Posts byEmily Smith

Pimped desktop PCs: Five of the best

Conventional games consoles are great, but if you’re looking for all-out power and ‘customisability’, a desktop PC should be top of your list. From day one, you have the chance to modify and upgrade to your heart’s content, creating something that is truly unique.
Some ‘modders’- as they’re known – add a bit of extra RAM, or introduce a solid-state drive to speed things up. Others have much bigger ideas, though. Below are some of the craziest and most brilliant custom desktop PCs we’ve seen. read more


Apple announcement September 2015: No 4K iMac yet, but plenty of exciting stuff on the way

At 7pm last night (10am PT), Apple CEO Tim Cook made the company’s annual September announcement regarding a new and exciting range of technology products. We recently discussed all the potential rumours surrounding what would be unveiled, so how right were we? Let’s take a look.
Apple September new products

No 4K iMac, but two new iPhones

The 4K iMac is still expected to be announced in October, as several sites had predicted, and its absence from mention at this event only makes those suspicions stronger. But while we’re left to wait another month for news on whether the 21.5 inch iMac will be upgraded, iPhone enthusiasts will be most pleased.
“While they may look familiar, we have changed everything about these new iPhones,” said Tim Cook, unveiling two brand new smartphones: the new iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S. They’ll be available in four colours – silver, gold, space grey and rose gold – and the material they’re made from has changed to 7000 series aluminium. It makes this new device more robust and unlikely to bend.
New Apple iPhone 6S
So what else is new? There’s the new 3D touch screen previously known as Force Touch, which was first introduced in Apple trackpads and the Apple Watch (more updates on that later). Pressing and holding the screen is recognised more sensitively, and it even vibrates to let you know certain things have been pressed.
The camera has been improved too – by 50 per cent. The 12 megapixel iSight rear camera has 50 per cent more pixels than the iPhone 6. Other additions include Live Photos, which records a second-and-a-half video either side of your photo being taken, and faster fingerprint sensors. read more


A history of the Macbook (infographic)

Apple is without doubt one of the world’s best loved brands. Its colossal popularity can be put down to a range of innovatively designed and massively useful products; the MacBook range being a prime example.

Over the years, Apple has provided businesses and consumers with some of the most attractive and capable notebook computers to ever exist. Below, we look at the journey this fantastic line has taken.


The future of Mac

PC sales may be in decline, but even at over thirty years old, the Apple Mac continues to buck the trend. During the third quarter of 2015, Apple sold 4.8 million Macs and in the second quarter, sales rose by ten per cent year on year. These are impressive figures, but in a world increasingly dominated by mobile devices, are Macs going to continue to be successful?

We look into what the future holds for Macs.

Increased portability

You only need to look at the new MacBook to see the direction in which Macs are quickly moving. It’s the device that’s being dubbed by everyone everywhere as ‘the future of laptops’, and perhaps they’re right. Apple’s new MacBook is much lighter than the MacBook Air, and not much thicker than a full-size iPad. On the surface, it may seem like a gimmick to produce the slimmest and lightest MacBook ever, but Apple made this decision for a good reason – MacBook needs to keep up with mobile devices. read more


What you can do with AutoCAD

One of the most widely used systems for designers, AutoCAD is popular with architects, drafters, engineers and surveyors the world over. Created for professionals, it makes drawing technical 2D, or even 3D, blueprints and building plans easy.

Used for a huge variety of projects, AutoCAD has played a part in creating innovative mechanical features in Magic Wheels manual wheelchairs, as well as assisting in strengthening the San Francisco Bay Bridge and even in creating life size LEGO dinosaurs. The versatility of 2D and 3D imaging possibilities truly are endless! read more


Creative designers –why should you use a Wacom tablet?

Wacom tablet for leasingWhen it comes to the relatively modern profession of digital graphic design, some creative types are surprisingly purist. Of course, in that game, being old-fashioned just means you still do all of your work on a Mac computer with a mouse, rather than on a tablet. It’s hardly as dated as a journalist writing by hand or on a typewriter.

While you should always work on what you find most comfortable, many creative designers have indeed introduced tablet devices to their work. There are a number of interesting benefits that the Wacom tablet in particular offers, so if you’re considering adding a graphics tablet into your design arsenal, let’s break them down. read more


Top tips for preventing damage to your Mac or iPad

Apple products are of a high quality and are definitely made to last, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be damaged. You may treat your new gadgets with the utmost care in the first few weeks, but after that you might not be so precious.

Your Macbook or iPad will likely get used every single day, transported from place to place, so accidents are bound to happen. Here are our top tips on how to avoid damaging your iPad or Mac:

Be careful when cleaning

Whilst it is important to keep your iPad and Mac screens clean, you need to ensure you’re not using any products which could damage your Apple product. Use a lightly damp cloth to wipe your screen (if you squeeze it and water comes out, it’s too wet!). Do not use a tissue or any sprays, solvents or lens cleaning products. read more


Which MacBook is right for you?

Apple has achieved its status as the biggest brand on the planet by consistently creating amazing products; products that effortlessly blend simple style with fantastic functionality.

The MacBook range is perhaps the best example of this. The collection of sleek, hard-wearing, premium laptop computers has a legion of dedicated fans around the world, and rightly so. It’s at home in any environment, business or otherwise, but choosing the right model can be tough.

In this article, we’ll help you make your decision by focusing on the ins and outs of the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and MacBook. read more