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How 5G is Being Overhyped

How 5G is Being Overhyped

More and more is being said about the impending shift from fourth-generation wireless to fifth-generation, and how impactful this shift will be. The only problem is, a lot of what is being said is conflated hyperbole - exaggerated and overhyped.

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A Field Guide to the Cables Around the Office

A Field Guide to the Cables Around the Office

If there’s one thing you likely have plenty of in your office, it’s cables. Each device you regularly use probably has compatibility with at least one kind of cable… but can you identify them and what they do? Below, we’ll go over a few common cable types so that you’ll be able to do just that.

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The Biggest Problem with VoIP and How It Isn’t a Deal-Breaker

The Biggest Problem with VoIP and How It Isn’t a Deal-Breaker

VoIP, like most other business-grade technologies, was developed to give businesses (and other organizations) a chance to utilize the technology they spend so much money on for more than just for productivity. That’s not to say that VoIP platforms don’t have disadvantages, but the major disadvantages of VoIP are generally tied to the availability of a reliably strong bandwidth connection.

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How Blockchain Will Soon Help All Companies

How Blockchain Will Soon Help All Companies

With several emerging technologies threatening to change the way that we look at the world, we live in a very exciting time. One of the most intriguing technologies is called blockchain. What was once looked upon as a technology that had no practical application is now beginning to be looked at as the answer to some of the most pressing security issues facing 21st-century technology users. Let’s take a look at blockchain.

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You Shouldn’t Defragment Solid State Drives

You Shouldn’t Defragment Solid State Drives

Running a disk defrag has long been used as a quick fix to slow computer issues, but modern computers have afforded better practices that are less harmful to the device. We’ll explain what the issue is and why you want to avoid defragging your disk.

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Which Option is Best for Your Conferencing Needs?

Which Option is Best for Your Conferencing Needs?

Today’s businesses are much more flexible in how they can hold meetings, thanks to the development of conferencing solutions. Using these solutions, many organizations have experienced operational benefits. Today, we’ll go over the considerations around selecting your business’ conferencing solution.

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The “Current” State of Wireless Charging

The “Current” State of Wireless Charging

It seems that wireless power has fully upgraded from the electric toothbrush to our other electronics. This technology, known as near-field induction charging, has taken off… but it is still limited in the fact that the device has to be in contact with the charger. For now, at least.

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What Will Happen in the Net Neutrality Debate?

What Will Happen in the Net Neutrality Debate?

With the 2018 repeal of net neutrality laws, many Internet users were concerned about the financial ramifications of those companies who profit off of the delivery of the Internet being put in control. The assumption was that speeds would plummet while costs grew. Now, about a year later, have these predictions turned out to be reality?

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Is Bandwidth More Affordable with Corporate-Controlled Internet?

Is Bandwidth More Affordable with Corporate-Controlled Internet?

After the net neutrality laws were repealed in 2018, many people were afraid of what that would mean for their wallets. As huge telecommunications corporations gained control over the Internet, many Americans were left supposing that they were going to be facing higher bills and slower speeds. How has this materialized in the 11 months since net neutrality was repealed?

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Tip of the Week: Take This Quick Quiz

Tip of the Week: Take This Quick Quiz

When a business utilizes its technology properly, the chances of it yielding positive results improve. That being said, technology isn’t a priority for every single business out there. There are some business owners out there that don’t prioritize the latest technology releases, and that’s perfectly fine, as long as the organization doesn’t let it hold them back from greatness.

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Why (and How) to Train Employees on Their Technology

Why (and How) to Train Employees on Their Technology

Chances are, your employees aren’t going to be able to just sit down and immediately begin using your business’ technology solutions. This is one reason why employee training is an invaluable investment of time. Let’s discuss some others.

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A Quick Look at Professional Services Management Software

A Quick Look at Professional Services Management Software

As we come up on tax time, we’re reminded just how important the professional services are. There is very little that businesses do without consultation. After all, consultants are just professionals in a field giving you advice on how to navigate forward. Lawyers, financial consultants, accountants, and advertising and marketing specialists are just a few of the crucial people that provide the average business with outside expertise.

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Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: What’s the Difference?

Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365: What’s the Difference?

Microsoft is a huge player in the business world, providing businesses from all over the world with the tools they need to be successful. From small businesses to large enterprises, Microsoft provides the software that many businesses use to get through their day-to-day tasks. If you need to make a decision regarding your organization’s software needs, you might encounter terms like Microsoft Office 365 and Microsoft’s Office 365. Wait… Aren’t those the same things? Not quite.

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Messaging is an Important Communications Tool for SMBs

Messaging is an Important Communications Tool for SMBs

Any business that wants to have sustained success needs to have a strong communications strategy. Typically, businesses used a telephone service from the telephone company, an email server they hosted themselves, and their official company letterhead that they’d use for all their formal correspondence.

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Augmented Reality is Promising for Small Businesses

Augmented Reality is Promising for Small Businesses

Every so often, we encounter an IT solution that could prove to be intensely beneficial to businesses when it can be fully adopted, but also has a few obstacles to its complete implementation. Here, we’ll review how augmented reality can be used practically in the future, and the challenges that will need to be overcome in order to do so.

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We are Seeing More IT Growth in Medicine

We are Seeing More IT Growth in Medicine

Technology has helped many industries push beyond their limits and embrace new operational methods that may not have been possible in the past. One of these industries is healthcare and medical IT. Thanks to these advancements, patients have more options now than ever before in how much control they have over their records, but providers must be wary of these changes in order to take advantage of them.

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What Do You Need Your Business’ Technology to Accomplish?

What Do You Need Your Business’ Technology to Accomplish?

Service offerings for business technology are kind of tricky to approach for administrators--especially if they have gotten by just fine without implementing new technology for the past few years. We want you to ask yourself if you are absolutely certain that the solutions aren’t needed by your business. You might find that you actually do need them.

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What to Get that Techie in Your Life

What to Get that Techie in Your Life

We all know someone that has to have the latest and greatest technology. They have all of the gaming platforms, they have to get the newest smartphones every year, and they are the only person you know that owns multiple smartwatches. Clearly, some gizmo or gadget would make a great gift, but there’s still the age-old concern: what do you get for someone who seems to have everything?

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Five Flagships You Have to See to Believe

Five Flagships You Have to See to Believe

Smartphones are some of the most important pieces of technology on the open market. In fact, more computing is done today with just a device that can fit in your pocket than was ever done when all there was were PCs. For this reason, people are buying smartphones that are priced much like high-end PCs. Manufacturers have responded to this demand by upgrading their devices every year.

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Here are 3 Benefits of Having a Powerful Wireless Network

Here are 3 Benefits of Having a Powerful Wireless Network

The average technology user finds wireless connectivity practically a necessity. The second the Wi-Fi drops out and is unusable, panic ensues. The same can be said for any business that relies on it. In particular, organizations that depend on wireless connectivity can’t even function without it. We’ll walk you through ways your organization can benefit from a strong wireless network.

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