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The disruption of the good-enough £30 tablet and the IPO
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Jun 19, 2014 / Reviews /
You may have already read the Housing Tech Blog post on the £30 Tablet or Brett Sadler's post on the same subject, but if not, they are certainly worth a read as they both review what is currently the worlds cheapest tablet on the market, both with positive outcomes. Datawind, which manufacturer the low cost entry-level device, was founded in 2000 by two brothers Suneet Singh Tuli and Raja Tuli. Both Canadian Citizens, born in India and with the Datawind company being registered in the UK - ...
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iOS 8, Yosemite and the future of home automation
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Jun 04, 2014 / Uncategorized /
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 36 hours you will no doubt have heard that Monday saw the 2014 Apple Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) Keynote. The last few conferences have not been so much about the developer but more a media frenzy of what new hardware will be released. Monday was different, it was back to the developer and new technologies rather than new hardware. In fact, there was no new hardware announced at all. No iPhone 6, no change to the iPad, no ...
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Update your iOS devices now!
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Feb 23, 2014 / Security /
Apple have just released iOS 7.0.6. Part of this release includes a fix for a bug that destroys any capability of encrypted connections. SSL or TLS sessions on devices prior to 7.0.6 are far from secure. So, what's the issue? Well, anything, literally anything, you do on your device that you expect to be transmitting over a secure connection can be captured and/or modified by an attacker. Your usernames and passwords, your credit card details, your banking app, iTunes, iCloud. I am struggling to think of ...
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Love is in the (iPad) Air
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Feb 14, 2014 / Uncategorized /
It's Valentine's Day! Happy Valentine's everyone! A day to appreciate those loved ones in your life (or so we are told by the commercial giants, but that's for a different, grumpier blog post!) I sat down and thought about the things I love in my life, my wonderful wife, my adorable children, my family, my job, but most importantly, my iPad Air! You see, there is something special in the Air, here I explain why my move to the iPad Air, when it was released back in ...
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The £30 tablet and the humble front door key
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Jan 08, 2014 / Reviews /
Move over Tesco Hudl, Aldi Medion Lifetab and Argos MyTablet, there's a new tablet on the block. The "world's cheapest tablet" has been manufactured by Datawind (http://datawind.com). Welcome to the UbiSlate 7Ci costing a mere £30. The UbiSlate was originally made for an Indian government education scheme at which time it was branded as 'Aakash 2'. In India, the tablet is used by students and was originally designed to provide cheap access to online services to improve education. So, what exactly do you get for your three £10 ...
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What value would you place on your data?
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Nov 27, 2013 / Uncategorized /
It was October 2013 when the first PC in the UK became infected with the malware Cryptolocker. This nasty piece of malware encrypts your data files then generously offers you the chance to decrypt your files by paying a ransom. Since October it is becoming more and more widespread and is a real threat to UK businesses and home users. Ransomware is not a new concept but Cryptolocker is the first which uses commercial-grade RSA encryption and seems to have become more widespread than any other ...
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Issues with the Universal Credit application website
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Aug 12, 2013 / Universal Credit /
OK, my first post on my new blog so here we go! I have been paying a keen interest in the Universal Credit application website. For those reading who do not know, Universal Credit is a new benefit which replaces 6 existing benefits with a single monthly payment. This benefit is being rolled out across the UK between October 2013 and should be complete by 2017. To apply for the benefit, users MUST complete an online application, there is no paper version available, in some very exceptional ...