Posts byOliver Evans

Apple’s Schoolwork App is Changing how Students Learn

Apple’s Schoolwork App is Changing how Students Learn

Frequently Asked Questions about Schoolwork

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New Schoolwork App makes everything easier; Announcements, Handouts, Work plans…

Schoolwork is an iPad app built to help teachers unlock their student’s potential. Teachers can share class materials, assign activities within apps and view student progress in real time. Schoolwork allows the user to tailor instructions based on ‘individual needs’. Students have one place to see assignments, submit work, and view their own progress.

Q.Who can use Schoolwork?
A. Available to any education institution enrolled in Apple School Manager and uses Managed Apple IDs. School Manager is supported in 34 countries. read more

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Battle of the Tablet Laptops: The Dell 9575 vs. Microsoft Surface Book 2

Battle of the Tablet Laptops: The Dell 9575 vs. Microsoft Surface Book 2

Today we are comparing two laptops with a ‘convertible’ or  ‘transformative’ function against one another. Microsoft’s beautifully designed Surface Book 2 versus the brilliant Dell XPS 9575, let’s look at the numbers:

Find out why the Dell XPS 9570 i9 is the best office laptop to lease in 2018!

The first entry in the HardSoft Versus series where we pitch similarly priced and similarly marketed products against one another in a never-ending battle of specification tables so that you can make an informed decision about what you and your business are spending your money on. read more

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Find out what Apple have planned for the iPad and Classroom!

Find out what Apple have planned for the iPad and Classroom!

The classroom is changing. Apple has made clear that they plan to work hand in hand with schools and Educators worldwide following the re-release and rebrand of their flagship iPad making it

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Classroom gives teachers more control than ever before

more: user-friendly, accessible and by developing both hardware and software that make them more easily applicable and relevant for teachers and students.

This blog highlights and explores some commonly asked questions about 2 of Apple’s new Apps, planned for release later this year along with their new classroom friendly iPad. read more

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Simulate an attack on your IT network and identify your susceptible staff

Simulate an attack on your IT network and identify your susceptible staff

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Who is the Weakest Link?

Sophos attacked our network, here’s what we learned:

Sophos Phish Threat simulates a real-time virtual phishing attack against your company, this is a brilliant new tool from Sophos that allows you to better understand and secure your network, giving you valuable information pointing out exactly where and how your network might be best exploited by future hacking attempts via phishing e-mails.

Scott Harrington the Technical Director at HardSoft ran this check internally so we could find out first-hand just how effective our IT network and end users are at defending against an attack. read more

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Microsoft’s Surface Hub has landed at HardSoft. But is it worth it?

Microsoft’s Surface Hub has landed at HardSoft. But is it worth it?

55" Microsoft Surface Hub & Stand

Can a Surface Hub improve and streamline your office? Microsoft think so!

The Hub is here! A new, especially exciting product from the now revered Microsoft Surface range.

The Surface range managed to manifest something that Microsoft had previously failed to produce for years. It added a brand which offered a suite of mid to high spec PC alternatives capable of doing battle with Apple for their, until now, relatively uncontested portion of the professional Laptop/Tablet market.

Following Microsoft’s release of the new 15” Surface Book 2 and a reboot of the Surface Pro the biggest member of the Surface family has ironically managed to go relatively undetected; The Surface Hub. The Surface’s unique architecture and customisable spec made it a popular draw for personal consumers, but the Hub is fighting for an entirely different market. read more

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Ransomware is taking Apple Mac users hostage

Ransomware is taking Apple Mac users hostage

Global estimates are that a device linked to a business will fall victim to a Ransomware attack every 40 seconds. Fighting off malicious attacks has become bread and butter for businesses in the 21st century, last year the number of Ransomware attacks on businesses tripled for Mac and Windows users alike.

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The End of Mac Ransomware? Possibly, with Sophos & Avast Protection for Mac.

But be not afeared! Companies like Sophos and Avast are on hand battling these malicious attacks with their own brands of software specifically designed to: identify, isolate and stop a whole variety of attacks, including Ransomware. Over the last few months, Anti-Ransomware specific software has finally been developed for Mac users where none had been seen before! read more

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The Surface Book 2 is exceeding expectations, but no one cares about tablet mode

The Surface Book 2 is exceeding expectations, but no one cares about tablet mode

The first reviews are in on the new 15″ Surface Book 2 delivered last month. Always meeting and often exceeding expectations; the SurfaceBook 2 was always going to be a breathtaking laptop. With phenomenal; Design, Internal architecture, hardware specification and Display. But apparently, no one cares about its other modes?

In our survey, we asked our clients what they thought of their new 15″ Surface Book 2:

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Initial thoughts are very positive on the Surface Book 2

The Surface Book 2 was marketed as Microsoft’s answer to the MacBook Pro as an attempt to encroach on Apple’s tightly held professional consumer market. The problem always was, in my eyes, that Microsoft never really offered a compelling enough alternative to the MacBook & MacBook Pro or to build back trust in the brand after the recent failed releases of operating systems like Windows 8. read more

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250,000 new recorded Malware instances affecting Mac Users – What can you do to help protect your data?

250,000 new recorded Malware instances affecting Mac Users – What can you do to help protect your data?

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EvilOSX ‘RAT’ Malware operating in a Command Prompt

Security alerts all around as hackers are beginning to target Mac users like never before. With nearly 250,000 new Malware instances discovered targeting macOS software in the last 3 months.

Intego, the only company focusing solely on security for Macs and other Apple products, has brought to light three new and distinct families of ‘RAT’ malware designed to target and infect Mac users; CrossRAT, EvilOSX and OSX/Coldroot.

The need for security and caution when venturing online has never been greater, let’s have a look at exactly what kind of malware a ‘RAT’ is and what precautions users can take to protect themselves against these disguised online threats. read more

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What Our Customers are Saying about their iMac Pro’s

What Our Customers are Saying about their iMac Pro’s

The iMac Pro has landed and it certainly made an impact…

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The iMac Pro, the most powerful Apple Mac ever, released in December 2017. Is it any good though?

After the much-anticipated release of the iMac Pro following its 2017 sneak peek/reveal we learned that this new machine although a ‘Pro’, thankfully, wasn’t to be based on the underwhelming and uninspiring architecture of the original Mac Pro released in 2013. Instead, its all-in-one design confirmed it to be the spiritual successor to the office all-star and much-beloved iMac. So, what did they change/fix this time around? and what do real customers using the machine think of the new tech? read more

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Time to get excited…Try an imac pro for 48 hours, free of charge!

Time to get excited…Try an imac pro for 48 hours, free of charge!

Have an iMac Pro delivered to your office, FREE!

Available for a limited time only: Have the fastest Apple all-in-one ever released, delivered and installed in your office for 48 hours. To use as you please, in the comfort of your own office to see what all the fuss is about and how the iMac Pro’s unmatched calibre can streamline and enhance your working day.

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Enjoy an iMac Pro for 48 hours, Free from HardSoft

This really is a unique opportunity for any business to trial, in your own working conditions, the latest tech Apple has to offer. With HardSoft taking care of all the logistics: delivery, installation and collection – free of charge, at a date to suit you. This offer is subject to limited availability and is only available for office(s) in London or the home counties, subject to the completion and approval of our application form please e-mail: Andrew@hardsoft.co.uk to take part or for more information.A credit card pre-authorisation will be required. read more

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HardSoft’s Custom Built PCs are Back!

HardSoft’s Custom Built PCs are Back!

HardSoft is proud to introduce it’s brand new HSi range of Custom Built, Bespoke PC’s.

With countless software developers moving on from the previous generation of hardware specifications, their consumer base has been left with a new and often intimidating list of recommended spec.

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Check out our smallest ever Custom Built HSi

Following the advent of Intel’s new; 8th generation processors released back in August 2017 and the influx of recent consumer demand for VR and AR ushering in a new era of software and content design. There is an abrupt and real strain being placed on development and consumer hardware. read more

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IMac Pro vs IMac, Performance vs Value

IMac Pro vs IMac, Performance vs Value

iMac Pro fever fails to hurt the iMac’s Value The iMac Pro, after a long wait, is finally here… and it’s impressive. But let’s start at the beginning;

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Is the iMac 27″still good value?

An Apple product that needs no introduction the iMac, which for the rarest of moment’s finds itself caught in the shadow of another product.

Coming in at 27″ The top-spec iMac can include: 64GB RAM, a 2TB SSD AMD Radeon 580 graphics an 8GB video memory and a quad-core Intel i7 Kaby Lake processor running at 4.2GHz or Turbo Boost of 4.5GHz. Pretty good right? read more

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