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What is Android Pay and Android Pay with NFC – Android Pay Review | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT – Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Android Pay has supported many major credit card vendors such as American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover. There are more than 700,000 store in the U.S that are set up for Android Pay. Some of these stores include Nike, Best Buy, McDonalds, and Staples. Android Pay is also used for in-app purchases of real-world services. Between Apple and Android Pay there aren’t much differences but it goes a long way toward the two platforms into mobile payment parity.

Besides from Android Pay, Google has a NFC payment system called Google Wallet, but there is not much traffic for it. Although, they did not have much traffic, when they got Softcard sold to them, which is the payment system backed by several of the major wireless carriers there was much more people using Google wallet.

Now, you can connect Android Pay to a credit card and make purchases by holding your unlocked phone next to the NFC sensor.

 

What is Google Photos App Photo Storage and How Does it Work | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT – Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Google photos is one of the most loved features of the unloved Google+ service. Google used I/O to re-launch Google Photos. They want to be a photo storage, organization and also a sharing platform that will serve as the single service to store all of your photos. While offering all of these, they are offering free, unlimited storage of every photo and video you have.

There is one little catch, as always, the storage can accept any photo and video format but if you choose the “high quality” option, those files will be saved as “visibly identical” files in JPEG form. For the videos on the other hand, they will be storage at 1080p resolution. If you are wanting to store actual byte-for-byte, you will need to sign up for Google premium storage.

This is a great tool for storing and organizing all your photos. Using Google Photos, it can sort all your photos by person, time, location, and even interest without tagging or captions.

How to Turn on iPhone and iPad Encryption – How to Encrypt Your iPhone | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT – Scottsdale, AZ 85251

To turn on the device encryption, here are the simple steps:

 

About a year ago since iOS 8 was released, Apple has included a new device encryption feature. The meaning behind this was to protect and secure device data from hackers, thieves, and also the government agencies. After the company was wrongly accused of cooperating with the US government’s PRISM surveillance program, Apple wanted to be sure that it couldn’t be forced to hand over data in their customers’ devices. So, Apple wanted to give their customers encryption keys to their device’s data.

Most iPhones and iPads are running the latest iOS 8 are probably already protected but some reports show that about one-third have never set a four-digit passcode before.

To turn on the device encryption, here are the simple steps:

Go to your iPad or iPhone settings

  1. From the home screen you can usually find your settings, go there.
  2. Then go to Touch ID & Passcode (iPhone 5 and older will just say “Passcode”)
  3.  Turn on passcode
  4. Once in passcode area, check to make sure the passcode is on and you have strong passcode.
  5. Once passcode is on, you are set!
  6. Going back to the setting menu, scroll down to the bottom page and you will see “Data protection is enabled”

This now means your device is encrypted and nobody else can gain access to the data on the device.

New Google Cardboard VR Release in 2015 | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT – Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Google unveiled Cardboard last year which was a low-tech headset that used your smartphone and was a big hit. It included your smartphone, two cheap lenses and $1 worth of corrugated paper to provide a virtual reality experience. This year Google has a newer version of Cardboard that is just as cheap and great as the original, but also accommodates phones up to 6 inches.

Although, there is a lot of very great content available on Cardboard, Google will have a financing program that will be called Expeditions that is created to insert virtual reality into the classroom. From a control panel, a teacher will be able to lead a class of cardboard wearing kids on a virtual expedition.

Best Free Cloud Storage Services 2015 – Free Cloud Storage Reviews | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT – Scottsdale, AZ 85251

When it comes to cloud storage options, there are plenty out there and some free, some not. Here are 5 of the many cloud options out there that are free. You can even have all 5 and have plenty of space. Yet, not all services will be the same, they all have their pros and cons relating to how large a file can be and don’t forget there are upgrading options but those will cost you.

Free Cloud Storage Services:

  1. Amazon Cloud Drive
  • Free cloud storage: 5GB
  • Extra storage: 20GB = $10/year, 50GB = $25/year and 100GB = $50/year

2. Apple iCloud

  • Free cloud storage: 5GB
  • Extra storage: 10GB (15GB total with 5GB free), $20/year, 50GB = $100/year

3. Box

  • Free cloud storage: 5GB
  • Extra storage: Personal account, 25GB = $9.99/month, business account $15/user/month, 3 to 500 users

4. Dropbox

  • Free cloud storage: 5GB
  • “Pro” accounts range from 100GB, $9.99/month or $99/year to 500GB = $49.99/month or $499/year.
  • “Teams” account, 1TB for $795/year for 5 users and $125 for each additional use.

5. Google Drive

  • Free cloud storage: 5GB
  • Extra storage: 25GB = $2.49/month, 100GB = $4.99/month, 200GB = $9.99/month

Well, here are the top 5 technologies you shouldn’t buy, yet.| BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

There is always that one gadget that you’ve always wanted and waited for. But have you ever thought of not purchasing it. Yes, you probably think you’re crazy if you don’t purchase it, especially if money is no object. But it is easy to fall into the new technologies these days.

Well, here are the top 5 technologies you shouldn’t buy, yet.

  1. Virtual headsets
  2. NVMe SSDs
  3. Intel’s enthusiast-class processors
  4. Smartwatches
  5. 4K TV sets

These technologies can get very expensive when you are wanting all of the above. Waiting could be the best option for getting these great, cool gadgets. Wait to see if the project plans out and then buy the objects of your choice when (if) it hits retail. Relax and think about these gadgets before actually going out and being first in line to buy.

NoCrack for Hackers | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Most websites have an Achilles’ heel, which is a single master password to unlock the entire vault. A group of researchers have developed a type of password manager that creates decoy passwords vaults if a wrong master password is supplied.

On May 19 at the IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy, NoCrack was presented in San Jose, California. NoCrack was designed to make it much more time-consuming and difficult for attackers to figure out if they have hit pay dirt.

One main problem with password mangers is that they store all of their passwords in an encrypted file and if that file is stolen, can be subjected to so-called brute force attacks, which thousands of passwords are tried in quick succession.

Rahul Chatterjee, a master’ student at the University of Wisconsin in Madison said if an incorrect password is entered, it’s easy for an attacker to know it’s wrong. The file that is generated is junk and the attacker doesn’t have to bother trying the credentials at an online web service.

Chatterjee said they’re working on solutions, but no plans as of yet to commercialize NoCrack.

Google Restrictions Get More Strict | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Google has been changing its policy around extensions to prevent abuse. Google will require most extensions for Chrome browser to be installed from its Web Store, to stop users from inadvertently installing malicious ones.

Last year, it was said that all Chrome extensions for Windows will be hosted in its store, Jake Leichtling who is a platform product manager.

With this change, it dropped 75% in requests from customers asking how to uninstall unwanted extensions. Although it did not apply to the Windows developer channel, hackers are now using that in order to install extensions, Leichtling said.

He also said for development purposes, Google will still allow extensions to be installed locally, as well as forced installs using group policy for enterprises.

To make users experience more helpful, Google allows inline installations. Where a user installs an extension directly from a website, but is hosted at the Web Store.

Picking The Right Tablet | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

Android, Apple, or Windows – which tablet is right for you? PC Mag tells you what to consider.

Operating System

Each system has benefits. Apple iPads are clean and intuitive with a wide app selection. The Android mobile OS offers hardware options, fast web browsing and support for multiple user logins. The Windows 8 tablet is compatible with Microsoft Office, and brings more connectivity options and hardware add-ons.

Apps

Apple’s iPad has the best collection. Android and Windows also offer thousands of apps, but not the quantity or quality of Apple.

Screen Size and Storage

You can opt for a small-screen (seven-inch) or large-screen (10-inch) tablet. Look for a sharp screen resolution; for instance, at least 1,280 by 800 in a 10-inch Android. Cloud storage is an option, but you want as much on-board storage as possible. iPad Air and iPad mini lines have the most with 128GB of flash-based memory.

Best Android Tablets | BVA INC. emPowering Your IT –

An Android tablet is a great choice, with a configurable operating system and seamless integration with Google services. Here are the highlights of the best android tablets out there.

 

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4 stands out for fast performance and elegant hardware.

Nvidia Shield Tablet is a gaming-oriented, powerful tablet using Tegra K1 CPU.

Fuhu Nabi Big Tab HD 24” offers a kid-friendly media experience.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2, a solid entry tablet, is a great value for the price.

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is the Android-powered media tablet to beat.

Amazon Fire HD 6, though well-built and inexpensive, lacks sufficient storage.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9” gives solid value for media, but not for general use.

Google Nexus 9 features a well-constructed, powerful processor.

Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro plays video well, but has performance and software issues.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is thin and elegant but overpriced for its services.