Author: David Shelley

Snupps The Organizational App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Snupps appYet another cool app, Snupps!  Snupps allow you to keep track of your things.  This app gives you the ability to catalog your stuff.  You can take a picture of your item and then give it a description and store it in the app.  Great for storing information such as warranties, receipts, or expensive heirlooms.  The app stores your information on Amazon’s data cloud behind firewalls and can sync across all your devices.

Stream Web App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Here is another app for those who love social media.  Stream Web app allows you to stream and share your photos as well as your interests.  Stream is an anonymous social media network that allows you to share content and allows you to see what others are sharing.  You’ll have infinite tabs, you can arrange your tabs how you like and thus allowing you to view multiple sites at the same time.  You can cut out anything you see on your screen and then share what you want via SMS, email, Facebook, Twitter and many of other social media platforms.

What is Cortana? | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

CortanaWhat is Cortana?  This is the Windows phone version of Apple’s Siri.  Cortana is available on the new Windows based smartphones that come with Windows 8.1 update.  Like Siri, Cortana will ask about your interests, what things you like to do, ect…  One key feature of Cortana is that it has the ability to know your name and pronounce it appropriately as it will try to pronounce it, you have the ability to speak it and Cortana will do its best to match your pronunciation.  Cortana is launched by tapping the Notebook icon at the top of the screen.  You can type or speak your questions.

Outlook 2013-Helpful tidbits

Outlook 2013Outlook 2013 has not impressed many users.  Its lack of color was a huge disappointment as well as the changes made from 2010 to 2013 weren’t as grand as Microsoft would love to believe. Here are some things you can do to help you live better with Outlook 2013.  Change the color from white to dark gray.  If the application starts acting up, you can compact  your pst file to help. Another neat feature is the ability to Reply inline, meaning when you reply they stay in the reading pane, you can click the POP OUT button if you want the old way of working.  Take quick action by using the floating cross icon to delete, the flag icon to flag an item and the blue bar to the left to mark a message as unread.  You can also link contacts from Facebook, LinkedIN and other sources.  You can see more or less by using the View and then Message Preview to turn off the preview of your messages.  You can also restore the To Do Bar by selecting the to Do Bar options under the view tab to bring it back.  These are just a few tidbits to help you use Outlook 2013 better.

How to protect your iCloud | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iCloudAfter some high profile “hacks” over the weekend, people are asking how they can protect themselves and the photos they take with their Apple device.  Here are a few steps you can take to make things more secure…however, your best bet is to stop taking pictures you don’t want anyone else to see with your phone!

1-      Turn off Photo Stream

  1. With this on, every photo you take is being uploaded to iCloud

2-      Change your password regularly

  1. Also, use a different password for your different accounts

3-      Enable 2 step authentication

  1. This requires that you enter your password and a code sent to your registered device before making account changes.


Good Luck!

Database Administration Challenges – DBMS Technology – Database Management | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 5.24.43 PMToday, all enterprises depend on DBMS technology to store their critical business data. Databases support mission- critical data for banks, hospitals, airlines, defense agencies, schools, retailers, and other industries. Every new database that an organization deploys puts pressure on IT to ensure its availability, integration, security, reliability, and quality. Managing databases with fewer people has always been a challenge, but with databases scaling to terabytes and petabytes, these challenges have grown more acute. Being able to find the correct people via staffing is crucial in keeping your databases within control and manageable. Some of the other challendges that most organizations are experieincing are as followed:

  • Delivering improved performance
  • Lack of staff resources
  • Data integration issues
  • High data volume growth

Three In One Samsung USB Cable | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Three In One USB CableThis Samsung USB cable allows you to charge up to three devices at once! For $40.00 you can acquire this USB charger, but Samsung has yet to announce it’s ship date so you will have to pre-order the device.  You will receive a 2 amp charger along which provides 2 amps of power for one charger. So if you carry multiple devices that can be charged with a USB cable this is a great purchase for you!

Facebook offers up cash for every bug found! | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Facebook LogoFacebook bought the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset in March for $2 Million, and then spent even more time and money developing the system…only to discover that it is full of flaws.  In an effort to expedite the process of quality control, they have put out an offer, to anyone who can identify additional flaws in the programming, of $500 per bug!  They cost less than $1000 on Amazon, so it might be well worth it to buy one, crack it and let Facebook send you a check!