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Spreadsheets Still Rule in Run Up to Making Tax Digital

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Only a Third of Businesses Use Accounting Software The government’s making tax digital project was designed to bring tax into the 21st century. But most businesses prefer to stick with 20th century software. Given that we can conduct practically every other aspect of our lives online, the Making Tax Digital initiative is something that many…

AI Helps Retailers Respond Faster to World Cup Demands

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Smart Tech Keeps the Shelves Full, Whatever England’s Fortunes The World Cup has a strange effect on a whole number of businesses, causing unusual demand patterns. But AI can take it in its stride. As the World Cup rolls around every four years, it is part of the overall experiences that businesses experience unusual ebbs…

Canon Stops Making Film Cameras

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The day has finally come that the iconic camera maker, Canon, has decided to stop making film cameras. This news has always been expected, but nevertheless, to hear that we will no longer be able to buy a new 35mm film camera is still sad news. As somebody who learned photography in the dark room,…

Efficient Resource Management Is Key to Business Success

Are You Wasting Too Much Time Managing Resources? An army might march on its stomach, but a business stands or falls depending on its resources. These need to be managed effectively but also efficiently. Whatever kind of business you operate, it needs resources in the right place at the right time in order to function…

Can AI Property Management Replace People?

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AI: The Future of Property Management? New digital platform AskPorter uses artificial intelligence to deliver a range of traditional property management services. The future of property management services could lie in artificial intelligence (AI) – at least according to the founders of new property management platform, AskPorter. Powered by artificial intelligence, AskPorter acts as a…

53% Of UK Businesses Expect Significant Digital Disruption By 2020

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Is Your Business Transforming With the Times? Technology has changed the business landscape beyond recognition, and more than half of the UK’s businesses are struggling to keep up According to sources as diverse as Time Magazine and Jeremy Corbyn, we are in the throes of the fourth industrial revolution. The business landscape today, with its…

BT Open Reach Scam Calls

This morning I had a call from a man claiming to be from BT Open Reach. He told me that there were problems with my internet, and he would help me fix them. I thought it was odd, and asked him to confirm where he was calling from, and he got a bit annoyed, saying “I…

Windows 10 Critical Error – Start Menu and Cortana

Windows 10 Critial Error Start Menu and Cortana

Just had my first Windows 10 problem since installing. Last night, before shutting down, my start menu button stopped – I used the trusted old method of Ctrl-Alt-Del to shut down. This morning I was greeted with a Critical Error. The message reads: “Start menu and Cortana aren’t working. We’ll try to fix it the next…

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4: Will It Live Up To The Hype?

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For months, Microsoft developers have been anticipating the arrival of Surface Pro 4, which recently became available to purchase in North America and is a significant upgrade on the previous Surface Pro 3. Today I got talking with Simon Kalp, the Technical Director at Objective IT, who was one of the first developers in the…

ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR for Facebook in Chrome

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Just got a ERR_SPDY_PROTOCOL_ERROR when I tried to open Facebook. Does this mean Facebook is down? Maybe not. My first thought was that maybe Anonymous or ISIS had taken it offline, although, not sure why they would do that. But, I opened Wordscraper, which is on the apps subdomain (https://apps.facebook.com/wordscraper/) without any problem. A quick search…

Free Cloud Drives for Data Backup

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In the week that Microsoft announces plans to cut its free cloud storage limit, Alex Viall from Mustard IT looks at the implications and suggests some affordable alternatives. Bucking the Trend In recent years, there has been an almost universal trend for companies to raise their cloud storage to satisfy the ever-increasing consumer demand for downloading movies,…

Wot No Word? Windows 10 Removed My Word!

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On Windows 7 I had a version of Word, downloaded from Microsoft, which allowed me to open and edit Word docs. It was very handy. I just tried to open a Word doc in Windows 10, and I am redirected to a page suggesting that I install Office. Not only that, but Office is crazy expensive…