Has anyone else noticed that WiFi coverage at LAX is quite poor? As number 12, they are ranked below the top half of the 20 busiest airports in the country. WiFi at the top three – Denver, Philadelphia, Seattle – is 4-6 times faster!
But it’s not just airports. Restaurants are culprits as well. After enjoying a lunch-time conversation with a friend, we each looked at our calendars to decide when next to meet. My smart phone was ready. His was not. “Somehow,” he told me, “I don’t seem to have a signal.” WiFi present, but not accessible due to some unseen WiFi obstacle.
This common problem is most frustrating – and time consuming – when it happens at your business. Given the rise in personal devices brought to a business either by employees or outside sources, there is a need to consider potential WiFi obstacles in your office building. When it works, WiFi is very useful. When it meets with multiple WiFi obstacles, it is not. Read more →
Good can come out of what seems a very light-hearted practice – taking of selfies.
1. Prove your identity to access your computer accounts. This necessitates a computer with a camera – more and more the rule rather than the exception. Either a built-in – as you’ll find on most current laptops, notebooks, and tablets – or as an add-on for your desktop computer. Logitech has a great HD camera for $40.
2. Overcoming Security Problems. What if a thief has a picture of you? Part of the security transaction might be a gesture captured with video. Or after the selfie, a fingerprint as a secondary authentication as MasterCard does. MasterCard plans to add heartbeat recognition. Yes. You still have to enter the credit card info! Read more →
Most have become aware that “VR” stands for virtual reality. Many think of VR in relationship to gaming only. But a growing list of practical benefits is beginning to surface. The list grows as VR becomes mainstreamed into general consideration by researchers and developers. Take, for example, software that ages the participant in VR.
Stanford, Microsoft and UCLA have developed a VR program which allows the viewer to “see the future self.” This experience is evidently so unsettling, that after seeing their future self, participants allocated twice as much toward their retirement savings. Virtually. Those participating in the study felt that their future self provided greater motivation than simply knowing currently “who I am.” Read more →
After all, there were some technologies available to those early pilgrims. They were not totally “tech free.” I came up with a list of five. Nothing earth shattering, to be sure. Still, technology depended on to make that first Thanksgiving a happy, and we should add thankful, event.
The pilgrims depended upon their weaponry. It provided protection from those who might attack and the ability to bring game to the table. We can only wonder what the friendly American Natives might have thought of muskets and cannons. At that first dinner 90 Native Americans sat in gentle repose with 53 Pilgrims.
Second technological dependency? Read more →
Google sets the pace in Search Engine Optimization (SEO). More than 80% of searches occur on Google. If your website is not presented in Google searches, likely it is not seen at all.
Recently, Google announced that they are changing one of the major factors in search engine success. They are going to give preference to those who search with their mobile device. Mobilgeddon created!
Why would they do that? Read more →
India appears to be at the economic epicenter of the race for global connectivity. Datawind is launching 3 4G LTE capable phones priced between 3,000 and 5,000 rupees ($45-$75). There is also a plan underway to provide unlimited data for 99 rupees ($1.50) a month.
What will happen to the global economy when previously unconnected parts of the world come online and begin to create, share, buy and sell? Their contribution may well enliven not just global connectivity, but global economy. Read more →
Verizon has a clever video which shows how the general population has only a vague idea what 4G is and even less clarity on what LTE or USB stand for. Although, there might be a feel for the concepts behind these letters, clarity is missing.
Recently, one of our customers needed a WiFi extension in their office. As it turned out, the ideal solution was a Pantech 4G LTE USB modem. To answer the question, “What does the 4G LTE modem do?” I turned to Chris Gardner, Alliant System Engineer.
Here’s what I discovered. 4G is Fourth Generation in the progression of broadband networks. 5G is promised, but not here yet. It relates, as you probably assumed, to the speed of your connection on your smart phone. Some areas my Droid gets only a 3G signal. Others? 4G speed! Read more →
Are you an average office worker? “The average office worker sends 40 emails per day,” notes Lindsay Kolowich in her Hubspot article. She provides 9 ideas to consider in developing an email signature, because “that’s 40 opportunities to market yourself and your business in those individual email you send, every single day.”
While you may find that some of her suggestions do not fit your business or your personality, there are many excellent ideas. Put these into practice! They will clearly provide a marketing boost for your business growth. Email signature might seem small, but should not be an afterthought. Read more →
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“I use a lot of devices across iOS, Android, and Windows. With Office 2016 I am able to access, edit, and share all of my documents, with a consistent look and feel from any device.” –– Clifford DuPuy, Technical Services and Management Director Read more →