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Big Data Overview Part Two: A more in-depth look

As we discussed last week, Big Data is powerful and making huge waves across all industries. This week, we’ll take a more in-depth look at Big Data and how it works on a more technical level. Statistics or case studies presented in this blog posting are attained from a 2013 research white paper entitled ‘Big Data in Big Companies’ made available by the International ...

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Big Data Overview Part One: What it is and why it matters

At first, I thought that ‘Big Data’ was just a buzz word. I never really looked into it and just dismissed it as another way to describe data collection. In a small way that is correct, but the reality is that Big Data is so much more than that. Big Data is leveraged in every industry from the public sector to private science firms ...

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The Power of APIs within a Business Application

What’s an API? API stands for “Application Programmer Interface” and it is used to communicate with external software and data. This allows the host software to provide information to external requests from another program, without granting that external software direct access to the data. In other words, it allows a company to share data. We use many API’s in the course of our software ...

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Desktop Applications

In a day and age when almost everything we could want is available online, it seems people are forgetting about desktop applications. Desktop applications may seem out of the loop but when you need something where reliability is a number one priority, a desktop application should be strongly considered. Imagine its 4:30 on a Friday afternoon and you need to access some data on ...

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Should I Get a Smart Watch Now?

With the rise of new wearable technology it sparks the question if now is the best time to jump in or wait for the product to evolve.  Let’s face it, we live in a world where new devices and technologies change and improve every day.  Even Apple is on the verge of releasing their Smart Watch at the end of April which is ...

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Android Phone Codes

Enter these codes from your Android Phone Pad:*#06# – IMEI number*#0*# – Enter the service menu on newer phones like Galaxy S III*#*#4636#*#* – Phone information, usage statistics and battery*#*#34971539#*#* – Detailed camera information*#*#273282*255*663282*#*#* – Immediate backup of all media files*#*#197328640#*#* – Enable test mode for service*#*#232339#*#* – Wireless LAN tests*#*#0842#*#* – Backlight/vibration test*#*#2664#*#* – Test the touchscreen*#*#1111#*#* – FTA software version (1234 in ...

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Do you really NEED a Mobile App for your business?

 My questioning in this conversation goes something like this: "Why do you need a mobile application?" The answers I get are pretty interesting, and they all have "some" value to them: My clients and customers are the group of people who can't put their phones down My customers need to look something up to buy I want to use "push notification" to alert them ...

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Need Help Finding the Right Tools

As my company grows, I realize more and more that we need to implement better tools in order to maintain the level of excellence that the company had when it was "just me". When it was "just me", I had intimate knowledge of each and every program for all my clients.  I knew how their business worked, and I was able to understand what ...

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The Age of Thin

So it seems that Apple is now testing an ultra-thin "Air" laptop in the MacBook Pro form factor. Is thin the new in? It certainly seems that way. It looks like companies are ditching optical drives and taking advantage of chips instead of hard drives. I love the MacBook Airs. I think they are the perfect size. I am a little on the fence ...

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