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Increase Your Brand’s Revenues with this Payment Method

Man using a software for his payment methodAs someone who has worked or continues to work with big-box retailers, you most likely have already noticed how these companies turn the attention of their customers to their consumer credit products and services.

This type of financing is not new in the market, at least not for large retailers, seeing as they have used and benefited from them for so many years now. Merchant financing offered by firms such as Vyze, when properly used and managed, delivers a win-win scenario for both the seller and the buyer.

And the good news is, with today’s financing technology platforms, even smaller retailers can now utilize it to grow their business.

Modern FinTech for the smaller organizations

In the past, smaller businesses did not have the chance to reap the benefits of this form of financing, since back then most platforms were ideal only for the use of bigger organizations.

In other words, they came with a large price for setting up the program, not to mention the need for the funds they can use to “lend” to their customers. Furthermore, the additional risk that came with financing was only something that bigger names in the industry can deal with.

Nowadays though, many thanks to the considerable improvements in financial technology, even merchants who still have a lot of growing to do can now benefit from this.

The benefits in a nutshell

When you offer financing to customers, you give them a greater level of purchasing power. This, in itself, already makes your store more favorable than others, especially the competition asking for upfront payment.

Also, this increased buying power also encourages buyers to make larger average order value, which ultimately results in higher revenues for your brand.

Developers have realized just how great of a help such technology can deliver to smaller businesses, so as a small business owner yourself, you should already recognize its benefits as soon as possible too.

CompTIA A+ Exam: Tips on Windows Server Patch Management

Business, technology, internet and networking concept. Young businessman working on his laptop in the office, select the icon security on the virtual display.Routine patching of a Windows computer system is necessary and is a critical component to ensuring and maintaining network security.

To pass the CompTIA A+ Essentials and Practical exam, you need to have sufficient knowledge of Windows patch management because it has included in the A+ 901 and 902 objectives, which you can get from firms such as CertBlaster.

However, patch management could be daunting regardless if you are an expert or newbie administrator. To that end, below are some top tips to help your patch management activities easier.

Automation is Key

Nowadays, companies expect their administrators to do more with fewer resources. The problem with this is that patch management is a very time-consuming process that you really cannot just hurry along.

You could, however, automate your system so that you could just click on your mouse to analyze and deploy patches from one workstation instead of going to and from multiple workstations.

Map Out your Approach

Even if you are using an automated system, you need map out your patch management approach. Consider grouping systems by location or department so that you could get a firmer handle on things and more efficiently manage patching.

Identify Configuration Settings

Even a single difference in configuration between the production server and lab server could result in a server failure.

However, by making certain that the configuration settings in the production server match with the test lab server, you minimize or completely eradicate the risk of running into issues when deploying patches.

Test All Patches

You must lab test all new patches thoroughly before deploying them. While patching is necessary to secure your IT environment, bad patches could put your infrastructure at risk.

Maintain and Monitor your Patch Levels

Because you have automated your patch management process, you can now be more proactive instead of reactive when monitoring patches.

You should schedule regular scans weekly or twice weekly at least to evaluate your IT infrastructure.

Done right, the performance of your server and uptime would real all the benefits and users will not have to experience unnecessary downtime.

Why Technology Development is Necessary for Better Airline Travel

Airplane in the SkyIn the wake of the recent uproar over an incident at a United Airlines flight, the U.S. needs to upgrade airline technology to improve services.

The aviation industry has somehow lagged in terms of technological innovation in the same way that Uber has provided us with an alternative to taxis, as well as Airbnb allowing us to find a place to stay in lieu of hotel rooms.

So what does technology have to do with a man being forcibly removed from his seat? A lot as it turns out.

Spiraling Downward

Atmosphere Research Group President Henry Harteveldt said that the quality of customer service in the U.S. airline industry has been on a downward trend for the last 40 years, despite improving in some areas. According to the travel research company, these areas include better baggage handling, more on-time flights, and lower prices.

However, technology upgrades could have prevented a situation that will require force when a flight has reached its passenger limit. Some of these solutions could be as simple as providing online reviews from travelers. We must admit, though, that we often tend to search for ticket prices first before anything else when booking a flight.

Still, the idea of new airline technology is not a remote possibility since it’s quite unfair to generalize that the industry does nothing to improve its services.

Digital Experience

Aside from the U.S., other countries have been using biometrics to enhance customer experience at airports not just for boarding a plane, but also at the ground. Some American airlines have already expressed their intention of fully using biometrics to improve the efficiency of air travel.

If that happens, My Flight Solutions and other experts say that it will complement already available resources, such as services provided by fixed-base operators, including pilot training, security screening, and other skills that can be learned in an FBO program.

Technology development is undoubtedly required to improve how the airline system works since it doesn’t always mean that we shouldn’t fix something simply because it isn’t broken.

The Next Cycle in Computing: Will the “Cloud” Disappear?

Cloud Computing

Driverless tractor trailers on highways. Computers learning on their own, without the aid of programmers. And soon, quantum computers rewriting encryption, pharmaceutical research, and artificial intelligence.

Technology is moving at such breakneck speeds; you hardly see what’s coming next. Will it “travel” so fast it ends up making cloud technology disappear?

The Edge Devices as Data Centers

A venture capitalist predicts the end is near for cloud computing, which delivers data, applications, media, and more, over the internet to data centers. Replacing this invaluable business tool is the “edge” devices. With the increasing popularity of and constant improvements to the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, businesses may soon switch to the edge devices.

These devices include autonomous vehicles, drones, and other gadgets that can connect to the internet. Edge computing involves sensors and connected tools sending data to the closest edge device. Instead of processing data in the cloud or at a remote data center, edge computing (or fog computing, as Cisco calls it) does so on local computing devices.

With machine learning enabling speedier, more accurate ways to process data, there is an ongoing debate about edge computing doing a much faster job than cloud computing.

Not So Fast

Business Insider research projects that governments and enterprises, which collectively own 5.8 billion IoT devices, will move to fog computing by 2020. But this doesn’t mean cloud computing is going to “disappear.”

Cloud technology still has a significant part in helping the organizations manage the massive amounts of data they receive. It can co-exist with edge computing. LoadSpring points out that powerful cloud-computing technology delivers customized software solutions, which then boosts an organization's capabilities.

Moreover, businesses will still need to collect data from edge devices and aggregate them in the cloud for analysis and business intelligence.

The promise of faster, more accurate computing is impressive, if not terribly exciting. But it’s unlikely that edge computing will make cloud computing obsolete. Cloud adoption is still growing, and with improvements to serverless computing, from efficiency to security, businesses are still going to need it.

Meanwhile, edge computing is still fairly new, and as with any new technology, some adjustments and improvements will follow. In the meantime, organizations can rely on the proven reliability of cloud technology.

A Modern Day Satellite

No Signal, No Problem: The Communication Capabilities of Satellite Phones You Must Know

A Modern Day SatelliteSmartphones sure are handy.

They contain tons of apps and helpful software capabilities that let you utilize the full advantage of going online. But, if you take away the Internet and cellular connection, a smartphone won’t be so smart at all.

If you think about it, in most movies, getting stranded on an island no matter how cool the phone is an already clichéd problem. Since remote places don’t have cellular towers, reliable vsat systems, or any usable signal at all, you wouldn’t want to be holding onto a smartphone in times of crisis—but a satellite phone instead.

Though satellite phones look and feel like fossil equipment nobody uses, you can definitely rely on them when the going gets extra tough. Below are awesome facts about satellite phones no one taught you about.

It Picks Up 80% of the World’s Geographical Coverage

Compared to the estimated 10% signal reliability of regular phones, a satellite phone works in virtually any place. It has an incredibly wide range that can connect even in most secluded places such as a remote island, deep jungle, or underground.

No Roaming Charges

Whether you’re going to Asia, Europe, Australia, your satellite phone will work just the same. It will automatically adjust its connection to the same satellite network wherever you go.

Messaging, Data, and Call Access

Depending on the service provider, a satellite phone gives you the advantage of having a 24/7 connection to anywhere in the world. Some subscription also grants free messaging and data benefits.

It’s a Cost-Effective Option When Making International Calls

For one, receiving calls on a satellite phone won’t incur any charges for both parties. With the relatively strict compliance to call reliability and confidence, the price of making a call abroad is worth every buck.

New Models Are Now Smaller

The satellite phones today are constantly evolving. With more affordable construction materials and better more compact technologies, they now look way smaller than their predecessors.

In terms of practical use, a satellite phone is handy to have. In the event a total loss of communication, a satellite phone can definitely make the call.