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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…

007 Spectre-acular Gadgets To Delight Any Spy

From 7dayshop.com with love, we present a rundown of 7 Quality gadgets essential for any everyday mission! 1. Memory Stick Keep all those top files and data securely stored and with you at all times.  USB flash drives are compact, easy to use and can 256GB storage capacity. That’s a lot of storage for photos, movies, files, music and more. To see the full range now available at 7dayshop.com, click here or on the photo below. 2. In Car Camera Record all…

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Back To The Future Day: October 21 – The Day Marty McFly Arrived In 2015

Great Scott! Here’s 7 things that Back To The Future II correctly and wrongly predicted about 2015! Starring Michael J Fox as Marty McFly, the Back To The Future film franchise about a time travelling teenager has to be one of the 20th century’s most iconic films. It has spawned an army of fans and even it’s own official website and hashtag #BTTF2015! But just what did it get right when it imagined what life would look like in 2015 when…

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Can’t Remember Phone Numbers – Blame The Internet!

Many of us have to look up phone numbers that we might once have remembered and it’s the internet’s fault, says a new study. Cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab surveyed 6,000 consumers agred 16 and above in six European countries and found that more than half of adults (up to 60 percent) could recall their home phone number from when they were aged 10. But they couldn’t remember their children’s numbers (53 percent) or work (51 percent) without looking up the number…

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Computers Set To Get A Lot Faster – Here’s Why

Quantum computing breakthrough could could help pave the way to artificial intelligence and other transformative developments, some people believe Researchers at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) have used affordable silicon, the material already used in chips for our smartphones, computers and tablets. The news is important because regular computers read data as binary bits – 0 or 1 – but quantum computing allows for a quantum bit – a qubit – to exist in both states at once thanks to…

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How To Use Electricity In The Air To Power Devices

Way of harvesting energy in the air from wireless and broadcast networks to power low energy devices unveiled. The ‘Freevolt’ technology collects radio frequency energy from networks such as 4G, WiFi and digital TV to power devices such as wearables and sensors that form part of the “internet of things” without needing to plug them in, according to the British entrepreneur who recently demonstrated the system. “It doesn’t require any extra infrastructure. It doesn’t require us to transmit any extra…

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Apple Sells Over 13 MILLION New iPhone 6s & 6s Plus In Just 3 DAYS

Wow! Record sales of latest iPhone models beat previous first weekend sale results by millions of units. Apple boss Tim Cook hailed the figures as “phenomenal” after beating last year’s 10 million unit sales record by more than three million, although several reports have pointed out that the comparison is somewhat distorted by the fact that China was not included in the initial rollout of the iPhone 6. Have You Bought A New Iphone 6S or 6S Plus? Mr Cook…

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5 ‘Incredible’ Science Discoveries That Will Make You Laugh And Then Think!

Discovery of the word found in every human language, how to partially un-boil an egg, where the worst place to be stung by a bee and more amazing research is recognised in annual awards. The Ig Nobel Prizes are intended to celebrate the unusual and honour the imaginative and fire people’s interest in science, medicine and technology. The 2015 awards include the literature prize for a team that discovered that the word “huh” or its equivalent seems to exist in every…

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5 Super Facts of Rugby Trivia To Impress People: 2015 Rugby World Cup

To mark the start of the Rugby World Cup,  we thought we would share some amusing facts about the ‘gentlemen’s sport’. The sport is named after a school Rugby School in Warwickshire, UK, is best known as the birthplace of the sport that bears it name. It was originally played rather like soccer until pupil William Webb Ellis first ran with the ball in 1823 – although it took several years for this rule to be accepted. There used to…

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Free BBC Micro Bit Computer For Kids Further Delayed

Roll-out of pocket-sized computer won’t now happen until after the half-term holidays, BBC confirms. We’ve previously reported how up to one million of the devices were due to be rolled out to youngsters in the UK from October 2015, with the idea being to introduce a new generation to coding and getting creative with technology – but a power supply issue led to an initial delay into 2016. But “fine tuning” has led to the latest delay, according to BBC Learning Executive…

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The Queen was the first monarch to EMAIL

When the Queen ascended the British throne in 1952, the microchip wasn’t even invented. But that hasn’t stopped her embracing technology, including sending an email way back in 1976! Here’s just 8 of the greatest technological inventions from the past 63 years of her reign – the longest of any British monarch. The Microchip – 1959 We all take it for granted now, but the microchip was not yet invented when Princess Elizabeth became Queen in 1952. It was another 7 years…

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