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September 25, 2018

Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees aren't supporting the "e-sim" technology embraced by Apple's latest products - and a consumer advocate says it's all about the telcos' fear that it could empower customers.

The new iPhone Xs Max supports a regular sim card, but also features an "e-sim" or embedded sim - a virtual sim card that lets a customer have more than one phone plan at once, or even belong to two different telcos as they juggle between home and work accounts, or use different accounts for different situations to save money. The technology should also be a boon for travellers who want to grab a local account without the hassle of buying a sim.

Similarly, the new Apple Watch Series 4 comes in two models: "GPS", which needs to pair with an iPhone for full connectivity features, and "GPS + Cellular" or "LTE" which features an e-sim.

Telecommunications Users Association head Craig Young says Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees could be dragging their feet on e-sim technology — which does away with a...

September 19, 2018

Microsoft  has always described Windows 10 “as a service” and leaks have already revealed new monthly charges are coming. Of course, for Windows 7 owners this was never something they expected to pay. But times change… 

In a new blog post entitled, “Helping customers shift to a modern desktop”, Microsoft has announced that it will indeed start charging Windows 7 customers a monthly fee from January 14th 2020, if they want to keep their computers safe (and providing they qualify).

Users running Windows 7 now have little choice but to upgrade to Windows 10 if they want free support from Microsoft or else if you are a certain type of business (see below), pay a charge.

If this date rings a bell, that’s because it is the day Microsoft will end ‘Extended Support’ for Windows 7 according to the company’s Lifecycle page. This means no more patches or security updates unless, as we now learn, you pay. Furthermore, Microsoft says it will increase the cost of this every year.

“To...

September 17, 2018

Sorry that should read Motherboard! What is a motherboard? No, it is not a misspelling of a description of a mother wondering how she could be killing time and it is not free lodging at home after you leave school. Yet we have probably heard it mentioned in relation to computers but do we really know what it is and what it does? Well, according to Wikipedia,

“A motherboard (sometimes alternatively known as the main circuit board, system board, baseboard, planar board or logic board, or colloquially, a mobo) is the main printed circuit board (PCB) found in general purpose microcomputers and other expandable systems. It holds and allows communication between many of the crucial electronic components of a system, such as the central processing unit (CPU) and memory, and provides connectors for other peripherals. Unlike a backplane, a motherboard usually contains significant sub-systems such as the central processor, the chipset's input/output and memory controllers, interface connectors, a...

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