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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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ThrottleNet Named To Prestigious MSPmentor 501 Global List of Companies

8th Annual Report Identifies World’s Top 501 Managed Services Providers (MSPs) 

ST. LOUIS, MO – March 31, 2015 – ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO has been named to Penton Technology’s eighth annual MSPmentor 501 Global edition, a distinguished list of companies and report identifying the world’s top 501 managed services providers (MSPs). The complete 501 list is currently available on the MSPmentor website http://mspmentor.net/Top501/2015.

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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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ThrottleNet Named Best In Reliability by Small Business Monthly

 

 

 

ST. LOUIS, MO – March 30, 2015 – ThrottleNet has been named one of the most reliable companies in the St. Louis area for 2015 by St. Louis Small Business Monthly, a magazine providing business ideas, strategies and insights for CEOs, CFOs, presidents, owners and other top executives  to help them grow their companies. This is the third year in a row ThrottleNet has received this recognition.

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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 Quit Yik Yak

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 - A Chat with AVI Systems

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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HIPAA is not just for Healthcare — Part 2

Do you understand how and when to report a HIPAA related data breach? 

In Part Two of a two-part series, Sarah Badahman, owner of HIPAAtrek, appeared on TNtv to discuss the importance of accurate reporting once a HIPAA related incident has occurred.

She said there are two sets of rules. One for breaches involving less than 500 individuals and one for those exceeding 500.

When 500 or less are involved, the breach must be reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on their website at hhs.gov/ocr/office/. A portal has been set up for this purpose. The breach should be reported by the end of the calendar year.

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HIPAA is not just for Healthcare - Part 1

Do you think HIPAA laws apply only to those in the medical community? 

As a small business owner do you realize that HIPAA laws pertain to all employees who work with health related data?

Sarah Badahman, owner of HIPAAtrek, appeared on TNtv to discuss how HIPAA data protection laws include everyone who come into contact with medical related data, not just the staff at a physician’s office.

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It’s Time for The Apple Watch

By George Rosenthal

The clock is finally ticking for those waiting to get their hands on the new smart watch from Apple.

The iPhone-compatible wearable is said to be ready to be released this April.

The Apple website said it will come in a variety of styles and colors. Included are 34 different watch choices and nine default watch faces.

Users can customize them in a variety of ways.

The watches all have the same rectangular design. Corners will be rounded off. The differences in styles will be in the “collections” featuring different materials.

Apple is calling them...

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