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How to Set Your Out of Office Messages

How to Set Your Out of Office Messages

The business world depends on communication to function efficiently. In fact, you might say it’s grown to be little too connected, to the point where it’s considered odd or rude to not receive a reply back soon after sending an email. Even though it’s important to take a break every so often to maintain your sanity, it’s also important to maintain contact with important clients or customers when you are away from your workstation. This is where the out of office message comes into play. We’ll walk you through how to set up your message in Gmail.

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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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Tip of the Week: Keeping It Simple

Tip of the Week: Keeping It Simple

Shortcuts are one of the key parts of using a computer these days, and when properly used, they can make your experience with the device much, much more convenient. You can be more productive throughout the workday and be more effective at completing tasks, all thanks to shortcuts. There are four in particular that can help you be a better computer user.

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Can Your Employees’ Devices Turn into a Business Advantage?

Can Your Employees’ Devices Turn into a Business Advantage?

Many businesses rely on technology in order to function, which once meant that technology-related expenses could easily eat up much of its budget. Now, a sizable number of companies are adopting a different approach: Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD. While this approach does have a few of its own downsides, there are definite benefits to BYOD that you could potentially enjoy.

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Which Browser Do You Prefer?

Which Browser Do You Prefer?

Finding the right web browser for your business’ needs can be challenging, as every user is different and will likely have a preference. While it’s easy to list off the most well-known browsers, including Google Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Mozilla Firefox, it’s more difficult to find one that suits your needs. Which one can you count on most to get your work done in an efficient manner?

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Intro to Your Tech: Link

Intro to Your Tech: Link

Navigation is critical to success in just about any computing system, and the Internet is no exception. In essence, it’s a compilation of web pages, images, videos, and countless other bits of content that are all interconnected by what are called “links.”

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SMBs That Embrace Technology Move Faster

SMBs That Embrace Technology Move Faster

Businesses can’t view the right technology solutions as a privilege--not any longer, when the modern business should look at technology as a necessity in order to remain competitive. Your business can benefit considerably from making use of the right technology solutions, but it’s not always easy to identify what your business needs. We’re here to help you make that choice.

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Intro to Your Tech: Troubleshooting

Intro to Your Tech: Troubleshooting

Computers are important for just about everything nowadays, but they can be difficult to deal with when they start to act up. If hardware doesn’t connect to a network, or if you have software that fails to respond when you click on it, you’ll likely need assistance to figure out what the cause is. On occasion, however, the issue might be something that a simple troubleshooting procedure can help you resolve. We’ll help you determine whether or not a situation is dire enough to involve professionals, as well as when it’s tame enough that you can resolve it on your own.

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Does a Touchscreen Make Sense on a Computer?

Does a Touchscreen Make Sense on a Computer?

Human beings are tactile animals, from the very beginning of our lives, we learn and interact through touch in a major way. This may explain why touchscreens exploded in popularity so quickly once the necessary technology was finessed. However, are we trying to put touchscreens in places where they don’t make sense? Do we really need a touchscreen on our computer?

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Comparing Physical and Virtual Servers

Comparing Physical and Virtual Servers

Every IT infrastructure needs a server to ensure that information is spread properly throughout the network. However, while servers were once tied to the business’ location, now they are also able to be virtualized in a cloud solution. This brings forth the question: which is better for your business’ needs? Let’s determine that by comparing and contrasting these two server options.

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Checking In On the Future of Medical Technology

Checking In On the Future of Medical Technology

One of the most important parts of the medical field is maintaining efficiency and data access for both its patients and medical professionals. It’s not a surprise that the best way to achieve this is through medical technology solutions--a specialized field of IT solutions that is showing incredible growth, particularly in recent years. We’ll go over a couple of predictions we have concerning the future of medical IT, including how the field will grow and what methods will be adopted.

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Are Smartphones Getting Any Smarter? Not Really.

Are Smartphones Getting Any Smarter? Not Really.

Have you noticed that the difference between this year’s latest and greatest smartphone isn’t much different than the one you shelled out big bucks for last year? You aren’t alone.

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How Alexa Can Become Your Most Valuable Employee

How Alexa Can Become Your Most Valuable Employee

An assistant has long been a greatly desired resource in the office setting. Typically, assistants do all the “grunt work” that the executives don’t have time for. Executives have long relied on a steadfast helper to make their professional lives easier, but capital for additional help may not be there. To counter this, small business owners are now using devices like Amazon’s Alexa to help them manage their busy schedules. You can too! Here’s how.

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New Tech Trends Your Small Business Should Know

New Tech Trends Your Small Business Should Know

The small business owner has to be much more diligent in the way they spend their company’s resources. Technology, and the automation that it often brings, can work to make your business more agile and efficient. The problem with implementing this technology is that it typically comes with large capital outlays and committing to spending big chunks of money can be impossible. We’ll take a look at how other small businesses have been investing in technology to help you determine what you should be prioritizing.

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Blockchain Technology has Many Uses

Blockchain Technology has Many Uses

Blockchain is typically related to cryptocurrency, and most of the time you’ll hear these two words in the same sentence. Bitcoin has both risen and collapsed in value over the past few months, which has led many industry professionals to consider other ways to take advantage of blockchain technology. In fact, the blockchain is actually quite useful for a number of different purposes.

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Could CES Provide a Look at Tomorrow’s Workplace Tech?

Could CES Provide a Look at Tomorrow’s Workplace Tech?

Whether you’re talking about the hottest new desktop technology or the most streamlined and dynamic smartphone on the market, it’s demand which ultimately fuels the technology industry. If nobody wants to buy a product, it’s natural that there’s no reason to create it. What kind of consumer technology was revealed at the 2018 International Consumer Electronics Show, and how much demand is there for these new products?

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3 Key Goals for an Internal IT Team

3 Key Goals for an Internal IT Team

Your business relies on technology to function as intended, and beyond that technology are the minds that maintain it and keep it operating efficiently. In a way, you put a great burden on them to ensure that your operations can continue unhindered; and yet, there are a variety of ways that you can make it easier for both IT and non-IT staff to do what you hired them to do.

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Today’s Students Are Leveraging The Best Of Today’s Tech

Today’s Students Are Leveraging The Best Of Today’s Tech

An educated workforce provides the business world with intelligent prospective employees who want to leave companies better than they were when they arrived. Thankfully, technology has made it even easier to achieve a quality education with concepts such as online learning and live streaming taking the frontlines. How are today’s students utilizing modern technology in the classroom?

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Use Collaboration Technology to Support Human Processes, Not the Other Way Around

Use Collaboration Technology to Support Human Processes, Not the Other Way Around

When an employee is using technology designed to make their jobs easier, it’s natural that they will enjoy their work more. If they are more engaged in their work, it becomes beneficial for your organization that your employees feel like you support their success. This is where collaborative technology solutions that are conducive to the success of your organization can thrive.

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