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The AMAZING computer that launched with the first manned space flights

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How the battery was invented thanks to an unfortunate frog

Format External Disk Drives for Windows 10 7 8

How To Format A New Drive For Use With Windows 7, 8 or 10

Formatting a drive for use with Windows 7, 8 & 10 Before you can use a new external drive with Windows 7, 8 or 10 you will need to format it (unless it states it is pre-formatted). There are several options which we will look at to help you choose the correct format for you and show you how to ready the disk for use. Step 1. Right-Click on the Windows icon in the lower left-hand corner and select Disk Management Step…

Protect Your PC, Laptop, Tablet, Mobile from Wannacry Ransomware

How To Protect Yourself From Hackers, Malware, Viruses & Ransomware

How to protect your PC, laptop, tablet or mobile from malicious attack 1. Always Install Security Updates Make sure you are running the latest up-to-date version of your devices software: For all PC’s and laptop’s user running Windows operating systems, you must ensure you are running Windows 7, 8 or 10. Older versions of Microsoft Windows (Vista, XP, ME and earlier) are NO LONGER SUPPORTED and represent a very high risk of infection from hacking (unless running separate Security Software…

Manage Storage Partitions on Windows

How to Manage Storage Partitions on Windows

(The screenshots in this article were taken using Windows 10 but this guide should help with other operating systems such as Windows 8.1, 7, Vista etc.) You can use the built-in Disk Management utility to resize, create, delete and format partitions and change their drive letters. The quickest way to launch the Disk Management utility is by typing “Disk Management” into the search box in the Control Panel or Start menu, then open the “Create and format hard disk partitions”…

How To Encrypt USB Drives and Memory Sticks

How to Encrypt Your USB Memory Stick / Flash Drive (Windows, MacOSX, Linux, FreeBSD, Raspbian, Android & iOS)

Encrypting a Portable USB Drive. Protecting your personal data on USB memory sticks is incredibly important, even if it’s only photo’s or videos! If the USB stick is lost or stolen, the data is protected and cannot be accessed by anyone else.  For more important documents such as office work or sensitive information, encrypting the USB drive, with secure software and a password, is purely common sense. One of the most popular encryption software available is called Veracrypt.  The software…

Understanding Why Your Hard Drive/Flash Storage Shows Less Space Than Advertised.

Why Advertised Storage Does Not Match The Usable Data Capacity The main reason comes down to differences in the way that operating systems, such as Windows display storage devices, and how USB Flash Drive & other storage device manufacturers advertise the storage capacity. Computers are based on binary math, which means storage is counted using base 2, not base 10, which storage is advertised as. So, while we measure a kilobyte as 1,000 bytes, Windows refers to a kilobyte as…

David Bowie set up his own high speed internet service – Bowienet

Not only was David Bowie a music innovator, he was also one in the field of technology and business. The rock star, whose death has just been announced, launched BowieNet on 1 September 1998. A world-record The internet service provider was even recognised by the Guinness World Records as the first musician created internet service provider. The musician launched it with Ultrastar Internet Services, initially in North America and then the world. It offered users a range of services from…

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Thousands of HP printer ink cartridges wash up on beaches!

The cartridges have been making landfall in following a cargo spill during an Atlantic storm. They have been washing up on beaches around the UK and Ireland from the Chanel Islands to the Hebrides. More than 50 have been found in the Azores and Portugal, according to a Facebook page Lego Lost at Sea set up to track flotsam that has contributions coming in around the world. The BBC reported that HP said the spill was due to an Atlantic storm more than a…

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iPhone news – headphone jack to be ‘ditched”

Radical changes to new iPhone 7 could be on the way, according to speculation. Multiple technology news websites are reporting that the 3.5mm headphone socket could be axed on the new iPhone 7 – and that it would allow Apple to make the latest version of its smartphone even thinner. It could also free up space to increase the size of the battery. Should the next iPhone have a headphone jack? The Lightning cable port could instead be used for sound output…

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Mega £57m Lottery Jackpot Up For Grabs – 4 Things To Buy If You Win

Britain’s gone lotto crazy with an estimated £57.8m jackpot this Saturday. Here’s 4 things you could buy if you win! Most of Gareth Bale – the world’s most expensive footballer You could go in dibs with Manchester United to try and land Gareth Bale from Real Madrid. The Daily Mirror reports that the Manchester club is ready to relaunch a £75million-plus bid to land the footballer. A warehouse of flash drives How about 7,133,917 flash drives from Kingston.  You can store up…

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Roll-up TV screen invented!

An 18-inch display that can be rolled up like a newspaper has been unveiled by electronics firm LG. The company says it’s a world first and that the display uses cutting-edge technology to achieve such amazing flexibility. LG is showcasing the new rollable display, as well as other innovations, at the CES 2016 international consumer electronics show being held in Las Vegas. “The showroom will highlight the key advantages of OLED, including its superior picture quality and its extreme design…

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8 Awesome Toys From the 1980s and 1990s

Do you remember Rubik’s Cube, Care Bears and other great toys from the 1980s? Here’s a quick trip down memory lane. Rubik’s Cube The actual story of this most famous toys actually began in 1974 when it was created by a Hungarian professor of architecture, Erno Rubik. At the time, Hungary was behind the Communist Iron Curtain so getting it to a wide audience was tough. That was thanks to mathematicians taking it to international conferences and an expat Hungarian entrepreneur took it…

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12 Quick Fire Christmas Gift Ideas And Stocking Fillers From Just £1.99!

Great ideas for presents at 7dayshop.com from just £1.99! Help make it a happy Christmas! Headphones These stylish wireless Bluetooth headphones offer superb sound at an affordable price with  a range of smartphones, tablets and other devices. The sleek design features a built-in microphone and built in controls. It pauses music and play back automatically when receiving an incoming call. Even better is the price of £11.99 – which includes delivery. To find out more, click here. Or what about these…

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Drive A Car Using Your MIND!

So, if you thought driverless cars alone were the future you might just be wrong. How about driving a car using the power of your mind? Well, apparently that’s not science fiction but science reality – and you can do just that right now. Chinese researchers have developed a system that allows a driver wearing brain signal reading equipment to control a car without using their hands or feet, reports the Reuters news agency. Using their brain alone, the driver can…

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Top Photographers Pick Their Favourite Pictures

Photographers who’ve featured on the 7dayshop blog pick their favourite images from the past 12 months. From the world of rock to space, aircraft, insects and landscapes, our photographers reveal why these images mean so much and how they took them. In no particular order, here they are – we hope you enjoy this gallery as much as we did putting it together. A View of Locbroom – Karen Appleyard This was taken on the descent of Meall Mor in the Scottish Highlands. It…

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Christmas fairy lights could be “slowing” down your Wi-Fi

Warning from telecoms watchdog comes as it releases new app that allows people to test their Wi-Fi set up. Wireless broadband may not be working as well as it could in nearly six million UK homes and offices, according to research published by UK regulator Ofcom, and it’s often down to the way the Wi-Fi is set up. In a press release, Ofcom said: “It could be down to something as simple as interference from other electronic devices, such as…

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