PR PC Support now authorised cloud based solutions reseller

PR PC Support are now an authorised reseller of a range of cloud based solutions to assist our clients to protect their data, computers and email.

In our arsenal of solutions are:

  • Office 365 – All versions of Microsoft’s popular cloud based office and email solution
  • Acronis Backup Cloud – Trusted solution from a world leader in Backup Solutions – Secure and reliable cloud backup tailored to meet your requirements
  • BitDefender Gravity Zone – Award winning Anti-Virus / Anti-Malware & Anti-Ransomware that consistently offers superior protection, performance, and usability –  proven in major independent tests
  • Hosted Exchange email – scalable hosted mail boxes complete with free email signatures with each mailbox
  • Email Security & Archiving for hosted Exchange and on premises Exchange Servers
  • Cirius Secure Email Messaging – send and receive secure email from within your email client

Please get in touch if you want to protect your data with our online backup tools, protect your computers with our online security tools or want to upgrade or migrate your email to one of our email services.

The new iPhone X and iPhone 8

Apple has released it’s iPhone X (10) – the new premium smartphone costing more than £999. The device showcases the latest technology, including an edge-to-edge OLED display, wireless charging and facial recognition security. Apple also revealed two other phones that upgrade its current range, the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.

So what do you need to know about Apple’s new flagship product.

https://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/compare

iPhone X
5.8-inch Super Retina HD display with HDR and True Tone2
All-glass and stainless steel design, water and dust resistant
12MP dual cameras with Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting (beta) and 4K video up to 60 fps
7MP TrueDepth front camera with Portrait mode and Portrait Lighting
Face ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip in an iPhone
Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers3)

iPhone 8 Plus
5.5-inch Retina HD display with True Tone
All-glass and aluminium design, water and dust resistant
12MP dual cameras with Portrait mode, Portrait Lighting (beta) and 4K video up to 60 fps
7MP FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash for stunning selfies
Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip in an iPhone
Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers3)

iPhone 8
4.7-inch Retina HD display with True Tone
All-glass and aluminium design, water and dust resistant
12MP camera with 4K video up to 60 fps
7MP FaceTime HD camera with Retina Flash for stunning selfies
Touch ID for secure authentication and Apple Pay
A11 Bionic, the most powerful and smartest chip in an iPhone
Wireless charging (works with Qi chargers3)

 

iPhone X

Price and release date

Apple are set to release two versions, a 64GB version, which will start at £999, and a more expensive 256GB version for £1,149 – the first smartphone to break the £1000 barrier. It won’t be available until later this year. The iPhone X will be available for pre-orders on October 27 and be released generally on November 3.

What does the iPhone X look like?

The iPhone X has a 5.8-inch screen squeezed into a body smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus. Apples goal has been to create “an iPhone that is all display”.
They have dropped the iPhone’s iconic home button, which has been present on every device since the first iPhone released in 2007. It has also removed the front-facing fingerprint scanner, which has been adopted by plenty of other leading brands. Instead, the new iPhone X has a nearly bezel-free design with the screen covering almost the entire front of the phone. To make room for the front-facing selfie camera and facial recognition, the screen has a slight notch that indents at the top. It has a dual-lens rear facing camera and will come in the colours silver and space grey.

iPhone X best features

No home button (or Touch ID)

Prehaps more controversial than a best feature, Apple has done away with the home button, which was used to control many aspects of the iPhone, including unlocking it with the embedded fingerprint scanner. Instead, the iPhone X uses gesture controls to unlock. Several functions of the home button, such as activating Siri, will be relocated to the lock switch. Users can control the phone through swiping up from the bottom or just by tapping the screen.

Face ID

Apple’s TrueDepth camera system lets users to unlock their phone by simply looking at it. Facial recognition technology replaces Touch ID as a way to identify users through an infrared camera. Face ID will only unlock if a users eyes are open. Apple said there is a “one in a million” chance that someone else could unlock the iPhone using the technology. Face ID will also work with Apple Pay, and other apps that work with Touch ID.

Wireless charging

The iPhone X is the first iPhone to come with wireless charging, which is already available on the Apple Watch and Samsung Galaxy S8. Apple will also release a wireless charging pad next year , called the AirPower, that will be able to charge multiple devices at once.

Edge-to-edge, super retina display

Apple have long made it his goal to create an iPhone that looked like a single sheet of glass. The iPhone X has realised this design, with a 5.8-inch edge-to-edge display that covers the entire front of the phone, save for a tiny notch at the top. It will have a 2438×1125 resolution display with 458 pixels per inch and an OLED display.

Augmented reality

The iPhone X has been used to showcase some of the augmented reality experiences that Apple debuted with its ARKit software, released at this year’s WWDC. Augmented reality allows iPhone users to superimpose virtual images, games and videos onto real world objects and is a field where Apple has truly taken the initiative from rivals such as Google. The X can also use 3D tracking capabilities from its selfie camera to impose masks using AR for apps such as Snapchat.

Animoji

Animoji are a new form of moving emoji that can be customised using facial recognition software. Users can scan their face and the animoji will match their expression in a short animation. The feature will only be available on the premium iPhone X, as it requires the 3D camera. Apple has created a limited selection of animoji from its hundreds of emoji, including the monkey, unicorn, robot, dog, pig, cat, dog and pile of poo.

Processor and battery

The iPhone X will be an A11 bionic chip, a more powerful chip than the one found on the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. According to Apple , the iPhone X will also provide two more hours of battery life than the iPhone 7.

Dual camera

The iPhone X will follow the iPhone 7 Plus and have a 12MP dual lens camera, but it will also be kitted out for augmented reality. The selfie camera will be 7MP and also be able to function for 3D tracking.

What about the iPhone 8?

Alongside the premium iPhone X, Apple also unveiled the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus.
Key features | iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The new gold finish APPLE
Silver, space grey, new gold finish
Apple claims it’s the most durable glass ever in a smartphone
water and dust resistant
4.7″ display in the 8 and 5.5″ display in the Plus
Stereo speakers. 25% louder than the speakers in the 7
A11 bionic chip
12MP camera
4K 60fps video
Cameras calibrated for augmented reality
New Portrait Lighting feature: machine learning creates facial landmarks and enhances light effects on the face (8Plus)
Wireless charging
Pre order on September 15, available on September 22
iOS 11 available on September 19
64GB and 256GB
iPhone 8: £649 for 64GB, £849 for 256GB
iPhone 8 Plus: £749 for 64GB, £949 for 256GB

Design and appearance

The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus are similar in appearance to the current iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The smaller version has a 4.7-inch screen, while the larger phone has a 5.5-inch screen and a dual camera lens on the back. Apple says the processor, the A11 Bionic, is “the most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone”. There will be glass on the front and the back of the device, “reinforced by a laser welded steel and copper”. It will be water and dust resistant sealed. Both models will have a HD retina display and feature a 12MP camera.

What colours can i get it in?

The iPhone 8 will be available in silver, space grey and a new blush gold colour.

When do the iPhone 8’s go on sale?

The iPhone 8 will go on sale on 22/09/17. You can pre-order the new device from 15 September. iOS 11 will be available to download from 19 September.

How much will they cost?

The will cost £699 for the 64GB version, and the 8 Plus will start from £799 (64GB). 256GB versions will also be available.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus best features

Wireless charging

Like the iPhone X, the two iPhone 8’s will come with wireless charging capabilities. This means the phone can be charged by simply placing it on a power pad. It is the first time the technology has come to the iPhone range.

iOS 11

The new iPhones will come with Apple’s new operating system iOS 11. iOS 11 includes hundreds of new features like a redesigned control centre, better multitasking, improvements to the camera, peer-to-peer Apple Pay and new safety features.

Dual camera

The iPhone 8 Plus will have a 12MP dual-lens camera, similar to the one featured on the iPhone 7 Plus released last year. It features a larger and faster sensor, a new colour filter and deeper pixels.

Video

Apple claims the new camera delivers “the highest quality video capture ever in a smartphone” with better video stabilisation and 4K video up to 60fps.

Home button

While the demise of the home button and Touch ID on the iPhone X has been in the news, the iPhone 8 will maintain the button and Touch ID. It won’t, however, have facial recognition.

The new MAC OS, High Sierra is coming…. is your Mac ready ?

The new macOS High Sierra is coming and there are a few things you should know:

  • First, what are the installation requirements?
  • Second, how can you prepare your Mac for macOS High Sierra?

Macs that are compatible with the new OS release

Hardware and Software requirements :

  • OS X Mountain Lion 10.8 or higher
  • 4 GB (preferably 8 GB) of RAM
  • 20 GB of free space on drive

This is what Apple have to say about the new OS

Get a boost with new technologies.

macOS High Sierra introduces new core technologies that improve the most important functions of your Mac. From re-architecting how it stores your data to improving how you watch videos to unleashing the full power of the graphics processors, it’s all central to today’s Mac experience.

Apple File System – Your data is under new management.

Your documents. Your photos. Your mail. Your apps. To your Mac, everything you care about is data. And a file system is what organises all that data into files and folders you can access with a click. Our current file system was designed in the early days of Mac, and it has performed beautifully ever since. But today’s flash‑based Mac opens up new possibilities for innovation, so it’s time to lay a new foundation. With macOS High Sierra, we’re introducing the Apple File System to Mac, with an advanced architecture that brings a new level of security and responsiveness.
Advanced. A new 64-bit architecture is designed for today’s flash technology and ready for tomorrow’s new storage capabilities.
Responsive. Designed to make common tasks like duplicating a file and finding the size of a folder’s contents happen instantly.
Safe and secure. Enjoy even more peace of mind with built‑in encryption, crash‑safe protections and simplified data backup on the go.

HEVC. The new standard for video.

With the rising popularity of 4K video, a new industry standard arrives on Mac — HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding, also known as H.265).1 It can compress video up to 40 per cent more than H.264, the current standard for video compression. Using HEVC, videos stream better and take up less space on your Mac, while preserving the same visual quality.2
Up to 40% better compression

Metal 2. A graphics game changer.

Today’s Mac experience relies more than ever on the graphics processor (GPU) in your computer. And GPUs are becoming more and more powerful. Metal is a technology built into macOS that allows apps to unleash the full power of the GPU. Now Metal 2 not only takes the visual experience to the next level, but also adds capabilities like machine learning, virtual reality and external GPU support for entertainment and professional creative apps. Whether you play games, create content or develop software, Metal 2 provides the power to bring your imagination to life.

Virtual reality for Mac. It’s a whole new world.

macOS High Sierra lets developers create interactive virtual reality experiences on Mac for the first time, using the new iMac with Retina 5K display, the new iMac Pro coming in late 2017, or any supported Mac paired with an external GPU.3 Along with optimised support for Valve’s SteamVR and the HTC Vive VR headset, and content creation apps like Final Cut Pro X, Epic Unreal 4 Editor and Unity Editor, developers will have everything they need to create immersive new worlds for you to explore.

Your favourite apps and features get a boost too.

Navigate, organise and edit your photos like never before with new features in the Photos app. Tailor your web browsing experience in Safari. Find what you’re looking for even faster in your Mail inbox. macOS High Sierra makes a great experience even greater.

Photos. More ways to edit. More ways to organise. More ways to wow.
People love working with their photos on a Mac. So for macOS High Sierra, we focused on giving you new tools that make using your library more efficient and fun.
An expanded sidebar. At the centre of everything. Quickly find what you’re looking for with the always on sidebar. An expanded Import view shows all of your past imports in chronological order, so you can go straight to last month’s holiday photos. And the albums you make are always where you can see them.
Now you can organise your photos in a flash. Instantly filter photo collections by your favourite criteria. A new selection counter keeps track of what you’ve selected, and lets you drag and drop collected images into an album or export them to the desktop. You can also rotate and favourite batches of images straight from the toolbar.

Perfect your best shots with advanced editing tools.

Easily make sophisticated contrast and colour adjustments to your photos with powerful tools like Curves for fine‑tuning and Selective Color to make any colour more saturated. And new, professionally inspired filters let you quickly give your pictures a distinctive look.
Bring even more life to your Live Photos. When editing a Live Photo, try the new Loop effect to turn it into a looping video that you can experience again and again. Try Bounce to play the action forward and backward. Or choose Long Exposure for a beautiful DSLR like effect to blur water or extend light trails. You can also trim, mute and select a key photo for each Live Photo.

Relive your favourite moments with new Memories.

macOS High Sierra introduces more than a dozen new Memories categories — including pets, babies, outdoor activities, performances, weddings, birthdays and sporting events — for even more personal and meaningful moments. The People album gets even better with faces. Easily find your favourite subjects in the People album with larger image thumbnails and more accurate groupings. And when you use iCloud Photo Library, your album stays up to date on all your devices.
More ways to work with third party apps. Open a picture in a third party photo editing app like Photoshop or Pixelmator directly from Photos, and your edits will automatically be saved in your Photos library. You can also download third party projects extensions from the Mac App Store that let you order framed prints, create web pages and more, straight from the Photos app.

The features you love.
Now with more to love.

ARM chipmaker to be bought for £24bn by Japan’s Softbank

UK technology firm ARM Holdings is to be bought by Japan’s Softbank for £24bn ($32bn) it confirmed today. The board of ARM is expected to recommend shareholders accept the offer – which is around a 43% premium on its closing market value of £16.8bn on Friday. The Cambridge-based firm designs microchips used in most smartphones, including Apple’s and Samsung’s.
ARM, which was founded in 1990, employs more than 3,000 people.

ARM said it would keep its headquarters in Cambridge and that it would at least double the number of its staff over the next five years. The deal will be funded by Softbank’s own cash reserves and a long term loan from Japan’s Mizuho Bank. Softbank is one of the world’s biggest technology companies and is run by its founder, Japanese entrepreneur Masayoshi Son. It has previously acquired Vodafone’s Japanese operations and the US telecoms company Sprint. The $20bn deal was the biggest foreign acquisition by a Japanese firm at the time.
Softbank intends to preserve the UK tech firm’s organisation, including its existing senior management structure and partnership-based business model, ARM said.

ARM is arguably the most precious jewel in the crown of British technology. Softbank considers ARM well placed to exploit the “internet of things” – the embedding of microchips in whole new categories of household and business devices. But the proposed takeover poses a dilemma for the new government. Along with high executive pay, Prime Minister Theresa May has put foreign takeovers on her radar of business dealings that may be bad for the national interest. However, the government will be keen to show that the recent Brexit vote has not deterred foreign investment. Barring government intervention, the final decision will be made by shareholders.

Masayoshi Son, chairman and chief executive of Softbank, said: “This is one of the most important acquisitions we have ever made, and I expect ARM to be a key pillar of SoftBank’s growth strategy going forward, “We have long admired ARM as a world renowned and highly respected technology company that is by some distance the market leader in its field.”
Mr Son added: “ARM will be an excellent strategic fit with the Softbank group as we invest to capture the very significant opportunities provided by the internet of things”
Chancellor Phillip Hammond reacted to the news of the takeover by saying it showed UK companies had lost none of their “allure to international investors”. “Britain is open for business – and open to foreign investment. Softbank’s decision confirms that Britain remains one of the most attractive destinations globally for investors to create jobs and wealth. “And as ARM’s founders will testify, this is the greatest place in the world to start and grow a technology business,” he added.

Publiched here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-36822806

Sonos Tips: Custom Alarms

Those of you with SONOS system may find this useful – received this email from SONOS ( and if you don’t have one, I strongly recommend you invest! 🙂 )

sonos

Sure, music’s a great way to greet each morning, but there’s a whole day’s worth of things you can do with Sonos Alarms.

  1. Like rise and shine to different songs or playlists on different days. (Funk Fridays, anyone?)
  2. Set up TuneIn radio to deliver your favourite news, weather or local radio shows while you make your morning coffee.
  3. Entertain the dog while you’re away.
  4. Have Beyoncé greet you as you arrive home from work.
  5. Send the kids off to bed with their favourite song.
  6. Wake your better half on their birthday with that song they love.

To set a SONOS alarm

On your Sonos app, tap the Menu, upper left

1

Scroll to Alarms

2

Select ‘new Alarm’

3

Set the Time, Room, Music, Frequency and Volume

4

Tap Done

5

 

Micro:bit finally being delivered to schools by the BBC

Months later than originally planned, the BBC has finally started deliveries of its micro:bit pocket sized computers to schools around the country.
The Micro:bit is a small codeable computer that is aimed to encourage pupils to learn basic programming skills. It is a modern take on the BBC Micro, which was used by millions of school children in the 1980s. The broadcaster originally intended to give micro:bit to all Year 7 school children — aged 11 or 12 — when they started school in September, but the rollout of the device was pushed back due to design and manufacturing issues. The BBC says that all one million pupils will receive their devices in the coming weeks. In the package that students and their teachers will receive will be a micro:bit, USB, cable and a battery holder.

As well as 25 on-board LEDS the device has two programmable buttons, which the BBC says can be used to “control games or pause and skip songs on a playlist”. A ‘compass’ built onto the card is able to detect the direction it is moving in and can be coupled with data from the micro:bit’s accelerometer. There are three input/output pins on the bottom of the device and it also comes with Bluetooth Low Energy, to allow communication with external machines. The BBC says that those with a smartphone will be able to send code directly from the phone to the micro:bit. After the rollout of the device the BBC says the hardware and “much of” the software will be open-sourced and available to buy from retailers. The micro:bit’s retail price is unknown currently, but it may be in line with the Raspberry Pi Zero. The £4 hardware from Raspberry Pi was launched in January and sold all 100,000 initial units within days of its launch. Microbit.co.uk has tutorials for teachers and students touching on basic JavaScript, Microsoft Block Editor, Microsoft Touch Develop, and Python. These allow children to learn more about the programming languages, create projects or watch a number of videos showing how the system works. “The BBC micro:bit has the potential to be a seminal piece of British innovation, helping this generation to be the coders, programmers and digital pioneers of the future” BBC director-general Tony Hall said, as the devices were launched.

You can read more about it on the BBC website at https://www.microbit.co.uk/

microbit

Easiest way to speed up your PC – Upgrade to an SSD Hard Drive

Why ? Here are the main reasons that SSD drives are a great way to speed up you PC for a relatively cheap cost.

1 SSD’s are ridiculously faster than HDDs

Several brands of SSDs claim to run almost 8 times faster than your standard HDD. This speed is much more significantly noticeable in usage as compared to your regular RAM upgrade. Especially noticable when you open applications such as Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel

2 Boots and logs in much quicker

Faster storage means faster boot-up times. Even heavy graphic/sound processing software’s load in a blink of an eye. Faster loading, faster saving and faster processing means performance you can measure.

3 Far more reliable

Anyone that has had its hard disk crashing knows the heartache of data loss or trying to recover it. Hard Disks are extremely unreliable – they can completely crash after a jolt, or for no apparent reason. This can result the loss of important data when you least expect it. SSD have significantly more life and longer read-write cycles. They have no moving parts where as a standard hard drive has spinning disks with read/write heads micromillimeters above the disk

4 Damage protection

SSDs can sustain significantly more vibrations and shock absorption before crashing because they have no moving parts. This means if you drop your company laptop you will not risk data loss, which is the most significant part of any computer. Accidental drops, magnetic exposures or electricity short-circuit, rust, header damage is all encient issues you’d never have to deal with using an SSD.

5 Lighter
SSDs are significantly lighter – meaning they can significantly reduce weight of your laptop despite being high in storage capacity.

6 Say goodbye to defragmentation
SSDs are not impacted by defragmentation. You’d never have to defragment. All data is easily accessible by your OS and even searches are super fast .

7 Heat, electricity and noise
Since SSDs have no moving parts, no magnets, no rotation is needed and thus uses significantly lesser power, generate much less heat and noise. In a laptop this transforms into a much cooler laptop, which doesn’t produce as much noise and increases your battery life.

Average SSD Prices :

120GB Around £35
240GB Around £55
480GB Around £90

Mac SSD’s are significantly more expensive. POA.

PR PC Support would be happy to quote you for a SSD Upgrade – please use the contact page to request a quote – specify which computer you have (make & model) and which size SSD you want.