Author: David Shelley

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.

DisplayPort 1.3 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

displayport 1.3In today’s technology display resolution is key for everyone sitting in front of a computer.  Monitors and computers come in various ports from vga, dvi, hdmi and then the mini-display port as well as the display port.  Everyone wants higher resolution and images that don’t distort, which includes higher refresh rates.  DisplayPort 1.3 has arrived to drive the 4k at 60hz.  DisplayPort 1.3 standard increases the maximum bandwidth up to 32.4GBPS from what it was at 21.6 GBPS.  This will also allow users to run 5k monitors over a single DisplayPort cable.  Dell is leading the way for this technology and we’re told we’ll see the first set monitors with this port sometime in 2015.

iPhone 6 features | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iPhone 6 OriginalThe iPhone 6/Plus is the next rave and everyone wants one, even if they deny wanting one!  There are two different models, the iPhone 6 which is 4.7 inches and the iPhone 6 Plus which comes in at 5.5 inches.  Each phone will come in either 16, 64, and 128 gb.  The iphone 6 will have a 1334×750 display while the iphone 6 will feature a 1920×1080 display.  Each will boast a longer battery life, landscape mode, and a huge boost in the camera department.  There is also a new feature called “Reachability” which moves items from the top of the screen to the bottom of the screen for quick access.  I for have already got mine on order and can’t wait to have it in my hands!!!

Matrox Graphics | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

In today’s work force everyone has more than one screen connected to their pc.  Usually this is accomplished using a usb adapter or hub.  Matrox has been creating cards that allow up to 4 screens to attach, and they have just introduced a new pci card that allows up to 6 monitors.  Resolutions up 2560×1600 for the 4 display.  This is a low powered card so cooling is generally not an issue.  Now the c680 can drive up to six 4K displays.  The cards are based on AMD GPUs and both carry 2GB of GDDR5 Graphics memory.

Verizon Internet TV | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

verizonVerizon Wireless one of the top 3 in cell phone providers plans to add Internet TV as one of their services.  The plan is for them to integrate their IP-based TV service with its FiOS video so they can start competing with cable subscription companies.  The plan is launch their service sometime in 2015.  Currently Verizon is working with big content providers to reach an agreement.  With this trend Verizon believes bundled pay for TV subscriptions will have its days number and the competition will be growing for providers.

Apple’s iOS 8 available | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ios8Apple released its latest iOS update, iOS 8 is now available to download.  The update is geared for the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s, as well as the iPad up to iPad version 2, and the iPod Touch 5G.  Updates include app extensions, continuity, Apple Pay, better iCloud security, health tracking and some improvements to the camera, Safari, iMessage and Facetime.  The latest update will allow for apps to interact better and for users to share their apps, books, and music, without using just one icloud account.

IOS 8 Predictive Text | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ios8For those of you who have updated your iOS devices, you will notice that you now have the uncanny ability to allow your phone to have entire conversations with itself.  When you open a new message words will appear at the top to allow you to quickly send a message without actually typing.  Not only is this great for adults, but also for my 3 year old nephew who was able to let me know “taking the bus be your house later”  which is a dramatic step up from his last message ”dwkfreiuuuuuu”  Enjoy the new iOS!