WhatsApp has become the by word for smartphone communications globally and who do we love to chat with and see more than our elderly? Due to the circumstances that come with age the latest, sleekest and most slippery of touch screen devices do not encourage takeup in this sector of our community - and it's not only the elderly.
Users with varying degrees of disability including hard of hearing and low dexterity do have a very narrow and expensive mobile phone range that can 'WhatsApp' available to them.
We have looked at one suppliers range of devices, UK based TTfone who ship worldwide.
The TT970 a TTfones flagship Emergency assistance flip mobile phone. The TT970 gives you and the whole family the mobile phone you need as well as the peace of mind that your loved ones are safe without the distraction and complexity of most modern devices.
With its simple flip design and easy menu structure, the TT970 is a perfect phone for those who find modern devices too complicated.
The TTfone TT970 runs a simplified version of the Android operating system with limited apps but a very easy menu. Use the navigation keys or the touch screen to select the app you wish to use:
WhatsApp, Facebook, Photo contacts, Reminders and Messages
are just a few of the available apps.
Safety is something that is of prime importance for older people. The TTfone TT970 comes with a feature that will give real peace of mind to the user, as well as family members who are concerned about their well-being.
This is a dedicated Emergency Assistance Button that can be used in case of an emergency. Any number can be programmed in and it just takes one press of the panic button to make that all-important call.
The TT970 will also send the location of the user as a text message so not only will you know your loved one is in trouble you will also know where they are.
The TT970 also can send the location of the phone to a family member without the user even pressing the Emergency Assistance Button.
Please note: To get the most out of the TTfone TT970 features, you will need a sim card that has a data plan. ...more on product page
Last checked price : GBP 129.00
(BPT) - What better gift is there than getting a fresh new phone, tablet or laptop? Upgrading your hardware can be a very exciting time — there are so many things to enjoy about new technology: Sharper cameras, more memory, faster browsing and clearer screens are just the start, and you probably won’t think twice about getting a resilient new case to protect it all. But it’s important to ensure that your new device stays protected inside and out. It doesn’t take long for unprotected new devices to attract malware or start leaking data. What’s more, as cyberthreats evolve by the minute, protecting your device is a journey that requires ongoing vigilance. So, here’s what you need to know to keep your device as safe on the inside as the day you unboxed it:
1) Install all the updates, straight away: Installing software updates is one of the most important things you can do to stay cybersecure, and downloading software patches is the first thing you should do on a brand-new device. Be sure to check for and install available updates immediately, and set up automatic updates moving forward. And next time an app offers you an update, click “yes” instead of “no,” “cancel” or “remind me later.”
2) Get smart about passwords: Strong passwords keep your data safe, so don't let yourself choose feeble passwords in 2022, and don’t reuse or share them. Remember, the first rule of passwords is you do not talk about passwords. Focus on creating the longest passwords you can and save yourself the bother of having to remember them by using a password manager. As well as remembering your passwords for you, a password manager will ensure they are hard to guess and stored securely.
3) Two (factors) are better than one: Enable two-factor authentication (2FA) on your new device to ensure only you can unlock it. 2FA means you will be required to verify your identity using two authentication factors, such as a password or PIN in combination with fingerprint or face recognition. This keeps your data safe even if somebody steals your device and guesses your password.
4) Be alert for scams: Scams come in all shapes and sizes, but no matter how they’re dressed up, they always want something valuable, urgently. Be on the lookout for calls, texts, emails or other scams that ask you to click on links or hand over personal information, even if they look like they’ve come from somebody you know.
5) Use protection: Install an anti-malware program on your phone or computer so that you are protected from malware, malicious websites, unwanted tracking, unwanted apps that slow down your device and other threats. Malwarebytes has a popular free tool to scan and remove any malware lurking on your device, as well as proactive protection to keep you continuously safe online. Finally, consider using a VPN to keep your personal information private when you are online.
Keep these tips in mind to ensure that you don’t get into trouble on your new devices in 2022. Whether Apple or Android, Mac or PC, no device is immune to malware. Be sure to apply online protection best practices no matter what device, network or operating system you use for a safe and secure 2022.
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(BPT) - The PCs you choose to power your small business will significantly impact your company's productivity and competitiveness. However, many small businesses fall for common myths about computers, leading to poor purchasing decisions.
We look at at four myths about Personal Computers (PCs) — and realities that will enable you make smarter technology decisions for your business.
Myth 1: Consumer PCs are interchangeable with business PCs
Reality: Because they're built for activities like watching videos, checking email and surfing the web, PCs for the consumer market will not always have the computing power or security features sophisticated business applications demand. If a family laptop reluctantly boots up or crashes, it's annoying, but not serious.
For a business, however, computers are mission-critical. Employees are more likely to run multiple applications simultaneously (multi-tasking), use resource-heavy applications or use software as a service (SaaS). PCs built for consumers often lack the computing power to handle these tasks — resulting in lost productivity. A business user does not want to close spreadsheets, reporting database applications, the end of period powerpoint slide and even worse Outlook or their email client just to prevent their computer from freezing. Freezing is the opposite to what is really going on, particularly in laptops - overheating. Have you ever wondered why the fan seems to be louder and always on ?
Consumer-level PCs may also lack the built-in security features of computers designed for businesses, which could make your business — and sensitive customer data — vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Myth 2: RAM is the top factor in computer performance
Reality: Adding more random access memory (RAM) usually allows a computer to manage more data. But RAM alone won't improve a computer's performance — unless the PC has sufficient processing power. To make a PC faster and more efficient, you need a powerful central processing unit (CPU) to optimize the RAM. While RAM is the memory, the CPU (or processor) is the computer's "brain," receiving instructions, performing calculations and processing information.
To run today's resource-intensive business software efficiently, look for computers with plenty of RAM plus processing power, such as PCs combining an 8th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 processor with Intel Optane memory (or better) — delivering up to 2.5 times more responsive handling of everyday tasks and up to 66% faster web performance compared to 5-year-old PCs.
Myth 3: You can wait until PCs fail before replacing them
Reality: Long before a PC fails, its performance may suffer, costing your business time and money. Waiting for an older PC to start up every day can waste up to 11 hours a year. Crashing, freezing or slow computers can keep your employees from working efficiently, and may appear unprofessional to customers or clients. Sluggish, malfunctioning PCs can reduce employee satisfaction, as workers become frustrated with outdated technology.
Don't wait until your business PCs slow to a crawl before upgrading. Be proactive. Look for hardware that exceeds your software vendor's recommended system requirements. This will help ensure your PCs can handle future software upgrades. Then set a regular schedule for upgrading your hardware.
Myth 4: You're saving money by repairing old PCs
Reality: Repairing or adding RAM to squeeze more life out of older computers may seem economical. But the cost of keeping older PCs running quickly adds up. According to Intel(R)-commissioned research from J.Gold Associates, repairing breakdowns of a five-year-old computer costs an average of $662 per year. The same research found 43% of the small businesses surveyed had PCs that were over five years old — and malfunctioned each year. At that rate, you'd soon be spending more on repairs than on a brand-new, more powerful computer.
Besides losing productivity during breakdowns and repairs, older computers are also slower. Using five-year-old PCs can make your employees up to 29% less productive, potentially costing your business up to $17,000 per year, per worker.
Older PCs can also put your business at risk of cyberattacks. Per the J.Gold Associates survey, small businesses estimated that 34.47% of their computers over five years old had been hacked. With the average cost of a single data breach worldwide estimated at $35,745 per employee, an older PC rapidly becomes an expensive liability.
In the same survey, small businesses reported that just 5.92% of their PCs newer than one year old had experienced cyberattacks. Newer computers frequently offer built-in security features to reduce risk of cyberattacks. If you've updated to Windows 10, upgrading to a PC with the 8th Generation Intel(R) Core(TM) processor can help you focus on growing your business instead of worrying about cybersecurity.
Blindly accepting myths about PCs can be expensive for your small business. Upgrading to more powerful computers can optimize the performance of your business software, enhance your cybersecurity and boost employee productivity. The next time you're making decisions about computer purchases, be sure you base your actions on reality. Then choose the right PCs to make your business more competitive.
Learn more at Intel.com/smallbusiness.
 Performance results based on testing as of March 2, 2018, and may not reflect all publicly available security updates. See configuration disclosure for details. No product can be absolutely secure. Software and workloads used in performance tests may have been optimized for performance only on Intel microprocessors. Performance tests, such as SYSmark and MobileMark, are measured using specific computer systems, components, software, operations and functions. Any change to any of those factors may cause results to vary. You should consult other information and performance tests to assist you in fully evaluating your contemplated purchases, including performance of that product when combined with other products. For more information about performance and benchmark results, visit Intel.com/benchmarks. As measured by SYSmark 2014 SE Responsiveness Subscore comparing 8th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 8400 (16GB Intel(R) Optane(TM) memory module) vs. Intel(R) Core(TM) i5-3330 (HDD Only).
 “Just waiting for an older PC to start up every day, an employee can waste up to 11 hours a year” is based on a 2018 web-based survey commissioned by Intel and conducted by J.Gold Associates, LLC., of 3,297 respondents from small business in 16 countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA) to assess challenges and costs associated with deploying older PCs. Assuming one start-up per day and using an average start-up time calculated by taking the midpoint of the time that survey respondents estimated it takes to start up a PC over 5 years old, employees were estimated to spend up to 11 hours a year starting up a 5-year-old PC (4.07 minutes X 5 days per week X 52 weeks per year divided by 60 (to get to hours) X utilization rate of .67 so 4.07 X 5 X 52 / 60 X .67 = 11.8). Full report available at Intel.com/content/www/us/en/business/small-business/sme-pc-study.html.
 The J.Gold study is based on a 2018 web-based survey, commissioned by Intel and conducted by J.Gold Associates, LLC., of 3,297 respondents from small business in 16 countries (Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, UAE, UK, USA) to assess the challenges and costs associated with deploying older PCs. J.Gold research indicated that the failure of a PC under warranty cost a company $1,070 for each failure, and the cost of failure for a machine out of warranty was $1,525. We can allocate a cost per user per year based on the above calculated costs of failure (assuming an in-warranty failure cost for year one and a non-warranty failure cost for all other years) where: Cost = 43.42% (average failure rate) X $1,525 (cost of failure outside of a warranty) 1 (usage from Q2). Full report available at Intel.com/content/www/us/en/business/small-business/sme-pc-study.html.
 Ibid. “Using five-year-old PCs can make your employees up to 29% less productive” is based on the productivity impairment respondents estimated was attributed to using a five-year-old PC multiplied by the average amount of time respondents estimated was spent on a PC.
 Ibid. “Potentially costing your business up to U.S. $17,000 per year per worker” is based on survey respondents’ estimates that for PCs more than five years old, employees would be up to 29% less productive. Based on an average assumed employee’s salary of $60,000, the lost productivity cost will amount to $17,000.
 Ibid. Allocating the cost of a malware attack or data breach by employee can be calculated by the following formula: $35,745 (Cost per employee) = 34.47% (average percentage that have had a breach) X $103,705 (the average cost of the breach).
 Ibid. “Small businesses had reported that just 5.92% of their computers had experienced cyberattacks” is based on the responses to a question in the J.Gold 2018 web-based survey.
AMD Ryzen 5-3500U
The AMD Ryzen 5 3500U is a mid-range processor for genera purpose laptop computers. The Ryzen 5 3500U has four cores and a maximal clock speed of 3.7 GHz.
Ideal for the home and business user as it compares favourably - in some areas better than the Intel i7 8565u which it is most often compared against. It handles multi tasking very well and is at ease with demanding video applications.