Apple Makes EU Concessions To Avoid Antitrust Fine

Apple Antitrust

It’s been reported that The European Commission is now seeking feedback from Apple’s rivals and customers over concessions agreed by Apple relating to its tap-and-go mobile payment systems, based on the independent technology called Near-Field Communication (NFC).  Following an antitrust investigation and the threat of a fine, Apple had agreed to open up these systems…

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‘Only’ Double IT Spending Growth (To $5 Trillion)

5 Trillion Global IT Spend

New research from Gartner has predicted that global IT spending this year will reach $5 trillion and IT spending growth will be more than double that of 2023.  A First – Spending More On IT Than Communications  In its IT spending forecast, Gartner predicts that the massive $5 trillion global spend means that spending on…

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New Certification For Copyright Compliant AI 

Certification for AI

Following many legal challenges to AI companies about copyrighted content being scraped and used to train their AI models (without consent or payment), a new certification for copyright-compliant AI has been launched.  The Issue  As highlighted in the recent case of the New York Times suing OpenAI over the alleged training of its AI on…

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Hearing Loss And Tinnitus Warning To Gamers

Hearing-Loss-For-Gamers

A new review of existing research, published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), warns that video gamers who are listening to high-intensity sound levels for long periods of time may be risking permanent hearing loss and tinnitus.  Overlooked Area  Whereas headphones, earbuds, and music venues have been recognised as sources of potentially unsafe sound levels,…

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Work Starts On £790m UK Google Data Centre

New UK Google Data Centre

Work has started on Google’s first UK data centre which will cost $1 billion (£790m), will add to Google’s 27 data centres worldwide, and will support its move into AI.  Crucial Compute Capacity  The data centre is being built on a 33-acre site at Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire. In addition to the construction and technical jobs…

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Apple To Allow Sideloaded EU App Stores

Sideloading iPhones

In compliance with the regulations in the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA), and following the iOS 17.2 update, it’s been reported that Apple will soon be allowing iOS users to sideload app stores in the EU. This means that iOS users will be able to download and install apps from sources other than its official…

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What MSPs Should Know About the Dunning Kruger Effect

Dunning Kruger Effect For MSPs

There’s a psychological phenomenon known as the ‘Dunning-Kruger Effect’. This cognitive bias (discovered by social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger at Cornell University in 1999) is a paradox where people with low ability at a task overestimate their ability, while experts tend to underestimate theirs. That’s not to say this effect comes as a…

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Microsoft Now More Valuable Than Apple

Competing Apple and Windows Share Values

Worries about smartphone demand have been blamed for Microsoft’s stock market value ending a trading session higher than Apple’s last week for the first time since 2021.  How Much?  Microsoft adding 1 per cent to its stock value compared to just a 0.2 per cent rise from Apple saw Microsoft’s value (market capitalisation) reach an…

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A Quick Guide To Flash Drives & HDD Storage

Different Types Of Memory

In this brief guide to storage technology, we compare and contrast the benefits of flash drives and Hard Disk Drives (HDD) for enterprise storage and take a look at some other popular storage options.  What are Flash Drives?  Flash drives, sometimes called Solid State Drives (SSDs), use ‘flash memory’ to store data. The flash memory…

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What’s Fun At CES? 

CES Gadgets

Following the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, we take a look at some of the more novel and fun gadgets (and claims from the show) and what lessons businesses can take away from this year’s event.  CES  The Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which this year took place in Las Vegas (from…

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