Monthly Archives : July 2014

Intel 730 Series SSD Review – SSD Review – 480GB SSD Review | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Intel 730 SSD Series

The Intel 730 Series SSD has 480gb and is priced at $409.99 on Amazon. According to PCMag.com, compared to several other SSDs on the market the Intel 730 Series is powerful enough for workstation use as well as a 5 year warranty, and offers Intel’s data center reliability and performance in a consumer drive. The cons are few and far between but the price compared to other like products is expensive and the over locked configuration doesn’t offer a clear performance benefit. But besides that it’s the perfect SSD for professionals that afford the price.

Free Windows PC Cleanup App – IObit Uninstaller 3 Cleanup App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

IObit Uninstaller 3 is a Windows app that allows you to effectively remove and discard toolbars and applications from your PC for free. According to a PCMag.com article, IObit Uninstaller 3 is compatible with 64-bit Windows, removes plug-ins, toolbars, and stubborn applications with ease. As well as offers file shredder capability along with a well-organized interface. The pros over weigh the cons, but it’s said to have poor toolbar and plug-in descriptions and lacks PC clean up tools. Overall this app is a must have for Windows users and is rated as excellent by Jeffery L. Wilson an editor of PCMag.com.

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Amazon Rumored to Be Developing Mobile Card Reader Machine | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class=" wp-image-3611 alignright" alt=" Amazon Card Reader" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/a.png" width="220" height="220" />Amazon is rumored to be coming out with their own mobile card reader machine. According to PCMag.com and 9to5mac.com, Staples internal records show the Amazon Mobile Card Reader on a list along with several other existing mobile card reader products. The new mobile card reader is said to cost $9.99 to process payments and will debut sometime in August. But sources are unsure when the product will actually launch and be available to the masses.

Symantec Website Security Software – Is Your Website Secure? | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class="size-medium wp-image-3608 aligncenter" alt="Symantec Security Software" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/a1-300x80.jpg" width="300" height="80" />Do you know the risks your business could be facing regarding website security? A survey conducted by IDG Connect on behalf of Symantec, explains the statistics and how not securing your websites could impact your company in a very costly way. It is extremely important to make sure you are protected and you are conducting monthly scans to ensure this. Studies show one in five companies are breached. 100 IT managers were asked how secure the websites they managed are, 55% said that their site(s) are very secure. That leaves the other half vulnerable to brute force attacks. All of the IT managers that participated in this survey came from large, mid size, and small companies. All these companies have had their websites breached at one point or another. Protect your site(s) by using Symantec security software to give you the ultimate protection so you can be worry free.

Google to Fix Battery-Killing Bug in Chrome | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

googleGoogle announced that they will be fixing a long-ignored but in their Chrome browser that in known to eat batteries in laptops.

Chrome has a feature that reduced idle time in Windows when it was running. This made the popular browser seem faster, or peppier, than the competitors, but the cost of this was increased demand on system resources. And if you are using a laptop on battery, you are likely to see your battery life shortened because of it.

This has been known for years, with occasional blogs popping up since at least 2010, But recently a blog by Ian Morris, a contributor to Forbes, brought this back to the public’s attention: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/07/14/googles-chrome-web-browser-is-killing-your-laptop-battery/

Windows Phone 8.1 Update Announcement | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class=" wp-image-3600 aligncenter" alt="Windows 8.1 Phone" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/windows-8.1-300x199.jpg" width="270" height="179" />Microsoft announced the arrival of Windows Phone 8.1 Update, which will be in Developer Preview on August 4th, 2014 and is expected to be delivered through the wireless phone carriers “in the coming weeks.”

Several features are coming with this update, including Smart case support, a new Apps Corner hub,  VPN over WiFi, Smart Screen Folders and Voice over LTE.

Support for some higher screen resolutions will also be included.

Microsoft’s Windows Phone Blog has details.  http://blogs.windows.com/windows_phone/b/windowsphone/archive/2014/07/30/windows-phone-8-1-update-brings-cortana-to-new-markets-new-features.aspx

The Headsets to Beat all Headsets: Plantronics Voyager “Legend” | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

aplantronicsIn today’s modern workplace it’s very important to be mobile and to have the ability to answer you phone from wherever you are.  You’ll find people trying to find the best headset to keep their communications going even when their running on the treadmill J  The new Plantronics Voyager Legend lets this happen with ease.  I have this headset and its used for my office calls connected to Microsoft Lync, as well as my cell phone.  One of the cool features is that you can answer your calls by saying “answer” or you can say “ignore”, if you’re not wearing the headset at the time of a call you can simply pick it up and just the movement if you attaching it to your ear will answer the call without ever touching a button.  Yes you can connect this headset to multiple devices.  If you get the Bluetooth dongle it keeps the connection to your pc and Lync much more stable.  Another cool function is you can be listening to music either from your smartphone or from your computer and when a call comes in, it will mute your music.  Try it! I think you’ll find it to be a worthy investment.  http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/voyager-legend

The Dell XPS 12 2-in-1 Ultrabook with Touch | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

del2 dellI’ve been toying around with a Microsoft Surface for a while now, and though its powerful enough to be a full time computer, I wanted something with a little more power and even a little more screen space.  A ten-inch screen works OK, but for me and the things I do I found that after a while I was really lacking screen space.  I was out shopping with my mom and had a chance to play around with the Dell XPS 12.  Though I’m not a big Dell fan, I found this laptop pretty impressive.  Impressive enough that I brought one home with me!  This little ultrabook has a 12.5 inch screen, an i7 processor, 8gb of ram and a 256 gb SSD drive (which is upgradeable, sadly the ram is solder on so you can’t upgrade that).  The touch-screen is made of gorilla glass.  Now the cool-factor, you can flip the screen and turn the laptop into a tablet, and unlike many 2-in-1’s when you do this the keyboard is not exposed, but its protected.  Also the battery life is pretty impressive.  I had the first edition of the Microsoft Surface Pro (by the way my husband is using that now) and though it had a decent battery life 4-6 hours running at full speed, this ultrabook has it beat at 8-10 hours.  Currently I can say, I’m very impressed with this little ultrabook!!!

Amazon Fire TV| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

fire tvI personally haven’t tried the Amazon Fire TV yet, but it’s getting rave reviews for the way it streams Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and their low cost game rentals.  The remote with this devices comes with voice recognition, so if you hate typing you, can simply speak what you’re looking for and it will find it for you.  What’s interesting about this little device is that it has a game controller you can purchase with it so you can play some pretty cool games.  The Amazon Fire also features a 1.7Ghz quad-core processor for some major streaming power.  It connects to your TV with an HDMI cable, and then to the internet via Ethernet or wifi.  Amazon Fire is relatively new but already it has hundreds of apps that you might find to your liking, so check it out if you’re in the market for a device to stream your media content.  The Amazon – Fire TV sells for $99.

Google’s Chromecast| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

This is by far the smallest media streaming device on the market, and one of the cheapest at $35, though I have seen it for as little as $29 in some stores.  I do have this piece of hardware and I must say it’s pretty cool for something so little.  It connects directly to your tv via an HDMI port, the unit then connects to a micro usb cord for power.  You can use this device to stream online shows, movies and music using your smartphone, tablet or pc.  Currently Netflix, HBO Go, YouTube, WatchESPN and Pandora are among the favorite apps for this device, with more and more being added.  This is a plug and play device so once its plugged into the tv and connected to wifi, your all set to stream!  http://www.google.com/chrome/devices/chromecast/#cc-apps

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