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By Mike Cutmore | Welcome to 'fixmypc.24ex'. Collecting hints, tips, news, information & all home computer relevant issues. Keeping up with all the changes in domestic related tech - a constant, continuing operation... PC tech evolves constantly, sometimes seemingly faster than we can try to keep up with. With the rapid rise of on-line services like cloud computing & new platforms, tablet computers & smartphones more & more dangerous security threats seem to appear regularly...

​What is digital transformation? Everything you need to know about how technology is reshaping business

Digital transformation: what it is, why it matters, and what the big trends are.<p><i>Video: Why some companies won't success on their digital</i> …

Innovation

Technology everyone wanted the year you were born

Microsoft's Big Ideas Are Awesome, But When Does Reality Catch Up With the Tech?

Today, Microsoft announced the Surface Hub 2, and like many of the company’s previous Surface products, it offers a tantalising view into a future …

Windows 10

Windows 10, Android and iOS: Gearing up for the next ecosystem battle

Three giants with billions of users; but it that going to be enough?<p>How big is big enough? One hundred million users? A billion users?<p>Big numbers are …

Windows 10

Google Duplex beat the Turing test: Are we doomed?

Google’s new Duplex AI sounds human, with stammers, pauses, and all. It could be a useful addition to Google Assistant or the harbinger of something …

Artificial Intelligence

The best change in Android P is Google’s all-new Material Design

Your smartphone is a mess of buttons and menus. While the hamburger menu and settings cog have become ubiquitous, dig a little deeper and you’re …

UI Design

At I/O, Google showed its willingness to change and shape our lives

How personal can Google get before it all becomes too creepy?<p>Every company in Silicon Valley will tell you, with operatic grandeur, that it aims to change the world and make it a better place. But set aside the pretenders trying to sell you $400 juicers, Google happens to be a company that <i>can</i> …

Google Assistant

The Era of Fake Video Begins

The digital manipulation of video may make the current era of “fake news” seem quaint.<p>In a dank corner of the internet, it is possible to find actresses from <i>Game of Thrones</i> or <i>Harry Potter</i> engaged in all manner of sex acts. Or at least to the world the carnal figures look like those actresses, and …

Virtual Reality

It’s Impossible to Prove Your Laptop Hasn’t Been Hacked. I Spent Two Years Finding Out.

Evil Maid Attacks<p>If you don’t use full disk encryption on your laptop, anyone who gains physical access to it, even for just a few minutes, can …

Linux

When's the best time to buy a TV, laptop or smartphone?

Depending on what gear you want to buy, you might be better off waiting until a certain time of year. Here's when.<p>If you read about a new TV in January, you won't be able to buy it until the spring or summer.

Laptops

Technology doesn’t mean you can forget the basics of customer service

From the invention of the telephone in 1876 through to today’s reliance on smart technologies, the way that customers interact with companies and …

Customer Experience

Opinion: We’re on the cusp of the third digital revolution, and here’s how not to be left behind

Over the past 50 years, two digital revolutions — in communication and computation — have created unprecedented wealth and transformed how we live, …

Fabrication

History of WWW and a Caution About Prematurely Judging Fintech

1/ This post made me think of some Internet/Web history that I wanted to share (well, my blockchain friends encouraged me). The thing is, doing a …

Innovation

It's time to tame Big Tech: Here's how we get started

Changing our relationship with technology is about much more than changing the law.<p>The first PC revolution was the work of tinkerers and enthusiasts …

Blockchain may power future elections, but it’s no silver bullet for fraud

Two major election scandals have plagued the United States over the past twenty years. In 2000, there were widespread reports of a miscount. In 2016, …

​How many Linux users are there anyway?

It depends on how you count them.<p>I was talking to a friend the other day when he said there were no more than 0.0001 percent Linux users. So, so …

From pranks to nuclear sabotage, this is the history of malware

Since the dawn of modern computing, software has been as capable as the programmers who created it. Their intentions became its capabilities, and …

Cybersecurity

Teenage flicks: how 'phone boredom' became Gen Z's answer to passing the time

From Twitter to Tumblr, swiping through your mobile’s apps is the new doing something while doing nothing at all. Is it simply a case of new technology, same old humans?<p>Horizontal. Phone propped less than 10cm away from your face: minimum hand muscles engaged. Twitter: meme (it’s funny, but you …

Apps

Why a merged Apple OS is one mash-up too far

<b>Comment</b> Cupertino faces a Windows 8 momentIt's come full circle. Young reporters joining a prestigious tech publication 20 years ago were quietly …

Mashups

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look<p>Five things we learned from Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook hearing<p>Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store …

Windows 10

The Glory That Was Yahoo

For one brief shining moment, Yahoo was the king of all it surveyed. Then everything went to hell.<p>Everyone knows how the story ends.<p>In July 2016, 22 years after it began as a hobby for Stanford graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo agreed to sell its core operating business to Verizon …

Advertising

I switch between iPhone and Android whenever I want without losing anything — here's the very simple way I do it

Don't believe the hype: Switching between iPhone and Android is quite easy.<p>I should know — I've been writing about technology for the past five years, and I've switched among a dozen different smartphones in that time. Whether I'm using an iPhone or an Android phone, everything comes with me.<p>I …

QLED can't beat OLED. So why is Samsung pushing it so hard?

If you are in the market for a new TV, last week you may have seen Samsung parade its 2018 line-up, headlined by its latest QLED models.<p>Aside from …

We asked Siri, Alexa, and the Google Assistant 10 questions — here's which one is the smartest

<i>The</i> <i>Insider Picks</i> <i>team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Amazon's Alexa came out on top this time. Amazon<p>For better or worse, many of us rely on digital assistants to answer our everyday …

This Powerful PC Runs on Any Device—and Never Needs an Upgrade

Someday you might not have lots of different computers: You might have a virtual one, and lots of ways to connect to it<p>Sometimes a game just clicks for me. Last week, when I bought “Call of Duty: WWII,” the latest in the epic series of shooter games, I found a gritty mess of a game unlike anything …

Call of Duty

Artificial intelligence is going to completely change your life

Just as electricity transformed the way industries functioned in the past century, artificial intelligence — the science of programming cognitive …

Is the E-Reader Dead?

Ah, the simple pleasure of a book. The slow burn of drama, the crisply printed words, the flash of the screen as you share a particularly moving …

Bitcoin Is the New Birkin Bag

Ten years after Bitcoin's launch, the coin’s scarcity has generated a market that's more luxurious than libertarian.<p>In 2012, a single Bitcoin was worth less than $10. On New Year’s Day 2018, it was worth $13,000. When its value dipped below $8,000 soon after, some suggested that the cryptocurrency …

11 First Sentences That Guarantee the Rest of Your Email Won't Get Read | Inc.com

Imagine you get this email. You don't know the sender, but you open it anyway. How long would you keep reading?<p>Dear Jeff,I hope you're having a great President's Day! I definitely am. Even though I'm spending a little time at work right now, I plan to spend at least part of the day having fun with …

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