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I.T. News: The Patent Wars – Who really owns the Smartphone?

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


I.T. News: The Patent wars…

Who really owns the Smartphone?

The battle between Apple, Samsung and other multimedia and technology giants continues…

For the last few year, a war has been waging in silence, A war of large corporations trying to sue each other over patents of their designs and ideas. The So-called ‘patent wars’ are raging between large technology firms like Apple, Motorola and Samsung, as they fight for market share in the ever growing market of the Smartphone and tablet.

The patent battles are being fought in courtrooms around the world by intellectual property lawyers, seeking to help each of these super-giant technology corporations try and secure even more of a monopoly.

The problem has become that now that Smartphones and Tablet devices have become little more than mini flat-screens, it leaves little remove for design innovation and originality, how many designs can a company come up with that would work within this very limited scope? Until the next revolution in Smartphone and mobile technology comes along, the likely hood that these giant companies will continue to squabble for years to come.

Business I.T. Support – Outlook: How to manage your life

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


The latest version of Microsoft’s Outlook, Outlook 2010 is certainly the best update of the software so far, and Microsoft shows off their usual charm in this fun and funky showcase for their software. A working mum tries to make time for her Yoga, but can’t seem to find time to just relax and get on with it, Outlook comes to the rescue to help her organise her daily living with simple functionality, and shows off that Microsoft’s Outlook isn’t just an email program.

 

I.T. News: IBM Releases Free Internet Security Training Tools to Educate on Digital Responsibility

Posted on: February 8th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


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IMB Free Tools

 

Free Internet Tools from IBM

Yesterday IMB announced they would be releasing a selection of free internet security tools to help educate and raise public awareness of digital responsibility. The release will be given to teachers, students and businesses as a part of the three part package.

Control Your Online Identity is a volunteer education kit designed to help teenagers learn to protect their personal data and reputation online. Although t most teenagers appear to be knowledgeable about the basic functions and use of social media and online accounts. They are usually unaware of how data they share is used. Designed to help students learn how to protect personal data and how to reduce the risk of their identity being stolen or abused online.

Internet Safety Coaching is designed for teachers or personnel working with children. It is a general guide on basic Internet safety. Providing information about common Internet activities by young people including social media, blogging and instant messaging.  Specifically designed to raise awareness of the best online safety policies and how best to discuss this topic with children.

Cyberbullying is a constant threat for young people and adults alike on the world wide web, This tool is aimed at parents or adults who work with children. It is designed to help adults learn about how young people use the Internet today, how to recognize cyberbullying symptoms, and how to prevent online bullying from happening. There is also information on what steps to take if cyberbullying is discovered.

The release coincides with Safer Internet Day which is a global drive by awareness-raising partners to promote a safer Internet for all users. Organised by INSAFE in the framework of the European Commission’s Safer Internet Programme.

 

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Remote I.T. Support: Let It Snow – Tetrabyte To The Rescue

Posted on: February 6th, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Don't let snow get in the way of your workflow

Snowed in? That won't stop Tetrabyte from getting the job done.

Snowed in? Remote I.T. Support is here to help.

Once upon a time, not being able to make it into the office or make it to a customer’s place of business might have been somewhat detrimental to a person’s workflow. But here at the offices of Tetrabyte, we won’t let a little snow stop us, that one of the great things about Remote I.T. Support, we can work with you no matter where you are based and no matter what the weather is like outside. With our own Remote I.T. Support portal we can connect to your computer and help you resolve any issues you may have over the phone, and via remote access to your computer anywhere in the country with only a moment’s notice.

If you’re interested in getting to know more about what we do here at Tetrabyte, give us a call on 0800 160 1066 or email us using the contact form below and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Otherwise if you’re taking a day at home, enjoy the snow before it melts.

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Google makes changes algorithm to penalise websites for spamming users with adverts

Posted on: February 3rd, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Google Changes Algorithm

Google makes new changes to serach algorithm

Google have introduced a new page layout algorithm improvement.

Google is of course known for its on-going efforts to improve search results, this is to help their users find high-quality content from the websites listed in their search results. To this end they have recently launched an algorithmic change that looks at the layout of a webpage, and the amount of content the user sees on the page once they click on a search result.

“We’ve heard complaints from users that if they click on a result and it’s difficult to find the actual content, they aren’t happy with the experience.” Google reports on a slew of complaints they have received in recent months. They go on to say “Rather than scrolling down the page past a slew of ads, users want to see content right away. So sites that don’t have much content “above-the-fold” can be affected by this change.” The new feature is designed to penalise those sights that do not show relevant content above the line at the bottom of the user’s page or “Above-the-fold”.

Problematically, this line is apparently different depending on how large the user’s resolution is. So how Google have chosen to define what really counts as “above” isn’t as clear as one might hope. Common sense would suggest it will most likely be dependent on the average resolution of the websites own user base, whether this is the case, Google have not stated. They do say this change will affect less than 1% of all its pages, but even 1% of Google’s listings has to be in the billions, therefore it has to be remembered that while 1% is small in relative terms, it still accounts for a large number of web pages.

What does this mean for users?

For users this is a great improvement and Google is to be commended by them, No user likes to be spammed with adverts when visiting any website, so for the users, this is only a user enhancing experience, less ads and more content. I doubt any sane internet surfer could argue with that, unless their favourite website is penalized, but there is always bookmarks to get around that.

What does this mean for webmasters and developers?

This is certainly the more important question. Whether you consider Google’s new changes fair or not is not really up for debate here, as this change clearly improves overall user experience. What it does mean is that web designers/developers and webmasters will have to be more selective over their strategy when it comes to advertising. Web developers will now have to consider carefully where they place a websites search engine readable content in relation to the websites cash cows.

Although many websites already take this into consideration to deliver the best user experience they can, this is clearly not the case for all websites, and many of them have been happy to game the search engines by hiding content at the bottom of a page below a large field of advertisements, making any visitors fight their way through them, before reaching what they want to see. Forcing websites to comply with this kind of standard will hopefully improve overall website design in order to appeal to the search engines new changes and improve user experience.

Google has commented that this is only one of over 500 new changes they are making during the next 12 months, which means that website designers better stay on top of their game if they want to stay on top of Google’s listings. This year is looking to be a big one for Google, with Google Plus still on the rise and rolling out so many new features, exciting times are ahead in the world of the internet.

Broadband News: Lincolnshire to get superfast broadband

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Superfast Broadband

Superfast Broadband comes to Lincolnshire

Today local authorities in the Lincolnshire area have assured businesses that they will have access to superfast business broadband no later than five years from now.

Councillor Kelly Smith commented on the plans “Improved broadband is vital for business growth, for all residents accessing services, including the growing number of silver surfers, and for young people looking to download learning materials,”

The county council’s proposed plans have been accept by the government to move forward to introduce the latest internet technology to the consumer and business market in Sleaford and the surround area.

The plans that have been proposed should benefit at least 90% of all premises’ in the area, giving them access to speeds of up to 24Mb/s (up to three times faster than today’s current broadband speeds) by the year 2015, and by 2017 superfast broadband will be available to all other areas in the county.

Business IT Support: Without superfast business broadband north-east UK will lose millions

Posted on: February 2nd, 2012 by Tetrabyte No Comments


Superfast business broadband

Without superfast business broadband, Northeast UK will fall behind

A warning came from the Northeast of England today that if current broadband speeds are not upgraded, businesses that rely on high speed business broadband will suffer economically unable to keep up with the ever growing internet business model. It’s now more vital than ever companies have access to the latest superfast business broadband connection speeds if they are to succeed in today’s rapidly expanding commercial environment.

Cleveland, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Redcar and Stockton-On-Tees, have already received the initial backing from Westminster to invest in improving web data speeds, but other areas such as Newcastle and Sunderland, have found their plans block by a “red light” from local authorities.

According to Northern Echo, the high-speed broadband plans of several local council authorities are likely to be in trouble if they do not invest in new broadband upgrades for their governing area. Failure to see these new advances through could cost millions of pounds in lost government funding and revenue.

The north-east of the UK is the latest region to be warned of the potential damage done by not investing in the best internet available to the commercial market.

Bosses have been told they have until the end of the month to offer a satisfactory bid for government subsidies. Ed Vaizey, the broadcasting minister, said: “We do not intend to continue to fund councils, if they continue to fail to deliver.”

A large area of the UK has already invested in these upgrades if the northeast doesn’t upgrade soon they could be playing catch up with the rest of the UK’s business economy.

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