A long time ago I asked a fellow technician how he kept up with Tech developments. He always had the news on the latest and best utilities, useful apps, and tweaks and tricks for tuning operating systems. His answer? Actually, he mentioned the articles here at Technibble as his primary …
I got a chance to interview Lisa Hendrickson from “Call That Girl”. I find Lisas story incredibly interesting because she has been through most phases a computer repair business can go through. She started out working for someone else and doing computer repair on the side before eventually making …
Many of us are looking for inexpensive ways to get word of mouth advertising for our businesses. Computer repair business owners like myself have had lots of success giving free talks to community organizations. Here’s how to take advantage of this easy method getting your name in front of more …
There is no doubt about it, the amount of threats facing technology users today is higher than ever before, and it keeps increasing. After looking over some recent reports about some of the ‘free’ security suites available and how they scored in ‘real world’ tests, I’m no longer recommending free …
Three months ago you performed some maintenance on a client’s computer, and they haven’t used it since you worked on it. They turn it on, and something unexpected happens. A piece of hardware failed, or a certain program isn’t working right, or a virus seems to have infected the machine. …
When Windows 8 machines started hitting shelves without the previously common license key label on the side, it removed the possibility of using those stickers to activate installations on the same computer after recovery or repair. If you’ve been handed a Windows 8 machine and you need to replace the …
What do you carry around in your mobile toolkit? What about hardware and replacement networking devices for clients? What products do you carry around for clients to purchase on the spot from you? How prepared are you for each service call? Let’s take stock of items you should carry around …
Pricing your maintenance plans can be a challenge, and deciding how much to charge and how much to perform, and then marketing your maintenance plans can also be a challenge. Depending on your clients’ needs, as well as the competition’s offerings, you might need to adapt accordingly. First of all, how …
Gandalf from WindowsMatters.com wrote an article last year about his Windows 8 based PE boot disk, which is a really useful boot disk with many free portable repair and troubleshooting applications on it. Not too long ago he came out with an update, a dual boot 32 bit and 64 …
If you’ve spent any time at all in a service industry, you’ll probably have a lot of stories about bad customers, unpaid invoices, and individuals who think they don’t have to pay invoices unless they’re threatened with legal action to pay them. I know I’ve run into a few myself, …
Apple CEO Tim Cook recently proclaimed that he did 80 percent of his work on an iPad. While most IT professionals arent quite that far along in terms of mobile adoption, its clear that the landscape of IT is shifting toward mobile, even for some frontline IT tasks. Much of this shift has been facilitated by companies embracing bring your own device (BYOD) policies.
According to Gartner, half of all companies will require BYOD by 2017. Tablet adoption, in particular, is driving the BYOD movement in small and midsize businesses. A recent report from Dimensional Research found that 97 percent of companies surveyed believed that the anytime, anywhere access that BYOD enables would boost employee productivity.
If you havent updated your Flash Player with the fixes released on Oct. 14, you may be vulnerable to new attacks using a commercial exploit kit called Fiesta, security researchers warn.
The vulnerability, which is being tracked as CVE-2014-0569 in the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) database, was fixed in Flash Player updates last week.
The bundling of an exploit for CVE-2014-0569 in an attack tool thats sold on underground markets is unusual, especially since the vulnerability was privately reported to Adobe through Hewlett-Packards Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program, meaning its details should not be public.
Mac mini fans recently rejoiced after Apple updated the storied compact Mac after two years without a major overhaul. But for DIY types, the new Mac mini is a mixed bag offering both heartache and promise.
The teardown experts over at iFixit recently took apart the base model 2014 Mac Mini with a 500GB hard drive and 1.4GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5 processor. The DIY site found that upgrading the Mac minis RAM is now pretty much impossible, but adding an internal SSD at a later date just might be doable.
If youre looking for an IP camera for home security, you'll want to know about Homeboy. It remedies almost every drawback Ive seen in security cameras. It doesnt cost a fortune. And youll be able to buy one soonwithout having to participate in a crowd-funding campaign.
If Homeboy looks familiar, it's because it built on the intellectual property developed for the Hive camera that garnered a lot of attention about two years ago, but that was ultimately never brought to market.
I spent some hands-on time last week with a production-level Homeboy and a beta version of the iPhone app that goes with it (which is why this isnt a formal review).
One of Samsungs most affordable consumer solid-state drives is experiencing read slowdowns with older data, a problem the company has now addressed with a firmware upgrade and installation guide.
Samsungs 840 EVO SSD is the companys second-generation 3-bit multi-level cell (MLC) SSD, and its one of the most affordable drives on the market today, retailing for under 50 cents per gigabyte. For example, a 1TB 840 EVO SSD sells for $459 at online retail sites such as Tigerdirect. The EVO line followed the 840 SSD line.
Showing all viewers the same commercial six minutes into, say, an episode of Modern Family might soon be over. If youre watching it online.
A new partnership between TV measurement company Nielsen and analytics provider Adobe was announced early Tuesday, presenting detailed data about how people watch TV and other media on the Internet. The team-up adds smarts to existing forms of tracking, by letting broadcasters get a better picture of how Internet users consume media across devices and platforms.
With the service, partnered broadcasters could see, for instance, if viewers began watching a show on Netflix on their laptop, then switched to a Roku set-top box to finish it. And then read an article on ESPN.com.
The easiest way to operate your PC is with your hands whether you're navigating a touch screen, or using a mouse and keyboard. But for some people that's just not possible, especially when it comes to typing.
Maybe you broke your finger or you suffer from a repetitive strain injury that makes typing impossible. Or perhaps you simply want to get work done while running on a treadmill.
But just because you can't type doesn't mean you can't create documents. All you need is a microphone for your PC and Microsoft Word to take the stress off your hands and start using your voice.
The first products from Apples mobile enterprise partnership with IBM will roll out next month, according to Apple CEO Tim Cook, who said the partnership could change the way people work.
In July, Apple announced an exclusive deal with IBM in which iPhones and iPads would be sold to enterprises backed by IBMs cloud and analytics services. The first products will be for the banking, government, insurance, retail, telecommunications and travel and transport sectors, Cook said on a Monday earnings call.
Samsung Electronics Galaxy devices have been approved by the U.S. National Security Agency under a program of the agency to quickly deploy commercially available technologies.
The Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) program only lists devices that have met the agencys security standards, and may not necessarily translate into large government orders for the South Korean company.
The products selected under the program of the NSA and Central Security Service include the Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition under the classification of mobile platforms. Also included under the mobile platforms classification is Boeing Black, a smartphone designed for defense and security applications by Boeing.
Microsoft-owned Skype has a fancy new sketching feature, and it's coming to Windows Phone before it lands anywhere else.
The new update brings "drawing to Skype for the first time," Skype said in a blog post announcing the update. With the new drawing feature, Windows Phone users can make a quick sketch with their finger or stylus, draw on an image, or even annotate a Bing Map, then send the image to a contact.
Roost CEO Roel Peeters thought he had a better mousetrap. Knowing how annoying it is to be awakened at 3 a.m. by a chirping smoke alarm with a dying battery, he invented a smoke-alarm battery with an embedded Wi-Fi chip that sends an alert to your smartphone before its drained to that level. Even better, his battery sends a message when your smoke alarm alerts you to fire.
But the Roost Smart Batterys 15 minutes of fame might have ended before it started. You see, 15 minutes ago, Leeo announced the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight. The Leeo will also send a message when your smoke alarm goes offbut unlike a battery, it never wears out. And unlike the Roost Smart Battery, you can buy one today.
Okay, so maybe my headline is bit over the top. The Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight isnt a robotic fire extinguisher (although Leeo CEO and co-founder Adam Gettings background includes designing robots for SWAT teams and other first responders). But the Leeo really can prevent your house from burning down, and that renders this $99 nightlight very inexpensive indeed.
A smoke detector can save your life and property if a fire breaks out, and a carbon monoxide detector can save your life. But if youre not home to hear those alarms go off, theyre not very useful. One alternative is to install a home-security system that provides remote monitoring, but ADT, Vivint, and similar companies charge at least $15 per month for that service.
The European Union is finally moving to replace its data protection supervisor, after Members of the European Parliament interviewed the five candidates shortlisted for the roles of EU data protection supervisor and assistant supervisor on Monday.
A parliamentary committee is set to name its favorites for the posts on Tuesday evening, with one MEP on the committee tipping a Frenchman and a Pole for the roles based on their interview performances.
Replacing the supervisor is particularly important because the EU is in the middle of a data protection reform and the next European Commission, which is set to take its seat on Nov. 1, is planning to finalize negotiations on the EUs new data protection package within six months.
Many of the top flagship phones use AMOLED display technology, and the popular wisdom has always been that you can save substantial power on these devices by using apps with a black interface. Is that actually true with a real device, though? With Samsung's Galaxy S5, Galaxy Note 4, the new Moto X, and even the upcoming Nexus 6all using AMOLED panels, it's worth knowing if you can stretch the battery a little longer by losing the colors.
By acquiring RightSignature Citrix can more tightly integrate the functionality with its ShareFile platform, and also ensure that no one else snaps up the company. Lipson didnt offer any details on when the new offerings would become available.
Android may still be the most popular mobile OS in China, but local e-commerce giant Alibaba Group continues to offer its own alternative, and has just landed its biggest partner yet.
Chinese smartphone maker Meizu will use Alibabas YunOS mobile operating system to power its own handsets, it announced Tuesday. Previously, Meizu ran a customized version of Android called Flyme OS on its smartphones, but said Alibabas software could offer better security and performance, including longer battery life.
Its unclear if Meizu will abandon Android, or keep it in use. The company has created a new version of Flyme running on Alibabas YunOS.
Unveiled over three years ago, YunOS is a Linux-based operating system that Alibaba originally envisioned as a way to promote the companys e-commerce services. The software, however, has struggled to attract better-known hardware vendors. In recent quarters, the operating system has had a market share of less than 1 percent, said Kiranjeet Kaur, an analyst with research firm IDC.
A free videoconferencing tool belongs in any productivity kit, and not just for meetings. Used creatively, the combination of webcams and collaboration features can help you streamline other tasks and interactions in your workday, in ways you might never have considered.
Here are five extra ways you can put a free system to work for you.
Host Shorter, Smaller Meetings
At many companies, mammoth meetings with dozens of participants are the norm, yet managers and attendees alike complain that meetings are disruptive and ineffective. In BusinessWeek, consultants Bob Frisch and John Peck write that the ideal number of participants in a meeting where decisions are being made is just three to six people, a figure that fits in pretty well with the limits on many free videoconferencing tools. You can use such a tool to force yourself to keep the invitation list small.
Managing your social media presence can be a full-time joband an expensive undertaking. A host of products is available to help, but not every tool is right for everyone. Read on to learn about three apps that can help you post your content across various social networks, and, in some cases, a bit more.