GDPR – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It!

Hold onto your hats, the world is coming to an end!

On May 25th 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect, and the world as we know it will end!

The implementation of the GDPR is going to have effects in every corner of the digital world. There will be marketing teams around the world with a mountain of consumer data that has been gathered in all sorts of ways and they will be being held to account for any dodgy practices they have used in the past

There’s a data revolution coming and it’s here to put a stop to all those spam emails and super annoying social media ad campaigns that besiege us every day at the behest of the army of digital marketers across the globe. read more


Microsoft Surface for Education

When it comes to the education sector, most schools have been using Apple’s Macbooks and iPads which work really well for them. However, the release of Microsoft’s Surface range means that there is now a great alternative to those iPads and Macbooks.

A study conducted by FutureSource found that Apple iOS and MacOS devices are in decline, particularly in the USA, and are not necessarily the primary tools of those in the education system. They found that outside of the US, Microsoft is still a leader in the market read more


Are Apple getting serious about VR game development?

There have been issues with some older Apple computers not supporting VR game development and users finding it difficult to work out which are compatible and which are not.  But that will not be the case for much longer as things are changing for the good with the introduction of Apple’s new High Sierra OS.

Addition of metal 2 API + eGPU

As we already know, within the High Sierra update there is already an improved version of Apple’s Metal graphics API and this, together with the eGPU Development Kit, enables developers to continue on their journey of creating apps with full VR content. read more


The next developments for the Mac Pro

Next year could be a big one for Mac users, with the announcement from Apple that we’ll soon be seeing a radical revamp to the Mac Pro. But what is in store and when might we see these big changes? Here’s everything we know so far.

When is it coming?

In April 2017, Apple made a series of announcements regarding the Mac Pro. It’s been a long time coming – the current version of the Mac Pro has been available since December 2013. With new iPhones coming and going, it rather seemed like desktop users were being forgotten so it’s great to hear that Apple have some big developments in store. read more


What Does High Sierra mean for VR Developers?

The release of Apple’s new operating system, High Sierra, has seen a whole host of additions and improvements aimed at VR developers. Join us as we delve in and take a look at them in more depth!

Metal 2 API – what it is and what it does

Included in the High Sierra update and apparently at least ten times faster than the previous version, this is an increased form of Apple’s Metal graphics API, enabling VR developers to sidestep the macOS system and go directly to a VR headset; even using only a MacBook there will be sufficient GPU function to utilize the VR and SteamVR, the HTC Vive, Unreal Engine 4 and Unity will also work with a Mac. read more


New Start Businesses – Lease Application Process Explained

So you’ve got a new start business and you want to lease your IT equipment. What do you need to do, and how does it work? If you are a new business you are probably well aware of how difficult it is to establish a credit history, as well as how traditional financing methods such as banks can be difficult to deal with. HardSoft can provide from £1,000 to £15,000 of lease finance to new businesses, which can include both hardware and software.

Here we explain our simple application process for new start businesses:

  1. The first step is to establish whether you are a homeowner.
  2. If you are a homeowner, we will ask you for bank statements (either business or personal) in order to assess your ability to meet the lease repayments. If you are not a homeowner, we will ask you to provide a guarantor, such as a director, shareholder, or relative.
    • Unfortunately, if you’re unable to provide a guarantor we won’t be able to proceed with your lease application.
  3. Once you have provided your bank statements, we will review them to prove you can cover payments.
    • A Limited Director’s Indemnity may be requested if you have set up a new Limited Company.
    • If we cannot be satisfied that you would be able to make the repayments on your lease we will not be able to proceed with your application.
  4. If you are looking for an amount in excess of £10k we will request to see your business plan or proof that you have external investment in your business.
    • Once we have seen either your business plan or proof of external investment we will complete your application and proceed with any credit searches.
  5. If you are requesting less that £10k we will complete your application and proceed with any credit searches.

The first payment will be equivalent to one month’s payment, which can be paid by debit or credit card. Occasionally we may require the lease to be over 24 months (rather than 36) and a deposit of three months maybe requested should the ability to repay be difficult to assess. read more


8th Gen. CPU’s are here and they’re fast!

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Dell XPS 13 is first with i7-8550

Intel announced their new 7th Gen Kaby Lake processors just last year but, in the blink of an eye, in August they announced their new 8th Gen CPUs. Designed specifically for the premium ranges of thin and light notebooks and 2-in-1s, according to Intel these new 8th-gen processors will keep the Kaby Lake name and be referred to as Kaby Lake R (‘R’ for refresh) with Coffee Lake and Cannon Lake processors coming later.

One of the major selling points for these new 8th Generation series CPUs is that they are twice as fast as the ones you’d find in a five year old laptop. There have been vast improvements in performance over the past five years across not only laptops but in desktops and tables too. Intel claims that there will be up to 40% improvement over their current 7th Generation Core i-series CPUs, which have only just been rolled out by many makers of PCs. read more


Storage – Why Use A NAS?

We know our customers and blog readers are pretty savvy when it comes to technology, but just in case you were wondering NAS stands for Network Attached Storage.

In recent years we’ve all been storing more and more information in ‘the cloud’, entrusting some of the most important things in our lives to third party companies who we hope are trustworthy. We obviously don’t want to return to the days of saving everything onto those temperamental floppy disks, but local Network Attached Storage (NAS) is available and there may be more reasons to start using it than you’d think. read more


GDPR simplified

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We’re now less than a year away from General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force. This is a new regulation which will harmonise data protection laws for consumers in the EU. And it will apply to all businesses that collect personal data from their customers.

The UK Information Commissioner has warned that some small businesses might still be unaware that a new regime is looming. Back in February, a Direct Marketing Association survey found that only 26% of companies believed their business are unprepared for the GDPR regulation. However, there were only two-thirds who thought they would be fully compliant by 25th May 2018. read more


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Take our simple survey which will take 90 seconds and get entry into a draw to win a new 12.9″ iPad Pro..

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We are looking to understand how businesses decide upon how to finance new equipment. What are the factors that affect the choice of whether to buy outright or obtain finance.  From this info we hope to provide a wider range of solutions to business. I

t’s a quick 90 second survey and if you participate you will have a chance to win a new Apple iPad Pro 12.9”. The winner will be advised by 10/11/18. read more