Smart speakers: for patients and practitioners

Many readers will have experience of using smart speakers, such as the Amazon Echo or the Google Home. These popular devices are inexpensive and powerful. In brief, smart speakers listen for a spoken trigger word, followed by verbal commands. Commands...

GDPR, email and private practice

A new set of data protection regulations became law in the EU (including the UK) in May 2018. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the 1988 Data Protection Act. The regulation brings new rights and expectations about how our personal...

Meltdown, Spectre, Flying Hospitals and Spy Cams

iPhone slowdown In early 2018 users discovered that Apple was slowing down older iPhones intentionally. The reported reason was to prolong the usable battery life. These changes were made without the knowledge or consent of owners. Unsurprisingly, a community backlash...

Eyemate, Big Keys, SeeColors and Lastpass

In this article we are covering four topics, ranging from a service to improve television for the color blind, to an intraocular implant that is now available to measure IOP. SeeColors Samsung have released a new app called SeeColors. The...

A Doctors.net.uk app and more security woes

Doctors.net.uk gets a new app The Doctors.net.uk website is well known in the medical community. Its online services started 20 years ago, in 1998! Since then it has retained its core features of providing email accounts and also an online...

OpenEyes – Community edition

Moving to an electronic patient record (EPR) is all the rage these days, even in the District General Hospitals (DGHs). When I am not writing these articles I work in one such hospital. At Bolton Foundation Trust we deployed OpenEyes...

Home Wi-Fi / range and security tips

This issue covers two topics that relate to Wi-Fi. The first is keeping your wireless network secure and the second is extending its range. Keeping home Wi-Fi secure Let’s say the recent computer attacks that resulted in disruption to NHS...

Latest updates on virus protection and location sharing

Time to uninstall your virus killer? Installing security software and keeping it up-to-date has long been considered good advice, certainly when talking about Windows PCs. A recent article in Ars Technica (https://goo.gl/4v4jde) highlighted increasing problems with this approach. The conclusion...

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