Posts by Nigel Howle

New Microsoft Edge search feature makes multitasking easier

Microsoft Edge has launched a new feature which allows users search for further information without moving away from a website. Users can now highlight a word or phrase and find out more information by using the right-click function. This brings up a menu which includes a option. called “Search in Sidebar.”A further click will bring up options for the searched for word or phrase on the right hand side of your screen. This new feature makes life much easier when you need to look up the meaning of a word, or get some more background information about a news story.
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Microsoft files patent to record and score meetings on body language

Technology giant Microsoft has filed a patent for a system to monitor employees’ body language and facial expressions during work meetings and give the events a “quality score”, according to a news report on the BBC website. It envisions rooms being packed with sensors to monitor the participants – sparking a debate about pros and cons around employer accountability and privacy. Companies do not always make use of patents they register. But they often reveal ideas in development before they appear in commercial products. Details of the “meeting-insight computing system” were filed in July, ahead of being made public this
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What a save! Manchester United say fans data not breached in cyber attack

One of the world’s biggest football clubs has been hit by a cyber attack. But Manchester United says that their staunch cyber security systems means data has not been stolen. With fans all over the world and thousands of season ticket holders, the Old Trafford based club holds a lot of information about their fans. It appears that good data protection practices may have saved the club from a potential investigation by the Information Commissioner and possible fine. The club has taken swift action to contain the attack and is working with expert advisers to investigate the incident,” said a
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Shares suspended at Cheshire company after IT hack

Shares have been suspended at Cheshire-based agricultural business NWF Group after the company’s IT systems were hacked. On Monday morning, the Nantwich-based firm reported to the markets that a ‘cyber incident’ had occurred – and that there had been an “unauthorised access” to IT systems in two of its divisions – feeds and fuel – and at group level. The statement said: “The group has engaged external specialists and has taken precautionary measures with its IT infrastructure, including taking systems offline whilst it continues to investigate the nature and extent of the incident, the recoverability of any compromised data and any effects
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British Airways fined £20m over data breach

British Airways has been fined £20m by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for a data breach which affected more than 400,000 customers. The breach took place in 2018 and affected both personal and credit card data. The ICO originally considered a much larger fine but said it had taken into account the economic impact of Covid-19. It is still the largest penalty ever issued by the ICO. The incident took place when BA’s systems were compromised by its attackers and modified to harvest customers’ details as they were input. The data stolen included log in, payment card and travel booking
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UK loses 16,000 COVID-19 cases due to Excel spreadsheet “error”

The number of recent cases of Coronavirus in the UK has been massively under-reported due to a basic IT error. Public Health England (PHE) has said that around 16,000 cases were omitted from the daily case figures reported to government. The ommission is down to a basic error in the use of Excel, with the spreadsheet used to record lab results reaching its maximum size and then failing to update further. The error has now been corrected by splitting the Excel file into batches. However, this has led to tech experts wondering why such important data is being managed via
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Is your business ready for the 5G revolution?

Is your business ready for 5G? The government has claimed a major leap in Britain’s ‘digital infrastructure revolution’, by announcing that it has 700mMHz airwave band clear for 5G. Auctions will now be held with 80MHz chunks of the airwaves available for mobile carriers to bid on. Freeing up airwaves for 5G has involved retuning TV sets to lower frequencies. This will enable mobile carriers to offer better services in Britain’s rural areas, as the 700MHz band is better-suited for delivering wide geographic coverage. What are the benefits for business? As the name suggests, 5G is the fifth generation of
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It’s time for business leaders to seize the COVID-19 digital transformation opportunity

The coronavirus crisis is speeding up change in how we all run our businesses. A report by UK Tech News (uktechnews.co.uk) shows that business leaders are realising that digital transformation (DX) is no longer a ‘nice to have’. It’s essential. Without it they could risk damaging their business and their customer relationships permanently. Where business leaders once kicked transformation projects into the long grass, this global crisis has prompted leaders to pounce, not just for the post-pandemic future, but for a new way of operating today. US software company,  Pega, found that 91% of global business decision makers admitted they
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Prepare for the post-Covid-19 work revolution with Microsoft Teams from UK Business IT

As Britain begins to adjust to post-pandemic life, many office staff are set to find that work life has changed for ever. Social distancing will be normal for many months to come and many companies will no longer be able to accommodate all staff in their offices. We are hearing examples already where companies are preparing for the so-called new normal by splitting their office staff into thirds. For example, a 60-strong staff could be cut into three teams of 20 with time in the office split so that only 20 people are physically in the office at any one
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Hackers steal details of millions of Easy Jet customers

Hackers have stolen the data of millions of EasyJet customers, including thousands of credit card numbers. In a statement, the budget airline said a “sophisticated source” had accessed the email address and travel details of approximately 9 million customers, and the credit card details of 2,208. EasyJet did not say when the attack took place. It said it was contacting all customers affected to offer support, and was working with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and National Cyber Security Centre. EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren apologised for the security breach, adding: “Since we became aware of the incident, it has become
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