Raise your hand if you love group texts. Good, neither do I. Group texting is the most randomized, attention deprived, chaotic method of communication I have ever used. To be quite honest, I believe you've got to be totally insane to try to use it. Other solutions to fix the problem, like Facebook Messenger or Kik, aren't any better as they lack any real ability to organize things. Today, we're recommending a solution for that.
If you've ever had to get an electronic device like a phone or tablet repaired, you know that the costs seem a little high. Most computer repairs don't cost as much as an iPad screen repair (from Apple). In fact, just the thought of damaging the screen on your device probably makes you a little nervous, doesn't it? I mean, it's usually around $150 for the repair, no matter what's broken. And that's only true if the insurance covers the repair. Otherwise it could be as much as $300-$400. That's nearly as much as getting a new one, which comes with its own list of anxieties. So today, I want to talk about the importance of a quality repair.
Every now and then, a new technology comes along that changes the way you do business. Sometimes these game changers come with great benefit and great excitement. Other times, the cost to make the changes far outweighs the benefit, so the change is avoided. By the October 1, 2015 deadline, however, businesses need to be finished making a change that is expensive, low benefit, and mandatory. Let's talk about chipped credit cards.
Are you using a computer at a place of business (including a home office) that has an internet connection? Is your connection shared with other computers in the same building? If you view your computer's network, do you see other computers? If you do, this article is for you. We're going to talk about setting up a network that only contains the computers you want it to.
Recently I was scoping some of my favorite technology publications when I came across something that fascinated me intensely. There have been many advancements in computer control systems over the years, and one of the most exciting was the Leap Motion infrared gesture controller, which is a USB plugin for any computer running Windows, OSX, or Linux. When I first saw it, I was extremely intrigued and had many ideas of what to do with it. Then I came across the Myo.
Today feels a little like I'm going back in time. You see, I've been suggesting to all of my clients for quite some time now that they move to a storage system that doesn't require local access. I advise that all small businesses move to a way of storing digital information that can be accessed by any employee from any computer, and that privileges and access can be managed with ease. I suggest to all of my clients a cloud-based system. Today we'll discuss why.
If you've been to Chili's, Panera, or any number of major chains lately, you may have noticed that there is an added addition; the ordering kiosk. It's an indicator of what the future holds for the service industry as a whole. With these machines finding their way in to more and more businesses, we'd like to take a minute to discuss the impact that this will have on the modern service industry.
This week there really should be two tech articles, as two very important stories came in to light. Toady I will be sharing the details on the most significant to you in a marketing perspective. I'm sharing it first because I prefer chronological order. Forgive my nerdiness. The second article that I will share next week is significant from a humanitarian perspective. It will be a great read, but this one could change your business model.
Sort of a wide array of news this week that comes in from many areas. For starters, the ACA's rules begin to tighten their grip on health care in 2016, which may put the squeeze on many small businesses who haven't felt it yet. In Sacramento, a recent report suggests that 2014s increased funding to Small Business Development Centers in California caused substantial growth opportunity in nearly 60,000 small businesses. And it looks like there are 4 tech companies entering the war on drought, and more can be expected. Here's what's going on this week in business news.
In Silicon Valley today, there was a conference going on that most of us have never heard of. It's called ChefConf, and it revolves around a tool called Chef. Now, I'm not fully certain what Chef does, although it seems to be a tool used for creating a development workflow for just about anything that runs from code on computers. What you need to know is that it's an open source software that generally runs on Linux. Out of the thousands of developers that attended this conference, only run ran Chef on a Windows machine.