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10 Reasons You Should Switch to Cloud Computing Now

Cloud computing provides benefits to contemporary enterprises, such as allowing several people to access data in real-time and easily share projects. Working as a synchronized team has never been easier or more accessible, thanks to cloud computing and SaaS (software as a service) apps.

Simply said, cloud computing is internet-based computing, and switching to cloud computing is the best way to keep your company current and competitive.

Here are the top 10 reasons you should switch to cloud computing now:

1) Flexibility

Cloud-based services are perfect for enterprises with changing or developing bandwidth requirements. If your demands grow, you can easily expand your cloud capacity by using the service’s remote servers. Similarly, if you would like to scale back down, the service’s flexibility is built-in.

2) Data protection and recovery

Companies of all sizes must invest in disaster recovery; however, for smaller companies without the necessary funds and skills, this is frequently more of a concept than a reality. Cloud is currently assisting more businesses in avoiding this tendency. In reality, cloud-based recovery solutions have become accessible in a number of formats that can save time, don’t require a huge initial investment, and include third-party expertise.

3) Easy updates

The benefit of switching to the cloud is how the servers are located off-site, out of view, and out of mind. Suppliers handle them for you and distribute frequent automatic updates, including security patches, so you don’t have to waste time managing the network yourself. It allows you to concentrate on the activities that are truly important, such as scaling your business.

4) Minimizing costs

The exorbitant costs of hardware are eliminated with cloud computing. You just pay as you go and benefit from a cash-flow-friendly subscription-based strategy. When you add in the simplicity of setup and administration, that scary, monstrous IT project instantly seems a lot friendlier. Taking the first step toward cloud migration has never been easier.

5) Better collaboration

When your employees can view, edit, and easily share from any location, they can do more and do it more effectively. They may make real-time changes and have full transparency of their collaborations via cloud-based productivity and file-sharing tools.

6) Flexible working opportunities

Cloud computing enables you to work at any place and any time as long as you have access to the internet. Because most well-known cloud services also have mobile applications, you’re not limited by the device you have on hand.

What’s the end result? Companies can provide workers with far more flexible working opportunities so they can achieve the balance between work and life that fits them best — without sacrificing productivity. For many people, working from home is an appealing alternative, and owing to cloud services, it is becoming more feasible.

7) Security

Computer loss is a multibillion-dollar business problem, yet the loss of a piece of expensive equipment pales in comparison to the loss of critical data contained within it. When this happens, cloud computing provides you with more protection. You can access your data regardless of what happens to the device since it is saved on the cloud. According to a Salesforce poll, nearly two-thirds of IT leaders now trust cybersecurity more than ever before, and why not just follow their example and ensure your company and its data are safe?

8) Automation

The simplicity with which dedicated software can make the process of migrating your information to the cloud is one of the most compelling reasons to switch to cloud computing today. According to Salesforce statistics, 51% of employees have discovered that technological advances like cloud computing save time and effort after they’ve been integrated. When you move your company to the cloud, you can automate many of the activities that would otherwise be done manually. It helps you save time on routine activities. For example, you may block the team’s calendars for a recurring meeting once and not have to spend energy on it again.

9) Innovation

When you automate your processes and free up time, you can use it to bring more and more innovation to the business. You can focus on driving the business rather than getting hung up on mundane tasks.

10) Boost CRM efforts

Switching to cloud computing allows you to offer better Customer Relationship Management (CRM) which is a major success factor for any business. Automation of several CRM activities can save time and cost, which you can use to invest in scaling the business. And your customers will be happier with the better services they’re receiving, which is always great for business!

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Everything You Should Know About Meta

The metaverse has been the talk of the town ever since social media giant Facebook announced its foray into the 3D virtual world. This sent the world flocking to the internet in search of all the information that they could find about the metaverse and how this would impact the world we live in.

So What is the Metaverse?

The metaverse is a 3D online platform that allows people to virtually interact with one another in real-time. With the help of virtual and augmented reality headsets, people can do everything they normally would, although in a virtual 3D space. The metaverse allows users to build a virtual life of their own that grows with every passing moment. Users can hangout with others, perform office duties, buy and sell goods or services, and even attend parties. This virtual world lets users move about using an avatar based on a representation of whomever or whatever they choose to be seen as. It offers people a more intuitive way of doing things they normally would on the internet along with a feeling of being more present with what you do.

Earlier References to Metaverse

The metaverse has been referenced on multiple occasions and well before Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg could bring it into the limelight. The word metaverse has its origins in the 1992 sci-fi novel ‘Snow Crash’ by Neal Stephenson where he envisions an amazing virtual reality that he refers to as the metaverse. According to the novel, it is a virtual world that people explore using digital avatars. A more accurate reference of the metaverse is in Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One released in 2011. This sci-fi novel portrays the metaverse as a virtual space called The Oasis, a place that users immerse themselves into, to get away from the problems plaguing the real world.

Metaverse vs Virtual Reality

Apart from the fact that both the metaverse and virtual reality can only work with a headset and a set of controls, they are very different from each other. The main difference between the two is that VR is only a supplement to reality, while the metaverse is a version of reality itself. The metaverse is a virtual space with endless possibilities and it allows users to do as they please.

Companies Banking on The Metaverse

Facebook

Following the announcement of Facebook’s corporate rebranding in October 2021, the company also announced that it planned on investing around $10 billion to acquire and develop VR hardware and software. This would make Meta one of the world’s leaders in the metaverse sector.

Microsoft

As recent as January 2022, the software company announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard. By acquiring the famous video game developing and publishing company, Microsoft made well known its intentions of venturing into the metaverse business.

Google

The Alphabet Inc. owned company quickly followed suit and in January 2022 the company announced its foray into the metaverse business. Google plans on investing in AR projects, after already having invested a little under $40 million on other metaverse projects.

Nvidia

The world’s leading GPU developer, Nvidia is another big-wig eager to dip its toes in the metaverse. After seeing its GPUs being used for all types of computing devices, Nvidia will invest in the metaverse as well, given the sector will heavily rely on its devices.

Unity Software

With the acquisition of Weta Digital, Unity Software boldly announced its foray into the metaverse in November 2021. The deal will set the tech company back by $1.6 billion. Unity Software is banking on the digital VFX company’s innovative tools to develop technology for the metaverse.

Why Do Companies Want to Invest in The Metaverse?

The metaverse is a parallel dimension on the internet that allows users to virtually do what they want, when they want. Services for these requirements are a big avenue for companies who are all vying for a piece of the pie. Corporates are investing in cutting edge technology that will allow users gain access to the metaverse. With thousands of users joining the metaverse for an immersive online experience each day, it is no surprise that businesses are investing huge sums to stay ahead of the competition.

How Good is The Metaverse?

Although the basic concept of the metaverse was set in motion many years ago, it still is a long way from perfect lifelike interactions. The main issue for this is the lack of cutting edge technology and hardware. Many users lack proper VR goggles and motion capture gloves that accurately capture their body language, expressions and quality of voice. However, with companies investing billions of dollars in the metaverse, users can expect a lot better experience in the next few years.

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What Are Desktop Apps?

Apps- they’re not just for your phone or tablet. Many websites will encourage you to download their app on all of your devices. But, why would you download a desktop app when you can just go to the website? Perhaps we can offer an explanation.

Desktop Apps

If you use your computer a lot, especially for work, you might want to install some desktop applications to keep everything organized. And, it’ll be easier to keep track of your downloads and files. Downloading the app version of a website is convenient- push notifications for sales, easily edit your cart/files, and can be personalized. In other words, the website is the standard default for everyone, but the app is your version of the site. The best (and perhaps one of the first) examples is Microsoft Office. You can access Word and all the other Office features on the website, but isn’t the app much preferable? We talked about notifications- this is one of the most important aspects of desktop applications. Platforms such as Slack require notifications. So, if you always have about 50 tabs open and can’t figure out which one that notification ding came from, now you will know. Another advantage is easier sharing- send a file directly to someone without hassling with e-mail.

Of course, if you don’t frequent to a site very often, then don’t worry about downloading the app (at least not on your computer). But, if you don’t want to miss out on important messages or hot sales, then we recommend getting on that app store. It will make things so much easier- trust us, we’re the (desktop) apps people.

Thank you for reading, and h-app-y holidays!

 

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Platforms for Virtual Teams to Stay Connected

Working from home certainly has its benefits! But, it’s also hard to deny there is less communication than when you were in the office. However, thankfully there are ways for virtual business teams to stay connected. See how below.

 

Stay Connected When Virtual

Thankfully, there are websites/apps that help offices stay together, even when everyone is spread out throughout the country. Virtual offices, such as Slack, offer quick messaging, group chats (called channels), and file sharing. Additionally, public/private folders help everyone find documents easily. You can even take notes- handy for remembering deadlines. Also, it’s the little things- such as, receiving a message that doesn’t require a response, so you can “react” to the message to at least acknowledge it. Slack is a great way to keep everyone and everything together. But, some find it to be a little overwhelming, especially if there’s a great number of channels. In that case, try Asana.

Asana focuses more on scheduling and task managing. It is especially handy for editorial teams needing to keep track of blogs and articles. You can categorize them into “to do”, “doing”, “on hold/scheduled” and “Done”. Additionally, you can write notes and @ mention relevant members to keep everyone updated on your progress. Another site similar to Asana that I personally use is Trello. It is perfect for the organized-obsessed. Here, you create a card under the same categories as Asana, but you can add way more detail to the cards. Add members, due dates, descriptions, activity logs, and reminders! Also, you can create different boards if you need to manage clients. And of course, you can always @ someone for a subtle “hey you need to do this.”

We’d also like to suggest ProofHub as well. Google has all the apps for an organized virtual connected workspace- calendar, hangouts, meet, and of course, being able to send google docs back and forth is a breeze. How does your workplace stay connected virtually? Let us know, we’d love to hear about y’all!

 

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Technology Gifts To Snag on Black Friday

It’s that time of the year again! Time to buy whatever electronic device you’ve been thinking about replacing. Or for a friend. Whether it be a new phone, tablet, or maybe a smartwatch, here is your guide on Black Friday technology-related gifts.

Black Friday Technology Gifts

Here’s a tech gift list that isn’t just smartphones or a TV. How about a smartwatch instead?

  • Samsung or Apple Smartwatch. Quickly check notifications and don’t have to carry your phone with you around the house. Additionally, Samsung’s smartwatches are compatible with Apple and Android.
  • Airfryer. I know this is a kitchen item, but there’s a lot of technology behind these kitchen essentials. On Emeril’s AirFryer, you can toast, bake, rotisserie, warm, and most importantly, air-fry. More options as well! Super helpful for Thanksgiving cooking.
  • Lenovo Chromebook Duet. A tablet and a laptop in one! You can choose between 10″ and 13″. It can hold up to 64 GB of storage. Now, whether to buy this for yourself or as a gift… Hmmm.
  • Get stylus pens for stocking stuffers.
  •  An Amazon Echo Dot can play music, change the thermostat, or control the lights all on your command. Or a Google Nest Mini, which can do the same.
  • A wireless charger. While it charges a little slower, it’s more convenient than fumbling with a cord. Also, it reduces wear on your phone’s charging port. Alas, no more turtleneck chargers, as the cords on wireless chargers last longer. It can charge even with a case on.
  • LED Light strips are an excellent way to spruce up any home. Choose from an array of colors to fit the mood.

These are some ideas that aren’t your usual Best Buy purchases. We hope these handy little things were an improvement to your or your giftee’s life. Let us know if you bought anything off this list! Personally, we love wireless chargers. Happy shopping season!

 

> Check out our blog on how to save on Black Friday shopping. <

 

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Apple Affected By Supply Shortage

If you were thinking about getting a new Macbook or iPad, you might have to wait a while. And by that, we mean a few months. Apple is now dealing with the global supply shortage.

 Apple and the Supply Shortage

So far, Apple has fared well through the chip shortage because they have their own manufacturing system. But now, more materials are seeing a lack in supply worldwide. So, they announced that they would be cutting back on iPad and Macbook manufacturing. This is so that they can have enough chips to meet the iPhone 13 demand. Hopefully, things will be up and running after the next quarter, though. If you try to get one of the two now, it may not come until early next year. Apple will say that it won’t arrive until May-July 2022, but experts think that they are exaggerating a little. However, it is unknown how long this chip/supply shortage will last.

We will keep a close eye on this and see how well they hold up throughout this supply hiccup. Because they make their own A15 chip, we think that they’ll be okay. All things get better with a bit of time and patience. During this time, we recommend sticking with your current device. Also, because of the shortage, prices have been going up. But, things will likely calm down as our workforce shifts back to normal. Stay tuned for updates!

See also: Apple selling $19 polishing cloths. At least shipping is free.

 

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T-Mobile 2021 Data Breach

In August of 2021, T-Mobile announced a breach in the system that affected over 50 million customers. Unfortunately, a hacker got in, stealing customers’ personal data. Thankfully, no financial information was compromised.

T-Mobile Security Breach

A few months ago, 21-year-old American John Brinns was able to gain access to customers’ personal files.  This includes information such as Social Security numbers, addresses, and whatnot. Using an unprotected router, Brinns found a few weak spots in their security system. His goal was to make personal information available on the dark web. Since then, Brinns is now dealing with legal consequences. Thankfully, the company was able to confirm that he did not obtain any credit card numbers. Additionally, usernames and passwords also remain safe. Since then, the company has apologized. Also, they are now partnering with McAfee for better online security. To extend their apology, they are offering a free 2-year McAfee ID Theft Protection program. You can read more about the incident and their solution in their official statement.

So, now is a good time to check your e-mail addresses and passwords to make sure they are safe. You can do so with Google Password Check-Up or Mozilla Firefox Monitor. Remember to stay safe on the Internet!

 

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The iPhone 13 and iOS 15.0.2

The iPhone 13 came out in September 2021. Now that it’s been out for about a month now, we have an idea of what it’s like. Read on to see what the new iPhone 13 and iOS 15.0.2 is like.

 iPhone 13

Despite the chip shortage, the iPhone 13 still came out as scheduled. While it is still similar to its older sibling, there are some changes as always. And, there’s a brand new feature: iMovie. Because vlogging is trending, Apple makes it easy for the everyday vlogger to capture their life in HD. Also, it’s perfect for small business owners to produce ads for their businesses. You can edit, add text (like title and credits) and other cool effects. So, in order to make high-quality videos and movies, the iPhone 13 has to have a good camera. Introducing Night Mode camera- no more bright flash and still-dark background. Another notable feature is the ceramic shield, so Samsung people no longer can go after iPhones for shattering so easily. Apple was not affected by the chip shortage because they have their own A15 Bionic chip.

iOS 15.0.2

Along with the iPhone 13, iOS 15.0.2 is now available. It precedes the iOS 15, which was designed for the newest iPhone. So, now all the bugs have been worked out with the 2nd iOS 15. Specifically, there was an iMessage bug and 15.0.2 is the bug spray. Now, when you pull up the Internet, whether it be Safari or Google Chrome, the tabs are panels so you can see the page easier. This also allows for widget-friendly pages. So, if you have a website that you need to stay on top of, this is ideal.

The standard size is 6.1″ and the mini is 5.4″. There are 5 color options to choose from now that you don’t need a case that covers up your smooth & sleek iPhone. They start at the usual $1,000. Check out the official deets on the Apple page for more information. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and reviews- we’d love to hear from you!

 

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Samsung Brings Back the Flip Phone

If you had a flip phone back in the early-mid 2000s, you probably miss the satisfaction of snapping your phone shut. Thankfully, now in 2021, you can buy a smart flip phone- say what? So far, two things from the early 2000s have come back around: Limp Bizkit and flip phones. Samsung is about to release their Galaxy Z Flip 3 phone- read on to see how rad it is.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 Phone

As of now, the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is available for pre-order, with the official launch set for Friday, August 27th. However, we’ve been able to snag reviews about it already. Cnet reports that now, the mid-section (the phone flips hamburger-style) feels smoother. Meaning, you can’t feel the bumps and hinges like you would on phones before. Also, it is still waterproof, just as all the other Samsungs. Also, the flip feature makes it easy to take photos. If you’re interested in photo quality, check out these photos from Cnet. One cool little feature is the little display window when you close the phone to check the time and notifications at a glance. Don’t worry about it breaking on you- it’s made with high-grade aluminum and Gorilla Glass to protect your screen. Lengthwise, it is 6.5″ when opened, 3.4″ folded.   This impressive, futuristic smart flip phone starts at $1,000. Considering that Samsung drastically improved the folding design (and even made it happen in the first place), it’s worth the price!

There’s also the Galaxy Z Fold 3. It’s bigger (like an Ultra version) and folds hot-dog style. It’s the Galaxy Note series child, so it has an S-pen holder and other similar features to the Note.

 

We will keep following reviews and keep y’all up to date. If you have the new Samsung flip phone, let us know what you think of it. Hey, bonus points if you bling out your flip phone for the ultimate mid-2000s vibe!

Also, check out Samsung’s latest smartwatch, and follow our blog for updates! Thanks for reading!

 

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