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Apple vs Samsung and the Mobile Pay Battle

By George Rosenthal

First it was the launch of Apple Pay. Then Facebook announced the option to send money to friends by Messenger. Now here comes Samsung Pay.

Samsung’s goal is to grab its share of a reported $50 billion mobile pay market that is expected to grow to $142 billion in four years.

According to reports the new Samsung Pay will be similar to Apple Pay. Both will support NFC-enabled payments, a sort of industry standard that allows two devices placed within a few centimeters of each other to exchange data. In order for this to work, both devices must be equipped with an NFC chip. 

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Breaking Down the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report for Small Business Owners

With the first quarter of 2015 behind us, technology companies are still pumping out reports shedding light on the year 2014 in tech, with the newest coming from Anti-Virus provider Symantec – maker of Norton Security software detailing 2014 in Internet Security with their Internet Security Threat Report.

We’re not going to go as far as saying the cybercriminals won in 2014, but according to the Symantec security report, last year was one of the worst on record as far as cyber-attacks went...

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Wearables in the Workplace: What WYOD Means To Your Corporate Policies

In just over a week, the Apple Watch will be here, and tech nerds everywhere just can’t wait long enough for the $350 gadget – with a lucky few paying $2,500 for a retro not-so-smart Apple Watchfrom the 90s on eBay.

Of course, with new technology comes new challenges for IT administrators – as we saw in the last decade with a large number of companies adapting to employee demands for slimmer laptops, tablets and smart phones by drafting BYOD policies for their workplace.

With that said, where will wearables fall in the scope of BYOD?...

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Fitness Technology

Are you ready to get into shape for spring and summer? Do you know all the latest high-tech products available to help you achieve your fitness goals? 

Kevin Banks, Virtual Chief Information Office (VCIO) with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to highlight some of the newest products that can help any golfer, tennis player or weekend athlete improve their performance.

These products include…

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Don’t Be Held Hostage

Business owners, is your IT guy or Managed Services Provider holding you hostage? Do they have full control of your domain name and key operating systems making it nearly impossible to sever a relationship with them should something go wrong? 

Eric Aguado, COO and Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how a company can avoid a potential hostage situation with an employee or current MSP vendor.

First, Aguado said a business should be listed as...

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Gender Diversity in Tech Getting Worse

It’s no secret that the technology sector lacks gender diversity and that the gender gap in tech has been a problem for quite some time. There have never been enough women in IT, and according to a recent Op/Ed article in the LA Times, it’s becoming worse.

Take Microsoft for example. In January, the company released its own diversity stats, and they don’t paint a pretty picture about women in IT at the company. 76% of the company’s workforce is male, while only 24% are female. At the management level, 88% of Microsoft executives are male.

The good thing is women are beginning to become more interested in pursuing degrees in computer technology again thanks to society realizing this is an issue largely due to the actions of non-profit groups like Girls in Tech in raising awareness of the gender disparity. In addition, many universities have begun to encourage women to get involved in these lesser-pursued majors in recent years.

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New Microsoft Browser Looks to Shake IE’s Negative Reputation

When Windows 10 launches later this year, Internet Explorer won’t be your default means of accessing the Internet. (Microsoft users everywhere may have just breathed a big sigh of relief).

For perhaps millions of people who have become dissatisfied with IE over the years, whether it be because of a lack of security, no response errors or having an outdated, clunky look compared to some of today’s most popular browsers like Chrome, Firefox and even Apple’s Safari, the beginning to the end of Internet Explorer.

Microsoft is currently developing a new browser, internally referred to as “Project Spartan” that will overtake IE as the default browser on Windows 10 devices at launch.

“Project Spartan” has three known features as of now, which appear to be an excellent step in the right direction, given IE’s recent struggles.

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Phone Wars: The Samsung Galaxy S6 Is Ready to Launch

By George Rosenthal

Samsung is making its latest assault against Apple and others in the battle for smartphone supremacy.

The new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge should be ready for purchase sometime in April.

The new phones appear to be Samsung’s most sophisticated to date, slightly larger than the iPhone 6. They even feature a larger screen and higher resolution than their Apple counterparts.

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Parents: It’s Time for Your Kids to Stop Yakkin’

Parents, are your kids chatting on the Yik Yak app?  Do you realize your children could be seeing adult type material from someone within walking distance from your home?

Eric Aguado, COO and Partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the popularity of Yik Yak and why its content is inappropriate for all school aged children.

Aguado said the content on Yik Yak can be so vile it is worth veering away from the usual business oriented discussions on TNtv to warn parents about it.

 What is Yik Yak?  It is a free social chat app that can be utilized on any iPhone, Android, or tablet device.

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The New Audio/Visual

Is your conference room up to date? Do you have the latest A/V equipment or are you still trying to get by with older analog devices and outdated whiteboards?

Tom Madsen, Regional Vice-President of AVI Systems, visited TNtv to discuss the latest trends in audio and visual presentations, and how a lack of modern technology could be keeping you from attracting today’s tech savvy talent.

AVI has an extensive history and experience in all things audio/visual. The firm was founded 40 years ago in one office in Bismarck, North Dakota. It now has 16 offices and 460 employees.

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