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Tech Term of the Week: Hard Drives

Tech Term of the Week: Hard Drives

If there’s one piece of computer hardware that almost everyone knows about, it would have to be the hard drive. However, it is not so easy to say that everyone knows what it does, how it works, or even the differences between the two types. That’s why we’re exploring hard drives for this week’s Tech Term!

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Internet Troubles? The Reason May Be a Simple One

Internet Troubles? The Reason May Be a Simple One

A slow Internet connection should be the least of our worries, but somehow, this most minor of inconveniences can be one of the most frustrating experiences in modern computing. Fortunately, there are a few ways to potentially improve your connection. At the very least, they might help to explain why your connection suffers.

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Tech Term of the Week: Dongle

Tech Term of the Week: Dongle

Words are always changing to meet the needs of the times. As they grow in usage, new words are added to dictionaries on a daily basis. Today’s Tech Term, dongle, is one of these words. Have you ever heard it being used before? It might sound a bit silly at first, but dongle is a word that is used in technology more often than you might think.

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Chatbot Technology is Improving for Business Applications

Chatbot Technology is Improving for Business Applications

Chatbots aren’t an unfamiliar technology. These artificially intelligent constructs are becoming more and more prevalent, especially with the rise of virtual assistants in recent years. Now, with an example of this technology residing in most new devices, it becomes important to consider what it could mean for businesses as this trend continues in the future.

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How to Best Prepare for Migrating Your Server’s Data

How to Best Prepare for Migrating Your Server’s Data

When the time comes, the process of migrating your data from one server to another is a considerable commitment. In order to ensure a smooth and uneventful data migration that results in the greatest benefit to your business, it helps to dive in with a few procedures at the top of mind.

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Tech Term: What Does ‘NAS’ Mean?

Tech Term: What Does ‘NAS’ Mean?

There’s plenty of terminology and acronyms used in the information technology field that may be unfamiliar at first. Take, for example, NAS. For today, we’ll explore this tech term to gain a deeper understanding of it, and how it may influence your business.

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Managed IT Benefits Business Owners

Managed IT Benefits Business Owners

Business owners have a lot on their plate. Even the smallest businesses have a lot of moving parts that need to be attended to, which all add up to a mammoth amount of stress for their owners. Perhaps most obviously, financial matters contribute greatly to this angst.

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Blockchain Technology has Many Uses

Blockchain Technology has Many Uses

Blockchain is typically related to cryptocurrency, and most of the time you’ll hear these two words in the same sentence. Bitcoin has both risen and collapsed in value over the past few months, which has led many industry professionals to consider other ways to take advantage of blockchain technology. In fact, the blockchain is actually quite useful for a number of different purposes.

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Could CES Provide a Look at Tomorrow’s Workplace Tech?

Could CES Provide a Look at Tomorrow’s Workplace Tech?

Whether you’re talking about the hottest new desktop technology or the most streamlined and dynamic smartphone on the market, it’s demand which ultimately fuels the technology industry. If nobody wants to buy a product, it’s natural that there’s no reason to create it. What kind of consumer technology was revealed at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show, and how much demand is there for these new products?

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If Your Business isn’t Leveraging BI, It Should Be

If Your Business isn’t Leveraging BI, It Should Be

Business intelligence is the act of processing and using data that your company has acquired. It doesn’t matter how many employees you have, how many sites you have, or how many clients you have--your company can stand to benefit from implementing business intelligence in some way. Here are some of the finer details that can help you better understand the unique benefits provided by business intelligence.

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Are You Prepared to Go Paperless?

Are You Prepared to Go Paperless?

When it comes to efficiency and ergonomics, there is no doubt that digital records are more amenable than paper ones. Digital records are easy to search, store, secure and backup to say the least. When you decide to look into going paperless, a quick Internet search will probably leave you with thousands of pages that detail a variety of ways your business can make the jump. Considering how important your documents are to your business’ well-being, it’s important to look before you leap.

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You Can Use Cortana with Your Most-Used Applications

You Can Use Cortana with Your Most-Used Applications

Cortana is becoming more of a utility with every feature that is added to its capabilities. Fans of Google’s applications will be happy to hear that Cortana can now play nice with the likes of Gmail, Google Contact, and Google Calendar. We’ll take you through the steps to set up an integration between these programs and Cortana.

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The Elephant in the Server Room: 3 IT Needs Businesses Shouldn't Ignore

The Elephant in the Server Room: 3 IT Needs Businesses Shouldn't Ignore

“The elephant in the room” has long been used as an analogy for a blatantly obvious problem that everyone is hesitant, if not unwilling, to acknowledge. Many companies find that they have elephants like these in their server rooms. Today, we’ll discuss some of these metaphorical elephants and how your company can get rid of them.

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Is It Time to Ditch Your Charging Cables and Go Wireless?

Is It Time to Ditch Your Charging Cables and Go Wireless?

Mobility is a key to business today, as evidenced by essentially every business utilizing some sort of mobile device in their operations. However, one major consideration that has kept mobile devices from being truly mobile is the battery life of these devices, and the fact that the limited nature of battery life keeps these devices from ever migrating too far from their wired power source. This is an issue that many anticipate that wireless charging technology can resolve.

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For Benefits over Your Old Phone System, Dial VoIP

For Benefits over Your Old Phone System, Dial VoIP

How does your business stay in touch with both in-house employees and clients? One of the ways a traditional business would do so is by using the wired handset telephone, but such a device can’t keep up with the demands of modern businesses. In fact, you can make leaps and bounds by making the jump to a digital voice solution called VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol.

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Tip of the Week: 7 Useful Google Chrome Extensions

Tip of the Week: 7 Useful Google Chrome Extensions

There’s a reason that Google Chrome is the most popular web browser in the world. First introduced to the market in 2008, Chrome’s global market share is nearly 60% and climbing. One of the factors that make Chrome so popular is the ability to add ‘extensions’ to the browser. Primarily developed to enhance user experience through improved functionality or additional features, extensions are small applications that can be added to the browser's tool bar. To continuously create extensions that keep up with the needs of users, Chrome is “free and open source” software. Open source means that Google releases the browser’s source code to developers who are free to use it to develop extensions.

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We Examine What We Know About the New iPhone Models

We Examine What We Know About the New iPhone Models

The iPhone was one of the first major smartphones introduced to the world, and Apple has released so many iterations of it that it’s almost unbelievable how far it has come. In fact, over the past 10 years, so many smartphones and devices have been introduced that it is incredible think that it was one device that started it all.

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Why Your Business Can Benefit From VoIP

Why Your Business Can Benefit From VoIP

Remember the good old days of your office’s corded telephone solution that was ringing off the hook every minute of the day? Granted, you can only look back on the good old days when they are behind you. If you need to bring business communications into the 21st century, you should consider implementing a Voice over Internet Protocol solution.

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Today’s Students Are Leveraging The Best Of Today’s Tech

Today’s Students Are Leveraging The Best Of Today’s Tech

An educated workforce provides the business world with intelligent prospective employees who want to leave companies better than they were when they arrived. Thankfully, technology has made it even easier to achieve a quality education with concepts such as online learning and live streaming taking the frontlines. How are today’s students utilizing modern technology in the classroom?

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Make Sure Your Software Is Licensed, Or The BSA May Come Knocking

Make Sure Your Software Is Licensed, Or The BSA May Come Knocking

Despite what some songs say, the best things in life aren’t always free. Take, for instance, your software. If you or one of your employees find and download a “free” version of some business-critical application instead of properly purchasing a license, you risk catching the eye of the BSA.

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