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Surprising, even though there is high demand for the iPod classic Apple decided to discontinue the iPod Classic, removing it from the website and retail stores as apple focused its efforts on more modern ventures like the new iPhone 6 models.

 Tim Cook revealed why he had discontinued it on Monday saying that it was down to lack of parts. This is not surprising with all the new developments in technology. Cook then continued to say that if they wanted to continue it they would have to make a whole new product and that the iPod was not wanted by many customers anymore. Although, this comment has been seen to be false as the public have been making comments via social networks at how much they are disappointed it has been shut down.

Before the iPod, we had cassettes and CDs. People had to bring a mini CD storage book to listen to music. Apple eliminated all that when they introduced the iPod in 2001, with a light, compact body that carried massive storage capabilities.

The latest generation of the iPod classic offered up to 160 GB of disk space for their music, videos and pictures. As well as having the face wheel and click to navigate through the iPod. Nonetheless, the iPod’s days have been numbered since the release of the iPhone in 2007.

As Apple are making no alternative to the iPod Classic, it seems that the iPod ere has come to an end and iPhone’s will rule, due to it being that Apple only offers the iPod Shuffle, iPod Nano and the iPod Touch (which is more or less an iPhone). None of them compare to the iPod Classic as two are touch screen devices and the other has no screen at all.

There were six generation of the iPod classic, all used a 1.8inch hard drive for storage. Originally this iPod was called an ‘iPod’, the ‘Classic’ was added to this model of iPod in 2007 when Apple started to release different types of iPods. This iPod was available in either black or white, replacing Apple’s signature white iPod.

 Cook revealed the information after an audience member asked about why he could no longer buy a 160GB iPod classic. You’re certainly not alone, audience man; it appears people are willing to shell out a little extra money to get their hands on the now-outdated devices. Unused iPod classics are going for £500 and more on Amazon.

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One of the many problems when you expand your business is a problem of extension of your network to another site. You might simply want the other site to have an Internet connection or you also can make entire LAN and its resources available to the other site. For those purposes you may simply request a new connection from an Internet Provider (IP) or use a bridge. Let’s take a closer look on these options.

 

 

IP and VPN

You can install a network and arrange an Internet connection with an IP (Internet Provider). Now you as an owner pay a monthly fee for two connections, which would be around £40 a month for an additional connection. In addition, you would have to set up a VPN (Virtual Personal Network) to connect two LANs together, which requires special routers, fixed IP address (for additional £15 a month) and a team of highly trained monkeys to set up and maintain this whole ridiculous thing. Well, sometimes it is quite a good solution – VPN is widely deployed in banking: it’s secure and allows you a certain degree of mobility. However, it might me quite costly for small businesses.

Bridges

What is a bridge? A network bridge is software or hardware that connects two or more networks so that they can communicate. Simple.

As it has been said bridge could be a piece of hardware or software. But you will need a piece of hardware, a computer, for a software bridge anyway, that is connected to both networks. And you simply drag wires to connect networks to the computer. But do take into account that it is something that, again, needs maintenance.

The most reliable way, however, would be to use a dedicated piece of hardware. This is a special “box” where you plug your cables in, sort of a switch. Traditional bridges support one network boundary, whereas switches usually offer four or more hardware ports. Switches are sometimes called “multi­port bridges” for this reason. They are much cheaper, easier to set up and maintain, compared to a computer.

But it is not always possible to connect two sites with wires. Then you might need to use a wireless bridge for this purpose. Wireless bridge is a set of two directional antennas. Some of them are able to communicate on a distance up to 10 km, but you would need to make sure that there is a clear line of sight between both of them, no obstructions, no trees or walls. Sounds very convenient, but, nevertheless, I repeat, the most reliable way would be a hardware bridge, with wires connecting both sites.

A model we have recently used is UBIQUITI NanoStation Loco M5. It is compact, weather resistant and easy to install.

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Price comparison

We will exclude the price for wiring, as it is a variable and any type of connection will require some of it.

Separate Internet connection would cost you around £40 p/m [some Internet providers offer a special Business connection which will cost you around £300 p/m (For example Virgin offers one for £400 p/m)], £15 for a static IP address, VPN compatible routers from £50 to £150, but main cost of this setup is your trained staff. Weather you decide to employ someone on a permanent basis to set up and maintain VPN or have a contract with IT suppot company that will cost you a lot.

Software Bridge: you may find a computer for as little as £200, but security, maintenance, power consumption will make a significant topping to this price. That makes the least reliable solution the most expensive one. However, again, you will need some quilified staff looking after this set up.

Switch (or bridge), on the other hand, would cost you only £20­-50. While a wireless bridge would be slightly more expensive, £40-­100 per unit, that makes £80­-200 in total. Maintenance is required, but in significally smaller degree.

We can see that the bridge could be the best solution price-wise as well as reliability-wise for small businesses. Howewer, big compnies who have already IT personel emplyed may benefit from using VPN.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking to sell or dispose of your computer and you need to get rid of all the information on first then you need to run a secure erase or secure wipe of the hard drive.

First question we need to answer is why we need to carry out a security wipe. Simple answer is when you just format a hard drive you are just writing a new file table. A file table communicates to the operating system (Windows or Mac OSX) what information is on the hard drive. A quick format simply creates a new one which will have no information about the data on the hard drive, but the data itself is still physically there and with certain recovery programs, it can be read.
A secure wipe not only formats, it adds a layer of data on top of the old files so they are completely over written and cannot be read by any program.

So here is simple 5 step guide to wiping a Windows computer:

Warning: This will permanently wipe all data on the hard disk including the operating system. If you want to reinstall the operating system make sure you have those disks available and ready.

1.    First things first, before you can begin wiping your computer you will need the correct software, for its ease of use and the fact that you can get it for free for home use, we recommend Partition Wizard CD Home edition Boot CD which you can get from here. The page also has instruction on how to make the boot CD from the file.

2.    To begin you must have your computer switched on. Once it has switched on and loaded up you need to insert the Partition Wizard disk into the computer. Once you have done this you should then restart your computer and then press the correct key to enter the BIOS menu after the computer has restarted. The correct key depends on your model of computer, so you need to check the manual. Most commonly it is F2, Del or F10.

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3.    Once the BIOS menu has opened you need to select the Boot order option using the computers arrow keys. After you have selected this you must then select the CD drive option and put it first in the list. Then you need to save the changes and restart. Once this is done the computer should restart and begin booting up the CD drive.

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4.    As the Partition Wizard CD is already in the optical drive the software will automatically load up. Once it has loaded up you will see all the partitions of all your hard disks. Right click on the picture of the hard disk you want to erase then select “Wipe Disk”. Select the level off security you require, “Fill sectors with Zero” is sufficient for all modern hard drives. Click here for more details. Alternatively you can wipe just the partition with your data on instead of the whole drive. In this case right click on the partition and select “Wipe Partition”. You can repeat the process if you have multiple hard disks in your computer.

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5.    Click the Apply button on the top left. The software should now begin wiping the selected hard disk or partition partition (this may take 2-3 hours depending ion the size of the hard disk). Once the process is complete, close the software and take out the CD. 

Your computer is now completely and securely wiped and can be disposed of or sold on.

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With all of Apple’s products released recently, they had no choice but to update the software used on all iMac’s and Macbook Pro’s alike.

 This is the second version of OS X since it rebooted last year, built specifically for Retina Mac’s. They have decided to name it Yosemite to stop the problem of using numbers; although, some people may still refer to it as the 10.10 model. This is available for free download to all Mac’s, and includes a lot of new changes from its predecessor.

The most noticeable change is the interface (visually). This new update does to the Mac what iOS 7 did to the iPhone and iPad. The new interface is flatter, though not completely, as there are still drop shadows and other nods to the third dimension. However, now they exist for a reason not to just be visually appealing.

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Apple has also concentrated rather heavily on translucency, which allows users to see through system apps such as Mail or Finder. This will also be helpful for those who have a lot of apps open at once.

Apple has now added iCloud drive to the Finder, which is a bonus for users who continually forget to back up their documents. iCloud being what it is, allows users to access their files throughout their entire device.

Spotlight has also seen some updates which will allow it to be able to use a much more system wide search as well as now search things and have Wikipedia, and Bing results show up. The best thing about the new Spotlight would be how neat and clean it looks.

In the Dock the shelf has gone which for many people will be a great bonus, as the Dock has now reverted back to its original format. Despite, this there are number of lost Dock preferences in the Apple menu, for example: to change the magnification or the show/hide you have to now visit the System Preferences.

 

A new aspect of Yosemite is Dark Mode; this changes some aspects of the OS a darker shade of grey, to make it easier to use your Mac in dark lighting. These are included in Finder menu bar, the Dock and application switcher. 

 

Not only are Apple releasing updated iMac’s and iPad’s but they are set to release a new gadget; the Apple Watch in early 2015. The reason for them releasing this information so early is probably to make sure customers will not buy a Samsung, LG or Moto 360 instead for the run up to Christmas.

 The watch is coming in six different versions, the Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and the Apple Watch Edition, and each of these will come in two different sizes (those who like smaller or larger devices for their wrist). The larger watch is 42mm high whereas the other is 38mm.

The watch seem to be a cross over between an iPhone 6 and the iPod Nano being a bit on the chunky side of things. However, it is rounded at the sides and has a slightly curved back. There is a dial at the side of the watch (the Digital Crown). This is used to zoom in on interface elements and scroll though content without having to swipe across the screen, and obscuring the view. The Digital Crown appears to be the same as the home button on an iPhone, as you can press it to return to the home screen.

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There is also another button on beside/below the Digital Crown that takes you to the home screen and the Friends app which allows you to contact your friends. Additionally this button is used to pay for things on Apple Pay. To use Apple Pay you double click this button and hold up your watch to a payment reader. This is possible as Apple have included an NFC chip and a “Secure Element” chip that stores confidential information about your credit and debit cards.

For added security: if you take the Apple Watch off, it’ll lock and require a code before you can purchase anything. Apparently the watch’s rear sensor can tell if the watch is being worn and you need to enter a PIN when you put it on before you can use it. Thieves who don’t know your code won’t be able to use the watch.

However, you do not just have to use the Digital Crown to navigate the watch you can swipe across the screen if you wish and this works by Apple’s new Force Touch. The Force Touch is said to be able to distinguish between a regular tap to select things and a harder press used when browsing through the menus.

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Although, you will not be the only one doing the tapping with Apple’s new Taptic feedback, which allows the watch to ‘tap’ your wrist to alert you of a notification or which way to turn when following directions.

The final new feature for the Apple Watch is the Digital Touch which is a quick way of contacting your friends via their Apple Watches. The Digital Touch allows you to draw on the face of the watch and send that to your friend, you can also hold down to fingers in the Digital Touch to send your heartbeat! (Maybe Apple hopes people will buy his and her watches for Valentines?

 The Watch does also include all the other features of Apple products such as Siri and Apps. With Siri on the Apple Watch you can either hold the watch up to your face and say “Hey, Siri” or press and hold the Digital Crown to active Siri. The apps that are on the watch are some of the essential apps shrunk down to Apple’s new ‘Glance’. These apps are: Messages, Mail, Weather, Calendar, Maps, Passbook, Music, Photos, and more we expect. There are a few apps that Apple doesn’t appear to be translating to this interface, Safari is notably absent.