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Coretek is 20 today

Today is Coretek’s 20th Birthday!

Today is a very special day…it is Coretek’s 20th birthday!

We would like to extend a MASSIVE thanks to everyone who has helped us get to this impressive milestone. From staff past and present to all of our clients, we could not have done it without you!

To celebrate, we are looking forward to having a team day together in the next few weeks so watch our social media to see how we get on. We are also planning something special later in the year to say thank you to our incredible, loyal clients who have played such a big part in helping us reach our 20th year.

For those who are unaware of our “origin story”, Coretek was born 20 years ago when our founder Garry Miller was working as the IT manager of a global chemical company. Frustrated with the lack of competent and reliable IT organisations, he created Coretek to provide a better level of service and to help organisations like his.

From the very beginning, Coretek was built on the promise to provide IT support services with exceptional customer service and technical support expertise as a “seamless extension to your organisation”. The goal being to help people avoid the time and stress of IT firefighting and to provide long-term guidance with the scalable systems to help organisations succeed.

Things have changed a great deal since 1999! Back then the internet and Google were in their infancy, everyone was terrified of the much-hyped millennium bug and smartphones and social media didn’t even exist.

A lot has changed at Coretek over the last two decades too. We have moved office, we now operate our own UK-based cloud environment and are proud to provide support to thousands of users, across 10 countries.

We are still passionate about helping our clients succeed by providing exceptional IT support and services and are very much looking forward to seeing what the future brings!

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Coretek are now JOSCAR registered!

Coretek are proud to announce that we have been successfully accepted into the JOSCAR register and are now recognised as a fully compliant supplier for several defence companies and major organisations.

What is the JOSCAR register?

JOSCAR stands for the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register. The JOSCAR register is a central register of approved suppliers which are used by several major defence organisations including BAE Systems, NATS, Airbus and the MOD when implementing new projects.

This register is strictly invite-only and requires successful completion of a qualification process.

What does this mean for our current and prospective clients?

Being included on the JOSCAR register is somewhat of a coup by Coretek and something we are very proud of. It means that we join an elite group of suppliers that have been hand-picked by some of the most established organisations in the country.

This seal of approval means that our current and future clients can have extra confidence in Coretek and our services as we have the capacity and technical ability to deliver on projects of this scale.

In addition, all of these organisations have strict security requirements and this is becoming more and more important to clients of all sizes, especially in the wake of GDPR. This again helps to inform our clients that we meet these high levels of protection for their systems and data.

How can I find out more?

If you are interested in finding out more, further details are available on the Hellios website – Joscar Defence Industry Explained

Following successful projects like our involvement in the HMS Queen Elizabeth, Coretek are proud to be involved in local and national industry and look forward to working closely with partners like BAE Systems in further exciting projects next year and beyond.

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The Top 6 Tech Trends to watch out for in 2018

We are setting in comfortably into 2018 now and there is already an array of exciting tech trends for 2018. We are going to take a look at some of the top Tech Trends for 2018, some showcased at the CES 2018.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence has already done some great things, particularly in the medical industry. Already, there are developed programmes that can identify the signs of Alzheimer’s disease up to ten years before the symptoms appear. It can even detect bowel cancer during a colonoscopy. It is predicted that AI will just keep on developing.

It is thought that in the future, everybody will have a virtual assistant i.e. Alexa or Google. These virtual assistants will just keep on getting smarter, to maybe even writing news reports or getting dinner ready. But as far as 2018 is concerned, AI is going to be on the rise and just prepare yourself for more from Artificial Intelligence.

Wireless Charging

Although wireless charging is definitely not new, it is a trend that was showcased at the CES 2018 and seems like it is really going to take off. Wireless charging is charging your device without having to physically plug it in, this is usually done through charging pads which you can place your device on top of. Manufacturers like Belkin an iOttie showcased their new products at CES 2018. Even PowerMat has now adopted the new QI standard. So it seems that one single charging method for iOS and Android has a great possibility to be very popular this year. There is even the opportunity to be charging wearables such as the Apple Watch.

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Smart Cities

There have recently been articles in the media in relation to developments on products that will make your city a smart city. The first of these would be the developments to roads. It has been rumoured that the tech giant Qualcomm are investing in the car industry by creating roads that can charge electric cars. Then there are the Dominos self-driving pizza delivery cars. We will hear a lot more from new developments within the smart cities trend this year.

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5G

You may of heard of 4G, well now there is 5G. 5G is a type of wireless technology that is being raved about at the moment. 5G connectivity will result in greater capacity, higher speeds and lower latency. Lower latency means that there will be far fewer delays in the devices that it powers. It has been said that 5G has the potential to be 10 times faster than 4G. We look forward to hearing more about how 5G is developing in 2018.

Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality really came to surface last year within the ‘Pokemon Go‘ app. This became very popular very quickly. Well, expect to see Augmented Reality to surface again this year even bigger and better. It is predicted that there will be many exciting apps such as being able to look at your living room through a camera and placing a sofa in position to see if it will look right. You can expect to see everything from virtual clothes apps to more games like Pokemon Go.

Displays that disappear

TVs are everywhere nowadays and they take up lots of valuable space. Now LG have come up with a brand new concept which they launched at the CES 2018 to help save space. It is a 65-inch OLED TV that rolls up like a scroll. They exhibited this with a white box that held the spooling mechanism inside which rolled up the TV. This is a great development and leads you to think of a whole load of possibilities. You could carry a display box with you and then roll out a blueprint anywhere you like.

We are very excited for what is to come in 2018 for the industry. Let us know what you think about the above exciting tech trends!

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SecureInternet – A brand new solution for fast and secure internet coming soon!

Coming soon – Coretek SecureInternet!

We have some exciting news! Here at Coretek, we have been carefully listening to our school and business clients and internet lines are one of the things that is most frequently requested.
In particular, schools have been telling us there is a clear need for fast and secure internet designed specifically for education.

With this in mind, we have been busy putting together an unbeatable package that meets the following needs:

  • Value – cost-effective and fits within school budgets
  • Secure – industry leading security against threats
  • Safe – filtering that keeps pupils safe online
  • Flexible – the autonomy to decide what sites to allow and block
  • Fast – above all…FAST speeds to cope with the needs of education

This package is currently in testing and should be ready for release within the next few months.

If you are interested in finding out more, you can register your interest by calling us on 0800 304 7444 or email us at enquiries@coretek.co.uk and we will make sure to notify you as soon as SecureInternet goes live!

But what if you’re a business? Don’t panic….we’ve thought this through! The new SecureInternet package can also be optimised for business use. Contact us today, to find out more.

This month's Cooltek

The Razer Phone and the all new Amazon Echo Show plus more from this month’s Top Gadgets!

Last month our team liked the new update to Ebay caled ‘Image Search as well as the exciting Amazon Echo Show and the brand new smartphone from Razer.

Ebay – Image Search

Ebay have now introduced ‘Image Search’, if you have previously heard of Pinterest’s ‘Visual Search’ then you may be aware of the concept. Ebay have now unveiled their new feature to the app, simply take a picture or pull up an existing photo from your camera roll of something that you like and this will produce an ebay search of the exact match or similar items. So if you have seen an item in a shop or in a picture that you like but want to find it online and are unaware of the name, then this is ideal for you. This feature has been rolled out onto both the Android and Apple app.

Razer Phone

Razer are a globally popular gaming hardware and peripheral company and they have just announced they they will be releasing a high spec phone with its emphasis being on entertainment. There are many great features on this new smartphone. UltraMotion technology backs a stunning screen that delivers refresh rates up to 120 Hz for a smooth, lag free vibrant experience. The ‘true-to-life cinematic audio’ sound experience comes from the Dolby ATMOS standard which is produced through front-firing speakers and dual amplifiers. It has superior battery life with a 4,000 mAh battery, allowing you to enjoy your gaming experience for longer. With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with 8GB RAM, you canbe sure that you are getting the ultimate viewing excperience. With 12MP cameras and dual tone flash, you will always get a natural and balanced image. The Razer Phone also comes with Game Booster which optimizes the phone for game play. The Razer phone will set you back by £699 and you can now pre-order it on Three for £41 a month contract with a 49 up front fee. If you’re an avid gamer, then this smartphone is what you need.

Amazon Echo Show

The Amazon Echo Show is a new product from Amazon. The Echo Show has all of the Alexa features from the original Echo, but now Alexa can show you things too. With an additional 7-inch screen and a 5 megapixel camera, you can now enjoy a more interactive experience. The screen will show you brief videos, Amazon audio content, music lyrics, recipes, security camera, weather forecasts, photos, shopping lists and much more. You are able to make hands-free video calls to anyone with an Echo Show or Echo Dot with the Alexa app. In terms of audio quality, the Echo Show has “Dolby processing speakers [with] crisp vocals and extended bass response.” With 8 microphones and beam-forming technology, Alexa can hear you from across the room. This really is a great product within the line of Amazon Echo products. You can pre-order the Amazon Echo Show for £199 right now. Amazon even has a deal on that when you use the code ‘SHOW2PACK’ after placing 2 Echo Show’s in your basket, you will then receive £100 off. Do not forget to check the terms and conditions.

SecureSuite

Our new unbeatable email and system security package from Coretek – SecureSuite!

Coretek are proud to be launching our brand new, comprehensive security package – SecureSuite.

SecureSuite offers industry-leading, complete protection for your email and data and comprises of three distinct products:

SecureStore – Dependable Cloud and On-Site Backup

SecureArchive – Secure Email Archiving

SecureFilter – Advanced Email Filtering

The fundamental need for email and file protection

The cyber terrorists and hackers of this world are finding more and more sophisticated ways to get access to your information. 2017 was a tipping point where this has come to the forefront with recent high profile victims including: the NHS, Renault, FedEx and Hitachi, amongst others. A serious attack can be debilitating for an organisation of any size – especially those in the SMB and SME categories, who may never recover from the aftermath.

The solution

Here at Coretek, we take protection of our clients extremely seriously and continually review the products we recommend to ensure that we offer the best products on the market. As such, we are confident to promote our new SecureSuite of products as the best in their respective fields.

Each one has been specifically chosen to a counteract a particular threat, whilst working together provide a holistic approach to keeping you protected.

SecureStore – Your Plan ‘B’ in case of an emergency

SecureStore is our dependable backup solution that will allow you to restore your vital files and folders in the case of virus attack or accidental deletion.

Backups are stored both on-site and to the cloud for the best of both worlds – the restore speed of on-site and the assurance of having an additional backup in the cloud. Our cloud backups are fully encrypted so you can rest easy that your data is safe with us.

SecureArchive – Your safety net for email

SecureArchive provides the safety net to assure you that even if emails are deleted from your inbox, they can be quickly restored.

Most organisations understand that they need to back up their data. However, email availability is often an afterthought or not considered at all. Email is the primary means of communication for many, if not most organisations and just like with files, the loss of an important email could be extremely damaging. Our SecureArchive not only keeps your email safe but also is invaluable for those who need to keep archived email for regulatory purposes and its advanced search options can even help improve efficiency.

SecureFilter – The security guard for your inbox

SecureFilter is our email filtering solution that keeps your inbox clear from spam and protected against viruses and targeted email attacks.

Over 100 billion emails are communicated every day and recent email statistics state that over half of this email traffic is categorised as spam. SecureFilter blocks spam before it reaches your inbox, keeping you free to concentrate on what counts. Furthermore, it provides you with the autonomy to block or allow any email you choose. SecureFilter also works hard to keeps your inbox free from targeted attacks such as phishing, as well as protection against viruses and cyber fraud by using the latest in AI technology. These attacks are fast becoming the biggest threat to any business and having adequate protection in place could save your organisation thousands of pounds.

If you would like details on any of the SecureSuite products, get in touch with the team today.

iPhone-X

The first look at the iPhone X – the 10th anniversary iPhone from Apple

The iPhone X – the biggest product launched by Apple this year. It celebrates the 10th anniversary of Apple’s iPhone, with the ‘X’ being pronounced as 10.

The new iPhone has an 5.8 inch OLED screen, a glass front and back which is said to be the strongest used yet, as well as being waterproof and having the ability to wirelessly charge. The OLED screen fills the majority of the front of the device excluding a small black slither at the top. This is a bar that includes the front camera, the speaker and microphone, an infrared camera for face recognition, proximity sensor and a floor illuminator as well as an ambient light sensor and a dot projector. These are all in the very small section at the top of the iPhone X. There is no longer a home button just a simple swipe up to access the home screen. The improved cameras have a 12Mp sensor and a new telephoto camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS).  As well as OIS the rear cameras have a fast lens which creates incredible photos and videos, in any light.

The phone can now be unlocked with Face ID, a facial recognition software that recognises your features and unlocks the phone. Face ID is enabled by the TrueDepth camera, it maps your face with over 30,000 invisible dots so that it can recognise you in any lighting or style. You can also use the Face ID for Apple Pay and customising the new animoji.  A new feature in Portrait mode is the Portrait Lighting. Get studio-quality lighting effects. Animoji combines animations with emojis. It captures your facial expressions and muscles and portrays them on an emoji. So you can simply turn yourself into an emoji. Another development with the iPhone X is that it has been tuned for Augmented Reality. This has been done by Apple specially designing the cameras to be optimised for the technology. Augmented Reality is the technology that uses a phone or tablet’s camera and a specific software to put virtual images on top of the real-life images.

The phone is powered by the A11 Bionic, This is the ‘most powerful and smartest chip ever in an iPhone’ as stated by Apple. There is a neutral engine which is capable of up to 600 billion operations per second. There is a 70% faster CPU and two 25% faster performance cores. Machine learning powered by the A11 Bionic, enables to Face ID to adapt to physical changes over time. The A11 chip was also designed to improve the performance of the AR apps.

If this phone takes your fancy then you will have to wait a little while until you can get your hands on one. With the official pre-order date being the 27th of October and the official release date being the 3rd of November. Expect to be set back $999 for the 64GB version and $1149 for the 256GB version.

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Periscope

What is Periscope? And what does it have to do with Twitter?

So, what is Periscope? You may have heard of the name but still aren’t really sure what it is and why you may need to know.

Periscope is a ‘live video streaming platform’. This basically means that you can post live recordings of yourself to all of your contacts at once. Sort of like Skype but to all of your followers. Having officially been launched in 2015, Periscope is now really being introduced into our social media lives. Twitter have unveiled their live video function which is powered by Periscope. But you now do not have to have periscope downloaded in order for it to work.

To start a live broadcast you need to compose a new tweet and then tap ‘live’. Your video will start and you can do what you wish. This is a great addition to twitter which is the best platform for ‘live’ news and commentary.

Their goal is to get people to create live videos a lot more than you would an ordinary video. To start living in the now rather than the past.

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This month's Cooltek

Microsoft unveils motion controllers, an app to track your mileage and more from this month’s Top Gadgets!

Last month was pretty much full of exciting apps and VR! We looked at the following: an app to keep track of your mileage so that you always know what to claim, a power thesaurus that ensures you are never lost for words, a sat nav reflector and exciting news from Microsoft in the world of VR!

MileIQ

MileIQ is an app that can be downloaded to your smartphone. The purpose of the app is to track your mileage so that you can have a complete record of all your tax deductible and reimbursable mileage. The way this works is that the app runs in the background as your drive with smart drive detection. You can add your vehicles, locations and purposes so that it is tailored to you. An accurate record of your mileage is stored securely. The in-app reports give you snapshots of information, however you also will have access to a full web-based dashboard where you can see a full breakdown. Another feature of the app is that you can classify your drive. You swipe left on the screen to define that the drive is a personal one and then you swipe right on the screen to define that the drive is for business purposes. You can download this app form the App Store and Google Play today for free.

Power Thesaurus

If you are a writer then you it’s likely you already know about this tool. Power Thesaurus is a website where you can type in a word and you will receive a set of results. You can choose between Synonyms, Antonyms, Broader terms, Narrower terms and Related terms. These will then be ranked in order of popularity. An example would be searching the term ‘Happy’ you then will see a list of 1.5K synonyms with the top rated being ‘Joyful’. You can also now get Google Chrome extension for Power Thesaurus. You will get a button on your toolbar that allows you to search and view synonyms, antonyms etc. You can also select a word and right-click it to open Power Thesaurus.

Hudway Glass

One of our team members recently discovered something called Hudway Glass. It is a mount with a little glass screen that flips up in front of your windscreen. You then lay your phone on the mount and the reflection from your phone will show on the glass screen. For this to work you will need to download the two Hudway apps. You have an app that will show your speed and another app that acts just like a sat nav . This will work with any phone and will work in day and night. The great thing about this rather than just using your phone as your sat nav, you get a 20% larger screen reflected, making it a lot easier to see. The see-through glass screen does not alter your view so you can always have your eyes on all parts of the road.

Microsoft VR Headset and Controller Bundle

Microsoft have recently announced that they will be soon releasing their new set of motion controllers that can be bought as a bundle with the Microsoft VR headset. These should be available to purchase as a bundle by the end of this year with prices starting at $400. The reference design features ‘inside-out tracking’. This means that there will be no need for external sensors unlike the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. The sensors for the controllers will be within the headset. There is LED lights at one end of the controllers for tracking as well as a round track pad, menu button and analog stick. On the body of the controller is a side grip trigger and a Windows button. At only 350g in weight, they are one of the lightest headsets in comparison to the top of the range ones right now.

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What is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how does it affect my business?

If you have not yet heard, there is going to be a new legislation regarding data protection. As of May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be put into action.

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the result of four years of work. This new legislation will replace the Data Protection Act 1998. It has been designed to regulate how companies protect EU citizens personal data.

All companies that are already in compliance with the current Data Protection Act must ensure that they’re compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation or else they will face fines and penalties. As well as tougher fines, the new regulation will also give people more say over what companies do with their data. The other cause of this new legislation is that the data protection rules will more or less be consistent throughout the EU.

So, GDPR will apply to the ‘controllers’ and ‘processors’ of data. A controller states why and how personal data is processed and a processor is somebody who does the actual processing of the data. The controller could be an organisation like a business/charity and a processor could be their IT Support company. It is the controllers responsibility to ensure that the processor abides by the new data protection law. Even if these controllers and processors are based out of the EU the regulation still applies to them.

ICO have put together a guide on how you can prepare for the General Data Protection Regulations.

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