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Remember Tape Backup? It’s Still Alive and Kicking

Remember Tape Backup? It’s Still Alive and Kicking

IT professionals have all but proclaimed the tape backup system, which dominated the data backup space for decades, to be all but dead. This declaration may have been premature however. Over the past several years, there has been a resurgence in companies that use tape backup. This week, we will go into why businesses are willingly utilizing what can only be described as an antiquated technology for their system redundancy. 

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A Consortium of AI Companies Have Committed to Risk Reduction

A Consortium of AI Companies Have Committed to Risk Reduction

Back in July, the White House secured commitments from Amazon, Anthropic, Google, Inflection, Meta, Microsoft, and OpenAI to help manage the risks that artificial intelligence potentially poses. More recently, eight more companies—Adobe, Cohere, IBM, Nvidia, Palantir, Salesforce, Scale AI, and Stability—also pledged to maintain “the development of safe, secure, and trustworthy AI,” as a White House brief reported.

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How to Properly Recycle Old Technology and Devices

How to Properly Recycle Old Technology and Devices

Any business that utilizes technology is sure to accumulate wasted materials over time, whether it’s a drawer full of old chargers or a room full of old, outdated workstations. To make sure that they don’t land themselves in a landfill, you should make a conscious effort to recycle and reuse your old technology in some way. Here are some options to consider.

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Technology Can Save Your Business Considerable Capital Through Efficient Procedures

Technology Can Save Your Business Considerable Capital Through Efficient Procedures

The biggest problems that a business faces are the ones that drain your coffers and cost your business capital. Here are some technology solutions your company can implement to keep inefficiencies from costing your organization needlessly.

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Seven Reasons Deepfake Technology is a Problem

Seven Reasons Deepfake Technology is a Problem

Let’s talk a little bit about deepfakes. If you aren’t aware of this technology, deepfakes are essentially synthetic media. Typically they come in the form of videos or images that use artificial intelligence (AI) to replace a person’s likeness with another’s. With deepfake technology, people can convince an audience that a person said something they didn’t say. This deliberate digital subterfuge can bring with it a whole lot of problems. This week we will outline a few of them.

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Small Business Options to Get Rid of Their Old Technology

Small Business Options to Get Rid of Their Old Technology

Small businesses create a lot of waste. Fortunately, many are taking responsible steps to ensure that their old technology doesn't end up in landfills. Let’s explore what small businesses do with their technology once it's thrown away and how they contribute to a more sustainable future.

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Schools are Dangerously Valuable to Cybercriminals

Schools are Dangerously Valuable to Cybercriminals

It’s an unfortunate fact that cybercriminals are motivated to attack places that contain large volumes of sensitive data, but typically lack the budget or in-house skills to sufficiently protect it. It’s even more unfortunate that this description directly applies to many schools and school systems.

Let’s talk about what schools have to offer cybercriminals, and what they need to do as a result.

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Streamline Your Sales Process with Technology

Streamline Your Sales Process with Technology

Businesses can harness the power of technology to streamline various aspects of their operations, including their sales processes. Let's explore several ways in which businesses can leverage technology to empower their sales teams and achieve greater efficiency.

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Tip of the Week: Batch Create Folders Using Microsoft Excel

Tip of the Week: Batch Create Folders Using Microsoft Excel

We know you don’t need to be reminded that the administrative part of your job is one of the more unpleasant bits, at least one of the more boring parts of your work. One task that is particularly dull is creating different folders for all your employees, projects, and organizational needs. Microsoft Excel, however, makes it much easier to handle this mundane task—and you’ll feel like a pro for using it in this way.

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Data Backup is Extremely Important

Data Backup is Extremely Important

Despite its undeniable value, data is incredibly fragile. The loss of critical information can spell disaster for a company, making data backup a paramount concern. In this article, we'll explore why data backup is so important for businesses and why it should be at the forefront of every organization's IT strategy.

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