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11% off August Smart Lock Pro With Connect Bundle - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-11-15 09:46

With August Smart Lock Pro, you can lock and unlock your door, control keyless access, and keep track of who comes and goes, all from your phone. The 24/7 activity log means you’re always in the know. With your phone in your pocket, simply open the door and you’re in your home. Heading out? August Smart Lock Pro will also automatically lock the door behind you after you leave. The smart lock currently averages 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, where the list price on the Lock and Connect Bundle has been reduced 11% to $249.99. See this deal on Amazon.

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Master Microsoft Azure With This In-Depth Training Bundle For Over 90% Off - Deal Alert

Wed, 2017-11-15 09:29

There are a myriad of cloud computing tools out there, but when it comes to mastering one that pays the bills, you'd be hard-pressed to find a tool more profitable than Microsoft Azure. In fact, salary survey sites report that Azure architects earn in the $130,000-$170,000 range. So, if you want to advance to a higher pay-grade, learning Azure is a smart move, and the Microsoft Azure Mastery Bundle can help you with 27 hours of training.

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Guardzilla 360 review: This security cam monitors an entire room, but its unpolished app spoils the experience

Wed, 2017-11-15 08:00
The panoramic view is unique, but the accompanying app is poorly designed and subject to frequent crashes .

Nanoleaf Aurora Rhythm review: Now your fanciful wall lighting can respond to music

Wed, 2017-11-15 08:00
The first add-on for the Nanoleaf Aurora smart lighting system is a music visualizer.

Excel macros: Essential rules, tips and tricks

Wed, 2017-11-15 06:30

An Excel macro is an abbreviation for macroinstruction—a sequence of commands (or directives) that tell a computer program or a programming language (such as Visual Basic, C, Assembler, PHP, etc.) to perform a series of tasks; generally repetitive tasks, which are prone to errors if repeatedly keyed by hand. Application macros are often created using a macro recorder, which records the user's keystrokes while performing the repetitive task, then replays those keystrokes every time the macro name or shortcut key is executed.

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Application macros created using a macro recorder

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Acer Predator Triton 700 review: A stunning gaming laptop with a terrible touchpad

Wed, 2017-11-15 06:10

Laptops like the Acer Predator Titan 700 flat-out didn’t exist mere months ago. They couldn’t.

Powerful gaming notebooks always demanded sacrifice, in the form of the back strain you’d suffer lugging the behemoths around. But Nvidia’s energy-saving Max-Q technology allowed Acer to imbue the Predator Triton 700 ($3,000 on Amazon) with powerful GTX 1080-class graphics in a slim, trim 5.27-pound package that measures just 0.74-inch thick. The beast is downright svelte for a gaming rig with that sort of firepower.

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Google gives its Home app a makeover and advanced audio controls, just in time for Max

Wed, 2017-11-15 06:00
Google has updated its Home app with a new design, smarter search, and super-cool audio controls.

iPhone X versus Android's best: A surprisingly lopsided affair

Wed, 2017-11-15 06:00

The Galaxy Note 8 is an incredible phone. Back when I reviewed it for PCWorld I gave it the highest possible score and raved about its display, still the greatest I’ve seen in Android phone. The dual camera delivered impressive portraits and lush landscapes, and the battery powered through the busiest of days. In short, it was the best phone I had ever used and I thought it would be a long while before anything topped it.

I was wrong. Apple’s iPhone X not only beats the Note 8, it practically makes it seem obsolete. I’ve tested a wide array of Android handsets over the past 12 months, and I can confidently say that none are in the same league as Apple’s newest handset. And only a couple come close.

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BrandPost: Harnessing Data for Digital Transformation

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:56
 

For organizations in every industry, data is coming in massive waves. Busy IT teams and line-of-business leaders have two options: either use this data to improve operations or drown in the tsunami and fall behind the competition.  

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BrandPost: Videoconferencing Takes Hold in Offices Big and Small

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:51

Employees at weight loss products and services company Nutrisystem work with people all over the world. Until recently, their only points of contact were telephone calls, email and the occasional instant message.

But by December 2015, the company had hatched a plan to change that. Looking at overhauling its conference rooms, Nutrisystem spent the past year implementing a new Cisco Systems phone system, along with Cisco Telepresence equipment, so that everyone could work more collaboratively — interacting face to face even when they were halfway around the world from one another.

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BrandPost: Prepare for Digital Transformation

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:49
 

“Technology changes quickly. Organizations change much more slowly,” says George Westerman of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The slow pace of change at many organizations makes keeping up with advances in technology a major challenge, adds Westerman, principal research scientist for the Initiative on the Digital Economy at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. 

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BrandPost: The Evolution Towards Hybrid IT Structures

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:46

For most organizations, a data center is an operation that supports a core mission, but it’s not part of the core business. In fact, some organizations might prefer not to have to run a data center at all.

“Most CIOs and IT executives are trying to figure out how to get out of the data center business,” says Bill Weaver, CDW vice president for advanced technologies, explaining that IT leaders are wary of the large capital expenditures they must make to build and maintain data centers, as well as the lack of agility that can come with running a large IT infrastructure.

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BrandPost: Basic Training for Enterprise Security

Tue, 2017-11-14 16:43

Evolving attacks. Scattered endpoints. Strained resources. Risks are changing, and you need to be prepared for anything. We can help you build a holistic solution that combines strategy and technology to keep your data accessible and secure.

The infographic below shows what we’ve learned from completing thousands of security assessments to better protect your organization. For more information, visit here.

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RepliCade brings Atari's Centipede back in a miniature arcade cabinet

Tue, 2017-11-14 15:58

I’ve pretty much stopped writing about Kickstarter projects here in 2017, but occasionally there’s still something incredible over there. Case in point: RepliCade, a campaign by New Wave Toys to make 1/6 scale arcade cabinets with fully functioning controls.

Insert the usual Kickstarter disclaimers and so on, but I had the chance to go hands-on with a prototype recently and was impressed. Centipede is the first game to get the RepliCade treatment, with the cabinet and ROM file officially licensed from Atari.

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BrandPost: Managing Risk in a Connected World

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:57

Cybersecurity is in the news, but the risks posed by weak and outdated security measures are hardly new. For more than two decades, organizations have struggled to keep pace with rapidly evolving attack technologies. 

With the arrival in May of WannaCry, a massive and highly coordinated ransomware attack that left tens of thousands of organizations around the world hoping for the safe restoration of their data, the threat posed by malware creators took an ominous turn. The attack sent an unambiguous wake-up call to organizations worldwide that now is the time to reassess and reinforce existing cybersecurity strategies.

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BrandPost: Improve Control with a Data Center Refresh

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:53

IT departments face increasing demands from users and the organizations they serve. They must deliver advanced technologies and capabilities, even while IT budgets are shrinking. To meet these demands, they have to become more efficient.

A good place to start in the quest for efficiency is at the IT core. An infrastructure refresh in the data center can deliver the capabilities organizations need to do more with less. By deploying up-to-date hardware, organizations can take immediate advantage of new features that give them greater control of IT operations, improving performance and reliability.

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BrandPost: Technology that Helps Meet Financial Customers Needs

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:52

Today, the financial services industry is expected to provide anytime, anywhere customer service to help meet its clients’ needs.

Contact center agents are on the front lines and expected to deliver a seamless experience across every channel, every time. Advanced technology is changing the way contact centers work by improving collaboration, allowing faster and easier access to critical information and improving customer service.

Take a look at our eBook that explains how financial institutions can empower contact center agents with the technology they need to optimize every customer interaction.

Learn more about how CDW’s dedicated financial services team can help you address complex IT challenges by orchestrating customizable contact center solutions featuring products from the industry’s leading technology partners.

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47% off HDMI Female to Female Coupler 2-Pack, Gold Plated High Speed Adapter - Deal Alert

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:52

Here's an adapter that's always good to have on hand. Pop one of them on the end of an HDMI cable and extend your back-of-the-tv HDMI port around front where it's easier to access. Or use them to couple multiple HDMI cables together for extended reach. Supports 3D and 4k signals. The list price of $10.99 has been reduced to just $5.89 for the two-pack. See this deal now on Amazon.

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2017 New York Audio Show: From the cool to the outrageous, long live great audio

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:42

New York became the center of the audio universe this past weekend, hosting the 2017 New York Audio Show. Three floors of the Park Lane Hotel on Central Park South were home to some of the biggest, newest, and most obscure names in audio. With gear ranging in price from a few hundred dollars to more than the cost of a house, audio bliss was within reach of all who attended--even if only temporarily.

Vinyl, vinyl everywhere

Vinyl and turntables were everywhere, but there was no turntable more unique or flexible than +Audio’s The+Record Player. This all-in-one record player features a custom Pro-ject belt-drive turntable and is for the consumer who wants a high-end turntable, speakers, digital inputs, and DAC in a single, turnkey package. The on-board DAC is a fully bi-directional sound card that’s capable of playing music from a USB source or digitizing your vinyl collection.

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BrandPost: Creating Better Customers Through Digital Transformation

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:41

In business, we often ask how we can be more valuable to our customers. But, according to Michael Schrage, research fellow at the MIT Center for Digital Business, there’s another question that we don’t ask often enough: How can we make our customers more valuable to us.

At CDW’s Improving Productivity with Digital Transformation Summit in Colorado Springs this spring, Schrage brought up one of the most dramatic examples of technological disruption in history: the automobile. When Schrage asked the audience what Henry Ford was best known for, members shouted out familiar answers. “The assembly line! The Model T!”

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