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Apple and Google outline new GDPR privacy features

Apple will be bringing refreshed privacy controls for its devices and iCloud services in May with its launch of iOS 11.3, ahead of the new European data privacy laws.

The refresh of privacy settings will include a new web page for managing Apple IDs, with new features and capabilities, and more transparency.

The iPhone maker said it will update its web page for managing Apple IDs in coming months to let users download a copy of all their data stored with the company.

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We offer the best in same day iPhone repairs in Sheffield

ESP at Home is based in the heart of Sheffield, not far from the Sheffield United football ground. We are able to offer unbeatable value when repairing iPhones and have parking available should you require it. Our iPhone engineers can repair your iPhone, whilst you wait, or you can drop the device off to us on your way to work and collect it on your way home, as we are open from 8am until 5.30pm Monday to friday and from 9am until 5pm on Saturdays. Why not give us a call on 01143177980 if you have managed to break your phone! We can make the traumatic experience, that little bit easier for you.

ESP at Home has repaired over 1000 iPhone devices, right through from iPhone 3, to the latest iPhone 7 devices. We buy quality parts, meaning that the phone doesn’t have to come back time and time again to be repaired due to faulty or poor quality parts. Being open on Saturdays means that we have the convenience factor, why not drop your phone in on your way to the shops and collect it again on your way home?!

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World’s largest SD Card

Over time, SD Cards have been increasing in capacity.  From humble beginnings back in 1999 when the standard was introduced, right through to this weeks announcement that SanDisk have developed a prototype that is capable of holding 1 TERABYTE of data.  SanDisk aren’t yet ready to release their SDXC card to the masses, but it’s clearly only a matter of time.  SanDisk is owned by Western Digital and it’s owners recently pointed out that it’s 16 years since it released the miniscule 64 MEGABYTE card!  Thats 16384 time larger in 16 years!  Ridiculous when you come to think of it!

All-in-all this is great news for those of you that love to create high quality images and record up to 8K footage.  Even those hoping to get involved with Virtual Reality might be interested in this new development.  When the product is finally released, make sure you invest in a sound backup strategy – the last thing you’d want is to lose all of that critical data!

1tb SD Card from Sandisk

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Samsung on Fire!

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Samsung, one of the worlds largest technology companies has suspended sales of it’s Galaxy Note 7 Flagship model.  Numerous (current count of over 30) cases have been reported of battery fires, resulting in damage to the phones.  Samsung has launched it’s own internal investigation and released the following statement;

“Samsung is committed to producing the highest quality products and we take every incident report from our valued customers very seriously. In response to recently reported cases of the new Galaxy Note 7, we conducted a thorough investigation and found a battery cell issue.

To date (as of September 1) there have been 35 cases that have been reported globally and we are currently conducting a thorough inspection with our suppliers to identify possible affected batteries in the market. However, because our customers’ safety is an absolute priority at Samsung, we have stopped sales of the Galaxy Note 7.

For customers who already have Galaxy Note 7 devices, we will voluntarily replace their current device with a new one over the coming weeks.

We acknowledge the inconvenience this may cause in the market but this is to ensure that Samsung continues to deliver the highest quality products to our customers. We are working closely with our partners to ensure the replacement experience is as convenient and efficient as possible.”

This comes days before the UK release of the device and will disappoint many Samsung fans worldwide.  Samsung posted this on their website today : https://news.samsung.com/global/statement-on-galaxy-note7

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Best Free Antivirus 2016 According to ESP

Avira

Here at ESP we deal with lots and lots of PCs and Laptops with Viruses.  We are regularly asked which free antivirus software best suits the needs of joe bloggs.

In our opinion, the current runaway leader is Avira free antivirus.  It’s cloud based security enables it to share history of virus exposure across it’s entire user base.  With over 400 million people having downloaded the software, a user on the other side of the planet might encounter a horrible new virus and is able to pass this detection across to all of the other users.

There aren’t too many in your face prompts or requests to download a paid version.  In addition, it can identify potentially unwanted apps.  However, the most important feature is it’s ability to detect almost every currently released piece of malware or virus.  Only two other providers are able to make this claim – Bitdefender and Kaspersky.

All in all, for free, it’s a great product!  Contact us for a free health check on your equipment. 01143177980

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Kindle and Windows 10 stop being friends

Kindle Paperwhite

Many Microsoft Windows users (specifically Windows 10) are reporting that plugging in an Amazon Kindle eReader causes their computer to crash.

This began happening with the Windows 10 Anniversary Update.  When trying to upload an ebook or charge their device, Kindle users are shocked to discover that their PC crashes and requires a reboot.  The issue is affecting both Windows 10 Anniversary users AND those using the latest version of Windows from the Microsoft Insider Programme.

The problem does only appear to crop up when you actually connect the device.  If you reboot and leave the device connected, things seem to calm down and operate normally, although if you disconnect and reconnect the device, the same problem re-occurs.

This is far from being the first issue reported regarding the Windows 10 Anniversary update.  Watch this space for more news on the subject.

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WhatsApp sharing your data

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Popular messaging platform WhatsApp will soon begin sharing your personal information with it’s parent company Facebook.

The plan is to change the privacy policy from 25th August, giving users 30 days to decide whether to allow this to happen or to opt out of their information being provided to Facebook for targeted ads.

Assuming that you don’t opt out, Facebook will begin using targeted banner ads and spam when you visit the popular social media platform.  It is reported that WhatsApp will not be using these types of ad on it’s own platform.

A WhatsApp spokesperson is reported to have said “We want to explore ways for you to communicate with businesses that matter to you too, while still giving you an experience without third-party banner ads and spam. Whether it’s hearing from your bank about a potentially fraudulent transaction, or getting notified by an airline about a delayed flight, many of us get this information elsewhere, including in text messages and phone calls.”

WhatsApp and Facebook accounts will remain separate but Facebook will utilise a user’s phone number to show them ads.  The end result of this is that Facebook hopes to be able to sell more advertising.

Another article on the subject can be found at the BBCs website http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-37184651