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Newsletter - November 2017



Hello and welcome to this month’s newsletter.

Happy day of the dead! It's yet another fiesta day here and I am having trouble keeping up with them all. Must be a sign of old age or something. Anyway, I hope you have a good day, especially if you've got the day off work. There's a lot to fit in this month, so here goes...

Apple released the iPhone 8 and 8S, and Google released the Pixel 2's last month. Nobody seems to be buying the new iPhones at the moment, which is probably because they are not really any different to the previous two versions of the iPhone (but cost more). The Google Pixel 2 XL appears as though it may suffer from screen burn-in after a couple of weeks use. Oh dear, not the sort of thing you expect from a €1000+ gadget really.

Microsoft have started rolling out the Fall Creators Update (1709) for Windows 10 users. Windows Central have once again written about all the new features and made a 20 minute video showing you how to use the new stuff. It's well worth taking a look and you can check it out here. I have installed it on all my devices and I haven't encountered any terrible problems, so far. In my experience it does seem to perk up / speed up the devices a bit too, which is a bonus! It will automatically come to all Windows 10 devices over time, or you can install it now if you want. Details available here.

On the subject of Windows 10, each new 'release' or version has a two year support cycle, which is why your device tries to automatically update to each new version when available. Here is a list of all the different 'versions' of Windows 10 to date (YYMM) - 1507 / 1511 / 1607 / 1703 / 1709. You can find out which version you are running by following these instructions. If you have 1511, you have a problem, because you will no longer receive any security updates. You should update your device now to remain protected and continue receiving security updates. Details on how to are here. In my experience, one of the main reasons updating from 1511 fails is due to not having enough free disc space available, particularly on 32GB laptops and tablets. If you have this problem and you cannot free up enough space, don't ignore it and contact me for help.

You may have recently heard about this Wi-Fi virus thing called 'krack'. It potentially affects every device that uses Wi-Fi - Windows, iOS, Android, everything! Details on krack here. Microsoft had already fixed the problem before we all heard about it, and patched all current versions of Windows via Windows Update. To my understanding that means all fully up-to-date versions of Windows 7 / 8.1 and 10 which have Windows Update enabled. If you are on Win 10 1507 or 1511, they are no longer supported, so you could still be vulnerable. Apple has fixed the problem and will be sending an update out over the coming weeks. Android (the latest version at least) has also been fixed and Google will be releasing the fix in early November. However, most android phones and tablets are running older versions of android, so all bets are off for those. Further information here.

Finally, we have Black Friday coming up on November 24th which is a great opportunity to pick up a bargain or two on normally big ticket items. However, companies sometimes also discount lower priced things too. If you are an Microsoft Office 365 subscriber, check out the Microsoft Store web site because they normally offer a big discount on subscriptions for Black Friday. It doesn't matter when your subscription expires, you can just add another year or two onto your existing subscription. Happy bargain hunting!

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


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