Comtel Communications & Simplicity VoIP Ranked 31st in Richmond for Charitable Donations

biz sense logo 300x76 Comtel Communications & Simplicity VoIP Ranked 31st in Richmond for Charitable DonationsIn their annual list of top charitable businesses in Richmond, Richmond Biz Sense ranked Comtel Communications & Simplicity 31st out of the top 50 companies listed. With donations to The Richmond Ballet, Make-A-Wish, Steward School, Montessori School, Bandit’s Animal Rescue and many others, Comtel & Simplicity have demonstrated their commitment to being good stewards of their community.

These two partner businesses are continuing their efforts through a 2017 campaign called “Gifts of 25″, in celebration of their 25 years in business. Each month, a charity selected by an employee is given a gift in keeping either with the number “25″ or related to technology. FeedMore received 2500 meals, B.A.R.K of Ashland received 25 bags of dog food, and Make-A-Wish received a video conference phone.

If you’d like to see the entire list of businesses on the Richmond Biz Sense list, click here. To learn more about Comtel & Simplicity’s Gifts of 25 program, click here.

Listen up Twitter! Mastadon’s sudden popularity is your wake-up call

mastadon logo 282x300 Listen up Twitter! Mastadons sudden popularity is your wake up callThere’s a hot new social network these days and it’s called Mastodon. Well, it’s not that new — it’s been around since September 2016 — but it’s gained tens of thousands of users in the last few days. The reason for the growth? According to its founder, Eugen Rochko, it has a lot to do with people getting increasingly fed up with Twitter, especially the recent decision to nix @usernames from Replies. Mastodon — named after an American heavy metal band — is mopping up users seeking an alternative. Sure, Mastodon is still small and relatively unheard of, but the very fact that it spurred this much interest is a sign that the established social networks like Twitter are fundamentally failing at one thing: keeping users happy.

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Shock absorber, flotation patented for iPhone

Apple has patented bumpers that pop out to cushion the impact when an iPhone is dropped. These shock absorbers will also allow the device to float.

The newly-patented technology uses sensor that can detect when the device falls, calculating the height and velocity of movement to determine whether it has been dropped or just set down.61iphone bumpers 300x300 Shock absorber, flotation patented for iPhone

If it decides the phone has been dropped, corner bumpers will spring out.

By cushioning a fall, and allowing the phone to float if dropped in the pool, bath, sink or toilet, the risk of irreparable damage is minimized.

Once the phone has been retrieved, the corner bumpers ca be retracted.

In the meantime, you can always get the Mota Bumper case for your phone. The bumpers don’t retract, but the risk of damage is still minimized from a drop (not a flotation device).

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Faster cellular signals slow down Wi-Fi

cell phone 1163722 640 300x199 Faster cellular signals slow down Wi FiYou may soon see faster connections on your cellular service. But your Wi-Fi connection may pay the price.

Thanks to a recent regulatory decision, wireless companies like Verizon and T-Mobile will soon be transmitting data in the same part of the public airwaves that’s used by Wi-Fi. The move will give the carriers more spectrum to play with, which should lead to faster speeds for their customers. But those cellphone signals may interfere with Wi-Fi transmissions.

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What Is a “Fileless” or Non-Malware Attack?

Cyber crime 1 300x187 What Is a “Fileless” or Non Malware Attack?Every year seems to be “the year of” something in cybersecurity.

In 2013, it was “the year of the financial breach.” In 2014, the “year of the retail hack.” In 2015, we saw at shift to healthcare and, in 2016, ransomware reigned.

2017 is already shaping its own theme. Research from prominent third parties, as well Carbon Black’s own research, indicates that 2017 may become “the year of non-malware attacks.”

Non-malware attacks have been in the news a lot recently. Let’s take a step back and understand what we’re up against and what can be done.

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This is how to decide which apps to delete from your phone

nokia 623939 640 300x199 This is how to decide which apps to delete from your phoneIf you are trying to prune your phone’s collection of apps, here are some steps to take to find the ones that should get the hook first.

It can be tempting to let apps accumulate on your phone until you start to run out of space, but apps you don’t use still have whatever data you put into them. They’ll still eat up your bandwidth to update themselves. And they will continue to distract you when you’re swiping through the grids of app icons in iOS and Android.

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Senate votes to change internet privacy rules

hands woman laptop working 300x199 Senate votes to change internet privacy rulesThe Senate moved Thursday to undo regulations that would have forced internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon to ask customers’ permission before they could use or sell much of their personal information.

Senators voted along party lines, 50-48, to eliminate the rules. The Federal Communications Commission had put the regulations in place in October. They were not in effect yet. Continue reading