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Holiday Shopping? Consider the Enormously Successful NINTENDO SWITCH – featuring YouTuber SKUL

Skul is a YouTuber who creates video game content from some of Nintendo’s best-known current games. During this interview Skul discusses the incredible success of the Nintendo Switch gaming console, as well as its most popular games.

For more information, visit https://www.youtube.com/skulshurtugaltcg

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How Artificial Intelligence is Changing the World – Bret Greenstein, IBM’s Global VP for Watson IoT Offerings

Bret Greenstein, IBM Watson IoTArtificial Intelligence (AI), IoT, Machine Learning & IBM’s Watson are changing the world. In this episode, Bret Greenstein, IBM's Global Vice President for Watson IoT Offerings, discusses the future of AI as well as the capabilities and impact of Watson, IBM's supercomputer.

I had the pleasure of meeting Bret recently at Kennedy Space Center for the launch of the SpaceX CRS-15 resupply mission to the International Space Station. On board the spacecraft was CIMON, an orb-shaped device with a digital face that was jointly developed by IBM, Airbus and the German Aerospace Center (DLR). CIMON uses the power of IBM’s Watson to provide Artificial Intelligence aboard the space station. In today's episode Bret also discusses how Watson helps CIMON provide AI for the astronauts and what the future of AI looks like.

For more information about Watson, visit www.ibm.com/watson

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Avoid Software Delays with Rapid Application Development

Is your software development project facing constant setbacks? Rapid Application Development may be just the right ingredient to jumpstart your projects or get your project back on track. IN this episode we cover three main topics:

  • Common Failures with other methodologies
  • Benefits of Rapid Application Development (RAD)
  • How to get started with RAD

Rapid Application Development is an alternative to speed up your software development life cycle. While it’s not for everyone, it may be just the right tool you need to get your project back on track or prototype something new in half the time of typical methodologies. If you’d like to experience RAD first-hand, or would like help getting your team up to speed, reach out to me and I’ll be glad to help.

Protect your files from ransomware with automatic backups

Are your files protected in the event of a hard drive crash or ransomware attack? Online backup services can help.

In this episode we’ll look at how to set up automatic backups for your computers, at home and in the workplace. We’ll cover three main areas:

  • Why you need automatic backups
  • Automatic backup services
  • How to setup automatic backups

Take the time now to make sure you have an online backup service in place for your home or your business. It’s well worth the effort to keep your important files secure and make sure you can access them when you need to.

The Apple iPhone revolution, from the original iPhone through SlowPhoneGate & SmartPhone Rehab

Apple’s iPhone has come a long way since the original release in 2007, revolutionizing an industry, changing our culture and even stirring up the recent controversies of “Slow Phone Gate” and “Smart Phone rehab”. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with them, fortunately more love than hate even now.

Personally I’ve been extremely happy with the convenience and thrills Apple products have given me over the last decade. While I’m not happy with the #SlowPhoneGate and how that was handled, I am excited to be a part of this revolution, for both my business and my family. And coming from the Microsoft life, I can say that the innovation of Apple has inspired me to be a better programmer by making my applications as intuitive and user-friendly as they can be.

What do you think? Are you onboard with Apple or is it hard to move past having your phone slowed down without your knowledge? If you’re a parent, do you limit or are you going to limit how much time your kids use technology in the home?

Meltdown and Spectre Bugs Explained

Meltdown & Spectre have hit the news recently as device manufacturers and software organizations are beginning to roll out updates to help keep everyone safe. In this episode I explain what these are and what you can do to help mitigate their effects for yourself and your organization:

  1. Meltdown Explained
  2. Spectre Explained
  3. How to protect yourself

 

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Is it time to revamp or rewrite your website?

If you fail to keep your website up to date, you could lose customers, and lose business. You need to first take a critical look at your website.  There are three main areas to consider whether it’s time to revamp or rewrite your website:

  1. Security & maintenance
  2. Features & functionality
  3. Adaptability

 

You need to ask yourself how you’re doing in these three areas concerning your website in order to make certain it is functioning well, protected, and helping your business grow. Make sure you’re reviewing these areas and giving your website the attention in needs to thrive for your business.

What Multi-factor authentication is and why you need to enforce it NOW to prevent from getting hacked

It seems lately that there’s a large-scale security breach on the news just about every week. From 3 billion Yahoo accounts to half the U.S. population affected by the Equifax breach, we’ve seen major companies take a hit in the last 12 months. Keeping yourself and your company protected is getting harder. And unfortunately, hacking is on the rise. But there are steps you can take to guard against it. Today we’re going to discuss multi-factor authentication and how implementing it can help keep your information safe:

  1. What is multi-factor authentication
  2. Adopt it for yourself
  3. Mandate it for your team

You have to stay diligent these days to protect your accounts and your company. So turn on 2FA today and stay on top of the latest trends to keep your information safe in the digital age.

How are you protecting your data? Here are 3 questions you need to ask yourself

In this episode we discuss how to preserve your company’s data.  That is, your key information on your customers, including not only the basic contact information such as name and address, but also any historical notes you’ve had with them as well as images, photos or documentation. You need to ask yourself these the following three questions to make sure your data is protected:

  1. How is your data stored?
  2. Who has access?
  3. What happens if you need to move it?

Make sure you’re asking yourself these common-sense questions and follow the best practices for keeping your data safe and within your control.