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XFER has been serving the Livonia area since 1994, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

How Technology Can Help Your Green Campaign

b2ap3_thumbnail_go_green_with_technology_400.jpgOne of the greatest trends to hit business culture within the last few years has been going green, aka, being environmentally conscious. Companies that adopt green culture end up helping the Earth, improving their brand reputation, gaining tax credits, and attracting new green-minded customers. If you're considering going green, one of the easiest places to start is with your technology.

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3 IT Solutions to Boost Law Office Productivity

b2ap3_thumbnail_law_solutions_that_work_400.jpgLawyers have certainly played a huge part in modern western society, as they battle at the center of every legal trial, hearing, and financial exchange. Just like any other businessman, lawyers highly depend on their office technology to aid them in their business operations. Here are three effective technology solutions that any lawyer could benefit from.

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7 Surprisingly Hilarious Tech Statistics

b2ap3_thumbnail_you_have_no_idea_400.jpgIf you think you are not up to date on your tech jargon, don't feel bad. A recent study conducted by Vouchercloud.net asked 2,392 adults multiple choice questions about the definitions of common technology terms. The findings suggested that many of them were worse off.

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Yep, We’ve Got that Covered Too!

b2ap3_thumbnail_vendor_help_400.jpgTechnology is a major part of everything your business does. Therefore, you need a technology partner that does more than just fixes your computers. For example, if your smartphone decided that, "today is a good day to die," then it wouldn't matter how great your workstation was running, your day would still be ruined.

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Gain the Technological Advantage when Starting a New Business

b2ap3_thumbnail_start_button_400.jpgStarting a new business is a huge undertaking that's highly demanding. Wishy washy people need not apply. An individual starting a new company will need to take into consideration every possible scenario and make plans for it as best they can. Taking advantage of the right technology from the very beginning will make starting a new business much easier.

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Is Your Business Taking Advantage of New Technology?

b2ap3_thumbnail_technology_consulting_400.jpgFuturistic technology has been springing up in unexpected places lately, it seeks to aid previously unrelated household tools like ovens and refrigerators, and used as supplements to help people aid their everyday lives. It is highly advantageous to be on the cutting edge of new technology, as it is not only showing up to help consumers, but to aid offices and business owners around the world. Are you paying attention to the latest trends?

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Is it OK to Leave Your Gadgets out in the Cold?

b2ap3_thumbnail_ice_and_computers_do_not_mix_400.jpgAt this moment, people in the United States are experiencing one of the most brutally cold winters in recent memory and can't wait for the relief that spring will bring. Cold weather makes humans do crazy things, like leave their technology in freezing temperatures for long periods of time. Is it ok for your gadgets to chill out, or not?

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Manage and Secure All of Your Credit Cards with Coin

b2ap3_thumbnail_coin_manage_your_accounts_400.jpgThere are many different applications on the market that will allow you to digitally make payments and manage your money. We have featured payment solutions in the past like Square Cash and PayPal, but there are other solid digital payment options on the market that are worth your consideration. One of the most exciting options is called Coin and it will be out this summer!

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Google as the Technology Culture Curator

b2ap3_thumbnail_google_innovation_400.jpgGoogle is so entrenched in the culture of the planet that we no longer say, "Search for it", instead, we say, "Google it." Most of us use Google products on a daily basis that go beyond its search engine. From tablets and smartphones running Android, to Google's Chromebook running Chrome OS, Google is directly competing with Microsoft and Apple for the world's business and affection.

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Is Augmented Reality the Future of Marketing?

b2ap3_thumbnail_arstorm400.jpgConcocting a comprehensive and concise marketing strategy is extremely important for any small business. Across the board, the average company uses between 8%-to-15% of their gross revenue to reinvest into marketing themselves. When you consider how large of a percentage of an organization's workable capital that really is, you'll begin to understand why companies are trying to find a solutions to cut their marketing costs. They need not look any further than the palm of their hand to find that very solution.

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The 50 Year History of Our Industry

b2ap3_thumbnail_msphist400.jpgWorking in the IT industry means embracing change and the latest technology trends. Doing the same thing day-in and day-out is a luxury we don't have, and frankly, sounds kind of boring. Since computers were first invented, there's been a need to service them. Here's a look at how the IT service industry has changed over the past 50 years.

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Is Square Cash the Future of Digital Payment?

b2ap3_thumbnail_squarecash400.jpgBy now the vast majority of people have settled into using the Internet as a 24-hour shopping center, where almost anything imaginable can be purchased and shipped right to your door. From goods to services, everything under the sun has a digital price tag. While most of us have used a credit card to buy something online, many of us have alternatively chosen a more secure option, especially when closing deals with individuals on online auction sites like eBay. That option has traditionally been PayPal, which in many ways, has helped to revolutionize the way people transfer money. In fact, PayPal has been so successful, and essential to eBay's success, that eBay bought the company in 2002.

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7 Tech Assets You Need to Succeed

b2ap3_thumbnail_list400.jpgAs a small business, your goal should not only be to survive, but to thrive. Many times, small businesses try to cut costs by not purchasing essential equipment and services. Unfortunately, because of its cost, technology ends up on the backburner of the priority list. Don't cut corners. Here are seven tech assets you need to invest in.

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A Fax Machine Can Hinder Productivity

b2ap3_thumbnail_fserv400.jpgFirst introduced by Xerox back in the 1964, the fax machine, or Long Distance Xerography as it was called then, was the hottest office productivity tool of its day. This new technology saved workers from having to send documents via mail, which dramatically improved office communications. Nearly fifty years later, and the fax machine has become a hindrance to office productivity.

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What’s Up with Google Glass?

b2ap3_thumbnail_glass400.jpgEvery once in a while, a radical piece of technology is introduced to the market that has the potential to change everything. Over the last half century alone, digital music, cell phones, GPS technology, PCs, and much more hit the market and changed the way technology is incorporated into our daily lives and workplaces. Is Google Glass the next revolutionary gadget?

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3 Differences between Real Clouds and Cloud Computing

b2ap3_thumbnail_cloudy400.jpgHave you ever wondered how cloud computing got its name? Despite popular opinion, cloud computing has nothing to do with the clouds in the sky. Instead, information is transferred to and from data centers, which are shaped nothing like clouds. Yet, there are similarities between the two clouds. We will compare them side-by-side to help you better understand cloud computing.

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What Does a Fully Realized BYOD Environment Look Like?

b2ap3_thumbnail_bywowd400.jpgThe growing popularity of employees bringing in their own devices into the workplace (BYOD) is challenging the traditional model of IT for businesses. Many companies are embracing BYOD and adapting their IT networks accordingly. With the way things are trending, it's important to ask yourself where all of this is heading, and consider what a fully realized BYOD environment will look like.

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5 BYOD Worst Case Scenarios You Need to Plan For

b2ap3_thumbnail_byodude400.jpgAs the mobile device market is booming, more employees are bringing in their own device to work (BYOD). Advantages to BYOD include a workforce that's mobile, increased employee satisfaction, and more; but using personal devices comes with risks, and business owners must consider these risks before allowing BYOD in their office.

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3D Printing: The Alpha Version Replicator

b2ap3_thumbnail_3d400.jpgHave you ever wondered what it would be like to simply tell a computer what you wanted to eat, and within a couple minutes have your favorite dish displayed before you? Or what if you needed a new kidney or heart and didn't have to be put on a waiting list? This technology isn't that far off with all the experiments and advancements in 3D printing!

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Microsoft Claims Xbox One is a “Justifiable Business Expense”

b2ap3_thumbnail_xboxone400.jpgSeriously. In a recent blog post, Microsoft makes the case that the upcoming Xbox One is more than a gaming console; it's actually a powerful business tool. The way Microsoft sees things, the $499 Xbox One is "entirely justifiable as a business expense." Before you laugh, consider the business friendly features of the Xbox One.

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