Major outage prompts firms to consider disaster recovery for websites

By on July 28, 2021 in Blog, Disaster recovery, Topical

A recent outage affecting numerous high-profile websites has put the need for disaster recovery into stark focus.

An issue with cloud computing provider Fastly caused some of the biggest websites to suffer outages earlier this month. Among those affected were the BBC, Amazon, PayPal, The Times, The Guardian, Reddit, Twitch and even the UK government’s site.

Unions call for crackdown on out-of-hours emails

By on July 23, 2021 in Blog, General, Topical

Bosses have been warned not to routinely call or email staff outside of regular office hours, to avoid causing burnout or mental health issues.

With over a third of UK workers doing at least some of their job from home last year, and many companies considering a ‘hybrid’ form of working from now on, businesses are having to look at how they manage the changing face of day-to-day work.

5 top tips for Google Chrome

By on July 16, 2021 in Blog, Google, Tips & tricks

Google’s Chrome browser is, by some distance, the world’s most popular way of accessing the web. However, not many people are aware of all the handy tricks it’s capable of. If you’re one of the many millions using Chrome every day, here’s how to make your life that little bit easier.

Microsoft lets developers into Windows 11

By on July 9, 2021 in Blog, Microsoft, New technology

The first Windows Insider Preview has launched for Windows 11 – letting developers get their hands on some (but not all) of the new OS’s features ahead of its official launch.

Though Microsoft’s own developers are still working on certain designs and features behind the scenes, many of those which were announced in its launch event last month will now be opened up to those signed onto the testing programme. Feedback from participants will go into refining Windows 11 ahead of its full roll-out.

Hacking, fraud and computer misuse offences rocket during the pandemic

By on July 2, 2021 in Blog, Security, Web privacy

Cybercrime has thrived during the pandemic, amid reports that the number of hacking, fraud and computer misuse offences rose sharply during the last year’s lockdowns.

Figures from the Crime Service for England and Wales Report, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, show fraud offences for the year to March 2021 increased by 24%, to 4.6 million. Computer misuse, meanwhile, rose by 85% to 1.7 million offences.

‘Complete and effortless’ connections key to remote working success

By on June 25, 2021 in Blog, Productivity, Remote working

Technology could hold the key to making the burgeoning remote working trend a success, but only if it’s user-friendly, one report has claimed.

With the pandemic forcing a re-think of how, where and when people work, focus is now shifting away from whether or not remote working is a possibility, to instead accept its arrival and focus instead on how to make it a success.

Full mobile connectivity coming to the London Underground

The London Underground network may no longer be a signal black hole, with plans in place to offer 4G connectivity by 2024, and 5G sometime in the future.

Transport for London has awarded BAI Communications a 20-year deal to provide connectivity across the entire Tube network, with the first stations going online next year – among them Oxford Circus, Bank and Euston.

Europe and the US partner up to solve chip shortage

By on June 11, 2021 in Blog, Miscellaneous, Topical

A partnership between Europe and the USA could signal the end of the chip shortage that has impacted manufacturing for over a year.

The coronavirus pandemic exposed weaknesses in the supply chain of chip manufacturing, resulting in a global shortage of consumer electronics (with games consoles being among the highest profile casualties) and a slowdown in the production of new cars.

Microsoft unveils ‘next generation’ Windows 11

By on June 4, 2021 in Blog, Microsoft, Product releases

Microsoft has officially launched its next operating system, calling it a “major milestone” in the company’s history.

Windows 11 will launch to developers as early as next week, with the wider roll out expected before the end of the year. It will be free for existing Windows 10 users, though a minimum of 64 gigabytes of storage and 4 gigabytes of RAM is required.