Technology News from the LIS Helpdesk

Apple set to launch glasses?

Apple set to launch glasses? Google Glass didn’t work out so well… how will the launch of Apple Glasses do?

It’s been an open secret for years that Apple is developing augmented reality (AR) glasses, particularly since the announcement of ARKit at WWDC. No wonder: with Google and Microsoft actively developing devices, it seems like a party Apple can’t afford to miss.

But what exactly does Apple have in its sights, and when are we going to see the new glasses?

A couple of patents granted in January 2020 gave some insight into Apple’s plans for a headset. A trusted source in May 2020 suggests, an announcement about price, specs by the end of the year. The source of that leak has also claimed that Apple is working on a separate, round-framed Steve Jobs Heritage Edition of the product, and we’re not sure whether to take him seriously.

In this feature, we look at all the latest Apple AR glasses rumours, patents and possible release date details, including iOS 13 support for AR glasses.

Apple set to launch glasses?

Apple Glass could redefine wearable computing. Here’s everything we know so far.

What is augmented reality?

First, a quick refresher on terms, as many get AR and VR confused. VR headsets are mounted on the head in a similar way to ski goggles, and completely block your view of the outside world. They track your head movement, and the 3D image displayed inside the headset moves accordingly. This makes it appear as if you’re wholly inside a 3D ‘virtual’ world.

AR glasses are see-through. An image is displayed in front of your eyes to see the world around you. AR hit the headlines in recent years, first thanks to Google Glass (which displays 2D images) and more recently with a headset developed by Microsoft called HoloLens that embeds 3D images in the world around you.

For more information about this exciting new product take a look at the article written by Daniel Piper for Creative Bloq.

If you would like to discuss you IT requirements or talk about the latest technology contact the LIS Help desk. We are a friendly bunch and will always do our best to help you.

#AppleGlass #GoogleGlass #WearableTech

Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings can be a cost-saving or revenue-generating option. It is a great tool to use to keep in touch with client, colleagues or attend business networking meetings. However, only if you have the right tools and know-how will you be able to connect to your virtual meetings.

WhatsApp v Zoom

One of the most popular platforms is Zoom. Did you know that WhatsApp can allow 50 people on a call via its desktop app? Take a look a recent article about how WhatsApp are taking on Zoom https://www.techradar.com/uk/news/whatsapp-could-become-the-new-zoom-with-50-person-video-calls-on-the-desktop

Until the April 2020 update, WhatsApp users could only make a video call with four people including themselves plus three others. Facebook-owned WhatsApp likely took the decision to issue an upgrade to prevent its users migrating to rival chat apps.

Facebook said in a statement: “WhatsApp calls are another way to stay in touch. Soon you’ll be able to have group voice and video calls with a larger amount of people on WhatsApp. As before, these calls are secured with end-to-end encryption. No one else can view or listen to your private conversation, not even WhatsApp.”

Virtual Meetings

Virtual Meetings are crucial for business. What is the best platform for your business? Stay connect with clients and your team.

How to group call on WhatsApp

Again, this is a similar process to video calling. To start a group call, fire up a conversation on your WhatsApp and click the phone icon in the top right of the screen.  Once your contact has picked up the phone, you can then click on the + icon on the screen and select multiple contacts to connect to a group call. Click on who you want to add and wait for them to accept the call.  You can also do this with group video calls. To do this, start a video call.

Once your contact has accepted the call, click on the + icon again and add another contact. The split screen with the separate video feeds is a great feature. Video calling can drain your data package, so if you are tight on data, make sure you are connected to a WiFi connection to get the full benefit of conference video calls.

Contact the LIS Help Desk to discuss the best platform and make sure your internet speed is the best you can get.

#WhatsAppMeetings #ZoomWho #VideoChat

Android phone hidden features

Unlock your Android phone hidden features. The Android versus iPhone debate continues to rumble on. However, one thing is certain: Google’s phone software is more versatile and customizable than Apple’s offering. Dig into your Android phone hidden features you will find a host of clever features and useful tools.

Here are some hidden features you’ll definitely want to know about. For example, split screen mode, automatic video captioning or how about picture in picture, enabling you to watch YouTube whist you check your email. Whilst on a hand held device.

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/6-hidden-android-features-that-will-blow-your-mind-and-how-to-use-them/

Android phone hidden features

Your phone is smarter than it looks! Android is loaded full of features—many of which are not completely obvious or are possibly even hidden behind “secret” menus.

The history behind the Android phone

Sometimes it feels like we’ve been running Google’s mobile OS on our Android devices forever. It is less than 10 years since the first official Android phone launched in stores. Google’s decision to make Android an open source OS allowed it to become highly popular with third-party phone makers.

Just a few years after the launch of Android 1.0, Smartphones that had the OS installed were everywhere. Now it has become the most popular mobile OS in the world, defeating its many competitors like Symbian, BlackBerry, Palm OS, webOS, and Windows Phone. Apple’s iOS is the only platform still standing as a serious competitor to Android, and that situation doesn’t look like it will change anytime soon.

Conclusion

Apple need to start selling new iPhones that are much cheaper than its current models. It would seem reasonable to predict that Android will continue to dominate the mobile OS market, even with its history of problems providing swift updates. Android is being installed on phones that are sold for less than £100 as well as on expensive flagship devices like the current champion: the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. That flexibility, combined with yearly updates, will ensure Android will remain the leader in this industry for years to come.

Contact LIS if you need a new business mobile contract. If you need a new phone line for home or the work place we offer various VOIP solution. As well as helping with better connection, a super-fast fibre broadband supplier or even a leased line for guaranteed fast speeds. We have it all, and they’re all delivered to you with our impeccable IT support.

#HiddenAndroidFeatures #SecretFeatures #mindblowing

Email Forwarding Alerts

We announced last month that Lodge Information Services (LIS) launched its latest product The Office 365 Security Package. This is part two of the package, focusing on Email Forwarding Alerts.

One of the biggest concerns within any business is IT security. The rising use of the cloud and mobile devices has bought with it cost savings. As a result, there are increased data security risks. Take a look at our latest video below for more information.

 

We will notify you promptly of any forwarders on your email system. LIS can act fast before any damage is done. The LIS helpdesk with a simple click of a button will approve or reject the forwarder on your behalf.

Our Office 365 Security Package is a bundle of software tools

The package works continuously on Microsoft Office 365 accounts. They provide genuine protection benefits that EVERY business ought to have. We manage EVERYTHING for you. It’s all in our hands, which is exactly how it should be. Giving you peace of mind to allow you to concentrate on your business.

Download our Office 365 A Risky Business booklet to find our more.

Email Forwarding Alerts

Make sure your business is secure from the outside world and your data is safe.

Scammers send out phishing emails to unsuspecting clients to hack their accounts. They use this information to log into the now compromised accounts to gain access to confidential information for example account and bank details. LIS can help your company to protect your IT system. As a result, making sure the outside world has no access and you have peace of mind that your money and data are safe. We take care of your IT security to enable you to concentrate on your business!

Contact us to make sure you are protected.

IT support questions

What questions should you ask your IT support company? Sometimes in life we have to ask awkward questions. How much did that cost? Do you really need a second piece of cake? What is that smell?

You may have spoken to several IT support providers to look after you companies IT. However, who can you trust? It’s easier when you have been given a recommendation from a trusted source. Asking the right questions during the selection process, to determine if the company is the best fit is key. Whilst some questions may seem tricky, they will help you sort out the contenders.

However, you don’t usually expect to feel awkward asking questions of an IT support company. Well, you should.

A few tricky questions could help you to decide if they’re really the people you want to protect your business and its data. Make the wrong decision on which IT support company to work with, and you’ll lose time, money…  and a lot of productivity too. Worse still, if they’re not what they claim to be, you could also put your customers’ information at risk. At the moment, you really need to check their safety measures to protect your people. We’ve written a new free guide, listing the 5 most important questions you should ask your IT support company. Not one of those questions is to do with how much they’ll cost you.

Click here to download our useful guide.

What questions to ask your IT provider

Choosing a new IT provider can be an important decision for a business owner. What questions should you ask?

Five Things to Look for in an IT Support Company

It is not uncommon for technical problems to be handled by whoever happens to be the most tech savvy person in the company. That can work for a little while. As a result, it is not a sustainable practice. Your team should focus on meeting your organizational goals – not dealing with technology problems. Why not outsource your IT needs as it will help alleviate the burden, so you can get back to business.

Contact us to arrange an IT audit, discuss your goals and any technical issues you are experiencing.