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Windows 10 – Microsoft Takes On Mobile Apps

Windows 10

By Karen Harding Microsoft will be launching the highly anticipated Windows 10 later this year, with a predicted launch during late summer or early autumn. Windows 10 will be available as a free upgrade to everybody who has Windows 7 or higher installed on their computers and there are rumours that even people running pirated…

How Cloud Computing Is Changing The Way We Learn

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A year or so ago I discovered FutureLearn and MOOCS (FutureLearn emailed me as I was an Open University Alumni) and I later delved (and blogged) a little deeper into the world of MOOCS. It seems that cloud computing is now really taking over. I have two young kids and they are both enrolled in cloud…

Farewell Grooveshark – You Were The Best!

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What Happened To Grooveshark? Grooveshark, my favourite desktop PC music sharing service (I did not like the mobile version so much) has closed down. I just typed in the URL with the intention of putting on some music to drown out the sound of my beloved family (they are bathing and getting ready for bed,…

Where can we buy Charlie Hebdo?

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Charlie Hebdo’s circulation has gone from a print of 60,000 copies, of which only about 30,000 were ever sold (why did they always over-print by such a large margin?) to three million copies, following the attack on their offices in which 8 Charlie Hebdo employees were killed, including editor Stéphane “Charb” Charbonnier. Charlie Hebdo is of course in…

How the Internet Helped me Catch the Poker Bug

playing poker with the dads

About six months ago one of “the dads” invited me over to his monthly poker evening. For those who are young and innocent, by “the dads” I refer to a group of middle-aged men who have next to nothing in common with each other than the fact that their children have at some point befriended…

Alternative Social Media Sites to Improve your Online Presence

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Making yourself known online nowadays can be quite the mammoth task, particularly with the amount of competition there is out there. It is said that 571 websites are launched every minute around the world each day, so making yours stand out above the rest requires an innovative and shrewd strategy to online marketing. Thankfully, there…

MOOCs are Changing the Way the World is Educated

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In the last few years I have seen, and participated in, some excellent online courses that are run by some of the world’s top universities. My introduction to free online education was when FutureLearn sent me an email to introduce some of their first courses. Today I heard about Coursera, another provider of Massive Open Online Courses…

Facebook Launches Safety Check

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Mark Zuckerberg has announced a new service called Safety Check on Facebook. The purpose of Safety Check is to allow users to simply press a button to confirm that they are safe. This allows friends and family to quickly see in Facebook that they are OK. The idea was developed specifically for the purpose of helping people…

Converting MKV files to MP4 with FFMPEG

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If you want to watch downloaded movies on your TV instead of on your computer you need to either buy new hardware or convert the movies into a file format that works on your media player. Today I decided to see how easy this was to do. Why do this? While Blu-rays, for example, play…

Poor Memory? Don’t Worry, We Have An App For That

OK, not an app really, but an implant. Theodore Berger is a neuroscientist and biomedical engineer. He has been studying how the brain stores and transmits long-term memories, and he thinks that after 20 years in the lab he has finally worked it out. Now he is hoping to create an implant which can boost your ability…

Why are people offering free Netflix accounts?

Another new spam message this week is for “free netflix accounts”. Netflix is a premium service which provides video streaming to a computer. It started out as a monthly DVD rental company but has since expanded to do streamed video. Some friends use it and love it. According to their website, you can “Watch TV…