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Multitasking – Making the Impossible, Possible

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b2ap3_thumbnail_multitask_400.jpgMultitasking is something that everyone prides themselves on, but cognitive psychologist Art Markman seems to think otherwise. He says, "you are your own worst judge of how good a multitasker you are," due to the same areas of the brain that monitor performance are the same areas that work with multitasking, making it nigh impossible to determine how well you are actually multitasking. Of course, multitasking is something that every good employee should learn how to do, as it can improve productivity significantly.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_apps_400.jpgThe world is changing as technology grows ever more mobile. Cell phones have gone from bulky, large pieces of hardware to smaller, more compact specimens. Fifteen years ago, if you were to tell someone that your cell phone could connect to the Internet, you would quickly be dismissed. If you look past the surface laden with Candy Crush Saga and Words with Friends game requests, you can get to the heart of what smartphones have revolutionized – the way we communicate with others.

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Warning: Heartbleed Bug Assails the Web

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b2ap3_thumbnail_heart_bleed_two_400.jpgThe same day that Microsoft ceased supporting Windows XP with security patches was also the day a vicious little monster was discovered – the Heartbleed bug, which renders privacy in the OpenSSL cryptographic library completely obsolete. Basically, anything utilizing the OpenSSL open source library is at risk here. Websites utilizing this form of encryption include Yahoo! Google, and Facebook. To put it in perspective, sites that utilize OpenSSL number more than two-thirds of the entire worldwide web. Though this bug only applies to versions 1.0.1 and 1.0.2 beta of OpenSSL, hackers are able to obtain private keys which can be used to obtain sensitive information from countless people all around the world. Nothing says "heartbreak" like having your identity stolen and your sensitive data Shanghaied.

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It Doesn’t Make Sense to Be Anti-Antivirus

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b2ap3_thumbnail_antivirus_solutions_400.jpgThe Internet has grown to such a vast size that it in itself is like a world within a world. Some people live on it, and share their secrets far too openly. These people think themselves safe in a world that technically doesn't exist, but there is a lot more danger involved with the Internet than some people realize. There are criminals everywhere, and they are just waiting for you to drop your guard long enough to swipe everything you've worked so hard to protect.

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Very recently a major weakness has been discovered in the way many Internet websites allow, what was thought to be, secure connections.  This flaw has been dubbed the Heartbleed bug and means that your login credentials (user name and password) could have been harvested from any websites with this flaw by hackers.

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Fare Thee Well, Steve Ballmer and Windows XP

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b2ap3_thumbnail_time_to_upgrade_400.jpgApril 8th is a big day for Microsoft; it's when they will finally pull the plug on their successful Windows XP operating system by ending its support. There are many users around the world that are still using Windows XP, which is a very risky move after tomorrow. Before we retire XP from the office, let's take a look back at how great it was with help from Steve Ballmer.

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What is Hardware as a Service?

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Can your enterprise afford to replace the essential hardware that it needs to run properly?

Sagacent is known for offering a complete set of IT solutions for business. However, the technology you buy isn't expected to last forever, and starts costing you money as it gets old and outdated.. Hardware as a Service is a solution for companies that don’t want to be saddled with, or simply cannot afford to take on, the capital investment of updating their computer hardware.

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Proceed With Caution – Learning Curve Ahead

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b2ap3_thumbnail_lots_of_tech_400.jpgHumans are notorious for staying within their comfort zones. When something new or unfamiliar rears its ugly head, we often are too habitual to change with the times. While this is mostly applicable to social situations, such as an introvert being stuck in a hot, stuffy room full of people, comfort zones can also apply to your outdated laptop or smartphone. Upgrading can be challenging, but very rewarding.

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How to Install Multiple Monitors

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b2ap3_thumbnail_multiple_monitors_400.jpgNothing says productivity like a workstation with a boatload of monitors hooked up to it. Using multiple monitors allows you to display several different applications at the same time, which improves workflow because you no longer have to shuffle through different windows to find what you need. Here's how to hook up an extra screen to your PC!

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Hit a Home Run with Outsourced IT

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b2ap3_thumbnail_hit_a_homer_400.jpgToday is opening day for Major League Baseball. Teams are finishing up spring training and making the last round of cuts before they start the regular season. In the MLB, each team is allowed to have 25 players on their club when they break camp. Every year each club has a handful of guys that make that decision hard for the General Manager.

This situation happens in your business as well. After determining the viability of an expense, the least viable expenses are often cut from the budget. Redundant expenses can really drive down the bottom line, so cuts are made. Here are three ways the IT professionals at Sagacent can save your organization money and give your team the best chance to succeed.

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What to Do When Your Smartphone Gets Stolen

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b2ap3_thumbnail_lost_my_phone_400.jpgAs with anything else that's deliberately taken from you, having your smartphone stolen can be one of the most frustrating experiences ever. After all, many of us use them to keep us on point with our daily tasks. Measures are being taken by legislators and cell phone companies to help curb the issue, but there are ways that you can prevent and react to your phone being stolen.

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Google Enters the Wearables Market with a Plan

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b2ap3_thumbnail_google_android_smartwatch_400.jpgWearable technology is all the rage these days. For users that are waiting patiently for the yet-to-be-released Google Glass, there are plenty of other options on the market that have moved beyond the proof of concept to grace retail store shelves. Several of the top mobile device manufacturers have released, or will release in 2014, products designed to seamlessly integrate into a user's daily routine. With Glass on the horizon and the newly announced Android Wear, Google is taking its future tech to your body.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_small_business_tehcnology_400.jpgSmall business owners and executives spend a lot of time going over the expense sheet. Most times, this is a result of not having the financial resources to do everything they want to do, when they want to do it. When your organization's growth stagnates, finding a way to turn that trend around is of paramount importance.

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Our IT Services Are a Slam Dunk

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b2ap3_thumbnail_slam_dunk_it_400.jpgAs the top men's and women's collegiate basketball teams in the United States begin the 2014 NCAA tournament, there is a competition going on that doesn't get quite as much press. That is the competition for local market share. When that competition is stiff, as it always is in the NCAA tournament, you have to find ways to set your business apart. There are a lot of similarities between running an efficient business and the make-up of a championship basketball team.

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7 Funny-Yet-Sad Technology Statistics

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b2ap3_thumbnail_tech_funny_jargon_400.jpgIt's embarrassing to get technology terms mixed up with other terms that have nothing to do with technology. If you've found yourself confused by the latest tech terms, then don't feel bad. According to a recent survey of 2,392 adults by Vouchercloud.net, mix ups like this are a fairly common occurrence.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_it_security_400.jpgDetails are still coming in regarding one of the biggest data breaches in history that compromised the personal records of 200 million Americans! The scam was propagated by the online ID theft service Superget.info, and it's currently being investigated by the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_dont_turn_off_antivirus_400.jpgIt's a nightmare scenario for any business when a computer virus cripples their system. It's even worse when it happens to a company that has invested in a dedicated antivirus software, especially when the virus got through because someone felt the need to disable it! Because of scenarios like this, you should never disable your antivirus software.

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Go Green by Taking Advantage of Remote Technology

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b2ap3_thumbnail_go_green_phone_400.jpgToday's business world is more environmentally conscious than ever before. An organization that goes green will help the Earth, improve their reputation, gain tax credits, and even attract new environmentally-conscious customers. When your business is making changes to go green, one of the easiest places to start is with your technology.

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Shouldn’t Everybody Be on the Internet? Yes!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_everyone_business_internet_400.jpgAlmost 20 years ago, a class of fifth grade students from Helena, Montana produced a PSA video about the future-changing possibilities of the Internet. When this PSA was shot in 1995, only 0.4% of the world's current population (16 million people) used the Internet. Now, almost 39% of the world is online, making this video scary accurate!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_data_security_400.jpgPrior to the XXII Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, concerns were shared from many American news outlets in regards to mobile data security. On the eve of competition the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams broadcasted a story suggesting that data security in Russia, and more specifically, at the Olympic games was atrocious; with the reporter, Richard Engel, getting both his smartphone and his work laptop hacked almost immediately.

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