Category Software

Amazon Firefly: A New Frontier for Apps

Last week, Amazon announced its upcoming Fire smartphone. The hardware puts it at about the same size as the Samsung Galaxy S5, the same battery life as the Apple 5S, and with a better camera than both. But it’s the new Firefly program that really sets the phone apart. Firefly is an audio-visual identification program […]

Apple Unveils iOS8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite

Apple introduced the world to new iOS8 and OS X 10.10 Yosemite at its 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference last week. Many updates fit the theme of greater collaboration between Apple products and outside devices. Here are a few ways Apple systems will play nicer with others: Up to six users can share music, apps, and […]

Spreadsheet Tip: Advanced Sorting with VLOOKUP

In a spreadsheet, say you want to add a new column of unsorted data to an existing table of custom-sorted data. You’ve already sorted the original table by hand, but you want the software to do the heavy lifting now. You will need to import the new column with one column that’s in your original […]

Version Control for Sanity

Version control brings sanity to projects with multiple contributors, or which evolve over time. Originally adopted for code, if your company develops any kind of software – even a simple website – you will thank yourself for using version control. Version control tracks all changes to project documents over time and preserves each version for […]

Microsoft Ends XP Support

As of April 8, Microsoft officially ended support of Windows XP, its 12-year-old operating system. Nearly 40% of companies around the world still use Windows XP, and if you still are, now is a good time to talk to your IT professional about upgrading. Windows XP is expected to become increasingly vulnerable to security threats as […]

Major Bug and Patch for OpenSSL

OpenSSL, an extremely widespread cyptographic library used for Internet security, has just announced a major security breach and the patch to fix it. How bad is it? Pretty bad. The bug allowed hackers to view data in a server’s system memory without leaving any trace. This type of data can include passwords, sensitive documents, encryption […]

Office for iPad Arrives

Last week, Microsoft unveiled Office for iPad, making the tech giant a multi-platform player. Versions of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote are now available as free apps that allow file viewing, copying, and sharing. To get full editing capabilities, an Office 365 subscription is required. Reviewers say the iPad edition of Office is more robust […]

Two-Factor Authentication

Source: Flickr/yubikey Are you curious about the two-factor authentication security technology recently adopted by popular online services like Twitter and Tumblr? It’s called “two-factor” because it uses a password plus another login credential. Typically, the second factor is a numeric code generated by a smartphone app. When you enable two-factor authentication for a service, you’ll […]

One Password to Rule Them All

Long gone are the days when your email password was the only code you had to remember. Now, nearly every click you make leads to a login screen. With so many secure apps and programs a part of everyday business, you’ve got two options: remember a telephone book’s worth of passwords, or explore single sign-on […]

The Client-Server Model

Today’s post is about a computing concept: the client-server model. In today’s era of cloud computing, many applications use the client-server model. So, by understanding what that means, you’ll have a better grasp of one of the basic types of application architecture. Let’s start with an example. Microsoft Outlook and Microsoft Exchange use the client-server […]


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