All About Hardware [Part 3]: Security Risks Associated with Old Devices – Tech Tip for July 17, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 3]: Security Risks Associated with Old Devices – Tech Tip for July 17, 2018

  All About Hardware [Part 3]: Security Risks Associated with Old Devices By now we think we brought the point across that it is ESSENTIAL to have updated electronic devices. Aside from reasons such as high maintenance costs, decreased productivity, and limited performance, the security risk you expose yourself to is enormous. Old devices running on old Operating Systems are far more susceptible to file hacks, viruses, and other sophisticated security threats. Your files are not fully secured when using an older device as they are not protected by applications like BitLocker and…

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All About Hardware [Part 2]: The Cost of Old Devices – Tech Tip for June 10, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 2]: The Cost of Old Devices – Tech Tip for June 10, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 2]: The Cost of Old Devices Have we sparked your interest with last week's Tech Tip about upgrading your old hardware? Maybe the sparks were flying when you started looking at new devices? You should definitely NOT wait until actual sparks are flying because your computer is SO old it can't handle the workload anymore! Therefore, we advise you to continue reading our Tech Tips of this month - just so that you are at least aware of what's at stake when you keep your old machines…

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All About Hardware [Part 1]: Get to Know Your Computer – Tech Tip for July 3, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 1]: Get to Know Your Computer – Tech Tip for July 3, 2018

All About Hardware [Part 1]: Get to Know Your Computer   We decided to dedicate this entire month to the importance of upgrading your old hardware - and the cost of doing nothing instead. Consider the following: Old devices are expensive! When you’re counting every dollar, it’s tempting to “make do” with whatever devices are available. But that old device may be costing you more than you realize. On average, every PC older than 4 years can cost over $1,700/year1 AND slow you down. Additional costs include IT management time…

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Running Windows on a Mac – Tech Tip for June 26, 2018

Running Windows on a Mac – Tech Tip for June 26, 2018

  Running Windows on a Mac   Have you been using a Windows device for the longest time but are now switching to a Mac? Are you worried about the user interface differences between those two? Let us tell you that there is no reason to be worried! In fact, you can simply run Windows with its familiar interface on your Mac device! There are two ways to do so: Dual Booting, which is a little more difficult to set up but provides you with better functionality, and Virtualization, which is fairly simple to set up. Keep…

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More Mac Hacks – Tech Tip for June 19, 2018

More Mac Hacks – Tech Tip for June 19, 2018

More Mac Hacks Since this month's theme is tips and tricks around Macs, we will - in today's Tech Tip - add to the previous collection. Continue reading the article below to find out how to find a lost cursor, record your screen, use Spotlight Search, and type diacritical marks and accents. Finding Your Cursor A common problem among Mac book users is losing your cursor in the far corners of your screen display. Mac books make it very easy now for you to find it quickly. All you have…

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Mac Keyboard Shortcuts – Tech Tip for June 12, 2018

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts – Tech Tip for June 12, 2018

Mac Keyboard Shortcuts As the second Tech Tip of the month we present you an article all about shortcuts on your Mac keyboard, researched and written by our intern Ryan Donegan. Do you have a Mac but would appreciate working more effectively and efficiently? (… and let's be honest, that's what it's all about, isn't it?) In that case, this article was written specifically for YOU! Copy: Press the command key and “C” key simultaneously. Paste: Press the command key and “V” key simultaneously. Save: Press the command key and “S” key…

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Mac Track Pad Hacks – Tech Tip for June 5, 2018

Mac Track Pad Hacks – Tech Tip for June 5, 2018

Mac Track Pad Hacks   Happy June, everyone! This month's Tech Tips are extra special for two reasons: They cover tips and trick around Mac, which we have never done before. They were written by Ryan Donegan, an intern here at TechWise Group. Ryan Donegan is a Senior at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.  He will be graduating on June 9th and is headed to University of Tennessee in August to major in Political Science (although, after a week with TechWise Group he is thinking about changing his major to Computer…

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Sunscreen Day – Tech Tip for May 29, 2018

Sunscreen Day – Tech Tip for May 29, 2018

Sunscreen Day Sunscreen Day is celebrated every year on May 27th and is supposed to educate and bring awareness to the importance of using sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays from the sun. In lieu of this day we wanted to educate you on the best practices for handling your electronic devices in hot weather, as those also need special care and attention. If your electronic device gets too hot, it is possible that the hardware inside your computer is either being destroyed or its lifespan significantly shortened. This in turn can…

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National Memo Day – Tech Tip for May 22, 2018

National Memo Day – Tech Tip for May 22, 2018

National Memo Day   Since it was National Memo Day on May 21, 2018, we wanted to use this occasion as an opportunity to introduce you to a refreshing Windows feature: STICKY NOTES! Many of us live and die by the little colorful reminders and can't imagine a life without them. If you are one of those people, we have good news: there are electronic sticky notes! How to Access the Sticky Notes You can access the sticky notes a few different ways: You may click on the little Windows Ink Workspace…

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“Visit your Relatives” Day – Tech Tip for May 15, 2018

“Visit your Relatives” Day – Tech Tip for May 15, 2018

  "Visit your Relatives" Day On May 18th, it is national "Visit your Relatives" Day. For some of us, that is a simple task: walk across the street or hop in the car and drive for a little while. For others, this is a rather tricky and effort-requiring undertaking as the relatives aren't right across the street or a 2 hour car ride away. Not to worry though: with Microsoft's Skype (click here to download) you are being given a wonderful tool to help out in exactly those situations - and it's FREE! Staying in…

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Saving those Mother’s Day Memories – Tech Tip for May 8th, 2018

Saving those Mother’s Day Memories – Tech Tip for May 8th, 2018

  Saving those Mother's Day Memories On Sunday, May 13th, 2018, we are celebrating this year's Mother's Day, which is a celebration in honor of all mothers within a family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. This day is recognized and celebrated in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. YOU ROCK, MOMS! In any case: with Mother's Day approaching, we thought we would give you a quick crash course in what to do with those many photos and memories you might be…

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Mayday on May Day – Tech Tip for May 1, 2018

Mayday on May Day – Tech Tip for May 1, 2018

  Mayday on May Day! For the month of May, our Tech Tips will be based on a few fun and unique holidays. Therefore, it is only appropriate to talk about May Day today, as it is May 1st!  And just to be more specific: we will be talking about Mayday on May Day about My Day! Curious to see what it's all about? Continue reading! Quick definition of May Day: May Day, which is always the first day of May, is celebrated around the world. In most countries it is a celebration of the season of Spring…

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Excel Charts in Word – Tech Tip for April 24, 2018

Excel Charts in Word – Tech Tip for April 24, 2018

  Excel Charts in Word   In this day and age it's all about the data! We are given amazing tools to collect, analyze, and use information, and usually, more data means a better overall understanding. However, the data needs to be organized in a logical way for us to be able to make sense of it. Most of us know of Microsoft Excel as a powerful program to manipulate data. Well, did you know that you don’t have to start in Excel? Instead, you can create the Excel chart from scratch in Word,…

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Smart Lookup & Researcher in Word – Tech Tip for April 17, 2018

Smart Lookup & Researcher in Word – Tech Tip for April 17, 2018

Smart Lookup & Researcher in Word Are you stuck on a word because you forgot its definition or meaning? Are you in the middle of a paper but realize you actually know less about the topic than you initially thought? Do you have to do some more research to finally complete the work? Lucky for you, Microsoft has the perfect features to help with that: Smart Lookup and Researcher! Smart Lookup This feature automatically finds information on the Web using Microsoft's Bing search engine without forcing users to open up an Internet browser…

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Microsoft’s Translation Feature – Tech Tip for April 10, 2018

Microsoft’s Translation Feature – Tech Tip for April 10, 2018

  Microsoft's Translation Feature When it comes to successful communication, you might occasionally run into obstacles, such as language barriers. It is important to always remember the following: No matter what language you speak - most of the world speaks a different one! ...and this is why Microsoft created the Translator feature. As we all know, language barriers can cause misunderstandings and dissatisfaction, which can then lead to serious opportunity losses. Nobody wants that to happen, and Microsoft has your back! Translator works in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (certain translation features are even available in…

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Track Changes in Microsoft Word – Tech Tip for April 3, 2018

Track Changes in Microsoft Word – Tech Tip for April 3, 2018

Track Changes in Microsoft Word (Applies To: Word 2016 Word 2013 Word 2010 Word 2007 )   90% of people with Microsoft Office are using 10% of it, and everyone uses a different 10%. What 10% are you using? For this month's Tech Tips we would like to make you aware of potentially another 10% that you are currently not using: stay tuned to learn about a few really helpful and time-saving features in Microsoft Word! Let's get started! When you want to see who has been making changes to your…

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Underdogs of Office 365: Forms – Tech Tip for March 27, 2018

Underdogs of Office 365: Forms To conclude our "Underdogs of Office 365" theme for the month of March we want to introduce you to Microsoft Forms. Just like with all the other apps we wrote about this month, not a lot of Office 365 users actually utilize Forms - even though it is very easy to use and has many features that can help your business accomplish everyday tasks. Don't believe us? Check for yourself. With Microsoft Forms, you can create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and easily see results as they come in. When you create a…

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Underdogs of Office 365: Delve – Tech Tip for March 20, 2018

Underdogs of Office 365: Delve   In continuation of our month of the "Underdogs of Office 365", this week we want to focus on yet another underutilized and underestimated Office 365 application called Delve.  Let's start with the basics: in order to understand the app, it is important to know that you and everyone else in your organization have your own profile page in Delve. You can use the profile pages to find information about people - and through people - and help others find you. You can also connect…

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Underdogs of Office 365: To Do – Tech Tip for March 13, 2018

  Underdog of Office 365: To Do Let's be real: every one of us has a long list of tasks to complete each day. Some of us like to hand-write them down, others like to simply memorize them. But what if we forget the list at home? Or what if we forget what we tried so hard to memorize? Microsoft understands our struggle and came up with a solution: To Do! In order to keep our March theme going, we will talk about this wonderful and life-saving app today, which is yet…

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Underdogs of Office 365: Sway – Tech Tip for March 6, 2018

Underdogs of Office 365: Sway Welcome to March! It definitely came in like a lion... This month we thought we would cover some of the underdogs of Office 365… the apps that you all have with your Office 365 subscriptions but maybe didn’t know you had or know how to use.    First off, let’s look at Sway… Sway is a Microsoft Office application that makes it easy to create and share interactive reports, personal stories, presentations, and more. With Sway, there’s no need to spend lots of time on…

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Apps and Actions from the Search Bar – Tech Tip for February 27, 2018

  Apps and Actions from the Search Bar   "You're part of a team. Something bigger. When someone is successful, it's good for the team as a whole. Everyone is in it together!" - ESPN W To wrap up our Microsoft Teams discussion, we wanted to show you one more trick within the application that will make your life EVEN easier: Once your Teams are all set up and you have been using them for a while, you have most likely accumulated a lot of information within the individual Teams. You might be excited…

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Microsoft Teams Meetings – Tech Tip for February 20, 2018

    Microsoft Teams Meetings Continuing with our Microsoft Teams theme for the month of February, which we have dedicated to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning the Super Bowl, we will be introducing the Teams Meeting feature. The Teams Outlook Add-in requires users to sign-in to Teams using Modern Authentication. If a user does not use this method to sign-in, they will still be able to use the Teams client, but will be unable to schedule Teams online meetings using the Outlook add-in. If Modern Authentication is not configured for their organization,…

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Go through the right Channels – Tech Tip for February 13, 2018

  Go through the right Channels   Following our Teams theme for the month of February in honor of the Eagles' Super Bowl win we would like to continue with a description of the two main entities: Teams and Channels. Teams are collections of people, content, and tools surrounding different projects and jobs within an organization. Team members can share conversations, files, notes, and more. Channels help keep team conversations organized. You can dedicate channels to specific topics, projects, disciplines—whatever you like. Every channel is open to all team members, so everyone can feel free…

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The Power of Teams – Tech Tip for February 6, 2018

The Power of Teams "I’ve said before: An individual can make a difference. But a team makes a miracle!" - Doug Pederson, Head Coach Philadelphia Eagles And that's what we got to witness this past weekend: a miracle. The Eagles winning the Super Bowl is a dream come true for all fans of the "underdog" team. And just like Pederson said in one of his interviews: the team did it! This wasn't just the achievement of an individual, but instead it was the joint effort of an entire team working…

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