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Ransomware: what you need to know

Andy Cormack this week looks at a topical threat – Ransomware.   The world recently witnessed its biggest reported cyberattack, with a mammoth number of machines, systems and organisations affected across the globe. Andy takes a look at what it is, how it works, and how you can thwart this particularly insidious form of blackmail. Introduction After the events that have transpired recently, it seems like there’s no better time to talk about ransomware. If you’ve kept up with the news you’ve probably heard the term, along with the name WannaCry; If you haven’t, then here’s a quick primer on both. Ransomware is basically defined as malicious software that prevents access to...

Tech Update (May 2017)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  flying suits, issues with Windows 10 and fonts that may take your fancy. Inventor creates flying suit Richard Browning, a Royal Marine Reserve, has created a device to enable humans to fly, not dissimilar to that of Iron Man from the popular Marvel franchise. The technology behind it, at its core is simple enough; attaching kerosene micro gas turbines to both his arms and, initially both legs, but then switching from legs to two turbines on his back with angled positioning to...

Tech Update – The Amazon Echo

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  he looks at Amazon’s smart speaker system, Echo.  Here, Andy looks at how you can use it, and the fun that you can have with this increasingly adaptable system as a personal organiser and useful everyday tool. Over the last few years there has been a new kind of race in the tech industry – that race is for the most comprehensive and effective digital personal assistant. Considered by some to be the holy grail of natural human interaction with computers, there has been...

Tech Update (October 2016)

Andy Cormack gives us the heads up on what’s on the horizon in hardware and technology, giving you the lowdown on the next big thing.   This month,  interesting new (or is it old) drone technology, and the newly awaited Nintendo Switch. An article posted by Imperial College London this month has taken inspiration from an old concept designed by Nikola Tesla more than 100 years ago. According to the article “The breakthrough could in theory allow flying drones to stay airborne indefinitely — simply hovering over a ground support vehicle to recharge”. This could be a significant evolution of the technology, allowing for incredibly long flights for all kinds of...

Technical revolution is child’s play thanks to the Micro:bit

Alison Jackson looks at the modern day BBC B…the Micro:Bit. I am proud to say my love for everything computing started aged 14 when our computer studies class was given free BBC Micro computers. Large desktop based keyboards and simple, four colour text screens combined with an education plan and willing minds set the first generation of technical pioneers on their journeys. Fast forward thirty years and the next revolutionary chapter in this story has just begun. Only this time the computer the BBC, along with their 29 partners are introducing to classrooms, fits into the palm of your hand and can already do things we could barely imagine would...