Your Personal and Financial Details are at Risk!

Malware, short for Malicious Software, has been wreaking havoc on computers and networks for decades. Since the first example was found in the early 70s, the numbers showing their growth are worryingly impressive: it really took until around 2005 for it to take off, but at that point there were thousands of new examples being found every day on the internet. In 2012, AV-TEST claims malware hit the 100,000,000 mark, which almost doubled in the next year alone. In 2015, the number topped half a billion different cases, with more than 1 million new ones found daily. Now, the internet is big, but avoiding that many opportunities for malware to infect your computer is tough even if you ...

Don't Bank Online Before Reading This!

Banking online is extremely convenient - gone are the days of having to visit a cashpoint to see what your balance is. But online banking is far more than just checking a balance, you can see every single one of your transactions, set up and manage direct debits, standing orders and even apply for new accounts. If you bank online, it's likely won't even need to even enter your local branch in your life. Unfortunately, as with every technological advance, banking online has it's drawbacks: it is generally susceptible to hacking, but not in the way you might think... The security measures taken by the bank themselves are some of the best in the world, their walls are near enough impen...

Simple Trick To Boost Your Android

Android phones are getting faster by the day with a new flagship phone being released what seems like every month. New processors, more RAM, more efficient chips... every company is trying their best to out do one another in the speed department, but does it show 6 months down the line? In fact, many users find their smartphone to have slowed significantly just a few months of normal usage, causing them to search for solutions to the great deceleration. There are a couple of great methods for speeding up your android phone, we found the most effective to be deleting the apps you aren't necessarily making the most use out of. As well as clearing up space on your harddrive which you ...

iPhone 7 Plus cameras achieve their full potential with latest iOS 10 beta

One of the best features of the iPhone 7 Plus is undoubtedly its camera, with the phone adding a second lens and allowing for 2x optical zoom. Currently the lenses work independently of each other, but Apple always had bigger plans for them, with a software update later this year set to unlock their true potential by allowing the two 12MP lenses to work together, and it seems that update might almost be ready, as it's already available as part of the iOS 10.1 public beta. The update adds a Portrait mode to your camera app, which when activated uses both the wide angle and telephoto lenses to create a bokeh effect, which focuses on the subject while slightly blurring the background,...

LinkedIn's e-learning site will help you do your job better, and pep up your CV

Big things are happening at LinkedIn, with the business-oriented social network unleashing a new site which aims to be a fully stocked education and training hub. LinkedIn Learning is an online education portal which wants to help users (and their bosses) identify the skills they need to master, and then deliver courses to help train them in said skills – courses hosted by experts in the various fields available, many of which will be drawn from Lynda.com (which LinkedIn acquired in the spring of last year). Staff members will be able to choose the courses which interest them, and also their managers can recommend training sessions they believe are suitable for employees. There...

Amazon's new service delivers photo prints to your doorstep

  Because having tens of millions of unique items for sale, a mail-by-drone service in the works, its own line of mobile devices, and an original TV streaming service still left some holes in its resume, Amazon just added a new service to its repertoire: photo printing. Enter Amazon Prints, an on-demand printer service where users can have photos, albums, calendars, and even stationary sent to their doorstep at the etail giant's trademark competitive prices. Prints come in 4 x 6, 5 x 7, and 8 x 10 sizes, priced at $0.09, $0.58, and $1.79 each, respectively. Meanwhile, hardcover albums start at $19.99 and come in either glossy or matte page finishes, depending on what you thin...

Cash machine learning: Facebook Messenger makes paying back pals a breeze

Facebook Messenger may be a one-stop shop for making plans with the besties, but even a leading chat app isn't exempt from group indecision and an even bigger social bane: reminding friends to pay you back. Thankfully, Messenger is adding just the features to combat these hurdles, allowing chatters to vote on choices in-app, as well as use the service's built-in apps to make sure you don't forget about your latest IOU. The new payment reminder feature taps into Facebook's budding chatbot system. The machine learning algorithm catches phrases like "I owe you X" or "please pay me X" and offers a chance to pay immediately via services like Venmo, PayPal or Square. You'll never hav...

Updated: The best cheap MacBook deals in September 2016

  If you're looking for the best cheap MacBook deals, you've come to the right place. The decision of whether you should buy a new MacBook is a simple one: does it play to your strengths? Perhaps you need the lightest and most portable OS X machine out there today, one with good battery life. Maybe you appreciate an incredible, vibrant display that's equally as good at rendering your crisp documents as it is displaying the same amount of a spreadsheet as a 24-inch monitor. Or maybe you just don't like Windows? Whatever your reason, there are plenty of deals out there. Our system checks the prices of every model of MacBook on all major retail websites so you can be sure you're alway...

macOS Sierra problems: Here's how to fix the most common issues

The new macOS Sierra update is now available to download and install for OS X 10.11 El Capitan users, but if you've just decked out your Mac with the latest operating system and noticed that things don't work the way they should, or encounter any other issues, then we have a list of fixes for the most common problems. Inevitably, when there's a new release of an operating system there are going to be problems, but don't let the list below put you off, as most people should find the process of upgrading to macOS Sierra pretty painless. If you haven't upgraded already, check out our guide How to download macOS Sierra. If you do experience any problems with macOS Sierra, then don't...

Heat will help us build the ultra-dense hard drives of the future

The amount of data storage it's possible to cram onto the same area of magnetic hard drive platter rises every year - we're fast approaching multiple terabytes per square centimetre. As it does, a problem arises. Hard drives are a bit like vinyl records, y'see. Data is stored in the magnetic equivalent of vinyl's grooves, and can only be read by putting a magnetic drive head directly above that point. As storage gets denser, you need to place the drive head more and more accurately to get to the information you want. How accurately? Right now, to within 25 nanometres. But within a few years the necessary accuracy could increase substantially. "The actuator mechanism will need to be a...

Lenovo denies accusations of 'locking' Yoga PCs to Windows 10

Lenovo is at the centre of some controversy this morning following allegations that it has cooked up some sort of deal with Microsoft to lock some 'Signature Edition ' (i.e. bloatware-free) PCs so it's only possible to use Windows 10 on them, and Linux can't be installed – an accusation Lenovo has strongly denied. Okay, so what's going on here exactly? The basic premise is that certain machines – including the Yoga 900, Yoga 900S, and Yoga 710S – come with their SSD storage locked in a RAID mode which Linux doesn't work with, as there is no functioning driver for the alternative OS. Hence users can't remove Windows 10 and replace it with Linux, if they wished to do so. But ...

This new $139/£107 board can be a Windows 10 PC (or a Windows 10 robot)

Thanks to the Raspberry Pi 3, BBC Micro Bit and countless others, the DIY PC movement is roaring along – but, something's been left behind: full-fat Windows 10. Custom developer board maker SolidRun will change that with its SolidPC SoM IB8000. This is a $139 (about £107, AU$184) MicroSOM, or Micro System on a Module, that is compatible with Linux, like most of its kind, as well as Android (which version isn't made clear) and Windows 10. However, the latter will indeed cost you the now-standard $119 (or £99, AU$179). Comparatively, Raspberry Pi is compatible with the free Windows 10 IoT Core, Microsoft's version for small form factor devices with specific home automation or...

You can finally upgrade to macOS Sierra later today

  Apple is pushing out the latest version of its desktop operating system, macOS Sierra, later on today. Following the release of iOS 10 last week, macOS Sierra will be made available for download and installation at some point in the course of the day. Usually, it's around teatime for us over here in the UK, or maybe slightly later in the evening (due to the time difference with the US – it should come out in the States around 10:00 PDT, 13:00 ET, which is 18:00 BST). As ever, Sierra is a free upgrade, so you've got nothing to lose grabbing this update – although it does have slightly more demanding hardware requirements than OS X. The new OS is compatible with the followi...

What you need to know about Yahoo's massive data breach

  Yahoo has confirmed a massive data breach that stole information from at least 500 million user accounts, leaving many to wonder who's behind the attack and what this means for their security. Yahoo is alerting affected users and taking some steps to protect them, but there are also things you can do to try to keep your information secure. We've gathered up everything you need to know about the Yahoo hack, plus advice on what you can do to protect yourself. Who's the hacker? The breach stems from a late 2014 hack by what Yahoo calls a state-sponsored actor. As our Darren Allan reported earlier, the attack was allegedly carried out by a hacker known as 'peace' (full name...

This experimental Windows 10 feature will rid your computer of preinstalled apps

  Annoying pre-installed software (aka bloatware) isn't just annoying; it can be a security disaster waiting to happen. Bloatware has been a problem for the Windows operating system for a long time, but Microsoft finally has an answer. The latest Windows 10 beta now offers a new refresh tool in the settings that allows users to install a clean version of Windows. Window 10 already has a number of "Refresh and Reset" options in its settings, but the new tool is unique in that it doesn't restore non-Microsoft apps after a system reset. The tool works by fetching a copy of Windows from the internet, a huge 3GB download, and performing a clean install. Users will still have the opt...

This 1 Weird Trick Extends Your iPhone Battery Life

iPhone battery life has been the subject of many experiments, articles and arguments, but the mystery behind just how long your phone will last is still a case causing issues worldwide. As expected, the majority of those experiencing poor or unreliable usage times have older (1 or 2 generation late) devices, but even brand new phones can be disappointing when it comes to the power department. The latest iPhone 6S+ claims to last up to 12 hours of constant use whilst performing extremely battery-strenuous tasks such as downloading HD video. There are a number ways you can improve your battery life significantly, the first being disabling "Background App Refresh", the option that a...

Crazy Trick Extends Your Android Battery Life

Naturally, phones begin to slow down the more they are used. In some cases, this effect is the fault of too much memory (RAM, that is) being used by an increasing amount of running applications. Or, it can be due to new operating systems exhausting the phone's computing resources so they cannot be used on other, more useful tasks like loading videos or changing from one screen to another.  Everyone with an android wants to give it a boost, that's a given. After all, who wouldn't want a slightly quicker device to minimize the time it takes to upload an update to Facebook? One example of a manual way you can start supercharging your android is clearing any cached data your a...

How to automatically shut down your Mac at a specified time

With the Terminal, you can have a wide variety of control when it comes to shutting down your Mac. Most of the time, you'll probably want to shut down your Mac instantly, but other times you may want to shut it down at a specific time, or after a specific number of minutes or hours have elapsed. This can be useful for times when you want to leave your Mac performing a task, but then have it shut down after the task will be completed while you walk away from the computer. Continue reading and we'll show you how this shut down task can be used in the Terminal. Begin scheduling the shut down of your Mac by opening the Terminal app (located in /Applications/Utilities) on your Mac. If ...

How to use Mac arrow key shortcuts like a pro

We've got some handy shortcuts that help you out when you're working on documents on the MacBook family of computers or using any smaller Mac keyboard that lacks the numeric keypad. Question I have a problem with the way the Up and Down arrow keys work on my MacBook Air: Whenever I hold down Command + Up/Down arrows, the page jumps to either the very top of the document or the very bottom. Is there a way to change this so that the Up/Down arrow keys move the document in single-page increments? Answer If you're used to a Windows computer, then move to a MacBook and try using the page up/down command, then the way the Mac handles this may be a bit jolting to you. Fortunately, the...

Don't Go On Public Wi-FI Before Reading This!

Public WiFi is a fantastic thing, the freedom you feel of using your laptop in a coffee shop is a new age delight, But just how safe is connecting to these free open networks? What are the dangers which are waiting to compremise your personal details? And How can you stay safe and protected? According to a Nielsen/Harris poll in March 2014, over 66% of U.S adults say they have used public WiFi with over a quarter of those admitting to checking a bank account whilst on an open, unprotected internet connection. It can seem completely harmless as the dangers aren't visible whatsoever, but they are certainly real... A public WiFi connection is rarely protected properly, meaning hackers...