Meet Me in Google Hangout

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Jun 20, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Chat. Call. Video. All in Google Hangouts!

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Topics: Google, Apps

Portable Powerhouse: Smartphone Magic

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Mar 9, 2016 11:00:00 AM

smartphone_graphic.jpgDon’t underestimate the power of that gadget in your pocket to help you get “real work” done on the go.  As smartphones get larger and computers get smaller, the lines between phone and tablet – and for that matter, PC and laptop are blurring.  And as more apps are designed for tablet and touchscreen computers, their phone versions have become more robust and fully featured too.

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Topics: Smartphones, Apps, OneNote

Zen at Work

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Nov 4, 2015 9:00:00 AM

relax iconA Little Zen for Your Work Day…

We’ve all heard or read about the benefits of “meditation”, “mindfulness”, “single-focus” and “keeping your brain active” to relieve stress and increase your health, well-being and longevity. When was the last time you consciously took time to do any of those things? We spend more of our waking hours at work than almost anywhere else, so there’s no better place to set up a little brain training!

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Topics: Social Media, Apps, website

Microsoft OneNote:  Get Organized!

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 29, 2015 11:01:32 AM

Microsoft OneNoteHave you heard about Microsoft OneNote?

If not, get ready to get organized! Microsoft OneNote is the electronic version of a three-ring binder (or a Day Planner – the one with all the all the tabs and pages).  It mimics the concept quite well:  You create a notebook on any topic you wish, create tabs to separate various types info, and then add pages to the tabs, just as you would in physical paper.  You can have more than one notebook, and as many ‘tabs' as you need in each of them.  They even LOOK like tabs and pages.

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Topics: Microsoft, Cloud-based, Apps, Office 365

Genius Smartphone Apps

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

May 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

A Genius in Your Pocket

The number of Smartphone users keeps increasing each year. But are you aware of all the things it can do for you? There’s more computing power in that device than existed ten years ago, and some of the things it can do are nothing less than magic.  Here are just a few:

Genius_Scan_Receipt

For those times when you need to make a copy of something or scan and email a document,  or even fax back a reply, there’s Genius Scan+.  Genius Scan, by The Grizzly Labs (www.thegrizzlylabs.com) is available on Android and iOS, and even Windows.  There’s a free version and a $6.99 “Plus” version that is worth every penny. Just use your camera to snap a photo of the document. Genius scan overlays it with a grid to make sure it knows what you intended to scan, use your finger to adjust the grid if necessary, confirm the shape of your document, and it automatically adjusts the perspective to straighten out the text, enhances the document to make it easier to read, and in just a second or two, you have a perfect copy.  With the “Plus” version, email your document or save it to your favorite cloud service automatically. 

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Topics: Microsoft, Apps, Smartphone, Android, Office 365, Workflow, applications

Microsoft Edge Is Coming!

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

May 1, 2015 9:20:00 AM

Are you ready for the Edge?

microsoft_edge

Microsoft has announced the name of its newest web browser Microsoft Edge to replace Internet Explorer.

The new Edge will be available with the Windows 10 release this summer and will feature quite a few new upgrades. Cortana, the voice activated digital assistant, will be included in the new release.  

The Edge will include a new tab style display and perform more like an app. You will now be able to highlight important information using a Page Annotation tool! So will you be switching your default browser to the Edge?

For more information regarding the new Microsoft Edge, click here

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Topics: Microsoft, Apps, Tech News, Browsers

What The Heck is Google Wallet?

Posted by Eric Torres

Sep 20, 2011 10:43:00 AM

Google Wallet LogoHow many of you have more than $50 in your pocket right now? If you’re like me, you rarely ever have cold, hard cash in your pocket. Just about every purchase I make is used with a card. Well, for some of us, that is about to change. Soon you will be able to pay for everything using your smart phone. Wait a minute…what? Want to pay for something? Walk up to the register, have the clerk check you out, and then tap your phone to the front of the register. The register picks up some data on your phone, and the bill is settled. No sliding a card, no pulling out cash, just tap your phone to the register and you’re on your way.

All of this is made possible thanks to technology called Near Field Communication (NFC) and Google Wallet. This week, Google Wallet became available to the public, and provided you're in the right place, you can use it to pay for your goods.

How does Google Wallet work?
Let’s start with the basics. Google Wallet is an Android application. It’s a free download and you can add the details of your credit cards so that it stores all the basics that you need to make payments – your credit card number, expiration date, name and the CCV security code on the back.



Google Wallet works by communicating with the checkout terminal when you go to pay for goods or services. Tap your phone to the register and your phone sends wireless data to the store and your products are paid for. There's no cash involved.

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Topics: Google, Communications, Apps, Smartphone

3 Ways Mobile Devices Become Infected with Malware

Posted by Eric Torres

Jul 26, 2011 9:39:00 AM


mobile securitySocial engineers have been using various dirty tricks to fool people for centuries. Social engineering, the art of gaining access to buildings, systems or data by exploiting human psychology, rather than by breaking in or using technical hacking techniques, is as old as crime itself and has been used in many ways for decades.

For the past several years online, social engineers have been trying to fool unsuspecting users into clicking on malicious links and giving up sensitive information by pretending to be old friends or trusted authorities on email and social networks.
And now that mobile devices have taken over our lives, social engineering is an attack method of choice to gain access to a person's smartphone or tablet.

Here are three examples of current cons being used by criminals to get inside your mobile device.

Malicious apps that look like legitimate apps

One example is the case of a popular and legitimate application Android users were purchasing that caused a virtual "steam" to appear on the screen of a smartphone. You could move your finger to scrape the virtual steam off, people love this sort of thing, although it served no real purpose.

But a malicious application that looked exactly like the virtual-steam application was created and many were conned into purchasing that one, instead of the authentic application. From a users perspective it is very hard to distinguish between an app that is legitimate with an app that turns out to be malicious.
What users ended up with was an application with unwanted things behind it. In some cases, the malicious application activated an SMS message from the victim's phone that was sent to request premium services and the user was charged. The attacker, meanwhile, would delete any return SMS messages acknowledging the charges so the victims had no idea they were being billed.

The best advice, don't install applications that come from un-trusted sources.
 
Malicious mobile apps that come from ads

In some cases, legitimate applications on a smartphone run bad advertisements. If the user clicked on the ad, they are taken to a web site that tricks the victim into thinking their battery is inefficient. The person is then asked to install an application to optimize the battery consumption, which is instead a malicious application.

Our advice is the same as with PC’s, be leery of any advertisement that is asking you to install an application.

Apps that claim to be for "security"

Another new mobile attack vector is a ZeuS malware variant that actually originates with an infected PC. When a user visits a banking site from an infected computer, they are prompted to download an authentication or security component onto their mobile device in order to complete the login process.

The attackers realize that users are using two-factor authentication. In many cases that second factor is implemented as a one-time password sent to the user's phone by the banking provider. Attackers were thinking: 'How can we get access to those credentials?' Their answer is: 'Attack the user's phone.'
The way this ruse works is once the PC is infected, the person logs onto their bank account and is told to download an application onto their phone in order to receive security messages, such as login credentials. But it is actually a malicious application from the same entity that is controlling the user's PC. Now they have access to not only the user's regular banking logon credentials, but also the second authentication factor sent to the victim via SMS. In many cases, people thought they simply were installing security applications, or in some cases, a security certificate.

Mobile devices, pure and simple, are hand-held computers and should be treated as such. The best way to protect yourself is to be cautious of not only the applications you install, but the links you click on in the web browser. If asked to download a file, application or security certificate, be leery and only download from trusted sources.




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Topics: Phishing attacks, Communications, Browser, Malware, Apps, Smartphone, Android

What Happens on the Internet Every 60 Seconds

Posted by Eric Torres

Jun 17, 2011 8:51:00 AM

in 60 seconds

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Topics: iPad, Internet Explorer, Google, Firefox, Apple, Apps, Android

River Run Tech Blog: Apps Come to Google TV

Posted by Eric Torres

Oct 5, 2010 2:29:00 PM

Google launched a new Google TV site yesterday, and announced some new content and application partnerships. A few of the apps that will come pre-installed on Google TV devices are Twitter, Pandora, Napster, Amazon and Netflix.  

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Topics: Google, New Products, Apps, Android

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