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NEW PHONE SCAM

01.08.2011

A new telephone scam has been recognised by Circus IT. Customers have been calling us to say they have been contacted by a man with a heavy indian accent and claiming that their computer is infected and causing problems on the internet to other users. They go on to claim that if the problem is not resolved then the customers broad band company may cut off their broadband. Sometimes claiming to be from BT or Microsoft they push the customer into going online and allowing them to have access to their computer. After a few minutes the fraudsters then demand a payment, sometimes over £100 and there is a possabilty the customer is unknowingly entering into a "dodgy" contract.

If you have been contacted by one of these fraudsters do not give them any of your details and simply end the call. A representative to Sussex police told Circus IT that the tactics used by these fraudsters is criminal.

Article by Toby Stripp.

Microsoft

02.08.2011

Microsoft's Steve Ballmer has recently pushed more efforts into their new cloud offerings. Although cloud computing is nothing new there is still a lot of misunderstanding associated with the technology. Microsoft are now trying to take that next step with their cloud products. Sharepoint services and Office 365 products essentially allow more collaboration with collegues and is a subscription based service rather than outright product purchase. Bill Gates once said "people under estimate what will happen over the next ten years, but always over estimate what will happen over the next two years. It's certainly worth keeping an eye on but a lot more marketing will be needed for people to understand why they should change

Article by Toby Stripp.

ASUS B51 Tough as Tough Notebook

05.08.2011

This laptop really is tough.

Article by ASUS

Asus launch new i5 "N" Series.

04.05.2011

The new ASUS N Series notebooks feature the finest multimedia performance of any portable PC. They ship with powerful Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce 400M graphics and the new SonicMaster audio standard. Also included are NVIDIA Optimus and ASUS Super Hybrid Engine technologies for improved power and battery life. The N series notebooks are dedicated to delivering the best audio via the ASUS SonicMaster technology, a new audio hardware and software standard. It produces results on a par with standalone audio systems, offering deeper and richer bass, a wider frequency range for greater fidelity, an overall power upgrade of sound generating hardware, and distinct vocals. These N3 notebooks also utilize the new discrete NVIDIA GeForce 400M series of graphics processors, based on Fermi technology with native DirectX11 support. They also use NVIDIA Optimus graphics switching technology, which alternates between integrated and discrete graphics processing, based on application demands

Article by Toby Stripp.

IPAD 2 review

05.06.2011

Apple's iPad 2 is the second coming of the tablet that defined the genre. It's thinner, lighter and faster than its predecessor, but otherwise essentially the same, so can it keep its place on the cutting edge in a world packed with awesome Android interlopers? One of the most impressive things about the iPad 2 is its price. In the US, it will cost the same as the first iPad, but here in the UK it will be £30 cheaper than the original iPad was when it launched. You'll pay £399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi-only iPad 2, £479 for the 32GB model and £559 for the 64GB version. For the iPad 2 with both Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity, you're looking at an extra £100 across all models.

Review by CNET.