Neil Cumins

Alexa skills you'll never use 1

Alexa skills you’ll never use

On: Monday, 16 July, 2018
It’s fair to say Amazon’s Alexa has become a runaway success in the small – yet rapidly growing – smart speaker market. Recent consumer adoption statistics from America suggest over 60 per cent of Stateside virtual assistants are Al...
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The best mobile broadband dongles

The best mobile broadband dongles

On: Saturday, 14 July, 2018
Broadband has become such a staple of domestic life, it often takes an outage to make us realise how much we depend on it. And while 4G is fine for keeping mobile devices online in the absence of a home hub or wireless router, it’s not mu...
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How is the broadband network performing?

How is the UK broadband network performing?

On: Monday, 21 May, 2018
Like most countries around the world, the UK’s online infrastructure has experienced significant growing pains over the last twenty years. Broadband has evolved to replace dial-up modem connections, outlasting unsuccessful experiments...
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How will GDPR affect me?

How will GDPR affect my online activities?

On: Tuesday, 15 May, 2018
By now, you’ve almost certainly heard people talking about GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation is a European Union policy designed to defend consumer data, and ensure personal details aren’t permanently stored in corporate data...
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Deciphering Broadband Jargon

Deciphering broadband industry jargon

On: Wednesday, 9 May, 2018
To the uninitiated, broadband jargon often seems unnecessarily complicated. Something as simple as whether a letter is upper-case or lower-case can have a significant impact. Then there’s the confusing nature of the broadband industry its...
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What you need to know about Phishing

What you need to know about ‘Phishing’

On: Monday, 23 April, 2018
As online security has improved and modern devices incorporate greater protection against cybercrime, criminals are becoming more cunning. One of the leading methods of online fraud now involves persuading people to voluntarily surrender th...
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Free Wifi Spots and where to find them

Free WiFi hotspots and where to find them

On: Friday, 20 April, 2018
Given the UK’s patchy 4G mobile network, free WiFi hotspots remain hugely important for communicating on the move. From bars and benches to trains and trams, WiFi networks are more prevalent than you might assume. These are some of the pl...
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How to save Data by Turning Off Auto Updates

How to save data by turning off auto-updates

On: Thursday, 12 April, 2018
Automatic updates can be a significant drain on a domestic broadband account. They might occur at inopportune moments, taking bandwidth away from streaming services or other data-intensive activities. Updates can also be troublesome for peo...
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