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What You Need to Know about Windows 10

By George Rosenthal

Windows 10 is on its way. The Microsoft upgrade should be available for use in late July.

A preview look indicates there is much to like about this upgrade, especially for users of Windows 7.

First this upgrade is free. No longer is there a $50 or $100 fee. Microsoft wants to spread the system across all devices including not only PCs but smartphones and others. The goal is to get the app community excited about the new system and create more features and more usage long term. They hope the no-charge upgrade will do just that.

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How Cheap IT Will Cost You

Your business is an investment, and we know that investing in inferior products is never a sound business decision.

Yet, business leaders continue to under-invest in IT, take shortcuts, hire the lowest bidder and allow goats into their workspace

Going the cheap route on IT and Managed Services severely limits your ability to reach business transformation goals, and often times results in overspending on other areas of your business. Business owners are always looking to cut costs, but in this age of technology, underspending on IT is not the answer.

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Was Prime Day A Prime Disappointment? It Depends On Who You Ask

A prime success or a prime disappointment? Amazon has released its own internal statistics on the success of it’s first-ever "Prime Day" on July 15, and while consumers generally voiced negative opinions on the true value of the sale billed "bigger than Black Friday" a funny thing happened for Amazon – it actually worked.

Amazon went the quantity over quality route, offering consumers who had already mentally signed themselves to spend money deals like Franklin Half Dollars for $70 (that are really only worth $0.50, mind you), 2-packs of Balaclava (think bank robber masks) for just under $12 and a 90 count of dishwasher detergent capsules for $13.95 – a deal so great, Amazon championed it in its home page banner ads.

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Technology Detox: Benefits of Unplugging from Technology

technology addictionTechnology addiction is no laughing matter and can actually be harmful to your health.

Don’t get us wrong, we love IT, and feel information is valuable to our daily lives, but with anything in life, it is to be enjoyed in moderation, and everyone can benefit from unplugging from technology.

Technology companies are well aware of our culture’s overindulgent tendencies, otherwise the Internet of Things and Wearables wouldn’t be met with as much excitement as they have been.

Technology is everywhere, and it’s not going away. While this is a good thing, it’s important to find a balance between your unplugged life and technology consumption. It is possible to curb your technology addiction. Below are some helpful tips to help you unplug for a few hours each day – to improve your health and clear your head.

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Net Neutrality Explained – What It Means To You

net neutralityA few weeks back, the federal government in the United States put Net Neutrality into effect, effectively protecting the open internet.

If you’re new to the Net Neutrality debate, it’s been raging on for quite some time. In general, protection of the open internet is a big win for the general public but the news is not being taken well by a number of internet service providers including Comcast and AT&T who fought the measure. 

The internet doesn’t look much different today than it looked a few weeks back – we weren’t seeing many, if any, ISPs throttling web traffic or charging websites to provide priority traffic. Now, however, those practices are illegal and governed by the FCC. That’s good news for most. 

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Windows 10 Mobile: Will Consumers Transition to the New Platform?

Windows 10 is coming and Windows 10 Mobile is not far behind.

As users transition to Microsoft’s new Operating System for their PC will they adopt the Windows 10 mobile version as well? 

The much anticipated Windows 10 is due to be shipped for PC use in mid-July. The mobile version will probably launch in the fall. Microsoft is investing heavily in both formats hoping consumers will finally make the Windows Phone a real challenger to Android and iOS competitors.

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Making the Most of IT Time Management

In the traditional office environment, something is always on fire.

Not in the literal sense, but when an IT professional plans out their work day, more often than not, their initial game plan gets derailed by hectic occurrences we have learned to expect and adjust to.

IT time management is hard. You’re busy planning a hardware refresh schedule, but an employee alerts you of a virus on their machine. Later in the day, you learn from HR that a new marketing person is starting tomorrow and you need to set up their workstation. Oh, by the way, you also have to suspend access for the sales guy who just quit. Time management strategies become crucial for IT professionals, as to not lose anything in the shuffle.

 

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Google’s Driverless Cars Set to Hit the Open Road

We’ve heard about Google driverless car technology – and how their automated vehicle has been through years of rigorous closed-course testing in the past six years.

Well, now, Google is moving onto Phase 2 of its driverless car experiment, with their automated vehicle earmarked to hit the public roads of Silicon Valley, making their debut this summer. Several of the driverless cars will take the streets in Google’s hometown with a 25 mph speed limit and an engineer in the driver’s seat just in case.

The 100% self-driving vehicle is designed to work without a gas pedal or steering wheel, although at least initially, these cars will have a removable steering wheel and pedals to be used for manual takeover in case an issue arises.

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The iPad Pro: Is Bigger Necessarily Better?

By George Rosenthal

Rumors abound that Apple is getting ready to launch a new larger iPad. Many industry insiders believe the name of this new entry will be the iPad Pro.

Now that the tech giant has announced the release of a new 15-inch MacBook Pro and a new $1999 configuration of the 27 inch iMac with Retina 5K display, can a larger iPad be far behind?

Some guesstimate Apple will make the iPad announcement as early as this June at its World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Others believe the launch will come this fall, in line with previous iPad debuts, which have taken place in an October-November time frame each year since 2012.

Since the larger version of the MacBook Pro was just introduced it appears a fall announcement would be more likely.

How will the Pro be different?

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Home Theatre Technology and Media

Are you utilizing all the benefits of a “Smart TV” based home theatre?

Do you realize you can save money and still enjoy a plethora of in-home entertainment?

Todd Budde, Virtual Chief Information Office (VCIO) with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how you can reduce your monthly payment and still enjoy the home theatre experience by using the latest available technology.

Budde said many popular devices exist to...

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