Monthly Archives : September 2014

Apple OSX 10.10 aka Yosmite Launch Date | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Apple plans to launch its latest OSX 10 aka Yosmite operating system October 21, 2014.  Once again expect this to be a free update to your current OSX.  Apple is known for being a hardware vendor and releasing their updates for free.  Its also mentioned that the version of the OSX will take its queues from the latest iOS update streaming Apples products to look similar from one product to the next.  AirDrop is expected to work on this version of the operating system as well.  iCloud is also expected to reside in finder making it easier to store your files and documents in the cloud.

Windows 9 OS Announcement – Beta Version | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4228" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/thirdparty-ios-keyboard-300x171.jpg" alt="Third Party iOS8 Keyboard" width="300" height="171" />Microsoft has an event planned for September 30th, 2014 where many expect the latest Windows operating system, possibly named Windows 9 will be announced.  Lets face it Windows 8 was not widely accepted.  Microsoft’s grand plan to get rid of the Start menu and integrate touch-screen with basic computing functions was flawed.  There is a lot of speculation in regards to Windows 9, mostly that the Start bar will be returned, and the possibly the Charms removed.  The Beta version is expected to be announced during this event.  Its also expected that the final release of Windows 9 will happen sometime in April of 2015.

iOS 8 Update Pulled By Apple – Should You Upgrade to the iOS 8 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class="alignright wp-image-4237 size-medium" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/ios-8-no-service-168x300.png" alt="iOS 8 Upgrade No Service" width="168" height="300" />Apple has pulled the flawed iOS 8 update after several complaints arose regarding the new update killing battery life while others reported issues with getting cellular reception. Apple stated that they are investigating the reports and working on fixing the bugs and later releasing a new update. So for now hold off on upgrading to the iOS 8 until the bugs are fixed.

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Review – Wifi Router NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Review | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Wifi Router NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900Are you looking for a new Wifi Router?  You should check out the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900.  This router has dual bands and has great performance at 5GHZ and the second 2.4GHz band.  This device also allows for network storage capabilities with both usb2.0 and usb3.0 technology.  This device also houses a 1GHz dual-core processor and 256MB of RAM and 128MB of flash for the firmware.  The Netgear Genie app for Android and iOS allows you to control your router from your hand held device.  Though this router is pricey, it’s one of the best I have found out there.

Third Party Keyboards for iOS8 – Where to Download Keyboard App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4228" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/thirdparty-ios-keyboard-300x171.jpg" alt="Third Party iOS8 Keyboard" width="300" height="171" />Since the release of the iOS8 we now have the ability to install third-party keyboards.   The ability to do so will allow you to use features not offered in Apple’s built-in keyboard.  You can download they keyboard app from the iTunes App Store.  Once downloaded you will need to go and enable the app within Settings.  Tap General and scroll down to Keyboard, then tap “add new keyboard” and then select the one you want to use.  Once the selection is made you’ll get dropped back to Keyboard settings, you’ll have to select the one you want again and toggle Full Access on, you’ll get the warning about using the keyboard, no worries.  Your good to go.

What is 802.11ac and What Will the New Wi-FI Standard Do? | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4222" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/802.11ac-wireless-router-300x215.jpg" alt="802.11ac Wifi Router" width="300" height="215" />802.11ac is the newest wireless technology speed that promises faster and longer ranges than current standard 802.11n.  The new 802.11ac boost speeds three times faster than its predecessor.  This will be particularly great for those who like to stream media, gaming and transferring data.  Though the technology is still in infancy there are routers available that support this new technology and is backwards compatible to 802.11n.

Wireless Technology: Widi, WiGig, Rezence | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

AreYouWirelessWireless technology is what everyone wants, no one cares to deal with cables!  It’s like a spider web that just tangles up no matter what you do.  Today we have the Widi (wireless displays) and then there’s the WiGig (wireless peripherals), and now we also have Rezence (wireless charging).  The different protocols are emerging each year and teach tech company is trying to outwit the other with the better device.  The wireless technologies are in internet connectivity, streaming video to displays, connecting devices and charging devices.  There are a number of devices out there, which one fuels your inner geek???

Intel Partners with Fashion Brands: Wearables – Bracelets, Watches and Necklaces | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

INTELIntel is taking strides to join the ever growing market for wearable technologies.  Intel plans to work with companies and brands outside of the technology world to make new wearable devices, created by companies that specializes in jewelry that people want to wear and adding the tech side with Intel’s help.  In this regard, these wearables look like actual bracelets, watches and necklaces.  One instance is the Mica bracelet that has a 3G radio and it doesn’t even need to be pared with a smartphone!

HandyLock for Mac: App Pairs with Phone or any Bluetooth Device | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class="alignright wp-image-4207 size-medium" src="///www.bvainc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/handyLock-300x165.png" alt="HandyLock App" width="300" height="165" />Ever get up from your desk and find that someone has messed with your computer, changed your wallpaper, or left you a crazy message?  Locking your computer is something everyone should do when stepping away, but its a simple task that is easily forgotten.   If your a Mac user there is this handy utility called HandyLock.  It pairs with your phone or any other bluetooth device, which is used as a “key” and when its out of range, the app will automatically lock your screen.  You set the bluetooth signal strength to determine when it will lock your screen.  Once its setup, all you do is walk away from the machine with the bluetooth device and once the range is hit your computer will lock.  Pretty nifty.

Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter: Miracast Technology | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Microsoft Wireless Display AdapterMicrosoft has developed a wireless display adapter to send whats on your phone, tablet or laptop to your TV or monitor.  You can stream movies, photos and your presentation without wires up to 20 feet away.  The device plugs in with with a usb and hdmi port then you simply mirror or extend your screen.  Using the Miracast technology your not limited to certain apps or content.    The device will be released 10/31/2014 priced at $59.95.