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Smartphones of 2022 - The Foldables

Smartphones of 2022 - The Foldables

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve taken a look at some flagship smartphones and some devices that present a lot of value. To wrap up our annual smartphone series, we are going to look at some of the most innovative—and expensive—devices on the market today. 

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Smartphones of 2022 - The Value Models

Smartphones of 2022 - The Value Models

Last week, we committed one of our blogs to examining some of the most impressive new flagship smartphones to be found on the market—the creme de la creme, if you will, with price tags to match. This week, we wanted to focus on a different market: those looking to get a great value for less than half of what the flagships demand. If you aren’t the type to finance a phone, here are three options to consider for less than $500.

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Smartphones of 2022 - The Flagships

Smartphones of 2022 - The Flagships

The smartphone has ushered in a revolution for communication and productivity, and in today’s world, it’s critical that we keep an eye on the developments in smartphone technology to ensure workers stay competitively productive and ahead of the game. Let’s examine three of the flagship smartphone devices for early 2022.

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Is Mobile Addiction Good for Business?

Is Mobile Addiction Good for Business?

First, we want to state that addiction is always a problem and requires help. Unfortunately, smartphone addiction is good for businesses. This month we will take a brief look at smartphone addiction and how businesses are taking full advantage of their employees’ reliance on their mobile devices. 

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How Mobile Has Taken Over Almost Every Business

How Mobile Has Taken Over Almost Every Business

Think about how different your computing practices are today compared with the way you did things 20 years ago. If you’ve been around that long, there is a good chance that the way you go about things is much, much different than it was at the turn of the century. The biggest difference today is how most people use mobile devices to do a large percentage of their computing, as compared with past generations. Today, we will take a look at some of the innovations that mobile devices have made to be able to stand alone at the top of the computing food chain. 

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2020 Smartphone Buyer’s Guide, Part 1

2020 Smartphone Buyer’s Guide, Part 1

Millions of people have moved off the traditional computer and now use their smartphone for checking email, editing documents, and doing much of their work. This means they need their device to be powerful and reliable. Today, we are going to take a brief look at some of the best smartphones available today: the flagships.

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A Few Smartphones to Consider Going into 2020

A Few Smartphones to Consider Going into 2020

If there is any computing device that has fully entered the mainstream, it’s the smartphone. This means that there is public demand for the best - and manufacturers pay attention, regularly rolling out better and better phones (at least, that’s the plan) all the time. As the new year rolls around, many are using the holidays to get themselves a little something for 2020.

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Stop Trusting Hackers With Your Smartphone!

Stop Trusting Hackers With Your Smartphone!

Do you have a smartphone? Do you feel as though your data is secure on it? Users are relying on smartphones more and more to accomplish daily tasks. This means there is a massive amount of data traffic each day transferred to and from your device, and potentially transferred into the hands of a cybercriminal. 

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What Are Some Features of the Smartphone of Tomorrow?

What Are Some Features of the Smartphone of Tomorrow?

The smartphone has completely changed the way that the workplace functions, providing near-constant access to all the wonders of the Internet. People can communicate in ways previously never thought possible, and the possibilities these days are indeed limitless. There are applications out there that can make life more fulfilling and business more productive.

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Tip of the Week: Learn to Use Digital Note-Taking Apps

Tip of the Week: Learn to Use Digital Note-Taking Apps

Notebooks are one of the oldest and most reliable ways of taking notes. You probably have many notebooks sitting around the office filled with information. Of course, with today’s technology growing more accessible, digital notebooks have grown in popularity. In fact, they might even be more dynamic and helpful than the traditional notepad. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your digital note-taking solution.

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The Top 5 Smartphones for the Start of 2019

The Top 5 Smartphones for the Start of 2019

The smartphone market is one of the oddest ecosystems in the world today. Divided between east and west, many of the largest manufacturers in the eastern hemisphere are relatively unknown to western consumers. The market slump that the smartphone industry is currently experiencing only makes it more important to closely examine the features and other improvements that these devices offer. Below, we examine five of the best options for a user’s consideration.

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This Week’s Tech Term: Responsive Web Design

This Week’s Tech Term: Responsive Web Design

Professionals who work in an office naturally have varying degrees of Internet use, but one thing remains the same: in an age where mobile devices are commonplace, what a website looks like on a smartphone screen is extremely important from a user’s perspective. This is called responsive web design, and this week’s tech term will provide an overview of what it is and why it’s helpful.

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Why the Internet of Things is Here to Stay

Why the Internet of Things is Here to Stay

There are a lot of connected devices nowadays, but not all of them have a very practical purpose. Some of the more practical uses of connected technology range from security systems to thermostats, but other technologies can’t necessarily be justified so easily. Why would a blender need to connect to the Internet? There are many more that are being added every day, which is why a lot of companies are concerned about this rise in connected technology.

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Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Your Old Android Device go to Waste

Tip of the Week: Don’t Let Your Old Android Device go to Waste

Unless you’re the trade-in or hand-me-down kind of person, it’s likely that you have a supply of old Android devices squirrelled away somewhere. You know, just in case the one who have now breaks. However, these old devices can be useful in other ways around the office. For this week’s tip, we’ll go over three alternate uses for your mobile device in the office.

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Statistics Show How Mobile Devices Can Threaten Your Business

Statistics Show How Mobile Devices Can Threaten Your Business

While mobile devices like smartphones and laptops have allowed modern employees to keep up with their workload and improve flexibility, they are also a significant threat to your organization’s data. Therefore, you need to consider how these mobile devices will affect your business’s IT strategy. Even if you haven’t, it’s likely that someone in your organization has considered it.


Gartner conducted a large survey last year that came to the following conclusions:

  • 8 out of 10 employees use personal devices with them to the office.
  • 37 percent of employees are given laptops by the employer.
  • 23 percent of employees surveyed are given company-provided smartphones, but only 10 percent of them don’t use their own personal device.
  • Only 20 percent of employees given a work device were unsatisfied with it. The satisfaction rate is usually higher among those who are given smartphones, compared to those who are given desktops or laptops.
  • Over half of all employees who use their smartphones for work use their own personal device.
  • Two-thirds of employees use a personal device for work, including a smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

While your business may have gone the extra mile to protect its data, as well as access to internal files and email, personal devices add a new level of complexity to your strategy.

What Are Some of the Risks?
If you let mobile devices onto your company network haphazardly, there will be plenty of risks associated with them. This is why mobile devices are such a controversy in the first place, and why employers go to such lengths to control their use in the workplace.

Lost devices could potentially give strangers, or even thieves, access to your company’s email, which can include anything from sensitive client information to sensitive information like passwords or usernames. Furthermore, if a personal laptop gets hacked or infected by malware (or worse), the infection could spread to your network. Even something as simple as a public Wi-Fi connection could put your business’s data or passwords at risk.

Now, consider what happens when an employee leaves your organization. If they are using a personal device for work-related tasks, they could have contact lists, files, or other information that you don’t want them to have anymore--especially if they leave on bad terms. The resulting fallout could have you in damage control mode for far too long to make mobile devices worth it.

Let Us Help with BYOD
With a Bring Your Own Device policy, your organization will be prepared to properly leverage employee-owned personal devices. If you want to use devices without placing your data at risk, a well-rounded plan that covers all your concerns is the best way to do this. To learn more about BYOD and how you can keep your sensitive data safe, even on mobile devices owned by your employees, reach out to PCSOFT at 02 98730080.

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Tip of the Week: Free App Lets You Schedule Your Phone’s Volume Level

Tip of the Week: Free App Lets You Schedule Your Phone’s Volume Level

Your cell phone rings while you’re in the middle of a meeting. Do you answer it? Regardless of if you do or not, the fact remains that it’s embarrassing and that it shouldn’t be happening in the first place. Thankfully, for Android users, you can turn your phone’s volume up or down by scheduling it.

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Managing Your Computer Equipment Doesn’t Have to Be a Headache

Managing Your Computer Equipment Doesn’t Have to Be a Headache

Every business has hardware, like workstations, servers, and other devices, that are critical to its operational efficiency. However, managing your hardware can be tricky, especially if you’re a small or medium-sized business that has limited time and resources. If your business doesn’t have a process put in to place to handle hardware inventory and deployment, perhaps it’s time that you consider implementing one.

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Consider Our Pros and Cons List of Having Employee-Owned Devices in the Workplace

Consider Our Pros and Cons List of Having Employee-Owned Devices in the Workplace

The concept of Bring Your Own Device has grown in popularity with employers in recent years. There’s no denying that a BYOD policy holds major benefits, but like any other policy, it has its drawbacks. What follows is a brief overview of some pros and cons to inform any business owner who’s considering BYOD in the workplace.

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An Overview of Today’s 5 Best Smartphones, Vol.1

An Overview of Today’s 5 Best Smartphones, Vol.1

Today, more than two billion people use a smartphone. By 2020, experts predict that the smartphone market will reach over 70 percent of the planet’s population. In fact, more people own a smartphone today than have ever owned a PC, and more actual computing is done today using smartphone technology than using any other method! Driving this mobile revolution is the fact that smartphones have become affordable and present consumers with a wide array of computing options.

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Is Society Really Prepared For the Drastic Changes The Internet of Things Will Usher In?

b2ap3_thumbnail_ubiquity_data_400.jpgTechnology has changed the world. It has changed individual lives, businesses, and the way people communicate with one another. The main reason for this is that technology, and the use of it, happens everywhere. In fact, the world has seen a huge spike in the addition of microprocessors to ordinary objects which allows them to communicate with the digital world. This trend is known as ubiquitous computing.

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