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b2ap3_thumbnail_outlook_mail_400_20150220-055732_1.jpgOne of the best reasons to use Microsoft Outlook is the little-known Quick Steps feature. With Quick Steps, you can apply multiple actions at the same time to your email messages. Users that feel bogged down by their inbox will especially appreciate this email management tool.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_anthem_hack_400.jpgThis month saw one of the largest recorded data breaches ever, when healthcare-provider Anthem experienced a hack causing data belonging to more than 80 million of its patients to be exposed. This includes sensitive information like Social Security numbers, dates of birth, email addresses, and more. How can you protect yourself from a hack like this?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_biometric_security_400.jpgHumans are always striving to create the next big security measure against the massive wave of online threats. One topic consistently in discussion is biometrics as a security measure, which take advantage of unique biological aspects of users in order to maximize security. Now, the US military is seeing the value of this kind of technology, and they’re funding a campaign to make it available to users.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_eureka_moments_400.jpgDo you get some of your best ideas somewhere other than at your desk? Ever get a brilliant game-changing idea while walking the dog, driving home from work, when out at a restaurant, or even in the shower? If you do, then you’ve experienced the frustration of forgetting your life-changing idea before you get a chance to write it down.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_confusing_acronyms_400.jpgIt’s always important to know about what you’re investing in before you take the leap of faith. In the world of business and managed IT, we understand that jargon and abbreviations can potentially kill a sale. This is what we call “geekspeak,” and while it’s generally avoided as much as possible, it can cause some business owners’ eyes to glaze over and zone out.

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Looking for Virtual Love in All the Wrong Places

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b2ap3_thumbnail_i_love_you_400.jpgOnline dating has been around long enough that it no longer carries a negative social stigma. In fact, you may know of some success stories from online dating--or you may have even successfully used online dating yourself. When looking for online love, remember to use protection from scammers.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_microsoft_word_400.jpgHave you ever been working in Microsoft Word and needed to go back and check an edit you made, but you didn’t remember what you did, or where in the document you did it? Going back and reviewing your edits in Word is easy using the little-known Go Back command.

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keyboard shortcutsMicrosoft OneNote is designed to organize your collective thoughts, lists, and research snippets into a virtual notebook that you can share with others and quickly reference. Naturally, using keyboard shortcuts to perform basic task, increases the speed and efficiency in which you use it, and who doesn’t want to be faster, right? Here are fifteen keystrokes for OneNote that will send you on your way to proficiency!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_voip_features_400.jpgWhat’s the protocol for when your staff gets a phone call from a client or potential customer? If you don’t have a phone-answering procedure in place, then you’re winging it and you’ll end up scribbling notes and fumbling through a Rolodex to answer a customer's question. VoIP offers your business a better way to process company calls.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_windows_10_400.jpgWindows 10, the next big name in Microsoft’s family of Windows operating systems, is expected to arrive sometime in 2015. On January 21st, 2015, we were shown a glimpse of what to expect from the new operating system, as well as a preliminary look at the in-development browser, Spartan, and several slick new pieces of consumer technology.

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Tip of the Week: How to Securely Connect to Public WiFi

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b2ap3_thumbnail_wifi_security_400.jpgAs the Internet of Things and BYOD make headlines in the technology world, more and more devices are connecting to wireless networks. While this means that technology continues to grow more mobile, it also means that threats are given new avenues to access countless devices, many of which might contain information of a personal nature.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_control_center_remote_tech_400.jpgAs the world record holder for the land’s largest machine, the Bagger 293, a German bucket-wheel excavator, is certainly a sight to behold. Standing at a jaw-dropping 310 feet tall, the colossal machine looms over the Statue of Liberty at twice its height, and sports a massive 722-foot length. What’s cooler than the world’s largest ground-wrecking machine? One with remote technology!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_technology_replacement_plan_400.jpgEveryone understands that technology is constantly changing. However, acceptance of this reality doesn’t diminish the fact that change, even if it’s foreseeable, can be difficult to adapt to. It’s for this reason why your business needs to have a long-term technology replacement plan.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Keyboard-Shortcuts.jpgWorkers who spend hours in front of their workstations understand the value of a good keyboard shortcut. Having an arsenal of helpful keyboard shortcuts at your disposal can shave minutes off a project, and all that saved time really adds up in terms of productivity. Here are twelve keyboard shortcuts for Windows that you will want to memorize and use every day.

 

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Tip of the Week: How to Deal with Internet Trolls

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b2ap3_thumbnail_issues_with_internet_trolls_400.jpgLet’s face it: The Internet is filled with opinions, and several of them are undoubtedly wrong. Generally, most mature people will take these opinions with a grain of salt and move on. The other half of the population absolutely must respond. These responses are often less-than-friendly, and some of them are just trying to anger the original poster. We call these people Internet trolls.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_email_security_and_productivity_400.jpgWe’re all hooked on our email. It has revolutionized the way businesses communicate, and in many cases, it can be a major distraction. If you’re a small business trying to manage your own Exchange server, you’re probably aware of how much a headache email can be. Do you really have time to host and manage your own email solution?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_obsolete_tech_400.jpgToday’s modern office is full of technology. Although, just because a workplace has wall-to-wall technology, doesn’t make it modern. It’s possible for an office to be outfitted with outdated technology. There’s a good word that describes a setup like this: Obsolete. Is your office using obsolete technology? To find out, let’s look at a few pieces from the Museum of Obsolete Objects.

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Tip of The Week: 7 Communication Mistakes to Avoid

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b2ap3_thumbnail_angry_workplace_400.jpgIf you feel like you’re having trouble communicating with your team, it’s probably because you are. In fact, it may be because you’re communicating with them the wrong way. By overhauling the way you approach small talk and office chit-chat, you can improve office intercommunication and your own public image.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cloud_computing_objections_400.jpgDespite cloud computing being commonplace, there are still some businesses holding out when it comes to migrating their data to the cloud. In most scenarios like this, a company has objections to the cloud that are preventing them from taking advantage of its many benefits. Are these objections valid? Let’s find out by addressing two of the most common objections to the cloud.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Robot-Driving-Car.jpgIn any other state in the union, one would spot a car cruising down the road without a driver and freak out, call 911, and panic would ensue in the streets. But this is California, where driverless cars and robotic clerks are the norm. Have you spotted a driverless car on the streets of San Jose being tested by one of our Bay Area tech companies? Ready or not, driverless cars are coming to a highway near you!

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