Author: David Shelley

Fitness trackers and your privacy | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Fitness trackers are becoming the norm for many people, whether it’s a watch, a wristband, a necklace or something your clip to your belt, they are used to track your fitness, they have alarms and reminders and they get connected others who are using the same device you are.  Many of devices hold your personal data, and link to websites, which can expose that data to the greater population.  Many of these fitness trackers  connect to other devices and sync data.  The various relations with these devices and create a security concern.  If a hacker hacks your fitbit and gain access to your health data/trends, and if that fitbit is associated with other apps, the hack can extend into other apps and programs.  Be aware of the data you store and the data you are willing to share.

HP recalls power cords | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

hp-power-cord-recallUsually when you hear about recalls its about vehicles, toys, and even foods.  The recent recall is from HP and their notebook power adapters as they have the potential to overheat, posing fire and burn hazard.  The recall is for accessories sold from September 2010 through June 2012.  The AC power cords can be identified by an “LS-15” molded mark on the adapter end f the cord. Not all of the power cords with the “LS-15” mark are affected.  You can go to the HP Notebook PC AC Power Cord Replacement program website at this link, to see if your power cord is affected.  If your cord is affected, HP recommends you stop using it immediately.  HP will replace eligible power cords at no cost to the consumer.  If you might have one of these please check and get it replaced immediately.

Lenovo N20p Chromebook | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Lenovo N20p ChromebookLenovo has been a great innovator in regards dual notebooks (pc and tablet) machines.  They have now created a chromebook that functions as both a regular laptop and tablet.  The Lenovo N20p Chromebook looks like any other laptop computer. It comes with a 11.6 inch screen the Chiclet-style Chrome-OS keyboard.  The hinge on this machine rotates 300 degrees.  This machine will have 4gb ram and 16gb of storage space.  This is still a basic machine that uses the internet for 99% of its work, however the look and feel is getting closer to a notebook which makes it easier for people to transition to such a machine if all they need is internet tools.

LG G3 Stylus | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

LG G3 STYLUSThe LG G3 Stylus is nifty phone with a 5.5 inch display and a whopping 13MP camera!  This phone is aimed at budget buyers who what a nice android-based phone but can’t afford the $500 price tag when purchasing without contract.  This phone is powered by 1.3ghz quad-core processor, 8gb of integrated storage and microSD card to expand that storage, there is also 1gb of ram.  A key feature is the Knock Code software that lets users unlock their phones with personal pattern on the display.  Another neat feature is the ability to remove the battery which many smartphone today lack making it easier to power up by just switching batteries.

Dell’s 34-in Curved Display | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

DELLS 34in CURVED DISPLAYDisplays have come a long way and Dell’s new 34-Inch curved display speaks volumes!  This display has is Dell’s 21:9 1440p IPS cinema display, and its curved.  The monitor has a resolution of 3440 by 1440 pixels.  There is an adjustable stand that allows you to tilt, swivel, and adjust in height with a range of 115mm.  This monitor is expected to have a very thin bezel.  It will also feature HDMI, displayport and mini displayport.  The refresh rate is slated at 60 Hz.  No pricing has been listed for this display, but its expected to be available sometime in December.

HTC One (M8) For Windows Phone | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

HTC-One-M8Are there any Windows Smartphone fans out there?  HTC Once (M8) for Windows is HTC’s latest release. This phones hardware is exactly the same as its Android counter-part.  It has an aluminum body and a 5-inch display with 1080p and 441 pixels per inch.  This phone has a 2.3Ghz quad-core Snapdragon cpu with 2gb of RAM and 32gb of storage.  One major complaint for the Windows phone is boot-time apparently it takes a full-minute to boot up.  The HTC One (M8) will come with the Windows 8.1 update and the most important feature of this update is Cortana, similar to Siri, this is Windows version of the personal assistant.

iPhone Launch Center Pro | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

launch center proAre you an avid iPhone user?  If you are, you know apps are essential to using your phone.  The Launch Center pro allows you to quickly launch pre-setup functions.  Basically this is a speed dial for your everyday tasks.  You create the short-cuts for task you do on a daily basis and simply launch the shortcut and choose the task you want to perform.  You can create shortcuts for contact, for email, or for facebook/twitter.

Marco Polo App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Marco Polo AppHave you ever lost your phone?  My husband loses his phone ALL THE TIME!  I was looking up fun apps and found this iPhone app called MARCO!  Basically the app runs in the background, and as long as its running you just shout out MARCO and it will shout back at you POLO!  You can install this on multiple devices and change the trigger phrase to anything you want for each device to distinguish them.  This works even if your device is in sleep mode or silent mode.  It also has volume boost even if your phone is on low volume.  This is a pretty nifty app for those who tend to mis-place their phones.

Morning App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

morning appI found another cool app the other day called MORNING.  This is a weather, to-do, news and more app.  It will keep track of your time, keep you updated and help you get started right.  The app will display items such as the weather, reminders, your morning commute, news, calendar and date/time.  You can customize it to your specifications. This is yet another great iPhone app to keep you organized and start your day off just right.

Nighthawk X4 Wireless Router | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Nighthawk x4 routerNetgear has launched its Nighthawk X4 Smart Wifi Router.  Upon seeing the picture of the router I thought it had wings and could fly.   Well no not really but its pretty cool looking.  The device boast about delivering speeds up to 1733 Mbps on the 5Ghz band and up to 600 Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band.  The router sells for $279.99, has a 1.4Ghz dual-core processor, includes Dyanamic QoS prioritization capabilities.  It also inclues two USB 3.0 ports and one eSATA port for sharing external storage.  There are 4 external antennas, 128mb of internal storage and 256mb of RAM.  It also includes 5 gigabit ports with one for the modem.  A new feature that includes support for iTunes server for playing music on AirPlay devices.  If you’re a gamer or someone who streams lots of data on different devices, this is the router for you!!!