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Swim to the Microsoft Surface

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

First though is the name. Those expecting Surface Pro 5 can keep waiting. Microsoft has gotten rid of any sequential number. Now it’s just Surface Pro, period.

The Risks of Software Piracy: How Unlicensed Business Software Can Hurt Your Company

unlicensed business software pirateWith good reason, software piracy is generally frowned upon.

While it’s illegal to use unlicensed business software, it’s often difficult to get caught – and that’s what keeps it going. The United States is better than most other countries in this regard, with an estimated 19% of all software installs being pirated. In extremely undeveloped nations, the rate of software piracy is often near 90%. Per the 2015 Arxan State of Application Security study, software piracy shows no signs of slowing down, with thousands of places to download pirated software and thousands more to generate license keys available on the internet.

The risks of software piracy go beyond just legal implications – which can cost businesses hundreds of thousands of dollars and potentially jail time, but also poses a significant threat to network security.

Below are some of the issues that can arise from utilizing unlicensed business software:

You Won’t Have Access to Customer Support

Pirated software is not supported by the developer. When Microsoft or Adobe releases a critical update, owners of pirated software will not be able to authenticate their software and receive the update. This opens your business up to extreme vulnerabilities which can result in bigger problems like data loss or theft. If you do fall victim of these issues don’t expect the developer to help bail you out. Read more!

Starting a Career in IT: How to Land Entry Level IT Jobs & Other Advice for New Graduates

finding jobs for it graduatesFor recent college graduates, entering the workforce can be scary, but for those who were smart enough to go to school for IT, the prospect of starting a career in IT right away isn’t so bad.

IT has consistently been a field where the number of jobs outweigh the number of qualified applicants, leaving IT graduates with a lot of hope. Overall, the job market for recent college graduates has been improving every year since the recession, and entry level IT jobs are as plentiful as ever.

Typical jobs for IT graduates include positions like software engineer, system analyst, technical support staffer, consultant & more. With endless possibilities – from entering a blossoming tech field right here in St. Louis to taking your talents to Silicon Valley or Seattle, there are several things to consider when starting a career in IT.

Samsung Rebounds Nicely with Galaxy 8

2016 will be a year to forget for Samsung and its phone products.

The Galaxy 7 Note was a disaster as its battery blow ups became somewhat legendary, and not in a good way. The phone was even banned by the airlines. It was a manufacturing and a public relations nightmare.

Samsung is hoping its new phone, the Galaxy S8, will cure past evils and move the brand into the good graces of the Android World.

Newly released, first looks indicate the phone has what it takes to put Samsung at or near the top of the smart phone heap.

Should You Keep IT In-House?

in-house-itA small business needs a small army of people to make business grow, with an organizational chart usually featuring management, HR, standard employees and of course, in house IT support, right?

Depending on the size of a business “in house IT support” can be defined as a guy or an entire department.

Management and HR are very good at what they do, but one thing they don’t do is IT. While not trained in this field, these people are tasked with hiring in house IT support. Resumes and personality work well to gauge an employee’s ability to fill a cubicle but only go so far with highly technical individuals.

Here are some things to be aware of when considering keeping IT in house vs. hiring an outsourced solution. 

Apple's New Products - Get Ready for Red

Apple wants you to see "red", and hopefully buy one too.

The tech giant is releasing a new red phone hoping to capitalize on a vibrant color scheme that could appeal to its huge base of consumers.

The red phones are available in both iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus models. They feature a crimson aluminum finish.

The phones come in 128GB and 256GB storage variations. Pricing is inline or perhaps a little higher than other iPhone versions.

The 128GB version sells for $749. The iPhone 7 Plus goes for $869. Those enrolled in the iPhone Upgrade Program will be able to land one for $37 per month.

Apple has had a decade-long (RED) campaign, which contributes to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Apple said it's the world's largest corporate donor to the Global Fund, contributing more than $130 million. The red phone is said to be a piece of this strategy. The company will donate some money to the charity for each phone sold.

Why Offline Mobile App Development Matters to Your Users

 

offline-appsOffering apps that Work Offline Provide Users Convenience & Flexibility

Offline support for your mobile app is one of the most valuable features you can employ during the development process especially if your target audience is on-the-go.

In a mobile-first world that is constantly connected, one of the most crucial elements that can be missed during the development process is the understanding that mobile apps need to work offline too to be successful.

Here are 5 reasons why apps that work offline can be more successful than apps that hinge on an internet connection to work.

ThrottleNet Named Best In Reliability for 2017 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly

ST. LOUIS, MO – March 16, 2017– ThrottleNet has continued its impressive run of awards with recognition as a “Best In Reliability” company for 2017 in a survey of business owners just released by St. Louis Small Business Monthly.

 

Best In Reliability highlights companies providing the most dependable products and services consistently throughout the year. The winning companies are selected from nominations and comments from clients. The complete listing will be published in the magazine’s April, 2017 edition.

Moving to the Cloud? How to Make Your Cloud Transition Go Smoothly

migrating-to-the-cloudThe cloud is appealing to small businesses for so many different reasons. Scalability, Security, cost and the freedom to go anywhere are all motivating factors that make moving to the cloud a no-brainer for business.

 

But change is hard – especially after years of learning and understanding the ins and outs of your legacy system. While some employees may experience headaches after migrating to the cloud there are steps you can take to make migrating to the cloud a hassle-free experience.

An Early Look at Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel created quite a buzz when it was released in 2016.

The phone was highly promoted and laid its claim with an advanced camera. Sales have been steady but have posed no real threat to industry titans like Apple’s iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy.

Some believe Pixel’s sales failed to challenge the larger players due to a design that was nothing special and the price rather large at around $650.

Still many in the industry believe Google’s  attempt to chip away at the Android market was a nice first step and have high expectations that the tech giant will release a new, improved version sometime this year.