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09May2017

Gigabit Service

For Verizon customers, 1-gigabit service for $70 per month sounds so good. But it may not be the service of your dreams. There’s a lot going on here, so let’s try to sort it out. First, the initial offer is for new customers only. That shouldn’t surprise any consumers for anything we buy. Businesses routinely
  • 9 May, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Comcast, fast internet, gigabit internet, high speed network, netflix, on demand, performance, steaming, ultra hd, Verizon,
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09May2017

Home Router Vulnerability

Your home router is easily your most essential device for connecting businesses and family members to the world. It’s also the most vulnerable opening for hackers. How vulnerable is your router? One good place to look is Port 7547. If it’s closed on your router, it’s safe – for now. If it’s open, you’re vulnerable.
  • 9 May, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • data security, MC, misfortune cookie, online safety, risk management, router hack,
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09May2017

Death of the Smartphone?

While we all wait for the next versions of iPhones and Galaxies, are they “dead men walking?” Technology changes – fast. Where could the smartphone go? To use an analogy for most of you, it could go the way of the VCR. That technology is commercially dead, but its function lives on through DVR capabilities,
  • 9 May, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • agmented reality, AI, Apple, AR, galaxy, iPhone, Samsung, smarphone, Wearables,
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28Mar2017

Verizon Forcing Email Decision; We Recommend You Exit

Verizon is dripping out the announcement that it will migrate its email business to AOL, which the communications giant acquired in 2015. It’s a rolling process that will take place over the next several months, and everyone will get specific instructions based on your account. Your clock will start ticking when you get an email
  • 28 Mar, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • AOL, email, email options, GMail, Google, Microsoft, Outllook, Verizon,
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28Mar2017

Cybersecurity Scorecard

Cybersecurity has dominated our conversation for the past year, and a report from SonicWall, which provides security tools worldwide for networks to email and everything in between, shows where we’re making progress and where new threats lie. First, the good news. In data gathered in the past year from the SonicWall Global Response Intelligent Defense
  • 28 Mar, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Android, cybercrime, cybersecurity, data security, exploit, exploits, Google, GRID, IoT, Malware, risk management, SonicWall, ssl, ttl,
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28Mar2017

Tales from the SSD

When should you spend more money for an SSD (solid-state drive) hard drive? We’ve talked about speed and about having electronic components instead of mechanical components. Here are two examples of when an SSD makes sense. One of our clients, an auto body shop, recently bought a new desktop computer, and complained, after a month,
  • 28 Mar, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • faster drive, HDD, performance, solid-state drive, SSD,
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14Mar2017

Your Next Mobile Phone is All About the Apps

If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone, it won’t be a Windows phone. With Windows 10 as the operating system for less than 1 percent of the mobile market, Microsoft is killing its mobile phone. It’s all about the apps – more specifically about app developers. With Android and Apple accounting for
  • 14 Mar, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Android, Apple, Galaxy S8, iPhone, iPhone 8, Microsoft, mobile apps, mobile phones, Samsung,
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14Mar2017

Nomorobo = No More Robo Calls? We Hope It Adds Up

If you’re tired of robo calls and caught in the web of spoofed telephone numbers, Nomorobo might be the app for you. It is for us. It’s one product to help you manage your telephone. For most of us, robocalls are a major annoyance. Even when you don’t pick up the phone, they ring and
  • 14 Mar, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • Android, CTIA, FCC, IOS, iPhone, robo calls, security, spoofing,
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14Mar2017

How About an App to Navigate Airports?

Trying to cover the distance between gates for connecting flights can be a huge – if not insurmountable – problem for flyers. After catching our breath in Atlanta, I’d like an app that can tell me where my connecting flight is, how I get to that gate and how long it should take me once
  • 14 Mar, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • AirGrub, airport information, App in the Air, Apple Watch, flying, frequent flyer, gate information, GateGuru, Kayak, LiveATC.net, Mobile Passport, MyTSA, navigation, PreCheck®, TripIt,
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14Feb2017

Anatomy of a Solution

In our quest for value, we sometimes take shortcuts to an improved bottom line by buying off-brand equipment at a lower price. In some cases, it’s a shortcut to danger that can leave us walking the edge of a cliff and essentially wipe out any savings we might have gained. It’s taken a concerted effort
  • 14 Feb, 2017
  • Norman Rosenthal
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  • brand name, hardware failure, quality, reliability, support,
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