Google Android 4.1; Jelly Bean Announced

Posted on: June 29th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Google has announced their latest Operating System upgrade for their Android phones.

Dubbed ‘Jelly Bean’, the latest OS features new functionality such as voice control – seen to be a direct competitor to Apple’s Siri personal assistant.

With security enhancements, new functionality and minor quirks in other areas, Jelly Bean seems to be the perfect Operating System for a smartphone, although unfortunately most people aren’t likely to see this any time soon.

The majority of users are still running Android Gingerbread, with only a few on the latest ‘Ice Cream Sandwich’; the blame is being put on manufacturers for not pushing these updates out to their users.

Top Level Domain Names – Applications Now Public

Posted on: June 14th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) is the organization which manages the global domain name network – in recent months they have announced that businesses will be able to purchase their own gTLD (Generic Top Level Domain). They have now announced the gTLD’s which have been applied for.

A selection of these are:


Whilst this may look good, there are a few issues with this:

If two businesses want the same gTLD then it will go to auction, potentially costing a lot of money.

Consumers may find it difficult to understand.

Some companies may purchase lots of these in order to gain a monopoly.

The gTLD’s are set to be released in late 2012 / early 2013.

Anti-Virus – Which is The Best?

Posted on: June 13th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

One of the main things to consider when using a computer is which Anti-Virus to purchase.

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There are both free versions and paid versions – generally the paid versions have more features, such as Anti-Spam, Identity Theft Protection and Parental Controls, but do you really need these features from your Anti-Virus suite?

E-Mails – most people use providers such as Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo and similar online providers which already have this built-in.

Parental Controls – Do you have kids? If so this may be a good idea to have, but there are numerous free options to this such as OpenDNS.

Identity Theft Protection – To be honest, this doesn’t mean much. It may flag up phishing websites here and there but your Anti-Spam will block these from your E-Mails, and Internet Browsers such as FireFox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome do this automatically based on large open-source databases.

The best free Anti-Virus software I would recommend is Microsoft Security Essentials. It doesn’t take up much of your computer resources and isn’t intrusive – it will only pop-up if it detects a virus, and with real-time scanning in the background you’re generally pretty safe.

If you’re interested in Tetrabyte Managed Anti-Virus and Anti-Spyware, then click here – let us manage the security of your network to allow you to carry on without interruption or the stress of stolen information.

Apple iOS 6 Officially Unveiled

Posted on: June 12th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Apple have officially announced the next update to iOS – iOS 6.

The new iOS features a new 3D mapping system, useful for deciding routes, finding places and as an integrated SatNav system.

Dubbed ‘iOS Maps’, the system features traffic information in real-time and enables users to see detailed information about the places around them.

Developers of Apple Apps have access to a limited ‘beta’ version of iOS 6, but everyone else will have to wait until the autumn – the same time the iPhone 5 is expected to be released.

Are you looking forward to the next iPhone and iOS 6?

Let us know by commenting on this post!

Google Chrome 19 Released

Posted on: May 16th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Google has released the 19th version of it’s flagship browser – Google Chrome.

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This latest release has squashed eight major bugs and fourteen minor bugs.

Google has reportedly paid those who reported these issues a total of about $7500.

If you fancy making some money and helping out those users of Google Chrome then check out the Google Chrome support page. If you find any serious bugs or flaws then let Google know – if their panel of judges finds the bug serious or interesting then you may be rewarded with a payout of up to $3133.70.

Browser Wars; The Phantom Menace?

Posted on: May 11th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

Ever since the Internet became a consumer accessible service there have been talks about which browser is the best.

At first there was NetScape which dominated the market, and then came along Internet Explorer; Microsoft’s flagship Internet browser.

When Mozilla FireFox entered the arena it stole a good proportion of the market share, but it took a few years until it became a real competitor and threat to Internet Explorer.

NetScape fell over night – people stopped using it when Internet Explorer and FireFox dominated.

In September 2008 Google announced their attempt to enter the market – with the promise of a lightweight browsing experience and the dominance of Google’s Search Engine, Google were able to deliver their browser to a fair share of the market.

Unfortunately, whilst Google is indeed a lightweight and pretty speedy browser it suffered from a fair few serious flaws. It has problems rendering certain code making it difficult for a web developer to make their websites compatible with it, it isn’t very extensible as there are few useful plug-ins for users to install and perhaps the most damning point – it loves to collect your data.

Google makes it’s money from using the data it obtains from it’s users. Chrome is no exception – it sends each and every website you visit to it’s servers in order to return back to Google whether or not the page is safe. Given Google’s history regarding user privacy, you can be sure they store this information to ‘improve’ their advertising.

Data Roaming Whilst Abroad

Posted on: May 10th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments

If you’re thinking of going on holiday remember to be extra careful when it comes to using your mobile abroad – there have been many reports of mobile companies charging excessive amounts for a small amount of data usage.

If I use my iPhone within the United kingdom then my data bolt-on will cost me £6 a month for 500MB, but if I take my iPhone to Spain then this is going to cost me £3.06 per MB on top of my monthly bolt-on.

I use about 400MB a month, so if I go to Spain for two weeks then this is going to be roughly 200MB – costing me a total of £612!

These charges are phenomenal, and despite Ofcom claiming that they will make these charges transparent they don’t seem to be – I had to have a very lengthy conversation with O2 in order to obtain this information!

James – the Business Director at Tetrabyte went to Spain for a week, lets take a look at his charges after Orange failed to apply the data roaming package as requested:


Bear in mind that he was being extra careful and wasn’t using his iPhone to browse the Internet during this time.

So if you’re going abroad, it might be best to just switch data roaming off altogether…

Clinton Cards in Administration?

Posted on: May 9th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Clinton Cards is preparing for Administration after losses of almost £4m in the second quarter of last year.

Clinton Cards had two loans; one with the Royal Bank of Scotland and one with Barclays – the two banks have recently sold the loans totalling £35m to an American firm; this firm is now enforcing the loans against Clinton Cards. Due to the fact that Clinton Cards cannot meet the conditions of the loan they are now being forced into administration.

Clinton Cards is also the owner of ‘Birthdays’, a similar retail chain specialising in cards.

Maybe sending festive and birthday cards is a dying practice? With the cost of postage increasing dramatically and the popularity of E-Cards rising perhaps people are moving onto the technological equivalents of sending cards?

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