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How-to: Add users to administer a Facebook business page

It’s been possible to create a Facebook page for a business or organisation for a while. It just wasn’t easy to administer a page; hard to find controls, settings scattered about, not intuitive, not easy to find… you get the idea. Want to add other Facebook users as admins or editors to a page? Take … Continue reading

How-to: Create a Facebook business page

There’s more than one type of Facebook page. Aside form a personal profile, complete with timeline and messages, you probably already know you can create pages for organisations, businesses and groups. They used to be called fan pages, but since Facebook went commercial, pages have gone beyond that. These other types of pages still have … Continue reading

Opinion: Windows 8 Divides – Part One

Microsoft has turned its face away from the enterprise and the stalwart ‘home’ user in an all-out bid for the hearts and minds of a new generation. And it’s not working. Did someone say ‘convergence?’ The battle lines are firmly drawn over Windows 8. On one side is the (dying) breed of PC professional who … Continue reading

Opinion: Why Windows 8 Has Flopped

The numbers are in and the numbers are disappointing. Windows 8 may be shipping in the millions (100 million to date) but against the half billion of Windows 7 licenses and the long tail of Windows XP, the Count Dracula operating system that refuses to die, it has a long way to go. With sales … Continue reading

Review: Outlook.com Web Mail 2013

Hotmail gets the Metro treatment to become Outlook.com. Microsoft’s web-based email service remains solid, without starting a revolution. Realising that Hotmail was getting long in the tooth, and was hardly a unified experience sitting in the Windows 8 browser, Microsoft is now adopting Outlook as a brand for personal, web-based email services. The accompanying facelift … Continue reading

What is Ubuntu Touch? [Guest Post]

From Command & CONQUER: Ubuntu Touch by Lucas Westermann from Full Circle Magazine issue 71. I originally wanted to write this article on my first impressions for the developer preview of Ubuntu Touch. However, as I couldn’t get the work-in-progress version working on my TF101 (Asus Transformer), and as I wasn’t willing to sacrifice my … Continue reading

News: Mark Shuttleworth Demos Ubuntu Phone 2013

In a video released over the New Year, Mark Shuttleworth demos the new Ubuntu Phone operating system. In a glossy, well produced (if slightly long 8mins 37secs), Canonical founder and CTO Mark Shuttleworth talks us through Ubuntu Phone, a product he hopes will challenge Ios, Android and now Tizen in the mobile market. We wait … Continue reading

How-to: More Facebook Privacy Tips

To highlight our coverage of Facebook‘s privacy settings, the social networking site tacked on some additional tips to the bottom of the emails it sent out regarding changes in site governance. It contains a blindingly clear warning about how Facebook privacy works – or not depending on whether you read and understand it. “Your Timeline: … Continue reading

Review: Stephen Fry – Gadget Man

Stephen Fry welcomes us into his wonderful world of tech, from the everyday to the extraordinary. In this show Stephen tries out all the products and prototypes he can lay his hands on, gadgets from the future, gadgets from the past, life-changing ones and sweet little gizmos that will change the way you live your … Continue reading

How-to: Rotate Windows Screen Display

I don’t go looking for trouble to shoot; it seems to find me. I certainly don’t go looking for Microsoft Windows trouble to shoot. In this case, it’s my neighbour across the street ambushed me with this little problem – a randomly rotated display, unbidden. We worked it out between us. Question is, why the … Continue reading

Opinion: Discovery as a Painful Process in Windows 8

Glad we sorted out how to synchronise Hotmail with my Windows 8 machine using the Mail app. Or rather, it sorted out itself. I have two issues, though. First: Modern-UI is no more intuitive than any other computer interface, you have to go through that process of discovery.  I suspect smart-phone users will have an … Continue reading

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