Live video: a free way to reach new customers

2016May31_BusinessValue_CHaving direct access to customers is a gold mine for SMBs and with the increasing popularity of live video services it’s just a matter of deciding what to broadcast. The strategies for live broadcasting are very different than pre-recorded video and it’s important to reevaluate how you’ll present company information in this medium.

Improve Chrome with these 6 extensions

2016May30_Browsers_CWell over half of all surveyed internet users utilize Google’s Chrome web browser, and it’s not difficult to see why. The ability to customize your browser via third party apps, extensions and more makes surfing the web a truly personalized experience.

Early adopters share iPad Pro feedback

2016May27_iPad_CPeople love websites like TripAdvisor, Yelp and Angie’s List for a reason: feedback from real customers is invaluable when making a purchase decision. When it comes to Apple’s iPad Pro, you may’ve had some difficulty tracking down what actual users think about the tablet as it’s still a new technology.

Why Peter Pan’s cloud migration would thrive

2016May26_Office365_CThink happy thoughts. Peter Pan knew the power of positive thinking more than any of us, which is why if he had a business today it would have likely been a great candidate for cloud technology. You see, half the battle when adapting new IT, whether it’s the cloud or managed services, is going in with the right attitude.

Erik’s Editorial Corner

This month I learned that not only is May 5th a day to celebrate Cinco de Mayo (and my anniversary), it is also World Password Day. Yes, I agree this might be a bit of a stretch to consider it a holiday BUT it is a great reminder to think about your passwords once each year.

How business continuity plans can fail

2016May20_BusinessContinuity_CYour service provider, who you have tasked with looking after your company’s IT, has kept your business up and running for the past 10 years. Usually, that kind of longevity in developing continuity plans has resulted to some providers overlooking or underestimating certain issues.

Why you should be excited about Android 6.0

2016May19_AndroidTablet_CIf Google intended to build the hype for Android 6.0 by announcing its codename instead of the official one, then they did an excellent job. Promising “the sweetest, smartest Android version yet”, Google has fulfilled that promise with the Marshmallow update.

Are your site’s images hiding an attack?

2016May17_Security_CAs more and more content management services are released to aid SMBs in online marketing, security risks also increase. One such helper is the image processing service ImageMagick. And while it has proven useful to countless businesses, it is now something you should be concerned about from a security standpoint.

A more secure cloud-based Microsoft Office

2016May16_MicrosoftWindowsNewsAndTips_APrivacy and security concerns can derail a lot of great software ideas — but Microsoft is determined not to let that happen to their browser-based Office Online services. Last week, the software giant announced that their cloud-based versions of Office would be available to be hosted locally, wooing over security skeptics.

7 Twitter tactics to get more retweets

2016May13_SocialMedia_CManaging your company’s Twitter account can be tricky. You have a lot of brilliant things to say in under 140 characters but the problem is getting more eyes on your tweets. What’s worse is that there are other companies competing with you to grab that attention.