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Last Minute Tech Gifts:
 
OmniTouch experimental user interface employs a depth-sensing camera, similar to the Microsoft Kinect, to track the user’s fingers on everyday surfaces. 
 
Best of the Web 2011 from Time Magazine – every year they list the world’s best websites. Some treasures always show up.  They also list the best iPhone apps.
 
We are recommending a network monitoring and patch management program for our clients from GFI. It helps keep both servers and workstations patched (including patches for adobe, java etc.), tracks inventory, provides remote support tools, and monitors for any problems and alerts us.  It allows us to provide better support on the workstations by monitoring them as well.
 
Firefox is now following a rapid release plan, with a new version every 6 weeks.  Firefox 9 released Dec 20th.  Many add-ins are not compatible with newer releases.
 
Stop Online Piracy Act: What Does SOPA Mean For Businesses?
More from CNET

Holiday Scams:
  • Electronic greeting cards that may contain malware
  • Requests for charitable contributions that may be phishing scams and may originate from illegitimate sources claiming to be charities- Federal Trade Commission's Charity Checklist.
  • Screensavers or other forms of media that may contain malware
  • Credit card applications that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts
  • Online shopping advertisements that may be phishing scams or identity theft attempts from bogus retailers - Shopping Safely Online Cyber Security Tips.
Open Yale Courses, full content of some of the classes at Yale University.
Kahn Academy – Short lessons in Math, Economics, Art, History etc.
 
Google maps indoors– Malls, Airports etc.
 
Panasonic phases out Sanyo brand
 
Microsoft's OneNote is available on the iPad, search for it in the App Store on your iPhone and iPad. There is also good rumor that other Mircosoft Office apps will be coming in 2012.
 
Senzari and Spotify are music streaming sites that link to your social media profile. They may challenge Pandora and Grooveshark as music sources. Grooveshark is under litigation by three of the major music labels.

SECURITY
Microsoft updates came out Dec. 13th.  There is an important update to IE9 and some critical fixes for Office 2010 SP1, which should be installed as soon as possible.
KB 2633952 which updates time zone data can cause problems with Outlook appointments.
 
There are updates to Acrobat and Java this month. Install when prompted.
 
iTunes 10.5.2 is out and should prompt for install. If you have upgraded to 10.5, install the iTunes update.
 
Facebook has released an update to their App for Apple iPad and iPhone, which supports new features in the desktop version, including timelines and Friend Lists.
 
Starting in January, IE will automatically update in the background. This could be a problem if you need to stick with an older version for compatibility. IE 9 will not be offered to XP users. Use the IE 8 and IE 9 Automatic Update Blocker toolkits.
 
Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Service Pack 2 is out.
 
NEWS
We are raising our rates starting January 1st to recognize the technical growth of our staff, and keep up with costs.  Jose’s rate is now $60/ Hr. Dave's rate will be $60/ Hr.  Bill and Tim’s rates will be $115/Hr. Derek's rate will increase to $55/Hr. for new projects.
 
There is no Lunch Bytes seminar in December, we will resume in January.
 
Thanks to all of you, and best wishes for the coming year.
 
Tim Torian
Torian, Group, Inc.
http://www.toriangroup.com
  
 

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