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TopCashback by Mark Pepper

TopCashback is a great site where you get money back from your purchases on selected sites online and sometimes in person shopping. Simply go through the link on their site to earn cash back on purchases, making sure you do your transactions in the same window they opened you into, using the same email as …

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You & Yours by Liz Jauncey

A great interest in me was sparked many years ago about finding out more about where I came from, who i came from, and  my family history. Where to start???? I tried a few genealogy sites but stuck with ancestry.co.uk Why? Because from basic information, most areas can be accessed and basic details can be …

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Pokemon Go by Mark Pepper

It’s a game yes, but not just a game, it’s so much more! The reason that I enjoy this game, still after 3 years, is that it’s a great motivator to play daily as it gets me out of the house, in almost any weather, whatever my state of depression is at. It sets no …

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Google Garage Digital Marketing by Stephen Harrold

I am currently doing the Fundamentals of digital marketing certificate with Google Digital Garage and I recommend it. It explains the basics of online marketing, using YouTube Videos (with a transcript provided). Each lesson is followed by a few questions with a quiz at the end of each topic. The topics include understanding search engines …

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Timehop by Mark Pepper

Timehop is my favourite app to use daily. It has a criminally simple premise, where you grant it access to your phones pictures and social media. It then culls from all the records of what you have done in the past on that day. It is great to see the photos of the family growing …

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Note Takers

A good app is a thing of useful beauty, all too rare in a glut of clumsy, over promising, badly designed, bloated, ad-ridden junk. Cherish it as all too soon the designers will spoil it with unheralded “improvements ”. Note-takers are a case in point. There are lot of them out there. The best keep …

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We’ve still got a lot to do

Some humbling statistics from the Lloyds Bank Consumer Digital Index 2019 – 6.1 million people in the UK are Digitally Disengaged with little or no digital behaviours, despite the fact that the average UK citizen could save £744 by being online. Worse, It is forecast that 4.5 million of UK adults will remain Digitally Disengaged …

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What We Do

Last week @FortisLiving Digital Champions helped 101 customers in Malvern, Worcester and Droitwich learn how to shop online, report a repair to Fortis using webchat, digitise a lifetime of photos, upload CVs to Indeed, replace a payment card, spot a phishing email, recover their iTunes music library and create a family tree online. All in …

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Mobile Phone Internet Access

Following on from our post last week about the joys of mobile internet I thought we would take a closer look at possibly the cheapest way of accessing the internet, a mobile phone. The Joys of Mobile Internet. People think that mobile phones are expensive and that you need a long term contract to be …

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The Joys of Mobile Internet

A lot of what we do teaching people technology revolves around using laptop or desktop computers. This is often the case because these devices use a larger screen so there is more to see and for some applications they can be easier to use. However access to the internet is not limited to laptops and …

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Who Comes to an @FortisLiving IT Drop in?

This week we helped customers change a Fortis Property Care repair appointment online, reclaim a £368 tax overpayment, find a friend they haven’t seen for 40 years, learn Windows 10, download apps, research their family tree, set up social media presence for their upcycling business, and look for work All in a week’s work!

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Lloyds Bank UK Consumer Digital Index 2019

https://www.lloydsbank.com/banking-with-us/whats-happening/consumer-digital-index.asp For the last three years Lloyds Bank have created a Consumer Digital Index looking at how the people of the UK use digital services. It is an interesting snapshot of how many people access services online and more importantly how many do not. The results show a mixed picture, whilst there are more people …

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Case Study Update – Steve

Around a year ago I wrote an article about why I became a digital champion, you can read it here, but I thought I would supply an update. I am no longer volunteering as a digital champion because I do not have the time, I am now working. The job I am doing is tech …

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Fun with Figures 2018 to 2019 Q4

Raw numbers are only half the story, but they do tell a tale. In Q4 of 2018 to 2019 @FortisLiving Digital Champions helped to deliver 691 one to one IT help sessions across Malvern, Worcester and Droitwich. In total our Digital Champions also volunteered for 691 hours. In Q4 we recruited and trained 8 new …

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Gong Baths & Marma Abhyanga Massage

Everyone know how easy the internet makes it to research a holiday destination, but I was astonished by how much a friend found about where I live in Malvern. While over 9000 miles away in Australia she found and booked tickets to a Gong Bath & Meditation at Hits the Spot Natural Health & Back …

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