October 30th, 2014 by Pamela Michael
One million credit cards in 72 hours. That’s how many cards Apple Inc. Chief Executive, Tim Cook, says were activated during the first 3 days following the launch of Apple Pay. Speaking at the WSJD Live event, hosted by The Wall Street Journal, Cook said that Apple is already the leader in “contactless” payments, and has users that number “more than the total of all the other guys.”
But not everyone is celebrating the new payment offering. Rite Aid and CVS have deactivated the NFC devices at their stores in support of a different mobile payment service set to roll-out next year. Additonally, Panera and Starbucks are critical of the system, noting that in order for them to fully embrace any mobile payment program Read the rest of this entry »
October 21st, 2014 by Pamela Michael
A dusty, crusty work station isn’t just unattractive, it can also prove detrimental to both you and your computer’s health. Dust and dirt can get caught under keys or inside mouse rollers affecting performance, and buildup on vents can block circulation causing your rig to run hotter than necessary. Furthermore, laptops and keyboards can harbor tremendous amounts of bacteria, spreading sickness when shared and prolonging illness when not. Therefore, with the cold and flu season just around the corner, today is the perfect day to take 10 minutes and wipe down your work area.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for general computer cleaning:
- Never eat or drink around the computer. We all know this is the number one rule, but let’s be honest; it’s also the hardest! Therefore, if you are going to eat or drink at your desk, try to keep food and drinks as far from the computer as possible so that if an accident does occur, you have time to stop spills before they reach any components.
- Before cleaning, make sure the computer is turned off. If you will be cleaning the back of the computer, gently work around any connections making sure not to unplug or loosen them as you go.
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October 14th, 2014 by Pamela Michael
Since the announcement that Apple will be entering the digital wallet arena, many shoppers are taking a second look at the platform. This renewed interest, in turn, raises many additional questions: What is NFC technology? Is it really secure? What else can it do? The truth is, NFC technology has been around for several years, and may even be something that you’re already using. Read the rest of this entry »
October 7th, 2014 by Pamela Michael
In our never-ending quest for simplicity in a digital age, wouldn’t it be great if we could eliminate the need for a wallet and simply pay for everything we wanted with our iPhone? This is exactly what Apple envisions as they release their new, wireless, digital wallet later this month. With the use of a fingerprint sensor and short-range radio waves, Apple Pay will allow you to purchase your latte, pay for parking, or secure other goods at participating retailers on a growing list that includes Macy’s, Walgreens, and McDonalds.
Sound familiar? It should. This technology is by no means new. Near Field Communication (NFC), the technology that allows a special chip inside the phone to transmit information to the register, is already available on most Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry devices, and in as many as 220,000 retail stores. Up until now, however, Apple has stayed out of the game. Read the rest of this entry »
October 3rd, 2014 by Pamela Michael
Are you an IT leader looking to grow your skill set and take on more responsibility? Do you follow emerging technology trends, strategically envisioning how these innovations could significantly impact productivity and profits?
Can you identify and provide resolutions for standard and complex technical problems? Can you successfully communicate those ideas to both your colleagues and end users in a manner that enhances trust, confidence and mutual respect?
If you’re ready to tackle the greatest challenges small to mid-size businesses face by building, monitoring, and maintaining technology infrastructures capable of keeping pace with their business goals, we’d like to hire you. Read the rest of this entry »