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Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation

Focus’s MD Andrew Davenport recently took part in the Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation. The event which was organised by the Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership took place at the iconic Eden Project, and saw 40 students – all from various schools within Cornwall, come together to share what they thought a successful Cornwall might look like in the future, and what they believe a better Cornwall could look like – i.e. expansion on career sectors, better wages and diversity of jobs available in Cornwall.

7 different businesses (including Focus Technology Europe Ltd) took to the mic to speak to the students about what was great about being a local business – and also what challenges they face.

Andrew Davenport had this to say following the event – “it was really refreshing to see so many young people care so passionately about the Cornish economy and their future careers, their presentations were fantastic – we have many, many talented young people here in Cornwall who can, and will make a difference”.

You can watch a recap on the day’s events here Cornwall’s Future Economy – Young People’s Consultation

A contact lens that records everything you see?

Other smart contact lenses are focused on improving vision or providing an augmented reality HUD, but Sony wants to look outwards rather than in. A new patent, awarded to the company in April, describes a contact lens that can be controlled by the user’s deliberate blinks, recording video on request.

Sensors embedded in the lens are able to detect the difference between voluntary and involuntary blinks. The image capture and storage technology would all be embedded in the lens around the iris, and piezoelectric sensors would convert the movements of the eye into energy to power the lens.

Of course, at this point, this technology isn’t small enough to be comfortably embedded in a contact lens, so it’s only theoretical. However, with Google seemingly pursuing a contact lens camera after Glass failed so spectacularly, it’s not surprising that other tech giants are getting on board.

Time is ticking for free Windows 10 upgrade

Can you believe that it has been almost a year since Windows started rolling out Windows 10 as a phased release?

Windows 10 has currently been available as a free upgrade to anyone running Windows 7 and Windows 8/8.1 (consumer addition) – but should you not upgrade by July the 29th you will have to fork out £100 +

If you are yet to upgrade, but are still unsure as to whether Windows 10 is for you, why not get in touch with our tech team? We can answer any questions you may have, and give you free, honest advice.

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Phone notifications cause ‘ADHD-like symptoms’

Hyperactivity and a lack of attention span are often traits ascribed to millennials unable to put down their phones. Now a study from the University of Virginia claims these stereotypes may not be totally inaccurate, with smartphone notifications apparently causing “ADHD-like symptoms even among the general population”.

The research, which has been presented at the Human-Computer Interaction conference in California, examined how 221 college students used their smartphones over a two-week period.

They found that when students had notifications turned on – by having their phone on ring or vibrate, for example – they reported “more symptoms of inattention and hyperactivity” than when their phones were on silent.

“We found the first experimental evidence that smartphone interruptions can cause greater inattention and hyperactivity – symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – even in people drawn from a nonclinical population,” said Kostadin Kushlev, lead author of the study.

Server 2003, the end of an era!

With just over 60 days remaining before Microsoft withdraws support for Windows Server 2003 many businesses are wondering where to go next or if to move at all.

When I first started working with Windows Server 2003 it was like a breath of fresh air, feature rich, a wealth of administrative tools, adaptable, scalable and much improved reliability over the versions before it. Much like Windows XP to the desktop PC, Microsoft Windows Server 2003 was fantastic and has stood the test of time which is why many people have decided to stick with it. It was Microsoft first really successful server operating system.

The retirement of Windows Server 2003 however does spell trouble ahead for business who have not moved on.

The end of support (EOS) means that Microsoft will no longer be releasing product updates, bug fixes, patches and security updates for businesses still running Windows Server 2003. At the same time many other vendors such as Anti Virus companies, hardware manufacturers and software development companies will phase out or altogether stop writing applications for the operating system.

The reality is that the longer businesses delay moving to a newer server operating system the greater their businesses are exposed to risk but the migration can be a painful process unless correctly planned and managed. The software running on the servers will need to be identified and checked to see if they will run on the newer server operating systems which in many cases means a shift from 32bit to 64bit capability. If they won’t run then they may need to be updated too. Custom or bespoke applications may need to be updated and specialist hardware many also need to be replaced.

For those businesses that are regulated by the Payment Card Industry or need to be PCI Compliant then the chances are that you will fail the required PCI Compliance Audit in very short order.

The arguments for migration to a new server operating system far outweigh the perceived benefits of staying with Windows Server 2003.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 in your business, you need to take steps now to plan and execute a migration strategy to protect your infrastructure.

By migrating to Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure or Office 365, you can achieve tangible benefits, including improved performance, reduced maintenance requirements, and increased agility and speed of response to the business.

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