Monthly Archives : February 2015

Microsoft Office In Phoenix | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

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Microsoft data center headed to Phoenix? The answer is yes! A few commercial real estate officials said the new Microsoft office will be landing at Union Hills near Interstate 17 and that the Microsoft data center closed deal the week of February 10th.  Microsoft has various data centers worldwide, including Texas, Washington, and Chicago and many more.

A Microsoft spokesperson would not announce much about the Phoenix center.

“As demand grows for our cloud services, Microsoft is anticipating growth in its cloud infrastructure and we are continuously exploring new potential data center locations across the world. We have nothing to announce today regarding new facilities” said the spokesperson.

They want the project private as possible, so they won’t address who will be working on the project. Keep an update on the new Microsoft office to see when the project will start.

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4 New Gadgets Hitting The Market In 2015 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

8 most intriguing gadgets of 2015


Coming up in the new year of 2015, there will be some new gadgets hitting the market. These gadgets aren’t just any new gadgets, they are one that could possibly change the world. I will give you the rundown of 4 of these new gadgets coming up this year.

First is the Amazon Echo. This new gadget started to ship out right before Christmas and the price for the Amazon Echo will be $99.00 for Amazon Prime members and $199.00 for non-Amazon Prime members. Amazon Echo is like Siri in a can but goes by the name Alexa. It is like your own personal digital assistant. You can ask it any questions and make any requests and she will follow. She is also a speaker for music.

Polaroid Socialmatic is the next new gadget. This one is already shipping out with a price of $299. If you are on Instagram, you might love this Polaroid Socialmatic. It can print out any picture that you take. It is not officially licensed by Instagram but the logo brought it to life looking like the Instagram logo. You can also find this one on Amazon.

JIBO, a Teddy Ruxpin meets The Jetsons. JIBO will answer any of your questions as well as request to look up any information on the internet. Another pro about this JIBO, it also takes pictures and videos, and don’t forget it will express itself with emoticon graphics through its screen and moving its body and head. JIBO is running for $599 for the home edition and $699 for the developer edition and should be releasing in Q3 of 2015.

For the gamers out there, you might have heard of this one before. It is the Oculus Rift, a headset designed specifically for video games and can even change the way you think about games forever. With the ship date in November and the price between $200 to $400. This has been worked on for the past 3 years. So, keep your eyes out for the next new headset coming out this year.

For the people who are Apple supporters, if you have not heard yet about the IWatch coming out, keep an eye out because it will be shipping out in April of this year starting at $349. A rumor is heard that the battery life is only 2.5 hours, but it is not for sure. Doing pretty much what you IPhone does, listen to music, using your GPS, taking pictures and much more. A watch that is a bit more than a watch is a great for those who want quick information and notifications, right at your fingertips.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Samsung Galaxy S6 #2Are you more of an Apple supporter or an Android supporter? Depending on which supporter you are, you might be on the lookout every time a new product is coming out. Well, Samsung will be coming out with a new and updated android. The Samsung galaxy S6 Edge, and it might just be the coolest Android phone ever.

The new Android will be a slick and metallic powerful device. There are many of rumors of how the new Samsung S6 Edge would look as well as preform. As far as the looks go, the Samsung S6 Edge will be upgrading their look to a more firm and metal look rather than the flimsy-feeling look.

For the screen, rumors are the screen will be anywhere from 5 and 5.5-inches. It is also heard that the S6 Edge will have cured edges. A more different look than usual, but it is not a bad thing. Separating themselves from the controversy with Apple.

DongHoon Jang, Samsung’s VP and also head of camera research group voiced that Samsung is working on a camera that will provide images as close as possible to what you see.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge and S5 software should be similar. The Galaxy S6 Edge custom interface is rumored to be a considerable improvement from the Galaxy S5. With Samsung’s apps S Health and S Voice will now be option to download rather than obligatory icons.

This big and great improvement for Samsung should be announced more towards March or April. So, for all those Samsung Galaxy lovers you should be watching out for the new product and get your hands on the new and improved Galaxy.

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Top 5 Laptops | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

TOP  5When searching for a laptop you want the best out there to fulfill all your needs. I am here to give you the top 5 laptops out there. Are you an individual that cares more for the screen size more than the storage capacity or the battery life or even a touch screen? Depending on your needs, you want to explore all your options. Here are a list of the top 5.

  1. Apple MacBook Air (2014)
  2. Apple MacBook Pro (2014)
  3. Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro
  4. Asus ROG G751JY-DH72X
  5. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 Series

Starting with Apple MacBook Air, I will give you some important details on each laptop. The Apple MacBook Air 2014 is a 13-inch elegant light and thin laptop. Although it does not have any HDMI or Ethernet port, it has an amazing battery life. So, for those who are looking for a great battery life, this could be one of the many great choices for you. The battery life lasts more than 12 hours. It is also one of the best ultraportable around. Last but not least, the RAM is at 128 GB starting at a price of $929.99 on Amazon.

Apple MacBook Pro 2014 is a 15-inch. This MacBook Pro does have an HDMI and a great battery life, lasting up to nine hours. It also has a RAM of 16GB with an overall faster performance. This MacBook Pro is starting at $1,189.00 also on Amazon.

Next is the Acer Aspire V 15 Nitro, this one is also at 15-inch. This Acer is more for a gaming individual, so this could be a great choice for the gamers out there. With a RAM of 8GB and a battery life of 4 hours. The price for this Acer would be $1,199.99 at Walmart.

Asus ROG is another laptop built to satisfy all the gamers out there. With a 17- inch screen size and an amazing 3D performance. Outriding out its rivals with its features and price, it is a competitive high end gaming laptop. RAM at 32 GB, and battery life at 3 hours. Asus is running for 2,798.00 on Amazon with free shipping.

Last, but not least is the Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series is at a lower price compared to the Apple products. On Dell running for $499.00 including free shipping. Starting with the RAM at 2GB, it has a good battery life at 8 hours. The Dell Inspiron with a full HDMI port and three USB ports and a screen size of 11-inches.

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Avere New Global Namespace Capability | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Avere logoAvere systems Inc. added a global namespace capability, to make easier to manage data across heterogeneous filers. The global namespace is part of the 2.0 release of the Avere Operating System. Ron Bianchini, CEO of Avere, confirmed that the lack of global namespace made it more complicated between users and filers due to the fact that administrators had to change mount points when files moved across filers. With global namespace being added, it gives a single namespace view across all the filers to unify NAS systems from one or more multiple vendors. For more information click on this link.  


Protect Your Company with Two-Factor Authentication | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

In response to several high-profile cyber attacks, businesses are beginning to understand that conventional authentication is not always enough. Now, the Dell SecureWorks Counter Threat Unit has detailed a new Skeleton Key malware which bypasses Active Directory authentication.

For businesses that use Active Directory, this poses a serious danger. The malware allows attackers to use remote access services. This activity is completely invisible to legitimate users. As a result, attackers could continue to use remote services for prolonged periods of time without detection.

Unfortunately, this reflects a more serious issue than a single piece of malware. An increase in cyber crime makes a single authentication method inadequate and, if your business only uses one method, it is a matter of time before it is exploited.

It is time to make the switch to two-factor authentication. Your business could depend on it.

Beware of Hackers for Hire | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

In the past few years, remote working has grown in popularity. More and more businesses are outsourcing work to external suppliers, reducing the need for in-house expertise and costly resources. However, with the growth of online platforms for finding skilled professionals, it was inevitable that this new approach to business would be exploited.

Hacker’s List is an online platform for posting hacking tasks. Suppliers can then place a bid to win the work, which can range from breaching social media accounts to exposing confidential corporate data. So far, many projects have included requests from students to have their school grades adjusted by an experienced cyber criminal.

Of course, the owners of Hacker’s List include strict terms and conditions to forbid illegal activity. However, this rule does not seem to be strongly enforced at this point.

Mobile Malware| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Most of us understand that chargeware, ransomware, and other malicious malware applications are just as likely to occur on mobile devices as desktop and laptop PCs. In particular, Android devices with no manufacturer control over installed applications present a significant risk.

Now, mobile security company Lookout shows a sharp rise in the frequency of mobile malware infection. The company’s report draws on data collected on a global basis and, while an upward trend is evident throughout, the region-specific data is particularly interesting.

For example, in Western Europe, chargeware is more common than in the United States, where premium-rate billing mechanisms are banned.

However, the message is clear. Robust mobile security plays an essential role in securing your digital world.


What to Consider When Creating a Cybersecurity Policy| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Most organizations already understand the importance of robust perimeter protection as part of a cybersecurity policy. Firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and antivirus software helps to secure your network as data enters into it.

However, new information from security provider Vormetric suggests that 93% of US corporations are vulnerable to threats that originate from within the organization. This is likely to be a combination of malicious data theft by employees, accidental misuse, and malware.

With the growth of bring-your-own-device (BYOD), it is more difficult than ever to monitor, assess, and mitigate the threats that may exist in your network. As this data shows, it remains an essential consideration when creating cybersecurity policies.


FreedomPop gives Unlimited WiFi for $5 per Month | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Since the company was founded, FreedomPop has attempted to disrupt the restrictive telecoms market with free cellular voice and data plans. Now, the company is going even further with unlimited WiFi for just $5 per month.

The service will be provided through 10 million hotspots across the United States, from a provider that the company is keeping anonymous. Thanks to automatic sign-on, users will be able to quickly move between these public connection points with little or no service interruption.

Initially, the service is available to users of the FreedomPop Android application. However, the company promises an iPhone application to follow soon.