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some APPLE products are NOT EPEAT (environmental) certified. US Federal Government requires EPEAT for its own agencies....

According to the Wall Street Journal's Joel Schectman, Apple asked the standards group EPEAT to revoke certification for all of its computers and monitors. EPEAT gives electronics a "gold," "silver," or "bronze" rating depending on things like how many toxic chemicals are used to make them, and how little power they use. Some of Apple's products, like the iMac desktop computer, had achieved EPEAT Gold certification before Apple voluntarily relinquished it.

Because federal government guidelines require 95 percent of the electronics purchased by American government agencies to be EPEAT certified, this might mean fewer Apple electronics in government venues. The Wall Street Journal article also notes EPEAT certification is given "preference" in hundreds of American universities, and that many require it.

There aren't many laws that limit what sort of environmental or human rights impact electronics sold in American stores are allowed to have, though. And besides that, EPEAT certification is only one way to measure such things, based around yesterday's less-integrated designs. So Apple's decision won't limit access to its electronics for most people who buy for themselves.

 

 

Read more here from Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/apple-rejects-epeat-certification-still-eco-friendly-22...

Can smudge marks give away your password on your smartphone?

I was out with friends and this discussion came up as one of the fellows mentioned how he could do this.  He grabbed the other person’s phone and actually did figure out the password!

I don’t know why I had never thought of this!     Thanks to Android Forums for this!

 

In movies and on TV sneaky spy types have been able to gain access to password protected files and areas by using the smudges on a keypad to figure out a password. That is all fiction from film though right? A group of researchers claim that those smudges on your smartphone screen could in fact give away your password.

 

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The attacks have been termed “smudge attacks” and the report comes by way of researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. According to the paper, a hacker could use the smudges to infer the password. In the research, the team took photos of a screen and used a program to analyze the photos.

According to the researchers, over 90% of the time the software was able to find the correct password. The study use smartphones based on Android that use a graphic pattern to unlock the phone. The team is now looking at whether heat trails on a touchscreen could create a similar vulnerability.

Free Business training in BC

Do you:

·         Live in BC?

·         Own a business?

·         Have less than 5 employee or are self-employed?

·         Have no formal university or college education or specialized certifications like a Realtor?

 

 

I might be able to train you for FREE.   Please let your friends know and pass this on.   If you are approved, training will start in September.

 

Click here to register

You can't afford to not take attend this webinar with a potential $200,000 bill

Seriously what is the world coming to?   Do you think the Carriers have the ability to cap overages? Uhm yes!  Who really would want to pay or could afford to pay a $200,000 roaming bill?  We train smartphone users on understanding what  they are doing that ‘could’ potentially give them a heart attack when they view their phone bill after a trip!    Even a $500.00 overage leaves a bad taste in your mouth after a great business or personal trip.   I have had too many clients come to me after the fact with enormous bills, $400, $2500 , $17,000 or more.   Each of these could have been mitigated had they understood their plans, how their smartphones work and some confusing terminology.

 

Sign up for our FREE  30 minute webinar that covers some things you should know about your smartphone and how it impacts your pocket book! 

 

Once you register you will also gain access to our FREE newsletter offering BlackBerry, iPhone, iPad, PlayBook, Microsoft and Cost Saving tips!

 

We only have room for 25 seats so register asap.  Click Here to register!

What is the difference between BlackBerry BIS and BES?

What is BIS?

 

 

BlackBerry Internet Service BIS, is set up on your BlackBerry.  It allows you to forward your personal or business email to the handheld.  Some accounts like GMAIL will also sync contacts and calendar but may not.   BlackBerry Desktop Software is used to sync Calendar, Contacts, Tasks and Notes if it is not sync’d by the email provider.

What is BES?


BlackBerry Enterprise Server.  It gives your BlackBerry access to a corporate email and everything is wirelessly sync’d so you do NOT need BlackBerry Desktop Software to sync. BES gives the BES administrator control over what the devices can and cannot do.  For example, the BES admin may push a password policy to the device and the end user must abide by it.   There are over 500 policies that can be pushed.

In conclusion (from CrackBerry)

BIS provides a direct link between your phone and your wireless provider, but after that all traffic essentially goes out over the Internet.  Any and all security becomes the responsibility of the BlackBerry application in question, so there are no security guarantees.  That said, BIS does a good job at providing Internet and email support and, best of all-- you don’t have to set anything up.

BES provides what is essentially a direct link between your phone and your office environment.  It’s very secure, flexible, and gives your company control over all aspects of the BlackBerry.  There is a certain ‘baseline’ security inherent in all data transactions, and your IT department can always disable your BlackBerry if it’s been compromised.

Smaller companies, or individuals, are well served by BIS—it provides you with almost everything you need.  Larger organizations, with their own internal mail systems and other infrastructure, should definitely be using BES.

iPhones in the Workplace with Swirl Solutions

 

We are seeing more and more companies handing out iPhones to employees to help out  their mobile workforce.   We love it but do the iPhone users know how to effectively use it?   Do they understand the potential impact it has on your business? And the potential cost in roaming data?  info@swirlsolutions.com  or 1.888.587.9062

 

 

Length of Workshop: 3 Hours

 

Overview

This interactive and hands on workshop is designed for the new iPhone user as an

introduction to the device and its world of software applications that works for you.

Attendees will use their own devices during the session as most of us learn by doing.

Reference material is sent to participants after the session so there is no need to take

notes.

Participants will:

understand the buttons and features of their device

learn the gestures and shortcuts that will increase their productivity

customize their device according to their own needs

 

Module 1 - iTunes

Tour iTunes screen

Preferences

Updating iTunes & iPhone/iPad

Synchronizing

 

Module 2 - The iPhone

Locking the device and setting a passcode

Settings & customization

Using folders

Multi-tasking

 

Module 3 - Using the phone **

 

Making calls Voice dialing

Getting the most out of Contacts

Checking voicemail

 

Module 4 - Email & Text Messaging

Using email

Using text messaging**

 

Module 3 - Connectivity

Wi-Fi vs. 3G (N/A on all models)

Saving money and conserving battery life

Setting up Find my iPhone/iPad

 

Module 4 - Productivity

Using Calendar

Using Notes and Voice Memos

Using Safari

Using the camera

 

Module 5 - Apps

Navigating the App Store on your device

Deleting & updating Apps

Useful Apps for your industry

Using FaceTime

iPad in YOUR Workplace?

We are seeing more and more companies handing out iPads to employees to help out  their mobile workforce.   We love it but do the iPad users know how to effectively use it?   Do they understand the potential impact it has on your business?  

 

Our iPad training includes the basics of the iPad and iOS5,  integrating the iPad into your work environment, top business productivity apps, and managing documents.  See our full agenda below and we can tailor it to your needs!     Give us a call at 1.888.587.9062 or comment below.

 

 



Module 1 - iTunes

Tour iTunes screen

Preferences

Updating iTunes & iPad

Synchronizing

 

Module 2  - Email & Text Messaging

Using email

Using text messaging**

 

Module 3 - Connectivity

Wi-Fi vs. 3G (N/A on all models)

Saving money and conserving battery life

Setting up Find my iPad

 

Module 4 - Productivity

Using Calendar

Using Notes and Voice Memos

Using Safari

Using the camera

 

Module 5 - Apps

Navigating the App Store on your device

Deleting & updating Apps

Useful Apps for your industry

Using FaceTime

Microsoft Excel 2010 Training in Vancouver - all welcome

Microsoft 2010 Level 1:
This hands on seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Create, Open and Save Workbooks
  • Explore the User Interface
  • Work with Data
  • Format a Workbook
  • Printing and Viewing a Workbook 

Microsoft 2010 Level 2:
This hands on seminar will cover the following topics:

  • Formulas and Functions
  • Use Tables
  • Sort and Filter
  • Enhance A Workbook using charts
  • Protect and Finalize
  • Views

 

REGISTRATION: http://www.apeg.bc.ca/prodev/events/microsoft_excel_2010_workshop.html

 

Full Agenda’s below:

 

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·         Microsoft Excel 2010 (Level 1 – Half Day)

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·         Microsoft Excel 2010 (Level 2 – Full Day) 

Episode 10: How your Contacts/Address Book should be setup Swirl Solutions Tech Tuesdays

90% of people don’t set up their Outlook Contacts  (AKA Address book) properly and then have issues calling, emailing, finding addresses on their smartphone.   Check out the rules to use your address book more efficiently. Episode 10: Contacts/Address Book Swirl Solutions Tech Tuesdays

 

Mobile Hotspot on #Blackberry OS 7.1 BE WARNED

New feature may end up costing you a ton of money!  If you noticed under

 

1.       Manage connections

2.       Mobile hotspot

 

It is the ability to use your BlackBerry as a hotspot for other devices to connect to your BlackBerry for access to the internet and you MAY be charged.

I called Bell support BEFORE I used to double check and was told no charges would apply.  Then my bill came….so I tweeted @Bell_Mobility and @Bell_support and no response.  I then emailed twitter.support@bell.ca and again no response.  Grrrrrr….Customer service is so horrid.  Anyhow.  I finally stayed on hold to call Bell yet again and was told it was considered tethering and my plan doesn’t allow that.   PLEASE check with your carrier if you are going to use the Mobile Hotspot option.  I don’t want you getting a huge bill!

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