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Newsletter - September 2017

Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.

Happy (illegal) Cataluña referendum day, or not, as the case may be. At the time of writing it is unclear whether or not the referendum voting will go ahead today. The Spanish Government has declared the referendum illegal so any 'result' from it, should it actually go ahead, will probably be treated with utter contempt.

If you are flying with Ryanair over the next six months, good luck to you. They have cancelled over 40,000 flights so you will need all the luck you can get. Thank goodness my flights are booked with EasyJet and Vueling this Christmas.

So Apple announced their new products last month to a generally luke-warm meh attitude from most. If I were a cruel person I would say that Apple have basically pinched all the current cool things from Android handsets and brought them to the iPhone, but they haven't actually done anything 'new'. Obviously Apple have a slightly different view, but I am not sure these new iPhone 8 devices are much to get excited about (700-950 €) . Certainly people have not rushed out to get them, unlike what normally happens when Apple releases a new iPhone. Maybe everyone is waiting for the iPhone X, although I sort of doubt it (1000-1500 €). Mr Mobile has made a very fair and in-depth 2 part video review of the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus which you can watch here. The cameras are probably the most noticeably update, as the iPhone 7 cameras were basically panned as a downgrade to the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus.

In contrast, last month Nokia released the Nokia 8 (500 €) which is a very good looking (especially the copper colour) and powerful android flagship smartphone. If I was buying a new phone today, I seriously would not be looking at the new iPhones.

Microsoft will be releasing Windows 10 - 1709 (the Fall creators update) on 17th October. As usual it will be a phased rollout so you may not get it immediately, but you will get it eventually. When they released 1703 (creators update) they changed the way these major updates are handled. In essence the download will now be significantly smaller (up to 25% smaller) as it now only downloads the new bits, rather than a complete new version of Windows 10. Windows Central have a handy guide to all the new things coming with this update which you can read here. I think that for most people the only things you may notice initially are an improvement in booting up time and better battery life if you use the Edge browser. 

Just a quick reminder that the clocks go back an hour on 29th October, and we also have the joys of Halloween / day of the dead to look forward to.

Well, that will just about do it for this newsletter. I hope you have a great month.

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