Author: David Shelley

Single sign-on for to the Cloud

Single sign-on for to the Cloud

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Have the ability of signing in once for all web-based applications is valuable.  All we have is passwords for everything, email, personal and business applications, document shares…. The number of Web services will only increase, and keeping them all straight and secure things s only going to get worse. Trying to manage all these individual passwords is a major problem for security. Many end users cope by re-using their passwords, which exposes all sorts of security holes. One solution is a single sign-on (SSO) tool to automate the logins of enterprise applications and also beef up password complexity, without taxing end users to try to remember dozens of different logins. What is exciting is that there are several products now combine both cloud-based software as a service logins with local desktop Windows logins, and add improved two-factor authentication and smoother federated identity integration.

VisionTek’s Latest Thumb Drive | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

visiontek thumbdriveOn Thursday VisionTek announced their new SSD pocket sized storage device. This new thumb drive has a ton of useful features like:

  • Comes in two capacities of 120 GB and 240 GB
  • LSI SandForce Controller enabling read speeds of up to 455 MB/s and write speeds up to 440 MB/s
  • Comes with USB 3.0 connector, giving you faster file transfers when connected to a PC’s USB 3.0 Port
  • Encased in aircraft-grade aluminum
  • Plays host to a copy of Window 8 or higher
  • and much much more

For more information on this new gadget click on this link.

Troubleshooting Lync for Mac Sign-in Fails with Apple OSX Yosemite | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

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There is a known issue with Lync clients with new Apple OS called Yosemite.  The Lync for Microsoft Office 2011 (with Office 365 or Lync on premise) no longer will sign in, the potential fix is listed below.

Primary Symptom: when you attempt to log into Lync, it appears to sign you in just fine, but after briefly displaying your Lync contacts, it immediately signs you out and gives you a generic error message that either the server is unavailable or some unknown error has occured.

Recommended Resolution:

  • Make sure you have all Mac for Office updates and are running the very latest updates
  • Go into Settings, Language & Region
  • Change the language from “English-Primary” (or whatever the language is set to) to “English-US”
  • Reboot
  • Go back into Settings, Language & Region
  • Change the language back to “English-Primary”
  • Reboot
  • Open Lync and you should be able to log in just fine this time

Apples New iMac with Retina 5K Display | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

imac-27-inch-retinaApple has announced their new 27 inch iMac with 5k retina display, iMac Mini, along with two new tablets today. The new iMac has 67 percent more pixels than the 4k iMac. You can purchase this new computer on the apple website for $2,499 for a 3.5GHZ quad-core Intel Core i5 chip, 8GB of memory, 1TB fusion drive, and much more. For more information on this product click on this link.

Apple unveils iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

ipad-air-2-and-ipad-mini-3Today Apple introduced the new thinnest tablet on the market, the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 3. These latest iPads come in three different colors silver, grey, and gold. The iPad Air 2 will start pricing at $499 for a 16GB Wifi version and $399 for the iPad Mini 3. Both tablets feature the Touch ID finger scanner. You can pre-order today October 17, and will start shipping at the end of next week. So hurry and get your iPad Air 2 or iPad Mini 3 now!!

Apple OSX 10.10 aka Yosmite Launch Date | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Apple plans to launch its latest OSX 10 aka Yosmite operating system October 21, 2014.  Once again expect this to be a free update to your current OSX.  Apple is known for being a hardware vendor and releasing their updates for free.  Its also mentioned that the version of the OSX will take its queues from the latest iOS update streaming Apples products to look similar from one product to the next.  AirDrop is expected to work on this version of the operating system as well.  iCloud is also expected to reside in finder making it easier to store your files and documents in the cloud.

Windows 9 OS Announcement – Beta Version | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4228" src="///" alt="Third Party iOS8 Keyboard" width="300" height="171" />Microsoft has an event planned for September 30th, 2014 where many expect the latest Windows operating system, possibly named Windows 9 will be announced.  Lets face it Windows 8 was not widely accepted.  Microsoft’s grand plan to get rid of the Start menu and integrate touch-screen with basic computing functions was flawed.  There is a lot of speculation in regards to Windows 9, mostly that the Start bar will be returned, and the possibly the Charms removed.  The Beta version is expected to be announced during this event.  Its also expected that the final release of Windows 9 will happen sometime in April of 2015.

iOS 8 Update Pulled By Apple – Should You Upgrade to the iOS 8 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

<img class="alignright wp-image-4237 size-medium" src="///" alt="iOS 8 Upgrade No Service" width="168" height="300" />Apple has pulled the flawed iOS 8 update after several complaints arose regarding the new update killing battery life while others reported issues with getting cellular reception. Apple stated that they are investigating the reports and working on fixing the bugs and later releasing a new update. So for now hold off on upgrading to the iOS 8 until the bugs are fixed.

Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 Review – Wifi Router NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900 Review | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

Wifi Router NETGEAR Nighthawk AC1900Are you looking for a new Wifi Router?  You should check out the Netgear Nighthawk AC1900.  This router has dual bands and has great performance at 5GHZ and the second 2.4GHz band.  This device also allows for network storage capabilities with both usb2.0 and usb3.0 technology.  This device also houses a 1GHz dual-core processor and 256MB of RAM and 128MB of flash for the firmware.  The Netgear Genie app for Android and iOS allows you to control your router from your hand held device.  Though this router is pricey, it’s one of the best I have found out there.

Third Party Keyboards for iOS8 – Where to Download Keyboard App | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT

<img class="alignright size-medium wp-image-4228" src="///" alt="Third Party iOS8 Keyboard" width="300" height="171" />Since the release of the iOS8 we now have the ability to install third-party keyboards.   The ability to do so will allow you to use features not offered in Apple’s built-in keyboard.  You can download they keyboard app from the iTunes App Store.  Once downloaded you will need to go and enable the app within Settings.  Tap General and scroll down to Keyboard, then tap “add new keyboard” and then select the one you want to use.  Once the selection is made you’ll get dropped back to Keyboard settings, you’ll have to select the one you want again and toggle Full Access on, you’ll get the warning about using the keyboard, no worries.  Your good to go.