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Disabling images for speedy browsing

If you are looking to speed up browsing, you might want to think about disabling the loading of images for all the webpages in your browser.

Images eat up bandwidth as they are much heavier than plain text, meaning your browser will have to use more data to download the images causing the overall page loading speed to be much slower. Images also take up more space on your display so without them less scrolling is required leading to faster browsing.

If you are interested in more speed and less images then it is possible to disable images from browsers. Here I talk you through how this can be done for Chrome and Firefox.

In Chrome, click on the menu in the top-right corner and select “Settings” then scroll to the bottom and click “show advanced settings”. Click on “Content settings” under “Privacy” and then select “Do not show any images” under the “Images” section. You can also select “Manage exceptions” to exclude websites on which you would like to see the images.

If using Firefox, go to “Settings” and “Show advanced settings”. In the Privacy section click on “Content settings” and go through to Image settings where you can select “Do not show images”.

Disabling images might make your browsing a little less colourful and interesting, but if speedy browsing is what you are after this should help to achieve that whilst also saving on data too.

Pokemon Go Explained

Pokemon Go is causing a stir all over the world so we thought we would give you the low down on this latest craze.

A spin off of the late 90’s card game, Pokemon Go is an augmented reality game where players are tasked with spotting and catching those same animals in their real world surroundings. The app films your setting via your phone’s camera and the Pokemon characters then appear in various places depending on the time and your location. Your phone alerts you when you come into an area near a Pokemon by vibrating and when you spot it you throw a Poke Ball to capture it, the aim of the game being to catch them all.

This new augmented reality technology blurs the line between what is real and what is computer generated. Similar to virtual reality, which creates immersive, computer-generated environments, augmented reality adds graphics and sounds to the real world as it exists.

Although, due to unprecedented popularity in the US, Australia and New Zealand, the games release was originally delayed in the UK. The craze has now hit our British shores. You have been warned!

Keep score with these apps

With Wimbledon currently dominating televisions and the Olympics just round the corner, it is important for the busy, but sport savvy, to keep up to date with each and every score. That’s where these convenient sporting apps come in.

Never wonder about a score again, the ESPN UK app covers scoring updates, breaking sporting news and has a professional analysis section. The app also allows you to easily customise a list of your favourite teams, allowing the app to personalise the news you receive.

Stats Zone excels in delivering up to the second game updates and news. Live statistics get sent to you as they happen with information available such as player comparison, live tables and team news. Working a bit like popular video site Vine, Fanatix allows fans to upload eight second clips of game highlights. Meaning people with this app can view the best bits before the highlights are even out!

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.

Things you never knew you could do with a Mac computer

Many people prefer to work with a Mac computer, they are less likely to get a virus, they come with a myriad of excellent software packages available for pretty much any task and many people find their image led set up easier to work with. But there are a few time saving tips as an owner of a Mac computer you may not be aware of.

You can make calls via your computer. If your iPhone and Mac are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, then you can make calls straight from your computer instead of digging out your phone. Should you wish to call a number on a website, simply highlight the number with your cursor, right click, select the number you wish to call and click Call Using iPhone. This will channel the call through your Mac speakers and microphone.

You can also send directions using your Mac computer. Say you are running late to meet someone at an unfamiliar restaurant, most of us would scribble down the postcode and then open the Map app on our phone and manually input it. However to save time, once you have located your destination in Maps on your MacBook, simply click Share and choose which device you wish it to be sent to. Shortly afterwards you will receive a message with the directions, just slide and the app will open all ready to go.

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.

Office 365 Education

What is Office 365 Education?

Office 365 Education is a special version targeted specifically at educational institutions, including schools. It integrates Exchange-based email, scheduling and contacts managements, SharePoint for intranet- based collaboration, and voice and video conferencing. It also provides access to Microsoft’s Office Web Apps; streamlined online versions of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote that can be used to view, create and edit documents. Using SharePoint, you can use Office 365 to create a full learning environment where you can share information, manage projects and publish policies, schemes of work and announcements.

What can I get for free?

All of the above, with 99.9% availability. 50GB of email storage space per user, configurable anti-spam and anti-malware protection, plus free Active Directory synchronisation for those schools with an existing Windows Server network.

Is Office 365 Education safe, private and secure?

Microsoft has signed up to the Safe Harbour agreement. You can easily find out where the datacentres your school uses are located, and get detailed information on who can access your data and when. All the data is held in 24-hour monitored data centres, and it’s encrypted both at rest on Microsoft’s servers and in-transit over the internet. 

Key Features and Benefits:

  • Fully managed and installed by JSPC
  • Shared cloud-based email, calendar and contacts
  • SharePoint intranet sites for teams with up to 300 subsites
  • Instant messaging, voice and video chat with Lync Online
  • Online HD video-conferencing and screen-sharing
  • Web-based viewing and editing of Word, Excel, Powerpoint and OneNote files using Office Webpage
  • 24/7 phone support
  • 99.9% uptime SLA
  • Spam filtering
  • 1TB online storage via OneDrive
  • 50GB of email storage per user
  • Full single sign on using own server

Costs

1 Form Entry @ £280.00 + VAT

2 Form Entry @ £560.00 + VAT

3 Form Entry @ £840.00 + VAT