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Amazon EchoIf you’ve ever watched Star Trek The Next Generation, you’ll know that Captain Pickard interfaces with the LCARS computer by saying “Computer” followed by a command. If you own an Amazon Echo or Amazon Dot, you are probably familiar with what it takes to activate the device: “Alexa” followed by a command. If you’d rather act like Pickard, you can now change the device’s wake word so instead of saying “Alexa, play music”, you can say “Computer, play music.” Which is infinitely better.

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2016 Gift Guide for Geeks

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GiftIt’s that time of the year again! With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time for another gift guide for geeks. The 2014 Gift Guide and 2015 Gift Guide both still have a bunch of great ideas there that are still worth reading through. With a bit of help from the folks around our office, here are some toys and fun things that would be bound to please folks who are like the folks around here.

Urban ArmorNeed a durable case and screen protector for your tablet or smartphone? We can probably help you with that. We recently setup a pile of Windows tablets for a client that needed durable cases (as they’d be used in an environment where things are likely to get beaten up). We installed Urban Armor Gear cases on all the tablets. We were impressed with the build quality and the protection the case offered in the slim form factor, so we decided to become an authorized reseller of the product.

So if you need a durable case or glass screen protector for your iPhone, iPad, Android Smartphone or tablet, Surface Pro or even your MacBook, and Urban Armor makes it, let us know and we can get you a quote.

What To Do About Windows 10?

Posted by on in IT Blog

windows 10As you have probably heard from the various announcements on Microsoft websites and pop ups on your computers (including our blog posts), Microsoft is offering a free upgrade to Windows 10 until July 29, 2016.

The question you may be asking: Should you upgrade?

apc surge recallThe surge protector: One of the most underappreciated yet most important things you use with your computer. Think about it: When was the last time you replaced it? You’ve changed your computer and various other things, you’ve moved offices, but have you ever changed your surge protection? Now is a good time to take a peek at what you have everything plugged into, as your surge protector might have been recalled as a fire hazard.