Posts byKate Little

Thunderbolt 3, an exciting, superfast port with a but….

Thunderbolt 3, an exciting, superfast port with a but….

Traditionally a laptop has several different types of port for data transfer USB, SATA or in Apple world it’s called Thunderbolt.. My ancient laptop has about 6… Now though; the shiny MacBook 12″  and the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar are equipped with one- yes ONE type of connection. The MacBook was released with only
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Apple in your business

Apple in your business

HardSoft are experienced in helping SMB’s find the right technology and financing solutions to empower their staff. We know the importance of having the right technical tools for the job, helping new businesses and expanding companies to update their technology to keep them at the cutting edge of their business. Apple offer so many great
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How to use your tablet in the classroom

How to use your tablet in the classroom

Are you thinking about leasing Apple iPads or tablets for your classroom but do not know how you will use them? Here are some great ideas and tips for how to get the most from your devices. When it comes to technology and education, tablets are the new holy- grail! It is no wonder; they
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USB-C expansion for the new MacBook Pro’s

USB-C expansion for the new MacBook Pro’s

The new range of 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro’s have surprised us! It was almost a ‘given’ that the new MacBook Pro would be USB-C and based on the 12″ MacBook we all felt it was only going to deliver us a single port, highly limiting expansion. Apple surprised us by making thinner and lighter Pro’s with 2-4
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HardSoft for PC’s

HardSoft for PC’s

HardSoft are expanding their products in Ireland !….HardSoft have been trading for over 25 years and we are specialists in both computing and finance. We have been an Apple Authorised reseller for a number of years but it is still important to keep in mind that we are also an authority on HP, Windows, Sony, Lenovo,
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Strongbox PC’s…Bespoke speed

Strongbox PC’s…Bespoke speed

STRONGBOX PC’s are bespoke units which are the perfect answer for Architects, Video editors, Photographers, Animators, colour graders and Music & sound professionals. If you are in need of a particular element for the performance of your machine, this is the one for you! HP with their Z Workstations dominate this market but are often
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Financing your next Computer in Ireland

Financing your next Computer in Ireland

Christmas is fast approaching and there seems like a never ending list of things we all need to buy… Given the situation, you’d be forgiven for tightening the company purse strings. Spending big on new equipment is likely the last thing on your priority list right now, but then you face the risk of falling
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Protect your PC Network with Malwarebytes.

Protect your PC Network with Malwarebytes.

Recently with the re-emergence of the Crypto Ransomware virus coming back in to our lives and evolving faster than your favourite Pokemon, we have been spreading the word of how to avoid a cyber attack. We are also under constant threat of ‘Malvertising’ – when a legitimate URL you click on contains an infected ad
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Fancy a FREEBIE with your Mac?

Fancy a FREEBIE with your Mac?

Fancy a freebie?? Of course you do! This month, as always, we have some exciting freebies on offer! Join HardSoft and experience our  ‘One Stop Shop’ approach to computer leasing. We offer a complete package service, revolutionising IT leasing. We supply Apple Macs, finance them and provide warranty for all of our products. This means that the customer only has to
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The all new Dell XPS laptops

The all new Dell XPS laptops

The new Dell XPS laptop range has arrived and is available from HardSoft to lease. Often referred to as the only competitor to the MacBook Pro, this sleek and stylish laptop has a lot to offer… Available in a 13″ and 15″ screen, the 13″ is a refresh from the 2015 model and the 15″
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Swift Playground for your classroom

Swift Playground for your classroom

With the announcement of the new iOS 10 comes some exciting news for schools! Apple is releasing their own coding App! Swift Playgrounds is going to allow students to learn to code using Apples coding language Swift. Now, instead of needing a PC or Laptop as well as your iPads to learn to code, it can
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Home user Freebies!

Home user Freebies!

If you are a home user looking for interest free credit on a Mac, HardSoft have some great Mac leasing offers for you. The finance can run over 6, 12 or 18 months and is cheaper than Apple Finance and PC World. Applying is quick and easy with almost instant decisions. As always, HardSoft are
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Minecraft for Education

Minecraft for Education

Yes, the hotly anticipated Minecraft for Education is being released in September! Minecraft has taken the world by storm and there is no denying the students LOVE it. It is going to be a steep learning curve for the teachers if they are not used to Minecraft. There is a handy tutorial to get you started with
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Professional Graphics Cards

Professional Graphics Cards

If you have invested thousands in your software, you will probably need to upgrade your machine/ graphics card to cope with it. Not even Lewis Hamilton could win a Grand Prix in a Ford Focus… When purchasing expensive graphics software, you need to ensure you have the latest hardware to use it on. Using software such as
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Is your website mobile friendly??

Is your website mobile friendly??

Well is it?? You shouldn’t underestimate the importance of a mobile friendly website… with so many people working from, gathering information and looking at their phones on the go there is a good chance if your website is accessed- it is from a mobile. Remember, first impressions are hard to forget and if yours is an
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Ruggedised PC Laptops

Ruggedised PC Laptops

If you are using your laptop as a mobile device for work, is it taking daily abuse?? How much punishment can a Laptop really take, especially if you are in the field of some of the harsher working environments- like a building site or a desert? A regular laptop, although mobile, does not always stand
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Brexit- Lease it!

Brexit- Lease it!

In the aftermath of Brexit there is a lot of anxiety. Many people are worried and confused about the effect if will have on the country and themselves financially. Although Osbourne has come out saying that “Britain is ready to confront what the future holds from a position of strength”  Many feel like it is
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Exchange vs. Office 365

Exchange vs. Office 365

What email server software is running your business?? Thinking of making the jump to Microsoft Office 365? Is it the right choice for you though? Historically Microsoft Exchange Server  was the only option for your email. With the emergence of Office 365 in 2011 you can now opt to keep all of your data in
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BRING YOUR HOUND TO WORK TODAY

BRING YOUR HOUND TO WORK TODAY

Hurrah! Another reason to blog about dogs… who knew the opportunity would present itself again so soon. Further to my HardSoft Office Dog Blog last month, we have bring your dog to work day. Another excuse to take funny pictures of your dog in the office. For those of you who aren’t lucky to have
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Why you need a 12″ MacBook in your life…

Why you need a 12″ MacBook in your life…

Have you been considering the new MacBook recently? We have had some brilliant feedback from customers, detailing why it is working out so well for them. Here are some reasons that the 12″ MacBook might be the laptop for you- there is more to it. This lightweight little beauty is so portable, so pretty and so
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Toughen up your Mac, Pt 2…

Toughen up your Mac, Pt 2…

Hello again… we are back on the subject of getting your Mac to toughen up. We have changed the settings and told you the things to avoid in Part 1. In Part 2 we are going to focus on the things you need to do to protect against sneaky virus’ and people invading your private
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Toughen up your Mac! Pt 1

Toughen up your Mac! Pt 1

Have you checked your Mac settings lately? Unless, like me you have children that are more computer savvy at 6 than I was at 26, you probably aren’t too worried about them. Most of us, know we should be ensuring out Macs are protected (or can protect themselves) but it is always one for the to
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Fancy a Freebie with your new PC ?

Fancy a Freebie with your new PC ?

Fancy a freebie?? Of course you do! This month, as we have been focusing on the troubles our customers are having with malware, we are introducing a new AVG anti-virus protection to our freebies. Join HardSoft and experience our  ‘One Stop Shop’ approach to computer leasing.  We offer a complete package service, revolutionising IT leasing. We supply devices, finance
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Getting started with iPads in the Classroom

Getting started with iPads in the Classroom

If you are starting out with iPads in your school, the number of Apps recommended and available can be confusing. It can be difficult to know where to start, the expectation of parents and peers adds pressure to a new learning situation. Here is a simple guide to the in-built Apps iPad as standard… and what
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The HardSoft Office Dog Blog

The HardSoft Office Dog Blog

Did you see the article circulating on FaceBook last week about the retiring office dog in Japan? I thought that it was just HardSoft but no, it is an actual thing doggoneit!! Hot diggity dog, I cannot hide my excitement. It is not that I wanted a job at HardSoft just for the office dog, mutt it
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Pic Collage for Kids

Pic Collage for Kids

  Due to the popular demand in schools for their original App, Pic Collage, Cardinal Blue have now released Pic Collage for kids. The original Pic Collage is also free but has a public gallery which may contain content not suitable for students. Pic Collage for kids is a safe, free app that can be
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The top 5 SEXIEST Windows Laptops

The top 5 SEXIEST Windows Laptops

Laptops are getting hotter and hotter… it is true, the aesthetics of laptops are now as important as their components. With smooth, sleek designs and beautiful materials being used to build them, we cannot get enough of these exquisite little bad boys. Here is a list of the HardSoft top 5 as voted for by
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Why your school should lease.

Why your school should lease.

… And lease them from HardSoft! If your school is in desperate need of some technology updates, but you do not have the budget to cover your requirements why not lease? Actually, even if you have the budget, why not spread the cost and free up some of that cash? With a HardSoft lease, you
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The new iOS for Education

The new iOS for Education

Apple have made some exciting new announcements for iOS 9.3 for all of those using them in education…(You can update in Settings- General- Software Update.)  This is why you should get updating ASAP!!  The new classroom app will finally allow teachers to look at any screen in the class and view what the student is doing.
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CleverTouch for your School

CleverTouch for your School

It seems like everything is touchscreen these days, I have to wrestle my toddler from trying to use her fat fingers to prod my laptop screen and television… Is this the future for technology? If it is, how will our children be prepared to become part of the digital workforce? We are working together with
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Why lease your computers ?

Why lease your computers ?

There are so many benefits to leasing your computers, it is no wonder it is growing in popularity so rapidly. It is now the norm for businesses to lease phones, cars, and  photocopiers. So it makes great business sense to think about leasing all of your IT. Incredibly 28% of all new IT spending ended
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Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro

Surface Book vs. MacBook Pro

The new Microsoft Surface Book is going to be released in the UK on the 18th February and we are now taking pre-orders. As always, we are taking the opportunity to compare it to the Apple equivalent, and the results are surprising. Where I would usually spend the next 500 or so words bashing Microsoft,
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The New HP ZBook Studio -Mac beater ?

The New HP ZBook Studio -Mac beater ?

The new HP ZBook Studio Mobile Graphics Workstations has arrived ! … This super fast, highly anticipated laptop is bursting with exciting new features. HP are also aiming to “bring the sexy back to workstations” which is shown in this new ZBook Studios attractive and sleek design. With a 15.6″ screen and only 18mm thick, the
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