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Top New Tech at CES 2015

Last Wednesday I flew out to Vegas for a one day whirlwind fly around the CES showfloor.  I saw some really AWSOME stuff out there and here are my favorites:

 

100+ Inch 8k to OLED to Glasses Free 3DTVs

There were TV’s and monitors EVERYWHERE at CES this year, but here were the highlights I found interesting:

 

1.  Samsung 105 inch ultra wide screen bendable TV:  A BENDABLE TV, at 105 inches this thing is huge.  When you are watching alone or with a few friends put it in curved mode and so you are all in the immersive sweet spot.  When gathering with a larger group, straigten it out so that you can all have a great view.  The 105 inch non-bendable model costs $120,000 so who knows what ridiculous price this will be.  http://www.cnet.com/products/samsung-105-inch-bendable-tv/

2.  Samsung 110 inch 8k Glasses Free TV:  4K was huge at CES this year, every single TV on the show floor was a 4k or better TV.  With this much hardware, I am hoping that 2015 will be there year that 4k content blows up.  But in the future, 8k TV’s will be next.  8k content is apparently showing up in Japan next year.  How much bandwith would you need to to a basic 8k highly compressed stream?  Well, Netflix is currently steraming 4k at about 15 megs down.  8k being four times more then 4k, should require then a minimum of 60 megs down.  Better upgrade your internet!  But for now, we got a glimpse at 8k TV’s from Sharp, Samsung and more.  The most impressive was Samsungs 8k Glasses Free 110 Inch TV, WOW!

3.  LG OLED HDR TV:  LG was showing off its new OLED (Organic LED) HDR (High Dynamic Range) TV.  They showed a comparison of this versus a standard 4K TV, and the blacks and the colors and contrast coming of this thing blew the other TV out of the water, it was specacular

4.   Sony’s showstopper, the worlds thinnest 4K LED TV at 5mm thin

 

 

 

Bonus Article:  TV’s at CES are bigger and bendier

 

 

34 Inch Ultra Widescreen Curved Desktop Monitors

Dell, Samsung, LG, pretty much everyone was showing off their new ultra wide screen curved desktop monitors.  The curve could actually work on a monitor, as it is typically viewed by one person and you should always be in the sweetspot.  They start at about $1000.  But who would want just one?  I need at least two.

Dell UltraSharp 34 Curved Monitor

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Portable Computing and Intel’s 5th Generation Processor

Dell XPS 13:  This was the show stopper to me.  The most stricking thing about this thing is the screen, there is NO bezle.  Its a 13 inch screen in a 12 inch laptop, and it is being sold starting at $799.  You can get it now at the Microsoft Store in San Diego and around the country.

Lenovo LaVie Z:  Lenovo and NEC have teamed up to create the worlds lighted 13 inch laptop and hybid.  I picked this thing up and I thought it was a mock up or a fake.  It was so light it nearly fell UP out of my hands.  It was shockinginly light, we are talking 1.7 pounds for a 13 inch comptuer, a full pound lighter then the mac book air!

 

Intel’s Compute Stick

You can turn any HDMI display into a Windows 8.1 computer for $149.  This is a tiny little computer for basic users that includes Windows 8.1, 2GB RAM, 32GB SSD, and a fifth generation Core M CPU.  There is also a Linux version for $89.  There is just enough power here for some light work, web surfing, streaming media, and could be a cheap solution to connect back to a virtual desktop or terminal server.

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http://www.maximumpc.com/intels_149_compute_stick_turns_your_tv_windows_81_device_2015

 

Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR Virtual Reality Headsets

There really is now way to show this on video, you really need to experience it to really get a feel for it.  I had the pleasure of testing out the Oculus Rift at CES and I was blown away.  The demos they were showing were spectacular.  This thing has been in development for years now, and they have worked out many of the kinks.  Some of the hightlights in the demo were a scale model of a city that I could walk around, and lower my head right down into the details of the model, moving around and looking at each individual peice.  Another demo I was standing on a ledge overlooking a steep drop over the edge of a skyscraper.  I felt vertigo just like I was there.  In a final demo, I was being shot at and I almost could feel the bullets and shrapnel piercing my skin. I cant wait until this thing is released!

 

Oculus’ little brother is the Samsung Gear VR which is available now for $199.  This headset snaps into the Samsung Note 4 Smarrtphone which acts as the brains, display and connection to your virtual reality world.  To get started with VR now, this is your ticket to ride!

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https://www.oculus.com/gear-vr/

In-Win S-Frame Premium Computer Case

In Win open-frame chassis with a unique one-piece construction design concept combining unconventional craftsmanship techniques to create an impeccable artistry.
The new gold and black design with detailed aluminum brushed hairline texture made new S-Frame truly luxurious and exquisite.  Available now on newegg for $799, Gasp!

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Top Recommended Mobile Devices by Beanstalk Computing

There are a log of choices when it comes to a portable computing, here are our top recommendations:

1. Microsoft Surface Pro 3:  The tablet that can replace your laptop

2. Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro:  The laptop that can replace your tablet 

3.  Asus Zenbook UX305:  The world’s thinnest 13 inch fan-less ultrabook 

4. Samsung ATIV Book 9 15.6 Inch:  The uber large screen ultrabook

5. Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon:  The thinnest business class 14 inch ultrabook

6. HP Stream 11 inch laptop:  The $200 Chromebook Killer

7. $99 HP Stream 7 Inch Tablet:  This Windows 8.1 tablet includes 1 year of Office 365 Personal, giving you Microsoft Office and unlimited online storage with OneDrive.  Normally that software is $70, effectively getting you this tablet for $30!

8.  Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 Pro:  13.3 Inch Android tablet with a built in projector

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Beanstalk Computing Partners With SEO Management Team for Best in Class SEO Services

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Do you have a website but struggle to drive traffic to it? Are you looking to increase your business’ visibility online? This is where the SEO Management Team comes in. Specializing in search engine optimization, the SEO Management Team can take your website to the top of search engine results pages through effective and affordable SEO best practices. After all, what is the good in having a website if none of your potential customers can find it. Having a site that isn’t optimized can cost you the loss of customers, sales and ultimately revenue. Call them directly at 888-851-0255 to find out more information.

Their process is simple and straightforward, incorporating just 3 steps.

1. Analyze
The team starts with a free audit and analysis of your website. This helps to identify areas that require immediate improvement and optimization. Any underlying website issues will also be identified and corrected at this stage. In order to obtain real measurable results, targeted and precise planning is required to ensure maximum success.

2. Optimize
This is the core of what SEO Management Team does. Finding the most effective way to improve the performance of your website and it’s rankings through strategic optimization. Each individual client is unique and therefore their business requires a unique approach to their SEO. Utilizing both on-page and off-page optimization techniques, they will get your site where it needs to be — at the top of search engine results pages.

3. Conquer
Search engine algorithms are constantly changing what it is they deem valuable. Therefore having a team that is ahead of the curve, evolving and implementing their tactics on your behalf is extremely beneficial. The SEO Management Team offers constant monitoring and adjusting to ensure the success of any SEO campaign.

Please contact us for more information and to find out how the SEO Management Team can help increase your visibly online, drive traffic to your site and grow your business.

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Beanstalk Computing Wins Partner for Success Reward from Microsoft and IAMCP

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Jason Brooks of Beanstalk Computing was awarded the “Partner for Success Award” for providing excellent leads to other members of the San Diego chapter of IAMCP.  The International Association of Microsoft Channel Partners is the preeminent networking venue for Microsoft Partners in the world.  Jason is now a member of the board in the San Diego chapter, seen below with David Gersten – President – SoCal Board of Directors.

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To learn more about IAMCP and opportunities you can gain from joining see the links below

IAMCP – San Diego

IAMCP – United States

IAMCP – International

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Beanstalk Computing Partners with Effortless Office to Offer Best in Class Virtual Desktop Solutions

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How would you like to be able to access your desktop from any device anywhere with an internet connection?  Explore a solution that provides you the mobility, security, and support necessary to grow your business.  Call us for more details at 800-813-0926

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effortless office provides a cloud solution designed to meet all of your security, support, and mobility needs for a fixed monthly price.

effortless security
Your data is stored at the Switch SuperNAP, one of the most secure data storage facilities in the USA. Full redundancy, anti-virus, and spam filtering services are all included in your EO package. With hardware and software that is HIPAA and PCI compliant you can be assured we work hard to ensure you meet industry regulations.

effortless support
24X7X365 tech support is available to all EO users to ensure all their needs are met in a timely manner. Our tiered ticketing system allows us to answer your most pressing questions in less than two hours.

effortless mobility
Access your virtual desktop from almost any device in any location with an internet connection. We currently support Windows, iOS, and Android devices. With anytime, anywhere access to your desktop you are able to work when and where you choose.

effortless savings
effortless office provides a fixed monthly billing system, giving you the peace of mind knowing what your expenses will be each month. Do not waste time and money sourcing services from multiple companies, let effortless office be your one stop shop for all your IT needs.

Please contact us to further discuss your private cloud solution. We offer free no commitment IT audits to show you how you can benefit from a cloud solution.

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Microsoft has announced as of April 8, 2014, Windows XP, Office 2003, and Exchange Server 2003 will no longer be actively supported by Microsoft.

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What this means to you:

These older versions of Windows and Exchange were developed in a time before the Internet played such a critical role in the life of your average business.  The result is that these systems cannot be trusted to handle the wide variety of threats to your data and computers that are ever present in our Internet-connected world.  Without the continued availability of critical security and software updates,  the Microsoft software that you rely on to help run your business will be under ever increasing threat, exposing you to malicious software and may result in a failure to comply to updated industry compliance standards.

Getting current with the latest versions of Windows and Microsoft Office helps you modernize your business and dramatically simplify everyday tasks

    If you are ready to upgrade your Microsoft Software, or have any questions/concerns regarding the end of support by Microsoft for these versions of software please Contact Us.

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CryptoLocker Virus

This is a Security Advisory sent to all Beanstalk Computing clients, partners, and contacts. Recently a ransom-ware virus known as the CryptoLocker Virus has been infecting computers and causing extreme damage to businesses internationally that can result in the permanent loss of data. This CryptoLocker is the worst strain of virus that we have seen, which is why we felt it necessary to send this email and bring this to your attention. The CryptoLocker is a new breed of virus that is able to encrypt most important files on your computers including files on any mapped network drive to which you are connected with write access. Once encrypted, your company files will be inaccessible unless you agree to pay the ransom demanded (via online payment, typically via MoneyPAK) by the sender of the virus, or recover your data from backup.  The encryption is currently unbreakable. Once you are presented with the ransom notice the damage has been done. This ransom-ware virus concept is not new, but this is the first time that a such a virus has been capable of doing widespread damage of the type that CryptoLocker has been responsible for. For this reason, we felt it important to remind clients and friends of some best security practices that they can take: 1.)  Back up your data. The importance of a reliable data backup is imperative. There are a number of factors to consider but your backup system should support file revisions as well as offsite data storage. 2.) Run effective Antivirus software. All computers should be protected by an up to date antivirus client. 3.) Do not open attached files via email. This is the most common infection vector for this and many common viruses. Many viruses will attempt to convince you that a file attachment containing the virus is something you really want to read. Be skeptical and careful!  ***Do not click on links within emails you were not expecting. For example: FedEx package, BBB complaint, domain expiring, etc. 4.) Use a spam filtering service. More than 80% of the email traffic on a daily basis is unwanted Spam email. A spam filtering service can prevent the vast majority of spam email making it to your inbox and can be particularly helpful in preventing the spread of viruses via infected attachments. 5.) Additional software solutions. These can include web content filtering, Firewall security services and software restriction policies put in place on your network. Limiting your exposure to security threats is the key and there are many options available in the type layered approach that Beanstalk Computing recommends to our clients.For any more information on CryptoLocker and safeguards please feel free to contact our team direct by emailing support@beanstalkcomputing.com or calling (800) 813-0926. For more information please see the links below: http://www.snopes.com/computer/virus/cryptolocker.asp http://www.informationweek.in/informationweek/news-analysis/285827/beware-ransomware-cryptolocker-quick-heal What you will see if you are infected! malware warning
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Two Amazon Accounts with the Same Email Address and Different Passwords?!

I recently purchased a Kindle Fire, which is awesome by the way.  But one thing I realized was that for some bizarre reason you can have two Amazon accounts associated with the same email address if they have different passwords.

This is a rather quirky and slightly disturbing fact about Amazon.  This has caused me confusion for quite some time.  I have had my Android phone for some time connected to one amazon account and to my amazement my Kindle Fire to another completely separate account with the same exact email address but a different password.  The apps, magazines and videos I have purchased on my phone should be syncing to my new Kindle Fire but they were not due to the fact that I was using two completely separate accounts with the same email address.  Why on earth Amazon would allow such a confusing thing to happen is beyond me.  And when I asked support to combine the accounts into one this was their response:

“I’m unable to combine account information into a single account or merge your accounts due to technical limitations in our systems. “

Technical Limitations?  Why have this be a possibility in the first place?

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