With the development of contact tracing apps to counter the spread of COVID-19, there has been discussion of centralised and decentralised methods. So what do these terms actually mean? The short version is that the centralised method is designed to collect more data and compare it on central servers, while the decentralised method collects as […]
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http://www.simonweckert.com/googlemapshacks.html As an experiment and prank, an artist put 99 smartphones in a trolley, and walked around roads in Berlin to trick Google Maps into thinking there was a traffic jam, in a piece of performance art titled Google Maps Hacks. Google Maps uses the locations of it’s users to map out areas of high […]
Whatsapp is a widely used messaging app for iPhones, Android phones, and PCs. Today, Whatsapp launches a new update that means the app will cease to run on phones that use Android 2.3.7 (Released 2010) or iPhone iOS 8 (Released 2014). They are taking this step because out of date operating systems become vulnerable to […]
The past few decades have seen the internet go from its beginning as a specialised tool unavailable and irrelevant to the lives of most people to becoming a ubiquitous necessity. Many companies,organisations and government services have switched to requiring forms to be completed online and many more are in the process of doing so. This […]
Despite Windows 7 having reached End of Life, a recent update has been released to fix the issue with wallpapers not always showing. Microsoft doesn’t usually release patches for operating systems after End of Life, but have done so in the past during major incidents. Fixing the wallpaper display options is however, a comparatively trivial […]
A summary sheet covering the issues surrounding the Windows 7 End of Life on January 14th 2020
In summary: Can I still use Windows 7 afterwards?Yes, but you ideally shouldn’t. End of Life means there will be no ongoing support. A lack of security updates will leave a Windows 7 PC increasingly vulnerable to new malware. What if I prefer Windows 7?Windows 10 is highly configurable, and can be made to look […]
A talk on the subject of Augmented Reality, and the safety concerns that some people have had regarding them.
A discussion on the subject of Anti-virus software, and which ones are recommended, and general related tips for safeguarding your computer and your data.
Anyone who has subscribed to an online newsletter or used any online service will have heard about new privacy policies, and the new legislation in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. A very large number of companies, including Solidarity IT, sent out emails asking people to re-subscribe to their newsletters. […]