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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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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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