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Tech History – On This Day – Jan 4th

Tech History – On This Day – Jan 4th

Tech History – On This Day – Jan 4th

First Handheld Scientific Calculator Released.

January 4, 1972

Hewlett-Packard introduced the first handheld scientific calculator, the HP-35. The precision of the calculator was greater than most mainframe computers of its time. For such a technological achievement, the name of the calculator is simply derived from the fact that it has 35 buttons.

History

In about 1970 HP co-founder Bill Hewlett challenged his co-workers to create a “shirt-pocket sized HP-9100”. At the time, slide rules were the only practical portable devices for performing trigonometric and exponential functions, as existing pocket calculators could only perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Introduced at $395 (equivalent to $2,366 in 2018), Like HP’s first scientific calculator, the desktop 9100A, it used Reverse Polish Notation (RPN) rather than what came to be called “algebraic” entry. The “35” in the calculator’s name came from the number of keys.

The original HP-35 was available from 1972 to 1975. In 2007 HP announced the release of the “retro”-look HP 35s in commemoration of the original HP-35.

The HP-35 was named an IEEE Milestone in 2009.

Description

The calculator used a traditional floating decimal display for numbers that could be displayed in that format but automatically switched to scientific notation for other numbers. The fifteen-digit LED display was capable of displaying a ten-digit mantissa plus its sign and a decimal point and a two-digit exponent plus its sign. The display used a unique form of multiplexing, illuminating a single LED segment at a time rather than a single LED digit because HP research had shown that this method was perceived by the human eye as brighter for equivalent power. Light emitting diodes were relatively new at the time and were much dimmer than high-efficiency diodes developed in subsequent decades.

The calculator used three “AA”-sized NiCd batteries assembled into a removable proprietary battery pack. Replacement battery packs are no longer available, leaving existing HP-35 calculators to rely on AC power, or their users to rebuild the battery packs themselves using available cells. An external battery charger was available and the calculator could also run from the charger, with or without batteries installed.

Internally, the calculator was organized around a serial (one-bit) processor chipset made under contract by Mostek, processing 56-bit floating-point numbers, representing 14-digit BCD numbers.

Still widely used today, By definition, a scientific calculator is a calculator designed to help you calculate science, engineering, and mathematics problems. It has way more buttons than the standard calculator that just lets you do your four basic arithmetic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Have you ever got the hang of using one? I know I’ve not.

Recycle Your Tec wouldn’t necessarily recycle these items, they do accept redundant IT such as Laptops, PC, TV, Tablets and more, why not check out our website at www.recycleyourtec.com

 

 

 

Charity Tuesday

Charity Tuesday

Charity Tuesday

Charity Tuesday

There are 165,000 registered charities in England and Wales, this doesn’t include 24,316 registered Schools ( figures as of Jan 2018 ), all of which needs our support when it comes to fundraising, we fully understand that not all families have much disposable income to support all the great charities and schools, but you can still help in a few simple ways.

With Recycle Your Tec we support individuals looking to recycle used technology, be it coming from a school, business, charity and turning them into cash donations quickly, while removing and destroying all data on your technology to comply with data protection, GDPR and environmental regulations, 100% of the items value will be donated back to your business, school or charity to support a fantastic causes.

So you could empty out that top draw full of old technology, or even an old TV you’ve been meaning to take to the recycling center and give them to your local School or Chosen charity and Recycle Your Tec will turn these into cash donations for you.

Maybe your a business looking to recycle it’s used desktops and TV’s, we will also recycle these items for you, while making a donation back to the business, be assured that all items are given a new home in Africa, Asia and less fortunate countries with our New Lease Of Life Scheme

All this done in three simple steps.

Three steps

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10 Common Laptop Faults & Solutions

10 Common Laptop Faults & Solutions

10 Common Laptop Faults & Solutions

Broken Laptop

  1. Overheating

Symptom: Computer crashes, freezes

Solution: Clean out air vents, put filtered material over the inhalation vent, or update BIOS

Overheating can rob your laptop of performance and often cause a host of hiccups, such as system crashes and freezing. Every computer generates lots of heat, but laptops are especially susceptible to overheating due to their small size and lack of ventilation. Excessive dust can clog air vents and deprive your system of cold air to cool off the CPU.

You can often solve overheating issues simply by cleaning out these air vents with a cloth or keyboard cleaner.

To prevent further dust buildup, place a piece of filtered cloth, say from a Swiffer, over the inhalation vent. Don’t place one over the exhaust vent, as that’s where hot air is supposed to flow out of the system quickly. If the cloth doesn’t work, you may want to update your system’s BIOS, which controls the laptop’s hardware. Most manufacturers offer an installation file that updates BIOS files automatically, which often address heat management. Just make sure that your notebook is connected to the power supply when updating the BIOS.

  1. Slow Hard Drive

Symptom: Excessive program load times, slow file transfers

Solution: Disk defragmentation

Disorganized information on your hard drive can sap performance because the computer requires more time to sift through data fragments and bad sectors on the drive. This problem can be cleared up easily (but not especially quickly; defragging can sometimes take hours) using the built-in Windows tool called Disk Defragmenter. You can access this program through the Programs menu in the Accessories or System Tools folder. Simply click the Analyze button to see if your disk drive requires defragmenting, and then click Defragment to begin.

  1. Battery Won’t Hold a Charge

Symptom: Your notebook runs only a few minutes when unplugged

Solution: Battery replacement

Over their lifespans, lithium-ion batteries can lose the ability to hold a charge. After a few years, some batteries will last only a fraction of the rated runtime. Replacing a battery is relatively simple; most pop out from the bottom or back of the laptop.

Top tip – Never run the laptop plugged in on a fully charged battery, it will do more harm to your battery in the long run.

  1. Bad Keyboard

Symptom: Missing or Loose Keys

Solution: Replace keyboard

Keyboards get the brunt of abuse on any laptop, either from typing or spilled coffee. As a result, keys can often become dislodged or worn out. Thankfully, laptop makers provide quick online guides for replacing keyboards on their support pages; simply type “keyboard replacement” into the search bar or check the manufacturer’s knowledge base.

  1. Can’t Connect to Wireless Network

Symptom: No Internet connection, frequent time-outs while Web browsing

Solution: Make sure wireless is turned on, smarter software tools, make sure router is broadcasting network name (SSID)

Part of taking your laptop everywhere on the go is expecting to be able to connect to any wireless network, whether in an airport, coffee shop, or hotel. But wireless networks, by their very nature, are finicky beasts. Some laptops come with an external button or switch, separate from the software settings, to enable wireless connectivity. Always make sure this wireless toggle is switched on. Also make sure that the network you’re connecting to is broadcasting its network name or SSID.

  1. Stuck Pixels

Symptom: Green or red dots on your notebook’s screen

Solution: Massage away dead pixels

Nonconforming or stuck pixels can be a nuisance on an otherwise functional laptop LCD. The pixels usually remain green or red without lighting up properly with the other pixels on the display. Unfortunately, manufacturers will not replace an LCD for just one or two stuck pixels; in fact, some require as many as 10 to 18 dead pixels before they’ll take action.

There is a solution, though. Take a soft material, like a felt cloth, and gently rub in a circular motion around the stuck pixel. Performing this trick will usually get the pixel to light up properly.

Once you find the right location and pressure to illuminate the pixel, hold your finger there for up to two minutes, and voila, no more stuck pixel.

  1. System Crash

Symptom: Notebook won’t boot up

Solution: Remove the hard drive and place it into an external enclosure. Run Checkdisk.

Most people go into panic mode when their computers refuse to boot up. More often than not, however, the problem is as simple as a missing system file or a bad sector on the hard drive. To determine if that’s the case, you can remove your hard drive using the instructions from the manufacturer and place the drive into a USB enclosure–these are external housings for internal hardware.

Next, connect the enclosure’s USB cable to an open USB port on a working PC. If the file system is still intact, the hard drive should show up as an external drive and allow you to transfer data to and from the drive. Next, try running Checkdisk on the drive by opening a DOS prompt (Start/Programs/Accessories/Command Prompt) and typing in X: where X is the letter of your external drive. Then hit Enter. Now type “chkdsk /f.” Your system may ask you to dismount the drive; this is okay, so type Y and then hit Enter.

Your notebook will now display some information about your drive (file system type and serial number) and then scan the drive, fixing any errors it encounters. An error report will print out, so you can see what changes were made to the drive. If all went well, you’ll be good to go once you plug the hard drive back into the crashed notebook and power it on.

  1. Virus or Spyware Infestation

Symptom: Excessive pop ups, slow downloads

Solution: Install antispyware programs, use free virus scans

Nothing can cripple your system like malware. The first line of defense is always prevention. It’s best to have a subscription to a service like Norton 360. Norton impresses with it’s unobtrusive security suite that offers stellar antivirus and spyware protection, file backups, and performance tuning without a complex user interface. The Norton suite also offers a firewall option that will silently block most threats while alerting the user to friendly programs requesting Web access.

If you don’t want to spend any money, you can bolster your defenses with free tools like Ad-Awareand Spybot: Search and Destroy. While both are excellent tools, each has its own strengths and weaknesses–Spybot is better at tracking down malicious code like pop-ups, while Ad-Aware does a better job removing cookies (text files that advertisers copy to a user’s computer to track surfing habits). We recommend scheduling periodic scans with both of these tools, just to be safe.

If these tools fail to locate a virus, you may want to try Trend Micro’s free House Call at housecall.trendmicro.com, which is sometimes more adept at identifying viruses than other programs. Trend Micro also offers a free database of viruses and manual removal tips, if automated solutions fail.

  1. Outdated Video Drivers

Symptom: Garbled or distorted video

Solution: Download the latest drivers

Video issues are a common complaint among notebook users. The trouble often stems from newer games and software that require the latest video card drivers to work. Even though most laptops ship with the latest driver files, some systems will be outdated by the time the machine is sold. That’s why it’s critical to update your video card’s drivers frequently–sometimes the audio and network drivers may need to be updated as well.

Many notebook manufacturers offer installation packs that will give you the latest drivers and offer automated tools to update the rest of your notebook. Lenovo, for example, hosts its driver files at lenovo.com/support. Alienware tests new drivers for all its machines and hosts them in the support area of its Web site. However, if you fail to find drivers at your notebook manufacturer’s site, you can try the video card’s manufacturer, usually ATI or Nvidia. If your system comes with an integrated graphics chip from Intel, your best bet is the laptop manufacturer’s website, although you can also try Intel’s support and downloads page.

    1. Overheating

    Symptom: Computer crashes, freezes

    Solution: Clean out air vents, put filtered material over the inhalation vent, or update BIOS

    Overheating can rob your laptop of performance and often cause a host of hiccups, such as system crashes and freezing. Every computer generates lots of heat, but laptops are especially susceptible to overheating due to their small size and lack of ventilation. Excessive dust can clog air vents and deprive your system of cold air to cool off the CPU.

    You can often solve overheating issues simply by cleaning out these air vents with a cloth or keyboard cleaner.

    To prevent further dust buildup, place a piece of filtered cloth, say from a Swiffer, over the inhalation vent. Don’t place one over the exhaust vent, as that’s where hot air is supposed to flow out of the system quickly. If the cloth doesn’t work, you may want to update your system’s BIOS, which controls the laptop’s hardware. Most manufacturers offer an installation file that updates BIOS files automatically, which often address heat management. Just make sure that your notebook is connected to the power supply when updating the BIOS.

    1. Slow Hard Drive

    Symptom: Excessive program load times, slow file transfers

    Solution: Disk defragmentation

    Disorganized information on your hard drive can sap performance because the computer requires more time to sift through data fragments and bad sectors on the drive. This problem can be cleared up easily (but not especially quickly; defragging can sometimes take hours) using the built-in Windows tool called Disk Defragmenter. You can access this program through the Programs menu in the Accessories or System Tools folder. Simply click the Analyze button to see if your disk drive requires defragmenting, and then click Defragment to begin.

    1. Battery Won’t Hold a Charge

    Symptom: Your notebook runs only a few minutes when unplugged

    Solution: Battery replacement

    Over their lifespans, lithium-ion batteries can lose the ability to hold a charge. After a few years, some batteries will last only a fraction of the rated runtime. Replacing a battery is relatively simple; most pop out from the bottom or back of the laptop.

    Top tip – Never run the laptop plugged in on a fully charged battery, it will do more harm to your battery in the long run.

    1. Bad Keyboard

    Symptom: Missing or Loose Keys

    Solution: Replace keyboard

    Keyboards get the brunt of abuse on any laptop, either from typing or spilled coffee. As a result, keys can often become dislodged or worn out. Thankfully, laptop makers provide quick online guides for replacing keyboards on their support pages; simply type “keyboard replacement” into the search bar or check the manufacturer’s knowledge base.

    1. Can’t Connect to Wireless Network

    Symptom: No Internet connection, frequent time-outs while Web browsing

    Solution: Make sure wireless is turned on, smarter software tools, make sure router is broadcasting network name (SSID)

    Part of taking your laptop everywhere on the go is expecting to be able to connect to any wireless network, whether in an airport, coffee shop, or hotel. But wireless networks, by their very nature, are finicky beasts. Some laptops come with an external button or switch, separate from the software settings, to enable wireless connectivity. Always make sure this wireless toggle is switched on. Also make sure that the network you’re connecting to is broadcasting its network name or SSID.         

    1. Stuck Pixels

    Symptom: Green or red dots on your notebook’s screen

    Solution: Massage away dead pixels

    Nonconforming or stuck pixels can be a nuisance on an otherwise functional laptop LCD. The pixels usually remain green or red without lighting up properly with the other pixels on the display. Unfortunately, manufacturers will not replace an LCD for just one or two stuck pixels; in fact, some require as many as 10 to 18 dead pixels before they’ll take action.

    There is a solution, though. Take a soft material, like a felt cloth, and gently rub in a circular motion around the stuck pixel. Performing this trick will usually get the pixel to light up properly.

    Once you find the right location and pressure to illuminate the pixel, hold your finger there for up to two minutes, and voila, no more stuck pixel.

    1. System Crash

    Symptom: Notebook won’t boot up

    Solution: Remove the hard drive and place it into an external enclosure. Run Checkdisk.

    Most people go into panic mode when their computers refuse to boot up. More often than not, however, the problem is as simple as a missing system file or a bad sector on the hard drive. To determine if that’s the case, you can remove your hard drive using the instructions from the manufacturer and place the drive into a USB enclosure–these are external housings for internal hardware.

    Next, connect the enclosure’s USB cable to an open USB port on a working PC. If the file system is still intact, the hard drive should show up as an external drive and allow you to transfer data to and from the drive. Next, try running Checkdisk on the drive by opening a DOS prompt (Start/Programs/Accessories/Command Prompt) and typing in X: where X is the letter of your external drive. Then hit Enter. Now type “chkdsk /f.” Your system may ask you to dismount the drive; this is okay, so type Y and then hit Enter.

    Your notebook will now display some information about your drive (file system type and serial number) and then scan the drive, fixing any errors it encounters. An error report will print out, so you can see what changes were made to the drive. If all went well, you’ll be good to go once you plug the hard drive back into the crashed notebook and power it on.

    1. Virus or Spyware Infestation

    Symptom: Excessive pop ups, slow downloads

    Solution: Install antispyware programs, use free virus scans

    Nothing can cripple your system like malware. The first line of defense is always prevention. It’s best to have a subscription to a service like Norton 360. Norton impresses with it’s unobtrusive security suite that offers stellar antivirus and spyware protection, file backups, and performance tuning without a complex user interface. The Norton suite also offers a firewall option that will silently block most threats while alerting the user to friendly programs requesting Web access.

    If you don’t want to spend any money, you can bolster your defenses with free tools like Ad-Awareand Spybot: Search and Destroy. While both are excellent tools, each has its own strengths and weaknesses–Spybot is better at tracking down malicious code like pop-ups, while Ad-Aware does a better job removing cookies (text files that advertisers copy to a user’s computer to track surfing habits). We recommend scheduling periodic scans with both of these tools, just to be safe.

    If these tools fail to locate a virus, you may want to try Trend Micro’s free House Call at housecall.trendmicro.com, which is sometimes more adept at identifying viruses than other programs. Trend Micro also offers a free database of viruses and manual removal tips, if automated solutions fail.

    1. Outdated Video Drivers

    Symptom: Garbled or distorted video

    Solution: Download the latest drivers

    Video issues are a common complaint among notebook users. The trouble often stems from newer games and software that require the latest video card drivers to work. Even though most laptops ship with the latest driver files, some systems will be outdated by the time the machine is sold. That’s why it’s critical to update your video card’s drivers frequently–sometimes the audio and network drivers may need to be updated as well.

    Many notebook manufacturers offer installation packs that will give you the latest drivers and offer automated tools to update the rest of your notebook. Lenovo, for example, hosts its driver files at lenovo.com/support. Alienware tests new drivers for all its machines and hosts them in the support area of its Web site. However, if you fail to find drivers at your notebook manufacturer’s site, you can try the video card’s manufacturer, usually ATI or Nvidia. If your system comes with an integrated graphics chip from Intel, your best bet is the laptop manufacturer’s website, although you can also try Intel’s support and downloads page.

    1. Downloads Are Taking Too Long

    If you have internet connectivity issue, install Speedtest.net and perform the speed test and check your download and upload speed.  Internet speed should be minimum 50 percent of your service provider’s broadcasted speed, with a ping under 100 milliseconds.

    If the speed is good, ensure that you’re not downloading or uploading anything inadvertently. Reset your router and modem to boost up your internet connectivity problem. Most routers and modems posses reset buttons, but you can also pull the power cable for few seconds. Do not cut the power for a long time , or the hardware may get reset itself to factory defaults.

    If all these fails, then recycle it with Recycle You Tec,why don’t you ask your colleagues and  IT manager to donate there tec too, the item will be given a new home in less fortunate countries, best of all we pay for you each item.

    Blog completed by Recycle Your Tec.

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If you have internet connectivity issue, install Speedtest.net and perform the speed test and check your download and upload speed.  Internet speed should be minimum 50 percent of your service provider’s broadcasted speed, with a ping under 100 milliseconds.

If the speed is good, ensure that you’re not downloading or uploading anything inadvertently. Reset your router and modem to boost up your internet connectivity problem. Most routers and modems posses reset buttons, but you can also pull the power cable for few seconds. Do not cut the power for a long time , or the hardware may get reset itself to factory defaults.

If all these fails, then recycle it with Recycle You Tec,why don’t you ask your colleagues and  IT manager to donate there tec too, the item will be given a new home in less fortunate countries, best of all we pay for you each item.

Blog completed by Recycle Your Tec.

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Introduction To Recycle Your Tec

Introduction To Recycle Your Tec

Introduction To Recycle Your Tec

Introduction To Recycle Your Tec

Who We Are

Recycle Your Tec is an IT and consumer electronics recycler.

( www.recycleyourtec.com )

Our aim is to support business, schools and charities to provide value for unwanted items, such as Laptops, PC’s, TV’s and other general household appliances.

What We Do

We run a New Lease Of Life Scheme, where the recycled items are sent to parts of Africa, Asia, The Middle East and Europe for a second home, also this allows us via our partners there to provide funds back to the business, school or charity and use as they wish.

Why Use RYT

Unlike most recyclers who provide no value for these item and in some cases, ask you to pay to dispose of them, if a item has some value we will ensure this is given back to you in full, if the item(s) are not reusable, they will be recycled for parts when repairing a similar item.

So we can not only save you money but provide funding too.

What Can You Recycle

We’re happy to accept anything that you are looking to recycle from your Schools, Businesses or Charities, below is a just an example of what we accept, if you don’t see below what your looking to recycle, then contact us, we’ve got you covered.

Items paid for:

Desktop / PC’s

Monitors

Laptops

All In One PC’s

Mobile Phones

Tablets

Televisions

Free recycled items ( when collected with one of the above)

Please be aware that if any of the items listed below have a value with our team out in Africa we will provide funds back to you.

Keyboards & Mouse

Printers

Blenders

Toasters

Kettles

Microwaves

DVD / Blu Ray players

Sounds systems

Any other household electrical items

Is my Data Safe ?

100%, your security is our number one priority, We use Ministry of Defence standard programming  to wipe the data from your recycled technology, To meet our data protection commitments, we will professionally erase all devices and factory reset all phones and tablets. Our processes ensure that your personal data is removed from any device before it is recycled and given a new home.

Three steps

We pride ourselves on providing a simple yet highly effective service, in 3 simple steps.

  1. Collect up all your used technology, and Call or email your dedicated contact for a FREE no hassle, no pressure quotation.
  2. Book a convenient courier collection ( Depending on number of items for recycling ) Free postage service available too.
  3. Await for your payment.

It’s that simple, by recycling these items not only do you give them a second home and those less fortunate an opportunity to enjoy a laptop or TV, but it’s good for our environment too, keeping toxic waste out of our landfills.

Better still, your business can make some money which can be put towards next year’s budget or help with buying replacement stock, gone are the days of just giving items away and making do with what your budget allows, upgrade to better technology and help do some real good to people who are in a less fortunate situation than us.

Please feel free to contact Gary Ward on Gary@RecycleYourTec.com and on 01440 784570.

Asus Dual-Screen Laptop Of The Future, Precog is coming 2019

Dual Screen Laptop

Asus Dual-Screen Laptop Of The Future, Precog is coming 2019.

Asus-Dual-Screen-Laptop

 

Asus showed the world “Project Precog” at Computex 2018, Imagine a slim laptop with dual touchscreens, one of which can transform into an adaptive keyboard and trackpad combo that can dynamically change the position of keys based on where your fingers are.

Imagine a laptop that learns your work routines and can conserve battery life to anticipate an upcoming video conference, Basically, a laptop that adapts to you instead of vice-versa.

All-encompassing vision for AI

“Project Precog implements a novel dual-screen form factor for flexibility, expandability, and increased productivity. With a 360° hinge joining the two displays, the PC can be used in four modes — Stand, Book, Tent, and Flat — while providing twice the screen space of traditional laptops. This innovative form factor frees gets rid of the traditional physical keyboard and touchpad setup, replacing it with the flexibility to work as either an extended screen or as a customizable interactive interface.” says the Asus global website.

The laptop adapts to your needs, and can function in 4 different configurations “Book” mode, allowing you to work on two screen at the same time all like reading a book, there’s also “Tent” mode which has been hitting the market recently, allowing you flip over the keyboard, the laptop also goes completely flat as seen below, it looks like apps can be dragged virtually anywhere on the two screens to fit the user’s preferences.

Asus Dual Screen Laptop1

 

Asus Dual Screen Laptop2

An array of sensors can predict where your fingers will rest and adapt input devices accordingly, they didn’t reveal any hard specs such as CPU and GPU options or screen resolutions.

The screen shots look highly impressive as I’m sure the price tag will be, maybe it’s time to recycle of those old technology items around the house to help with the upgrade when the Precog is released.

 

 

10 Of The Best Android Applications of 2018

10 Of The Best Android Applications of 2018

10 Of The Best Android Applications of 2018

Best Android Apps of 2018.

As 2018 draws to a close, we’re going to look back at some of the best FREE applications from 2018, all of which are available on Android, we’re not going to cover Facebook, Instagram, Uber, Twitter or WhatsApp as these are all fundamental applications.

Best-Android-Apps

While many are free, some of the best Android apps in this list require you to pay actual money. If you’re a skinflint, that’s a problem, which is why you should definitely have Google Opinion Rewards installed.

Complete short surveys for Google and you’ll be given credit to spend on the store. Sometimes that could be 50p, sometimes 10p, but it all adds up and no survey takes longer than a minute or two. Seriously, download this now.

Best Apps

Let’s face it: we all take a lot of photos, and not all of them are world beaters. The trouble is with limited storage, your phone can quickly become overrun with mediocre snaps. Yes, you can manually delete and back them up, but with the help of Gallery Doctor, that process can be entirely automated.

Gallery Doctor hunts down duplicate images and highlights them for deletion, but better still it knows what makes a good photo and can highlight your weaker efforts for deletion. Don’t worry, you can check its working to make sure you’re not deleting any classics – but it’s a helpful extra critical eye when trying to reclaim precious space.

Avast App

Avast Antivirus & Security is a powerful antivirus app that you can trust; its PC counterpart is one of the best free antiviruses. For those who want comprehensive cover, plenty of additional features are available as in-app purchases, including geofencing and remote data recovery. For those who just want basic protection, however, you’ll find this does everything you need for free.

Last Pass

We all know the rules about password security, but we also know it’s really, really boring to be good. Fortunately, LastPass takes away the hard work, making it easy to be secure. And it’s free, to boot.

You’ll need to spend a little time setting it up, but once you’re done on desktop, you’re good to go on mobile. LastPass will generate long and hard to crack passwords unique to each site. The beauty is that you never need to memorise it. The app will detect a login screen, you sign in with your master password or thumbprint and it will automatically fill in your details. Security for the lazy!

Greenify

Getting the most from your phone’s battery is always key. Lollipop may have its own set of battery-saving tools, and many phones now offer power-saving modes, but these should be seen as a last resort.

Greenify sits in the background helping to regulate how much battery various apps are using. It freezes the apps you tell it to when you’re not using them and instantly defrosts them when you need to gain access.

GPS Apps

If you don’t have a generous mobile data plan, you’re going to want to use Wi-Fi as much as possible, but finding good, free Wi-Fi isn’t always that easy. WifiMapper is the solution. Crowdsourced maps where the community shares where to get free Wi-Fi, you should never have to rely on your data again.

Snowball

 

Fed up of juggling multiple social networks across loads of different apps? Snowball helps manage the blizzard of information thrown at your phone or tablet every day.

Notifications are handled in a separate drop-down tray, and you can easily cycle between different networks. Replies can be left without even having to close down the app you’re currently using.

Time Hop

 

Want to remind yourself of how foolish that haircut you had five years ago was? Timehop is here to do just that. But while there’s sure to be plenty of cringe-worthy moments dragged up from the past, Timehop also brings reminders of memories forgotten: that spontaneous road trip, the time you went to the zoo, or perhaps the day you met a loved one for the first time.

Plugging into Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Foursquare, Timehop gives you a slice of your past life every day of the week. Who knew looking back in time could be so addictive?

Google-Fit

 

Google Fit comes preinstalled on some Android devices, but if you don’t have it you should head on over to the Play store and download Google’s health aggregator.

Not only does it track your walking, running and cycling activity when you’re carrying your phone, but it’s also compatible with smartwatch OS Android Wear for phone-free tracking. It dishes out performance-based recommendations on reachable goals and aggregates fitness data from all of the tracking apps that plug into it.

Of course, running and exercise is only half the battle if you’re looking to lose weight, and My Fitness Pal covers the rest. Simply search for the food as you eat it (or scan the barcode if you’re eating out), and My Fitness Pal will do the rest, giving you a full summary of how much you’re eating, and how quickly you can expect the pounds to drop.

Theres are some paid options in there, including additional dietary plans for those who really want to take control, but the free option will be enough for the majority of people. It plugs in with the plenty of other exercise apps, along with connected scales and activity trackers, to ensure that your good behaviour is rewarded with bonus calories each day.

Why not check out some of the above applications that millions have downloaded this year, we’re sure more ground-breaking applications are going to be part of our everyday lives in 2019.

This blog was completed by Recycle Your Tec, recycle your redundant IT today and earn cash back in process.

 

Recycling With Us

Recycling With Us

Recycling With Us

Laptops are becoming more and more important in our everyday lives. From business to personal, we need them for a variety of tasks. Majority of us treat our laptops like we treat our cars, we repair when it gets damaged or we just dispose of it the first sign of trouble and get a new one.

Either way, at some point you’ll end up getting rid of one computer and buying another. Every 3-5 years, a new generation of laptops emerges that is lighter, more powerful, and more user-friendly but many laptops (particularly high-end models) retain their value fairly well.

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Laptops that are in good condition, without any scratches or other cosmetic damage, generally have the highest value. However, even older, worn out laptops still have a reasonable amount of value on the used market, even if only as a source of parts. If you’ve got a laptop that’s very old or damaged, it might still be worth more than you think. Broken or damaged laptops still have value because of the parts that are used inside them, particularly CPUs and memory. So, if you’ve recently upgraded to a new laptop, you may be wondering how much your old laptop is worth. Laptops that have been well cared for can be worth a surprising amount on the used market.

Furthermore, before recycling a laptop or desktop, you should reset it to its ‘factory settings’. In theory, this leaves only the bare operating system and pre-installed programs on the device, removing access to your files and any programs you’ve added.

It’s essential to make sure you’ve backed up all the files you want before you begin this process. Store them safely on an external hard drive, your new computer, or in online cloud storage.

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Recycling an old computer can be relatively straightforward, no matter where you’re dropping off your computer, make sure the company that is handling the recycling is reputable. If you’d like to sell an old laptop, head over to our website, or email Gary to arrange a FREE collection, We also provide FREE Data wiping ( in accordance with the new GDPR ruling )

Email Gary@Recycleyourtec.com to arrange your collection or be given an idea of what the items you’re looking to recycle is worth.

Tips To Prevent Cyber-attacks

Tips To Prevent Cyber-attacks

Tips To Prevent Cyber-attacks

Cyber Attacks

 

Use advanced passwords
This may be the most obvious yet overlooked tip. A strong password includes uppercase, lowercase, numbers, punctuation, Don’t make the password a personal reference, and don’t store a list in a saved file. Most importantly, don’t use the same password for multiple accounts. There are some great tools like LastPass and 1Password that securely store passwords. Also, it’s crucial to change passwords frequently — especially for vulnerable accounts like email and banking.

Use a two-factor authentication
The most pro-active method to prevent a hack from occurring is by utilizing two-factor authentication. The process involves using your password and another step, such as a text message PIN that is sent to your smartphone. The best part of this process is that it is offered for free from most online companies, but sadly less than 10% of users take advantage of this service.

While Facebook calls it login approvals, Google and Microsoft call it two-step verification and Twitter names the process login verification. The process takes a few minutes to set up. Two-factor authentication is the best thing you can do to protect your accounts online, Even if your password is stolen or compromised in a breach, the hackers will not be able to access your account. Besides your social media and email accounts, ask your bank and insurance companies if two-factor authentication is available.

On public Wi-Fi? Don’t share personal data
Thinking about buying that plane ticket or checking your bank account while sitting at the coffee shop? You may want to think twice about that, as you have no idea how secure that connection is.The same goes for places like hotels and conference centers. Security researchers just uncovered a vulnerability that made Wi-Fi traffic at some of the world’s biggest hotels vulnerable to attack.There is no way for an individual to know if this is happening, so it’s best to be judicious with where you are surfing.

If you must access private information while on these networks, it would be good to use tools like virtual private networks (VPNs), which encrypt traffic so the Wi-Fi network can’t see where you’re surfing. Or, better yet, just set up a hotspot using your mobile data.

Use a VPN when necessary.
If you’re not at home and need to get online, use a virtual private network (VPN). However, be careful. Most of them are not as secure as you hope. Unless you can setup your own VPN, which you can do with Algo VPN from Trail of Bits, you may want to look into Cloak, Freedome, or PIA.

Be wary of the cloud
Here’s a good rule of thumb — if you don’t want people to access your information, don’t share it. This includes cloud storage. No matter how secure a platform says it is, you ought to keep in mind that you’re giving it to someone else to watch over. While it’s in the company’s best interests to keep it secure, many privacy experts maintain that anything you put online stands the chance of being published online.

Does this mean you shouldn’t store anything in the cloud? Not necessarily, it’s just helpful to remain aware of where your files are going. And to know the practices of your cloud storage provider. Additionally, be sure that if you delete files on your computer or smartphone that they are also deleted on any cloud backups you have too.

Be suspicious of email
A lot of cyberattacks are launched through simple malicious email campaigns. Email is a wonderful communication platform because you can sending anything to anyone, but that means it can be a huge security risk. Phishing, for example, sends victims seemingly innocuous emails that will lead victims to fake websites asking to update their personal information. The best way to avoid being scammed by phony emails is to just make sure the sender is who you think it is.

Check their email address to see if they match with the website you think it’s from. To be extra cautious you can check the IP address of the sender. You can do this by finding the source information from the email and looking for the IP address that follows the line “Received: from.” You can then Google the IP address to learn the email’s source. (Here is a good primer on finding email IP addresses.)

Conclusion.

It is impossible not to be online today if you want to be productive. However, with these systems in place, you can do it with security and peace of mind. It takes as little as 15 minutes to set up the right measures to avoid having your identity stolen, your email hacked, or sensitive photos and other information leaked.

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Whats better, Laptop or Tablet?

Whats better, Laptop or Tablet?

Whats better, Laptop or Tablet?

Laptop or Tablet

It’s not really a matter of whether tablets are better than laptops or vice versa. It’s about what type of device is right for the job at hand, which is why plenty of people own a laptop and a tablet, we list some pros and cons for both devices.

Tablet Pros & Cons
Apple’s iPad’s tablets are ideal for consuming content. They’re great tools for surfing the web, checking e-mail, Facebook, playing games, reading digital magazines and books, all while enjoying movies and music too, these devices turn on instantly and tend to last longer on a charge than your typical notebook.
The most popular tablet size is 9 to 10 inches, which is similar in dimensions to a magazine, but you’ll also find plenty of devices with 7- or 8-inch screens. These models are more portable, and can more easily fit inside a purse or jacket pocket. The iPad and similarly sized competitors tend to weigh 1.6 pounds or less, while 7- to 8-inch models weigh about a pound or less.

Regardless of the size, tablets are lighter and easier to carry than laptops.

Nevertheless, the keyboards on traditional laptops are bigger and more comfortable, and notebooks are simply better at some things, including word processing and video editing.

Laptop Pros & Cons
If your looking to get real work done, a laptop continues to be your best bet. For one, they offer a superior text input experience, especially for those who touch type.

Laptops also offer better viewing comfort, as they tend to feature larger and sharper screens. For example, the average notebook has a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels, which fits a lot more information on the display than the 1024 x 768-pixel iPad.

You also shouldn’t overlook the fact that notebooks make it easier to multitask. That’s because you can more quickly switch between applications and see all of your open apps at once.

The taskbar in Windows and the Dock on Mac OS X make it a cinch to toggle between programs. Windows 10 goes one step further with Snap, which allows you to compare open windows side by side.

In terms of weight, notebooks are heavier than tablets, but another area where notebooks excel is software. Yes, tablets offer access to lots of apps, but laptops pull ahead with the wealth of available productivity programs

Conclusion.  

So what’s best, It really comes down to what you plan to do with it. Tablets are better for play and some work, and laptops are better for work and some play.

The great thing is there’s loads of choices out on the market right now, even buying from a seller like ALM Wholesale LTD, where you can pick some some great laptops for a great price.

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Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Windows 10 October 2018 Update

Microsoft has stopped distributing its latest Windows 10 October 2018 Update.

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The software giant started rolling out the update during the company’s Surface event earlier this month, but some Windows 10 users immediately noticed their documents were being deleted. “We have paused the rollout of the Windows 10 October 2018 Update (version 1809) for all users as we investigate isolated reports of users missing some files after updating,” says Microsoft on its support site for Windows Update.

October 2018 Update is only being made available to users who’ve signed up to the Windows Insider program.  If you’ve already downloaded the update and have experienced the issue, Microsoft is now recommending that affected users contact the company directly, and if you’ve manually downloaded the October update then “please don’t install it and wait until new media is available.”

Some people have reported that they have encountered Windows 10 October 2018 Update problems since downloading and installing it.

Other Windows 10 users have been complaining that the Microsoft Edge browser and other store apps have been unable to connect to the internet after the October 2018 Update, and the update was even blocked on certain PCs due to Intel driver incompatibilities.

A recent problem with Windows 10 October 2018 Update that’s been reported is the update deleting files from hard drives. This is a worrying development, so we’re looking into what might be the cause and how to fix the problem. It’s not too clear how commonplace this problem is, but in any case, make sure you backup your device before installing the Windows 10 October 2018 Update just in case.

Windows 10 October 2018 Update has deleted files

One of the most serious issues to ever affect a Windows 10 update appears to have occurred, with multiple people reporting that after installing Windows 10 October 2018 Update, files stored in their “Documents” folder have gone missing.

The issue is severe enough for Microsoft to pause the rollout of the October 2018 Update, which shows just how seriously Microsoft is taking this issue.

It’s not clear how many Windows 10 users are affected by the problem, but even if it’s a small percentage it’s still surprising this issue was never picked up during Microsoft’s vast testing of the October update. Millions of people help Microsoft test Windows 10, but the company has struggled with the quality of Windows updates recently. Microsoft delayed its Windows 10 April 2018 Update earlier this year over Blue Screen of Death issues, but those problems were picked up before the update reached regular consumers and businesses.

Microsoft was planning to push the latest October update out to all Windows 10 users later this month but that’s now likely to be put on hold while investigations continue into this major deletion problem.

The problem hasn’t affected everyone – – but you should check your Documents folder to see if your files are missing.

If they are, then Microsoft suggests calling “our support line. They have the tools to get you back to a good state.”

In the UK, call 0344 800 2400.

If your computer is affected, then Microsoft suggests you minimize the use of the affected device and contact them as soon as possible.

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