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Sunday 21st January 2024: Gamers Risk Their Hearing, BT To Change Policy & More!

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SUNDAY 21ST JANUARY 2024

Welcome to another low down on all the latest Tech news, Tips and Tricks to help you keep up to date with the latest from the Tech world!

You can hear the feature On Air on a Sunday with Mark, and throughout the week.

Gamers Risk Their Hearing

People who play video games are at risk of damaging their hearing due to potentially unsafe sound levels, a study has found.

The new review suggests that gamers play for long periods of time with the volume turned up, beyond safe limits.

It says this could contribute to irreversible hearing loss or tinnitus, a constant ringing in the ears.

The paper, published in BMJ Public Health, reviewed 14 studies which in total involved more than 50,000 people.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-68004968

Source: BBC News

BT To Change Policy

BT is abandoning mid-contract price rises linked to inflation after the telecoms watchdog Ofcom threatened to ban the practice.

It has been one of several providers to tell customers the cost of their mobile and broadband services would increase by inflation plus a fixed percentage.

But the regulator said that was confusing and price rises should be spelt out in "in pounds and pence."

BT has announced it will introduce that change from summer 2024.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-67994514

Source: BBC News

British Library's Main Catalogue Back Online

The British Library's main catalogue, with more than 36 million records, returned online on Monday last week after last year's cyber attack.

It is the first significant step in the complete restoration of services for those using the UK's largest library.

But the catalogue will just be available in a "read-only" format.

Its chief executive warned that full recovery of all services would be a gradual process, but he said Monday had been "a quietly good day, at last".

The hack on 31 October resulted in the British Library's website being down for almost a month.

Read More: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-67976183

Source: BBC News

App Of The Week

This weeks app of the week is called Study with Subwords

The app offers numerous options to learn a wide variety of topics, for example the capital cities of US states.

This app is only available on IOS Devices for free.

App: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/study-with-subwords/id6444380323?l=en

🛡️ Security Corner 🛡️

We're often told that the passwords for our online accounts should be really strong, and to not use the same password anywhere else. Especially for those important accounts like email, banking, shopping and social media.

This is where a password manager can help.

 A password manager (or a web browser) can store all your passwords securely, so you don’t have to worry about remembering them. 

This allows you to use unique, strong passwords for all your important accounts (rather than using the same password for all of them, which you should never do).

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