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November 29, 2016

When the iPhone 7 was announced in September, Apple confirmed a nasty rumor: The headphone jack is gone! Well, it looks like Apple is at it again. On October 27, the company announced a long-awaited update to its MacBook Pro line. Sharper screens, a new touch bar, and, oh, yeah, no standard USB ports!

Apple is notorious for killing a port for a replacement that, i...

November 21, 2016

 

Today we put a Spotlight on Tim Sutro our newest Tier 1. 

Q: What technical tip might be helpful to Network Alliance users?

I would teach them how to always log off completely all the way. This allows the system to fully restart t...

November 15, 2016

On Friday, October 21, 2016, roughly half of the world’s websites slowed to an absolute crawl or briefly went offline. Spotify, Twitter, and many others were down for at least part of the day. Sites were back up by the evening hours, but providers, customers, and website hosts remain uneasy. Honestly, it should make all of us uncomfortable. This well-coordinated attack came in multiple waves and used millions of IP addresses. So, what happened, and how can it be prevented in the future?

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November 8, 2016

On Tuesday, November 8, Americans will have the opportunity to head to their local polling places and vote. Wait, don’t leave! We’re not here to discuss politics. We’re here to discuss what happens when you walk into a booth and interact with the device in front of you. We’ve come a long way from inserting pieces of paper into a literal ballot box with a slit cut in the top. Just like almost everything else these days, voting is moving further and further away from pen and paper in favor of more convenient digital options—just not at the rate you might think.

There are two main types of voting machines in use today. Optical scan (paper) and DRE (Direct-Recording Electronic) voting systems. You can see a li...

November 1, 2016

We’ve already written about Google’s introduction of Home as the next step to AI ubiquity in our homes. But the announcement of Pixel, Google’s own Android phone, is worth looking at as well. Rather than providing software for Android-based manufacturers like Samsung and HTC, Google has broken the tested mold, and created their own phone from the ground up. If early reviews are accurate, this could be a game changer for Google and for Android handheld devices.

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October 28, 2016

Network Alliance announces that Byron K. Patrick, Managing Director, CPA/CITP Practice, will be a featured speaker at several upcoming industry events. 

Widely respected in the CPA world, Byron continues his active involvement in CPA conferences, speaking engagements, associations, boards, and networking. Coming off his successful presentation at the recent AICPA EDGE Conference, Byron is focused on helping CPAs be more productive in the ever-changing world of technology. He wants to ensure CPAs are prepared to use the curre...

October 25, 2016

Hurricane Matthew wreaked havoc in the southeast US  and disrupted lives and businesses.  The property damage from the storm will cost billions of dollars, yet that’s only the tip of the iceberg.  The impact on businesses due to lost revenue is significant. 

If your organization experiences a disaster, such as Hurricane Matthew, what are your top fears?  Obviously, people—your family, your staff, yourself—are your first concern. Once you know the people in your life are safe, you start to worry about your...

October 18, 2016

Is there anything you can’t control with your phone these days? From your thermostat to your TV to the garage door to security system, just about anything around your house can be managed with an app. Some may cost a pretty penny, but most are cheaper than you’d expect and can add a great deal of ease to your everyday life.

Heating and Cooling

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October 10, 2016

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has been around for 50+ years. AI research was funded by the US  government in the 1960s, but there were many setbacks and difficulties due to technology limitations. By the late ‘90s, AI was being used for data mining to find patterns in vast amounts of data. Work that would take weeks or months for humans could be processed and presented by machines in minutes. This work was incredibly useful for research but had little impact on the general population’s daily life. Thanks t...

September 27, 2016

Apple's tenth major operating system revision for mobile devices and tablets, beginning September 13, 2016, brings a ton of new features. So many, in fact, you may not recognize your device after the installation. Here’s a quick rundown of what you’ll find on your iPhone or iPad when the update is complete.

Which Devices?

If your Apple device has a 30-pin connector, the long rectangular-shaped charger, it’s time for an upgrade....

 
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