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iPhone 6

“One More Thing” – A Recap of Apple’s Live Reveal

If you didn’t have a chance to keep up with the tweets and live streaming earlier this week of Tim Cook’s iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus Apple Pay and Apple Watch reveal, we’ve compiled a few key points worth noting. Here are the highlights of the next big things in tech right now:

iPhone 6

4.7” screen // 16 GB iPhone 6: $199: (on sale 9/19)iphone 6 and iphone 6 plus

  • 8 MP rear camera and an updated 2.1 MP front camera – that’s up to 240 frames per second.
  • Available in gold, white and “space gray”

iPhone 6 Plus

5.5” screen // 64 GB iPhone 6 Plus: $299 & 128 GB iPhone 6 Plus: $399 (on sale 9/19)

  • Apple’s new A8 processor
  • Retina HD screen with a 1920 x 1080p resolution
  • 8 MP rear camera and an updated 2.1 MP front camera – that’s up to 240 frames per second.
  • Available in gold, white and “space gray”

Apple Pay

Available in October

  • Apple PayiPhone 6 and 6 Plus users will be able to scan their credit cards using the Passbook App by creating a unique code stored in your device
  • Compatible with Visa, Mastercard or AMEX
  • Can be used at 200,000 + supported merchants – basically all you have to do is take our your phone and place it within the merchant sensors reach (the same way your scan your groceries at self checkout.)
  • Security + Privacy- no personal information on your purchases or billing info is collected by Apple or merchants

Apple Watch aka “One More Thing” aka NOT the iWatch

$349, Available in 2015

  • Navigation – touch screen and a “digital crown” wheel on the side of the watch – allowing for simple, precise adjustments and movements throughout the device
  • Hardware – Flexible and durable touch screen to allow for “hard press”
  • WatchKit – platform dedicated to the development of Apple Watch compatible apps
  • Customizable – 6 stylish interchangeable bands
  • The full collection details:
    • Apple Watch: stainless steel and space black stainless steel cases, sapphire crystal display collection,band choices include leather bands, a link bracelet, a Milanese loop, and a band made from high-performance fluoroelastomer
    • Apple Watch Sport: a light-weight aluminum case, durable display with ION X glass and fluoroelastomer band in 5 bright colors.
    • Apple Watch Edition: Six different 18-karat gold cases, display protected with highly polished sapphire crystal and a uniquely designed band for the fashion forward techie.

Now that you have the lowdown on the latest gadgets, you are fully equipped to talk tech with your friends without skipping a beat. And if you want to get a quick feel for the live event, check out this video from Mashable for a 90 second recap that basically repeats what we said above but in much cooler “Apple” style.

Moving On From Windows XP

If you haven’t already, you should seriously consider making the move away from Windows XP because in case you haven’t heard: Microsoft has stopped providing support for the operating system. Not only does this make your business’s computers much more vulnerable to viruses and spyware, but the lack of support automatically puts you behind the curve in both the personal and professional business setting.

We’ve done some internal and external research on the importance of moving away from Windows XP Here are a few tips we’ve compiled.

Before you make the switch:

  1. Download the final XP update that was issued on April 8th 2014.
  2. Make sure your anit-virus and anti-malware are up to date.
    • Microsoft has agreed to provide anti-malware updates to Microsoft Security Essentials for Windows XP until 2015.
    • You might have to uninstall and reinstall your current software to ensure that you have the latest version.
    • iSU recommends using one or more of the following programs: Kapersky, WebRoot, Avast! or AVG. Read more about our recommendations here.
  3. Use a secure and updated internet browser. We recommend Firefox or Chrome, especially since they are supporting Windows XP until 2015.

Making the Switch:

  1. windows XP RIPChoose a new operating system. And along with that, make sure your machine is new enough to support a secure and efficient OS. If not, you might want to consider upgrading your entire machine…and that’s a whole different ball game we won’t get into right now.
  2. Back-Up Your Data: It should go without saying that you should be doing this on a regular basis but at this time backing up your data is probably the most important step in the entire process.
  3. Migrate and Begin the Upgrade: there are several ways to go about doing this:
    • With plenty of DIY programs out there to choose from, migrating the data yourself is pretty easy to do. Some of the available options are: PC Mover Express, XP Migration with HP and Windows Migration Assistant
    • Microsoft has kindly provided a tutorial online for anyone looking to upgrade to Windows 7.
    • If you don’t feel comfortable taking this task on alone, another option is to switch to OSX by taking your Mac into the Genius Bar and having them help you out.

We know making a tech upgrade like this can be pretty scary unless you are savvy with these kinds of things but we cannot stress enough how important it is to adapt and change as technology does. Resisting these changes can put you and your business at a huge risk to hackers. Windows XP is now the most targeted operating system out there yet it’s still commonly used everywhere – every hacker knows this.

For more information on the demise of Windows XP and how to stay ahead of the game, check out these articles:

Why You Should Ditch Windows XP Now

Windows XP Isn’t Safe to Use Anymore

organizing digital files

The Right Way to Organize Your Project Files

Got a mountain of clothes growing on your closet floor? Fine. Are boxes of half eaten leftovers exploding out of your fridge? Sure. But please, for the sake of your sanity and ours, keep your digital files organized!

How to do it right:

Naming and categorizing every file that is connected to your website or project may seem like no big deal but how well you do it is essential in laying a solid foundation for your web development or project management experience. The more detailed and regularly done, the easier it is to retrieve files without a headache. Here are some tips for organizing your files:

  • CLEAR & CONCISE NAMES: Get in the habit of naming your files clearly as soon as you create them. It will save time down the road if your files are named with specific details of exactly what the image is or copy says.
  • CONSISTENT PREFIXES: By using the same name prefix for similar files, all your logos, headers, backgrounds, etc. will appear next to each other in an alphabetically sorted list. If you use the same file name scheme consistently for multiple projects, you’ll know quickly where to find the right files.
  • KEEP EVERYTHING ARCHIVED: Don’t lose, delete, or give away your original image working files! A designer will typically create an image file in Photoshop or Illustrator. They’ll use the extensions .psd, .ai, .tiff, or .eps. These files almost always have editable components, so if another designer or web developer needs to adjust something like a color or the text in the image, they’ll be able to do so easily. If all you have are .jpg, .gif, or .png files and you want to change something – or even display it at a larger size than what you have – another designer will have to recreate the file from scratch.

Here are some examples of good and bad file names:

    • Good: “Logo – Dark Red with Heart.psd” and “Logo – Blue with White Heart.psd”
    • Bad: “red heart logo FINAL version.psd” and “bl & w logo for web.psd.”

Organize Your Website FilesNot only do these methods help the overall experience of project management and web development, but forming good organizational habits like these will come in handy for any digital deliverable you are working on, whether it be at the office or on your personal device.

Plus, with all the time you’ll save not having to search for badly named files you can finally get around to throwing out that moldy sandwich from two weeks ago…well, maybe.

 

 

The Cloud: Hosted Desktops

Hosted Desktops are an easy solution to gaining access to your information whether you are in or out of the office. iSupportU has collaborated with Virterrus to provide our clients with the ability to take advantage of all the benefits of Hosted Desktops through our cloud computing services. Through our Business IT Support department, the Hosted Desktops feature creates an efficient work environment through file sharing, remote access, better security and more. Read about all the benefits of hosted desktops with the cloud:

Hosted Desktops

Enable true mobility and workplace flexibility. Log in from any device (iPad, Mac, PC, laptop, tablet, smartphone, etc.), anywhere and from any network to receive your Windows desktop. This includes:

  • Line of business applications
  • Latest version of Microsoft Office suite and licensing
  • Remote access from anywhere
  • AntiVirus & AntiSpyware
  • Secure file-sharing, permissions, and collaboration spaces
  • Business continuity plan
  • Exchange email
  • Spam & Web Filtering
  • Business Data
  • Backups
  • Disaster recovery
  • Technical Support

VirtualDesktopEvolve into Efficiency

Maximize employee productivity. Virtualize your environment. Desktop virtualization is a key component in the optimized desktop. When running an organization – it’s important to have a Vision and Strategy around application and desktop delivery. Enterprise Mobility. Designing, building, managing and maintaining the desktop virtualization infrastructure using the right technologies, corresponding vendors, and products is an important step. We understand those concerns and have chosen our portfolio of providers wisely. All use the top technology for virtual desktops, network infrastructure, and security.

Virtual desktops

Provide a technology upgrade and ensure your platform never becomes obsolete:

  • Save on large capital outlay (server recycle, workstation refresh, licensing and software)
  • Reduce CapEx and shift to Opex and a predictable, forecast-able, subscription based model
  • Increase Security
  • Easier management
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Enhanced scalability
  • On demand IT and services
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Considering a migration to the Cloud?

Instead of spending time and money yourself to address cloud potentials and solutions, we make it easier and safer to consume and maintain cloud services while reducing cost and risk. Leverage the technology solutions and providers already researched within our portfolio. This will allow your organization to focus on other pressing business needs while not having to invest the time to become a cloud expert.

Contact iSupportU for a free consultation on how the cloud can help your business.

the cloud storage batttle

The Cloud Storage Battle: Box vs. Dropbox

As a business that both employs cloud computing in house and implements cloud storage systems for our clients, iSupportU highly recommends doing your homework when it comes to the powers of “the cloud.” As highlighted in previous articles on Work Surf, The Virtual WorkPlace, Security & Compliance, and Business Continuity, there are many benefits of cloud storage in the professional setting. Below is another breakdown of the cloud storage market. 

Cloud Storage BattleRead More:Entire Article Source: ComputerScienceDegreeHub.com