Author: David Shelley

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/.

Nest The Learning Thermostat – Online and Smartphone App Home Thermostat | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

nest thermostateBeing a techy I love adding new devices to my home.  My most recent addition is the Nest thermostat.  This little device was easy to install, setup, and it was painless trying to figure out how to turn it on, off, or adjust the settings.  It learns our patterns so it can adjust to the temp that saves you money and keeps you comfortable, and you can manually adjust it yourself if you don’t like the setting it created for you.  There is also an online and smartphone app so you can check the temperature of your home 24/7 and adjust it, you can do this from the comfort of your bed, or sitting at your office desk.  You can easily put Nest on a schedule and it will adjust the temperature according to whatever you have programmed.  No guess work involved when using this piece of high-tech equipment.  Check out Nest at http://nest.com

Routers: Netgears Nighthawk Smart Wifi Router: Video Streaming – Lag Free Gaming | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Netgear RouterWhen it come’s to wifi access, everyone needs to have a good router.  I have the Nighthawk Smart Wifi router myself.  I purchased this one because I do a lot of video streaming of movies from Netflix, PCs, smartphones, and also monitoring cameras, so I needed something geared to all that.  This router has a 1Ghz dual core processor, speeds of 600+-1300 Mbps, and advanced features for lag-free gaming.  You can also prioritize your bandwidth for video or music.  There is also a free PC backup software available for your use.  You can connect up to two external drives to the router.  There are three antennas on this router for maximum range.  This router boast simultaneous dual bands to reduce interference and advanced QoS for prioritizing whatever your streaming.  You can share data across your network and with Netgears genieApp you can review your connections at any time.

Air Video for Apple TV-Instant Video Streaming from Apple Devices

Do you have an Apple TV?  Do you like watching movies?  You can instantly stream vidoes from your iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch to your Apple TV.  You don’t have to worry about converting those files, just select and click Play.  You only need to purchase the Air Video app for only $2.99 and you can install on all your devices.  You will need to install the AirVideo Server on your Mac or Windows machine and share folders where your videos are locked.  You can also download the files onto your device to view if you don’t have network access.  Check it out at:

http://www.inmethod.com/airvideohd/index.html;jsessionid=A86E4DFAA548B6D50838FD022001F9C0

Google Drive – All your files, ready where you are

Google drive allows you to store any file you want, and starts off giving you 15gb of free storage.  You can access your files on your computer, smartphone or tablet.  You can easily share files and collaborate with others.  Your files are encrypted using SSL, the same protocols used on Gmail and other Google services.  Unlike some other cloud storage, you can upload files that are as large as 1TB.  You can purchase more space and get up to 1TB for $9.99 per month.  What’s also cool is that it has a very powerful searching tool that you can enter a text for an item and it can search for the name or the image.  You can also use GoogleApps that include Docs, Sheets and Slides, as well as QuickOffice and Google Forms. One more interesting tidbit… you can Scan Documents!

eVe-The Fastest Solar Powered Vehicle

A group of students with the University of New South Wales have built an electric car that currently holds the record for the fastest solar powered vehicle.  In 2011, they built a car that was able to reach 55mph.  Now with the new vehicle, named eVe, the group is hoping to break the record for the highest average speed over a 310 mile distance.  The current record is 45mph.

eVe, the new electric test car, is powered by Li-ion batteries, solar panels, and electric motors that produce an amazing 97% efficiency.  The car is capable of reaching a max speed of 87mph.  If driving at highway speeds, the car uses about as much electricity as a kitchen toaster.  It’s also got an impressive range of 500 miles if it uses the battery pack along with help from the solar panels.  The body is made of carbon fiber, which is extremely light – a mere 661lbs.  The front wheels are made of carbon fiber and the rear wheels are aluminum.

The group of students is hoping that some of their ideas on efficiency will eventually make it to production vehicles sometime in the future.

Google Fiber-Coming To Charlotte, NC

City officials have created a plan to bring Google Fiber to the city of Charlotte.  The cables are in place over thousands of miles, but now the city just requires the approval of Google Fiber to proceed.  The original plan was completed and submitted on May 1st.  Since then, teams from Google Fiber have been out to the city of Charlotte on a regular basis.  One group from Google met with city planners in June to negotiate permits and the approval process.  Others have been doing surveys of where trenches might need to be dug and counting utility poles.

The current plan that the city has developed is to have the fiber cables strung through the city and meet up at each of the 28 junction “huts”.  These huts would be able to theoretically provide service to about 20,000 homes, assuming they’re all wired for fiber optics already.  $2,000 for each site would be paid by Google, and the internet service provided to customers is expected to be 1 gigabit per second.  For comparison, current broadband providers are offering speeds of about 10 to 20 megabits per second.

Although it’s a large undertaking, Google seems up to the task.  They’re also currently evaluating 33 other cities around the nation: Portland, San Jose, Salt Lake City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Nashville, Atlanta, and Raleigh-Durham.