Author: David Shelley

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.

Kindle Fire HD 6 The New Affordable Tablet| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Kindle Fire HD 6Amazon has announced their launch of new Kindle Fire Tablets. The Kindle Fire HD 6 is priced at $99.00 making it affordable for just about anyone. This tablet has been called reliable, durable and fast for the low price, giving you more bang for your buck. The Kindle Fire HD 6 tablet will come in several different colors like black, blue, magenta, white and yellow-green. For more information and informative videos of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 click on this link.

Tips For Keeping Your Technology Secure #1

password securityIt all starts with password security.  Come up with a password strategy, avoid using the same password for every site on the internet.  Try out a password manager, like LastPass or KeePass, for your web browser and use a passphrase for your more secure sites like banks.  Something like… Th1sisaVery$ecureP@$$W0rD or use the first letter of every word in a sentence that you can easily remember.  “I am from Phoenix and I work for BVA!” would be IafPaIwfBVA!  Looks like one of those crazy computer generated ones, but its way easier to remember!

Apple Is About To Shut Down Beats! | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

beatsappleThe rumor mill is buzzing with word that Apple will be shutting down their newly acquired Beats streaming audio.  They purchased the company a few months ago for 3 Billion after Tim Cook felt moved while listening to the service.  Apple has not announced what they are planning to do with the service, but we anticipate they will be rolling out a new version of iTunes streaming services soon.

iOS 8 Slow On Wifi With Heavy Battery Use| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ios-8-problemsIt’s almost expected at this point.  Apple will release a new iOS and it’s going to have problems.  Last week I heard some people bragging that they hadn’t made the switch to 7, and others wished they were still using 6.  If you haven’t upgraded to iOS8, you may want to hold off until Apple releases the first set of patches for their new OS, if you have…your stuck!

SnagIt 12 Image Capturing software | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Snagit 12Everyone has the need to take screen shots applications, images, or text while working on their computers. Sometime you need to edit or notate the image.  In the past using print screen or even the snipping tool was the default tool, but managing edits was often tough.  SnagIt by TechSmith makes screen shots and editing these images easy.  You take screen shots of a region on the screen, a window, the entire screen, and scrolling images.  It also records videos! The tool also allows you to make edits, add text, and easily send them email, printer, or drop into your cloud storage.  The software is $49.99 for a single license.