Business & Technology Blog

10 Exciting New Features of Windows 10

Posted by VNS Staff

April 17, 2015 at 9:20 AM

windows 10 featuresScheduled for launch in late 2015, Windows 10 is Microsoft's latest addition to the world's most popular line of operating systems. In an effort to distance itself from the controversial launch of Windows 8, Microsoft has skipped Windows 9 entirely, claiming that Windows 10 represents a new direction to unify all devices and the way that the operating system supports them.

Windows 10 presents a wealth of new features and improvements, and though its system requirements are much the same as those of its predecessor, it will run on Windows Mobile devices, tablet computers and PCs. Following are some of the most exciting new features, most of which are currently available in the Technical Preview, which is available to anyone who subscribes to the Windows Insider Program.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Software

5 Creative (and Unexpected) Ways to Use Microsoft PowerPoint

Posted by VNS Staff

April 13, 2015 at 11:30 AM

microsoft powerpoint useThought PowerPoint was only ever good for boring presentations and college lecture slides?

You’d be surprised at some of the awesome things you can actually do with one of Microsoft Office's standard applications! More than just a slide show, it’s a perfect way to inject some personality and creativity.

Read on to find out how:

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Topics: Tech Tips, Software

Cloud Computing: 6 Things You MUST Know to Cut Your IT Costs

Posted by VNS Staff

April 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM

cloud computing costsWhile there is no doubt that IT can be expensive, proper investment should always produce value. When an IT department isn't returning value, it can be tempting to make cuts or, worse, jump on the latest trend hoping for a miracle solution.

Cloud computing has long been touted as the cost-saving technology to invest in. The idea that adopting a cloud computing strategy will instantly lead to savings is a myth. Getting the right cloud solution can often reduce costs, but the wrong solution can be financial devastating.

Use the following tips to create a basic road map for what a great cloud computing solution might look like. This will help you leverage the cloud for true cost savings and functionality.

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Topics: Cloud Computing

Outlook vs. Gmail: The Battle for Business Email

Posted by VNS Staff

March 30, 2015 at 9:58 AM

outlook vs gmail emailEmail is an essential part of business today. It has replaced everything from snail mail to interoffice memoranda. It hasn't just replaced existing means of communication though, it has enhanced and added to the tools of business communication and streamlined everything from scheduling to project collaboration. There is a real conundrum when it comes to email though - which service to use. Here is a look at some prominent features of Outlook and Gmail to help you decide which is best for your business.

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Topics: Tech Tips, Software

5 Guaranteed Ways to Cut Your IT Costs

Posted by VNS Staff

March 25, 2015 at 8:00 AM

cut IT costsInformation technology has long been touted as a way for businesses to cut costs, improve access to information, and streamline processes. In truth, IT can do all of these things and more. However, IT can also drain your budget and become a management headache if it isn't implemented properly. There are right ways to cut IT costs and budget for your needs and wrong ways to cut IT costs. Below are several ways that any company, small or large, can optimize IT infrastructure to provide value. In fact, implementing these techniques could lower IT expenses by as much as 25%.

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Topics: Tech Tips

3 Apple Watch Features That Improve Your Work Day

Posted by VNS Staff

March 18, 2015 at 8:30 AM

apple watch for workIt isn't often that Apple misses the mark. It's happened a time or two in the past and only seems to occur when Steve Jobs isn't at the helm. Many people are saying that the Apple Watch is a miss, that Tim Cook can't lead the company, and that this is the beginning of the end for Apple. The truth is that Tim Cook oversaw the release of the iPhone 6 in its larger format, a release that resulted in some of the largest sales Apple has ever seen. He was also hand-picked by Jobs to run the company. Simply put, if Steve Jobs had faith in Tim Cook, shouldn't we?

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Topics: Hardware

The 5 Best Blogs for Business Technology Insight

Posted by VNS Staff

March 13, 2015 at 9:09 AM

business technology blogsThe world of blogging is so cram-packed with content that finding a great blog to meet your information requirements can be daunting.

You may spend weeks or even months searching for a blog that offers the kind of business technology insight that you are looking for and, in some cases, you may still miss out on the really great blogs simply because your search terms didn't cover them or serendipity conspired against you.

To help you get started on your search for the perfect blog, here are 5 of the best business technology insight blogs on the web.

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Topics: Tech Tips

How to Find IT Support that Grows with Your Company

Posted by VNS Staff

March 12, 2015 at 8:00 AM

it support for business growthYou’ve put blood, sweat and a hell of a lot of caffeine into making your company what it is. So the last thing you want is IT support that’s going to let you down, right?

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Topics: IT Support

60 Mostly-Tweetable Quotes about Computer & Technology Problems

Posted by VNS Staff

March 9, 2015 at 8:00 AM

quotes computer technology problemsWe all experience problems with our computers and technology, some more frequently than others. And while we've built our Los Angeles IT company upon on solving these problems, we know that sometimes you just want to express your frustrations with the world. (That's what Twitter is for, right?)

Below are over 60 quotes on a range of technology problems from people such as Steve Jobs, Isaac Asimov, Bill Gates, Leo Tolstoy and more - all listed in alphabetical order.

Many of them are tweetable, but some of them are longer than 140 characters...which is a no-go in Twitterland. None-the-less, they're entertaining and that's what you came here for anyway, right?

Enjoy!

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Topics: IT Support, Tech Tips, Software, Hardware

7 Huge Benefits of Cloud-Based Solutions for Los Angeles Businesses

Posted by VNS Staff

March 5, 2015 at 8:00 AM

cloud solutions los angelesFor several decades, the typical use of computers in smaller Los Angeles businesses was through a network based in the company's physical office.

It worked a bit like this...

A business purchased computers for each employee, plus software or license "seats" for each computer, as well as servers and data storage and all the office space and wiring to maintain and connect each work station. Moreover, businesses had to have IT employees on-site to help maintain the systems, and upgrades could be a lengthy and expensive process.

With many of today’s popular cloud-based solutions, the infrastructure and IT support for your employees' computers is handled off-site (though some still prefer to keep them local).

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Topics: Cloud Computing