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Best Laptops under Rs. 30000 in India for November 2017

Laptops aka the portable computers are pretty much a necessity these days, be it a college student or an office goer. The demand for budget notebooks has always been the highest and so we have come up with our very own list of entry-level laptops which are priced below Rs. 30000, but offer a decent performance.

The top 10 laptops which have made into the list are absolutely the best you can get under Rs. 30000. Most of these machines are readily available in online stores but are a scarce or costlier in the offline shops. Do note that the prices mentioned here may slightly change from time to time.

The Asus X541UJ-GO459 is the most well-balanced laptop in the list. It not only rocks a 6th generation Intel Core i3 CPU, but also an NVIDIA GeForce 920M GPU. Yes, this Rs. 30k notebook can handle gaming better than some midrange PCs.

Externally, the Asus X541UJ-GO459 is built quite decently. It supports a host of connectivity options ranging from single-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth till Gigabit LAN and DVD Writer. This affordable laptop from Asus comes without Windows OS and you need to manually load it yourself.

Buy Asus X541UJ-GO459 @ Rs 32,639 on Flipkart

The Vivobook X541Ua-Dm1232D will serve the needs of most of the students and working professionals who do not need a powerful graphics processor. While it is a strict no-no for gamers, this laptop from Asus is the perfect choice if you want a laptop for web browsing and running word or excel.

The build quality of the laptop is good enough and it won’t feel cheap in your hands. However, availability is indeed a concern as the Asus Vivobook X541Ua-Dm1232D often goes out of stock at various online as well as offline retailers.

Buy Asus Vivobook X541Ua-Dm1232D at Rs 27,590 @ Amazon India

The Acer Aspire E5-553-T4PT is a well-built laptop with decent specifications. Despite running an AMD chip, it performs quite well in day to day usage. Thanks to the 7th Gen APU chip, the E5-553-T4PT can run low end to middle-class games with standard settings.

However, the best part is that the laptop comes preloaded with Windows 10 operating system which saves you from the hassle of installing a new OS.

Buy Acer Aspire E5-553-T4PT @ Rs 29,990 from Flipkart

This is decent under Rs. 30,000 laptop by Asus. While the 7th generation Intel Core i3 processor is a great performer, we feel the need for an additional GPU. Moreover, there is only a single RAM slot in the notebook. This means, if you want to upgrade the RAM, there is no other way than throwing away the older one.

Apart from this, the Asus Vivobook X541UA-DM1358D is a very good offering. It sports the top notch built quality, which, combined with the Full HD Anti-glare display makes the notebook an excellent entertainment gadget.

Buy Asus Vivobook X541UA-DM1358D @ Rs 28,290 from Amazon India

It is quite surprising to find a laptop with 6th Generation Intel Core i3 priced below Rs. 25,000. The Lenovo Ideapad 110 80UD00RWIH performs like any other laptops in this list while costing much lesser.

If you are facing a cash crunch, this laptop is no less than a savior for you. It will breeze through your day to day works and even serve your media requirements.

Buy Lenovo Ideapad 110 80UD00RWIH @ Rs 24,990 from Flipkart

The HP 15q-by002AX is a well-balanced laptop with an affordable price tag. Powered by the dual-core AMD A9 and the Radeon R5 M430 GPU, the performance can’t be smoother. The notebook would run average games in low to middle settings.

On the outside, the laptop looks quite decent and has a great display panel. The best part of the HP 15q-by002AX is its 4-cell battery which can last as much as 6 hours with a full charge.

Buy HP 15q-by002AX @ Rs 27,990 from Flipkart

The Acer ES1-572-33M8 is another cheap notebook which can very well be your daily driver. Powered by the proven 6th Generation Intel Core i5, it is the perfect laptop for office works and media consumption. All this combined with an International Travellers Warranty, the Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G is actually too good a deal!

Buy Acer ES1-572-33M8 @ Rs 25,990 from Flipkart

The Dell Vostro 3468 is a decent laptop which can satisfy your office or college requirements. Powered by the latest 7th Generation Intel Core i3 Processor, the notebook can open web pages and run 4K videos with ease. The built quality of the portable PC is above average in terms of sturdiness.

However, Dell’s choice of material is quite substandard in the Vostro 3468. Also, the laptop does not come with Windows 10 preinstalled and you need to load it up manually on your own.

Buy Dell Vostro 3468 @ Rs 29,999 from Amazon India

The HP 15-bg001AX is another blockbuster laptop that offers exceptional price to performance ratio. For a price tag of just Rs. 28,990, this notebook packs the AMD Radeon R5 M430 GPU, which is usually found in machines costing upwards Rs. 40,000. Apart from the aging AMD A8 7410 CPU, there is nothing we can complain about the HP 15-bg001AX.

The notebook also has a second RAM slot and you can always buy another RAM stick and slide it into the notebook for additional memory management. The brand new laptop supports up to 16 GB of RAM.

Buy HP 15-bg001AX @ Rs 26,490 from Flipkart

Dell is well known for its rugged built quality and the Inspiron 5567 is built like a tank. The premium construction combined with a gorgeous Full HD 1080p display looks generously appealing. If you look past the older 6th Generation Intel Core i3 processor, this laptop is not a bad choice for its asking price.

However, we don’t like the fact that the Dell Inspiron 5567 neither comes with Windows 10 preinstalled nor has a dedicated GPU.

Buy Dell Inspiron 5567 @ Rs 30,990 from Flipkart

Wrapping it up

These are the absolute best laptops you can get within Rs. 30,000. Go through each of the 10 notebooks carefully and choose the one that is best suitable for you. A little tip: “Swap the Hard Disk of the laptops with an SSD and you will forget that these are just entry-level PCs.”

      

Meet your new NHS GP: a 24/7 video-calling app that’s set to cut waiting times

The National Health Service has officially launched a smartphone service that allows you to see a GP 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Called GP at Hand, the service allows patients to make a video call with an NHS GP on their smartphone, saving the need to go to an actual doctor’s surgery.

What’s more, the service looks to slash waiting times, with many getting an appointment often minutes after booking, a stark difference to the weeks that some GP appointments can take to book in.

After your consultation, your doctor can send any prescriptions to a pharmacy of your choosing, where you can then pick up your medicines at a time to suit you.

The service has recently been trialled in the borough of Hammersmith and Fulham, and following that successful trial, is being rolled out to the rest of London. According to the press release, a rollout for the rest of the country is coming in the near future.

Swift and efficient

We tried out GP at Hand during the trial period and were very impressed with the service. We were able to book an appointment for 40 minutes time, the service was easy to use, and the doctor we saw was knowledgeable, with a kind manner.

Of course, not all ailments are able to be diagnosed over a video call, and in these circumstances, you would be sent to an affiliate physical practice where a doctor will be able to physically examine you.

The service is provided by Babylon, a digital healthcare company, and is essentially exactly the same health care service that Babylon offers, simply free-at-the-point-of-use rather than paid-for.

Obviously, it will be the NHS footing the bill, with patients registering GP at Hand as their GP practice. For some, there may be a concern about a private company taking on the services of the NHS, and we asked Babylon CEO Ali Parsa about this when we interviewed him a few months before time of writing.

His response was that “every GP is a paid service. It’s a business. So that’s fine, but they’re being paid by the National Health Service… Why couldn’t the NHS pay Babylon to be your GP?” And it looks like Dr Parsa has got his way.

According to the official press release, the trial was met with overwhelming positivity, with over 90% of users involved giving it five stars. It is an interesting proposition taking healthcare digital, seeing as so much of the rest of our everyday lives is now being run from our smartphones.

As the rollout continues, we’ll make sure to bring you all the latest on where it is coming to and how successful it is.

      

Companies need to wise up about IoT

So you want to be an all-connected company? Well, you can join millions of others around the world. As we reported earlier this week, a Zebra survey found that European companies are proceeding apace with IoT deployement – but the speed of the deployment is masking some serious concerns.

The Zebra survey found that there were plenty of companies well advanced in the process – 25% of European companies surveyed are already investing £3.4m or more in IoT annually, with 66% planning to increase that investment in the next couple of years. And plans are already far advanced, 83% of these companies think their IoT deployments are more than half complete.

But that’s really not the whole story. There’s been a rush to deploy IoT without thinking of the consequences – implementing IoT means more than just purchasing devices – and companies haven’t always considered what implementing IoT means in any detail. The Zebra survey found that 53% of European companies hadn’t implemented any plan as to how that IoT vision would be used – buying devices is only one part of the process.

According to Richard Hudson, EMEA vice president and general manager for Zebra, “Leveraging operational data and deriving actionable insights provides clear benefits, but that doesn’t mean it is always an intuitive process. For example, business cultures where performance data is gathered and passed through a long chain of approvals are rarely suitable to get the benefits needed from real-time intelligence.”

And this gets to the heart of the issue. What makes the difference with IoT rollout is not the availability of connected devices but, the way they’re being used and the way that they’re incorporated into business process. “

New technology has a limited effect when no one uses it. As Hudson explained “One of the most cited challenges from last year’s Harvard Intelligent Enterprise Symposium was new user adoption. He said that it’s not enough to run a few days of training and think that your workers are primed to meet all the challenges that IoT will bring. “This goes beyond training and education and extends to behaviour and culture as well as ease of use and integration with existing workflows. Enterprises need to think about stakeholder identification and alignment, the process of governance, project and resource management along with the learning curve and experience of their team members.”

This cultural change matters; the Zebra survey revealed more than a third of European companies have no plan to address the cultural changes needed to deploy IoT with 60% of them not looking to address resistance to adopting IoT.

Hudson said there were different forms of resistance but all of them could be detrimental to the roll-out of IoT. “One example is the natural disruption that emerges from introducing new processes. A short-term drop in productivity can be expected when changes are implemented, or a rise in errors based on a lack of familiarity with new tools. If a company makes a significant IoT deployment with no planned introduction, it will lead to frustration or unwillingness to engage with new technology. We’ve highlighted a number of ways in which companies are managing staff expectations and education about IoT deployments, such as better training (which European businesses are more likely to offer).

Drive to analytics

What’s driving this deployment is the need to know more about customers, employees, processes, transport … well, just about everything in fact.

And here, companies are getting clued about the future. Most companies are aware of the need to implement comprehensive analytics systems and, when asked in the Zebra survey, the vast majority thought they had the right systems in place. For example, 70% of companies globally shared information from their IoT devices with their employees more than once a day, of which more than two-thirds share in real or near-real time.

This sort of deployment makes it sound like companies are getting geared up for the revolution that IoT will bring, but even if this is only half the story. There have been attempts to install analytics systems, however, according to Zebra, only 32% of companies provide actionable information to all employees, and information is sent either via email (69%), which is not really providing a fully integrated system, or as raw data (62%), which means there is still a good deal of processing to do.

There’s little doubt that IoT has become one of those phrases – like digital transformation and Big Data – that have become an essential part of marketing teams’ armoury. And, of course, there’s a close correlation between all three terms – transformation is often driven by making better use of data, which has been gathered from a host of connected devices.

The Zebra survey makes sobering reading though. It may be great news for the IoT vendors but the fact that so few companies have a comprehensive business plan as to what should be done with that information – and even fewer have implemented the sort of changes in business processes that are needed to make those changes work – should be an eye-opener to CIOs.

There will no doubt be many companies who protest that they have a very clear strategy as to what they’re doing with IoT – indeed, the Zebra survey bears that out. But there are also many who haven’t and these businesses need to work out what they need to be doing to make IoT deployment a success.

Given the type of upheaval that a successful rollout could entail, this would probably mean the involvement of a variety of departments: finance, marketing, HR, facilities etc. Those who think that IoT is purely about technology are heading down a blind alley.

      

Freeletics helped me work up to my first workout

My workout gear has started heckling me. It’s been such a long time since my last proper scheduled workout that it’s started doing an impression of the Tell-Tale Heart, calling to me while I sleep.

Just to put things in context, I used to work out pretty regularly. I was a performer in some physically demanding stage shows, and I qualified as a personal trainer so that I could take care of my body.

I was never ‘buff’ or ‘jacked’ or whatever the gym rats are saying these days but I could comfortably move my body from a lying-down position to a standing-up position without it feeling like a herculean task.

Now, those days are sadly long behind me. I still go for the occasional run, do a few push-ups here or there, review the occasional fitness tracker, but the joints are definitely a little rusty.

Slow and steady wins the race

I don’t know if you’ve ever been in this situation, but the more time that passes, the harder it gets to motivate myself to actually slip my (slightly rounder) body into some workout gear and hit the mat.

Gyms are pretty intimidating places if you’re feeling less-than-confident, full of testosterone fuelled meatheads and fitness models in training. I’ve always been a fan of working out at home, and I thought that this would be the perfect opportunity to test out some of the fitness apps available that you would be able to use at home while also getting myself back in shape.

Here’s a demonstration of perfect form from a perfect human.

Because it takes at least six weeks for actual physiological adaptation to take place, I will be using different apps, and occasionally using this column for updates, both on what I think of the apps, and how I’m getting on with my road back to fitness. Don’t worry, if you’re not into fitness stuff, it won’t all be fitness.

That said, my hope is that you’ll join me on this journey.

Hitting the mat

So, the first workout. The first app.

Freeletics Bodyweight, is available for both iOS and Android devices.

Each workout has a dictated set of exercises; you’re given the amount of both sets and reps, then you have to complete your allocated workout in the shortest time possible.

For me, that immediately rings alarm bells, as speed over form is where all injuries are born, but Freeletics does a pretty impressive job of instilling good form in you. Each exercise has a video connected to it, showing an aggressively attractive demigod performing the maneuver with a skill and grace that you’ll never achieve.

Continuing the theme, each of the workouts are named after characters from greek mythology, and there is something really satisfying about doing ‘Atlas’ rather than ‘core workout’. You can kid yourself into thinking you’re sculpting your body into a statuesque form.

Make no mistake, Freeletics is definitely aimed at people who are wanting to really push themselves and get that low body fat, big muscle look, and that means that the workouts are tough.

The cost of fitness

There’s a free version of Freeletics that just gives you access to some of the workouts, but if you start paying the subscription, all the workouts open up, and more importantly, you get an artificially intelligent coach that gives you workouts specific to your fitness level and goals.

Which meant that actually hitting the mat wasn’t as intimidating as I thought it was going to be. There were some crunches, some mountain climbers, some side lunges, and finished off with an interval session.

It wasn’t easy, but I definitely finished the session wanting more, which is probably a good indicator of the smartness of the AI. All I know is we’re off to a good start.

If you want to join me on this journey, or have any apps (or pieces of tech) that you want me to try out, send them over to andrew.london@futurenet.com or tweet me at @AndrewMLondon

  • Andrew London is a laughable excuse for a human being, barely held together with string and sticky tape. In Tech Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself he will be sharing with you the different technology that he uses to try and pass for a proper functioning person.

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5 best online fax services for November 2017

While computers, printers and other pieces of technology are obviously vital in the modern office environment, there’s no denying the role the fax machine has played in the business world over the decades.

When it comes to running a business, it’s essential to have systems in place to allow you to send important documents to colleagues and other organisations easily – especially if you deal with a plethora of departments or clients on a daily basis. Typically, fax machines have been the solution here.

These devices offer a number of benefits. They can be an inexpensive way to send information and are usually easy-to-use, without the need for extensive training. The biggest benefit of all is the fact that you can send exact copies of handwritten documents or indeed images.

That’s not to say fax machines are an ideal solution. The rise of mobile devices has changed everything, and these days you can easily send information via email or an instant messaging service. Of course, you’re not shackled to fax machines that only work over phone networks – you can now get internet-based fax services which function online without the need for any hardware. And in this article, we’ve picked out five of the best offerings.

MyFax is an online fax service that’s been designed for both businesses and individuals, allowing for the sending (and receiving) of faxes through a range of mediums.

Easy-to-use and affordable, this is a web-based service meaning there’s no need for any software installation – setup is quick and painless. The platform lets you fax from up to five different email addresses, and there’s an archive feature which gives you the ability to access all sent and received faxes. You can choose a local or freephone fax number, too, and it’s worth noting there’s a plug-in for Microsoft’s Outlook.

Built for use with both computers and mobile devices, eFax lets you send and receive faxes via email, a browser or an app. It only takes a few minutes to set up, which is always a bonus.

This platform boasts a smart interface for the web which is nice and user-friendly. It’s possible to send faxes to more than one person at a time, and just as with MyFax, there’s a mobile app (which again is nicely designed) and an archive so you can keep track of old faxes.

You get a ‘risk-free’ 30-day free trial to test eFax out, which is handy because if you do sign up, it’s not the cheapest service around.

HelloFax has been designed predominantly for companies that want a lightweight, easy way to send important documents and communication.

Sending faxes is simply a matter of creating an online account, and once done, incoming correspondence will appear in your email inbox. You also get the option to use your previous fax number.

Documents are scanned and sent as PDFs. There’s also the ability to set up as many users as you want, and you can store faxes in cloud. The service is integrated with Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, OneDrive and Evernote.

Faxonline does exactly what it says on the tin: it’s an easy-to-use platform that provides you with all the tools to send faxes online. The service is aimed at a variety of individuals and organisations, and this is reflected in the subscription plans.

To use Faxonline, you don’t need access to a landline, and you’re given a unique UK fax number. It’s a simple matter to get up and running, and you don’t have to install any software on your computer.

You can send and receive faxes via a PC or mobile, and all new faxes are sent to your email inbox. Faxonline works with Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices. The company is offering a 10-day free trial, so you can test it before you make a final decision – and the good news here is that this is a relatively affordable service.

PamFax is an online service that allows businesses and individuals to send faxes across the globe, and it doesn’t compromise on price. There are 236 countries in its availability list, and costs start at 10p per page.

As is the case with most online fax services, PamFax works via email. You simply sign up to the platform, upload a document online, enter a number and click send to dispatch a fax to the recipient’s email inbox. The platform works with a range of computing and mobile devices on numerous platforms: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Windows Mobile and BlackBerry.

      

10 best free web hosting providers 2017

000Webhost

The costs of setting up and maintaining a website can add up quickly. Designing, developing and maintaining a site all need outlay of one sort or other and so it’s important for businesses to minimise expenditure where they can.

  • If you think we’ve missed any major free web hosting company or if anyone listed no longer operates, drop us a line in the comments below.

Web hosting is one area in which costs can easily accumulate, as hosting packages are generally sold with monthly billing. There are a number of providers that offer free web hosting, however, and whilst such packages will not be suitable for some businesses, others have a great opportunity to make quick and easy savings.

Free web hosting comes with a number of limitations of course. Server space, site speed, traffic, uptime guarantees and backup provision are all features that are often curtailed, but that’s not to say that good cheap hosting isn’t available.

Bear in mind that free web hosting exists because it allows companies to upsell more expensive web hosting to those who may need it.

As such, free web hosting should be seen as a marketing tool which means that terms and conditions may be changed frequently and since there is no financial transaction, downtimes may be more frequent as SLA (service level agreements) are non-existent.

This article provides a selection of the best free web hosting plans available to everyone, in no particular order, and since they are all free, nothing prevents you from trying all of them.

1. 000Webhost

Bandwidth: 100GB | Disk Space: 1.5GB | Ads: No | Panel: Cpanel | MySQL Databases: 2 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 5 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

Located in the US, 000Webhost has been providing free hosting services since 2007. Its free hosting service includes 1.5GB of space, 100GB of bandwidth per month and five accompanying email accounts. PHP and MySQL are supported with no restrictions and users are guaranteed 99% provable uptime as well as weekly backups.

The service is supported by donations from its community of users (nearly 14 million at the time of writing) and revenue generated from 000Webhost’s premium hosting packages (24hosting). Starting at $2 per month, they aren’t going to break the bank and give customers the option of moving to a more comprehensive plan should the need arise.

FreeHostia

2. Freehostia

Bandwidth: 6GB | Disk Space: 250MB | Ads: No | Panel: Elefante | MySQL Databases: 1 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 3 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: No

Freehostia offers a number of different hosting tariffs with outlandish names like Lovebeat, Wildhoney and Supernatural. Its free plan, Chocolate, gives users 250MB disk space, 6GB bandwidth each month, PHP & MySQL compatibility and 3 POP3/IMAP email accounts. Server uptime is guaranteed at 99.9% and 24/7 user support is provided should any problems arise.

It even offers a surprisingly good 1-hour ticket/email response promise. Joomla, WordPress, phpBB and other PHP scripts can be installed with one-click using Freehostia’s Elefante Installer and upgrading to any of the paid premium packages can also be done in one-click, should users outgrow the free plan.

5gbfree

3. 5GBfree

Bandwidth: 20GB | Disk Space: 5GB | Ads: No | Panel: Cpanel | MySQL Databases: 3 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 0 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

As you would expect, 5GBfree provides 5GB of free hosting space to users along with 20GB of monthly bandwidth, 3 MySQL Databases and PHP scripting.

There’s no email included in the package, but the company is proud of the technology it offers, claiming, “At any other hosting company, you could be paying between $15 and $20 a month for the same cutting edge software (including the revolutionary CloudLinux operating system!), hardware, and security certifications.”

Support is provided in forums via the 5GBfree community and users who require expert phone support can upgrade to the Pro version, which costs $2.95 per month and offers both unlimited disc space and bandwidth.

FreeHosting.com

4. FreeHosting.com

Bandwidth: 250GB | Disk Space: 10GB | Ads: No | Panel: Cpanel | MySQL Databases: 1 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 1 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

Of the free hosting providers convered in this article, Freehosting.com is the biggest hitter in terms of monthly bandwidth with a whopping 250GB data allowance provided. The service also includes 10GB of server space and one email account. For users without a domain name, free subdomains are also offered, such as freesubdomain.freehosting.com.

Economy and Deluxe packages are also available, both offering unlimited disk space and monthly transfer as well as unlimited email accounts. Freehosting is also one of the few to actively encourage using the hosting service to backup your important files (e.g one 10GB ZIP file), great as it doesn’t have a limit for file sizes.

Zymic.com

5. Zymic

Bandwidth: 50GB | Disk Space: 6GB | Ads: No | Panel: Zymic | MySQL Databases: 3 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 0 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

Zymic describes its free hosting as, “one of the most reliable and feature packed free web hosting services on the net.” The service includes 6GB of space and 50GB of monthly bandwidth with support for the latest version of PHP and up to three MySQL databases. There are no paid packages offered.

Along with its hosting, Zymic provides users with free templates, tutorials, articles and a Twitter account relaying updates about any downtime (https://twitter.com/zymichosting). There is also a forum – which is currently down for maintenance – for the Zymic community to ask for and provide support.

Although we were able to create an account, the site doesn’t inspire much confidence. The Twitter account hasn’t been updated since 2014 and there’s a suspicious VPN link in the footer.

ByeHost

6. Byethost

Bandwidth: 50GB | Disk Space: 1GB | Ads: No | Panel: Cpanel | MySQL Databases: 5 |Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 5 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

Byethost is part of Byet Internet, a US-based provider of hosting, domain name and reseller services. With more than one million websites hosted, It claims that its free hosting service is, “one of the most powerful networks dedicated solely to free hosting in the world.”

Users are given 1GB of server space, 50GB of monthly bandwidth and MySQL / PHP compatibility. They also benefit from 24/7 tech support and access to Byethost’s community and knowledge base. And if you are ever interested in becoming a free web hosting provider yourself, Byethost operates a separate entity, myownfreehost, that allows you to do just that.

AwardSpace

7. Awardspace

Bandwidth: 5GB | Disk Space: 1GB | Ads: No | Panel: Proprietary | MySQL Databases: 1 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 1 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

For businesses that want free hosting with green credentials, Awardspace provides a solution. It offers CO2-neutral hosting with all of its servers running on wind-generated electricity. Its free plan provides 1GB of storage (a 15MB upload file size limit), 5GB of bandwidth per month and up to five MySQL databases. One associated email account is also included.

Users have access to online documentation and 24/7 support should any issues arise. Live chat is also available for pre-sales queries. Worth noting that the servers of Awardspace are located in Kiel, Germany, rather than in the US and house more than one million websites. There’s a nifty test hosting speed service that allows you to check the transfer speed in a live environment.

FreeHosting EU

8. FreeHostingEU

Web: http://www.freehostingeu.com

Bandwidth: 4GB | Disk Space: 200MB | Ads: No | Panel: Proprietary | MySQL Databases: 1 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 1 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

FreeHostingEU is a joint project set up and run by FreeDomain.co.nr and AttractSoft GmbH. Yes, Germans are at the forefront of free web hosting in Europe. Three hosting tariffs are offered – two paid and one free.

The free package provides 200GB of space, 4GB of bandwidth per month and one associated email account. Five free domains at .eu.pn and .me.pn are also included but they are likely to be of little use for most UK businesses.

For users of WordPress and Joomla, one-click installation is provided and languages supported are PHP, MySQL, CGI, Perl, Flash. Worryingly though, the user forums have been closed until further notice.

UHostFull

9. U Host Full

Bandwidth: 1000GB | Disk Space: 1000GB | Ads: No | Panel: Proprietary | MySQL Databases: 2 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 2 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

For businesses that are looking for hosting that is quick and simple to setup, U Host Full promises the ability to setup a site within five minutes.It also provides a host on one-click installers for platforms including WordPress, Joomla, phpBB, Mambo, osCommerce and Zen Cart.

Uptime is guaranteed at 99% with unlimited server space provided and unlimited bandwidth per month. Email is also included. Now we don’t know what the catch is but it is definitely one of the better deals out there especially since it doesn’t have any adverts.

Note that there doesn’t seem to be any limit to the size of the files uploaded which is a pleasant surprise.

Free Hosting No Ads

10. Free Web Hosting No Ads

Bandwidth: 200GB | Disk Space: 20GB | Ads: No | Panel: Cpanel | MySQL Databases: 3 | Website: 1 | E-mail accounts: 3 | Domain hosting: yes | FTP: Yes

All of the free hosting options included in this article are ad-free, with revenue generated by other means. Free Hosting No Ads celebrates this more than others, but still offers a good free hosting deal, which at 20GB, is one of the the biggest server space provisions featured.

The deal also includes 200GB of monthly bandwidth and three POP email accounts. Three PHP versions are supported (5.2-5.4) and three MySQL databases are also included. As expected, the free service is subsidised by the paid-for service.

Just note this though… “FreeHostingNoAds.net reserves a right to send 1 promotional email message every 6 months that can promote our affiliate products.” You may however unsubscribe from the marketing marketing list.

Also worth looking at

Defunct, dead and retired free web hosting providers

  • Haphost
  • Host1free
  • Deluxe Host
  • Hostmada

      

Apple iPad tops tablet shipments, but overall landscape continues to fall

Who wants a tablet? Not many people, according from a new report from research firm IDC. Tablet sales have now consistently plummeted for 12 entire quarters over the last three years now, with the latest fiscal quarter seeing only around 40 million units sold compared to the 42.3 million sold at the same time last year.

The three big manufacturers, unsurprisingly, are Apple, Samsung and Amazon, and together they account for an impressive 66.7% of the market compared to the 57.2% percent share they had last year.

Despite the overall trend of declining tablet sales, Apple and Amazon saw shipments rise year-over-year in the third quarter. Samsung, though, suffered a 7.9% drop, with shipments declining from 6.5 million to 6.0 million.

Apple remains at the top, but it’s worth noting that only recently has it started seeing shipments bounce back up after a whopping 13 quarters of reduced shipments. All total, Apple’s market share bounced up by 3.9 percentage points to 10.3 million units sold in this year’s third quarter.

“Although Apple still enjoys a substantial premium over competitors, the lower-priced iPad has helped it to cement the first-place position,” IDC says.

The firm also points out that the iOS 11 update at last made the iPad Pro more like the PC replacement Apple has long advertised the device as being, but “strong value offerings from other PC and mobile vendors” are keeping it from being more dominant.

As IDC notes, part of the reason for the overall declining market is the “lengthening replacement cycle of tablets,” as customers tend to buy tablets much in the same way they tend to buy PCs, hanging on to the same device for years even after updated versions come out.

There’s also an overall shift toward smartphones, and tablets are finding the middle ground between handsets and desktops less appealing than it once was.

“There’s a penchant for low-cost slates, and this holds true even for premium vendors like Apple,” said IDC analyst Jitesh Ubrani in a prepared statement. “However, many of these low-cost slates are simply long-awaited replacements for consumers, as first-time buyers are becoming harder to find and the overall installed base for these devices declines further in the coming years.”

      

Facebook now lets you make two-option polls with GIFs and photos

Two years ago Twitter started letting its users create polls for just about everything, making it easier for them to learn whether their followers prefer Westworld or Stranger Things, or decide whether they should have beef bourguignon or Cinnamon Toast Crunch for dinner. And now, at last, Facebook is getting in on the polling action as well.

As of today, you can log onto Facebook and make a poll of your own, no matter if you’re using a desktop browser, iOS or Android.

On a desktop browser, use the usual interface to write a new post, and in the bottom menu that pops up for adding Photos, Check-Ins and the like, you’ll see a new option to make a poll.

The question itself can be as long as you want it to be, and, in contrast to Twitter, you can add photos and GIFs for each option that make it easier for users to decide what they like.

One thing or another

Unfortunately, unlike Twitter, you can only create polls that let users choose between two options. (Twitter allows for four.) The options themselves are limited to 25 characters.

Unlike Twitter, the polls also aren’t anonymous, so you’ll be able to see who voted for what by clicking on the number of votes in the lower right-hand corner. I don’t see that causing a problem. No-siree.

Considering that Facebook is currently involved in a massive investigation regarding how extensively its policies influenced the polls in the last US presidential election, the timing is interesting, to say the least. But neither is it entirely unexpected, as Facebook recently added polls to Instagram stories.

Enjoy the feature for now. Just keep in mind that it probably won’t be long before your reclusive relatives are posting polls that might make you cringe.

      

The best free data recovery software 2017

Discovering that you’ve lost data without backing it up can be heart-stopping, but it isn’t necessarily the end of the world. With the best free backup software and a little patience, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to restore your precious data – whether it’s an individual file or an entire partition. Perhaps most importantly, you will probably be able to do it for free rather than having to pay a small fortune to call in the experts.

It’s important to install a data recovery tool now, before you’ve lost any files; installing one after the event risks overwriting the data you’ve lost.

There’s no guarantee that your lost data will be recoverable, but this free software will give you the best possible chance

One of the best things about Piriform Recuva is the wealth of ways to use it: manual scanning, wizard-driven scanning, and via the context menu. For anyone who feels as though they need a little help using the software, the wizard on hand to provide guidance, but there is also the option of taking manual control of the scanning and recovery process. The scan can be customized to look in particular locations, or for particular types of files, and Recuva uses a traffic light guide to how likely it is that you’ll be able to recover an item intact.

You also have the option of right clicking a folder or the Recycle Bin if you know you have deleted a file from a particular location. It’s all very easy, and the results speak for themselves.

Upgrading to Recuva Professional for US$19.95/£19.95/AU$24.95 adds the ability to work with virtual hard drives, access to premium support, and automatic software updates. These are nice additions, but the free version of Recuva will be plenty of most users.

When it comes to ease of use, it’s hard to beat Wise Data Recovery. Although this free data recover software doesn’t have a wizard-led interface, there are no complicated configuration settings to worry about either.

Tracking down recoverable data is a simple matter of selecting the drive you want to check and clicking ‘Scan’. Alternatively, you can use keywords to search for recoverable files so you don’t have to wade through quite so many results.

Whichever route you choose, recoverable data is presented in an Explorer-like tree structure that makes it easy to tell where it was originally stored. Like all the best free data recovery software, Wise Data Recovery uses a traffic light system to indicate the health of files (and therefore how likely it is that you’ll be able to recover them intact, and there’s a file preview feature so you can identify files that have been detected.

You can recover individual files, or entire folders at once, but selecting numerous files in several locations means performing several operations.

PC Inspector File Recovery goes further than many data recovery tools in that it will detect partitions that have been lost, even if the boot sector or file system has been damaged or deleted. This could be a real life-saver in an emergency, potentially helping you get data back even if your hard drive is not visible within Windows.

Beginners might find the terminology and design of PC Inspector File Recovery intimidating, and even some more advanced users may find the workflow a little confusing to start with. Take some time to learn your way around it, and you’ll find a powerful data recovery program – but one that seems to get better results with FAT and FAT32 drives.

Finding recoverable data with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free is very simple: select a drive or folder and wait for a few minutes while it completes its scan.

You can browse through the recoverable data using a Windows Explorer style interface and filter them by type or opt to search for specific files. Data recovery is effective, but the Deep Scan option is very slow, so you’ll need to be patient.

The installation of this software is a mixed experience. The installer, importantly, advises not to install to the same drive that you want to recover data from because this could overwrite data and render it unrecoverable. It also, sadly, tries to enrol you in a customer experience improvement program, without explaining what this entails.

It’s worth noting that the free version only allows for the recovery of up to 2GB of data, so it’s not going to be suitable for all circumstances, but it will be enough to get you out of most sticky situations.

Presented as a pair of tools rather than a single integrated solution, TestDisk and PhotoRec together can recover data from both lost partitions and files.

TestDisk takes care of the partition side of things. The fact that it’s a command line tool with no graphical interface might off-putting at first. If can set this to one side though, there’s help on hand to guide you through the process of working with your drives. TestDisk offers support for so many file systems, it should cater for most eventualities.

PhotoRec is the component for recovering files. It’s available with a command lint interface, but unlike TestDisk there’s also a GUI for less confident users. It may not be as intuitive as some of the other recovery software in this listing, but it’s effective.

PhotoRec is cross-platform and can be run as a portable app from a USB stick, which means you don’t have to install it on your PC and risk accidentally overwriting the data you want to recover.

      

Steam stats show gamers are abandoning Windows 10 – but is that really the case?

Valve’s latest Steam survey paints a hugely worrying picture for Windows 10 on the face of it, with a massive drop in use of the OS, but Microsoft shouldn’t be engaging fret-factor-10 just yet – because there seems to be another story lurking in the background here.

So, the headline figure for this month’s Steam stats is that Windows 10 has tumbled from 45.98% to 28.6%, a massive drop of 17.38% in the amount of gamers using Microsoft’s newest OS. Windows 7, meanwhile, has gained a huge 21.47% having climbed to 65.46%.

This is such a massive seesaw movement in OS adoption that you’d be forgiven for thinking that Valve has made a mistake putting these figures together, somehow.

However, a quick glance over the other various hardware and software categories Valve monitors shows another telling major shift – in the language being used.

Simplified Chinese is up a massive 26.83%, now consisting of more than half the user base at 56.37%, with English dropping down 13.4% to rest at 21.24%.

There is a good chance, in our opinion, that this is reflected in the precipitous drop of the popularity of Windows 10.

Popularity known

So, why are there so many new Chinese gamers on Steam now? If we were to speculate, this could be due to the success of PUBG (PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds), which is very popular in the country (with a rapidly increasing player base this year on Steam) despite potentially facing a total ban by Chinese authorities.

And we’d further guess that there are a lot more Chinese gamers who have stayed on Windows 7 rather than upgrading to Windows 10, compared to the West. (Particularly given all the controversy around Windows 10 telemetry and privacy issues).

In other words, this is a geographical reflection of operating system adoption, as opposed to a reaction against Windows 10 per se.

That said, we certainly can’t rule out the possibility that unhappy gamers downgrading from Windows 10 to Windows 7 isn’t part of the picture, making up at least some of this huge drop in the new operating system’s user base.

MS Power User spotted these Steam figures, and speculated that bugs causing frame rate hitches which have crept into Windows 10 this year could be part of the reason for what’s happened here.

But it seems highly unlikely this would spark such a sudden mass revolt among the Steam gaming community, to say the least – particularly seeing as these problems have been present since the spring (and the previous Creators Update).