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Your Technology Hates the Cold Too

b2ap3_thumbnail_technology_in_the_cold_400.jpgIn the midst of one of the coldest and most grueling winters the U.S. has experienced in years, millions of Americans are growing impatient for the arrival of spring. As subzero temperatures spread across the country, the cold weather and snow has become a hazard not only to humans, but to their technology. How cold is too cold for your gadgets?

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Eco-Friendly Phone Chargers by XD Design

b2ap3_thumbnail_xd_design_solarflower_400.jpgIf you take a look around, it's a mystery that the human race is tied to their technology. Many of us use smartphones and tablets every day to get our work done, to communicate with friends and family, to feed us information, to help us be more efficient in everyday life, to aid us in our hobbies, and to entertain us. In their research, Gartner recently found that over 1.2 billion smart devices were purchased in 2013 alone, opening up new market opportunities for technology innovators to explore. XD Design is certainly rising to the occasion with an impressive line of solar-powered battery chargers.

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Biometrics: The New Standard in Security

b2ap3_thumbnail_biometrics_future_of_security_400.jpgWith the introduction of Microsoft's Kinect and Apple's iPhone 5s, biometrics has exploded! Both of these tools are being utilized for security purposes to lock others out of your device and accounts. Biometrics for these devices are also being employed to grant you access to your technology. As biometrics becomes more popular, you are sure to see it used for your business in the not too distant future.

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5 Technology Trends for 2014

b2ap3_thumbnail_trendy400.jpgTechnology is moving forward at a blistering pace and it's changing the IT Industry in a big way. In order to stay competitive and profitable, your business needs to stay on top of the different technology trends. Here are five technology trends you need to be aware of that will shape 2014.

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A World in Augmented Reality

b2ap3_thumbnail_ar400.jpgIt's not a secret that smartphone technology has improved rapidly. Consider that it was just six years ago that Apple launched the first iPhone, and on June 11th of 2013, it has been deemed obsolete. Your average smartphone has the computing processing power to handle some of the most exciting technological advances, and in doing so, deliver them quickly in the palm of a user's hand. Seemingly advanced technologies, such as augmented reality, will soon be commonplace. Just as the saturation of mobile technology has increased exponentially since its advent, so will applications that use this exciting new technology.

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3 Reasons Why Your Computer Takes Forever to Start

b2ap3_thumbnail_anger400.jpgBoot up time can seemingly be the most annoying part of the entire day. While technology has gotten much quicker, it's easy to let your computer slip to the point that it takes ten minutes to start. Here are three reasons why the process takes forever, and how to fix it.

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What You Should Know About Google Glass

b2ap3_thumbnail_glass400.jpgEvery few years, an invention that carries the potential to shake things up enters the market. Over the past fifty years alone, cell phones, digital music, personal computers, GPS technology, and more has changed the way our culture works, prioritizes, and interacts. Is Google Glass the next game-changer?

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The Art of Technologese

b2ap3_thumbnail_vend400.jpgYou can hear what they are saying, but it just doesn't make any sense. You zone out. Cookies. Rambo. The Yankees. "Does that sound good", says your IT technician as you snap back into the conversation. "Sure!", you say reluctantly. Your tech is a master in the ancient art of Technologese.

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Is 3D Printing the Key to a Star Trek Utopia?

b2ap3_thumbnail_rep400.jpg"Computer. Print me a steak: Well done." This sounds like something out of a science fiction movie, but we are actually seeing the development of 3D printer technology capable of printing new and exciting things, even food!

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Sleep Better To a Rhythm

b2ap3_thumbnail_zzzz400.jpgDo you have trouble sleeping at night? While there may be many sleep solutions available out there such as ergonomic pillows, medications, or sleep apnea mask that help you breathe, a new study has found that your brain may be the culprit. The University of Tubingen, in Germany, found that syncing sounds, while you sleep, to the rhythmic pulse of brainwaves helps people sleep.

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Technology of Tomorrow

b2ap3_thumbnail_worldhand400.pngTake a minute to look at the computer you're using to read this. Are you using a flat screen? How large is your hard drive? What do you use to transfer your data from one place to another? Most likely your screen is indeed flat, your hard drive is no less than 300-500 gigabytes and you carry a portable hard drive on your key ring. Technology, it seems, gets better with every passing day.

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Google Creates Skynet: A Network In The Sky

b2ap3_thumbnail_googleloon400.pngHow do you take over the planet? First, you control it's flow of information (Google Search). You then develop and analyze a map (Google Earth), then you send in reconnaissance for a closer look (Street View Car), then you set up encrypted communications (Google Loon), you can then strike when least expected.

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Remember Ring: The Hottest Ring on the Market

b2ap3_thumbnail_RR400.jpgYour wedding day is arguably the most important day of your life, which is why your wedding anniversary is such a big deal. A partner that forgets to celebrate their anniversary is due in for a world of pain, as seen in classic sitcoms. How can technology help? Alaska Jewelry has helped by upgrading the token of marriage: The wedding ring.

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Microsoft Upgrades to Windows Blue

Microsoft is turning blue for their next big release, Windows Blue. Official details on Blue have yet to be released. Microsoft is saving the big Blue reveal for the Build conference this June. Many tech experts are predicting how Blue will be a game changer for Microsoft. While it is still too early to tell if this is the case, we can accurately report that Blue will be Microsoft's next big thing.

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A Keyboard! How Quaint


Keyboard400.jpgTechnology is synonymous with advancement. We advance at a cost, with every new technology we get; it often replaces an older one. Technology comes and goes, and it takes a bit of insight to decipher which technologies will last and which ones will soon be replaced. We have been working with technology for a long time and can help you make sense of it.

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3 Reasons Why Users Avoid Upgrading their PCs


YUNoUpgrade400.jpgWe like to point our clients in the direction of upgrading to the latest technology; and we don't make these recommendations blindly, we have a laundry list of benefits that come with upgrading that can be quite convincing. Yet, there are many people who decline upgrades.

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Whose Job is it to Update Your PC?

There is a big difference between someone who knows how to use a computer vs. someone who knows a computer. PCs have been designed to be used intuitively, but when it comes down to it, they are still complicated machinery that requires technical training, because of this, it's best to leave PC maintenance to the pros.

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The Surface Pro: Microsoft’s Most Powerful Tablet

Performance has always been one drawback with tablet computers. With a tablet, you are not quite getting a PC, but you are getting more than a smartphone. Microsoft looks to break through the surface of this hardware barrier with the new Surface Pro, a tablet that can handle a full Windows 8 operating system.

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Edge Mini: The Littlest Computer that Could

VelocityMicroEdge400.jpgVelocity Micro dared to ask the question, "How small can we make a fully operational and powerful desktop PC?" The result is the Edge Mini. Small enough to fit inside the pocket of your jacket, the Edge Mini is a square that is 4 inches on each side, and 1.6 inches thick. Velocity Micro is billing the Edge Mini as, "The world's smallest desktop."

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Let's Talk Tablets

Tablets are definitely becoming a staple in the consumer electronics world. For the longest time, the tablet PC was an expensive, clunky device that just didn't wow consumers. Some businesses had adopted tablets back in the day, but they were difficult to use, hard to support, and they simply didn't perform for the price tag. However, like many consumer electronics, Apple reinvigorated the tablet market with the original iPad, and now it would seem tablets are here to stay. The question is, are they right for businesses?

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