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Author: Steve Haviland

What Were the Coolest Consumer Products Showcased at CES 2024?

The annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was an exciting one this year. It left us with a mind-blowing glimpse into the future of technology. CES 2024 showcased a smorgasbord of cutting-edge gadgets. Including transparent TVs and robot pet buddies. These gadgets promise to revolutionize our homes and the way we interact with the world.With so much innovation on display, which products truly stood out as the coolest of the cool? Buckle up as we delve into the hottest highlights from CES 2024!Beyond...

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Smart Tips for Building a Smart Home on a Budget

Imagine a world where your lights turn on automatically as you walk in the door. Your coffee starts brewing before you even crawl out of bed. A simple voice command adjusts the temperature to your perfect setting.This is no longer just something out of a sci-fi movie. Today’s smart technology seamlessly integrates with your daily life. It can create a more convenient, comfortable, and even secure living space.But wait, haven’t smart homes always been synonymous with hefty price tags? Not...

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Guide to Improving Your Company’s Data Management

Data is the lifeblood of modern businesses. It fuels insights, drives decision-making, and ultimately shapes your company’s success. But in today’s information age, data can quickly become overwhelming.Scattered spreadsheets, siloed databases, and inconsistent formatting. All these create a data management nightmare. This hinders your ability to leverage this valuable asset.Let this guide serve as your roadmap to data management success. We’ll explore the challenges of poor data...

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7 Common Pitfalls When Adopting Zero Trust Security

Zero Trust security is rapidly transforming the cybersecurity landscape. It moves away from traditional perimeter-based security models. In this approach, every connection attempt is continuously verified before granting resource access.56% of global organizations say adopting Zero Trust is a “Top” or “High” priority.This approach offers significant security advantages. But the transition process presents several potential pitfalls. Running into these can harm a company’s cybersecurity efforts.Below,...

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Don’t Risk It! Why You Shouldn’t Skip Vulnerability Assessments

Cyber threats are a perpetual reality for business owners. Hackers are constantly innovating. They devise new ways to exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems and networks.For businesses of all sizes, a proactive approach to cybersecurity is essential. One of the most crucial elements of this approach is regular vulnerability assessments. A vulnerability assessment is a systematic process. It identifies and prioritizes weaknesses in your IT infrastructure that attackers can exploit.Some businesses...

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4 Ways Small Businesses Can Leverage Copilot for Microsoft 365

What are some of the key differentiators that can propel small businesses forward? They include efficiency, productivity, and innovation. Microsoft has expanded the availability of one of its most dynamic tools to SMBs. A tool that can be a real game-changer for growth.Copilot for Microsoft 365 is a powerful new addition to the M365 suite. It was first offered to enterprise customers only. But Copilot is now open to businesses of all sizes. As long as they have Microsoft 365 Business Standard...

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Google & Yahoo’s New DMARC Policy Shows Why Businesses Need Email Authentication… Now

Have you been hearing more about email authentication lately? There is a reason for that. It’s the prevalence of phishing as a major security threat. Phishing continues as the main cause of data breaches and security incidents. This has been the case for many years.A major shift in the email landscape is happening. The reason is to combat phishing scams. Email authentication is becoming a requirement for email service providers. It’s crucial to your online presence and communication to pay attention...

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Introducing the New Microsoft Planner (Everything You Need to Know)

Calendars, task lists, and project planning are important business tools. Many people use Microsoft’s apps to power these processes. Including Planner, Microsoft To Do, and Project for the web.These tools help keep processes on track and enable task accountability. But they’re separate apps. Switching between apps can be cumbersome. It adds more complexity to a workflow.On average, employees switch between 22 different apps 350 times per day.Microsoft is putting a dent in app overload. The company...

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10 Most Common Smart Home Issues (and How to Fix Them)

Back when you were a kid, living in a “smart home” probably sounded futuristic. Something out of Back to the Future II or The Jetsons. Well, we don’t yet have flying cars, but we do have video telephones as well as smart refrigerators and voice-activated lights.But even the most advanced technology can have analog problems. Hackers can get past weak passwords. Bad connections can turn advanced into basic pretty quickly.Have you run into any issues with your smart home gadgets? Not to worry! We’ve...

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How to Properly Deploy IoT on a Business Network

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer a futuristic concept. It’s rapidly transforming industries and reshaping how businesses operate. IoT is a blanket term to describe smart devices that are internet enabled. One example is smart sensors monitoring production lines. Connected thermostats optimizing energy consumption is another.Experts project the number of connected devices worldwide to continue growing. It’s estimated to rise from about 15 billion in 2023 to 21 billion in 2026.IoT...

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