Author: David Shelley

OLED Technology| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Just when you thought you had flat-panel computer monitors figured out, along comes the next big thing; flexible OLED displays.

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) technology is not exactly new, it was first observed and studied in the early 1950’s at a French university.  Advancements in technology since then have driven the use of OLED in displays for computer monitors, smart phones, tablets, cameras, MP3 players, and televisions.

So, another type of monitor is gearing up for stardom, why should you care?  Just as the transition from bulky CRT monitors to flat-panel, LCD monitors was a revolution for most of us, the transition to OLED will bring about noticeable change.  Imagine a tablet PC you can roll up like a newspaper, a lightweight and portable computer monitor that easily fits into your laptop bag, or a smart phone with a secondary screen that is much bigger than today’s average.

OLED screens are lighter, thinner, offer better picture quality, and use less power than the LED monitors and televisions on the market today.  As the technology progresses, you can expect to see monitors and televisions that blend into your environment rather than standing out.  Prices for new technology are always at a premium, and this holds true with OLED.  A 55” LG television with OLED display is currently a little over $4000 on Amazon.

Over the next couple of years, prices should come down to a point where OLED televisions and monitors will begin the transition into everyday life.  Whether you’re interested today or not, you will soon benefit from this emerging technology!

Anti-Virus Protection For XP Users| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Now that Microsoft has stopped supporting Windows XP, this marks the end of security patches. If you are still using Windows XP this leaves your computer vulnerable to various viruses. According to this article, Bitdefender, Kaspersky, and Panda are three top rated anti-virus protection software products that scored high on the AV-test. To read more about AV-testing and anti-virus programs click on this link.

Outsourcing Database Administration Benefits| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Outsourcing database administration allows you to focus on your business’ needs, while the IT experts focus on keeping your company secure while helping improve the quality of your services.  This change will not only save you money and improve IT productivity too. According to data from Forrester’s Forrsights budget and priorities survey, 72% of costs where going to the “IT Moose”, which is IT’s spending to maintain and operate the organization. When managing your own IT department you deal with struggles such as providing improved performance, data integration issues, high data volume growth, and lack of staff resources. Outsourcing database administration will correct all of these issues and then some, 68% of enterprises save money according to survey results. Making the switch will greatly improve your enterprise, save you money, and give you more time to focus on expanding your company.

Microsoft And Cisco Join Forces – Microsoft Windows 2003 Migration to Windows 2012 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

microsoft&ciscoIn a collective effort to provide the ultimate infrastructure to the Microsoft Windows server workload. The new partnership between Microsoft and Cisco has helped Microsoft Windows 2003 users migrate to Windows 2012 on the Cicsco USC platform, according to an article on CRN.com. Cisco announced that it’s new partnership will help align the partner incentive programs, offering incentives and rewards to Microsoft partners selling the integrated Microsoft and Cisco data solutions. We can expect to see more integrated products from the two companies in the near future according to Cisco. To read more about this blog check out the article by clicking this link.

Aruba Cost Effective Dual Band Wifi Processor – Affordably Boost Mobile Performance | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ArubaIf you work in a moderately dense wifi area and need a device that can boost your mobile performance without interference from cellular networks, then the dual-radio AP-103H is the product for you. This dual-band wifi processor is affordable and easy to install. According to Aruba Networks this device enables ACC (aka Advanced Cellular Coexistence) to allow WLANs to perform at their peak without allowing disturbances from 3G/4G networks. This product also uses ClientMatch so when a mobile device moves away from the AP, ClientMatch will automatically guide the device to a better AP. For more infomation on this product click this link.

iTime Apple’s Latest Patent – Apple Gets Patent for Smartwatch | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Apple has done it again, they have created a patent for what they are calling iTime. iTime is not your traditional watch, you can answer calls with the flick of your wrist as well as connect to other apple products (ie. iPhone, iPad, iPod, etc). There is talk that the iTime can detect certain gestures and movements of the hand that controsl the watch. This watch is also reported to have about ten sensors to help track your health and fitness. To learn more click on this link to read the full article. The image below is not verified as a true image of the product.itime

Verizon’s FiOs Is Getting A Boost – Verizon FiOs Upgrade | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

verizon fiosOn Monday, Verizon made the announcement that FiOs will be getting an upgrade allowing users to upload faster than before. The lowest internet tier will be getting a 15megabites down and 5megabites up. The fastest tier you can get will increase 500 megabits down and 100 megabites up. Thus giving internet users a better experience when sharing online. The decision was made based upon stats that showed more users are uploading more than ever before. To find out more click on this link.

Tips for College Students to Protect Electronics – Identity Theft Protection | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

proctect yourself 2 protect yourselfMany college students are becoming victims of theft, stalkers, and hackers. In order to protect yourself, make sure you are following these very important tips. First make sure you are password protecting all of your electronics, and don’t use simple passwords. Make them difficult to break. Just think if your electronic device gets into the wrong hands it could be detrimental. Many young students don’t realize how much information they have at their fingertips that can be easily compromised including photos, banking information, etc. Second is be cautious about what you share with others on social media. You never know who is looking and waiting for you to let your guard down to take advantage. Don’t “over share” your locations and whereabouts. Also be conscious of what you post as far as pictures that may seem harmless in college but may come back to haunt you when you are meeting with an employer. There have been many instances when employees have been fired or declined jobs with a company because of posting unsavory pictures or comments on social media. Another way to protect yourself is to make sure you are customizing the security features so only friends can see what you share online. Be smart about what you click on online, it could be a virus or scam that could end up be extremely costly in the end. Make sure to invest in security protection for your phone and electronics. Its better to be prepared then have to suffer the consequences once identity theft or hackers have destroyed and taken everything that you have saved, financially and data/files that may be lost for good due to a virus. If you want to read more about protecting yourself click on this link to see more.

iPhone 6 The Most Anticipated Smartphone Ever – Rumors of Larger Screen | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iphone 6 image iphone 6According to this article, rumor has it the Apple iPhone 6 is set to come out in September of 2014. There are two different iPhone 6 versions that will debut. One is said to be 4.7 inches and the other 5.5 inches larger than the iPhone 5. Apple has signed a deal to use sapphire glass, a very strong glass material that is supposed to be “unbreakable” but in return is very costly. The rumor is that the sapphire glass may be used for the iWatch instead, which will be less expensive given the screen will be much smaller in comparison to the iPhone 6 screen that is growing in size. Apple has also patent an anti-snudge coating that will be used for the new iPhone 6 screen as well. The screen for the iPhone 6 is said to be completely different from the previous iPhones, the endges of the phone are smooth and more curved, the structure of the phone is said to be the thinner, and the apple emblem on the back of the phone is said to light up when you receive texts or calls. These are just a few of many rumors that have been circulating about the highly anticipated release of the iPhone 6. Check out the images of the “iPhone 6” that are not verified to be the actual phone.

iCloud Storage That Goes Where You Go – iCloud for Music, Photos, and Documents | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

iCloudIf you’re an apple product owner then iCloud is a must for you.  iCloud allows you to access all your music, photos, and documents from whatever apple device you are on, as well as over the internet.  If you own a iPhone something you should consider is sharing your iCloud credentials with your significant other.  My husband and I use one account for all our apple products so we’re not paying twice for the apps we both will use or books we’ll both read.  You can also backup all your devices using iCloud which makes restores a breeze.  You can also share what you want with those you want simple and easy.  If you misplace your device you can easily find it, or wipe it if you need to.  If you’re not already using this, you should check it out at https://www.apple.com/icloud/.