iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Making Waves

Apple has finally released the much anticipated iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The tech giant has made several additions and changes to its flagship model, including the new iOS 9, extended battery life, and a more powerful camera, in order to deliver a more convenient and personalized user experience. Here’s what you need to know about the all-new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. 3D Touch 3D Touch is perhaps the biggest key improvement in the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. This is a hardware-enabled feature that can’t be implemented in the older versions of the iPhone. This nifty feature lets you have a peek at your phone’s content – without actually opening it, or leaving what you’re doing – with just a slightly harder press on the screen. For instance, you can preview emails and text messages, take a brief look at websites, and view calendar entries and image galleries, by simply applying more pressure to the relevant application button. Press harder still and you can view the item in full-screen mode. Design The new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are made with 7000 Series aluminium, the very same grade of aluminium used in the aerospace industry, making it the strongest alloy Apple has ever used in its iPhone series. These latest releases are slightly heavier and thicker than the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but it’s difficult to visually distinguish between the new models and the originals. The 6s series, however, comes in a new rose gold color, adding to the gold, silver, and space gray that are already available. Display The iPhone 6s retains a 4.7-inch, 1,334×750...

Why VoIP Is Better than Plain Old Telephone Systems

If you have been following the blog lately, you know we have been talking about VoIP a bit lately. We have talked about if you should cut your landline and convert to VoIP. But, today we will pitch our hat into the ring and extoll why we think that VoIP is really the way to go for business these days. POTs lines still have their place, but the ability of VoIP is really making it a more viable solution .So, let’s talk about why we think VoIP is the way to go. What is VoIP? To truly understand how VoIP can help your business, you must first know what it is. VoIP stands for Voice over Internet Protocol. All that means is that you’re essentially able to talk with others over an Internet connection instead of a traditional phone line. Yes, you can still use your actual phone handset, as well as your tablet or computer. The major difference is in the way the call is transmitted. VoIP lowers costs The biggest advantage of VoIP is that your business will save a bundle on costs. VoIP takes efficiency to a whole new level. Since you’ll be receiving phone calls over the Internet, you’ll cut out the expense of a phone line altogether and instead consolidate both your Internet and voice communication costs. To do this, however, you’ll need to upgrade to a high-speed Internet connection (if you don’t have one already), which will of course cost extra money. But knocking out the expense of your phone line will likely be much more cost-effective for your business overall. If your...

Ensure your IT is Ready for 2016

With the holidays around the corner, 2016 will be here sooner than you know it. This makes it an excellent time to start thinking about next year’s IT budget, and how to best address your technology needs to keep your practice growing, compliant, and not stifled by outdated IT that distracts you from your patients. To ensure your IT is dependable for 2016, here are a few steps you can take to prepare your practice. Evaluate One reason some practices fail to update their IT at all, and then wind up with broken technology that causes endless headaches and delays, is that they’re simply overwhelmed by the number of technology choices available, and are unsure what needs to be upgraded or replaced. That’s why the first task you should undertake in planning next year’s IT budget is to evaluate what you have right now. If you have a small or medium-sized practice, you may be able to do this by walking around your office and simply taking a visual assessment of your technology. However, if you don’t feel comfortable doing this, another option is to use a software tool or hire an IT provider to determine which pieces of technology you use regularly. Correct When you’re done with the evaluation, you’ll have likely discovered some IT issues that need to be addressed immediately. If you have the budget to fix them this year then go ahead and do so, otherwise prioritize these technology repairs in your 2016 budget. This will help ensure IT doesn’t create unnecessary dysfunction in your daily operations. Strategize Stop thinking about technology for a moment....

Search Google Drive with Cortana

Windows 10’s Cortana is billed as the next generation of digital assistants, bringing a whole suite of capabilities to the fore in an attempt to upstage Apple’s Siri and Google Now. The latest is the extension of Cortana’s assistance to non-Microsoft services like Dropbox and Google Drive. The REACHit service, released by manufacturer Lenovo on its latest devices, allows Cortana to seamlessly search not only local content, but that stored on third-party cloud systems including Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. The Lenovo Yoga 900 convertible laptop device, expected to be released by the end of 2015, will be among the first to feature the REACHit app, available only on Lenovo PCs running Windows 10. At the heart of REACHit is an improved search experience that allows users to track down files across their various devices – meaning you’ll find what you’re looking for, regardless of whether you saved it on your desktop, laptop, tablet or smartphone – and cloud-based services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Box. These kind of comprehensive queries bear similarity to the deep Spotlight searches made possible in Apple’s latest operating system release, El Capitan. But REACHit can be used with both voice commands and plain-English typed search terms, something to be expected given it uses Cortana as a base upon which Lenovo and Microsoft have collaborated to develop additional functionality. The search flexibility means it’s possible not only to look for specific files when you already know the name, but also to specify parameters and find everything that matches. That includes finding photos, for example, based on where and when they were taken, who they’ve...

Armored Warfare

Armored Warfare Armored Warfare is a free-to-play multiplayer tank game Obsidian. You have a wide range of games modes, maps and different tanks to choose from. What separates this from many other tank games is it’s a bit more modern in the tanks you can operate. You can do player verses everyone or player verses player.  The end goal is the same for both and that is to eliminate all opponents.  You will be able to control your tank and upgrade your military arsenal. Various Game Modes Modern Tanks RPG Elements Play For Free Here OS: Windows Vista, 7, 8,10 Processor: Intel Core i5-4440 CPU @ 3.10 GHz, ~ 3.1 GHz or equivalent Memory Ram: 4GB Hard Disk Space: At least 30GB of free Space Video Card: nVidia GeForce GTX...

IT Security Rules for Small Business to Consider

IT Security is not just for big business. Small businesses are just as susceptible as their larger counter parts. In fact, there are times were they are more easily prayed upon by cyber criminals. Make sure your business is not prone to security failures by following these basic steps. Know Where You Keep Important Data Is it in the cloud? Hard drives? Backup disks? Mobile devices? Whether or not you have the budget and resources to adequately secure all of your data, the critical data that your business relies on must be sufficiently secure. If you’re unsure of what that is, ask yourself which data you would need to access within 24 hours of your business suffering a major disaster, in order to ensure your operations remained up and running. Once you’ve answered this question, talk with your IT managers to determine the security measures that need to be implemented to protect your most vital data. Ensure You Have the Basics Covered After you’ve bulletproofed your critical data, it’s time to arm your network with the basics. If you haven’t already done so, ensure that you have anti-malware protection on servers and endpoints, and firewalls for both wireless and wired access points. If you have the budget, it’s worth seeking outside counsel from an IT expert fluent in today’s security best practices. They’ll ensure your business is protected from the latest cyber threats. However, if you don’t have the budget, then it’s time to take matters into your own hands. Read up on security trends, join technology networking groups, and ask your fellow business owners about their own IT...

The Flexible PDF is King of Sharing

PDF stands for Portable Document Format, a file format that originated in print publishing as a tool for proofing print jobs before sending them to the printer. Today, it has become the standard for sharing print-ready documents via the Internet. The format was developed by Adobe and was originally available only to owners of the company’s Acrobat software. During the mid-90s, Adobe began distributing Acrobat Readersoftware, a free tool for viewing PDF files – making it a popular choice for authors, publishers, and designers who wanted to get around the formatting limitations of HTML. PDF is now accepted as an open standard, and is widely supported by other software vendors. Several characteristics of PDF make it a great choice for sharing or publishing documents over the Internet. Ability to retain formatting. PDF allows the original presentation and formatting of any document to remain exactly as its original author intended it to look, including images, fonts, and layout. This is a distinct advantage over other formats such as Microsoft Office documents or HTML, which can change the document’s appearance according to the software and fonts installed on the computer used to view the document. Security. With PDF documents, you have full control over users’ ability to open, print, copy,modify, or share documents. You can selectively enable or disable these actions for each document according to your preferences. Easy to create. Because PDF has become an open standard, many software vendors support the format.You do not necessarily need Adobe’s Acrobat software to create PDF documents. Many plug-ins for Microsoft Office, print drivers, or online conversion services are available free or for...

Can IT Hurt Your Business?–4 Traps to Watch Out For

We all see technology as a way to streamline business and make it more efficient. It has been touted as the component of business that helps it grow at unprecedented rates. But, did you realize there are ways that technology can also hurt your business? Let’s go over some of the ways where IT can actually hinder your business. Can Stop the Flow of Thought To grow your business, boost profits, and create a valuable product that people will love, you need to develop an extreme amount of focus. Psychology refers to a process known as Flow, where the brain gets into a positive psychological state and people not only become incredibly productive and creative, but also perform at their best. They achieve both quicker and higher-quality results. In fact, a study by the global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company revealed that top executives were five times more productive when they were in a state of flow. So what does this have to do with IT? Technology that constantly breaks or malfunctions will prevent you and your employees from getting into a state of flow. Proven to Be Distracting Let’s face it, broken technology is a distraction for many small to medium-sized business owners and their employees. And between the daily onslaught of internal email, social media, and meetings, staff are already distracted enough. If you throw faulty internet connections and servers into this equation, it obviously makes the problem even worse. One researcher from the University of California even found that once an employee is interrupted from their original task, it can take around 23 minutes for...

Reduce Inbox Clutter With These Inbox Rules

If you have never experienced the feeling of drowning in emails, then you are an exception. If this has never happened to you, publish your email address in a couple of sites where spambots get emails for spamming from and you will see how it feels to get dozens of junk emails a day. However, even if you are not drowning in spam, you still can receive many other unwanted messages a day, and soon you will discover that if you do not know how to manage your inbox, the information overflow can be enormous. Here are some tips on how to manage your inbox effectively: Create separate folders for separate projects/people. One of the ways to deal effectively with information overflow is to separate the different streams of information. If you keep all your messages in your Inbox folder, soon it will contain thousands of messages, and it will be more difficult to find the message you need. You can create separate folders for different projects/people and file the emails into these folders. Create rules. Rules are one more way to optimize the flow of emails. Different email programs have different rules available, so you may want to check with your particular program to see which it offers. Almost always you can at least set rules for automatically moving/copying messages to/from a certain person to a separate folder. Use new message alerts. Very often you can configure alerts for new messages. If your email program does not have this feature enabled by default, you should consider enabling it. Manage spam filters. Spam filters are also part of inbox...

The Case for Multiple Screens

In the past, multiple monitors have been the domain of programmers. Visit Google headquarters, for example, and you wll see awe-inspiring configurations of screens: two, four, even six monitors, stacked side-by-side or one on top of the other. However, multiple monitors can also benefit just about any type of office worker. INCREASED MULTITASKING According to a number of studies by specialists in human-computer interaction, the bigger your employees screen space, the more work they can see and therefore the more work they can do. For example, employees can keep their email and chat screens open on one monitor while working on a Word or Excel document on the other. They no longer have to spend time switching between one or the other, and can respond to each more quickly. HIGHER PRODUCTIVITY In a study commissioned by the electronics company NEC and conducted by researchers at the University of Utah, office workers were asked to perform several basic tasks using various monitor configurations. The workers using two 20-inch monitors were 44% more productive than the workers using a single 18-inch monitor. MINIMAL COST Monitors are cheap and the benefit to cost ratio is stellar. You can provide this great work space for a minimal investment. And, you can reap all this extra productivity at a low price per employee. Ready to enable your employees to get more done in less time? To upgrade to two monitors, in addition to the extra monitor you will need two video cards or an upgraded card with two...

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