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Cyber-attacks strike again… But what can you do about it?

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Last month, our developer Joe wrote about the ‘WannaCry’ attack, which caused a crisis in the National Health Service hospitals and some of Europe’s biggest businesses, affecting 230,000 computers in over 150 countries. In the past 24 hours, many companies across the EU and US have been victim to another ransomware attack, this time, named… more »

WannaCry? The NHS certainly did.

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On the 12/05/2017 one of the biggest cyber-attacks quickly spread over the world, causing a crisis in National Health Service hospitals and some of Europe’s biggest businesses. The new strain of ransomware WannaCry (also known as WanaCrypt0r and Wcry) is a malware that usually locks users out of their own system (usually by encrypting the… more »

It’s a huge month in the big Apple

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We are all excited in the office about the iPhone 7 with its glossy black finish and waterproof design. With iOS 10 we have been fully expressing ourselves, had fun handwriting notes, sending kisses and gone totally emoji mad! To be honest, there’s so much to talk about, we hardly know where to start! But for me, it’s… more »

Pay-By-Selfie? Amazon files patent for new payment system

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The rise of the selfie appears unstoppable. The online retailer Amazon first patented one-click purchasing; now they have gone one step further by submitting a patent application for payments by selfies. The patent application shows that while many approaches rely on a password to be entered for user authentication, these passwords can be taken or… more »

Oculus lifts headset DRM restrictions

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Virtual reality company Oculus has removed DRM (Digital Content Management) that disallowed individuals to play games made for its Rift headset on an adversary gadget. When the locks were added, VR fans developed a small application called Revive that let individuals move or port Oculus protected software on to the HTC Vive made by HTC… more »

Your phone is getting locked up at Alica Keys’ Gigs

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Musicians are getting tired of mobile phones zapping the atmosphere of their shows, especially Alica Keys. Yondr thinks they’ve found the solution to ‘free people’ from their mobile phones. The small start-up company from San Francisco have created a lockable case, into which guests are required to place their mobile phones to create phone-free zones…. more »

Apple WWDC 16 Highlights

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Apple’s annual WWDC event was last night and some of us from the office eagerly watched to see what the tech giant has in store for us this year, as usual they haven’t disappointed. We’ll quickly run over some of our top highlights from this year’s event. Apple Pay Since Apple Pay was released back… more »

Introducing accelerated mobile pages (AMPs)

We all know the mobile web is continuing to rise in importance all the time, bringing new opportunities in local SEO and in better ranking for mobile-friendly websites. But if you use the internet via a mobile device regularly, you’ll know that a large part of what’s already out there is far from mobile-friendly, whether… more »

More to say? Twitter may be moving to a 10,000-character limit

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The 140-character limit on tweets has been a fundamental feature of Twitter almost since its inception (although not quite, interestingly…) but it could soon be lifted, and dramatically so. Following rumours that the character count could be raised substantially, from 140 to 10,000, CEO and co-founder of Twitter Jack Dorsey took to his own profile… more »

Big Data, maximise the potential for your business

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Online growth and the ability to capture and manipulate data like never before has led us to coin the phrase Big Data. Big Data is the latest buzz word in the internet world and something that already impacts on just about every UK citizen. It is something anyone who uses or trades on the internet… more »

Digital Adventures

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My working life is all about increasing our clients’ online presence and enhancing time online. We aim to maximise the experience for your online audiences and often, engage them online for longer.  However, when I’m away from work, I wonder about the amount of time we spend online, particularly socially and recreationally and how it… more »

To infinity and beyond! Staying connected for 2014 +

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Everyone with an eye on technology has been listening to the latest news from the recent Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. As an internet marketing company we have to stay ahead of the field and the team here at First Internet were pondering the ramifications of having to design content for your fridge,… more »

Bitcoin the future of online transactions

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New technologies are emerging constantly, in 2009 Bitcoin became one of them. Though controversial it has recently become much more popular, with an increase in both media coverage and uptake. What is Bitcoin? Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, so named because it uses cryptography when creating and transferring money. It exists as a decentralised network, with… more »

Code Club, giving the term ‘Junior Developer’ a new meaning

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Teaching children their way round a PC in IT lessons has been a necessity in the national curriculum for a while, but now, there is a new wave of computing being introduced to the youth of today. I present to you, Code Club, an after-school club with a digital edge. I first came across the… more »

How much should our children be learning from smartphones and tablets?

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At times, mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets can be a godsend for any parent and can be great for keeping children entertained. However, are we starting to rely more heavily on these devices at the detriment of doing normal activities such as reading to our children, teaching through unstructured play, playing outside and… more »

Microsoft bring search to the Windows 8.1 desktop

If search wasn’t already dominant in our daily lives, it’s about to get even more prominent – and this time it’s not Google, but Microsoft who are driving the trend. While many people have Google set as their homepage, Microsoft are now taking efforts to trump this, by putting their Bing search engine at the… more »

Tablets; we’ve basically seen them all right? But have you met Earl?

Guest blogger: Our intern Daisy Halsall Earl is the brand new survival tablet from Sqigle INC. made entirely for use in the wild. It uses an electrophoretic display which we also see used in black and white eBook readers such as the Kindle and the Nook. Using this type of screen is the most efficient… more »

A Slice of the Pi

Philip Tomlinson, head of development. As a software developer myself I was intrigued by the news of the recent launch of the Raspberry Pi. The concept of the Pi is to enlighten young people into the world of computer and software architecture whilst innovating good computing power at a physically small level. Amazing stuff considering… more »

A “window” to the past…

Graham Robinson, creative director. Bill Gates once stated that it was his dream to have a computer running the Windows operating system in every household. With the news today about the Raspberry Pi being released, the rise of cloud computing and the success of mobile operating systems, his vision is sounding increasingly out-dated. The Raspberry… more »

Mobile Blogs a Key Part of Web Design Manchester Firms Should Consider

One of the areas of investment in web design Manchester firms may have overlooked is in the creation of a mobile-friendly blog. Whether that is a Cascading Style Sheet that displays your regular blog in a mobile-friendly layout, or an entirely separate site for smartphone users, there is a growing audience for social content on… more »