Author Archive | chris

The settings challenge

What is the status bar? Can you change what appears on it? How? How do you quickly turn things off from the status bar? What is the notification bar? What does it do? What are your notification settings? How are the settings sub-divided? What do the different sections do? How long is your screen set […]

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Selling online 2

Using Amazon and eBay to buy and sell online is easy, but still involves using money online, organising delivery etc.  As an exercise we are going to set up a local online sale using Gumtree. You will need to install the Gumtree app on your device and then set up an account, using the tablet […]

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Selling (and buying) online 1

Buying online has become one of the most important ways to trade in the world. It doesn’t have to be physical things that you buy, it can be services including paying bills such as your TV licence. In order to buy online, you need to have a payment method which might involve using a credit […]

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Some new apps to try

Opera Touch Google Tasks Trendy Edge Screen Moovit Cerberus Personal Safety Cerberus Personal Safety (also known as Persona) is a simple but potentially very useful app. It allows you to share your real-time location with friends or family, letting them see where you are and optionally also your destination for as long as you want. Send […]

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Making your tablet work better

Keep your device up to date Clean up your home screen Uninstall and disable unsed apps Turn off or reduce animations. turn on developer mode and turn off animations or reduce to .5 Clear cached data or install CCleaner Turn off or limit auto sync go to accounts, google and then turnof app syncing Wipe […]

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Radio Garden

Is a website and an app which gives you the opportunity to listen to 1000’s of different radio stations around the world simply by dragging the “marker” around the globe.  Land on the station you want to listen to and it starts playing.  It’s a simple and fun way to explore radio across the world… […]

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BBC Buzz

The BBC has launched CBBC Buzz, a new mobile community for under 13s to have fun and get creative with BBC shows, characters and each other. The app is available on Amazon Fire, Android and iOS and devices for free. Children can swipe through their feed of ultra-short videos, GIFs, quizzes and memes based on […]

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Malware: viruses, trojans, worms and bots

Some examples of Malware: https://blog.bham.ac.uk/itsecurity/category/malicious-email/examples-of-malicious-email/ Example No. 1: Resume or job applicant emails Example No. 2: Phishing spyware emails claiming to be from eCommerce giant Amazon Example No. 3: Invoices Example No. 4: Spam that exploits the theme of major sporting events Example No. 5. Terrorism-themed spam Example No. 6 Emails providing “security reports” Example […]

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The Internet of Things

Are you already part of the internet of things? 1. Amazon Echo Say no more… 2. Nest The Nest thermostat  helps with controlling energy consumption. 3. Wink And Philips Hue For all your lighting automation 4. Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller and if you live in a hot country, how about the Rachio Smart Sprinkler Controller. 5. […]

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