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The Biggest Technology Trends to Watch in 2018

2018 tech trends - ThrottleNet 

The main technology trends to watch in 2018 largely mimic a continuation of what we’ve been seeing the past several years. Technology that has been in its infancy continues to grow with adaptation of everything from personal assistants to corporate cloud servers continuing to become more and more mainstream.

It’s cliché to keep talking about the internet of things, machine learning and so forth every single year, but it appears that’s the way technology is headed in 2018.  Learn more about the hottest 2018 tech trends and how they impact you on this ThrottleNet blog.

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The End of Net Neutrality? Understanding Arguments for and Against Net Neutrality

Net neutrality - ThrottleNetEveryone is freaking out about the future of the internet. Is the end of net neutrality near?

 

Earlier this month, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality regulations allowing broadband companies the power to change how we experience the internet. Net neutrality rules prohibited providers from blocking websites or charging extra for premium services, such as video streaming capabilities. 

 

Before taking sides of the argument, what was it like before net neutrality? What are the arguments for and against net neutrality? What's the next step in the battle for net neutrality? Learn more on this ThrottleNet blog.

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Is Bitcoin a Good Investment or will the Bubble Burst?

Is bitcoin a good investment - ThrottleNetFor those unfamiliar with Bitcoin, which has been the leader in the space since being introduced in 2009, cryptocurrencies are hardly understood by banks, the government, and even most of the people who trade it on a regular basis. 

Bitcoin has exploded, quadrupling in price since September. Traditional money managers are worried about cryptocurrency and are wondering if the Bitcoin bubble is about to burst. Is bitcoin a good investment? Experts are split on the matter, but one thing is for certain, cryptocurrency probably isn’t going anywhere soon. 

We’re not financial experts, but we did our research on Bitcoin. Is the virtual currency worth your time? See what we have to say.

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Apple Watch 3: Time for a New Calling

By George Rosenthal

It’s time for some wrist talking. Apple has rolled out its new line of Series 3 watches complete with cellular capability.

The new smartwatches are now on sale, just in the nick of time for holiday shopping.

Apple Watch fans will find the Series 3 is the full replacement for the Apple Watch 2. It features many upgrades including the ability to make calls from your wrist.

The watch enables cell calling on all major carries in the U.S.  The device supports both data and voice and uses the same number as your iPhone.

Calls do come at a price, it will add about $10 per month to your existing wireless fee, but imagine the fun and options of conversing like comic detective Dick Tracy.

Read on to learn more about connectivity and the user interface for the Apple Watch Series 3.

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Evaluating the Many Information Security Risks for Banks

Bank Information Security - ThrottleNetAccording to a report out of the UK, a recent examination of 278 million lines of code in 1,388 applications worldwide, there were 1.3 million weaknesses that could potentially allow hackers to take advantage of corporate systems.

The financial industry is unfortunately one that is most likely to be vulnerable to hackers, which is certainly eye-opening considering the vast collection of customer data that these organizations hold and continue to grow.

While overall, organizations take the security of web applications seriously, the greatest security flaws in banking websites exist in those that are between 5-10 years old. What are the information security risks for banks?

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The Big Benefits of Proactive IT Support

Proactive IT Support - ThrottleNetMany businesses take a reactionary approach to managing their information technology. When something breaks it gets fixed. 

Reacting to network issues pulls critical employees away from their key job responsibilities, and often results in extended downtime, which hinders workplace productivity and profitability. 

 

Your IT strategy should serve as insurance to prevent network issues from occurring during business hours in the first place. You never want to crash your car but you purchase insurance just in case. Your approach to information technology management should follow the same principle. 

 

By taking a proactive approach to IT management, we help businesses prepare for the future.  Read on to find how.

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Four Big Benefits of Healthcare IT Outsourcing

Benefits of Healthcare IT OutsourcingHealthcare is perhaps the most complex sector for IT professionals. Data must be constantly accessed and protected, and hospitals need constant support around the clock, because they never close.

 

Along with the significant IT needs of healthcare organizations, there is a shortage in qualified IT professionals, especially those who understand the federal regulations that affect this demanding industry.

Internally managing IT is an option for healthcare organizations, but can be far from ideal.

Luckily, healthcare IT outsourcing is an effective option for healthcare organizations, and provides incredible benefits, allowing internal staff to focus on higher-value tasks within the organization. What can a healthcare IT support company do for your organization?

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Google Creates More Magic With Pixel 2

By George Rosenthal

Google has raised the curtain on the newest edition of its Pixel phone line and Android fans will not be disappointed.

A worthy successor to the original Pixel, The Pixel 2 combines an outstanding camera with reliable software and an attractive design, all in an aluminum waterproof package.  

The phone is available in two sizes the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Unlike Apple and other manufacturers the large and small versions both are identical in guts and performance.

Look under the hat and you’ll find the same Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, and the same 64 or 128 gigs of storage. The camera is the same as well. Both run Android Oreo with no bloating or customizing to the operating system. Battery life is around 7 hours with only 15 minutes of charging. Since it is “pure Android” users will get security updates and more features faster than other phones.

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Wireless: How Often Do You Connect?

By Aaron Oliver

Wireless connectivity seems to be everywhere these days.  Most businesses are offering or touting free wireless connections. Because of this it makes it easy for the professional workforce to work from virtually anywhere, and we have grown accustomed to toting our laptops and tablets around with connectivity anywhere we go. You go for coffee or dinner and jump on the free Wi-Fi connection at the restaurant or cafe because it is faster than your mobile connection, and it saves you money on your mobile data package.

When businesses decide to offer free wireless, how do you think they accomplish it? Do they hire the best contractor or consultant? Sometimes yes, the business owner calls the correct person or company to come out and install a secure protected wireless network. However, often small businesses and cafes will call "their guy" who has setup multiple wireless networks and “knows all about them.” They go and buy a residential router form Walmart and plug it into an internet connection, and boom, that business now advertises "free Wi-Fi". The business owner has no idea that they have deployed their new free Wi-Fi without any kind of security or enterprise level features that they should be concerned about having.

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How Viable is Hyperloop Travel?

Hyperloop travel from St. Louis to Kansas City

 

To woo Amazon, you must think like Amazon, and that’s by no means an easy task.

 

In September, 10 winners were announced and St. Louis failed to make the list. 
Included in the state proposal for HQ2, however, Missouri is dangling a Hyperloop route connecting St. Louis and Kansas with a stop in Columbia on land along the I-70 corridor.

The proposed route in Missouri would make it possible to travel from St. Louis to Kansas City in less than 30 minutes, allowing Amazon to pull together it’s talent base from both metropolitan areas. 

ThrottleNet looked into this high-tech transportation system and how it worked. Discover what we found. 

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