Find UK Hotspots with Facebook

Facebook have finally rolled out their ‘Find WiFi’ tool to all users recently. The tool, which has been in testing for a while, uses your mobile’s location services to find local WiFi spots and helps you to save on data charges (and presumably spend more time on Facebook).

The new feature is also a very clever move by Facebook as they’ll be collecting the data from all the users, something Facebook are very good at doing. Want to find out more – click here

Ultra-fast broadband fund launched by UK government

Some good news was announced this month, as the government pledged to spend £400M to boost the UK networking and get it ‘up-to-speed’ with other parts of Europe. In Spain, full fibre is now available in 80% of homes, whereas here in the UK it’s closer to 2%. In some spots speeds are a mere 2Mbps, leaving the home or business owners unable to stream video at all.

Read the full article here


GDPR – What is IT?

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a hot topic right now. Even if you’re a small business, it affects you. Much like the new pension regulations or Making Tax Digital, there’s quite a bit of fear and miscommunication out there.

So, here’s a really simple way to look at it:

– only collect information that you need for a specific purpose

– keep it secure

– ensure it is relevant and up to date

– only hold as much as you need, and for as long as you need it

– and allow the subject of information to see it on request

Read more here

Don’t get caught like the NHS…Tech News – May 2017



Hi, how are you? Things have been very interesting since we last spoke, with a huge cyber attack, shock election news and a rather busy month in the Somerbys IT office. How about you? Our team have been busy smashing targets on their training, too. Apprentice Lewis Pole passed a Microsoft Server Essentials exam and Ben Brotherhood (a former apprentice) passed his first of two Microsoft Office 365 exams. This only goes to add to our commitment to staff development and also understanding today’s relevant tech. Well done, both. We need your help (in exchange for chocolate!)

If you had an issue with your tech or IT (and you could still get online) what would you Google? How would you search online for help with your IT challenges? What would you type?

Could you possibly tell us by dropping us an email with your answer? We’d be very grateful to you. In fact… we’d send you chocolate from Hotel Chocolat! We’ll put everyone in a prize draw and a random winner will be sent treats. We guarantee you this is the only time you’ll share your internet habits in exchange for chocolate… maybe. Please send emails to

Here’s The Best Of The News To Keep You Up-to-date With IT

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Monthly Roundup – Tell Me About IT – April 2016



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Tech News And Thoughts From The Somerbys IT Team

Hi, how are you?

It’s feeling rather spring-like in the air as we welcome in April. We had a great first quarter of 2016 (yes we’re 25% of the way through the year already) and we’re looking forward to helping loads more people in the coming months.

Talking of April, did you fall for any April Fools? Did you pull any pranks? We hope that if you did, then you didn’t get into too much trouble… like Google did.

Google had to pull their April Fools after people failed job applications and got rather upset with the Google ‘Mic Drop’ April Fool which sent a Minion gif attached to every email… without their knowledge! Too far?

Aside from fools we had some interesting work to do too.

As always we found some great tips, advice and hacks for your IT world. Let’s share them, shall we?

Here’s The Best Of The News To Keep You Up-to-date With IT

Was George Orwell Right?

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Monthly Round Up – Tell Me About IT – February 2016


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Tech News And Thoughts From The Somerbys IT Team

Hi, how are you?

Welcome to another edition of Tell Me About IT! It’s been great to have all your comments and replies to our email over the last few months.
We’re really pleased that we’re able to share the lighter side of IT life with you and give you some helpful tips and advice.
We’ve found some more great tips this month but before that, some news from the team…

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Monthly Roundup – Tell Me About IT – December 2015

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Tech News And Thoughts From The Somerbys IT Team

Hi, how are you?

We’re finally here… the end of 2015!
How has your year been? We’ve seen so much change in the tech and IT world.

At Somerbys IT we’ve had a marriage proposal (she said yes!) and we’re eagerly awaiting the birth of two babies too. The tech world gave us Windows 10, the iPhone 6 and 6S Plus, and of course the Apple Watch finally shipped but we weren’t as impressed with that as we were with the iPad Pro and the Microsoft Surface Pro 4.

What was your favourite tech addition to 2015?
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Monthly Roundup – Tell Me About IT – November 2015

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Hello and welcome to the November edition of Tell Me About IT the monthly news roundup from the world of technology and IT.

The nights are drawing in and the office is dark when we leave. It’s that time of year when we all look back at the summer and it seems a long time ago!

Of course the tech world never sleeps and the dark nights make no difference to the amazing speed everything changes.

Still, it’s not all bad… we got to have our pumpkin carving competition in the office so dark nights are well and truly needed for that. Take your pick of the best here.

Here’s what else has been happening in our world…
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Tech Roundup – Tell Me About IT – October 2015

Tech News And Thoughts From The Somerbys IT Team

Welcome to the second edition of ‘Tell Me About IT’ 

Last month we launched this brand new email which aims to help you navigate the techie world whilst learning a few things along the way.

We work on this stuff all day long and we find some really interesting hacks, articles and workarounds that are perfect for everyday life… so we thought we’d better share them with you…
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Tech News – September 2015

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Tech News and Thoughts from the Somerbys IT Team

Every month we’ll be bringing you news and insights from the IT and tech world. We’ll only share really useful content that we find throughout the month and we really hope you’ll like it. If you’d rather not get this email then simply click the link at the bottom and we’ll do our best not to cry into our biscuits.

Summer was busy in the Somerbys IT office

Windows 10 arrived at last and it’s been the talk of the office and our Twitter ever since. First thoughts? Yes, we like it, and it’s much faster than Windows 8. Our MD Allan installed Windows 10 on his wife’s new laptop and it was fairly seamless once the old software was taken off.  Like all new software, it’s not without its issues, and we hope to update you on our findings very soon.

Some shock news this month – Computers don’t like pickled onions! If you were planning on feeding pickled onions to your laptop then stop it right now. It’s not a great idea. How do we know? Read more