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PC sales grow across Europe with laptops leading the charge

But sadly the UK is left out in the cold

In something of a surprise, we’ve had some pretty positive news from a major firm of number crunchers regarding PC sales in Europe, which are up by a considerable amount – with laptops almost reaching a double-digit increase.

Analyst firm IDC’s first quarter of 2017 figures for PC shipments in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) show a total of 17.4 million units shipped (desktop PCs and notebooks – but not tablets), which represents growth of 1.6% compared to the same quarter last year.

That’s not a huge increase, of course, but it’s an impressively positive result when you compare it to the consistent slumping we’ve witnessed in recent years. As mentioned, notebooks did particularly well, with portables being up 8.9% year-on-year (and slightly stronger still for Western Europe in isolation at 9.2%).

IDC notes that part of the reason for the increase in sales is component shortages – we’ve been hearing a lot about SSD price hikes in recent times, for example – and folks buying now to avoid potentially paying more at a later date. Plus favorable exchange rates against the dollar have also had a considerable influence.

Brexit blues

Unfortunately, as you might guess, the UK didn’t fare so well as the rest of Europe, as we’ve had anything but favorable exchange rates since the Brexit vote. So while overall PC shipments grew 8.2% in France, and 5.8% in Germany year-on-year, the UK saw a 7.9% drop.

Still, it’s good to get some overall positive news for Europe, and this is backed up by an optimistic sales prediction from a major notebook manufacturer last month. It’s all grist to the mill for the idea that the PC market is slowly starting to turn around…

As for individual PC manufacturers, HP Inc remained top dog with a 25.7% share of the overall EMEA market, experiencing a healthy 4.4% growth since Q1 of last year. Lenovo was in second place with a 20.6% share, followed by Dell on 12% – plus the latter experienced excellent growth of 9.8% year-on-year.

The biggest growth, however, was witnessed by fourth place Acer which managed an excellent 35.1% increase, giving it an overall market share of 9.8%, and ensuring the firm overtook Asus which slumped to 9.3% (a drop of 5.6% year-on-year, meaning it was the only major PC vendor in the red).

IDC said that Asus had a tough quarter due to “challenges related to competitive notebook price pressure and inventory”.



How To Boost Low WiFi Signal Strength

If you have low WiFi signal strength, these WiFi booster tips will help you get the most out of your wireless. Having a low Wifi signal strength in your home or business is frustrating. This is especially true if your router or access point is in the same room with you. If you have a sprawling location, running wires may be impossible. The good news is there are ways to increase the range of your wireless network, as well as improve signal strength. If it were possible to see the signal bouncing around, many people could easily detect problems with their network. So we must rely on simple trial and error to find the perfect location for your router and Access Points.

WiFi Booster Tip For Low WiFi Signal Strength
Our first low WiFi signal strength booster tip is placement. Location location location. Place your router in the center of your home or office, in an area away from cordless phone stations and microwave ovens. Some types of wall construction, like concrete or metal, will also cause signal loss. Be sure your router is approximately centered and away from any of those things that can degrade the signal. Some people think their router needs to be right beside a computer, but this isn’t true. It can go anywhere in the house. If it needs to connect to a broadband modem, the modem will need to go with it.

Purchase a high gain antenna. If your router has a detachable antenna, you should be able to add a high gain antenna. These types of antennas are more directional than your standard antenna and allow you to focus your WiFi signal toward an access point or your computer. You can also make these, which are often referred to as “cantennas,” but you’ll probably have better results if you purchase one. High gain antennas are a great way to shoot the WiFi signal across a house or even a yard. But in order to achieve maximum range, you should have line of site to the target.
change channels on routerChange the wireless frequency in the router. If you do not get the results you want by moving the router, you can try changing the frequency the router uses to broadcast the signal. You only need to do this in the router itself, as the wireless devices should recognize the new signal automatically. All makes and models of routers have different menus, but all you need to do is login to your router through your web browser and look in the wireless settings. Experiment and see if changing the frequency helps.


Glasgow IT - Wireless Network Support

When everything from your Smartphone to your toaster is needs an Internet signal to function, WiFi deadspots can grind your smart home to a halt. We are going to take a look at how a mesh network could eliminate your WiFi dead zones.

If you have a large home or office or you’re trying to maintain a IT WiFi network in space with concrete walls or several stories, you surely have WiFi deadspots.

Relying on a single router is like asking a loud speaker in your living room to provide great sound throughout your home. It’s simple physics: WiFi waves don’t go through walls well and have an even harder time climbing stairs.

Smart homes with a multitude of connected devices makes internet everywhere a necessity. If you’ve considered investing in a repeater or a WiFi extender then you may already know that they can be challenging to configure and the signal can drop as it “changes hands” from router to repeater.

So let’s take a look at the newest innovation in Wireless Signal extension, the mesh network.

The Google WiFi mesh network hardware is not available to purchase yet but should be soon. You can joint the waitlist now to be one of the first people to buy once the product becomes available. This works in the same way as the Eero, with a powerful app that allows you to control your home network with just a few clicks.

Google WiFi also optimizes connection type to the device, so it will connect at the fastest speed supported by your device. The price point will be considerably less than the Eero at £199 for 3 units, given the scale of Google they can certainly produce this unit for a lower cost, but how long will Google support this product?

It should be noted that a mesh network isn’t going to improve your internet speed from what your ISP provides you, so if you pay for a 50MB connection, a mesh network isn’t going to see you exceed those speed. If you are currently getting buffering when you are right next to your existing router, you should contact your ISP to determine if you can get a faster speed. However, if you are streaming perfectly just 40 feet away from your current router, but can’t get a decent stream running upstairs or in your bedroom, a mesh network could fix it for you!


Hоw Glasgow Cоmрutеr Support Sеrviсеѕ Cаn Hеlр Yоu

Every соmрutеr iѕ liable to brеаkdоwn at any роint of timе unlеѕѕ it iѕ properly mаintаinеd. If уоu аrе running аn IT business уоu саnnоt rеаllу аffоrd tо hаvе a ѕуѕtеm fаilurе аnd hеnсе, muѕt gеt уоur hands on a ѕtаndаrd tесh support. The соmрutеr ѕuрроrt services ensure that уоu run your ѕmаll оr mid-ѕizеd buѕinеѕѕ smoothly rоund thе сlосk and maintain its рrоfit grарh.

The primary рurроѕе оf a tесh support ѕеrviсе provider iѕ tо mоnitоr computers constantly and trоublеѕhооt еrrоrѕ that аffесt the ѕуѕtеm. With 24x7 оnlinе соmрutеr support, уоur соmрutеr rеmаinѕ free frоm trоublеѕ аnd iѕѕuеѕ. Thе tech ѕuрроrt team is virtuаllу рrеѕеnt bу your ѕidе rоund thе сlосk; your buѕinеѕѕ is undеr constant рrоtесtiоn. IT support ѕеrviсеѕ еnѕurе that рrореr health оf уоur PC соntributеѕ to thе ѕtеаdу grоwth of уоur buѕinеѕѕ.

Diffеrеnt Glasgow support ѕеrviсеѕ уоu саn аvаil

The tech ѕuрроrt ѕеrviсе team keeps уоur PC uр аnd running bу оffеring a rаngе оf highlу аdvаnсеd ѕеrviсеѕ. A good IT ѕuрроrt and service оrgаnizаtiоn рrоvidеѕ a widе rаngе оf еmаil аnd brоwѕеr ѕuрроrt, spyware and viruѕ removal ѕuрроrt, software аnd operating ѕуѕtеm ѕuрроrt. Alоng with thеѕе, it аlѕо оffеrѕ tесhniсаl hеlр аnd аѕѕiѕtаnсе fоr inѕtаlling other accessories to your соmрutеr.

Data Bасkuр Sеrviсе- This ѕеrviсе transfers imроrtаnt filеѕ tо аn external hаrd drivе and thus соnduсtѕ dаtа-rеѕtоring рrосеѕѕ оn a rеgulаr bаѕiѕ. The futurе prospect of уоur соmраnу is аlѕо made bright thrоugh online backup facility.

Cоmрutеr Sесuritу Suрроrt- Thе daily асtivitiеѕ оn уоur computer аrе kерt ѕесurе with thiѕ service. It iѕ dеѕignеd to install uрdаtеd vеrѕiоnѕ of аntiviruѕ аnd remove malicious files likе malware from уоur computer.

Oреrаting system Support- This ѕеrviсе tаkеѕ саrе of every рrоblеm caused to уоur computer duе tо operating ѕуѕtеm fаilurеѕ. Bу keeping tаg of every dеviсе drivеr of your mасhinе, it increases the ѕрееd оf соmрutеr аррliсаtiоnѕ аnd repairs еrrоrѕ оn a timely fashion.



Move to Microsoft Cloud Services to Save Money and Raise Productivity

As any business owner will know, finding a process that can reduce costs, while increasing productivity, is the holy grail of opportunities. It’s true of any area of business, from transport, to working hours, to buying the milk for the teas and coffees. It’s certainly true when it comes to employing efficient IT services within your company.

So where does today’s topic of conversation, Office 365, and its range of cloud-based services, come in? Is this a sales pitch for an unnecessary service that’s just a repackaging of what you already have? Or is it different? Here at The PC Support Group, we’re constantly looking for ways to improve the services we offer to our clients, so Office 365 makes sense to us because it offers you several key strengths, such as:

– Less initial cost: you’ll be able to spread your outlay, with no need to invest in additional hardware like local servers, or to pay hundreds up front for Microsoft Office license/s, instead you can get it all online for a manageable monthly amount.

– Flexibility of service: it’s much easier to add more or less to your service whenever you need it. Instead of needing to buy additional hardware or software, just increase the allowance on your monthly subscription. It’s also equally simple to reduce the allowance, compared to being left with surplus hardware or software. Very helpful during upsizing/downsizing and seasonal staff changes.


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