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The Nexus 7 tablet is a good value for $200-250.  It runs the latest Android OS, performs well, and has a good battery life. Engadget Review

Nexus 7 Tablet

Microsoft News

Windows 8 Official release date is October 26th. There will be no “Retail” version. It will be bundled with a new device, or be offered as an upgrade.  For Windows 8, all currently supported versions of Windows qualify for the upgrade. So - all customers qualify for an upgrade version of Windows 8.

The “Surface” tablet running Windows 8 will release at the same time.
A new line of Window 8 Phones will also be available.

Windows 8 is designed to work with touch screens, and to provide the same interface across the desktop, tablet devices and smart phones.  There will be a version designed to work on ARM processors for mobile devices which will likely not run traditional Windows software- just the new Windows 8 Apps.

Microsoft has redesigned the Windows Live websites and renamed them as Windows 8 Apps. Internet Explorer 10 will be included in Windows 8.

If you purchase Windows 7 now, you can get Windows 8 when it comes out for about $15 extra.

The first public preview of Office 2013 is out. It is heavily integrated with online services – Office 365 and SkyDrive, which is the default location for saving documents. The ribbon remains, but uses larger fonts to make it compatible with touch screens. The goal is to provide a similar experience across platforms – desktop, web, or mobile device. Word will import PDF files directly.  Real time collaboration (similar to Google docs or OneNote) is better supported. Microsoft Office 2013 Review

Server 2012 is still scheduled to release around the same time as Windows 8. Exchange and SharePoint will also have new versions coming out late this year.

Small Business server 2012 is now Windows Server 2012 Essentials - no more Small Business Server. Windows Server Essentials integrates with Office 365 which includes Exchange (email), SharePoint (web collaboration), and Lync (Microsoft’s IP Phone product) online.  The Essentials Server itself is very similar to Server 2012.

Windows Home Server will be discontinued.


If you aren’t signed up for TV over the internet, consider these devices to get you started:

Whatever device you pick, try to stick with DLNA compliant equipment in your home. They are more likely to work together now and in the future. More about DLNA

If you have a Playstation or Xbox, you are already equipped.

Top 10 Alternatives to Cable

Google Drive provides 5 GB of free storage for Android Devices. It is similar to DropBox and SkyDrive – all are online storage for your files.

Tappin provides remote access to the files on your PC, an alternative to cloud based file storage

CRN's annual 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors gives you an overview of Cloud service offerings. Some of the more interesting: Zoho – a collaboration site; Taleo – Online talent management (Recruiting / HR); Intacct online accounting.

A category of tools is emerging for quickly selecting and saving web content. It can then be used in other documents, or shared online via social media or blog posts.
  • Diigo is a browser add in.
  • Memonic saves clippings from website, and has tools for integration with business apps such as SharePoint, SugarCRM and Salesforce. It also integrates with Evernote.
  • Copy To clips the current version of web content to online storage 

Statistics and trends in internet use, from the D10 conference on Internet marketing. Read More...

iPad Growth over iPhone and iPod

Inc Magazine is offering subscription based information service for business owners. For $3/Month, you get access to videos, case studies, book excerpts, and selected Inc articles.
 
Zappo’s CEO Tony Hsieh is offering a free download of the complete audiobook on Tribal Leadership. It addresses the ways a company culture grows, and how to build a successful culture. I highly recommend it.

Google+ shows a 66% rise in traffic, Facebook growth is leveling off.

SECURITY
Windows updates were released July 10th Read More... 
 
As usual, there are updates for Java, Flash, Adobe Acrobat, and Firefox that should be installed.
 
Be sure to remove any older versions of Java from your computer. Some will need to be manually uninstalled from the control panel: “Add/Remove programs” in XP, or “Programs and Features” in Windows 7.
 
A botnet which experts believe sent out 18% of the world's spam email has been shut down Read More...
 
Neither Avast nor MSE did well in detecting new viruses, according to a November 2011 AV-Comparatives report (PDF).
MSE's detection rate was 48.7 percent, followed closely by Avast with 46.1 percent. (Qihoo earning the top score of 67.6 percent.)
The important point is that even the best Antivirus catches malware just over half the time. You must practice safe computing, and keep your computer patched.
 
The Windows Vista/ Windows 7 Gadget gallery has been shut down, due to security issues. Read More... 
MS Security Advisory 2719662, which states, "Customers who are concerned about vulnerable or malicious gadgets should apply the automated Fix It solution as soon as possible" Read More...

Trend has released an important update for their server based antivirus product. We will be updating it as a part of monthly maintenance for our clients.
 
Security tips for mobile devices
  • Lock your device with a PIN or swipe code
  • Turn off Wireless and Bluetooth in public places
  • Turn off GPS if you are not using it
  • Be careful of apps:
       Don’t download apps with less than 100K users (or so)
       Be aware of what permissions you grant, particularly apps that share social media (and their passwords)
        Keep your device and your apps updated. Updates often include security fixes.
  • Don’t store financial or sensitive personal data on your phone.
  • Back up your data.
  • If possible link your device to a server that can remotely wipe it if stolen.


NEWS



Managing Your Online Passwords
(FPU Workshop)


12 - 1 PM | Thursday, August 16th
 
Hands on training on the latest in password management and security
  • learn how to use and learn how to Lastpass and Lastpass enterprise, a free password management tool.
  • Protect your identity and bank accounts from hackers.
  • Keep track of all those website logins
  • Set unique, complex passwords on your critical websites
  • Learn how (and why) to use inexpensive 2 factor authentication tools
Workshop will be held at the Fresno Pacific Visalia Center
 
Free Visalia Chamber Lunch Bytes Thursday August 16th, 12-1PM . Bring Lunch if you wish. RSVP with the Chamber at 734-5876 or call our office at 733-1940 to reserve a seat.
 
Dave Johnson has left us to take a position with an Ethanol research plant.  Eric Rodriguez is now working with to take care of in-house computer repairs and inventory/ordering.  Eric has his A+ and Network + certifications, and is completing his degree at COS.

 
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