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Train Your Brain With Technology

With improved health care people are living longer, and with this increased life expectancy it is vital that we do everything we can to keep quality of life and standards of living high. One of the major concerns amongst the ageing population is ensuring that they stay as mentally alert as possible as they grow old. Modern environmental factors ranging from our diet to our reliance on some technologies is deteriorating our brains and bringing our IQs down, but technology is also offering a solution. There are now countless apps claiming to increase brain function and keep you alert into your old age.

Peak

Peak is a brain training app designed to fit in around your life. It uses games and mental work outs, developed by neuroscientists, to stimulate your mind and challenge your cognitive skills. The app also monitors your progress and compares you to others in your age group and profession. The basic level of this app is free. However, should you wish, you can opt to upgrade to one of the pro plans.

Luminosity

This website and mobile app is designed to improve memory, mental speed, problem solving, attention span and flexibility. The app is used by 70 million people worldwide and uses its games to create an adaptable daily training program which challenges your mind and improves your mental agility. The only down side is this app costs. There are varying levels of subscription ranging from £8.99 to £59.99.

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.

New JSPC Football Kits for West Sussex School

One of the schools that we provide ICT support services to is London Meed Primary School. Many of the girls and boys from this West Sussex school are keen footballers and after many victorious matches their kit had started to look a little worse for wear.

The recession has hit schools hard, many services are now paid for directly by the school and less and less by local authorities. The West Sussex area is in the bottom five worst funded authorities for education, which meant that London Meed was unable to afford a new football strip. As we work so closely with the school in supplying and supporting their various ICT needs, we heard of the team’s plight and wanted to help the hardworking squad out with a brand new strip.

The school are really happy with the final result. Head teacher Candida Reece comments, “I am very happy that JSPC agreed to sponsor our kit, they have been providing a great IT service to our school for a number of years. I knew the quality of the game would be good, but I was concerned that our tatty old strip was doing nothing for team morale. Our football teams can now run out onto the pitch in total confidence. I cannot wait to see what we’ll win next!”

Good luck to the team in their upcoming games, we are so pleased to have been able to help and think the new kit looks absolutely fantastic!

 

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Never watch a bad film again with this new technology

With the current unpredictable weather, you never know when you might be in for a rainy night at home with a movie. With that in mind and the enormous choice of films available to stream, we have found the top technology to help whittle the good from the bad meaning you never need watch a bad film again.

IMDB

Widely thought of as the best movie database on the planet, IMDB offers ratings out of 10 -both public and critic voted – for each film featured. The site also offers similar movie suggestions, gives you access to an enormous quantity of user created movie lists (e.g. Best Comedy Films) and hosts many articles and fun facts about all your favourite films and actors. With apps for both mobile and tablet, this is a sure fire way to know what your getting yourself into before you click the play button.

Fan TV

So now you’ve worked out the film, how do you watch it? Gone are the days of popping down the road to your nearest Blockbuster, nowadays you have nearly every film at your disposal right from your living room. However, trawling through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, iTunes etc. to find your chosen film can be quite a chore, so why not let Fan TV do it for you? This clever application searches through all the major streaming services to find your chosen film. So all that is left for you to do is stick the popcorn in the microwave and relax.

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.

 

 

Helping with the homework

If you have children in school it can be amazing to see the quantity of homework they bring home with them, and it can be a little unsettling when you realise how little of it you recognise from your own school days! To help we have whittled down some of the top apps to help you at homework time.

PhotoMath

PhotoMath is like a technological tutor. When you encounter a tricky maths problem you just can’t solve, simply point your phone camera at the equation and the app will provide a step by step guide demonstrating how to get to the answer. It is a great tool for parents to use to jog their memory when helping with homework, or for students who don’t have access to a tutor and are struggling with solving a maths question.

Khan Academy

Interested in your child’s homework assignment and want to learn more? Khan Academy provides access to thousands of hours of free high-quality information, helping you build your knowledge and providing you with the tools to better support your child’s learning.

Freedom

With all the distractions online it is no wonder we often find our kids surfing YouTube instead of knuckling down to that essay. Freedom is an Internet, social media and app blocker which works on iPhones, iPads, and Mac and Windows computers. The app temporarily unplugs your child from online distractions leaving them free to focus on the job at hand.

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.

 

Keeping ICT viruses at bay

As many of you will be aware, at JSPC we provide ICT support for businesses and schools in West Sussex and beyond. One of the worries we encounter most frequently with new clients is fear of internet viruses and the potential they have to corrupt IT systems. This worry is not just limited to businesses, we can all be affected so here are some tips on how to avoid those unpleasant technological bugs.

It is really important to never open email attachments unless you know the source. The number one cause of infection is via email attachments, so if the email address looks suspicious or you do not recognise the sender, it is best to delete the message.

Sometimes there is no escaping the need to download items from the web. Only downloading files from reputable sites is the best way to help protect your PC from risk of viral infection, so be selective about what you download and from where.

One of the most overlooked facilities on computers is the built in ability to keep your operating system up to date. Software manufacturers are constantly fixing bugs and making improvements to the software you use every day. You can set your device to automatically update by going to Start > Control Panel > Automatic Updating for PCs, and for Macs clicking Apple Menu > System Preferences > App Store and checking the Automatically Check for Updates tick box.

Using up to date antivirus software is also important when keeping your device safe from viruses. Sometimes there is no way of telling that your computer has been infected with a virus until much later, an antivirus programme will warn you immediately of a problem with your system so you can then deal with it before it is too late.

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.