Time to make sure your payment processes are running smoothly – the Black Friday 2018 shopping season is upon us. Since Amazon first introduced Black Friday offers to UK customers in 2010, businesses of all sizes and types have enticed bargain hunters with special pricing and offers.For UK businesses that want to double-down on high-volume sales opportunities, it’s about more than just deep discounts. It’s about understanding shopping behaviour and modern expectations for a dynamic shopping experience.Businesses need to be prepared to accept a variety of payment methods to win in this year’s Black Friday season. Sage predicts a 13 per cent growth increase of online transaction volume over the course of the Black Friday 2018 trading period, based on Sage customers’ transaction volume history during the holiday selling seasons from 2016-17 and the volume trajectory in 2018 so far.Seamus Smith, EVP, Payments and Banking, said: “Retailers can benefit … [Read more...] about How payments technology can boost your profits on Black Friday 2018
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In context: As technology evolution and maturation continue to move forward, many PC and other device companies emphasize the experience of using their products as key to their design philosophy. The goal, they say, isn’t just to deliver on the key technical requirements and other specs necessary to provide good performance, but to make the overall encounter with their devices engaging and inspiring. Few, if any, however, have taken the experience concept to the level that HP Inc. has done with their new Spectre Folio convertible PC design. How about a PC that you actually want to smell? Thanks to its very attractive leather-based design, the company has managed to create an elegant, premium feeling and, oh yeah, pleasant-smelling notebook computer that also incorporates an intriguing new take on convertible designs. Rather than simply wrapping a notebook in leather, HP has actually built the Spectre Folio into the leather casing in a way that makes it an integral part of the … [Read more...] about Opinion: Are leather and LTE the future of PCs?
Credit: DG-Studio/Shutterstock Keeping up with the latest PC technology is difficult, but it’s overwhelming if you don’t understand all the jargon you encounter when reading articles and spec sheets. From CPUs to GPUs and their inner workings, to motherboards and their varying parts, different display technologies and types and vendor-created phrases, you can wind up in tech terminology turmoil. That's why we have developed this handy glossary. With the information below, you can learn the meaning of--or refresh your memory on--commonly used, but often confusing, tech terms. We’ll be adding to the glossary over time. If you find a term that leaves you scratching your head, let us know in the comments below, and we’ll be sure to define it for you. Index 2K4K5K720p1080pAPUBIOSBusCacheCapacitorChassisChipsetCoreCPU frequencyDIMM slotsDeliddingDiscrete GPUDRAMFOV (field of view)FHDFull HDGPUGPU BoostGraphics cardHeat sinkHDHyper-threadingIHS … [Read more...] about PC and PC Component Terms Defined: Tom’s Hardware Glossary
As TechRadar's PC Gaming Week 2018 demonstrates, the best gaming PCs are the best way to play, an in this list we've collected the top gaming rigs money can buy in 2018.With a steady stream of brilliant PC games, the PC continues to be the greatest gaming platform. Whether you want to play best-in-class JRPGs like Final Fantasy XV or intense shooters like Far Cry 5, having the best gaming PC for your budget means you're getting the ultimate gaming experience.It doesn’t matter whether you prefer Intel, AMD or Nvidia – most PC makers will let you choose the best processors and best graphics card for your needs anyway. And, now that cryptocurrency mining has died down a bit, the prices of the best gaming PCs will inevitably fall as well.From manufacturers you know like Alienware and Lenovo to those you may never have even expected like Corsair and Zotac, we’ve made a list of the best gaming PCs we could find – after putting them through an ultimate test to decide … [Read more...] about The best gaming PC 2018: 10 of the top gaming desktops you can buy
Technology companies often advertise their gadgets and gizmos as devices that will simplify your life, but they sometimes cause their own problems. This is particularly true of the PC, which can still be a mess of cords, hardware, and peripherals that can eat up your space. Here’s how to cut through the clutter like a samurai, and restore order to a messy office. Cord routing and cutting Even a basic home PC usually introduces five or more cords to keep track of, and often necessary extras like speakers and a printe, add to the mess as well. This looks bad, and can make connecting hardware more difficult, as you must first weave you way through a mess of cables to find an open port. Cords don’t have to run wild and untamed, however. Simple and inexpensive tools like a label maker, Velcro ties and cable raceways can help you organize them. While they won’t go away, they will be contained, making them far less likely to cause trouble. Routing and bundling cables can be … [Read more...] about Spring cleaning for your PC: How to tame the tangle of wires under your desk