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Tip of the Week: Assigning Default Apps in Windows 10

Tip of the Week: Assigning Default Apps in Windows 10

Have you ever tried to open up a document and have your computer default to a program that you didn’t intend, or quite frankly, never use? This can often happen for common file types like PDFs. Thankfully, Windows 10 makes it easy to change the default applications for your organization’s file types. We’ll walk you through how it’s done.

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Tip of the Week: Spotting Fake Apps on the Google Play Store

Tip of the Week: Spotting Fake Apps on the Google Play Store

Mobile devices have countless uses, all of which enable users to get the most out of them. But what if all of your efforts at finding the best applications for the job are wasted on finding a fraudulent app on the Google Play Store? Believe it or not, the Google Play Store has its fair share of malware available for download in all types of disguises. Here are a few tips to help you avoid installing them in the first place.

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Can You Trust Your Mobile Apps?

Can You Trust Your Mobile Apps?

You can never know whether or not that app you just downloaded to your smartphone can expose your data or identity to risk. While Google Play and the iTunes store certainly put efforts into ensuring that users can safely browse their app stores, it’s unlikely that they can find every single malicious app out there before it infects someone’s device. Therefore, you need to consider the following measures to ensure that you don’t put your business at risk by downloading unsecure apps.

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Collaboration is Priority in These Updates

Collaboration is Priority in These Updates

Collaboration is a key part of business today, which has led to many developers and providers entering the business of collaboration. These developers are in deep competition with each other, each trying to update their offering to be better than the others’. Recently, Facebook Workplace, Slack, and Google’s Gmail each received collaboration-boosting updates.

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Tip of the Week: Find Your Lost Smartphone With Ease

Tip of the Week: Find Your Lost Smartphone With Ease

Oh no! You start slapping your pockets, already knowing what you’re about to confirm--your mobile device is missing. With the reliance we have on these devices, losing yours is enough to send you into a relative panic. However, this panic may be avoided by implementing a reliable solution specifically for locating a lost device.

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Tip of the Week: 2 Free Tools that Will Read Documents and Web Pages to You

Tip of the Week: 2 Free Tools that Will Read Documents and Web Pages to You

These days, who has time to read? For busy business owners, reading is a luxury. This is what makes audiobooks such a valuable tool. They allow busy people to consume information while accomplishing a mindless task like cleaning the house. While this arrangement works wonders for titles found on Audible.com, what about the documents you must read that haven’t been made into an audiobook?

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3 Talk-to-Text Apps that are Well Worth the Money

3 Talk-to-Text Apps that are Well Worth the Money

The development of mobile platforms have led to the development of hundreds of apps that give users the ability to capture websites, take notes, and do just about anything else as it pertains to a person’s daily business tasks. Some users of modern smartphones (and other mobile devices) routinely complain about the reliability of the on-screen keyboard interface, as communication is as important to the development and outcome of projects as ever. For this reason, some developers have begun creating applications that allow users to dictate to their devices; turning spoken words in to text. Here are three of the most reliable options to turn your voice into text.

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Crafty Hackers Find Ways to Intercept Wireless Transmissions

b2ap3_thumbnail_man_in_the_middle_400.jpgThe Internet of Things is constantly growing. Seemingly every commercially-available product now has a corresponding app or some sort of connectivity to the web. As this entity grows bigger still, you begin to see things that have very little intrinsic value coming with Internet connectivity.

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Find Out What’s Lurking In “the Shadows” of Your IT

b2ap3_thumbnail_risks_of_shadow_it_400.jpgImplementing proper IT solutions is challenging for the average SMB, and it’s difficult without the aid of a proper IT department. Organizations that can’t afford a full in-house IT department sometimes resort to less savory methods of managing their technology, which can be dangerous for business continuity, data storage compliance, and security.

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Hackers Find a Way to Take Over Smartphones Using Google Now and Siri

b2ap3_thumbnail_wireless_hacking_400.jpgMobile exploits are just as common as those found on legitimate operating systems like Windows, but many people just don’t understand this simple fact. However, this hasn’t stopped some folks from being cautious when using their devices. The latest exploit making the rounds, which takes advantage of the iPhone’s Siri or Android’s Google Now, will leave you speechless.

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Tip of the Week: 4 Chrome Extensions for an Enhanced Browsing Experience

b2ap3_thumbnail_chrome_extensions_400.jpgIf you use Google Chrome as your browser of choice, you know that Chrome’s extensions provide a certain level of versatility. Basically, they’re add-ons to your browser, which can perform a number of functions. They’re mostly used for enriching your browsing experience or adding new features to your browser that might not be available on other platforms. Here are four useful browser extensions to help you get the most out of Chrome.

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Design it First

    Traditionally software development has begun with gathering the requirements. This is and always will be a very important step in software design. How can you ever hope to build a successful application unless you first know what the client wants? So you start meeting with different users and stakeholders slowly collecting requirements and features that the new application should have. More times than not this process produces a list of requirements or sometimes a multilevel list showing the different areas of the application and how they may relate to one another. Now the architect takes the requirements and, using his or her experience in software design, starts to decide just how the application should be built, what structured and what foundations it may need for today and in the future. At this point the developers can start coding up the new application following the structure the architect has provided while meeting all of the requirements from the clients. Now we have a functioning application but it just doesn't look real pretty. Coders are usually more concerned about the esthetics of the code rather than that of the screens. So the process of applying look-and-feel begins.

    But instead of waiting until the end of the project cycle to apply the look-and-feel why not start with that. Making mockups can be fast and simply, sometimes as simple as paper and pencil. But there can be a big difference from drawing what you would like to have verse trying to make a list of what you would like. When listing items and features out it is all too easy to miss things. With a visual mock everything is right there in front of you. If you don't see it, it's not included. Also the usability of the application is addressed up front. Not only are you defining how everything should look, you are also defining how the different pieces should work with each other. Usability is often the most important thing to the end users. Whereas the code is the most import thing to the developers. Now the architect and developers can work from the mockups and deliver exactly what the client wants and nothing else. Because for better or worse a lot of code is written because you may need it later or in order to make extending the application easier in the future. But truth be told often this extra code is never truly needed. Start with a good visual design and everything else will fall into place.

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Single Page Applications - What are they?

There was a time when surfing the Internet meant you would type the address of a web page, a web server sends the first page to you and your web browser would then display it.  If you click on a link or some other content a new request is sent to the web server and a new page is sent back to you.  This works great if the pages of the website seldom changes and each page is unique.  But if there are small sections of the page which change often –for example, a constantly-updating section like a news stream or stock ticker - the web server has to send the entire page every time any of the information changes.  Another common example is if the web page allows you to enter information or make selections and then updates the information on the page based on what you selections.  Sending all these pages to the web server can end up with a lot of time and bandwidth used.

 

Let’s imagine a web site that lets you customize a new car.

 

First, you go to the Acme Car website and the home page of the website is sent to your browser.  You select the option to design your own new Acme car, so a page with all the available models is sent to you.  You select a model and a page with information about that base model and base price is sent to you.  What color do you want?  A new page showing the car painted that color is sent to you.  Which interior fabric do you want?  A new page with that interior and an updated price is sent to you.  What trim package would you like?  A new page with a new price is sent.  You add an option, but wait a minute that option requires a change to the package you selected earlier.  The web server has to send another page telling you this and asking if that is ok.  Once you agree a new page with the updated price and options is sent to you.  Each time you select or change anything the web server has to process that change and send back an entire page again.  Now image trying to do all of this on a slow internet connection or on a mobile device (where you are paying for all of the data that is being sent back and forth).

 

One solution could be to just send all of the possible options and combinations with the first page.  Then let a script running in your web browser decide what information should be displayed and update it according to your choices.  This would eliminate sending all the pages back and forth, but the size of such a page would be huge and any user waiting for it to load would most likely just give up and go somewhere else.

 

This is where single page applications become very useful.  They are designed to minimize all of this back and forth traffic and create web sites that are interactive, constantly show the latest information, all the while still being fast and responsive.  They accomplish this by using asynchronous communication and partial page updates.  When the first page of the web site loads, a script is also loaded to handle all the changes.  This script, or “manager,” acts as a middle man handling all of the communications with the web server.  It can request data to update only what needs to be updated.  It also handles a process called routing.  When you click on an option it may seem like an entirely new page has loaded, but it hasn’t; the manager has simply loaded in the new content. Because a lot of information like headers, navigation bars, side bars, and footers don’t vary from page to page, only the main content has to be sent from the web server.

 

If you are looking for a responsive, engaging, and highly interactive website, a single page application may be exactly what you need.  AngularJS is a very popular framework for building such single page apps, and I will discuss some of its features in a future blog.

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5 Mobile Apps to Help You Translate the World Cup

b2ap3_thumbnail_translation_applications_400.jpgWhether you're watching the World Cup or going on a business trip overseas, you will experience foreign cultures and run into what's known as "the language barrier." Thanks to technology, you can quickly and easily make sense of World Cup statistics, or make your way around a city where English isn't the norm.

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5 Intranet Apps that Will Assist Your Marketing Team

b2ap3_thumbnail_intranet400.jpgYour company's network may be your most important marketing tool. An intranet that is logically designed and well maintained will assist your marketing team in accessing and sharing relevant information. This marketing information is shared using network applications. Here are five of the most valuable intranet apps you will need to provide your marketing team with.

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3 Free Tools You can Use to Optimize Your PC

b2ap3_thumbnail_update400_20130916-131103_1.jpgWith computers that have seen a lot of use, one of the biggest reasons a machine underperforms is because the hard drive is full of old files and programs. Instead of manually sifting through every file and deleting something you are unsure about, you can automate the process with the help of these three free apps!

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3 Free and Essential Mobile Apps for Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_appz400.jpgThere are currently over 900,000 mobile apps available for download. There are apps available for virtually any everyday function; entertainment, education, news, weather, health, and the list goes on. Your mobile device, armed with the right apps, can be your greatest productivity tools. Here are three essential mobile apps that can enhance your business productivity.

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