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MacBook Pro: High Performance at a Price

Innovation has always been a hallmark at Apple.

The new MacBook Pro is no different.

Available soon, Mac fans will find the device has many new features and improvements that should keep this laptop in high demand for both personal and business use.

Start with the design both inside and out. The Pro has an aluminum body, solid state design, and a Core i7 processor. It is more powerful yet thinner and lighter than its predecessors. Try 17% thinner, a significant difference.

Two sizes are available. A smaller 13 inch version weighs in at just three pounds. The 15 inch version weighs just four pounds.

Some fans have been clamoring for a touch screen application from Apple, and the new Pro delivers but in a different way.

 

8 New Technologies We’re Thankful For

technology-to-be-thankful-forEvery year around this time, the Thanksgiving Holiday gives us time to be with our families and take a few days to refresh our minds and reflect on the things we’re truly thankful for.

Aside from the obvious reasons to be thankful this time of year, there are plenty of things technology has given us over the past few years that are easy to take for granted.

This Thanksgiving, ThrottleNet has put together a list of 8 technologies we’re thankful for, as these things have all in their own special little ways contributed to the betterment of society.

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at ThrottleNet! 

Read on to see the full list.

Christmas Shopping Safety Tips – How to Know a Website is Safe to Buy From

christmas-shopping-securityIn just a few short days, the Christmas shopping season officially kicks off with the madness that is Black Friday before moving online with Cyber Monday.

‘Tis the time for deals, but biting on the wrong one can turn the calendar from Cyber Monday to Ticked Off Tuesday.

Christmas shoppers are the perfect victims for scammers, and as commerce has shifted online so have their deceptive tactics, but there are ways to stay safe this holiday season – just follow these Christmas shopping safety tips from your friends at ThrottleNet.

The Google Pixel: It's All About The Camera

 

Google's attempt at its first mobile phone, the Pixel, is starting to hit store shelves.

It is the company's first phone with its own design, hardware and software. It represents nearly a clean break from partners who assisted with the production of the Nexus brand of products.

The phone represents a change in appearance and performance from previous Android versions. This includes an attractive appearance with a fast and smooth one-piece aluminum design. It has a wedge shape to keep the camera flush.

Small Business Cyber Security: An owner’s guide to common risks to IT security

network-security-risksAs a small business owner, managing all the risks to IT security yourself can make you go gray at an early age. From securing your files, who enters the building, who takes what home with them and everything else, there is a lot going on and a lot riding on small business cyber security.

It’s easy to overlook all of the small business cyber security risks that your company may not be addressing – either because you don’t know it’s a risk, you haven’t encountered it or your current procedures aren’t up to industry standards.

Here are some common risks to IT security and things that you can proactively do about them.

Hiring an App Developer: How to Find App Developers that Align with Your Goals

 

hiring-an-app-developerYou have a great idea for a new business app and are ready to start hiring an app developer. While you generally have an idea of how you want your app to look and function, you don’t possess the skills needed to turn concept into reality. Hiring an app developer is the next step in the process after conceptualization, but how do you find app developers that align with your specific goals?

Every app is different and development truly never ends – as great apps often need constant updating to stay relevant in a hyper-competitive marketplace.

Hiring an app developer isn’t as simple as calling the company with the first result on Google – you have to partner with an app developer who gets you. Someone who is on the same page with your business, your goals and your vision to create an app that is a digital extension of your company and your values.

 

ThrottleNet Continues Award Winning Year with Best In Value Recognition from St. Louis Small Business Monthly

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – September 20, 2016 – ThrottleNet continues its banner award-winning year by securing recognition as a Best In Value company for 2016 in a survey of business owners by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The magazine recently recognized ThrottleNet as the #1 IT Firm in St. Louis, rated them #3 in the Best In Reliability category and rated them among the top firms in St. Louis for Best Customer Service.

The Best In Value listing recognizes those companies who day-in and day-out provide the best value to their customers. The winning companies are selected from nominations and comments from clients. The complete listing will be published in the magazine’s October, 2016 edition.

 

Technology in Real Estate: Overcoming Challenges of IT in Real Estate

it-in-real-estateTechnology in Real Estate is changing the way the entire industry works. Realtors are coming up with new and creative ways to not only market properties, but also interact with their clients on both sides of the transaction.

IT in Real Estate is not something anyone would have thought about 20 years ago, when the researching, buying and selling process was anything but digital. Today, everything is digital – from buyers researching homes to agents marketing homes and sellers receiving showing feedback from buyer’s agents through mobile applications.

While technology can replace many aspects of a real estate transaction, it cannot replace the agent itself – as the percentage of homebuyers utilizing agents has increased significantly in recent years. While the human element of the industry will never go away, technology in real estate changes the game – and every individual involved in the transaction – agents, appraisers, lenders and even home inspectors needs to be aware of the impact technology has on real estate.

How to Ensure Mobile App Engagement & Retention at Launch

mobile-app-engagementMobile app engagement and ensuring customer retention are perhaps the two most important hurdles app developers have to clear when designing, developing and launching a new mobile application.

Statistics show that 23% of users abandon an app after only one use. With all the time, effort, energy and financial investment that goes into app development, those numbers can deter a savvy business owner from going down the path towards mobile development.

Not every app is fail-safe from abandonment and poor mobile app engagement numbers. Back in July, Pokémon Go was demonstrating retention rates twice the industry-average, but has since gone quiet in boasting about those numbers.

So, how do you beat the odds and ensure your new business app doesn’t get abandoned and mobile app engagement stays strong months after launch?

The iPhone 7, Worth the Investment?

Apple has launched the new iPhone7 and iPhone7 Plus.

The phones will be available shortly and pre-orders, according to reports, are extremely strong.

Early indicators show the new device offers some nice upgrades over the iPhone6, and 6S. But are there enough to warrant an upgrade or large spend to get one?

Size matters and the iPhone 7 is about the same as the 6S. It has a 4.7 inch screen. The iPhone 7 Plus has the larger 5.5 inch screen and some nice added camera features to boot, more about that later.

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