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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 8th Oct 2012

by Dan Worth - 04 Oct 2012 - v3.co.uk

The head of the UK spy agency GCHQ, Iain Lobban, has underlined the central importance of protecting the nation against the risk of cyber attacks in a speech at Leeds University that also celebrated the life of Alan Turing.

The speech, delivered in the centenary year of Alan Turing's birth, touched on numerous aspects of his life and work at Bletchley Park during World War Two, praising him for his work helping break the German's Enigma codes.

Lobban added if Turing were working for the government now he would be focused on cyber issues, such is their importance to the future security of the nation.

"Then [during WW2], the challenge was to secure Allied codes and ciphers to prevent the enemy doing to us what we were doing to them," he said.

"Today, securing cyberspace so that the UK and its allies can use it safely to develop e-government and trade and requires the collaboration of experts as diverse both personally and intellectually as any we saw at Bletchley Park."

Lobban stressed that in his role at director of GHCQ he is always seeking to attract the next generation of Turing to the organisation.

"Part of my job is to continue to foster that atmosphere: to attract the very best people and harness their talents, and not allow preconceptions and stereotypes to stifle innovation and agility," he said.

"I want to harness the best talent there is not just so that they can be inventive, but so that they can apply themselves to the big issues of intelligence and security which challenge an organisation which simply has to remain at the cutting edge in order to survive and thrive."

And, as in WW2, Lobban also touted the importance of good working relationships with allies such as Canada and the US in protecting against hostile states.

"State actors then, just as state and non-state actors today, were able to apply pressure and influence simultaneously at different points around the globe," he said.

"Cyber [...] throws into sharp relief the need to work in partnership with other countries which share the UK's values and aims."

Lobban also touched on the appalling treatment suffered by Turing at the hands of the British government after the war due to his homosexuality.

"We can't rewrite the past. We can't wish mid-twentieth century Britain into a different society with different attitudes," he said.

"We can be glad that we live in a more tolerant age. And we should remember that the cost of intolerance towards Alan Turing was his loss to the nation."

Turing received an official apology from former prime minister Gordon Brown over his treatment at the hands of the government, but calls for his sentence to be expunged were unheeded.

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Wed 3rd Oct 2012

by Matt Powell
on Wed 03 Oct 2012 -broadbandgenie.co.uk/


Samsung has begun deploying the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update to the Galaxy S3 but it’s a slow process that’s further hindered by networks testing the new firmware before sending it out.

Jelly Bean brings a number of improvements to Google's mobile OS, including better performance and the hand Google Now tool.

Users in Poland have already got JB and other countries in Europe along with the rest of the world will be joining in shortly, but if you don’t want to wait it is possible to install the new OS right now.

You don’t even need a rooted handset.

This is a relatively quick and simple procedure but the usual warnings apply: mucking about with your phone’s software runs the risk of bricking and warranty invalidation. If you get stuck or are unsure leave a comment below and we’ll do our best to help, but we can’t replace your phone if it melts into a puddle of goo.

What you’ll need:
- A fully-charged Galaxy S3 with USB cable
- Odin
- Samsung Kies, or just the S3 USB drivers
- Jelly Bean firmware. You'll find a regularly updated list of official firmware at XDA Developers. Note that the current JB software is the Polish release. It's in English but if you wait the UK edition should become available shortly.

Backup important stuff before you start! This upgrade will wipe the handset.

How to install Android 4.1 Jelly Bean on the Galaxy S3:
Switch off the S3. Once it’s fully powered down hold Home + Volume Down + Power. The handset should start up with a warning screen, press volume up to continue. This is the S3’s download mode.

Connect the S3 to your PC.
Run Odin, but make sure that Kies isn’t running in the background (hit Ctrl+Shift+Esc and confirm via Task Manager). You can have it installed but they don’t play nicely when running at the same time.
Ensure the handset is detected in Odin; the ID:COM box will confirm this, it’ll turn blue and say something like 0:[COM16].
Extract the firmware file to your computer.
Click the PDA button on Odin and select the firmware file.

 The only thing that should be selected in Odin is the PDA option, auto reboot and F. Reset Time. Do not tick anything else. The exception is if there are multiple archives within the firmware .tar file, in which case the ‘Phone’ and ‘CSC’ files will also be included.
Click Start.

Progress bars will appear on both the S3 and Odin. The firmware file is big so this can take a few minutes. Odin will say ‘Pass!’ once it’s completed. 

Your handset will then reset and complete the upgrade. You now have Jelly Bean on your S3, complete with Google Now and Project Butter.


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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 2nd Oct 2012

by James Dohnert - 25 Sep 2012 - v3.co.uk


Embattled manufacturer Foxconn is being blamed for overworking employees in the wake of a high-profile worker riot.

Worker advocacy group China Labor Watch (CLW) says rushed iPhone 5 production was a factor in the company's Taiyuan factory riot.

CLW says the chaotic schedule during the lead up to the new iPhone launch put workers on edge. The worker advocacy group says the high demand for Apple's latest gadget heightened already indecent work conditions.

"When Apple puts in orders with Foxconn for the new iPhone, it never considers the human rights of the workers, nor the production capacity of its factories. Rather, it is only concerned with sales revenues, PR, customers [and] its own interests," said CTW activist Li Qiang.

"Just as in the case of the riot taking place in Foxconn's Taiyuan factory, a large number of workers are transferred to the factory at one time to produce the new iPhone. This large influx combined with the militaristic management at the factory results in tremendous pressure on the workers, and this may have been a root cause of the conflict."

Around 2,000 Foxconn factory workers rioted early Monday. Reports say that the riot erupted when factory guards began assaulting workers. The violence was said to have quickly escalated into a full on group fight between workers and guards before finally dissipating late into the evening.

The riot at the Taiyuan factory closed down operations for the day. As of this morning reports began surfacing that normal operations have resumed at the plant.

CTW reports that the Taiyuan factory where the riot took place was bringing in additional workers to meet demands for the new iPhone. While working at the plant staff were reportedly required to work 10-hour days and antagonised by company guards.

"Coming from a variety of places throughout China, workers are required to work 10-hour day and night shifts with little rest, receiving low wages, and all the while suffering very strict factory rules on behavior and suffering the verbal and physical abuse of guards," continued Qiang.

"Given such stress, the workers are on edge, and incidents like the one yesterday are more likely to occur. This is especially true of a time in which Apple has given Foxconn large orders for new products, like the iPhone 5."

According to a report from the Digitimes, Apple has sent as many as 150,000 employees to its plants in hopes of keeping up with iPhone 5 demands. Apple sold 5 million new iPhones in the weekend of its release.

This isn't the first time Foxconn working conditions have made headlines. Last June at least 1,000 workers rioted at a Foxconn factory in Southwest China. In August, Apple also praised Foxconn for improving labor conditions at its factories.

Apple was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.


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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 2nd Oct 2012

Thursday, 27 September 2012 - Dvice

We've already seen how Google's Street View has expanded beyond the street to include become something you might call Google train view and Google interior view, but starting today you can also go underwater, dipping into the other 71% of the Earth's surface.

Google started underwater mapping around Australia's Great Barrier Reef earlier this year, and now the company has launched the results of that effort, along with additional areas it has photographed off the coast of Hawaii and the Apo Islands in the Philippines.

It will be interesting to see how far Google goes with this. Will divers eventually end up photographing the bottom of New York City's East River? You'd probably see some weird stuff down there.

Google Maps Blog, via TechCrunch


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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 2nd Oct 2012

by Alastair Stevenson -  v3.co.uk

27 Sep 2012

Nokia has unveiled the Lumia 920 and Lumia 820's European price and release dates, confirming the two Windows Phone 8 handsets will launch in Germany this November.

While no specific UK information was given, figures for the release in Germany showed that the top end Lumia 920 will cost €649 SIM-free, while the lower end 820 will retail for a more modest €499.

This would equate to costs of around £515 for the 920 and £397 for the 820 if priced similarly in the UK.

Nokia declined V3's request for clarification on the Lumia 920 and 820's UK price and release date, though, merely stating this information would be announced in due course.

"Today, operators and retailers have started to announce plans to sell the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820," a Nokia spokesman told V3.

"We expect more operator and retailer announcements in the coming weeks. These are operator specific announcements, as we said we are launching in select markets before year's end. This is part of that cadence."

Nokia unveiled the Lumia 920 earlier in September. Powered by Microsoft's Windows Phone 8, the smartphone features the same camera technology seen in its previous 808 Pureview smartphone.

Nokia claims the Lumia 920's 8.7MP rear camera is the best currently available on any smartphone capturing "five to 10 times more light than competitors devices".

The Lumia 920 also takes advantage of Windows Phone 8's multi-core processor support, using a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor that is set to be backed up by 1GB of RAM.

The Lumia 820 boasts slightly less impressive technology than the Lumia 920, featuring a smaller 4.3in WVGA 800x480 screen that uses Nokia's older ClearBlack technology, not the new PureMotion HD+ technology seen on the Lumia 920.


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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Tue 2nd Oct 2012

Summary: Now even Facebook is jumping into the cloud storage game thanks to Dropbox, and it could present an interesting challenge in the enterprise space.

By Rachel King for Between the Lines | September 2012  - zdnet.com

The personal cloud storage market is getting more crowded by the week, and even Facebook is getting in on the action...sort of.

Facebook is teaming up with Dropbox on a new integration that allows Facebook users to share content stored in their Dropbox accounts directly with contacts in Facebook Groups.

Users of both platforms can share documents, photos and videos, which will be displayed on the group's wall. Like any other Facebook post, users can comment and like the files shared. Furthermore, users will be able to see and access these posts on either the desktop or mobile versions of Facebook.

All of that is fairly straightforward. It's basically another example of Facebook partnering with a major and currently popular hub for online media along the lines of the Open Graph platform.

But the pairing of the social elements of Facebook and the cloud storage capabilities of Dropbox feels very reminiscent of a pattern that has emerged lately.

In one way or another, companies with one strength or the other have either teamed up (or usually just acquired) a smaller company to bring these two major trends together.

Look at Microsoft (owner of SkyDrive) and Yammer, Oracle and Collective Intellect, and Salesforce.com (which just unveiled its own socially-enhanced cloud storage option, Chatterbox) with Buddy Media and Radian6. You can also throw Google into the mix thanks to its vast web of products that can be integrated in-house, such as Google Drive and Google Plus.

Dropbox does have its own business-focused pricing scheme, but it doesn't really offer much in terms of a social element. Facebook really opens the door to a lot of potential in this regard.

This isn't to say that Facebook is even interested in getting involved with the cloud storage business at all -- for either consumers or enterprise customers. But who knows? Perhaps Dropbox could be the next big Facebook acquisition, à la Instagram.


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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 1st Oct 2012

When you upgrade from Sage 2012 to 2013 you will lose your custom reports...

To find these...

Go to...

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2013\Company.000\Reports\Excel

find the report and copy the report into...

C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Sage\Accounts\2012\Company.000\Reports\Excel

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Mon 1st Oct 2012

The Earl Shilton Building Society is one of the UK's longest established building societies. We offer a competitive range of mortgages to suit everyone from first time buyers, to buy to let investors or to people simply looking to remortgage. We also offer a wide variety of savings opportunities to suit your requirements, as well as online wills and helping with your insurance needs.

Earl Shilton Building Society is very proud to have retained its core values promoting thrift and home ownership, but also helping and listening to its members, giving a personal service wherever possible. It is a mutual organisation run by and for its members and as with other mutual organisations the Society has no shareholders to consider, therefore we can provide competitive products to both savers and borrowers.

Although the Society's customer base is nationwide, we also recognise how important it is to help the local community and we support local events, schools and charities.


Earl Shilton have purchased new equipment with Discus and we'd like to thank them for their business.

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Fri 28th Sep 2012

Discus launches mobile offers and packages – perfect for your business needs and budget

We are delighted to announce that we have launched a new mobile programme – to complement our comprehensive solutions and services.

As a valued customer, you have come to rely on our IT packages to provide you with the hardware and software you require.

Part of our commitment to you is to stay close to your business. Over recent months, many customers have been asking for help through the ‘minefield’ that is mobility.

With the variety of tariffs, options, voice, data, applications and latest devices – where can you get honest, straightforward advice, competitive packages and take advantage of the latest mobile offerings in your business?

In partnership with the UK’s leading B2B distributor of Orange and T-Mobile, we can now bring you
- The UK’s largest network with 99.8% coverage across Orange and T-Mobile
- Mobile health checks free of charge – we will analyse your current bills for you, understand the changing demands of your business to give you a full mobile proposal
- No technical jargon – we have the expertise to help guide you through the mobile minefield to offer you simplicity, backed the service you know and trust
- Let us take care of managing your mobility – have one thing less to worry about, rely on our unrivalled account management and broad shoulders, allowing you to focus on your business.
- Tailored packages – there are data, voice and combined packages to suit your business needs and your budgets

We can support your remote and mobile workforce wherever it is located. With a full range of BlackBerry, Android and iOS devices packaged with the latest in the data, voice and application packages,
we can tailor the perfect solution for you – and your workforce.

Free Mobile MOT in October
Just visit www.discus.co.uk
Call 0845 4 300 366
Email - Terry@discus.co.uk

During October we will be offering a free no obligation mobile MOT on site at your premises – simply call us on 0845 4 300 366 for more details quoting Main0912.

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Posted by Damien Biddulph on Fri 28th Sep 2012

Just to let you know as you're a customer of Discus via our EntaNET internet service provider you may be able to get Superfast Broadband commonly known as Fibre To The Cabinet(FTTC) or as BT Infinity.

What is super-fast broadband?
Super-fast broadband refers to broadband connections of 20Mbps or above. Super-fast broadband connections enable users to surf the internet, download music & video and stream television at speeds higher than most internet users. While the current average UK broadband connection is around 8-9Mbps (2012), super-fast broadband products deliver speeds of up to 100Mbps, usually through sophisticated fibre-optic broadband networks such as Virgin Media and BT Infinity fibre optic cables.

Do I already have Superfast broadband?
The best way to find out is to use a speed tester anything under 20mbps download means you're probably not on Superfast broadband

Can I get Superfast broadband?
80% of our customers can currently get Superfast broadband - so give us a call to find out.

How much does it cost?
The monthly fee for Superfast broadband usually isn't much more than what you're currently paying for your ADSL. If you're interested in getting Super Fast Broadband then give us a call for a quote


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