Understanding the impact of connected cars on smartphones

Using your smartphone on the road More and more vehicles are becoming connected. What does that even mean? A connected vehicle is a car that features intelligent systems. It is capable of optimizing its own operation and ensuring the convenience and comfort of the passengers. The first connected car appeared on the scene in 1996. General Motors, together with Motorola Automotive, released OnStar, a ride that you cannot put a price on. What is so…

Can Technology Tools Engage Students In The Classroom?

Not a long time ago, many teachers believed that technology used to distract students. It was a completely wrong belief that technology keeps students from focusing. Students were not allowed to use computers and phones in the classroom. Luckily, the situation has changed, and teachers referred to another solution to harness tech-savvy and make everything possible to engage young people with online technology tools to help them complete college assignments more straightforward and faster. The…

SOLVED: How To Block Users From Installing Add-Ins In Outlook & OWA on Office 365 Hosted Exchange

If you are using Office 365 Hosted Exchange in your company, you will likely want to control what add-ins your users have access to.  Typically, an administrator will want to add an ADD-IN into  SERVICES & ADD-INS (causing the add-in to install nearly instantly in OWA and Outlook) but also ensure that standard users can not install any other add-ins by themselves. Unfortunately it is not as simple as you might think. It appears from…

SOLVED: Quick Way To Test A Mail Server Using Telnet

If you have a mail server that you are having problems with, the easiest way to test it is using Telnet: Launch APPS AND FEATURES Install TELNET Windows 10 –  PROGRAMS AND FEATURES > TURN WINDOWS FEATURES ON OR OFF Windows 2016 – SERVER MANAGER > LOCAL SERVER > MANAGE > ADD ROLES AND FEATURES > Telnet is a FEATURE Launch CMD always a good idea to RUN AS AN ADMIN, but not required Type…

SOVLED: ‘Registration Failed’ Appears When Registering for Chat/RCS

If you try to enable to enable RCS/Chat today it will likely come back with a “Registration Failed” error because your provider does not support it YET… but it is coming very soon. To confirm this is the problem you should contact your cell phone network provider. To see which telco’s and cell manufactures have signed on to support RCS/Chat click HERE. We also have a very brief Top 10 Things You Should Know About…

SOLVED: What is the Orange N on my Samsung Cell Phone Messaging App?

If you have an Android cell phone or more specifically and Samsung cell phone, you will likely see an white ‘N’ in an Orange circle on the 3 dot settings icon of your MESSAGES app.  The ‘N’ is an indication there is something NEW for you to look at. Today that is likely trying to get you to enable the new and awesome feature named Chat.  Chat is what consumers will call Rich Communication Services…

SOLVED: The Top 10 Things You Need To Know About RCS/Chat

In the most direct terms, Rich Communications Services (RCS) is a Google developed, global standard for enhanced texting. We were recently asked “What is RCS Rich Communication Services” so we decided to write up this very quick ‘top 10’ of what everyone should know about it: RCS is designed to compete with What’sApp, WeChat, iMessenger, Telegram and other add on apps that chew up your data plan.  RCS/Chat is not supposed to cost extra or…

SOLVED: What Companies Support RCS (Rich Communication Service)/Chat

As of spring 2018, the following telco’s has signed on to support RCS (Rich Communication Service). If you want to very quickly get up to speed on RCS, click HERE for our Top 10 Things Everyone Should Know About RCS. Advanced Info Service (AIS) – Thailand Airtel – India América Móvil – Mexico AT&T – USA Axiata – Malaysia Beeline – Russia Bell Mobility – Canada China Mobile – China China Telecom – China China…

SOLVED: What Type of SSD Should I Buy?

In our article A Brief Explanation of the History and Differences in SSD Memory With a Focus On the Crucial P1 we explained the different types of modern day SSD’s and how they came to be.  That leaves most people with the simple question of ‘what type of Solid State Drive should I buy?’ and we wanted to answer that in the most direct fashion.  However, like every other tech question there, it depends on…

SOLVED: Brief Explanation of the History and Differences in SSD Memory With a Focus On the Crucial P1

In the beginning (1970’s) IT Gods at companies like Western Digital and Commodore created spinning magnetic storage media called hard disk drives and the computer world saw that they were good.  However 50 years later, we had all but exhausted the improvements in speed we could make on such disks and the IT Gods again showed us the light with the invention of dramatically faster memory chips that could keep their data even when they…

VIDEO: Dell Optiplex 5070 Reviewed, Benchmarked, Disassembled & Upgraded To Crucial P1 SSD

In this video we explain the components and ports on the new Dell Optiplex 5070 SFF . We benchmark the 5070 with the Dell factory SK Hynix 256GB Class 35 NVMe SSD and then benchmark it again with an upgraded Crucial P1 1TB NVMe SSD. The video also shows a very basic disassembly of this this very simply Small Form Factor (SFF) computer. We explain the issues with the Crucial P1’s performance and life span including…

The Future of Android is Harmony

If you have not heard of Harmony it is a renaming of Huawei’s Linux based operating system that will replace Android on Chinese made products to comply with both the Chinese Government demands and US President Trumps banning of the export of Android. In previous internal iterations Harmony was named Hongmeng or Ark OS, but now they have settled on a decidedly less Chinese sounding brand name. In our sister site’s article titled The Future…

SOLVED: How To Disable Application Sharing In Microsoft Teams

The short version is that you cannot do this today. If you are using Microsoft Teams and you have users with many windows open, desktop sharing can become very confusing.  Users should generally share a desktop and not an application because: Users often find it difficult to understand why popups and other windows do not show to those in a meeting User are often overwhelmed by the number of choices in the list of things…

SOLVED: How To Delete a Folder and All Its Subfolders and Files Using Command Line

If you have a folder that may (or may not) contain other files and folders that you want to delete using a simple command line, RMDIR (as in Remove Directory) is your friend. The syntax is simple are only two switches: /S = also remove all sub-directories /Q = Quiet / Silent / do not prompt user to confirm deletion The following command will remove the McAfee folder AND everything under it. rmdir /s /q…