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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.

6 Common Pitfalls Prevented by Modern Managed Services

b2ap3_thumbnail_solutions_for_business_400.jpgYour data is the foundation which your business is built upon. It only makes sense that someone should be overseeing it. If the wrong person were to handle your company’s IT, it could have disastrous consequences. Resolving common IT problems can allow your business to operate at a much greater velocity, putting an end to time-consuming and costly annoyances. Here are six common issues that managed IT services can prevent.

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The Gift of Maggie

b2ap3_thumbnail_a_gift_for_maggie_400.jpgAn updated technology-based version of the classic Christmas story “The Gift of the Magi.” Originally published in The New York Sunday World in 1905. Written by O. Henry.

One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That’s what the balance read on Maggie’s online bank statement. It’s never been that low before. Usually she and her husband Dillon have a comfortable amount that they can pull from, but this year has been especially hard for the young couple, thanks to their new business endeavor.

The couple took out a big loan and started a new hair salon nine months ago. They knew the risks of starting a business in this economy, but the risks seemed small compared to the excitement of following their dreams.

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Is It Possible to Defy the Laws of Email and Unsend Your Message?

b2ap3_thumbnail_pluto_mail_400.jpgThere are some things in this world we can’t take back, and one of those things is what you say in an email. Anyone who has made a mistake, such as misspelling the recipient’s name, or saying something downright unsavory or condescending, wishes they could go back in time and save themselves the humiliation. Now, thanks to an upcoming initiative called Pluto Mail, the time machine might arrive a little early.

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Technology Pitfalls are Embedded in Human Nature

b2ap3_thumbnail_technology_and_the_human_condition_400.jpgFor a piece of technology to make it into your hands, the design is rigorously tested and QC checked. Therefore, what rolls off the assembly line should work just fine. Yet, users experience technology problems all the time. Did you know that one of the biggest reasons why technology fails is because it’s human nature to mess it up? Here are three reasons why humans aren’t compatible with technology.

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Finding the Right Fit For Your Business’s Technology Vendor Needs

b2ap3_thumbnail_vendors_work_for_you_400.jpgHaving the right technology vendor can go a long way. How can you be sure that your business has partnered with the proper technology vendor? If you’re unfamiliar with the ways that a tech vendor operates, they might even try to rip you off and weasel more money out of you. One way you can know for sure you’ve made the right decision is by having your IT provider do the dirty work.

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When Managing IT Feels Like Herding Cats [VIDEO]

b2ap3_thumbnail_cat_herding_400.jpgCat Herding: The attempt to control or organize a class of entities which are uncontrollable or chaotic. Implies a task that is extremely difficult or impossible to do, primarily due to chaotic factors (Wikipedia). Does the humorous concept of cat herding sound like your current approach to IT management?

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Tip of the Week: How to Use Technology in a Sanitary Fashion

b2ap3_thumbnail_sanitary_practices_400.jpgThese days, with the Ebola virus on everyone's mind, sanitation is a major issue. Enacting proper sanitation procedures is a must for any public place, especially in the office. Unbeknownst to most office workers, one of the biggest transmitters of germs is frequently-handled technology. Therefore, it's imperative that you properly use your technology in a sanitary fashion. Here's how.

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5 of the Best Android Smartphones on the Market Right Now

b2ap3_thumbnail_top_android_smartphones_400.jpgBusiness is on the move. There is no argument from industry professionals that more business is done on the go today than ever before. A big part of this upward trend in mobile computing is the proliferation of smartphone technology to boost productivity. The capabilities of these devices have increased to the point where any worker can accomplish a cursory amount of work.

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Skype Translator Looks to put Human Translators Out of a Job!

b2ap3_thumbnail_skype_translator_400.jpgCan you imagine a world where language isn't a barrier? Humanity would be able to achieve some crazy things, like perhaps rocketing a skyscraper into outer space! With every passing year, new technology innovations like Skype Translator chip away at the language barrier, making one bright and coherent future!

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Business Technology, The Right Way

b2ap3_thumbnail_stop_grinding_your_gears_400.jpgThe first step toward properly running a business is realizing that you aren't the average consumer. You don't spend half an hour a day writing checks to pay for your bills - in fact, some of your employees probably do just that all day. The truth of the matter is that everything to a business owner is on a much larger scale than the average consumer - that includes purchasing your technology.

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Is a 13-Year-Old Boy from Odessa the First Turing-Tested AI Program Unit?

b2ap3_thumbnail_artificial_intelligence_400.jpgThe technology for artificial intelligence isn't quite there yet, but according to a recent Turing Test performed at the University of Reading, there might be some hope for it in the near future. A Russian team has assembled a computer program called Eugene Goostman who many believe is the first to pass the Turing Test.

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Technology and Life Insights from “The Most Connected Human on Earth.” Part 2

b2ap3_thumbnail_dancy1_400.jpgIn our previous blog article, we introduced you to Chris Dancy, aka "The Most Connected Human on Earth." We told you Chris' story, how the former IT manager lost his job due to corporate downsizing and then turned to quantitative technology to find relevance in an ever-changing work environment. Today, Chris utilizes hundreds of different technologies and systems as part of his "quantitative life existence." In part two of our interview with Chris, he explains how you too can be a connected human.

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Technology and Life Insights from “The Most Connected Human on Earth.” Part 1

b2ap3_thumbnail_connected_400.jpgKnown as "The Most Connected Human on Earth," Chris Dancy is famous for utilizing hundreds of technologies and systems that work together to literally track and archive his every move. For Chris, it's not about bragging rights - it's about pioneering "a quantified life existence." What does a quantified life look like? To find out, we got a chance to talk with Chris!

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Complete Your 21st Century Home with a Computerized Communications Console!

b2ap3_thumbnail_twenty_first_century_computing_400.jpgPeople in 1967 were fascinated with new technology. During this era, technology advanced so quickly in such a short amount of time that people looked in wonderment at the future and made wild predictions at what the 2000s would look like. How accurate were the predictions of the 1960's scientific community? Let's check in with Walter Cronkite to find out!

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Retro 1800s Business Practices Can Cost Your Company Money!

b2ap3_thumbnail_document_management_400.jpgTrivia time! Do you know what device was invented in 1892 that changed the face of offices around the world? If you guessed the fax machine then you're close, but you need to think further ahead by almost 50 years (the first fax machine was patented in 1843 by Alexander Bain). More influential than even the fax machine is the file cabinet, established in 1892.

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Signs Your Technology Might Be Older Than You

b2ap3_thumbnail_old_tech_signs_400.jpgWhen we think of technology in terms of age, we often look at how long the machine has lasted for. Some machines from the mid-90's are still running, which makes them almost twenty years old. In terms of human life, that's not a very long time, but if you look at it in terms of quality working conditions, you'll find that these computers are kind of like dogs and cats. They may only be several years old, but in terms of actual age, their lifespan makes them much older than you realize.

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What’s the Secret to Multitasking?

b2ap3_thumbnail_multitask_400.jpgYou may think that you're awesome at multitasking, but according to cognitive psychologist Art Markman, "You are your own worst judge of how good a multitasker you are." This is because the same areas of your brain that monitor performance are the same areas activated by multitasking, which means that it's difficult to accurately evaluate your own performance.

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Don’t Fear New Technology’s Learning Curve!

b2ap3_thumbnail_you_will_be_ok_400.jpgWe are creatures of habit. We love our routines and live in "comfort zones." Getting anybody to do anything outside of their comfort zone is always challenging. A comfort zone typically applies to social situations, but it can also apply to technology. Don't let an emotional attachment to old technology keep you from taking advantage of new money-making solutions!

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Bluetooth: 20 Years Down, Many More to Come

b2ap3_thumbnail_bluetooth_is_20_400.jpgThere's been a lot of exciting talk lately about brand new technology including biometrics, smart appliances, and wearable technology. With all of this kind of buzz, it's easy to forget about older technology, even if it still provides value to the industry. Bluetooth technology is one of the most exceptional technologies of recent history, and it's celebrating its 20th birthday this year!

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Check Out this Freaky Old Internet PSA

b2ap3_thumbnail_in_the_future_400.jpg19 years ago, a class of fifth graders from Helena, Montana was featured in a PSA video that, looking back, made some eerily-close predictions about how the Internet is used today. When this PSA was shot in 1995, only 0.4% of the world's population regularly used the Internet. Today, nearly 39% of the world uses it, and for good reason, as predicted all those years ago.

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