Residential and business computer repair clients have mishaps that result in damaged, destroyed or missing equipment. Clients rely on their computer repair professionals as technology experts to help file insurance claims. Helping clients with insurance claims gets them back up and running and keeps them loyal to you. Types of …
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Starting up and managing a business in a small town can be a challenge. Small towns often have tight knit business and social networks that it can be hard to break into, as new businesses can often be seen as unwelcome competition for existing businesses. This occurs even though new …
As we continue to expand at Technibble, we are looking for writers to join our team to write about Managed Services. We are only looking for the right people, people who are in it for the long term. I realize that some people have a lot of time and other …
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When you’re first beginning in the computer repair business, you usually start from a home office. If your town already has a brick and mortar computer repair store, you first thought would be that you are at a competitive disadvantage. They have the big shop that everyone sees. Don’t worry …
After you’ve been in the Tech industry for a while, you’ll probably find a few of these. They’re clients or maybe even potential clients who view your actual services as unnecessary or undesirable but require your expertise and advice so they can solve their computer or device issues on their …
It’s happened to me a few times, I’m sure it’s happened to you. You offer technical advice to a client, perhaps a recommendation to upgrade their machine, to install anti-virus, to avoid nefarious websites, or to discard and not open suspicious emails. Whatever the situation, they didn’t listen, or they …
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Guest post by David Goodwin “What Is This Tron and What Does It Do?” Tron is a community driven, automated script that runs multiple pieces of pre-bundled software that cleans, disinfects, patches and optimizes your Windows based PC. This script originally started gaining momentum in the subreddit /r/TronScript on Reddit.com …
That two law enforcement agents allegedly stole Bitcoins while investigating the Silk Road underground marketplace indicates fundamental flaws in the governments February conviction of Ross Ulbricht as the mastermind of the operation, Ulbrichts lawyer asserted Wednesday.
The governments considerable efforts at keeping this monumental scandal from being aired at Ross Ulbrichts trial is itself scandalous, wrote Ulbricht lawyer Joshua Dratel, in a blog post.
Certainly this issue will be part of Mr. Ulbrichts appeal, and is already part of his post-trial motions, Dratel wrote in a follow-up email to IDG.
Do you want a Raspberry Pi 2 laptop? A new hardware kit coming from Pi-Top will help you build one at home in a matter of minutes.
The popular $35 Raspberry Pi 2 is an uncased computer that is already being used in drones, robots, gadgets, tablets and even desktops. The otherwise stationary computer can be transformed into a laptop even by beginners with no hardware assembly experience.
The full Pi-Top kit includes a 13.3-inch screen, battery, trackpad, mousepad, laptop casings and Raspberry Pi 2, which would serve as the main motherboard. Users will be able to run a full Linux-based operating system and surf the Web, check email and run productivity software.
Microsoft considered giving away the original Xbox away for freeand even buying Nintendoas bold strokes to enter the game console market it would eventually come to dominate, together with Sony.
According to areport by gamesindustry.biz, those were just two of the original crazy ideas the software maker considered as Microsoft weighed the launch of the Xbox, which debuted in 2001. At the time, the hardware market was dominated by the Sega Dreamcast and Sony PlayStation. Microsofts challenge was to lure game developers to its new platform, and convince gamers that some of the best games would be available to the Microsoft platform.
Facebook has released a new app for making videos that it thinks can win over the competition by allowing collaboration among friends.
The company on Wednesday released Riff, a mobile app that lets people create short videos and then share them with friends. A video creation and sharing app alone is not uniqueother services like YouTube, Snapchat and Twitter provide some other apps for thisbut Facebook is hoping to distinguish its app by adding a strong collaborative element to it.
After someone creates a video in Riff, that persons Facebook friends can add to the video with a video of their own. From there, friends of the friend can add to it, and so on. This has the potential to give the video a communal effect, reminiscent of the Our Stories function in Snapchat that lets people watch videos taken by others during an event or over a period of time.
Cisco plans to beef up its SDN [software-defined networking] technology by acquiring Embrane, a startup with an architecture for virtualized network appliances.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Cisco is already an investor in Embrane, which is based in Santa Clara, California, near Cisco headquarters. The acquisition is expected to close within three months.
Embranes Heleos platform can deploy software-based appliances such as firewalls across a pool of commodity servers, using more or less computing power as demands rise and fall. It lets cloud service providers quickly deploy new, differentiated services, the company says. With open APIs, users can integrate Embranes technology with third-party billing and orchestration tools.
Google added a feature called Device Protection in Android 5.1 Lollipop, but it neglected to explain much about how it works. The feature is essentially a reaction to laws being enacted across the U.S. that require smartphones to have factory reset and anti-theft features.
Android's new Device Protection system can keep a thief from using your phone, but it won't work without the proper settings. In addition, it can backfire if you sell your phone without disabling Device Protection first. There are definitely some things you need to know.
There are no toggles or switches to turn on device protection in Android 5.1. If your phone or tablet supports this feature, it's enabled automatically based on your settings. As for which devices are supported, it will mostly be future phones and tablets that ship with Android 5.1. However, Google has added Device Protection to the Nexus 6 and Nexus 9 in the 5.1 update. Motorola has also rolled Device Protection out to the 2014 Moto X in the 5.1 over-the-air update.
The latest chapter in RadioShacks bankruptcy drama brings a bit of good news for past customers and current employees.
For now, RadioShack has agreed not to auction off its trove of more than 65 million customer names and mailing addresses and 13 million email addresses, the Dallas Business Journal reports. The customer data appeared to be up for grabs as part of RadioShacks asset sale last month, in which hedge fund Standard General was the high bidder.
April Fools Day is big business in the tech world. Companies devote a considerable amount of lost productivity to one-upping each other with the best gag.
Weve rounded up some of the most clever pranks and fake products for you here, which hopefully will make you chuckle a bit, before you realize the weeks only halfway over.
Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge
Samsung isnt leaving out an opportunity to plug its new Galaxy S6 phones in the form of a new kitchen tool. The Galaxy Blade Edge turns your phone into a kitchen knife, complete with sensors to measure your grip, dexterity, and strength.
If every business is now a software business, as the saying goes, then many companies might benefit by automating their routines for creating and updating the software that keeps them in business.
A new product from the open source configuration management software provider Chef, called Chef Delivery, is designed to create automated workflows around enterprise-level software development, establishing a pipeline from creation to production.
The company developed the new product with the help of a number of its customers.
Over time, we have a discovered a clear set of success patterns that allows our customers to move fast, and we have distilled those patterns in the new product, said Jay Wampold, Chef vice president of marketing. Chefs core software has been used by a large number of organizations, including Bloomberg, Disney, Facebook, Intuit, Nordstrom, Target and Yahoo.
You win some, you lose some. Microsoft this week dropped support for ARM processors from its Surface tablets with the Surface 3, but adoption of the chip architecture in Chromebooks is growing.
Chromebooks from little-known companies HiSense and Haier went on sale this week for $149, and come with an ARM-based chip made by Rockchip. These are the least expensive Chromebooks, which usually cost $200 and up.
Asus also announced a new ARM-based 10.1-inch Chromebook Flip hybrid, which can be a tablet and laptop and will ship in a few months starting at $249. Acer announced a Chromebase, a 21.5-inch all-in-one PC with Chrome OS and an ARM-based processor from Nvidia.
Over 100,000 devices have a misconfigured service called multicast DNS that accepts requests from the Internet and can potentially be abused to amplify distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
The multicast Domain Name System (mDNS) is a protocol that allows devices on a local network to discover each other and their services. It is used both by PCs and embedded devices like network attached storage (NAS) systems, printers and others.
The mDNS protocol allows queries to be sent to a specific machine using its unicast address. However, the official specification recommends that when receiving such queries, the mDNS service should check before responding that the address that made the request is located in the same local subnet. If its not, the request should be ignored.
Google has identified and disabled 192 Chrome browser extensions that injected rogue ads into Web pages opened by users without being upfront about it. The company will scan for similar policy violations in future.
The action followed a study that the company conducted together with researchers from University of California Berkeley and which found that more than five percent of Web users who accessed Google websites had an ad injector installed.
The deceptive Chrome extensions were detected as part of that study, but the researchers also found ad injectors affecting browsers such as Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox, on both Windows and Mac OS X.
Its a common theme that spans functional areas within the organization: data remains stuck in silos, making it all but impossible for decision-makers to get a glimpse at the big picture. Zeroing in on marketers experience of this problem, Oracle on Wednesday rolled out several enhancements to its Marketing Cloud designed to help companies develop a more holistic view of their customers.
Among the new features unveiled at Oracles Modern Marketing Experience event this week in Las Vegas are Oracle ID Graph, Rapid Retargeter and AppCloud Connect.
Oracle ID Graph is designed to help marketers connect the many identities a consumer may have across channels and devices and understand that they all belong to the same person.
U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order authorizing the U.S. government to impose sanctions on people, organizations and governments that partake in "malicious cyber-enabled activities" that harm the country.
"The same technologies that help keep our military strong are used by hackers in China and Russia to target our defense contractors and systems that support our troops," Obama said in a statement.
The sanctions would target activities that significantly harm critical infrastructure, disrupt computer networks, expose personal information and trade secrets, and entities that profit from information stolen in cyberattacks. The administration will focus on threats from outside the U.S., noting that "many of these attacks originate from outside our borders."