move them to colder countries than pay the air conditioning bill. But for Microsoft, theres an even better home for all that data: under the sea.

via Microsoft is experimenting with underwater data centers | The Verge.

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 £30 tariff if they do not opt out within 30 days.

The company has notified customers by post and said it would also text them.

Three said the more expensive plan was the closest remaining deal offering unlimited calls and data.

It stopped offering the £17 monthly deal to new customers in 2014 and said it was phasing out “legacy” tariffs, but the BBC understands hundreds of thousands of customers still use the tariff and will be affected by the switch.

via Three defends mobile tariff price hike – BBC News.

Being a THREE user myself, I was annoyed when I renewed my service when I upgraded from the iPhone 5 to 6 Plus (both where on all you can eat), I found that my tariff doubled then, alas I was unable to opt for a lower tariff because my own data usage always put me out of that bracket. So I can clearly see where other customers frustrations are coming from.

How long will it take for other operators to follow I wonder.

#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 new rules, your boss could have the right to read them!

Following a recent court case in Romania, The European Court of Human Rights has passed a motion that says bosses can keep track of employees personal correspondence during work hours to make sure they are using their time properly and not slacking off.

But this doesnt mean that you suddenly are working under Big Brother. In almost all cases, emails and messaging apps will only be monitored if there is cause for concern, or employees are consistently behind on their work without explanation. It also needs to be stressed that messaging services like WhatsApp can only be checked on a phone or device issued by the company. So whilst they cant keep tabs on your own phone, be careful if youve got a work mobile or like to tweet from your personal account on a business iPad.

Source: Can your Head read your texts? | Academies Community

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 Ghost Train fuses five multi-sensory experiences: grand illusion, live action, next generation technology, 4D special effects and physical transit.

Prepare to have your mind derailed as you board a suspended seven tonne Victorian train carriage and embark on a one way journey that will have you questioning your perception of reality.

Via: THORPE PARK Resort – YouTube

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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