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Will Windows 8.1 be Enough for Business Users?

Will Windows 8.1 be Enough for Business Users?

It’s been more than 9 months since the release of Windows 8, and consumers as well as businesses have been resistant to make the switch. For consumers, there has been an overwhelming move towards tablets and away from traditional PCs which no OS could have prevented. For businesses, despite increased speed and security, Windows 7 is still relatively new, working fine for mosts needs, and doesn’t require training for employees to use.
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Memorial Day – More than a Day Off

Memorial Day – More than a Day Off

Memorial Day is on Monday. Many see it as the unofficial start to summer, a great time to take a long weekend vacation, or just a great time to relax and enjoy a barbecue. I’m not suggesting you don’t do any or even all of those things, but I do hope you take some time on your day off to reflect on the reason why you’re able to spend an extra day with your family instead of at the office.
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Enjoy Labor Day Weekend

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend

For many Americans, Labor Day is the unofficial end of the summer (technically summer doesn’t end until September 21st). Take this one last 3 day weekend of summer to enjoy yourself. After all, the holiday was created to celebrate you, the American workforce. To not have a good time isn’t considered treason, but that’s only because America is awesomely tolerant of Debbie Downers and Bernie Bummers.
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Should You Upgrade to Windows 8 (Part II)

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8 (Part II)

Last week we started our two part series on the strengths and weaknesses of Windows 8 with the challenges the new OS will face. Today, we will cover the strengths of Microsoft’s reimagining of the Windows OS.

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Should You Upgrade to Windows 8 (Part I)

Should You Upgrade to Windows 8 (Part I)

This is the first in a two-part blog series looking at the pros and cons of upgrading to Windows 8.

Microsoft recently announced the next installment of the Windows OS will be available for purchase on October 26th. The software giant is taking a huge risk with an unprecedented redesign to the user interface that will leave most users asking “What happened to the ‘Start’ button?” After playing with the consumer preview for a few months, there are some things about the new OS that I do like and some that I don’t care for. But the question is: Is Windows 8 worth the upgrade for business users?

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Call Your Mother!

Call Your Mother!

If you can, please at least call your mother on Mother’s Day. Do it! The second Sunday in May has officially been recognized in the United States as Mother’s Day since Congress approved the request by Anna Jarvis in 1914.  Even if you’re one of those people who “doesn’t believe in greeting card holidays,” take a moment and try to remember what you were like as a child. No, not the cute smiling kid you see in the photo albums, the other kid, the kid no one has talked about in years: the monster.

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Apple and Google Get Confusing

Apple and Google Get Confusing

The last couple weeks have been very busy for two of the most successful tech companies in the world. It began with Google dropping the Android Market in favor of something called the “Google Play Store” without warning, and then Apple announcing the new iPad … known only as iPad.

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Google Changes Privacy Policy – What It Means

Google Changes Privacy Policy – What It Means

Google recently changed its privacy policy from more than 60 policies for its many different products to one in an effort to unify users profiles under the Google umbrella. What does this mean for you as a user and as a business owner?

As with anything involving privacy and the Internet, the reaction is split between excitement and fear. You will now have the same profile for YouTube, Gmail, Search, Google+, Android, Calender, etc.

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Carrier IQ: Privacy Concerns

Carrier IQ: Privacy Concerns

Fans of dystopian fiction are letting their imaginations run wild after a developer released a video of a hidden, keystroke-recording app called IQ Agent by Carrier IQ that is running on an estimated 150 million smartphones worldwide in order to learn information about the behavior of their users.

While Carrier IQ isn’t likely to go Skynet on us, this video is fairly alarming. It’s yet another log on the anti-privacy bonfire that has been ablaze in recent months with the antics of Google, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, and many others. Who is going to be the John Connor that will end all of this?

First of all, I call dibs. But I’m going to wait until I see a T-1000 in real life. Second, let’s not freak out… yet.

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SOPA Will Fail (or at Least it Should)

SOPA Will Fail (or at Least it Should)

You’ve probably heard about the “Stop Online Privacy Act” (SOPA) and its sister, Protect-IP Act. Both bills have a lot of money supporting them with the funds coming from the pharmaceutical industry who is tired of seeing counterfeit medication purchased in lieu of their own products and from an entertainment industry afraid they’re losing too much money from sites illegally hosting copyrighted media.

That’s an idea that most people can get behind. Artists should be compensated for their work, even the modern day Picasso’s who came up with Superbabies: Baby Geniuses 2, and websites selling bad counterfeit medications shouldn’t be allowed to operate. The problem is that there are a lot of unintended consequences in the language of the bills that would change the way we use the Internet.

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