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Alexa voice control has arrived on Android!

January 31st, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january31android_a, ai, alexa, amazon, android, apps, digital assistant, echo, google play 2018january31android_a, ai, alexa, amazon, android, apps, digital assistant, echo, google play

Alexa, how’s the weather outside? “Alexa, can you order me a pizza from Dominos?” “Alexa, do you know Siri?” These are just some of the questions you might enjoy asking Alexa on your smartphone now that Amazon has brought the voice control feature to the Android version of the app. But before you start geeking out, here’s the rundown of the most...

Why is Skype’s new feature so important

January 29th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january29voip_a, communication, app, end-to-end encryption, internet calls, microsoft, privacy, skype, voip 2018january29voip_a, communication, app, end-to-end encryption, internet calls, microsoft, privacy, skype, voip

With more targeted attacks on social networking services than ever, private conversations with your business partners can become public information. To prevent this, Skype has released a new feature that ensures complete privacy by encrypting all types of communication. Here are some of the features.

Understanding Office collaboration tools

January 26th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january26office_a, cloud, collaboration, microsoft teams, office, office 365, groups, yammer 2018january26office_a, cloud, collaboration, microsoft teams, office, office 365, groups, yammer

Office 365 is chock full of so many apps that it’s sometimes difficult to keep track of them all. Sure, you have the most popular tools like Word and Skype for Business, but there are three tools in the lineup that seem like they could be used the same way: Outlook Groups, Yammer, and Microsoft Teams. Read on to find out what makes these...

New Windows update for PC vulnerabilities

January 25th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january25windows_a, patches, security, meltdown, spectre, vulnerability, windows 2018january25windows_a, patches, security, meltdown, spectre, vulnerability, windows

Two newly discovered Windows vulnerabilities, known as Meltdown and Spectre, make it possible for hackers to steal all sorts of confidential information. To resolve this issue, Microsoft has released an update. Continue reading to stay protected.

Spectre & Meltdown: how to protect yourself

January 23rd, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january23apple_a, apple, cyber security, meltdown, processor, spectre, vulnerabilities 2018january23apple_a, apple, cyber security, meltdown, processor, spectre, vulnerabilities

Spectre and Meltdown are critical security flaws that affect a majority of computers today, including the one you’re using to read this. They can leak your passwords and other sensitive data, which is why software companies are working on security patches. The good news for Apple users is that fixes are now available to keep their devices...

Is your browser safe from Spectre?

January 19th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january19webandcloud_a, chrome, safari, security, edge, firefox, processor, spectre, speculative execution, Web & Cloud, web browsers 2018january19webandcloud_a, chrome, safari, security, edge, firefox, processor, spectre, speculative execution, Web & Cloud, web browsers

The Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge, and Firefox browsers may not be as safe as you think. Security researchers recently discovered that computer chips manufactured in the past two decades contain major security vulnerabilities. One can be used by hackers to gain access to sensitive data. Read on to learn more.

Why UPS is necessary for network equipment

January 18th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january18business_a, business, network equipment, disaster recovery and backup planning, productivity, wi-fi 2018january18business_a, business, network equipment, disaster recovery and backup planning, productivity, wi-fi

Fire, flood, storm, and other disasters can lead to power failure and productivity loss. Using uninterruptible power supply (UPS) for computers ensures you never lose unsaved work, but without internet, you’re practically crippled. To avoid that dilemma, we highly recommend using UPSs for your networking equipment, including cable modems, wireless...

How to move files from Android to computer

January 17th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january17android_a, pc, android, android file transfer, backup, mac, usb, windows 2018january17android_a, pc, android, android file transfer, backup, mac, usb, windows

There’s a lot of good things to say about how-to articles. They’re simple, practical, and if we follow instructions correctly, they can give us a sense of accomplishment. From basic life skills such as learning how to change a lightbulb or how to fry an egg to more technical topics like learning how to write JavaScript or how to perfect a soufflé,...

Virtualization vendors fix processor flaws

January 16th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january16virtualization_a, cloud platforms, amazon web services, google, microsoft, virtual desktops, virtual servers, virtualization 2018january16virtualization_a, cloud platforms, amazon web services, google, microsoft, virtual desktops, virtual servers, virtualization

Everyone has been trying to make sense of recently discovered vulnerabilities that affect almost every computer in use today. All you really need to know about the Spectre and Meltdown bugs is that they make it very easy to spy on private information stored on a computer. But if you’re using virtual desktops or servers, you’re probably safe.

How will AI impact internet telephony?

January 12th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january12voip_a, robots, artificial intelligence, customer service operations, voip 2018january12voip_a, robots, artificial intelligence, customer service operations, voip

Artificial Intelligence (AI) brings to mind robots that can perform tasks and think like human beings. While that's certainly possible in the future, AI today is simply an intuitive set of technology that automates business processes. It’s been around for decades, and now it’s poised to make significant improvements to VoIP technology.

Beware Of Apps Bundled With Your Windows 10

January 11th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january11office_a, bloatware, security, apps, junkware, microsoft, windows, windows 10 2018january11office_a, bloatware, security, apps, junkware, microsoft, windows, windows 10

Have you recently purchased new laptops or computers? Don’t get too excited. A new report proves that pre-installed software such as free trials and web browser toolbars can pose high-security risks. So if you want to maximize your new investment, here are some things you might want to know:

Office 365 Update: New Tools You Need To Know

January 10th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january10windows_a, microsoft whiteboard, microsoft word, office, office 365, outlook, artificial intelligence, insights preview, microsoft, microsoft excel, powerpoint, productivity, update 2018january10windows_a, microsoft whiteboard, microsoft word, office, office 365, outlook, artificial intelligence, insights preview, microsoft, microsoft excel, powerpoint, productivity, update

Yet again, Microsoft has released new AI-based features for Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook, and more -- a continuing trend since 2016’s launch of the Microsoft AI and Research Group. If your business is subscribed to Office 365, this article will acquaint you with the newest features!

Think before saving logins to your browser

January 9th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january9security_a, chrome, passwords, safari, Security, auto-fill, cybersecurity, firefox, privacy, web browsers 2018january9security_a, chrome, passwords, safari, Security, auto-fill, cybersecurity, firefox, privacy, web browsers

There are a number of reasons you should be wary of saving your password to a digital platform. Just look at Yahoo’s data breach in 2013, which leaked passwords for three billion people. Even when your password isn’t compromised, saving it to a browser could have serious implications for your privacy.

Huge Apple developments in 2018

January 5th, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january5apple_a, airpod, apple, apple watch, augmented reality, homepod, iphone, predictions, trends, wireless 2018january5apple_a, airpod, apple, apple watch, augmented reality, homepod, iphone, predictions, trends, wireless

Apple is most famous for releasing a new iPhone every year, but that’s not all users should be excited about. Many experts predict that in the coming year the tech powerhouse will introduce some incredible new products. Here are some of the most exciting announcement Apple could make in 2018.

Big gains for small-business IT in 2017

January 2nd, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january2business_a, business, business value, cloud, mobile payments, ai, cybersecurity, iot, machine learning, ransomware 2018january2business_a, business, business value, cloud, mobile payments, ai, cybersecurity, iot, machine learning, ransomware

How many new technologies did your business adopt last year? Too many? Too few? You’ve officially made it through 2017 and there’s no better time than now to review which IT fads were worth investing in, and which ones should be left in the past. Look no further than our recap of last year’s most valuable technologies for small businesses.

Is EHR useful?

January 1st, 2018 Imagine IT 2018january1healthcare_a, paper records, ehr, electronic health records, Healthcare 2018january1healthcare_a, paper records, ehr, electronic health records, Healthcare

The fact that the world is going digital is unprecedented. With that in mind, the healthcare industry has also decided to embrace the digital trend in the form of EHRs. Short for electronic health records, this new type of data management system aims to improve on traditional paper-based ways. But will it?