How to respond to criticism online

The majority of the population uses the Internet everyday. And when a customer feels they’ve been wronged, it is incredibly easy for him or her to go online and vent their frustrations. So when this happens, how do you handle it? Here are some tips as to how to react to negative brand criticism, so […]

What to consider before you buy a new PC

With the holidays approaching, computers are likely to be among the season’s best-selling gifts. But there are so many different types of computers out there, each with varying specifications and capabilities – how do you find the best one for your needs? Whether you’re purchasing a computer for yourself, for your loved one, or for […]

Boring brands can succeed on social media

For many business owners who have dabbled in social media, they may think their efforts have been in vain and growing a large social media presence is impossible. They may go as far to believe that social media simply doesn’t work, especially when you don’t have an exciting brand like Nike or Google. The truth […]

Should you upgrade to iOS 9? Read this first

Apple’s iOS 9 has been available for download for nearly two months now. If you have yet to upgrade, you may wonder whether or not you should. Not everyone has been happy with the new OS, and Apple is still working out the kinks. So if you’re on the fence as to whether or not […]

Office 2016 for Mac is here

For Mac users who have been waiting with great anticipation, Office 2016 for Mac is finally available. The new version is worth the wait; Microsoft has implemented exciting new upgrades to improve the user experience. Office 2016 possesses far superior functionality and user interface than its predecessor, Office 2011. We’ve highlighted some of the new […]

Communication before the storm is key

As it is only a matter of time before the first winter storms hit in many places, you might want to consider taking a look at your company’s business continuity plan. Each year heavy snowfall and other weather-related incidents interrupt services and cost businesses money. One way to prevent this from happening is by communicating […]

Giving…in purple!

How about purple social responsibility? Purple is a color that gives back! Just ask the Purple Guys, who have infused charitable giving in their workplace giving and at home. Gracie Schram, daughter of Purple Guys owners Jon and Jill Schram is giving back through music to help others. Gracie’s song writing and singing helps raise money for kids in Africa who are taking care of their younger brothers and sisters because their parents have died. Gracie records her songs onto CDs and sells them to raise money for the kids in Africa. Gracie donates 100% of the profits from her CD sales. Now that’s social responsibility…Corporate social responsibility, personal social responsibility, and PURPLE social responsibility. Giving in action! Charitable giving comes in all shapes and sizes, whether a gift to charity is $25, $25,000 or $25 million. And now charitable giving comes in a rainbow of colors that give back, thanks to creative use of the custom Giving Card. A handful of very savvy corporate giving programs are catching on to the gift of giving, a fun, rewarding, and meaningful–not to mention easy and inexpensive–way to celebrate corporate social responsibility and personal social responsibility.

More Top Tech for 2011

Last week, we looked at some of the technologies that should hit it big this year. Here are a few more of what top tech we should see, focused on the mobile world. New Processors The biggest gains that computers have made through the past 10 years were in the speeds of their processors (CPUs), which is what enables a computer to do what is does (graphics, computations, etc).

To the cloud?

If you’ve watched TV lately, you’ve probably seen Microsoft’s “to the cloud” commercials . So what is “the cloud” they’re talking about and why should you care about it? Basically, the cloud is just another name for the Internet. Since you’re reading this on a website right now, you are “in the cloud.” what most people are referring to when they are talking about the cloud is cloud computing. For several years, businesses and consumers have been steadily moving to integrate more cloud computing into their technology use. The idea is simple…instead of your computer doing the work, storing the files or providing the security, you are connecting to other computers or servers. These typically are more powerful, have more storage and have more advanced security. The software applications, services or storage are provided by a third party for a fee or for free and shared by many users. Free email services were among the first widely adopted uses of cloud computing. Hotmail, Yahoo mail and Gmail are all cloud-based email services. Google has been one of the biggest drivers of cloud computing, following Gmail with other free cloud-based offerings including Google Docs, Google Apps and Picasa. Now Google has pushed the cloud envelope a little further with Chrome OS, a cloud-type operating system, which will be available on laptops next year. Even though Microsoft is behind the “to the cloud” ads, they have long been the kings of shrink-wrapped software (software you buy and install on your computer), which is really the opposite of cloud-based. They are now on the cloud bandwagon and expect to see more cloud offerings from them, including a cloud-based version of Office. However, Microsoft has taken advantage of the fact that while many people have heard of the cloud; they didn’t know exactly what it was. This has led many to believe that Microsoft invented or owns the cloud or that the cloud is just about document sharing or photo editing. The reality is that cloud computing already offers low cost, on-demand, enterprise-level software and storage that is available today to small business, big corporations and individual consumers. As for what’s coming, expect that “the cloud” will soon be the main way we all work with technology. Ready for the cloud right now? Check out this list of the top cloud computing companies: http://www.brighthub.com/environment/green-computing/articles/95964.aspx

Some Top Tech for 2011

What kinds of cool technology stuff should you look for this year? Get ready for some new items along with a few that have already debuted, but are now ready to hit it big in 2011. See what should be on your list to check out this year. 3-D Cameras Right now, you can buy any one of the several point and shoot digital cameras offered by major manufacturers at prices under $500. Just like conventional digital cameras, expect that prices will continue to fall as the 3-D technology becomes more widespread. 3-D camcorders are probably still a little ways off from hitting big, since they are closer to $1,500. Maybe next year? 3-D Cameras Right now, you can buy any one of the several point and shoot digital cameras offered by major manufacturers at prices under $500. Just like conventional digital cameras, expect that prices will continue to fall as the 3-D technology becomes more widespread. 3-D camcorders are probably still a little ways off from hitting big, since they are closer to $1,500. Maybe next year? Your Smartphone is your Remote Control As smartphones continue to become more powerful and wireless technology gets faster and faster, this may be the year you can send music, photos and video to any screen anywhere you go, using your smartphone as the remote control. Next up? Controlling your car, house and everything else in your life with your smartphone. 4G Wireless In 2010, Kansas City’s own Sprint was the first to roll out a 4G (fourth-generation) wireless network, a 4G phone and a Wi-Fi hotspot . The 4G landscape gets busier with Verizon and AT&T offering 4G services. T-Mobile is already advertising its version of 4G (more like 3.5G), but it has slower speeds than the other networks. Sprint’s 4G runs at 3 Mbps, Verizon’s is between 5 and 12 Mbps, AT&T expects about 7 Mbps and T-Mobile’s is about 1.5 Mbps. For comparison, most DSL connections run 1.5 to 3 Mbps and cable internet connections average about 5 to 7 Mbps. Tablets The iPad has been a success has opened the mass market for tablets and sales of tablets should more than double this year, approaching 60 million sold.