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Monthly Archives: July 2014

Internet Browser Shortcuts

Most Internet users don’t realise that the major web browsers – Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Google Chrome – share a large number of keyboard shortcuts. Using these shortcuts helps save you time, and avoids you having to hunt for the command in the browser menus.

If you come across a website with small font, you can increase the size of the page and words on the screen by pressing ‘ctrl’ (control) and ‘+’ on a Windows computer, or ‘cmd’ (command) and  ‘+’ on an Apple Mac. Replace the ‘+’ with ‘-’ to decrease the size of the page. Make sure you press these buttons at the same time.

To open a new tab in your browser for multiple Internet pages, open the Internet browser, hold ‘ctrl’ and ‘T’, or ‘cmd’ and ‘T’ for an extra tab, this is useful for multi-tasking or to compare Internet shopping quickly.

To print the page you are on click ‘ctrl’ and ‘P’ or ‘cmd’ and ‘P’, or to save the page hit ‘S’ instead of ‘P’.

You can also use the up and down arrows to scroll quickly through webpages, and if you need to reload a page hit ‘cmd’ and ‘R’ on a Mac or the ‘F5’ button on a Windows computer.

Finally, you can use Firefox to create a shortcut on your computer’s desktop to a webpage you’ve visited. Minimise your window, click and drag on the website URL then release onto your desktop. Click on this to re-launch Firefox with that favourite webpage.

If you have a question for us, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk

Using USB Memory Sticks

USB memory sticks, also known as pen drives or flash drives, are a convenient way to transfer and share files such as letters, photos or music from one computer to another. They are a compact, fast and reliable alternative to CDs and DVDs.

With no installation necessary, all you need to do is plug the USB stick into a space slot on your computer. The device will then become visible as a new drive in ‘My Computer’ on a Windows computer, or in ‘Finder’ on an Apple Mac. Simply click on the new device that appears to open the folder, and move the files you want to transfer into this folder.

To keep a copy of the file on your computer you will need to copy and paste it into the USB folder, to transfer the file off your computer just drag and drop it or cut and paste it into the USB folder.

To remove the USB device, click on the eject symbol by the USB device filename, but only once the files have been moved to ensure they are saved correctly.

Then you plug the USB device into the recipient computer, once you have the folder open drag and drop or copy and paste the files into folders on the second computer.

Finally, you can change the name of your USB device to make it easier to find. First click the existing device filename twice to make it editable and write in the new name, press enter and it’s saved.

Sponsoring the Adur and Worthing Business Awards 2014

We are excited to tell you that we will be the main sponsor of the 2014 Adur & Worthing Business Awards.

Adur and Worthing Business Awards

The awards aim to showcase the wealth of local business talent in the area, and will be held on the 14th November at The Pavilion on Marine Parade in Worthing.

All entries have to be in by the 22nd of September, so if you know of a business you would like to enter, head to the website here:

http://www.jpsouthevents.co.uk/events/event/adur-worthing-business-awards/

Good luck!

Understanding apps

Downloading apps on your phone is a great way to utilise handy functions and features, helping you to get the most out of your phone.

Downloading apps can however get a bit nerve racking at the ‘permissions’ stage, as they often require you to permit a range of unclear and seemingly intrusive actions.

When it comes to knowing which of these permissions you should be wary of, you need to think through what the app actually requires in order to work. If you can choose to link some of the permissions then there’s little to worry about.

For example, a To Do List app that sends you reminder emails for upcoming tasks would require you to permit it to ‘send emails without owner’s consent’ as part of the reminder action. Equally, messaging apps will need access to your contacts and messages.

An app will need to ‘read your phone status and identity’ if it needs to pause for an incoming phone call.

If an app has any mapping abilities or requires location services, like Facebook and Foursquare apps, then it will require access to your GPS and network-based location. You can edit permissions later on via settings, and apps that run in the background use up battery life so make sure you shut them down.

Proud Sponsors of Business Matters Awards 2014

We are thrilled to announce that JSPC will be sponsoring the 2014 Business Matters Awards.

The section we are sponsoring is businesses of 11-49 people so medium sized, and we are looking for smaller businesses which compete with the ‘big boys’ in every way – except size. The winner will need to demonstrate a good team spirit among the employees and a strong customer service ethos.

The awards are a celebration of Businesses, Personalities and their achievements in the community, and present a great chance for local businesses to really shout about what sets them apart from the pack. They are organised by the West Sussex County Times, Crawley Observer, Mid Sussex Times and Sussex Express, and all businesses in their circulation areas are invited to enter the awards for the best business. An independent panel of judges comprising of distinguished personalities from the business world will assess every entry.

We are looking forward to attending the 2014 Business Matters Awards on July 25th at the Arora Hotel, and would like to say good luck to everyone that’s entered!

Banking on the go

Last year in the UK a whopping 356 million banking transactions were made using mobile phones. Most of these were made using banking apps, so this week we are going to look at the most popular banking apps, and explain their benefits.

The five biggest high street banks are Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds Banking Group, RBS and Santander, who have all created apps for Android and iPhone. All of these apps will let you check your account from anywhere using an internet connection.

The Barclays, Lloyds, RBS and Santander apps can also locate nearby branches and cash machines, which is particularly handy when you’re in an unfamiliar town. They also let you transfer money between your accounts or pay existing payees. You can set a new payee up using a friend’s phone number or on a computer using a card reader machine, depending on your bank.

The RBS app goes one step further as it will let you see details of your other accounts such as loans and savings. RBS and Nationwide apps also let you access cash from an ATM using only a PIN code, which is sent to your phone.

Banking apps have become a really useful tool, making transferring money, paying bills and checking your balance much easier.

Great Evening at the Country Times Youth Awards

On Tuesday 24th June we had a great evening at the first ever County Times Youth Awards Presentation Evening in association with Horsham Council.

Country Times Youth Awards

The event aimed to recognise and reward young people from across the Horsham district. It was sponsored by all the local schools, colleges and youth organisations, and we sponsored the Media Category by donating a digital camera as the prize.

There were sixteen categories for ages from 10-25, covering everything from Dance to Entrepreneur Awards, and we would like to say a big well done to everyone who took part.

It was a great evening packed full of inspirational stories as well as plenty of entertainment. It was fantastic to see James West win the Media Category for his work in filming and editing a number of short films, including a trailer for a zombie film! We’re sure we will see more of him in the future.

We would like to wish everyone we met there the best of luck for the future and we look forward to seeing you again soon.

 

Wearable technology

Wearable technology is a new craze combining clothing and accessories with advanced electronic technologies.

The excitement surrounding worn electronics first gained momentum in the 1980’s with products like the calculator watch. Then came designer products such as Ilya Fridman’s Bluetooth headset, built into a pair of earrings with a hidden microphone.

The latest wearable technology products are incredibly high-tech. Google has created Google Glass, a wearable computer built into glasses that lets you use Google products.

It projects a small LCD display onto the glass, and is controlled by voice commands and a single button.

The Samsung Galaxy Gear Watch links to your phone, letting you make calls, receive and send texts, and even take pictures.

Both Nike and Adidas have released watches that can tell you everything from your heart rate to the number of miles you have run. Using satellites, these are great if you want to achieve new sporting goals.

It is thought wearable technology is going to have a huge impact on our everyday lives over the next decade so it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself debating which gadget is right for you.