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Android Phones and Computers

Plus, the "Chrome Edge" browser explained

  • 20 February 2020
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In our February SIMformation, we look at how Android Apps can bring many of your computer tools to your smartphone, linking things like Outlook, One Drive and more across these platforms. We also have a FAQ section on the new Microsoft Edge browser using the Chromium engine, and what this means for your Internet surfing. Plus, Microsoft did an Oops when it let a security certificate expire taking down Teams, so even the "big guys" can let these slip. And, a security flaw was found in a Cloud application letting anyone with access to a server see everyone's data there, so this is a caution about Cloud security. Finally, we note that people did take the warnings about moving off Windows 7 seriously, as there was a big uptick for Windows 10 in January, so hopefully you were part of this trend too as Windows7 is now out of support.

Happy Holidays from SIM2K

Will Passwords go Away?

  • 19 December 2019
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In our December SIMformation, we discuss where security will go, and if passwords will ever be replaced by biometrics, or even more extreme measures such as implanted chips. We discuss the browser war and how Firefox is lagging in revenues, bringing into question Mozilla's position in the market. We preview the new SecuriSync app that will let you view documents in Window Explorer without having to download them, Google is extending their AI chops into Google Docs with "Smart Compose" that will help users draft documents faster by suggesting common phrases and words to complete their writing. And, we look at the 2020 crystal ball and several trends the IT experts believe will be impacting technology in the coming year. Plus our random factoids from tech. Happy holidays to all our friends, and we look forward to continuing to be your IT partner in this next year and decade.

Chrome or Nothing?

Google's browser dominates market

  • 28 August 2018
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In our August SIMformation, we look at how Google's Chrome Internet browser is far outpacing Microsoft's Edge and Internet Explorer and Mosaic's Firefox in total users.  Is this good or bad?  Plus, we look at five areas the IT security experts say are the targets for the "bad guys" and why cybersecurity must be of utmost importance to any individual and company.  If "123456" is your password, you better thing about changing it, as that is #1 on the list of 50 most exposed passwords.  We have the full list of 50 just so you can check to see if you made the list or if your password is more secure than these.  As an alternative to passwords alone, we look at a USB security key as an additional two-factor authentication check and how that has proven to benefit companies.  And, as the march to the Cloud continues, we look at security issues for hosted software in the Cloud and what you can do to protect your data in these situations.

Finally, we take a moment to introduce our newest product offering.  SIM2K is now an Epson Brighter Futures partner, so we can offer educational discounts on Epson products like their innovative interactive projectors for use in classrooms.  Schools, school districts and other educational agencies can qualify for the Brighter Futures program, so please contact us for more information on Epson products and Brighter Futures.

Windows 10 Update Coming

Virtual Assistants enter Business Market

  • 27 March 2018
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In our March SIMformation, we look at the Spring Windows 10 Update and some of the new features and improvements coming down the pike from Microsoft.  Some are new features, others are existing features that have been renamed, and some security improvements rolled in, as well.  We will be checking this update to be sure it "does no harm" to existing programs.  Not to be left out, we also look at some new releases from Apple, as well.

The use of emojis in today's communications has created a new legal issue - can they be interpreted as sarcasm, slander or just amusement?  We look at some examples lawyers have tackled and question if you need to use these in business communications.  And, on the browser side of the Internet, Chrome has launched a new ad blocker feature, hoping to cut down on the annoying pop-ups, video-based and "sticky ads" that clutter up your screen and don't add any value to the content you are reading.

Finally, we look at the convergence of AI (artificial intelligence) and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, and how these assistants are moving into business-focused applications.  This opens a new chapter in the ability to access information or control devices by speech, rather than clicking through computers.

IP-Based Video Systems

Video over same network as PCs

  • 15 November 2017
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In our November issue, we look at Internet-Protocol (IP) based video systems.  The convergence of video over the same networks as PCs means companies no longer have to string coax cable for video as the video signal can now piggy-back on the same network as computers.  Companies are installing video for security, safety and as a crime deterrent, and SIM2K can specify, install, configure and support these video systems.  We also take a look at two of the popular note-taking programs, Microsoft's OneNote and Evernote, and compare the pros and cons of both.  Users of Google Chrome browsers will see some improvements with the new update that also fixes lots of security issues.  Microsoft is rolling out a new authorization policy for Windows 10 Enterprise which may foreshadow where the company will go with all Windows licensing in the future. And, we re-cap Cybersecurity Month with a look at the "Bad Rabbit" ransomware released at the end of October and cover our tips for securing your network from malware.

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