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The WhatsApp Trend

With 600 million active users worldwide, WhatsApp Messenger is the most popular messaging app in the world, so here’s what it’s all about.

WhatsApp is an instant messaging app for smartphones that lets users exchange text, image, video and audio messages for free using the Internet. The app has started rolling out a voice-calling feature, and it allows you to share your location through an integrated mapping feature.

After the first ‘trial’ year, users subscribe to the app at an annual cost of 69p. This is very cheap considering how much it costs to send media messages by text, or to send messages abroad or while you are on holiday.

The app syncs with your phone number and address book and automatically adds those who have WhatsApp installed to a separate contacts list.

WhatsApp also lets you host group conversations, which is really handy if you are organising an event with people.

Last year Facebook bought WhatsApp for 22 million USD, and have said they are focussing on growing WhatsApp further, so it looks like it will be around for a while!

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk or if you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

What are ‘Cookies’?

Since it became law for websites to ask your permission to use ‘Cookies’ in 2012, it has become tricky to ignore them due to the various notices and check boxes that spring up when browsing the Internet.So this week we tell you a bit more about them.

Cookies are simple ‘text files’ that typically contain two bits of information: a site name and unique user ID. They can be accessed by the web server and the client computer, and are readable as simple text files.

When you visit a site that uses cookies for the first time, a cookie is downloaded onto your PC. The next time you visit that site, your PC checks to see if it has a cookie that is relevant, and sends the information contained in that cookie back to the site. The site then ‘knows’ you have been there before, and can tailor what comes up on screen accordingly.

Some cookies are more sophisticated, recording the time you spend on pages, links you click or your ‘shopping cart’ items.

Cookies are designed to make your interaction with frequently visited sites smoother. However, they do make it possible for your name to be added to marketing lists, or your information and preferences to be used to target you with special offers.

Cookies have been used for years; the difference is sites now have to tell you about them.

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

If you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

Rediscovering your Apple ID

An Apple ID is an email address that doubles as your username for everything you do with Apple. You create one when you create an account for an Apple service, for example for iCloud or the App Store, and it lets you access Apple’s other services, such as buying music on iTunes.

Many of us set up our first Apple device years ago, so have forgotten what we put as our Apple ID and password. So this week we explain how to find your Apple account details and change your password.

First go to appleid.apple.com and click ‘Find your Apple ID’. Enter your name, current email address, and any prior email addresses that you might have used.

The next screen will tell you which email address is your Apple ID. If you can’t find a matching Apple ID, you can choose to create a new one, and if you find multiple Apple IDs just select the one that matches your current email address.

Next follow the onscreen steps to access your account and reset your password. You can then sign in with your newly rediscovered Apple ID and your new password and enjoy Apple’s services again.

If you have a question for JSPC, email it to questions@jspc.co.uk or if you require further advice, technical support, or a computer repair please call JSPC Computer Services on 01903 767122 or visit the shop at 2 Seadown Parade, Bowness Avenue, Sompting.

Internet Safety Poster Competition winner!

We are delighted to announce that Faye Richards of West Park CofE First & Middle School in Worthing has won our Internet Safety Poster Competition!

As well as winning a year’s free broadband for her school, Faye will also receive a new ipad Mini for submitting the winning poster titled ‘Keep Safe Online’.

Maddie Allfrey from Fittleworth CofE Primary School was awarded second place and will receive a new Archos 79 Xenon Tablet, and finally Ioan Harley from Jessie Younghusband School in Chichester was awarded third place and will receive a new Sony W800 Digital Camera.

As well as the main winners, we have selected another 20 runner-ups who will also receive a new Polaroid IS426 Digital Camera for their excellent poster entry.

Launched in January this year, our competition was open to any child, aged between 4-11 at schools in Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire To enter pupils had to create a poster promoting the importance of staying safe online.

The competition aimed to raise awareness of Safer Internet Day on February 10th, promoting the safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people.

We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who entered our competition, we so pleased with the response, having received over 1000 entries!

Faye Richards Age 7 West Park Primary School and Deputy Headteacher Malcolm Howie