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  • Microsoft Price Increases Announced For January 2017

    Microsoft have announced that starting from the 1st of January 2017, prices are set to increase because of the decreasing value of the pound. All quotes taken directly from Microsoft's Technet Blog Post Microsoft are moving its prices towards Euro levels as the currencies approach parity. “From January, British pound prices for on-premises enterprise software will increase by 13% to realign […]

  • Windows 7 Steadily Declining in Recent Market Share Trends

    Over the past 11 months along with the introduction and mass roll-out of Windows 10 (Red), Microsoft’s most common and most used operating system Windows 7 is on a light but steady decline in market share. Part of this is likely as Windows 10 is being offered currently as a free upgrade from windows 7, […]

  • Microsoft support for Internet Explorer 8, 9 & 10 ends on January 12th

    Microsoft is ending support for Internet Explorer 8,9 and 10 on January 12th. This end of support means that older versions of Internet Explorer will no longer receive security updates or technical support from Microsoft. This makes anyone who uses these browsers more vulnerable to exploits & malware. Microsoft are releasing an “end of life” […]

  • Windows 10 – Release date, price and what’s new

    Windows 10 is Microsoft’s next major release that is expected to launch in late July. Microsoft was very eager to abandon the Windows 8 brand name because it was not well-received by critics and users. The new OS will add many new features while at the same time undoing changes that were unpopular in windows […]

  • 4G is slowing down as more users sign up

    Average download speeds across Britain’s 4G networks have fallen from 15.1 Mbps to 14.7 Mbps over the last 6 months according to an Ofcom study. The telecoms watchdog Ofcom warned “As more people are taking 4G services from mobile operators, it is likely to affect the average speeds being received”. This strain on services is […]

  • Raspberry Pi Becomes Britain’s Bestselling Computer

    The Raspberry Pi has become the best selling computer ever in the UK, with 5 million units being sold since its launch less than three years ago. The device, which costs less than £25 was originally made to teach UK schoolchildren how to code. At its launch, the company had hoped to sell a few […]

  • Today’s young are a ‘lost generation’ who can no longer fix gadgets

    Young people in Britain have become a lost generation who can no longer fix gadgets and appliances because they have grown up in a disposable world. Danielle George, professor of radio frequency engineering at the University of Manchester claims that the under 40’s expect everything to ‘just work’ and haven’t got a clue what to […]

  • Shirley Computer Services becomes a Microsoft Silver Partner

    Shirley Computer Services are pleased to announce that due to our excellent track record of moving small and mid-sized businesses to the cloud, Microsoft have awarded us Silver Partner status for small and midmarket cloud solutions. This achievement puts us in the top 5% of Microsoft partners worldwide, and also means we can further support […]

  • British Telecom not even close to hitting its fibre optic broadband target

    British Telecom originally set out its plans to connect Britain with fibre optic broadband in 2008. It aimed to connect 25% of homes in the UK to its network without using its old copper cable infrastructure. This meant using fibre optic wires that ran straight into your home, rather than just to the local cabinet […]

  • Is your printer putting personal data at risk?

    If you cannot confidently answer the question then the answer is yes. Multifunction printers are not dumb devices but for all intents and purposes, smart servers that can be hacked. Businesses big and small already use multiple authentication methods including proximity badges, smartcards and PIN numbers to access buildings and to protect data on PCs […]

  • 10 Steps to improve the cyber security of your business

    Cyber security is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. High profile cyber attacks on businesses are increasing in prevalence and scale all the time. eBay was very publicly hacked in May 2014 and 233 million customer records were compromised, leading […]

  • Scotland now has its own web domain

    While Scotland may have voted No to independance, it’s still getting its own place on the internet, with the launch of the .scot domain on the 23rd September. This puts Scotland on par with Wales, London & New York in having a domain of its own instead of having to sign up to a .com […]

  • More women play games than men in the UK

    The UK is a nation of gamers, a major UK study has found, with mobile games played on smartphones enticing 70% of the country to play a game in the past six months. The study into British gaming habits interviewed 4000 UK residents and concluded that women now account for 52% of the gaming audience, […]

  • Blocking web adverts is “as bad as Napster” says data firm

    Internet users are blocking adverts more than ever before according to a new report. As of June 2014, around 150 million browsers are using some form of ad blocker, the vast majority of whom are using plugins for Google Chrome or Firefox. The figures were derived from observed downloads of adblocking software, and are not […]

  • Celebrity iCloud accounts compromised by weak passwords, not iCloud breach

    Apple’s iCloud and Find My Iphone services were not breached in a recent hacking incident which saw celebrities nude photos and videos leaked onto the internet, according to a press release by Apple. Celebrity iCloud accounts were instead compromised by a targeted attack on user names, passwords, and security questions. “We wanted to provide an update […]

  • Data security – Protecting your business and safeguarding customer information

    Data security is the practice of keeping data protected from corruption and unauthorized access. Client information, payment information, personal files and bank account details can be hard to replace and potentially dangerous if they falls into the wrong hands. Data loss due to disasters such as a flood or fire are highly damaging, but losing […]

  • Google will penalise websites that don’t use HTTPS in search results

    Google will use its search results as a tool to increase internet security by demoting sites that don’t offer secure connections to visitors. HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure) is the most common security standard on the internet. Many will be familiar with it due to the padlock symbol on their browser when logged into banking […]

  • Fast broadband speeds boost property prices

    According to a new study released by LSE and Imperial College Business School which focused on the link between property prices and broadband availability, properties which are located in areas offering very fast broadband see proportionally greater increases in their value. Statistics that were compiled over a 15 year period show that property prices across […]

  • Windows Server 2003 support ends next July. Are you ready to migrate?

    Windows Server 2003 is due to reach the end of its support life on July 14th  next year. After this time, Microsoft will no longer support the software which means no more security patches or software updates will be developed. This is similar to what happened with Windows XP and Exchange Server 2003 back in […]

  • Windows 9 preview expected later this year with an emphasis on the desktop

    Even though Microsoft is preparing a second update to Windows 8.1, the company is mostly focused on the larger Windows 9 release which is due next year. The preview which is codenamed ‘Treshold’ is expected to arrive shortly after Windows 8.1 Update 2 is released in August. Microsoft had been planning to bring back the […]

  • Pro’s and con’s of commonly used web browsers

    There are many different internet browsers to choose from and people may be reluctant to try another brand, even when others claim the benefits of one over the other. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages depending on what you are doing. Here is a breakdown of what you can expect from the big […]

  • London black cab drivers vow to cause chaos in strike over mobile app Uber

    London will face disruption today as a procession of up to 10,000 black cabs mass at Trafalgar Square at 2pm. The protest is the latest escalation in an increasingly tense battle between black cabs and mobile apps over taxi fares. Uber uses a mobile app which when accessed, shows all of the available minicabs in […]

  • eBay study shows that paid search ads on brand names have “no measurable benefit”

    A study conducted by eBay in conjunction with the universities of Berkeley & Chicago has just been finalised and has found that adverts in search engines often have no measurable benefit to the advertiser. The researchers found that most search adverts on most search terms have very little effect on sales at all, and warn […]

  • Google imposes restrictions on Chrome extensions.

    Google has recently announced in a blogpost that its Chrome browser will only be allowed to add extensions that are hosted in its online store. Before now It was possible to add extensions from elsewhere on the web, but Google has said that this is often how malicious software can infect a browser. Chrome extensions […]

  • Facebook introduces a raft of new privacy features

    Facebook has introduced a series of new features which are designed to give users greater control over the visibility of their content. New users to the site will automatically have their default privacy setting set to share with friends only instead of public, and will also see a reminder to choose an audience for their […]

  • Global average internet speeds have grown over 25% in the last year

    Global average internet speeds continued to improve in the fourth quarter of 2013, increasing by 5.5% to 3.8 Mbps when compared to the last quarter according to Akamai’s latest State Of The Internet Report. South Korea continued to hold the top spot, registering the highest average internet speed of 21.9 Mbps, with Japan a distant second on […]

  • London’s own domain name opens to the public this April

    London will become one of the first cities in the world to have its own domain name when .london opens to the public on April 29th, narrowly beaten by the existing Berlin and Vienna domains. Starting on this day there will be a 3 month period where people living in London will be given priority […]

  • Stolen social media passwords are worth more to criminals than credit card details

    Stolen passwords from popular social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google & Linkedin can now be worth more to hackers than credit card details according to a study by the Rand Corporation. Credit card details were once the currency of the black market and were worth between £12 and £25 when they were fresh. […]

  • Microsoft accidently leaks the new Windows 8.1 update

    On Thursday 6th March, Microsoft accidently leaked Windows 8.1 Update 1 to the public. Users were able to make a small change to their Windows registry which made the update available for download through windows update. It only took a few hours for Microsoft to block public access to the files, but users reported that […]

  • IT security governance is essential to your business. Do not be left vulnerable to risks!

    In today’s business environment, customers are demanding the security of their information. Instances of identity and data theft are rapidly increasing with criminals finding ever more sophisticated methods to exploit holes in IT security. The National Fraud Authority reveals that fraud costs the UK economy £73 billion a year, with each person in the country […]

  • Why move to the cloud? Discover the benefits of cloud computing with SCS

    ​   Many businesses today are moving to the cloud to take advantage of the many benefits it provides. In 2014, the CRN expects small businesses to spend over £80 billion on cloud computing services. Why are so many businesses moving and how can it help you? Flexibility, Work from anywhere – As long as […]

  • Microsoft is ending Windows XP support next month – Don’t be left behind!

    Microsoft has provided support & updates for Windows XP for the past 12 years, but has now decided to invest its resources in supporting more recent technologies. As a result, after April 8th technical assistance for Windows XP will no longer be available from Microsoft. Microsoft Security Essentials updates and downloads will also cease from […]

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