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07/28/2014 12:43 PM
How the Computer Business Kit v3 Will Save You Money

When I created the new Computer Business Kit version 3, my goal was to deliver so much value that it simply pays for itself over and over. You have already seen a glimpse of the computer business forms and their PDF versions in my last post. The Business Kit has …

Source: How the Computer Business Kit v3 Will Save You Money - Technibble

07/24/2014 02:51 PM
Should You Risk Recovering Data Yourself? or Should You Outsource It?

It happens often. Many customers don’t view their machines with the view that at any time, their data storage hardware could fail. They don’t schedule a backup, and when their hard drive does fail or has issues, you’re called up to recover the data. There are many good tools for …

Source: Should You Risk Recovering Data Yourself? or Should You Outsource It? - Technibble

07/23/2014 05:02 AM
Fill & Sign Computer Technician Forms on a Tablet

I would like to to show you something we have been working on for quite some time. We will soon be releasing version 3 of our popular Computer Business Kit and one of the new features is the ability to fill and sign the forms on tablets. In this short …

Source: Fill & Sign Computer Technician Forms on a Tablet - Technibble

07/18/2014 02:27 AM
ManualsLib: End Your Search for Computer & Hardware Manuals

Ever had the need to find a manual for a job but couldn’t find it? Losing a manual happens all the time when it’s something that isn’t used on a regular basis. Using Google or another search engine takes time to sort through all the results which is a waste …

Source: ManualsLib: End Your Search for Computer & Hardware Manuals - Technibble

07/14/2014 02:49 AM
Fab’s AutoBackup 5 Pro Review

Fab’s AutoBackup 5 Pro is the newest version of Fab’s AutoBackup and includes some brand new features that make it a must have for most computer repair technicians. I’ve reviewed the program and it’s fantastic. Bryce wrote an excellent review of Fab’s Autobackup 4. The key function of this program …

Source: Fab’s AutoBackup 5 Pro Review - Technibble

07/10/2014 12:44 PM
How to Network For Referrals as a Computer Technician

Whether you are just starting out or you’ve been established for a while, you’ll soon find out the importance of networking with others in the business community. Here are some ways to help your business grow through networking. The Importance of Networking If your business is anything like mine, you …

Source: How to Network For Referrals as a Computer Technician - Technibble

07/07/2014 09:29 AM
Why You Should Use Flat Rate Pricing as a Computer Technician

There’s no doubt about it, pricing strategies can make or break any service business. Rates that are too low will reflect badly on your services as well as probably leave you with unpaid bills and potential bankruptcy. Rates that are too high can chase customers away and give you a …

Source: Why You Should Use Flat Rate Pricing as a Computer Technician - Technibble

07/01/2014 04:50 PM
How To Find High Paying Computer Repair Clients

We’ve all probably had customers from the full range of clients, from those who let you finish the job and refuse to pay anything, to clients who receive the bill and then proceed to give you a large tip, perhaps 50% more of your invoice, because they’re so impressed with …

Source: How To Find High Paying Computer Repair Clients - Technibble

07/01/2014 06:25 AM
Focusing Exclusively on Residential Computer Repair Clients

While many technicians start with residential clients and have aspirations to graduate from them, there are some distinct advantages to staying within that business model. Moving from residential break-fix into corporate managed services isn’t your only career path. Ric wrote a few weeks ago about why he fired his residential …

Source: Focusing Exclusively on Residential Computer Repair Clients - Technibble

06/28/2014 08:49 AM
Turn Simple Jobs Into Marketing Opportunities

Many computer repair customers come into the shop or call you to fix a relatively simple issue, and you could fix the issue, hand them an invoice, get paid, and leave. You could also turn that simple job into a marketing opportunity. Handing them a business card is a start, …

Source: Turn Simple Jobs Into Marketing Opportunities - Technibble


07/30/2014 06:05 PM
Intel's MinnowBoard Max coming in late, commanding higher prices

Its been a rough start for Intels MinnowBoard Max open-source computer, which has been delayed and is now pricier.

The Max is like the Raspberry Pi, an open-source computer that has taken hobbyists by storm. The Max is a circuit board, with no case, that includes most components of a PC, including a CPU, memory and slots for add-ons such as storage and graphics. Its designed for people who want to build a basic Linux PC and for software developers looking to write x86 applications.

The Max was due to ship in June, priced at US$129 for a board with a dual-core Atom chip and $99 for a single-core board. Two retailers are taking orders for the dual-core board, but theyre asking more than the list price. One of the retailers, Mouser, is selling the board for $146. It estimates the dual-core board will ship on Aug. 4. The other, Tigal in the U.K., is going even higher to 135.60 (US$182). Tigal said it hasnt determined a delivery date.

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07/30/2014 05:47 PM
Modbook launches Kickstarter campaign for Modbook Pro X Mac tablet

The custom Mac tablet, the Modbook, is backthis time with a souped-up, 15.4-inch display and the latest Mac hardware under the hood.

To make this dream a reality, however, Modbook is asking that you fund a Kickstarter campaign for the Modbook Pro X, which will cost a minimum of $2,000 apiece. That funding will buy you a place on Modbooks assembly line; company executives hope to deliver the first Modbook tablets in 2015.

The Modbook has been around for about seven years, when Axiotron and Other World Computing teamed up to deliver the first Mac tablet at Macworld. Three years later in 2010, however, Apple released the first iPad, a much smaller tablet powered by Apples iOS. Subsequent upgrades yielded the Modbook Pro.

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07/30/2014 05:07 PM
TechGenie PC Optimizer review: Maximum advertising, minimal value

Handsomely rendered in the latest Windows 8.x tile-style, TechGenies PC Optimizer is undoubtedly one of, if not the best-looking Windows maintenance suite out there. The free version offers marginal valueif youre careful with it. But if you fall for the copious embedded advertising, youll wind up spending well over $100 for utilities you really don't need, then calling iYogis tech support to undoubtedly spend more. You might want to move on the next review now.

Still reading? The free version of PC Optimizer offers a decent registry cleaner, a junk file remover, disk defragger, a security advisor, an Internet settings optimizer, plus two-way remote control. The $40 Pro version adds a duplicate file finder, backup and restore, plus file encryption. Theres also an $80 Absolute version that brings parental controls, and a firewall to the party. Best I could figure, you need to throw in another $50 to $80 to get antivirus. A lot of upgrading and a lot of money for features that are already embedded into your operating system or available for free elsewhere.

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07/30/2014 04:29 PM
Countries don't own their Internet domains, ICANN says

The Internet domain name for a country doesnt belong to that countrynor to anyone, according to ICANN.

Plaintiffs who successfully sued Iran, Syria and North Korea as sponsors of terrorism want to seize the three countries ccTLDs (country code top-level domains) as part of financial judgments against them. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which oversees the Internet, says they cant do that because ccTLDs arent even property.

After the plaintiffs filed papers to ICANN seeking the handover of the domains, the organization said it sympathized with their underlying claims but filed a motion on Tuesday to quash the attempted seizure.

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07/30/2014 04:05 PM
Oracle-based system for US visas still glitchy after software update

Theres no immediate end in sight to trouble that has hit the U.S. State Departments computer system for processing visa applications and caused problems for thousands of people worldwide.

Were still working on it, said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf, who declined to give an estimate for when it might return to full service.

The problems began last week when a software patch was applied to the Consular Consolidated Database, an Oracle database system that contains hundreds of millions of visa applications and photographs.

Our system was experiencing intermittent performance issues for several months leading up to July 20, when we patched it trying to address the issue, said Harf on Wednesday at a televised news conference.

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07/30/2014 04:05 PM
Senate committee: Mobile phone 'cramming' widespread, profits carriers

Mobile carriers have pulled in hundreds of millions in profits through third-party charges tacked onto customers bills without their consent, according to a report from a U.S. Senate committee.

The carriers have been slow to act against scammers tacking third-party charges onto mobile bills even after thousands of complaints by customers and investigations by multiple state attorneys general during the past six years, said the staff report from the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, released Wednesday.

While the mobile industry has suggested unauthorized third-party billingoften called crammingis a minor problem, the practice has been widespread and has likely cost consumers hundreds of millions of dollars, according to the committee staff report.

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07/30/2014 03:31 PM
Like Amazon, other firms want permission to fly drones

Amazon made headlines this month when it sought permission from the U.S. government to test its drone-based delivery service, but its far from the only company thats applied for such approval.

In the past two months alone, at least 14 other companies have sought permission to fly drones for commercial purposes as diverse as shooting movies and inspecting oil rigs at sea, according to applications to the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reviewed by IDG News Service.

The FAA allows drones to be flown under the existing model aircraft regulations, but only for recreational or hobby purposes, and within the visual line of sight of the operator. Commercial flight is specifically prohibited, and companies wanting to test drones for commercial use must obtain an exemption from the FAA.

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07/30/2014 03:00 PM
Kaspersky Internet Security 2015Multi-Device review: new interface, same excellent protection

Given that the average person owns several Internet connected devices, straight PC security doesnt really cut it anymore. Thats why companies like Kaspersky are starting to offer cross-platform solutions for marginally more than their traditional PC-only antivirus programs.

For just $70 a year, Kaspersky Internet SecurityMulti-Device 2015 protects up to five devices, including PCs, Macs, and Android phones and tablets. In addition to antivirus, you get some useful Android safety features such as anti-theft and loss protection, remote management, and automatic app scanning.

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07/30/2014 02:35 PM
Internet of things devices contain high number of vulnerabilities, study finds

A security audit of 10 popular Internet-connected devicescomponents of the so-called Internet of thingsidentified an alarmingly high number of vulnerabilities.

The study lasted three weeks and was performed by researchers from Hewlett-Packards Fortify division. It targeted devices from some of the most common IoT categories: TVs, webcams, home thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, hubs for controlling multiple devices, door locks, home alarms, scales and garage door openers.

All of the analyzed devices, which werent named in the resulting report published Tuesday, communicated with some type of cloud service, as well as mobile applications that allowed users to remotely control them.

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07/30/2014 02:00 PM
Attackers use domino effect to compromise your accounts

Data breach after data breach has illustrated just how weak and ineffective passwords can be for protecting accounts and sensitive information. Many sites and services have implemented secondary security protocols and two-factor authentication, but users frequently use information and email accounts that can be easily compromisedgiving attackers a simple way to access your information.

One common secondary protocol is to have users supply an alternate email address. Sites and services will use the primary email address 99 percent of the time, but if something happens with that email account, or additional verification is necessary to prove you are really you, a message will be sent to the alternate email address. That alternate email address is often a weak link attackers can exploit.

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07/30/2014 01:50 PM
Red Hat aims at standardization with Linux for 64-bit ARM servers

Red Hat has developed a version of the Linux operating system that can be used to test chips and associated hardware based on the ARMv8-A 64-bit architecture for servers with the aim of standardizing that market.

Based on the companys Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), the Linux distribution is part of a partner program that Red Hat launched Wednesday for potential ARM hardware vendors.

We dont call it RHEL, but it is a functional, unsupported, operating system for partners to use in their development activities, said Mark Coggin, Red Hat senior director of platform product marketing.

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07/30/2014 01:47 PM
64-bit Google Chrome browser moves into beta

Googles 64-bit Chrome browser took the last step before being formally released, as Google published a 64-bit beta of the browser on Wednesday morning.

If youd like, you can visit Googles 64-bit Chrome beta page and download the new browser; Google promises that all of your saved information (passwords, bookmarks and the like) will migrate over. (Google announced 64-bit versions of the browser in its Dev and Canary channels in June.)

Why do you need a 64-bit Chrome browser? At this point, thats a bit of an open question. Chances are that your PCs microprocessor and operating system (Mac, Windows, or Linux) shifted over to 64-bit technology years ago. In general, 64-bit addressing opens up the ability for software to use more than 4 gigabytes of RAMthe maximum a 32-bit application can addressplus some performance improvements.

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07/30/2014 01:45 PM
AMD's new 64-bit ARM board points way to x86 coexistence

Advanced Micro Devices is moving closer to a motherboard design that will accept both x86 and ARM chips with the shipment of its first 64-bit ARM board.

The Opteron A1100-Series developer hardware is an uncased computer costing $2,999, and aimed at programmers who want to write applications and drivers for AMDs unreleased ARM servers, which are expected to become available by early next year.

This is the first ARM-based system released by AMD, which by 2016 hopes to ship servers in which x86 and ARM chips could coexist. The effort to unite x86 and ARM, called Project Skybridge, involves the development of a motherboard to which customers can attach chips based on either architecture.

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07/30/2014 01:01 PM
Meet Bleep, BitTorrents invite-only serverless chat app

BitTorrent has teased its chat product for months, and now some lucky testers will get the chance to see the pre-alpha in action. The serverless chat client, designed to evade surveillance and big data collection, also has a name: BitTorrent Bleep.

As far as were concerned, anything you say is bleep to us, the company said in a Tuesday blog post.

First things first: Bleep isnt just another messaging app. BitTorrent is well-known for its decentralized, peer-to-peer protocol, typically used for file-sharing. The San Francisco-based company described Bleeps platform as a fully distributed Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) server on top of which is the app, an enhanced SIP-compliant User Agent Client (UAC). How it works: You can choose to send messages straight from your device to your chosen contact without BitTorrents servers intercepting it. You can send texts or make calls to online contacts, with offline functionality coming down the pipeline later on.

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07/30/2014 12:49 PM
Antivirus products riddled with security flaws, researcher says

Its generally accepted that antivirus programs provide a necessary protection layer, but organizations should audit such products before deploying them on their systems because many of them contain serious vulnerabilities, a researcher warned.

According to Joxean Koret, a researcher at Singapore security firm COSEINC, antivirus programs are as vulnerable to attacks as the applications theyre trying to protect and expose a large attack surface that can make computers even more vulnerable.

Koret spent the last year analyzing antivirus products and their engines in his spare time and claims to have found dozens of remotely and locally exploitable vulnerabilities in 14 of them. The vulnerabilities ranged from denial-of-service issues to flaws that allow potential attackers to elevate their privileges on systems or to execute arbitrary code. Some bugs were located in antivirus enginesthe core parts of antivirus productsand some in various other components.

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07/30/2014 12:45 PM
A list of all the Google Now voice commands
What can you do with your voice on your Android phone? More than you know.
07/30/2014 12:40 PM
Microsoft OneNote embraces Mac and iOS users with a raft of new features

Microsoft said late Tuesday that it has added several new capabilities for OneNote for the Mac and iOS, including imported files from email and OneDrive for Business storage.

All of the improvements are aimed atcontinuing to make OneNote the digital framework for storing notes and other reference materialsand, not coincidentally, to do so as students begin thinking about back-to-school purchases of laptops and tablets.

OneNote users can use the software in a variety of ways, from crafting to-do lists to storing personal notes and files. In an academic environment, however, storing files digitally handed out by professors and aides could be a common use case.

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07/30/2014 11:52 AM
15 simple tips and tricks to get more from your LG G3
These tips will quickly have you using LG's new flagship phone like a pro.
07/30/2014 11:16 AM
Best Buy dreams of laptop revival amid 'crashing' tablet sales

A couple years ago, few people would have bet on the laptop as the savior for an ailing tablet market. But that's what Best Buy seems to be counting on as tablet sales fall flat.

"The tablets boomed and now are crashing. The volume has really gone down in the last several months," Best Buy CEO Hubert Joly told Re/code. "But I think the laptop has something of a revival because its becoming more versatile."

Although Joly didn't provide any numbers, IDC estimates that worldwide tablet sales grew by just 11 percent year-over-year in the second quarter, down from 60 percent growth between 2012 and 2013. Apple was hit the hardest last quarter, as iPad sales fell by 9.3 percent over the last year, but rival Samsung's growth was essentially flat, and Amazon didn't even appear on the list of top five vendors.

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07/30/2014 11:05 AM
FreedomPop's free data and voice service comes to tablets
The selection is limited, but the price is right with FreedomPop's new tablet service offering. Just be sure to read the fine print.

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