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Portable sound unit for your phone

posted 16 Apr 2016, 23:57 by David Gething   [ updated 16 Apr 2016, 23:58 ]

A small and convenient way of boosting the sound quality from your phone or tablet without wires. Great for podcasts and music, and very well made. See it here on Amazon. Cost is under £30.

Vouchers - ideal present for Christmas

posted 6 Dec 2015, 07:35 by David Gething   [ updated 19 Nov 2017, 07:29 ]

If you are looking for a last minute Christmas present, we supply vouchers for any type of computer lesson, general help or tuition on the ipad.

Recipients may use these vouchers at any time during the following 12 months. Furthermore, any voucher will be fully refunded if the holder is unable or unwilling to make use of it.

Vouchers can be delivered to you with a few hours by email.

This facility is applicable to users in the South Bucks area only.  Contact us for more details.

Windows 10 new broswer - Edge

posted 17 Jul 2015, 14:05 by David Gething

Microsoft EdgeThe new Windows 10 will feature Edge, Microsoft's first brand new web browser in almost 20 years. Edge was built from the ground up, using a completely different engine from that of the older Internet Explorer.

Edge is designed to be faster, easier to use and more convenient than its predecessor, according to Microsoft. This isn’t the end of I.E., however, which will continue to be supported.
Read this article to learn of the key features:

http://blogs.which.co.uk/…/windows-10-exploring-the-edge-b…/

Windows 10 is here

posted 13 Jul 2015, 12:44 by David Gething   [ updated 13 Jul 2015, 12:58 ]

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Windows 10 has arrived, and it is receiving some very good reviews. With free upgrades available for many users, here we reveal what's new in Windows 10.

We also offer you personal help and tuition in using this greatly improved operating systems.
See  Windows 10 Tuition

Improve what you see on Facebook - video

posted 16 Sep 2014, 13:57 by David Gething   [ updated 18 Sep 2014, 00:06 ]

Some users of Facebook are rather baffled that they don’t always see all the postings that friends choose to share. Some snippets and comments are simply not passed through to your newsfeed. Not everyone realises that Facebook makes a judgement on what you should see, but it keeps secret the methods it uses. However, with a little knowledge of how some of the controls and adjustments work, you can make huge improvements to the value of the material you see.

Watch this video demonstration from Robert Scoble, and learn how it’s done
Learn to control Facebook

Is Windows XP safe to use?

posted 15 Apr 2014, 15:43 by David Gething

 From April 2014, Microsoft are discontinuing support and updates for Windows XP.  So, should you continue to use it?

There are differing views on this, but our opinion is that there’s not too much to worry about.  The basis for this is:

It is probable that you are using antivirus protection that is being kept up to date.

You use a router or hub that inherently blocks all unsolicited incoming messages / attacks.

These days the most commmon threats are from websites that entice you to click on tempting offers or that warn you of fake problems, so that risk applies regardless of which operating system you use.

Windows XP is fairly robust, having enjoyed many corrections and updates over its 13 year history.

If there were to be a major vulnerability discovered, many people believe that Microsoft would be under a lot of pressure to release a fix, especially  as they are supporting it for paying customers anyway.

iOS 9

posted 24 Sep 2013, 13:15 by David Gething   [ updated 9 May 2016, 12:10 ]


iOS 9 is now firmly eastablished. It introduces several new features and apps for your iPad and iPhone:
1. iPad Split-Screen Support
2. Keyboard Improvements
3. The News App
4. Spotlight and Siri – faster and more accurate searching
5. Aesthetic Improvements – e.g. the Recent Apps screen, which uses a cascading design that makes it a lot easier to flip through your active apps.

For help or tuition in understanding the changes, please get in touch with us.  Beginners can also review our iPad lessons page.

Action Fraud

posted 9 Mar 2013, 14:43 by David Gething   [ updated 18 Jun 2014, 23:59 ]

New central service for Reporting Fraud and Internet Crime

From April this year (2013) you should report fraud and financial scams to the new Action Fraud reporting centre. This is a single point of contact for the collection of information on internet related fraud and scams, and it means that local police will no longer deal with such matters.

Action Fraud is the UK's national fraud and internet crime reporting centre

They provide a central point of contact for information about fraud and financially motivated internet crime. If you've been scammed, ripped off or conned, there is something you can do about it. You can report a fraud to them on their internet page Report fraud and receive a police crime reference number.

Alternatively, you can phone 0300 123 2040


Note that Action Fraud is not an emergency service - if you are in immediate danger you should dial 999.

Your own pocket wifi signal

posted 22 Jan 2013, 00:07 by David Gething   [ updated 23 Sep 2016, 10:14 ]

Have you ever been out and about with a laptop or tablet and found that either there is no wifi available, or the only signals to be found are security protected?

A neat solution is a portable wifi gadget that magically connects via the 3G mobile phone network.

Since the connection to your own computer is via wireless, no cables are required and no other complications arise when using an iPad or Nexus tablet.

The device in question is called a MiFi and is marketed by Three.

I recommend the Pay-as-you-go option, and you can buy relatively cheap top-up SIMs from Amazon or eBay. (Topup cost is around £14 for 3 months validity).

Look for Mifi model E5331 (white) or E585 in PC World, Amazon etc (manufacturer is Huawei).

There is a BONUS because the MiFi will also allow its wifi signal to connect to 4 additional devices at the same time, so your laptop, ipod etc can also benefit from instant internet wherever you are.


the older E585

Beginners iPad tutorials

posted 23 Dec 2012, 07:50 by David Gething   [ updated 9 May 2016, 12:14 ]

We continue to experience a high demand for lessons on new iPad or Samsung and other Android tablets. These short tutorials explain the basics and key techniques for using the touch screen, and explain how some of the popular apps work. 

Optionally, help can be provided to set up a new device. See the iPad and tablets page for more information.

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