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Ferrum Technology Services has been serving the Elgin area since 2007, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

What Are Some Features of the Smartphone of Tomorrow?

What Are Some Features of the Smartphone of Tomorrow?

The smartphone has completely changed the way that the workplace functions, providing near-constant access to all the wonders of the Internet. People can communicate in ways previously never thought possible, and the possibilities these days are indeed limitless. There are applications out there that can make life more fulfilling and business more productive.

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Tip of the Week: Learn to Use Digital Note-Taking Apps

Tip of the Week: Learn to Use Digital Note-Taking Apps

Notebooks are one of the oldest and most reliable ways of taking notes. You probably have many notebooks sitting around the office filled with information. Of course, with today’s technology growing more accessible, digital notebooks have grown in popularity. In fact, they might even be more dynamic and helpful than the traditional notepad. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your digital note-taking solution.

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The Top 5 Smartphones for the Start of 2019

The Top 5 Smartphones for the Start of 2019

The smartphone market is one of the oddest ecosystems in the world today. Divided between east and west, many of the largest manufacturers in the eastern hemisphere are relatively unknown to western consumers. The market slump that the smartphone industry is currently experiencing only makes it more important to closely examine the features and other improvements that these devices offer. Below, we examine five of the best options for a user’s consideration.

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This Week’s Tech Term: Responsive Web Design

This Week’s Tech Term: Responsive Web Design

Professionals who work in an office naturally have varying degrees of Internet use, but one thing remains the same: in an age where mobile devices are commonplace, what a website looks like on a smartphone screen is extremely important from a user’s perspective. This is called responsive web design, and this week’s tech term will provide an overview of what it is and why it’s helpful.

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Why the Internet of Things is Here to Stay

Why the Internet of Things is Here to Stay

There are a lot of connected devices nowadays, but not all of them have a very practical purpose. Some of the more practical uses of connected technology range from security systems to thermostats, but other technologies can’t necessarily be justified so easily. Why would a blender need to connect to the Internet? There are many more that are being added every day, which is why a lot of companies are concerned about this rise in connected technology.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Your Old Android Device go to Waste

Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Your Old Android Device go to Waste

Unless you’re the trade-in or hand-me-down kind of person, it’s likely that you have a supply of old Android devices squirrelled away somewhere. You know, just in case the one who have now breaks. However, these old devices can be useful in other ways around the office. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over three alternate uses for your mobile device in the office.

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Statistics Show How Mobile Devices Can Threaten Your Business

Statistics Show How Mobile Devices Can Threaten Your Business

While mobile devices like smartphones and laptops have allowed modern employees to keep up with their workload and improve flexibility, they are also a significant threat to your organization’s data. Therefore, you need to consider how these mobile devices will affect your business’s IT strategy. Even if you haven’t, it’s likely that someone in your organization has considered it.

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Tip of the Week: Free App Lets You Schedule Your Phone’s Volume Level

Tip of the Week: Free App Lets You Schedule Your Phone’s Volume Level

Your cell phone rings while you’re in the middle of a meeting. Do you answer it? Regardless of if you do or not, the fact remains that it’s embarrassing and that it shouldn’t be happening in the first place. Thankfully, for Android users, you can turn your phone’s volume up or down by scheduling it.

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Managing Your Computer Equipment Doesn’t Have to Be a Headache

Managing Your Computer Equipment Doesn’t Have to Be a Headache

Every business has hardware, like workstations, servers, and other devices, that are critical to its operational efficiency. However, managing your hardware can be tricky, especially if you’re a small or medium-sized business that has limited time and resources. If your business doesn’t have a process put in to place to handle hardware inventory and deployment, perhaps it’s time that you consider implementing one.

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An Overview of Today’s 5 Best Smartphones, Vol.1

b2ap3_thumbnail_new_smartphones_400.jpgToday, more than two billion people use a smartphone. By 2020, experts predict that the smartphone market will reach over 70 percent of the planet’s population. In fact, more people own a smartphone today than have ever owned a PC, and more actual computing is done today using smartphone technology than using any other method! Driving this mobile revolution is the fact that smartphones have become affordable and present consumers with a wide array of computing options.

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Is Society Really Prepared For the Drastic Changes The Internet of Things Will Usher In?

b2ap3_thumbnail_ubiquity_data_400.jpgTechnology has changed the world. It has changed individual lives, businesses, and the way people communicate with one another. The main reason for this is that technology, and the use of it, happens everywhere. In fact, the world has seen a huge spike in the addition of microprocessors to ordinary objects which allows them to communicate with the digital world. This trend is known as ubiquitous computing.

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Augmented Reality Technology Can Revolutionize How We Learn

b2ap3_thumbnail_ar_applications_400.jpgMost people rely heavily on their smartphones. If you’ve been out in public recently, you know the behavior we’re talking about. Some people constantly have their noses in their phone. Many sources are beginning to see this as a major cultural problem, but is this because there has been no dedicated strategy to move smartphone users from constant entertainment and current events consumption? Ironically, to move society forward using these “essential” information delivery systems, we may just need more technology, not less.

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The Cloud Conundrum: Why SMBs Need to Worry About Their Mobile Devices

b2ap3_thumbnail_challenges_of_mobile_400.jpgMobile technology has changed the way that the business world operates. No longer do employees have to be tethered to their desks in order to remain productive at all times. Instead, they can work while on the road or from their home office. However, if your business’s mobile device management solution is too lax, it might encounter a number of different problems that could potentially ruin the mobile experience for your business.

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These Stats Don’t Bode Well For Mobile Devices In the Workplace

b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_app_wasting_400.jpgYour mobile phone is meant to be an extension of productivity while you’re out of the office, but some people can’t resist the urge to mess around with the numerous entertainment applications right in front of them. Unfortunately, nowhere is this more true than in the office. What’s that? Your employees don’t waste time with mobile devices? Withhold judgment until you see the statistics. Your people might be wasting more time than you think.

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Watch Simon Pierro, the “Wizard of iOS,” Perform Digital Magic Miracles [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_tricks_using_an_ipad_400.jpgWe all need a little magic in our lives now and again. For some, this means card tricks, or optical illusions that are designed to trick the eye into seeing something that isn’t there. For German magician Simon Pierro, dubbed the “Wizard of iOS,” it means taking a piece of consumer technology and turning it into a catalyst for his magic acts.

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4 Ways to Prevent Mobile Device Memory Shortage

b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_device_memory_400.jpgIf you’re a heavy tech user, then eventually, your photos, apps, and videos will take up all the space on your mobile device’s hard drive, making it impossible to add anything new. Plus, Murphy’s Law states that this will happen at the worst possible time, like while you’re recording your kid’s recital. Follow these four tips and don’t get stuck with a lack of space.

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Windows Phone vs. iOS vs. Android: The Mobile Computing War Rages On!

b2ap3_thumbnail_apple_microsoft_lag_behind_in_mobile_400.jpgOf all the computer company rivalries going on, one of the largest and most well known is Apple vs. Microsoft. The storied competition between these two software giants has driven innovation forward for more than thirty years. Today, the frontlines of this battle take place between the two company's mobile divisions, and now there's a third major competitor in the mix.

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How SwitchVox Keeps Me Mobile

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Like a lot of people doing business these days, I’m not chained to a desk all day long. I’m a pretty mobile guy. Sure, some days I find myself staring at a monitor all day long. But most days I’m out and about giving demos, performing installations, kissing babies.

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Android Users Prefer Beer

b2ap3_thumbnail_android_users_prefer_beer_400.jpgFor years now, the technology world has witnessed a battle rage between iOS and Android enthusiasts. Anybody familiar with this tech battle always suspected that generalities can be drawn between both camps. Now, there's research to prove it!

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It Finally Happened, Mobile Technology is Winning

b2ap3_thumbnail_mobile_device_400.jpgFor years, we have been watching the growing trend of mobile computing. All of us knew that one day mobile technology would overtake PC desktops, and 2014 looks to be the year when the scales finally and decisively tip in favor of mobile tech.

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