Microsoft releases a new impressive desktop, that can make the most loyal Apple fan sell his Mac and buy Surface Studio. But one must decide quickly. As announced, Surface Studio will be available “in limited quantities” this holiday for $2,999, $3,499, or $4,199 in the US, depending on hardware options. The UK prices are not available yet.

Surface Studio

Surface Studio is a 28-inch all-in-one touchscreen desktop. Microsoft claim it is world’s thinnest LCD monitor ever built. The thickness of it is only 12.5mm. We have to admit, that space is used very efficiently. Instead of going for a widescreen, 16:9, it has 3:2 aspect ratio. That means the work area of the screen with the 28-inch diagonal is greater that if it was with a widescreen. The display outputs 13.5 million pixels (192 pixels per inch), which is 63 percent more than an average 4K TV.

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However, the most notable feature of Surface Studio is the hinge. It allows for the display to be adjusted to a 20-degree orientation that’s convenient for drawing or marking up Word documents. The desktop is powered by Intel’s 6th generation processors and Nvidia GTX 980M GPU in the premium model (965M in the lower-priced configurations).

Photographers, designers, and video editors will find support for expanded colour output. This is a critical factor for professionals in the field. However, some professional artists found it disappointing. Even though Microsoft supplies additional tools, such as Surface Pen and Surface Dial,  touch capabilities need some improvement. Surface Studio registered Surface Pen before it even touches the screen. When drawing at a fast pace, it results in “hooks” in the beginning of the lines. This is unacceptable for a professional artist. Sadly, pressure sensitivity cannot be compared to a professional drawing tablet too.

Today many manufacturers pay greater attention to the corporate segment of the market. Unlike consumer segment, Tenchnavio foresees 21% annual rise in demand for network attached storage, NAS. So Seagate 10TB hard drive was released to accommodate this demand for small businesses and professionals.

Seagate 10TB hard drive

The new release is a 3,5-inch hard drive. The device comes under a codename IronWoolf Pro. It is hermetically sealed body contains seven 1.43TB plates and filled with helium. By replacing the air in a hard drive with helium (a gas that is seven times less dense than air) the disks inside create less turbulence when they spin. That means more discs can fit into less space and use less power. The storage device is dedicated for small businesses, advanced home users, and professionals who work with big amount of data.

The new model comes with 5-year warranty, with the condition that the annual amount of recorded data does not exceed 300TB, and 2-year Seagate Rescue Data Recovery Plan. This is a chance to recover stored information from a hard drive in a result of a failure for free. Surprisingly, is also covers the failure caused by a natural cataclysm. Additionally, Seagate also specifies, that the device is capable of working 8760 hours a year. That means 24/7 functionality. IronWoolf Pro has 256MB of cache, 6GB/s interface, and 7200RPM speed. Yet, its maximum stable data transfer speed is 214MB/s.

Overall, IronWoolf Pro is an excellent product for professional use. Contact London IT Support and Computer Repair service to upgrade your NAS or server storage.

It is an unusual topic of conversation today, radiation that your router emits. Last week one of our clients in London IT Support Service admitted that he did not want to install a Wi-Fi router in his house fearing the harm it can do to his health. The majority of routers today, the “Wi-Fi box”, works on the frequency of 2.4GHz. The same frequency as a microwave oven. Microwave radiation is dangerous, right? So are you in danger?

Is Wi-Fi radiation going to kill you?

There are thousands of articles online about detrimental effects of Wi-Fi. Some claim that the radiation emitted from routers has caused people headaches and insomnia. The others claim it is potent enough to kill plants. There are even products on the market, a cage type of thing to contain your router, that reduces arguably harmful effect Wi-Fi radiation. Consequently, it does kill your Wi-Fi signal as well.

The World Health Organisation does recognise the similar types of radiation as Class 2B carcinogen. That means that this type of radiation is possibly carcinogenic at high exposures. However, the amount of radiation that Wi-Fi router actually emits is relatively low, so it does seem to be harmful. The average router transmits just 100-600 mW of power. The WHO claims that there is no health risk from long-term low-level exposure. They  also state that one year of Wi-Fi radiation equals 20-minute cell phone call.

Practically everyone who has a computer or a modern mobile device uses email services. Yet, not many know how those operate. In our London Laptop Repair Service, we get to troubleshoot emails quite  a lot. It is surprising, how many people still use an obsolete technology, POP3, to send and receive emails. This article is mainly for people who created their email addresses a while ago. As leading majority email services use the newer technology, IMAP, by default.

POP3 and IMAP

When an email is sent to you if does not go to your computer directly. Firstly, it goes to an email server. Afterwards, it is sent to your computer of a mobile device from the server. So, POP3 and IMAP are protocols that connect your email server with your email client, an app or a program that let you open and browse emails. In other words, it allows you to send and receive your emails.

When developers invented POP3 they intended it for use on only one client. However, many of us today uses numerous clients. We browse our emails on more than one computer or laptop, alongside with our phones and tablets.

While IMAP is designed to be used on multiple devices, synchronising content of email boxes on all of them simultaneously. Keeping emails on the server and making them available for download on multiple devices is an advance feature of POP3. It may not be always available. Synchronisation is also an advanced feature. If you delete an email on one client. It may remain available on the other. If anything happens to your device IMAP will always keep your emails on the server. So you can view it from anywhere. Which is not always the case with POP3, where losing emails on your device may mean losing them for good.

We doubt that you missed the news from Apple about the release of new Apple MacBook Pro. The new model, naturally, has a thinner design, lighter body, and brighter display. Undoubtedly, these three points become the centre of attention for many manufacturers. Let’s take a closer look and see what the other improvements are.

New Apple MacBook Pro

With constant technological advances, you may expect that the new model is always “the fastest and the bestest”. Yet, performance improvement appears to be not the best selling strategy. Processor speed? What is a processor, who digs it anyway? That is how new 13-inch MacBook Pro is equipped with only Intel i5 processor and maximum 16GB of DDR3 RAM. However, the new model has cool programmable OLED touch bar and a fingerprint scanner. The touch bar is quite a nifty thing. Even Final Cut Pro X alongside with few other apps have already received an update for it. 

On the bright side, new MacBook Pro does have a faster SSD hard drives. These are, supposedly, up to 100% faster. The models are equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack and 4 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports. They replace a charging port with all the data and video ports. Consequently, you will need an adaptor to use other devices alongside.

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Specialists from iFixit had their ways with the laptop already. They disassembled the device and analysed its insides. They rated its repairability and gave 2 points out of 10. In their opinion the device is barely repairable. However, a few parts as screen and trackpad may be replaced.

Nevertheless, the new Apple MacBook Pro is beating the records in sales. Already within first 5 days on the market, the numbers of sales of new laptops reached 2015 MacBook’s number of sales attained within the entire year. The prices are equally astonishing. They vary between £1500 and £2700. So you may need to sell your Mac in order to get a new one.