Friday, 10 June 2016

An interesting read on the new Windows Holographic!

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Thursday, 9 June 2016

Dont forget about our GSBF event we are hosting in August!

As part of the 2016 - Geelong Small Business Festival, Jonathan Harris will be presenting "iPhone & iPad Your Business On The Move".

How to stay in touch and manage your business with an iPhone or iPad while on the move
Stuck in your office, when you should be out seeing clients? Come and learn how to stay connected. 
What apps should I use to save me searching through thousands of options?
Where to store your business data; server – cloud – laptop – iPad.
How to manage 100’s of different passwords securely.
How to synchronise your eMail, calendar and documents.

Over the past 16 years JNH Software has implemented cost saving software, apps and IT solutions for many Geelong Small Businesses.
How to use technology to give exceptional customer service, be more responsive and get mobile. 

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Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Check our latest newsletter on the Sticky Notes in Windowa

Sticky Notes
Since Windows 7, we have had access to this great little accessory. If you are not already using it – read on to see if it might help you. Instead of 20 different post-it notes stuck around the outside of your monitor, you can use Sticky Notes to have them appear on your computer desktop. Less chance of one of them falling off and not getting done. You can do away with putting passwords on a post-it note, instead hide it in a Sticky Note. But what I use it for is my current ToDo list, and my “Don’t forget these things” list.

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Friday, 27 May 2016

I've heard lately that some people prefer some different options in regards to their languages on their PC. Here is a good tip on how to add some other languages to your #Windows 10 PC.

"You can change your PC's display language to any supported language that has been added to your computer. To do this, click the language you want to use and click Options. Under Language options, click Download to download the basic language pack (not all language packs are available). Once the language pack has downloaded, go back to Region & language, click the language and click Set as default.


You'll see a notification appear under the language that reads Will be display language after next sign-in. Sign out of Windows and sign back in, and your new display language will be set."

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Friday, 13 May 2016

For all those computer users who never shut-down or restart their computer, it is quite important to do so regularly.

"When you delay restarting your computer, the operating system keeps unnecessary apps, temporary files, disk caches, page files and other functions running up in the background.
If you don’t already want to put your fist through the screen over the slow performance, failing to close down the system also leads to memory problems.
Apps and software you may have used weeks ago can clog up the memory and cause your computer to crash or freeze regularly."
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Tuesday, 10 May 2016

‪#‎4K‬ Blu Ray players have finally arrived on the market. Now we can put those 4K TV's to proper use!

"The Samsung UBD K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is selling in Australia for $599, however the range of 4K Blu-ray Discs available to play on it will initially be quite limited.
Just a dozen are available now, with 30 titles expected to be released by August and 100 by the end of the year.
Panasonic will launch a competing 4K Blu-ray player, though not until September.
Both devices will be able to play 4K HDR, or High Dynamic Range, discs that will deliver a greater colour range and contrast on screen.
The Blu-ray players will also provide the first access to 4K content outside YouTube and Netflix in Australia, which is only available to viewers with internet connections faster than 25 megabits per second."

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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

For those who think they might've lost a Word document they forgot to save, yes, it can be recovered in #Windows 10!

"Word has an auto-save feature, but there are times when your documents don't show up in the recovery pane when you open Word. Maybe your computer shut down unexpectedly or you accidentally clicked "Don't Save" as you closed your document. We've all been there."

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Friday, 15 April 2016

Be very wary of the latest scam on cheap #iPhones going around at the moment

"In the article snippet below, you’ll notice quite a number of inconsistencies:
Apple Gets Desperate. Liquidates Overstocked iPhone 6S for €1.

(TNReport)—People in the United Kingdom will be shocked to hear that Apple is running a special customer
appreciation event and offering a huge discount to new and existing customers—by selling the iPhone 6S for $1
(that's 99% off the original price!)

For only the month of March, Zuuvu has partnered up with trusted Apple iPhone 6S distributors to provide this limited time deal to customers. This is not a mistake: $1.

All of this is a part of an aggressive marketing strategy. Why are they offering such an incredible deal to United
Kingdom residents? The Apple marketing team explains: "Last year, the United Kingdom market share may have
dropped 35% and is losing to Samsung's Galaxy products worldwide. Apple retailers need to capture United
Kingdom users by liquidating extremely low-priced iPhone 6S devices. In this way, people can become repeat
customers who will spread the brand loyalty to their friends."
When users click any of the links on the fake news article, they are redirected to several destinations before ending up on a page at zuuvu[DOT]com, as shown below:"

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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Australia is the top target for #ransomeware. Be very careful what attachments and downloads you open on your computer. Your Netflix account is also a target.

"The black market for stolen account details was also gaining traction, Mr Savvides said, with everything from Netflix to stolen credit card details earning criminals cash.
“A Netflix account now sells for 25c. They sell these accounts to a bad guy in lots of one thousand, and he sets up a pirate network and sells access to the service for $1 a month,” he said.
“You can buy PlayStation accounts for $7 each and then there’s credit card details. If you get extra information like CCV numbers and expiry dates, you can get $40 per account for that information.”
Mr Savvides said the introduction of a cash price for accounts was one of the reasons online threats were becoming so sophisticated, with call centre-like setups, ransomware help lines for hackers, and a more nine-to-five style of operation.

“We were tracking one group and watching their activity,” he said. “You can see them take weekends off. They’re operating as a business.”"

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Friday, 1 April 2016

A new type of #ransomware to look out for!

"Locky is usually delivered via downloader in MS Office document (i.e. DOC) or JavaScript – e-mail attachment in a phishing campaign. The payload is a 32-bit Windows executable, containing the malicious core packed in a crypter/dropper (they are various, with various icons).
After being deployed it disappears and runs its dropped copy (renamed to svchost.exe) from the %TEMP% folder."

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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Some #tech #jargon to get to know with the new range of TV's coming out this year!

"Consumers will this year face a choice of Ultra HD Premium, Dolby Vision, or 4K HDR televisions, in addition to OLED or LED-backlit LCD televisions, and Ultra High-Definition or full high-definition screens.
New TV buyers will also have to find a source of HDR content to make the most of the televisions, with only streaming TV service Netflix offering it so far.
Australian TV buyers are already choosing big screens with Ultra High-Definition resolution, however, with LG reporting UHD screens made up 42 per cent of television value last year, up from 25 per cent in 2014."

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Friday, 25 March 2016

Ransomware is now infecting #Mac users! Be very careful and make sure you have a strong #iCloud password!

"First and foremost, make sure that your iCloud account has a very secure password. Longer is better. As long as your password is long, and is not a quote from a book, movie, song or other media, and it’s not a common expression, and it’s not something that could be guessed with a little cyberstalking, it does not need to be horribly complex.
A password like “horse airplane rutabaga flashlight” is far more secure than a complex but shorter password like “h@c|<me.”
Second, DO NOT use the same password on any other site!
Ideally, every online account should have a different password, and you should be using a password manager (like 1Password or LastPass) to keep track of all of them. This prevents situations where a server gets compromised and leaks your password, and then the hacker is able to use that password to access all your other accounts."

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Tuesday, 22 March 2016

#Telstra went down again Australia wide last week, and are offering another data free day. Make sure you make the most of it!

"The outage caused Telstra CEO Andrew Penn to issue a grovelling apology, saying he accepted full responsibility for the problem and offered customers another data free day on April 3.
Thousands took to social media after being unable to access their services around 6pm last Thursday.
While services were restored within four hours, some customers complained of ongoing problems into the next day.
At the same time, other Telstra users complained of poor internet speeds, broken landlines and failure to access various websites with the finger being pointed straight at the Telco."

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Friday, 18 March 2016

#Google, #Facebook and other major tech compaines are increasing their data security, which is pleasing news to all

Google is investigating whether the encryption used for emails as part of its End-To-End project can be applied to other products. Snapchat, the photo- and video-sharing service, is also at work on a more secure messaging system, The Guardian added.
Encryption has been a hot-button topic lately because of Apple's battle with the US Department of Justice. The DOJ has been trying to force the company to unlock an iPhone 5C used by one of the shooters who killed 14 people in the San Bernardino, California, massacre in December. But the renewed encryption efforts by Facebook and the other tech companies started before Apple's fight with the DOJ, The Guardian said.

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Tuesday, 15 March 2016

To all those who close your background apps to save battery life on your ‪#‎iPhone‬, you dont have too, as confirmed by the CEO of ‪#‎Apple‬

IPhone users, desperate to extend the battery life of their phone, have long believed that closing the background apps was the best way.
But now Apple’s senior vice president for software engineering, Craig Federighi, has confirmed it is not true.
A member at, emailed Apple’s CEO Tim Cook to ask if quitting apps was necessary for battery life.
Instead, he received a response from Federighi who said it was not necessary.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Hopefully you haven't been subscribed to #DickSmith newsletters or bought anything from their online store - as your customer details are now up for sale.

"After attempting to find an interested buyer to keep the business afloat, receivers Ferrier Hodgson announced in late February there was no white knight on the horizon and that the Dick Smith would have to be closed for good. The announcement was grim news for roughly 3,000 staff working in Dick Smith's 363 stores across Australia and New Zealand, who were told their stores would be shuttered by late April.
As part of the closure process, Ferrier Hodgson announced a fire sale to clear excess stock, fixtures and essentially anything that wasn't bolted down, all in order to raise money for creditors.
Now, it seems, there's more up for grabs.
The receivers placed an advertisement in a New Zealand newspaper on Wednesday, seeking urgent expressions of interest for Dick Smith's digital business, including its brands and trademarks, and website and domain names."

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Tuesday, 8 March 2016

#Ransomware is now infecting #Mac users. Be very careful downloading software available for free on the internet.

"According to Xiao, the Transmission app – a BitTorrent client – was infected to include this ransomware. The infected app was distributed from the official Transmission website, but with a different code signature than the normal one previously used to sign the Transmission app, implying that the app itself had been modified and re-signed by the attacker (although this has not yet been confirmed).
The modified copy of Transmission includes a file named General.rtf, which is actually an executable file rather than the rich-text document it pretends to be. When the app is launched, this file is copied to a file named kernel_service in the user Library folder (which is hidden by default on recent versions of OS X)."

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Friday, 4 March 2016

UPDATED - The next generation #5G mobile network could be here in Aus by 2018 from #Telstra !

"In addition to raw speed, Telstra will be improving video and media broadcast capabilities, with LTE-Broadcast technology. Initially this means better live video and match updates in sporting stadiums and other arenas, but with the rollout of the related Media Optimised Network (MON) you could see easier access to software updates and even something Telstra is calling "content prepositioning": Pre-loading content on your phone so it's already there if you decide to access it.
High-quality video calling over LTE (ViLTE) is also on the cards, joining the already-launched Voice over LTE (VoLTE) for compatible devices. Voice over WiFi is coming in the first half of 2016, with customers using VoLTE soon able to have voice calls swap seamlessly from mobile data to home fixed broadband."

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Tuesday, 1 March 2016

"Following the Netflix business model, YouTube Red will attempt to attract customers by offering original content, such as film, TV shows and documentaries unavailable elsewhere.
YouTube chief business officer Robert Kyncl said the service — which launched in the US in late October for $US9.99 a month — hoped to rival Netflix, Stan and Presto."

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Friday, 26 February 2016

The next generation #5G network is coming, and it's going to be incredibly fast! Download every season of The Simpsons in under half an hour!

"The introduction of ultra-HD video quality and the rise of online streaming is one major trend that will benefit from the introduction of a new generation of wireless infrastructure.
With 5G predicted to offer speeds as high as 10 gigabits per second, the service will be up to 100 times faster than the current 4G network and also faster than pre-existing broadband.
While the current 4G offering of speeds more than 15 megabits per second is fast enough to stream songs off Apple Music, stream video content from Netflix or browse the internet, the introduction of 5G will offer a whole new plethora of opportunities."

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Tuesday, 23 February 2016

Some great and safe ways to track your family members #locations on your phone

"If tracking the people you love sounds shady, or you're worried about spying, don't worry. These Android and iPhone apps are safe and I've used all the ones I recommend below. Contacts have to agree to be tracked, and the apps come with very clear instructions for use.

As you read through each selection, bear in mind that this is not an exact science and that GPS signals determine how precisely locations can be calculated. What's more, none of these will work with the phone turned off."

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Friday, 19 February 2016

A tip on that 'fast startup' option on your #Windows 10 computer.

"Fast startup is sort of like shutdown light -- when fast startup is enabled, Windows will save some of your computer's system files to a hibernation file upon shutdown (or rather, "shutdown"). Then, when you turn your computer back on, Windows will use these saved files to boot up quicker -- basically, booting from hibernate instead of from scratch.
For obvious reasons, fast startup only works if you have hibernate enabled (learn how to enable/disable hibernate here). Also, fast startup only affects shutdowns, not restarts."

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Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Make sure you dont set your iPhone to this date! A hoax is going around that it creates a them for your phone, in fact, it totally bricks your phone, making it unusable!

"“The original Macintosh introduced the world to computers, forever changing the way people experience technology, and allowing people to do things that were never possible before,” the post reads.
“With this Easter egg, warp back in time with a class Macintosh theme to relive the magic on your iPhone. Change the date on your iPhone to January 1, 1970, press and hold the power button to reboot your device, and prepare for a wild ride.”
It’s a wild ride, all right. A ride that will render your device unusable.
The hoax is believed to be so powerful that even an expert at an Apple Genius Bar may not be able to help restore your phone.
The bug affects iPhones, iPads and iPod touches with 64-bit processors running iOS 8 or iOS 9, including the iPhone 5S or newer, the iPad Air, iPad mini 2 or the 2015 sixth generation iPod touch or newer."

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Friday, 12 February 2016

Some great apps and advice on how to save that battery life on your #Android phone and tablet !

"With Greenify, users can hand pick which lower priority apps should take a nap. Heads up, though -- you won't want to hibernate apps such as the alarm clock or messaging apps if you plan to use them every day, like I do.


For those of you who are already enjoying the benefits of Android 6.0, Greenify goes a step further with experimental features that piggyback on top of the Doze functionality. For example, Aggressive Doze starts your phone hibernating within a few minutes after you stop using it, rather than many hours (like when you're asleep). Shallow Hibernation (for power users) suspends background functions without actually stopping the tasks."

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Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Beware of this #scam text coming onto your #Apple devices from a fake iTunes source

"The latest scam was announced ahead of Apple’s upcoming press event where the technology company are expected to unveil the new iPhone and iPad.
The web address is disguised using a link shortener, a tool that cuts down the URL into smaller format, so it appears to say ‘iTunes’.
If you are sent the link do not open it as contains a major virus, instead simply delete the message."

The message in question.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

If your #passwords are anything like these ones, make sure you change them ASAP!

Variations of 123456 helped keep the top 10 rounded up with numerals, with 12345678 leapfrogging qwerty to 3rdand 4th place respectively. 1qaz2wsx made a surprise new entrance at number 15 on the list. (look at your keyboard. Took me a while to get anyway.)  Dragon made a new appearance at 16 as the Game of Thrones franchise seeped ever further into popular culture.
Change your passwords today
  • 1 – 123456 (unchanged from 2014)
  • 2 – password (unchanged)
  • 3 – 12345678 (Up 1)
  • 4 – qwerty (Up 1)
  • 5 – 12345 (Down 2)
  • 6 – 123456789 (Unchanged)
  • 7 – football (Up 3)
  • 8 – 1234 (Down 1)
  • 9 – 1234567 (Up 2)
  • 10 – baseball (Down 2)

Here’s the full list below. If anyone has a password that bears even a fleeting resemblance to what follows, it’s probably a really good idea to go and change it now…

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Tuesday, 2 February 2016

#Apple has announced a recall on its AC Adapters, make sure you check here to see if you need to replace yours!

"In the case of the Apple AC wall plug adapter, the Cupertino, California, company determined that "in very rare cases" the unit may break and create a risk of electrical shock if touched. Apple said it was aware of 12 incidents worldwide that have been caused by the faulty adapters.
Apple asked customers to stop using the plugs and is offering to exchange all recalled adapters from devices with verified serial numbers. You can either order a replacement from its website or pop into your local Apple Store. The company has provided a visual guide to help you identify whether your adapter needs to be exchanged."

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Saturday, 30 January 2016

#Microsoft is releasing its on version of the #Fitbit and #AppleWatch

"Microsoft Band product manager Adam Pollington said the device would unashamedly target the big names in wearable technology with a combination of fitness and smartwatch features.
“If you look at the market today, there are two pretty clear segments — you’ve got the activity tracker market and you have the smartwatch side with productivity and connectivity,” he said.
“The Microsoft Band sits in a new sub-segment of smart bands.”"

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Wednesday, 27 January 2016

A guide on what all these different resolutions mean with TV's! 4K, Ultra HD, Full HD, 1080p

"Let's start at the top of the current TV market: 4K. This is a good place to begin, as it lets us talk about the basis for the vast majority of the confusion when it comes to resolution.
The short version is this: When it comes to TVs, 4K and Ultra HD (or UHD) are referring to the same resolution. Those TVs, along with Ultra HD Blu-ray, and nearly all UHD streaming content from Netflix, Amazon and others, is 3,840x2,160 resolution."

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Saturday, 23 January 2016

Look out for this email scam/virus! Very common, and uses a popular app, #Whatsapp

The virus is being circulated via email and is designed to look like it’s been sent by a legitimate source, researchers at Comodo Labs say. Fraudsters hope users will open the scam email and download the attached virus, which then infiltrates their phone.
Emails from the criminals contain sneaky subject lines including, “new voice message” or “an audio memo was missed” followed by a play button.
Others have received messages including “a brief audio recording has been delivered”, “a short vocal recording was obtained” and a fake notification about a video note.
Although none of the emails come from a WhatsApp address they are “disguised with an umbrella branding”, Comodo confirmed.

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Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Heres some tricks on how to charge your #iPhone faster!

This isn’t as effective as using airplane mode, but it still helps speed up the charging process by disabling battery-draining features like Siri and automatic downloads.
Your iPhone will ask if you want to switch to low power mode when your battery drops below a certain level, but it can also be turned on manually whenever you want.
To do this, go to Settings > Battery > Low Power mode.
You know that wall charger that came in the pack along with your brand new iPhone 6s? Don’t use it.
It’s not quite up to the task of re-energising your phone in the same way a more powerful 2.1 amp charger — the one normally used for iPads — is.
Using the heavy duty charger will have you back tweeting, texting and Snapchatting in no time.

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Friday, 15 January 2016

The next iOS update for your #iPhone will alter its screen colours to help with your eyes before going to sleep!

"Study after study after study has shown that light given off by electronics affects our sleep. The main issue is the blue light from LED screens can slow or halt the production of melatonin, the hormone that signals our brain that it's time for bed.
Night Shift uses your device's clock and location to determine when it's sunset, Apple said on its developer site. It automatically changes the colors in the screen "to the warmer end of the spectrum, making it easier on your eyes." In the morning, the display goes back to normal."

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Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Time to upgrade your internet browser! All old versions of #Internet Explorer are now being discontinued from Microsoft.

Decline in usership
Use of these older versions of Internet Explorer has been in decline for years, and now it seems their life support machine will be finally switched off.  These older versions of IE will of course still be useable, but after January 12, they will receive no support from Microsoft.

Continuing to use these older versions of Internet Explorer means that users will become more at risk from hackers and cyber criminals.

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Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Interestingly; the worlds first ever web page went online 25 years ago!

The Big Bang of the internet, as it were, happened back in the 1970’s. It had been possible to send data from remote computer to computer for almost 15 years, but making it accessible by people at large had always been quite elusive, leaving it largely in the preserve of military and governments across the world.
The world's first web page. It's as black and white as it looks.

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Going from #Android to #iPhone ? Here's an easy way to transfer all your data from one to the other.

Google apps on iOS
As an Android user, you are likely familiar with apps and services from Google, such as Google Maps and Gmail. A number of these are available on iOS, including Google Chrome, Gmail, Google Drive, Google Keep, Google Search, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Photos, YouTube, Google Play Music, Google Play Books and Google Play Movies.

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