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Technology Gifts for Moms, Dads and Grads!

giftsThinking about a special gift for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or Graduation Day? You can’t go wrong with the gift of technology! The number of choices in technology is simply overwhelming, so let Geeks On Call help you with some suggestions.

Ready to Update That PC?

How about Microsoft’s Surface 3? Perfect as a replacement for a PC or large laptop. The HP Omen is a real workhorse that is also perfect for the gamer in your family. The HP Stream 11 is another great choice as a super affordable mini-laptop that covers the basics. It also offers a very long-lasting battery.

How about a Tablet?

Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 is considered a top of the line choice. So good in fact, it’s the first tablet capable of fully replacing a laptop. For Android fans, consider the Google Nexus 9. It’s considered one of the best tablets on the market. The Lenova Yoga Tablet 2 features a cool digital pen and utilizes a cool device called AnyPen and Sony’s Xperia Z4 rugged road warrior tablet is ideal for the accident prone user!

Make Someone Happy with a New Smartphone!

At the moment, the top choices are the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy Note 4. If your giftee is an Apple fan, the iPhone 6 is great. Both the iPhone 6 and the S6 have developed incredible new cameras. Plus these slim and trim designs have great processing power. If you are on a tight budget, the HTC One M9 or Motorola’s Moto E, are good products available at affordable prices.

Very Entertaining!

Who wouldn’t love to receive Google’s Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player? Start enjoying your favorite online movies, tv shows, photographs, websites and music via your TV. Simply plug the device into any HDTV and control your entertainment selections from a Smartphone, tablet or laptop. How about some new headphones?  Sennheiser Momentum is at the top of the list. Bose offers Quiet Comfort 25 noise cancelling headphones and SoundLink Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Another gift suggestion is Bluetooth speakers from Bose, Sony, UE Megaboom, Jawbone or Logitech. All good choices and very entertaining.

Give the Give of Fitness!

Trying to send a message to a family member about their wavering commitment to health and fitness? Who wouldn’t appreciate a cool gift such as the Fitbit Charge HR, Jawbone UP3 or Apple’s Watch Sport? If you are considering a Smartwatch, Apple’s Smartwatch is a crowd pleaser. Also, take a look at Moto 360 that runs on Android. Another popular choice is the Pebble or Pebble Steel that runs on both iOS and Android. What’s not to love about that?

If it’s a new smartphone, tablet or laptop for a job-seeking graduate or a computer upgrade for your business, Geeks On Call can help.  Don’t hesitate to contact your local Geeks On Call office and one of their technology professionals will be happy to help you.

 

Technology Planning for 2014

Posting Date: 11/22/2013  |   Filed Under: Technology, Tips  |   No Comments
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Planning Your 2014 Technology Strategy

As 2013 is rapidly coming to a close, many of us are making resolutions and plans for 2014. As an business owner, are you making plans concerning the technology that keeps your business running?  Let’s take a moment and think about some questions regarding your technology:

  • If you lost of all your client data, how would that impact your business?
  • If you had several computers not working, how would that impact your business?
  • If you were able to find cost saving and efficiency solutions regard technology, how would that impact your business?

Now if the first two questions struck fear in your heart, as much as telling a child Santa is not coming this year and the last one made your eye glisten and twinkle you should definitely be thinking about your business’ 2014 Technology Plan.

Don’t worry it won’t be hard to plan and assess your options, we have outlined a few areas that may benefit your business and we have several others in our most recent newsletter (and you can always call our experts in when you are ready to get serious).

Technology and Equipment Upgrades: Making sure your technology is up to date is important for on-going productivity and efficiency, but there is an added sense of urgency with the demise of Microsoft’s Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014.   Provided that you leave any of your computers to run XP after the April 8th deadline, you will be placing your business at risk for cyber security attacks.  Furthermore, choosing not to upgrade from XP will place your business at risk of being non-compliant with security and patch issues and depending on your industry these non-compliance fines could amount to big dollars! Many businesses are taking this forced opportunity to upgrade their operating systems and equipment.

The bottom-line: If you are still running Windows XP, you can no longer postpone your upgrade plans. Make and upgrade plan because April 8, 2014 is coming up quickly.

Mobile Accessibility: Mobile accessibility will mean different things to every business, but one common theme is increased efficiency and productivity!  Mobile accessibility will give your employees the ability to conduct business and be reached anytime and anywhere.  Mobile accessibility has some additional benefits, like being able to utilize apps for accounting, inventory management, and scheduling that will help you keep control of your business. Your clients will see benefits with streamlined communication and speedy turnaround time on requests and orders.  You could even take this one step further and create a Mobile App for your business.  A recent study suggests that 49% of mobile device owners are utilizing Mobile Apps to find business information. This could result in increased brand awareness and social media interaction, while providing useful information such as directions, coupons, events, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg

The bottom-line: If you aren’t fully utilizing mobility, you will be struggling to stay engaged and keep up with the competition in 2014.

Managing Your Technology Budget:  It can be exhausting for any business owner to try and juggle technology costs, additions, and upgrades while striving to stay one step ahead of the competition and run a business.  Staying up to date on the latest technology details and costs for cloud services, backup services, cyber security services is not something many business owners are capable of understand or what to understand!  There is a solution to help your business stay ahead of technology and make sure that you current technology is always working: Managed Services Plans.

Managed Services Plans can help you as a business owner to work with one source (a technology advisor) for all of your technology needs.  This technology advisor will create a customized plan for your business’ technology needs and budget!  Some of the services a traditional Managed Services Plan offers are outsourced network management and monitoring of computer and servers, cyber security services, and back up and disaster recovery services. These services are typically contracted for a fixed monthly amount, so you can avoid costly one-time service bills.

The bottom-line: As a business owner, you want to run your business not manage technology problems. A managed services plan can help you make informed choices about complex technology solutions and deliver a higher quality at a lower cost to your business. This can be a “Win-Win” situation for your business.