On the eve of the new iPhone 6 (which I hope has a better name than “6”) our friends at Wal-Mart have dropped the price of the iPhone 5c to only 97 cents! If any of you are in the market for an inexpensive phone for the kids…here’s your chance! They make great music players without phone service…but this one does require a contract to get the low price deal.
Google announced that they will be fixing a long-ignored but in their Chrome browser that in known to eat batteries in laptops.
Chrome has a feature that reduced idle time in Windows when it was running. This made the popular browser seem faster, or peppier, than the competitors, but the cost of this was increased demand on system resources. And if you are using a laptop on battery, you are likely to see your battery life shortened because of it.
This has been known for years, with occasional blogs popping up since at least 2010, But recently a blog by Ian Morris, a contributor to Forbes, brought this back to the public’s attention: http://www.forbes.com/sites/ianmorris/2014/07/14/googles-chrome-web-browser-is-killing-your-laptop-battery/
To “promote better online security practices” Google has announced that they will begin to consider encryption as a factor in their page ranking system. For most small businesses, enabling TLS is easy and straight-forward, but for large systems with multiple servers and services this can be a real challenge. I would recommend using professional web developers, database administrators and network administrators to make a plan and help move your company onto a more secure connection with your customers. Give our sales team a call and see how we can help you accomplish this and all of you IT goals.
For everyone out there using Windows 8 and The “Microsoft App Store” beware! Microsoft has not been paying any attention to the content of the apps it is certifying and opened the door for a bazillion fake apps. My favorite is the “helper” that will show you how to download and install iTunes…for $8.99.
Microsoft announced today that they are removing one of the patches it released last week, after there were numerous reports of users getting a blue screen of death after installing it. MS14-045 was intended to address issues with the kernel, but they may have gone too far in locking up the system!
Recently there has a been a growing trend in businesses for end-users to use Mac computers as their primary computing needs. At one time software compatibility was a major issue, however because many applications are delivered via the web or mobile app this issue is slowly going away. Cost is another issue, as Mac products tend to be twice as expensive as Windows products, but because of the hardware/software and operating system platforms, the cost of maintaining a Mac versus a PC makes it more cost efficient to support Macs. Managing Mac’s also was a major problem, but there are lots of software products out today that allow management of both windows and mac pc’s. Security, I know there are rumors that Mac’s don’t get viruses, they do, however the native security features in Mac are far more superior to Windows. When it comes to MAC in the work environment many businesses are finding it easy for their staff to work productively.
In today’s working environment it essentially that users have access to more than one or even two monitors when working with a computer. There are a lot of ways to do this but the key piece of software is Displaylink. This software allows you to connect USB Video adapters to a monitor and then your pc to get an extra monitor. Most laptops and desktop support two monitors, but what if you want three or four or five? That is where display link comes in, with the addition of a usb video adapter or even a docking station. For me I use 4 monitors, my laptop screen and three 23 inch monitors. For more information please click on this link.
Apple products have become very popular and many people have more than iPhone, or iPad, or iPod. Now when you have more than one of these devices you want them all setup to your icloud device. First you must sign into your iCloud account using your Apple ID, then turn on the iCloud features you want to use. You can setup multiple device easily by going to this site http://www.apple.com/icloud/setup/ and then you may need to download the icloud app depending on if your using a windows machine or not. Once you have configured iCloud it will be begin pushing information to each device.
If you’re a laptop user and have a setup with multiple monitors, there is a docking station that allows you connect two monitors on the back of the dock, your Ethernet port, and even sound, then you just plug the usb cable into your laptop, no more plugging in the monitor, Ethernet, mouse, keyboard ect… just plug all of that into your dock and then plug the one usb cable from the dock to your laptop and your set. The dock comes with a display software that will need to be installed once so you extra monitors work, then you just have to make sure they are in the correct order.
The first Stream Machine made by Alienware called Alpha will be available sometime in November. The interesting thing is that this will have a Windows 8.1 platform for the OS. The Alpha looks very similar to other game consoles and will come with a bundled xbox 360 wireless gamepad. The Alienware people have created their own interface so you don’t see the windows 8 metro interface, though you have the option to boot to that desktop if you want. This device will sell for $550, has a dual core i3, 4gb of ram and a 500gb hard drive. This is a very expensive game console used to play PC ports of game consoles.