Coming Soon: Microsoft Lync-Skype Connectivity

Posted on 2/28/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in Microsoft unified communications Video conferencing

Lync-Skype Connectivity for presence, IM and voice will be available to all Lync users by June 2013.

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Cisco, Nimble and VMware Partnership Yield Exciting VDI Solution

Posted on 2/27/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in Cisco virtualization tech trends storage

A recent collaboration between Cisco, Nimble, and VMware has produced an exciting VDI solution. VDI (Virtual Desktop Infrastructure) has been a growing trend and it seems to be picking up even more steam.

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Extend the Life of Your Smartphone Battery

Posted on 2/22/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in tech trends

Smartphones are wonderful tools. There is however one weakness that virtually every smartphone shares: short battery life. This is a frustrating problem. As you're logging onto the Web, reviewing your e-mail messages, and making phone calls, you're draining your phone's battery. With many of the top smartphones on the market, you're fortunate to make it home after the workday with enough battery life left to squeeze in one quick call for take-out food. While there are several companies working to improve this issue, there are a few things that you can do with your current phone to increase its battery life.

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Looking for "Instant UC in a Box"? Cisco BE 6000 is as Close as it Gets

Posted on 2/20/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in Cisco unified communications tech trends

There has been a large shift toward the use of Unified Communication (UC) solutions in the last 10 years. But if you look at market data, there is still a large portion of companies that are not using any type of UC solution. Just to be clear, when we say UC we don’t mean just a phone system with voice mail and a dial tone. UC not only includes a phone system but also other features such as presence, messaging, and video conferencing, which gives you a holistic UC platform. There are a lot of companies missing out on the benefits of a UC platform: improved tools for connecting employees and customers, flexibility for enabling a mobile and disparate workforce, and hard cost savings. Midsize businesses that are ready to tap into the benefits of UC may find their needs met by this simple but powerful all in one solution, the Cisco BE6000.

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The Battle Against Reply-All Spam

Posted on 2/15/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in tech trends

Is your inbox overflowing with unwanted emails? Do you feel like you’re losing the war on spam? When you think of spam, emails from strangers trying to sell you pharmaceuticals probably come to mind. But a major source of spam may come from senders you know.

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Best iPad Apps for Writers

Posted on 2/13/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in tech trends

If you're a professional writer who also happens to own an iPad, you're fortunate: Software developers have created a number of apps to help you do your work better, whether you cover real estate news for a trade magazine, blog about technology or write romance fiction. Here is a closer look at several of the best iPad apps for really serious writers. For those who earn your living with the written word, these applications are must-haves.

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Think Your Business Doesn't Need a Printer? Think Again

Posted on 2/8/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in tech trends

Don't think you need a printer in your small company? Think again. We'd all prefer to believe we're on the verge of a paperless society. After all, we can easily create our important documents on our smart phones, tablets and Laptops and then store them in the cloud. We can then send these documents to clients. You shouldn't have to ever print them out, right? Not quite.

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Need Files from Your PC? Try the iPad's Remote-Access Apps

Posted on 2/6/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in tech trends

Ever needed to access your hard drive or laptop while you were out of the office? Ever needed that one special file from your PC while you were on the opposite side of the country from it? With your iPad and a remote-access app, you can easily access your desktop or laptop no matter where it is or you are.

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Get the Most Out of Windows 8 Without Buying a New Machine

Posted on 2/1/2013 by Mikayla Jenkins in Microsoft Windows tech trends

Windows 8 represents an impressive change for Microsoft's venerable operating system. It's designed to work not just with keyboard and mouse but also with a touchscreen. However, many users who upgrade to the new operating system will not be running Windows 8 with a touch screen. They'll be dependent upon older computers that operate the old-fashioned way, with keyboard and mouse controls. Also, users that run Windows 8 only on tablets are also not receiving the full Windows 8 experience. There are some functions that just run better with mouse and keyboard control. That does not mean, though, that people who rely either on tablets or traditional computers won't be able to benefit from the many features that are part of the new operating system. They can. They only need to choose the right peripherals.

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