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Archive for January 2018

Android users, meet Amazon’s Alexa

Because Amazon Echo sold like hotcakes during the holidays, Alexa became the darling of Christmas 2017, taking over our homes and hearts. With the Android version of the app now enabled with voice control, Alexa can continue to smoothly make its way into our lives via our smartphones. Until recently, the Amazon Alexa app could…

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Differentiating Groups, Yammer, and Teams

Yammer, Outlook Groups, and Microsoft Teams have plenty in common. They’re all Office 365 tools designed for sharing files and communicating with colleagues. So what differentiates each from the other and when should you use them? Here’s a quick rundown to help you decide. Outlook Groups With Outlook Groups, every member gets a shared inbox,…

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Issues found for new Windows patches

Despite security being one of Microsoft’s top priorities, it has been recently discovered that there are two vulnerabilities in computer chips, named Meltdown and Spectre, that put private data in jeopardy. As a solution, Microsoft has released an update to fix this vulnerability. Issues with Microsoft’s Spectre and Meltdown patches After the January 3rd announcement…

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Fortify your data, physically

Truly optimized security settings and software are beyond the capacity of most business owners. You just don’t have time to tinker with your office IT. Instead, try these quick and easy tips before calling us. Cover up your webcam There must be some credibility to doing this if Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, former FBI director,…

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Gear up your network equipment with UPS

During a power outage, responsible business owners use emergency power to keep desktop computers from unexpectedly shutting down. While that’s certainly a good strategy for keeping machines operational and preventing data loss, there’s something else you can do to ensure that your staff remains productive while weathering a storm: uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for networking…

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Android File Transfer via USB Cable

There are many different ways to transfer files between Android phones and computers; however, most of these methods require an internet connection on both the phone and the computer during the process. So, if you are about to be off the grid for quite some time or would just rather transfer files without the internet,…

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Bloatware: From Annoying To Dangerous

Bloatware, junkware, trialware, third-party apps — whatever you call it. There’s now yet another reason to get rid of these annoying pre-installed programs and plugins indefinitely: security threats. Learn more about the other risk that might do more than slow down your computer. Tavis Ormandy, a researcher from Google’s Project Zero, recently discovered that a…

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Boosting Office 365 with AI Capabilities

In the past month, Microsoft has beefed up Office 365 with AI-driven capabilities designed to help businesses make the most of their data, company content, collaborative projects and more. Read on to learn about the new smart features you can expect in the Office 365 update. Automatically Uncover Trends in Excel Data Finding useful information…

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2018: The year of social media

Big-name social media platforms such as Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat are more interactive and responsive than ever. However, these platforms now have a plan to move another step forward in 2018. Here are the top 5 trends you should watch out for this year. The boom of Augmented Reality The launch of the new iPhones…

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Small-business IT hardware checklist

It’s frustrating to return to the office after a long holiday only to be greeted by a disorganized workstation. If having clean, hassle-free technology is one of your company’s New Year’s resolutions, this technology hardware checklist can help. ✓ Clean up your computer components Wipe your monitor with a clean, static-free fabric; remove excess dirt…

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