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  • If you have been reading my G Suite vs Office 365 Series Round 1 and G Suite vs Office 365  Series Round 2 have key points you should read as well. When it comes to comparing G Suite vs Office 365 in education you cannot even compare these two products. Both Google for education and Office 365 for education are free for all schools K-12.  Google Classroom’s document sharing, data collection, communication channels, and closed environment are great benefits. It’s very easy to start a classroom helpful instruction guide you through the entire process. Once you add students, sharing is even easier; you just send resources to the entire class. Googles tight app integration, ease of use, people’s familiarity with Gmail and Android have pushed education towards Google. Googles well-designed chrome browser and a huge selection of apps in the chrome apps store makes G Suite for education an easy pick for schools.  Microsoft partnered with PowerSchool’s largest student and education manager in the industry to help them gain ground on Google who is dominating this market in the united states.   Microsoft Office 365 for Education gives educators access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive and all the core features of Office 365. Microsoft Teams also helps teachers collaborate on lesson plans and school events. Microsoft’s built-in video conferencing tools for Teams gives teachers another way to connect across schools and districts. Skype is another powerful tool allowing school districts to communicate with other districts across the world which is something I don’t see anyone doing with Google Hangouts.  Google puts out cheap Chromebooks which are very cheap compared to traditional computers while Microsoft tried to compete with the cheap Chromebook by putting out Windows S, but it failed due again to Googles well-designed chrome browser and a huge selection of apps in the chrome apps store.  Google has taken things to the next level with Chromebooks offering integration with printing using cloud print and...
  • May 13, 2019

    How to Make Your Smart Home Safe

    Smart technology promises to make your life better — and in many ways, it does. If you have a network of smart devices throughout your home, you can control your environment with your voice, doing everything from changing the music to raising the lights to locking the doors and more. However, smart technology almost certainly also makes your life less secure. From the first releases of smart devices earlier this decade to now, the tools have been found to be riddled with vulnerabilities that hackers can easily identify and exploit. If you want to avoid giving someone else control of your home, here’s how to make your smart tech safe. Understand How Hackers Get in and What Hackers Want The best defense is a good defense, but you can only defend against digital attacks when you know where they are coming from. Cybercriminals tend to attack consumers like you in the easiest way possible; because your home network has only a limited amount of value — unlike corporate targets which can contain multitudes of prized data — attackers don’t want to waste too much time trying to hack into your system. As a result, the ways hackers get in are relatively predictable, even when you factor in new technology like smart devices. Here are the most common ways attackers infiltrate your network: Using known vulnerabilities. Over time, all software develops security gaps that hackers can exploit. IoT devices are particularly guilty of entering the market riddled with security issues. Many smart tools’ vulnerabilities are published online, for any fool to see and take advantage of. Connecting to your network. Having unsecured Wi-Fi might be convenient for you — but it is also convenient for attackers, who can detect your signal from the street and gain access to all your devices....
  • If you follow social media and social media antics then you know how invasive each of these media platforms is. But recently, this intrusion of privacy reached a new low when Facebook was found asking new users for their password to their email accounts. When the users clicked upon an email verification link, some new Facebook users were asked for their private email password – one of the first “DON’T’s” covered in cybersecurity. Why do we need to safeguard our privacy? Surveillance is now the daily reality of our lives. Privacy is in danger because organizations and governments across the world no longer think of it as an intrinsic right. Right from your web browser to mobile devices, and IoT products – almost every digital touchpoint has the potential to obliterate your privacy and security. And as recent news has shown, you cannot trust vendors, applications and social media sites to safeguard your data. Having “nothing to hide” is no longer a good enough reason. Everyone must do whatever they can to protect their personal data and privacy. You deserve to be safe and secure online. Here are some steps you can take to be protected and safe online: Data Management is the core of privacy While data may be a vague concept and may mean different things to different people, here is a good start to break down different sets of data to examine how each aspect is relevant to your security. PERSONALLY, IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION Personally, Identifiable Information is also known as PII and includes things physical home address, email id, birthdate, phone numbers, marital status, Social Security numbers or National Insurance numbers. This can also include information relating to your medical status, family members, employment and education. This type of data, when lost in various kinds of breaches...
  • Things change as you get older. It was true at 5, 25, 55, and it’s going to be true at 75, 85, and beyond. You’ve planned for your retirement, but as you become an older senior, that plan may need to evolve. The changes can feel overwhelming, but if you take time to plan and prepare now, you can make it easier to adapt and create a thorough plan for meeting the challenges head-on. Try New Technology It’s never too late to learn new things. Learning how to use new technology now can make it easier to stay in touch with family and friends as you age. Technology has made it easier and more affordable than ever to talk to family and friends who live far away. With desktop apps like Skype, you can talk to family anywhere in the world for free. Learning how to use new technology now can open up the world. Check out these FAQs for seniors trying new technology, especially communication technology that will make staying in touch with kids and grandkids easier than ever before. Make a Plan for Downsizing As you age, you may consider downsizing. Not only do you no longer need as much space as you did when you were raising a family, but as you age, you may want to live in a space without stairs or with a bathroom that’s more senior-friendly. Downsizing can also infuse your retirement savings with a cash injection, but it pays to have a plan. Start by doing research into today’s real estate market and find out the true value of your home. For many people who bought homes decades ago, the type of amenities that attract higher prices have changed. If you’re lucky enough to own a home in a major, transit-oriented city,...
  • In today’s business landscape, information can be power. But its impact depends on several factors: how it’s formatted, who has access to it and how timely it is, to name a few. Reporting is one common strategy companies use to stay up-to-date on certain data insights. This practice can be very fruitful, as it helps keep stakeholders in various departments informed. But reporting has become somewhat of a “can’t live with it, can’t live without it” type endeavor for some companies—especially when people feel they’re being underutilized in some way. Improving how your company handles reporting is a matter of getting the best return on investment possible. You want the benefits of reporting to far outweigh the effort that goes into them. Here are a few ideas for streamlining this process. Define Reporting Roles and Responsibilities It sounds simple, but miscommunication about reporting roles and responsibilities can cause a lot of confusion. The last thing your company needs is a time-sensitive report slipping through the cracks because various employees thought someone else was handling its creation. Some organizations have specialized data or IT teams of specialists overseeing all things data, from back-end functionality to front-end reporting. Other employees would then work primarily through this team to request the reports they need. Other organizations use self-service analytics, which allow employees to run their own queries rather than depending on these data teams. How you approach business intelligence depends on your company’s culture and the software you use to tackle reporting. As GCN points out, one pitfall data teams often fall into is developing “swanky dashboards with elaborate back-end architecture that sit collecting virtual dust.” The problem with having only a handful of people tackle the entire company’s BI reporting is that it keeps everyone else in the dark. To increase adoption,...
  • May 7, 2019

    Pillow App Review

    The pillow app is my new favorite health app that I have started using. Like the old saying goes there is no substitute for a good nights sleep. Think about it when you have a bad nights sleep you suffer the entire next day. Just because you get a good nights sleep does not always mean its a good night sleep. There are 4 stages of sleep Awake Light Sleep Deep Sleep Rem Sleep Each one of these stages is important in its own way and can be monitored by the Pillow App. The pillow app works as follows you open the app right before you are about to fall asleep and hit start. Then when you wake up you hit the end button and that lets the app know when you woke up. The interesting thing is the data the app collects while you are sleeping. The Pillow app collects a lot of data while you are sleeping using the speaker of your phone. I would like to point out that their Apple watch app is great but since I charge my watch at night I don’t use it on the watch. I have tried it and it works great. The Pillow app records your Time In Bed and your Time Asleep. The breaks that time down by the stages of sleep then uses the time sleeping and the stages of sleep to determine the quality of your sleep that night. The pillow app then later in the day will ask you about your mood to help determine if this was enough sleep for you. If you are wearing you Apple Watch the Pillow app with record your heart rate while you sleep and for a one time fee of $4.99 will let you listen to some of the...
  • When you compare to G Suite and Office 365 you can’t compare in house business apps at all for the simple fact Google really does not make any. While Google supports many more third-party apps then Office 365 hands down they do not make anything comparable to Office 365 Invoicing and Booking in house. While G suite has support for thousands of apps they are all third party none of them are made in house by Google.  Microsoft makes Customers, Invoicing and MileIQ. Googles G Suite has not competitor they build internally but they do compete in with Microsoft in other areas. G suite comes with Google Sites which is a very close competitor to Microsoft SharePoint and is at times easier to use than Microsoft SharePoint.   When it comes to basic apps G Suite has Docs, Sheets, Slides, Keep, Forms and Drive which is a direct competitor to Microsoft Word, Excel PowerPoint, OneNote, To Do, Forms and OneDrive. When you start getting into more advanced features of Office365 like Microsoft StaffHub, Sway, Dynamics and Planner Google G Suite has no competitor in this market unless you pay for a third-party app.  Microsoft Flow and PowerApps which is a very easy way to get apps to work together between Microsoft Office 365-third-party apps or to build custom apps. Microsoft made everything very easy and visual and drag and drop. While Google does have a very open API platform that works with all their apps Microsoft Flow and PowerApps does work well and is very easy to implement with no programming or technical knowledge.  Microsoft has Stream which is a great way to stream events for up to 10,000 attendees. Whether at home, work, or on the go everyone has a seamless video experience across web and mobile apps. But to be honest as great as this is for Microsoft, I know very few companies that use it and a YouTube just has...
  • Social media reporting has many benefits. Depending on your intent for using the statistics you collect, certain types of reports will work better for you than others. Make sure you know what you want to learn from the current state of your social profiles when setting up your analysis dashboards. Some types of social media reporting strategies and how they work are described here: Social listening – This includes regular observance of the conversations you see on social media. It includes any kinds of likes, shares, follows or interactions your posts receive. Reporting in this style also focuses on how many times and how your brand is mentioned. It gives you a clue of the kind of impact you are having either for the positive or the negative and shows you how to improve your brand health. Image analysis – You can use reports gathered from your followers’ reactions to images you post on your profile pages. It shows you which memes, quotes or stills you post are invoking the most positive reactions in people, and it can help you decide what you should show more of on your pages. In addition, it alerts you of poorly performing visual content you will not want to waste your time with in the future. Competitive analysis – Reporting of your competitors can offer you insight on their profile page strengths and weaknesses. It allows you to find ways to shine in areas a competing company does not, and it provides you ways to make your own page stronger in all areas. You could use this to determine what kind of content your visitors would most want to see. It also will teach you how to increase click-through rates on call-to-action forms and show you ways to bring more traffic to your website....
  • No one can predict what technology can become with time but what is certain is that it will definitely be better than it is right now. Online casinos are a product of the advancement in technology and that makes them prone to changes as technology continues to advance. There is quite a number of innovations that have taken over the casinos. Some of these amazing innovations are:- Virtual Reality Online casinos have been trying to make the user’s experience as real as possible. Incorporating virtual reality will, therefore, create a near real experience for gamers. They will be able to interact with 3D worlds making the experience even more fun. This innovation will help boost the gaming industry in a way that has not been achieved before. With efficiency and convenience, online casinos have over time managed to attract many people whose interest is having fun while making money. Giving them first-hand game environment experience will blow their mind away. Cryptocurrencies Casinos Technology has brought us digital currency that can be used anywhere in the world because it has no physical state. Bitcoin is one of the cryptocurrencies that have been doing so well for quite a while now. Casinos are now including these methods of payment in their models. This enables the users to experience all the benefits of such currencies which include speed, anonymity as well as security. Embracing digital currency changes the game for online casinos completely because it gives their players the freedom to use whatever is convenient for them. Artificial Intelligence Giving computers human intelligence is probably one of the greatest breakthroughs in technology. With this age of automation, every industry is looking forward to having automated systems. This not only cuts down on the labor cost but it also solves communication problems at an...