This autumn (September 2014 is the estimated release date), Apple is coming out with a new version of iOS – iOS 8. This new version of iOS has some great new additions, plus upgrades on already existing tools.
There are two key development sets in the new iOS 8 mobile operating system:
1.) Extensibility, which includes:
- Interactive notifications that allow you to respond to messages or notifications right from the banner. (*0:33)
- Third-party keyboards that allow you to access other platform keyboards, like SwiftKey, easily and more effectively. Your sentences can literally be finished for you with a tool known as QuickType. It also helps choose words you are likely to use, depending on to whom you are communicating. (*6:58)
- New Widgets and Extensions
2.) Continuity, which includes:
- Handoff capability that allows you to share a specific activity between multiple devices, as long as you have the same iCloud account between them.
- AirDrop being modified.
- Instant Hotspot where your iPhone or iPad instantly tether to other users.
Other additions to iOS 8 include:
- Device enrollment plan that automatically configures software to new work devices, rather than having to configure the device to a PC first. (*16:48)
- Health app expansion that allows you to keep track of your health and fitness, while also being able to keep in touch with your health care professionals (*18:39)
- For developers, Apple has come out with a new programming language known as Swift. This language is Objective-C compatible, but has been improved. For example, semi-colons are not needed to end statements; unlike Objective-C where forgetting one caused errors. Swift also has a tool known as a ‘Playground’ that allows you to see the effects of changes or additions to the code without having to go through the compiler.
Apple has many other planned additions for iOS 8, from family sharing (*21:39) to photo management (*23:33). As the estimated release date becomes closer, more and more information for iOS 8 is being released.
For more information, watch the video here:
*Time Topic Appears in Video
Imagine walking into your business tomorrow morning only to discover your server has crashed. “No worries” you think to yourself, “we back up our server on the tapes every night.” Unfortunately, when you try to recover data from your tapes you discover they have become old and unusable.
Investing in an online backup solution can seem to be a more costly option per megabyte of storage when compared to using tapes. The difference is the reliability of the backup when the moment strikes and the backup is needed to restore your entire business; it could be the difference to keep you from going out-of-business. It’s also important to get your business back up and running quickly. Restoring from a server failure would most likely take several days to potentially weeks to restore. Not to mention the labor costs to re-build the environment.
We often see clients using the tape backup option run into trouble. They thought they were backing up every night, and were even getting a verification of the backup, but when the server drives failed, they learned that the old, worn out tapes had not been backing up their server for months. Unfortunately, these clients have had to pay a lot of money to send their hard drives to recovery experts with the hope that the data can be restored. For clients we manage, we take an image of their entire system allowing them to recover their business in a matter of hours rather than days or even weeks. Local file restores also are performed to test data integrity of the backups.
Imagine your business suddenly without your client list, inventory levels, payroll information… anything. It would be extremely difficult, if not impossible to maintain your business. Statics show that 70% of small businesses that suffer a major data loss are out of business within eighteen months.
Visit www.stayopenforbusiness.com and watch Bob discover the many pitfalls awaiting any small business without a reliable backup and a disaster recovery plan.
Security awareness is popping up everywhere. Recently Jay Mellon, CEO of AtNetPlus, was interviewed for a couple of articles about Security Awareness in Crain’s Cleveland Business.
To read the articles:
Hackers are getting smarter, which means businesses must be more vigilant, experts say
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