Edward’s Column #33

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Hello everyone and welcome to my column. I haven’t written anything for quite a while but after reading the news recently about California’s “revenge porn” laws I thought I had to comment. For those not in the know, “revenge porn” is naked pictures of an ex- boyfriend or girlfriend who finishes with you so you publish personal pictures of them in revenge. The state was originally planning to make it illegal to post pictures even with that person’s consent. However, prosecutors would have to prove “the intent to cause serious emotional distress” and that the other person actually “suffers serious emotional distress”. First offenders could expect up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine, or both.

Edward’s Column #32

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It’s now nearly a year since Microsoft launched Windows 10. This means two things; Firstly, there’s an Anniversary Update on the way. With that, some enhancements to Cortana and the web browser, Edge – as well as an attempt to reinvent the stylus. Secondly, there’s only one month left before the Windows 10 free upgrade offer ends. After that date, it will cost £89. According to head of Windows, Yusuf Mehdi, there are now 350 million devices being powered by Windows 10.

Edward’s Column #31

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Hi, let me introduce myself. My name is Edward Bear and I am the bear responsible for technology here at Jammy Toast. I have lived with The Bearkeeper for seven years now, and in that time I have designed blogs and kept our IT equipment running. I have been asked to write a column every now and then on the subject of technology – which is what I am going to start today. Also I will try to keep everyone up to speed with our plans for Jammy Toast. I think The Bearkeeper is thinking of retiring because he is getting everybody else to take over writing on the new Jammy Toast which used to be his job on the old Jammy Toast.

Edward’s Column #30

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Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. I thought for the next few months I would tell you all who my heroes are in the technology field and also the reason why. I have followed all aspects of computing for a very long time and so some of the people I admire are from bygone decades but they all have one thing in common – they made computing more popular for the masses. Don’t forget, not so long ago computers were only available to people who had vast amounts of money and space to keep them in whereas today you can carry them around in your pocket and use them for a whole multitude of things.

Edward’s Column #29

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Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. I thought for the next few months I would tell you all who my heroes are in the technology field and also the reason why. I have followed all aspects of computing for a very long time and so some of the people I admire are from bygone decades but they all have one thing in common – they made computing more popular for the masses. Don’t forget, not so long ago computers were only available to people who had vast amounts of money and space to keep them in whereas today you can carry them around in your pocket and use them for a whole multitude of things.

Edward’s Column #28

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Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. I know it is only a few days since I posted last month’s column but over the last couple of days I have been inundated with people asking about the latest GameOver Zeus virus. Described by the FBI as “extremely sophisticated” once this virus infects your computer it steals your finance and banking information and sends it to the baddies. So far it is estimated that it has swiped around £60million, with 15,000 UK victims and millions more worldwide. Even if you don’t use your computer for banking this virus is so sophisticated it can even take your family photos and block you from accessing them until you pay a ransom. It is expected to hit again within two weeks.

Edward’s Column #27

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Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. Usually when you retire from work people often take up new hobbies to fill their days with. Some people take up golf as it is a nice relaxing pastime and it doesn’t cost a fortune to play. But what if you are the richest man in the world earned as a wage? What do you do if money is no object? That is the prospect now facing are favourite executive; Steve Ballmer. Well it looks like the former Microsoft boss has only gone and reached a deal to buy his favourite basketball team, the Los Angeles Clippers, for a potential record $2 billion.

Edward’s Column #26

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Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. Microsoft are about to release the latest update to Windows 8 in the next couple of days and I have to say it is rather interesting. Without actually admitting they were wrong in the first place, Microsoft are now starting to come round to the idea that the desktop is still king as the update finally starts to properly integrate desktop and tablet apps. Furthermore, Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be generally available from the 8th April and is completely free.

Edward’s Column #25

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Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. Last month I told you all about the next version of Windows to be released under the Windows 9 name and try to distance itself from the Windows 8 brand because of tarnished reputation of the current version. Since then my spies have been working overtime and discovered that the next version may well be released as early as April 2015. Also, Microsoft are keen to make good on many of the Windows 8 features which caused distress to desktop users of their operating system. Furthermore, the Start menu is expected to make a welcomed return and you should be able to run “Metro” apps on the desktop in separate windows.

Edward’s Column #24

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Hello everyone and welcome to my monthly technology column. Some exciting news coming out of Microsoft at the moment involving the next release of Windows. Windows 8 has been much criticised mostly because of its focus being on mobile devices and the metro interface – mostly at the cost of desktop users. Although Microsoft have made quite a few improvements with the release of the last update; Windows 8.1, there is still room for much improvement. So just what has Microsoft got planned for the next update and when will it be released?