5 Jun 2020

What’s next for iOS this 2020

2020-06-05T08:00:18-07:00

Apple’s WWDC — and their scheduled preview of iOS 14 and other OS iterations — is just a few weeks away. But if you want to know some of the juicier things their next-gen operating systems have in store for you right now, then read on.

Nifty app tweaks

Apple is developing new features for some of its prominent apps, and these tweaks may just make the cut come September.

Messages

  • Mention will let users tag people with the @ symbol, just like in Slack. This will also allow users to mute conversations but receive push notifications whenever they are directly mentioned.
  • Mark as unread will allow users to highlight messages so they would not forget requests or tasks and get back to these at a later time.
  • Retract will enable users to delete messages they’ve sent, with the deletion action visible to both sender and recipient.

Activity

  • Kids mode on the watchOS 7 will track movement time instead of calories burned. This is because the first metric is deemed healthier to track (from a mental […]
What’s next for iOS this 20202020-06-05T08:00:18-07:00
3 Jun 2020

Boosting home Wi-Fi with wireless repeaters and access points

2020-06-03T08:00:59-07:00

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi is a business necessity, whether you’re working in an office or at home. Now that more and more people are working remotely, having good home Wi-Fi is more important than ever. A wireless repeater device and additional access points may just be what you need to ensure a stable and lightning-fast wireless connection throughout your home.

Both wireless repeaters and access points are simple and inexpensive, and getting either or both of these devices can improve your home Wi-Fi.

Wireless repeaters are devices that extend the limited reach that Wi-Fi routers tend to have, especially in structures with thick walls and multiple floors. They receive a signal from a Wi-Fi router and rebroadcast it as a new network. This new network is an extension of the main network, enabling the signal from your router to be transmitted over long distances or to the other side of obstructions, such as a wall, post, or ductwork.

On the other hand, access points are devices that allow wireless devices to connect […]

Boosting home Wi-Fi with wireless repeaters and access points2020-06-03T08:00:59-07:00
1 Jun 2020

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2020-06-01T14:01:14-07:00

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1 Jun 2020

AEG delivers unforgettable entertainment experiences to fans using Microsoft technologies

2020-06-01T12:02:11-07:00

Watch this video to see how global entertainment giant AEG is using Microsoft technologies like #Office365, #PowerBI, and #Teams to produce and deliver unforgettable experiences to fans while also redefining the business side of entertainment in the digital age. Contact GeeksHD to learn how we can help you deliver memorable experiences to your customers using innovative Microsoft solutions.

AEG delivers unforgettable entertainment experiences to fans using Microsoft technologies2020-06-01T12:02:11-07:00
1 Jun 2020

What’s the difference between VoIP and VoLTE?

2020-06-01T08:00:21-07:00

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has been around for quite some time. Businesses today prefer VoIP telephony systems over old landline phone system because the former has more features that are useful for day-to-day operations. But slowly gaining buzz is Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE). What is this new technology, and why is it gaining popularity?

To know the difference between VoIP and VoLTE, let’s first examine the older of the two technologies.

What is VoIP?

Unlike analog telephones that use phone cables, VoIP uses the internet to transmit voice calls. VoIP calls can be made using laptops, desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, and even old handsets fitted with appropriate converters.

VoIP also supports a range of call features such as voice messaging, call forwarding, SMS text messaging, fax transmission, voicemail, and a host of other services. For businesses, VoIP is a convenient one-stop solution for all their communication needs that will not cost them an arm and a leg.

However, VoIP was introduced at a time when the world was still using 2G […]

What’s the difference between VoIP and VoLTE?2020-06-01T08:00:21-07:00
29 May 2020

What’s new with Microsoft’s update channels

2020-05-29T08:00:11-07:00

Companies that use Microsoft 365 usually want the latest features of the productivity suite’s apps. However, not all companies want to receive updates at the same cadence. Whether you prefer to receive new app features ASAP or get them only once a month, there’s a way to customize your preferences, thanks to Microsoft’s update channels.

New update channel: Microsoft Enterprise Channel

The new Microsoft Enterprise Channel is for organizations that prefer to get updates on a predictable schedule. With this update channel, users can receive new features and patches on the second Tuesday of every month, which Microsoft famously calls Patch Tuesdays.

This update channel is ideal for companies with IT departments that want to reduce the burden of updating systems at irregular intervals. This will allow them to have a fixed schedule of downloading the latest productivity features, system improvements, and essential security patches.

Recommended update channel: Current Channel

Current Channel is great for companies that want to receive feature updates as soon as they become available. New Office features are released […]

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27 May 2020

How the cloud helps businesses survive COVID-19

2020-05-27T08:00:57-07:00

Many businesses have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you want your business to survive and maintain its operational efficiency, then you need to invest in the right technology. Investing in the cloud will ensure business continuity while helping you save money.

Ensuring continuity and efficiency with the cloud

The need to stay at home and practice social distancing have changed the way many businesses operate. With their employees unable to come to the office, organizations are forced to function with a remote team whose members are often miles away from each other.

This is where cloud technology helps. When you migrate your data to the cloud, your files are stored in a centralized server that can be accessed via the internet. So as long as a user has an internet-connected device (like a smartphone or laptop) and has the right login credentials, they can access these files from any location.

The cloud also allows multiple users to work on a single file at the same time. Any change to […]

How the cloud helps businesses survive COVID-192020-05-27T08:00:57-07:00
26 May 2020

How Online Collaboration Tools Could Help Your Business

2020-05-26T10:15:41-07:00

In 2019, sharing the same location isn't required to work effectively, but having effective collaboration tools certainly is. Read Gabriela Warren's article "The Benefits of Online Collaboration Tools" to learn what you should look for when evaluating solutions for your business, then contact GeeksHD so we can connect you with the right tools for your organization.

How Online Collaboration Tools Could Help Your Business2020-05-26T10:15:41-07:00
26 May 2020

Spend a day in the life with physician Dr. Thomas

2020-05-26T08:27:26-07:00

Follow Dr. Thomas through a typical day and see how he uses #MicrosoftTeams to share and collaborate with his healthcare team and #PowerBI dashboards to visualize data and elevate patient care. Contact GeeksHD to learn how we can help improve the health of your business communications with Teams and #Office365.

Spend a day in the life with physician Dr. Thomas2020-05-26T08:27:26-07:00
25 May 2020

Does your company have a business continuity plan (BCP)?

2020-05-25T08:00:33-07:00

Do you know why some small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) succeed while others fail during the first five years of operation? Poor leadership is one reason, the lack of capital is another. Another big reason is they didn’t prepare for major disruptions, such as natural disasters and cyberattacks, that can bring their business to a grinding halt. This is why you need a BCP.
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What is a BCP?

A BCP is a predefined set of protocols on how your business should respond in the event of an emergency or natural disaster. It contains contingency plans for every aspect of your organization, including human resources, assets, and business processes.

Key threats to business continuity

Various types of threats can affect SMBs such as:

Natural disasters – These are natural phenomena such as storms, earthquakes, and wildfires.
Man-made disasters – These include cyberattacks, intentional sabotage, and human negligence.
Equipment and utility failures – These include unexpected power failure, internet downtime, and disruption of communication services.

How to build an effective BCP

If your organization does not have a BCP […]

Does your company have a business continuity plan (BCP)?2020-05-25T08:00:33-07:00