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Snapchat's New, Controversial Update Shows Your EXACT Location

Posted by Tom Moore on Jun 26, 2017 9:22:28 AM

When do you post stories to your Snapchat? While you are out with some friends on a Saturday Night? While you are at a concert? Maybe while you are home hanging out on a Sunday afternoon. All the time and anywhere? Wherever you may be, Snapchat’s newest feature Snap Map, allows people who have added you to view your exact location.

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Topics: Technology, Social Media, Latest Tech

Big Clouds for Small Businesses

Posted by Faith Zeller on Jun 23, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Choosing the right cloud service has become a major dilemma for the modern small business. At the forefront of cloud technology, Amazon, Google and Microsoft are aggressively competing against each other for a bigger slice of the market. This fierce competition has resulted in three very diverse and competent cloud services.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, small business, Cloud Solutions

3 Things Your Mobile Employees Expect

Posted by Faith Zeller on Jun 19, 2017 10:00:00 AM

How to network the modern way

Everyone understands the value of networking, but we’re not all naturals when it comes to attending events and navigating a room full of strangers. Thankfully, with the advent of social networks and mobile communication devices – like smartphones, tablets and connected laptops – you can use modern tools to build your business network.

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Topics: Business Continuity, Social Media, mobile workstation

Small Business is Big Business to Hackers

Posted by Ben Daniels on Jun 15, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Data breaches and IT hacks are becoming more and more commonplace. Every year the number of cyber-crimes is increasing, and IT security organizations are trying to keep up as fast as possible. While hacks of major companies might be the ones that make the news most often, it’s increasingly small businesses that are the target of cyber criminals.

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Topics: Business IT Solutions, Business Continuity, Network Security, small business

A Guide to Small Business Backup and Disaster Recovery

Posted by Ben Daniels on Jun 13, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Small businesses are adopting new technology more than ever to keep up with an increasingly competitive market. When it comes to IT infrastructure, one of the most critical things for small businesses (or ANY business) is backups and recovery of data. If a small company loses critical business or customer data, it can be absolutely crippling, which is why it’s so important that they have a strategy in place for backups and recovery.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Data Backup, Managed IT Services

Save time, money and risk by outsourcing your cabling and wiring!

Posted by Ben Daniels on Jun 9, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Any small office or business relies on at least some wiring and cabling. Besides the basic electrical wiring, there are phones, Ethernet, and potentially fiber-optics. Even if your office makes use of WiFi, there is at least some cabling from your data closets into your wireless access points. So, when you have a job to add or change cabling in your office you’ll want to make sure that you have someone qualified to perform the work. There are many benefits to outsourcing cabling and wiring jobs to a qualified expert.

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Topics: cabling and wiring

Why Go Cloud?

Posted by Ben Daniels on Jun 5, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Cloud services and hosting technologies have matured greatly over the past 5-10 years. Just a decade ago, it was almost unheard of that a business would host it’s mission critical applications off-site, but now it is rapidly becoming the standard. Many small-to-medium sized businesses are now taking advantage of what the cloud can offer them, and are making the move to host their applications in the cloud, or spin up services as SaaS (Software as a Service) from the outset. Here are some signs that it’s time for your business to move to the cloud.

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Topics: Cloud Migration

How to Sync Google and Outlook Calendars

Posted by Ben Daniels on Jun 2, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Calendars are one of the most important business tools we use. Their location may have changed over the years; moving from our walls onto our phones, but they are still critical for planning our schedules. Now more than ever, it’s important that you have access to a reliable calendar to keep your busy schedule organized. The majority of business users still rely on Outlook as their main calendar, but with the rise of Google, this has caused some integration issues since Google removed their Outlook sync functionality. Here are some tips and tricks on how to sync your Google and Outlook calendars.

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Topics: Tips, Tutorials

8 Tips to Make Your Office Moves Easier

Posted by Ben Daniels on May 30, 2017 11:00:00 AM

One of the most daunting projects a business can take on is office relocation. It’s an extremely large and complex task, but it is definitely possible, and can be made easier with a little planning and some up-front design work. Here are some tips on relocating your office or place of business.

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Topics: Tips, Office Moves

Are you hiring the right electricians?

Posted by Ben Daniels on May 25, 2017 12:00:00 PM

When it comes to selecting, and hiring contractors for your business projects, one of the most important services you should research is an electrician. Electrical work, especially at a commercial enterprise, is complex and critical. The heartbeat of your business, and the safety of your employees and property could all be put at risk, so follow these guidelines to ensure you avoid any issues when selecting the right electrician.

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Topics: Electrical

6 Reasons to Move to Cloud Backups

Posted by Ben Daniels on May 22, 2017 11:00:00 AM

As cloud technologies continue to evolve, more and more businesses are using them to replace traditional applications and platforms that they used to fully own and administer themselves. One area of IT where hosted services have made huge strides in the past few years is backup and recovery solutions. Many companies are ditching their old tape-based backup systems for cloud-driven technologies that offer huge advantages compared to backup solutions that live in a local data center. Here are some of the reasons businesses should look into choosing a cloud-based backup solution.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Cloud Migration

What is WannaCry Ransomware?

Posted by Amber Fugedi on May 18, 2017 11:00:00 AM

While the outcome from the WannaCry ransomware attack has reached into the billions of dollars, the one positive outcome is that there's an upsurge of upgrades for millions of older Windows PCs. 

There are businesses that are still recovering, WannaCry hit over 200,000 victims in 150 countries, leaving many organizations and individuals wondering if they are at risk. The WannaCry software locked out thousands from their computers in addition to demanding a $300 payment to restore their files.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Ransomware, Email Security

Let us show you the power of the cloud!

Posted by Ben Daniels on May 11, 2017 1:00:00 PM

One of the most important parts of a business infrastructure is phones. Even with email, texting, and social media, the tried and true telephone is still a lifeline for sales, marketing, and customer service when it comes to running a competitive business. With that said, the telephone is changing along with so many other traditional methods of communication. Traditional landlines are increasingly being replace with VoIP (Voice Over IP) solutions that use the internet as the backbone of telecommunications.

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Topics: Cloud Migration, Cloud Solutions

Your Customers Can't Afford to Wait and Neither Can YOU!

Posted by Carley Corraccio on May 8, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Imagine, you're running late for your son's birthday party.. all you need is a package of plates that you forgot to grab last week. Should be an easy in and out, right?

Wrong.There are only two registers open and the lines are huge! Looks like you better text your wife...

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Topics: small business

Introducing Common Cloud Concerns

Posted by Ben Daniels on May 1, 2017 11:00:00 AM

While cloud computing has become far more prolific and matured greatly over the past five years, there are still some concerns about hosting software in the cloud, mostly around security and privacy. Handing over important data to another company worries some people. Corporate executives might hesitate to take advantage of a cloud computing system due to concerns (perceived or real) about another organization having control of their businesses data.

Many of these concerns are unwarranted as cloud hosting companies have some of the most sophisticated IT security measure available and ensuring their customers data is secure is a key component of their overall business strategy. After all, their reputation is riding on protecting their customer’s data and services.

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Topics: Cloud Computing, Cloud Migration

Cloud Phone System for your Business

Posted by Ben Daniels on Apr 28, 2017 3:00:00 PM

One of the most important parts of a business infrastructure is phones. Even with email, texting, and social media, the tried and true telephone is still a lifeline for sales, marketing, and customer service when it comes to running a competitive business. With that said, the telephone is changing along with so many other traditional methods of communication. Traditional landlines are increasingly being replace with VoIP (Voice Over IP) solutions that use the internet as the backbone of telecommunications.

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Topics: Hosted Phones, mobility, mobile workstation, Cloud Solutions

What's hype and what's real in futuristic workplace tech?

Posted by Faith Zeller on Apr 24, 2017 11:00:00 AM

The rise of the cyborgs

It used to be we worried that we might not be able to prepare our children to do jobs that hadn’t yet been invented. Now that seems like a nice problem to have compared to the alternatives: no jobs for our children to do because the robots will be taking over.

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Topics: Technology, Latest Tech

10 Tips to Protect Your Business and Customers

Posted by Zac Maddocks on Apr 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Data privacy is an important aspect of business information technology. It deals with the ability an organization or individual has, in determining what data in a computer system can be shared with third parties. Individuals need to have the means to exercise their right to privacy and to protect themselves and their information from abuse. Hackers will differ on what information they are attempting to steal, so it is important to take the appropriate measures to protect all data.  If you take the following precautions, you can get your peace of mind back that your private information stays private.

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Topics: privacy settings, Data protection

The Real Impact of the Unicorn Craze

Posted by Amber Fugedi on Apr 21, 2017 2:00:00 PM

By now you’ve probably heard or seen something about the magical unicorn drink at Starbucks.  This pink and blue Frappuccino is causing quite the commotion on the internet, but what makes it so special? Is it the unique coloring, the actual taste or that its only available for a limited time?  Well for between $5 to $7 you could find out!

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Topics: Local Community

How I Saved My Company's Energy Bill By a Third!

Posted by Rebecca Arpin on Apr 20, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Everyone likes to save money, but that seems to be getting harder as technology advances.  There is a constant release of new devices and software that become necessary for a business’ success. These upgrades require increased energy usage, driving electricity bills through the roof.   So, what does that mean for your business? Keeping up with these advances is costly, but so is not staying on top of it all.  It is possible to do both, just by making small energy efficient changes can cut your electricity bill significantly.  Here are a few ways to do so:

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Topics: Technology, Tips, Latest Tech

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