All iPhones, iPads and Macs Affected by 2 Major Bugs

Posted on: January 12th, 2018 by Alexander Wright No Comments

All iPhones, iPads and Macs Affected by 2 Major Bugs

Two major security flaws, meltdown and spectre, which are present in nearly all modern processors / microchips mean that most computerised devices are potentially vulnerable to attack, including all iPhones, iPads and Macs.

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iPhone Deliberate Slowdown

Posted on: January 4th, 2018 by Alexander Wright No Comments

iPhone Deliberate Slowdown : Apple Apology

Tech giant Apple has apologised after it confirmed that long-held customer suspicions that it deliberately slowed down older iPhone models to encourage an upgrade turned to be true.

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No More Chrome Apps From Next Year

Posted on: December 21st, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

No More Chrome Apps From Next Year

Google has announced that Chrome apps for Mac and Windows will no longer be available from the Chrome Web Store by early next year and that they will be replaced next year by Progressive Web Apps (PWA).

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Estimated $80 stolen in bitcoin hack

Posted on: December 14th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

$80m Bitcoin Hack

Slovenian based bitcoin marketplace, NiceHash, has reported that it was the victim of a professional attack. The reported security breach, a social engineering hack, has resulted in the theft of bitcoin with an estimated value of $80m.

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More Dram?

Posted on: July 11th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Micron Technology Taiwan has reportedly shuttered one of its two DRAM fabrication plants in Taiwan. The production lines at Fab-2 were closed down at the beginning of this month after it was found that a nitrogen gas dispensing system had malfunctioned and contaminated both wafers and chipmaking equipment.

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Ransomware Threats

Posted on: May 19th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

The recent WannaCry ransomware attack caused panic and disruption across large swathes of the IT planet. So how can we stay safe in the future?

The media warned us that new variants of the ransomware would be released this week. Fortunately there has not really been any evidence of this so far but the next attack may just be round the corner.

No doubt anyone that had their data encrypted and their business disrupted will be putting new safeguards in place right now, but what about the rest of businesses and IT users? Once the dust has settled, will everyone go back to their same old ways?

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Avoid creators update – Microsoft

Posted on: May 3rd, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Microsoft is urging customers not to install it’s latest version of  Windows 10 creators update.

The reason behind this? It may well damage your system.

 

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802.11ac the future of Wi-Fi

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Faster Wi-Fi: It’s something we all crave. Fortunately, it’s also something we can have, even on a budget. It’s not just about fast Internet speeds to and from your service provider. It’s also about transferring files between devices in your home or office, streaming video from a network-attached drive to a television, and gaming with the lowest network latencies possible. If you’re looking for faster Wi-Fi performance, you want 802.11ac — it’s that simple.

In essence, 802.11ac is a supercharged version of 802.11n. 802.11ac is dozens of times faster, and delivers speeds ranging from 433 Mbps (megabits per second) up to several gigabits per second. To achieve that kind of throughput, 802.11ac works exclusively in the 5GHz band, uses plenty of bandwidth (80 or 160MHz), operates in up to eight spatial streams (MIMO), and employs a kind of technology called beamforming that sends signal directly to client devices.

If you’re currently using an 802.11n router — or an even older 802.11b/g model, like the perennial favorite Linksys WRT54G — and are thinking of upgrading to 802.11ac, here’s what you need to know.

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Gaming PC

Posted on: January 31st, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

Gaming PC’s can be a very expensive pass time, especially these days with 4k and HDR starting to become more prevalent. But not everyone needs a top of the line system, the trick is building something that can play current games at a good level and still be able to in at least 2-3 years time.

Here at User2 we build systems for everyone. Ranging from the high end of over £3000 to more modest offerings of  £800 (sometimes less if you do not require a monitor etc).

So how do you choose whats right for you?

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Internet security and private internet

Posted on: January 16th, 2017 by Alexander Wright No Comments

When you surf the Web, you probably take for granted your internet security and that no one else is sneaking a peek at your Web traffic and that websites are respecting your privacy. Unfortunately, neither of these is a certainty, which is why you should get a virtual private network (or VPN) service such as Private Internet Access.

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It’s one of the best VPN services out there, offering many advanced features, thousands of servers to choose from, support for file sharing services, and an interface so unobtrusive you might forget it’s there at all. For all that, Private Internet Access is a PCMag Editors’ Choice winner among desktop VPNs.

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