Tech Quick Tips: 4 Ways to Increase Your Laptop Battery Life and Charge

1. Keep the Vents Clear

Never ever sit your laptop on a couch cushion, or on a mattress, or anything soft that hinders airflow through the little slot on the bottom and sides of your machine. Those vents can suck up dust and debris, clogging up the fans and causing your laptop to work harder. And, the harder the machine works, the more battery power it is going to require. If you hear a loud buzzing (like a fan spinning really fast), or your laptop base is so hot you could cook an egg on it, chances are you should consider moving to a tabletop or hard surface to work on.

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What is the Financial Impact of a Ransomware Attack?

The reason for ransomware’s popularity boils down to one thing: economics. Without the proper defenses, cybercriminals can extort hundreds – sometimes thousands – of dollars from SMBs by encrypting valuable data and demanding a ransom be paid to restore the data. Below, see the rise in the average ransom amount by year (in US dollars).

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Silicon Harbor has become a tech landing spot for some weary city dwellers

CHARLESTON, S.C. — It may be 2,740 miles away, as the crow flies, but Charleston seems like a million miles away from the hustle, bustle and stress of Silicon Valley.

An idyllic beachfront on the Carolina coast, drawing 7 million tourists annually. Horse-drawn carriages and pastel antebellum houses with roots to the American Revolution. Fort Sumter in the distance, a reminder of where the first shots were fired in the Civil War.

And yet the economic formula is decidedly 21st Century after decades of relying extensively on the military, automotive and textile industries. The focus today is on high-wage jobs in an affordable, lifestyle-friendly setting.

Welcome to Silicon Harbor: Home to more than 250 tech companies employing 11,000. This port city has quietly become the No. 1 mid-sized U.S. metro area (500,000 to 1 million) for IT job growth, adding 4,000 jobs the past five years, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Read more from USA Today.

How Managed IT Services Align with SMB Business Priorities

Despite the need to embrace technology and IT innovation, most SMBs lack the necessary vision, strategy and resources. However, partnering with a managed services provider like Bluetowne can help SMBs address these challenges to achieve strategic growth that aligns with their business’ priorities – including the top SMB business priorities that are depicted below.

With Bluetowne’s Managed IT Services you’ll be free from necessary, but time-consuming tasks. Tasks like monitoring and managing your IT infrastructure, performing server maintenance and updates, and remediating end-user issues. You’ll be free to focus the right people and resources on the right things. Your strategic initiatives will fall into place all while increasing efficiency and productivity.

Let us know how we can help!  843.352.0130 | info@bluetowne.com

Team Bluetowne Gives Back to Ronald McDonald House of Charleston

Team Bluetowne had a lot of fun serving dinner to the families at the Ronald McDonald House of Charleston last night! We feel honored to participate in such an amazing cause, and to help make the journey a little easier for families with children in the hospital.

The Ronald McDonald House opened its doors 33 years ago as a home away from home where families stay while their children undergo extensive medical treatment. Today, the House is able to serve 32 families every single night.

Here, parents and children lead a life as normal as possible during their traumatic times without the financial burden of costly hotel and travel expenses. The Ronald McDonald House offers these families’ comfortable beds, hot meals, a caring staff, and a four-legged friend, Gardy, all just steps from the hospital.

There are many ways to get involved as a volunteer, including preparing a meal or donating items off of the House’s wish list.

 

 

 

Pokemon Go and Bluetowne Adding Years to People’s Lives

pokemon_go_logoA Microsoft study concluded that Official study by Microsoft and Stanford researchers: is adding a huge number of steps to people’s lives compared to before they started playing the game.  The researchers estimate that Pokemon Go has added 144 billion steps to U.S. physical activity. That’s 143 roundtrips to the moon.

That’s funny, because a Bluetowne study concluded that its Managed Services offering is giving clients a huge amount of their time back compared to before they partnered with us.  Researchers estimate that due to immediate phone and chat response times and the ability to remote control in to remediate issues, clients are getting 1,397,482 seconds of their time back every month.  That’s enough time to pick up a new hobby.  (Like playing Pokemon Go.)

Official study by Microsoft and Stanford researchers: https://goo.gl/X7folb

Try This Ultrathin Keyboard for Your iPad

Logitech has created an aethetically pleasing companion keyboard to go along with your iPad.  The keyboard also doubles as a protective cover.  This is a must-have accessory for frequent travelers.  Here is a review and recommendation by Lauren Goode from our friends at AllThingsD…

Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover for iPad

Bluetowne will be testing this keyboard out before the end of the month.

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