Advancements in Technology: That Awkward Moment When Your House Is Smarter Than You

September 30th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

You may recall that once, perhaps a few months or years ago, some fellow from the electric company wanted to put in a new meter. If this hasn’t happened to you yet, don’t hold your breath, but it could eventually. Either way, the electric companies have been installing Smart Meters for consumers, which measure energy usage as it is consumed rather than at the end of the month. The good news? No more meter readers making the dog go bananas. The bad news? Security is one of those things that nobody thinks about until a disaster (like flood insurance in the Sahara). For better or for worse, this is the first of many “smart home” advancements in technology worming their way into your life.

Smart Meters are designed to monitor energy usage to help consumers save energy, but privacy  issues arise when people start noticing that the system could very easily catalog how you spend your day, whether or not you’re on vacation, and what sorts of devices you have in your home, which makes some rather crabby. Read the rest of this entry »

AVG Issues New Privacy Policy for its Free App

September 25th, 2015 by Pamela Michael

Micro Visions Explores AVG Privacy PolicyOn October 15th, AVG Technologies will implement their new privacy policy. In an effort to be completely transparent, the Czech company recently issued a statement outlining how it will be gathering and sharing the information collected from those who choose to download and use the free version of their security software. The information was very candid, and basically confirmed that the company can and does intend to use its customer’s data for its own purposes, including sharing it with a variety of AVG-related companies. While the practice of sharing personal information is certainly not new and in fact utilized by most large businesses these days, many users seemed surprised that their security company would be joining in the game. Read the rest of this entry »

Apple Music vs. the World

September 16th, 2015 by Jennifer Lough

Apple Vs. WorldIf there’s anything that makes company leaders and representatives crabby, it’s Apple sucking 30% of the profits from their apps sold through the App Store. Evidently, Apple’s competitors have had quite enough because the rumor mill suggests an impending FTC investigation. However, as Jeff John Roberts points out, rumors of FTC investigation hardly indicate legal consequences for Apple, especially since they are neither a monopoly nor competition killers. For example, Spotify Premium, which is typically downloaded from the App Store for $12.99 per month, can be downloaded from Spotify’s website for $9.99 per month because the website version doesn’t have to contend with Apple’s 30% cut.

Following the launch of Apple Music, criticism has increased because the App store can sell its premium service (Apple Music has no free tier at the time of this writing, aside from Beats 1) for the standard $9.99, but other music streaming services must either increase their price to compensate for Read the rest of this entry »

What Are Managed Services?

September 10th, 2015 by MVI Team

Micro Visions will be Closed on Labor Day

September 3rd, 2015 by Pamela Michael

MVI Labor Day IconOur offices will be closed on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.

As always, our engineers are available for emergencies around the clock, 365 day a year, by calling (844) 776-0400.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend!