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iOS 10.3 is an important new release, with new features from Siri to the file system. As with almost every release, it includes lots of security fixes, so just staying safe is enough of a reason to upgrade. The latest version is actually 10.3.2, which fixes some bugs and security issues. The release notes are available from Apple.
Version 10.3 requires an iPhone 5, fourth-generation iPad, sixth-generation iPod Touch, or later. Continue Reading
Organizations in dozens of countries have all been hit with the same ransomware program, a variant of WannaCrypt (also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry). Cybersecurity firm Avast said it has tracked more than 75,000 attacks in 99 countries.
“The spread is immense,” says Adam Kujawa, the director of malware intelligence at Malwarebytes, which discovered the original version of WannaCry. “I’ve never seen anything before like this. This is nuts.”
Security is becoming more important than ever before in networks, individual websites and devices. Hackers, spamware and spyware are constantly trying to penetrate these items to gain valuable information and disrupt their targets. However, engineers are now building sophisticated password managers to help companies and individuals fight back. These manager solutions provide a number of layers of protection that are extremely difficult to work around for all but the most sophisticated hacker. Continue Reading
Make a big two-dimensional matrix–people on one axis and process on another. That’s a map of your company, with a product arrow popping out of the output window. When Six Sigma looks at organization, they see the three elements of a company’s quality system, people, process and product. They call it, “The 3P Approach to Quality.” Quality efforts should cast a cold, detached eye on each of these three elements to gain an overall performance improvement. Continue Reading
There are times when your in-house employees aren’t enough. Not because they aren’t good at their jobs. They have strong abilities and a professional work ethic. They’re a pleasure to work with and can learn quickly and collaborate effectively with each other. However, there are some situations where you’ll need outside assistance.
This could be for a project you need to complete within a few months, or for a specific business goal that you plan to reach by the end of the year.
In these scenarios, even if you already have a team of topnotch in-house employees, you may want to rely on staff augmentation. By supplementing your employees’ abilities with contributions from outsourced professionals, you can fill gaps in skills and reach your goals more quickly. Continue Reading
Smartphones are among the technologies revolutionizing businesses. Their increasing sophistication and capabilities allow you to carry out all kinds of meaningful work, at any time of day and from virtually any location.
However, you need to ask yourself if you’re making the best use of your phone. Are there capabilities on your phone that you haven’t considered, and are there apps or features you’ve overlooked? Continue Reading
Despite all the publicity for Windows 10, many people are still using earlier versions of Windows. If your computer is more than a couple of years old, you may still be using Windows 7, 8, or another version. Upgrading isn’t difficult, but many people simply haven’t bothered. There are, however, quite a few advantages to using the latest version of Windows. Here are 7 reasons why it’s a good idea to upgrade to Windows 10. Continue Reading
We all know about the classic USB connector, called Standard A or USB-A. We know that no matter which way we turn it, it will be upside down the first time we try to plug it in. Now it’s giving way to USB-C, which has no wrong orientation. Whichever way it’s turned works. The cable uses the same connector at both ends, so you don’t have to hunt for one that matches the device at the other end, the way you do with USB-A. Continue Reading
At a recent conference held by the Minnesota Better Business Bureau, experts from all over the nation gathered to discuss a projected epidemic associated with data theft and growing concerns among both small and big businesses like. According to the FBI, a reported 250% increase in data theft has occurred since 2015 alone. Experts estimate that these changing risks could cost small businesses a whopping $7,000 out-of-pocket after insurance coverage claims when affected. Continue Reading
If there’s one constant that businesses have to wrestle with, it’s rapid change. The demands of quickly developing new products and services are intense. Technological and economic changes make for a business environment where sitting still isn’t ever possible. Opportunities for new projects are regularly cropping up, along with obstacles and challenges you need to confront on short notice.
Thriving and outpacing competitors means you need the best team of employees working for you and furthering your business goals.
One approach businesses take to help their employees through this ever-changing environment is finding effective ways to train them in new skills and assist them with absorbing knowledge.
Another approach that can be taken simultaneously with training your own employees is staff augmentation. You hire outside experts for projects that demand their unique skill set. These professionals can help you attain particular objectives and successfully complete and follow-up on special projects. Continue Reading