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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.

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How to Improve IT Department Morale & Enhance IT Productivity

it-employee-moraleAlong with the warmer weather of spring and summer in St. Louis usually comes an increase in the number of burnout cases among employees. The warning signs aren’t always easy to catch, but are real across all kinds of verticals – including technology.  By September, it’s not unlikely to think that even professional baseball players on losing teams are feeling the signs of occupational burnout.

Employee Engagement in the IT industry is critical if you want your office to be thought of as a happy place that fosters innovation and drives revenue.

A recent Gallup poll indicates that just 35% of 1,500 surveyed employees currently feel engaged at work, while the tech industry has seen a 3% dip in engagement since 2013. Read more! 

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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. 

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Phishing Awareness: How to Identify a Phishing Attack

 

identify-a-phishing-attackPhishing is one of the most common tactics cyber criminals use to try to extract confidential information from unsuspecting victims. Every day, over 160 million phishing emails are sent and 10% of those make it through filters. Half of those emails – about 8 million are opened. About 80,000 people fall for phishing attacks every single day. 

Sometimes, phishing emails are so outlandish that it’s easy to identify a phishing attack. Others? not so much.

There are serious consequences for phishing victims and their employers, including loss of productivity, bandwidth and access to accounts – not to mention the financial implications that can occur.

Here are a few examples of how you can avoid phishing before falling victim.

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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.

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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.

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The Top IT Complaints Help Desk Professionals Handle Every Day

help-desk-complaintsFour Common Helpdesk Issues IT Guys Pull Their Hair Out Over

In most businesses, the IT guy is a jack of all trades. While this individual is responsible for implementing company policies, discovering new technology and making sure the server doesn’t catch on fire he is constantly getting bombarded with IT help desk questions that drive him crazy.

Common helpdesk issues that occur in a department strained for resources can limit or altogether halt the productivity business owners demand from their IT workforce.

Below are four common IT help desk questions that contribute to declines in productivity:

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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.

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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.

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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.

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