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Will These Gadgets Make An Appearance In Your Office?

Will These Gadgets Make An Appearance In Your Office?

Sometimes improving your business’s operations is as simple as finding a couple of cool gadgets to implement in your office. Here are three of the coolest that we could find that also have practical functionality for your office workers.

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Tip of the Week: Five Programs No User Should Be Without

Tip of the Week: Five Programs No User Should Be Without

There are countless applications and programs available for your business’ workstations, but do you know which ones you absolutely shouldn’t be without? You’ll want to make sure that you have the following programs installed on your business’s workstations. Doing so can drastically improve productivity and efficiency.

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5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Cloud Solution

5 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Cloud Solution

The cloud is swiftly becoming the method by which most computing is done, especially as far as businesses are concerned. You may have been considering adding the cloud to your own IT strategy. However, in order to make your best decision, there are a few questions you need to ask

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Outsourcing Your Email Management Can Help in Many Ways

Outsourcing Your Email Management Can Help in Many Ways

How much time does your business waste on a daily basis managing and maintaining its email? Chances are that you spend far too much time on this task, even though it is a necessary function that only serves to enhance the way your business operates. How can you make sure that email management and maintenance happens, even if you don’t have time to make it happen?

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Tip of the Week: This App Allows Your Phone and Computer to Work Together

Tip of the Week: This App Allows Your Phone and Computer to Work Together

Think about how many of your electronics have a remote. Isn’t it odd that your desktop (arguably your primary device) lacks a remote? Well, if you’ve got a smartphone, then you can easily turn it into a remote for your computer!

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VoIP Lets You Take Your Office Phone With You

VoIP Lets You Take Your Office Phone With You

Not too long ago, in order to answer your work phone or check the messages you had received from callers while you were away from your desk, you had to be in the workplace, at your desk. This is no longer the case, thanks to the proliferation of VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), and a particular ability that it gives businesses.

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Boost Efficiency With Business Intelligence

Boost Efficiency With Business Intelligence

As your business grows, understanding how it runs may not be as simple it once was. There was a point where you may have known everything there was to know about it. You knew the vendors and the first name of every sales rep. You knew who were buying your goods from, you knew who made them, and how much they cost to make, package, and distribute. This is the story of business in the 21st century; and the shift that is making businesses run better: business intelligence.

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Tip of the Week: The Inner Workings of Copy/Pasting

Tip of the Week: The Inner Workings of Copy/Pasting

Copying and pasting is possibly one of the most used utilities that the computer has to offer a user. However, this function relies on a very specific piece of your operating system: the clipboard. For this week’s tip, we’ll examine how the clipboard works.

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The Cloud Makes Computing Easier

The Cloud Makes Computing Easier

One of the biggest problems a business has with its IT infrastructure is the lack of funds a business has to commit to obtaining and maintaining the necessary computing infrastructure. Whether they’re trying to run resource-intensive application, or simply need more storage space than they can manage independently, the cloud can provide them with the means to do so.

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Use Collaboration Technology to Support Human Processes, Not the Other Way Around

Use Collaboration Technology to Support Human Processes, Not the Other Way Around

When an employee is using technology designed to make their jobs easier, it’s natural that they will enjoy their work more. If they are more engaged in their work, it becomes beneficial for your organization that your employees feel like you support their success. This is where collaborative technology solutions that are conducive to the success of your organization can thrive.

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Tip of the Week: It’s Possible to Change Your Windows Password Without Knowing Your Password, Here’s How

Tip of the Week: It’s Possible to Change Your Windows Password Without Knowing Your Password, Here’s How

In a recent survey, it was discovered that the average computer user has a whopping 27 online passwords to remember. Unsurprisingly, the same survey found that 37 percent of people forget at least one password each week. For many online services, forgetting a password means simply resetting it via email, but what if you forget your Windows password?

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These Collaboration Technologies Create Opportunities for Growth

These Collaboration Technologies Create Opportunities for Growth

Today’s business environment is more competitive than ever before, and one of the ways that organizations are attempting to overtake others in their industry is through the use of dynamic technology solutions. By effectively leveraging productivity tools, employees can collaborate in never before seen ways and exceed all expectations.

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Ransomware Use Increased By 752% in 2016. Trend Continues in 2017

Ransomware Use Increased By 752% in 2016. Trend Continues in 2017

Looking back over the events of 2016, one thing was made very clear by cybercriminals: ransomware is a rising star in their arsenal. In order to continue to remain protected against these threats, it is critical to have a clear understanding of them.

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Tip of the Week: Prevent Others From Messing With Your PC’s Settings By Locking the Control Panel

Tip of the Week: Prevent Others From Messing With Your PC’s Settings By Locking the Control Panel

Let’s say that you don’t want someone else accessing the Control Panel on your Windows desktop or laptop. That’s perfectly reasonable, but you might not know how you can prevent them from doing so. Thankfully, Windows is flexible enough to allow this function, and with a little know-how, you can implement it without a hitch.

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Don’t Let These 3 Challenges Stand in the Way of Making a Business Continuity Plan

Don’t Let These 3 Challenges Stand in the Way of Making a Business Continuity Plan

2017 has already seen its fair share of cybersecurity threats, and when paired with the events of 2016, it’s clear that implementing a business continuity plan is more important than ever. Today, we’ll discuss what businesses need to do to ] ensure their continuity based on this year’s IT trends, as well as the challenges many faces as they try to implement a strong continuity strategy.

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Remember, Office 365 is Only as Good as Your Internet Connection

Remember, Office 365 is Only as Good as Your Internet Connection

Cloud-based productivity apps like Office 365 allow businesses unparalleled mobility and collaboration; that is, if a company’s Internet connection is up for the task. Unfortunately, too many organizations aren’t able to fully utilize their cloud solutions due to poor connectivity, bandwidth, and latency issues, according to a new report from Zscaler.

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Tip of the Week: How to Change Font Size in Microsoft Word With Your Keyboard

Tip of the Week: How to Change Font Size in Microsoft Word With Your Keyboard

Looking for a faster way to change your fonts in Microsoft Word? In this week’s tip, we’ll show you how to quickly change the size of your fonts, as well as how to change the default font used by Microsoft Word when you create a new document so you don’t have to waste time.

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The Top 4 Technology Issues Every Business Must Plan For

The Top 4 Technology Issues Every Business Must Plan For

Managing a business is difficult enough without technology issues getting in the way of operations. Therefore, when an issue does pop up in a company’s IT, it can be a very frustrating experience for everyone involved. Here are a few common issues that have been known to trip up businesses more than they should.

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The Shadowy Exploits of this Hacking Group Could End Up Harming Your Business

The Shadowy Exploits of this Hacking Group Could End Up Harming Your Business

After the WannaCry attack, it would seem that the hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers (or TheShadowBrokers) is in possession of some extremely potent information. This makes it all the more disconcerting that the group has announced the start of their own subscription service.

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Tip of the Week: Concerned About Privacy? Adjust These 3 Settings to Your Twitter Account

Tip of the Week: Concerned About Privacy? Adjust These 3 Settings to Your Twitter Account

As per usual in the world of websites and online services, Twitter has updated its privacy policy. However, this comes with the unfortunate side-effect of the web service providing its users’ information to advertisers. While this might sound inconvenient, we’ll walk you through some steps that you can take to enhance your privacy in lieu of this change.

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