Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Google Drive for Work getting plethora of new security features

The video in the link below says it well.  Google Apps for Work is a solution to manage this issue.
"Employees need to share documents and if IT doesn't provide the tools, employees will find the convenient technology to get the job done.  Even if that means 3rd party tools that put your data at risk to all kinds of threats." 


Amazon Dash Button - Press to pay for the convenience

How much would you pay for this convenience?


6 Facts About Introverts and Social Media That Will Impress Your Friends

Six facts about introverts & social media:
  1. Introverts need alone time
  2. 1/3 of the world's population is introverted
  3. Al Gore and Warren Buffet are introverts
  4. Introverts are not more intelligent than extroverts
  5. Introverts love the internet and cats more than extroverts
  6. Introverts don't care so much if you like them

I consider myself as introvert.  :|

What about you?


Monday, March 30, 2015

Facebook's 10-Year Plan To Become The Matrix

Time travel into the future of Virtual Reality - VR / Artificial Intelligence - AI:
" If you look beyond the silly goggles for a moment, it’s a beautiful conceit about connecting humanity. Except for one thing: They don’t want to simply map Facebook on a world that already exists, adding share buttons to life events. They want to suck the real world inside Facebook's virtual walls. They want you to live in the Facebook Matrix.  

Want to keep individuals engaged with your content?  This does make sense!



Friday, March 27, 2015

Facebook bets on Internet drones and virtual reality tech

I like the keyword affordably!

Aircraft like these will help connect the whole world because they can affordably serve the 10 percent of the world’s population that live in remote communities without existing Internet infrastructure. 
Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

7 Ways to Keep Your Email From Ending Up in the Trash

Email marketing tools are abundant.  Using one of these tools and the suggestions below will do nothing but improve your marketing.

7 Ways to Keep Your Email From Ending Up in the Trash
  1. Send emails in batches
  2. Clean and update email lists
  3. Include a clear unsubscribe link
  4. Become a contact
  5. Don't use big images
  6. Avoid certain 'spam' language 
  7. Don't buy a list

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The cord-cutter's guide: calculate what it would cost to get all of your TV online

The internet provides a wealth of video exposure; especially with YouTube and other proprietary apps or web browsers.

How does this affect businesses?  

My opinion - never has there been more tools available to small businesses to capture opportunities from TV media.  I personally watch little to no TV because so much content is available to me online (many with little to zero commercials too).

What are your thoughts?


Friday, March 20, 2015

Trolls on the internet

Bullies in high school, trolls as adults, phishers as criminals?

I believe an open and free internet is a privilege in our society of free speech.

However; bullies, trolls, phishers will put pressures on our government to react.

What are your thoughts on internet trolls and phishers?


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Microsoft Internet Explorer brand is coming to an end

Although it's been here since Windows 95; IE as a brand of web browser is coming to an end.


Apple broadcast TV

Competition is good for the consumer.

This applies to consumers of broadcast TV.

Five years ago; I would have never though of Apple broadcast TV as being viable.

However, today with so many great advances in wireless and smartphone technology I embrace the idea of broadcast TV competition on mobile devices.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Super Google Chromebook

  • Sold on Google? 
  • Like Gmail?  
  • Like Google Drive? 
  • Want 1TB of Google Drive cloud storage for 3 years?
  • Like Google Hangout with family, friends, and clients in 2560 x 1700 resolution screen?
  • Wish you had a 2-in-1 media reader Supports Secure Digital and MultiMediaCard formats?
  • Need 2 high-speed USB 2.0 ports for fast digital data transfer and easy peripheral connectivity?
  • Desire high-speed dual-band wireless (802.11a/b/g/n 2x2)?
  • Bluetooth 3.0 technology?
  • Like an light 3.4 lbs unit that measures just 0.6" thin For lightweight portability?
  • Wow - industrial design machined from anodized aluminum. 
  • Awesome - a backlit, Chrome OS keyboard with function keys offers easy typing and one-touch control of the Chromebook. 
  • Google Chrome operating system preinstalled 
  • Detail? 4.3 million pixels!
    • Chromebook boots in seconds 
    • Stays fast 
    • Requires almost zero setup and maintenance

Friday, March 13, 2015

Meerkat - future of online video?

" While it's hardly the first livestreaming app to be hyped up, Meerkat has somehow struck a chord with Twitter users, offering a quick and easy way to broadcast what you're up to your followers, who can then tune in and comment during the livestream.
Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/meerkat-ben-rubin-interview-on-twitter-buying-periscope-2015-3#ixzz3UJihs0kO


Disorganization - With or Without Technology

Stop - Think - Breathe.

Is disorganization stealing your time, attention, and health?

In the last several weeks I taught Gmail and Google Drive classes.  Attendees walked-in with a state of technology disorganization; and walked-out with an education to be more effective with their lives and work.

I encourage everyone to become more organized with your email and other digital assets.

It starts with learning; learning more to become as effective as possible.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Google Drive - Class Tickets SOLD OUT

Although the Google Drive class has SOLD OUT at AB Tech for 3/11; 
please contact Web Tech Czar for individual or group training at other times.

iOS Calendar Gmail app is here

Nice app Calendar app.  Thank you Google.

  • A new Schedule View – See your schedule at a glance with photos and maps of the places you’re going.
  • Events from Gmail – Flight, hotel, concert, restaurant reservations and more are added to your calendar automatically.
  • Assists to fill in your calendar – You can quickly create events with smart suggestions for event titles, places and people.
  • Different ways to view your calendar – Speedily switch between viewing a single day to getting an overview of multiple days at once.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

2015 Transylvania Spring Business Summit - Brevard

The North Carolina Transylvania Spring 2015 Business Summit was held on Friday, March 6.

Agenda included:

Economic Development and New Business Assistance (a.m.)
    • 2015 WNC and Transylvania Economic Update, Tom Tveidt, SYNVA
    • ScaleUp WNC by Matt Raker
    • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), Erica Anderson, Lank of Sky Regional Council
    • Vision Youth Leadership Awards
    • Economic and Workforce Development, Dr. Scott Ralls - President of the NC Community College System (picture below)
Tourism and Entrepreneur Skills to Grow Your Business (p.m.)
Brevard College - Porter Center, Friday, March 6, 2015
Register here for future NC Community College Small Business Center Network training events, including many great technology classes!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Why are you and I a Gmail user?

Yes, I have many email addresses; Outlook, Yahoo, iCloud, Me, AOL and more.  I use them to sample their features.  Yet, I find myself coming back to Google Gmail for these reasons:
  1. Free got me started; now it is a better value when compared to other suites
  2. Ease of use and good documentation
  3. Google provides the most free cloud storage
  4. I like the Google ecosystem:
    • Software: Chrome-Drive-Docs-Sheets-Slides-Drawings-Sites-Blogger-GooglePlus-YouTube--Voice-Hangouts- and many more
    • Hardware: Chromebook, Android mobile devices
  5. Less advertisements, spam
  6. Secure mobility on multiple devices, 2 factor authentication

Provide your comments as to why do you use (or not use) Gmail?