Welcome to the World of the New 5G Phones

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Welcome to the world of new 5G phones, expected to greet the masses in the United States by 2023. 5G phones, also known as fifth-generation cell phones, aim to raise the quality of service as well as expand the range of service by 2023.

5G technology will improve data and communication speeds for both the average consumer and automated services. The new and exciting 5G technology will also increase accessibility with affordable prices and an expanded service range. 

Welcome to the World of New 5G Phones

The 3rd Generation Partnership project that organized the third generation (3G) roll-out in 1998 is developing the industry standards for the fifth generation, which are outlined in a document known as Release 15, or REL-15. These standards will allow vendors and companies to conduct complex tests with more advanced equipment. 

These changes will also bring about far faster data and communication services. Users can expect reduced lag times for cloud data as well as video streaming, such as Netflix. However, these improved speeds aren’t solely for the benefit of consumers. Software services, such as automated text messages, are another driving force behind these upgraded rates. 

5G will have three various service classes, tailored to specific business and consumer needs.

  1. Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB) will provide service speeds of close to 1GBps in densely populated areas, such as cities and metropolitan areas. 
  2. Massive Machine Type Communications (mMTC) will encourage Internet of Things (IoT) and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications, without clogging up servers for the everyday consumer. 
  3. Ultra-Reliable and Low Latency Communications (URLLC) edge-to-edge computing and critical computing where bandwidth is not as much of a concern. This is crucial in vehicles on the road, where delayed reaction times can lead to severe injuries or death in an accident. 

The new and exciting world of 5G phones will improve speeds, expand the range of these services, and implement three specific service classes tailored for the needs of different users and areas.

The future is just around the corner, with a third of the United States predicted to have fifth-generation cellular technology in their purses and pockets by 2023. 

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The Deep Internet: More Than Meets the Eye

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The Internet as we know it today has revolutionized the way people interact with one another and how society gets along. Most people by this point cannot imagine life without having some form of internet access. Whether it be recreational, social interactions, or business/work-related activity, the internet is an integral part of most persons’ lives. However, there’s more than meets the eye to this vast database of information that we call the internet. Some may or may not have heard of the “deep internet” or “dark internet”. 

Whatever the case, there are three primary parts of the internet. The “clear internet”, which is comprised of websites and data that can be found via search engines such as Yahoo, Google, or Bing, is the most common part of the internet. The “deep internet” is composed of all data and websites not residing on the clear internet. The last and third part of the internet is called the “dark internet”, which is a subset of the deep internet.

How do people access it?

Outside of the internet as a whole, this third domain is where most of the illegal activity of the entire internet takes place. Although not all activity done through the dark internet is illegal. Use of special software is required for accessing this third part of the internet. 

Within the clear internet, for the average internet user, most tasks required to have an internet connection can be done. Since the early days of the internet, moving into the advent of search engines such as Google, internet users have grown to be more dependent on the internet in general. The internet has also proven to be extremely effective for getting day-to-day tasks done.

The deep internet does not require special software to use all of it. However, it can be advantageous to know the differences between the three primary parts of the internet. Additionally, how to use them.

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Eliminate Threats by Regularly Backing Up Your Data

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Backing Up Your Data

Are you doing regular data backups? You can eliminate a lot of threats by backing up your data. Many companies neglect to back up their data often enough. Unfortunately, many of them have already suffered the consequences. Let’s look at some of the reasons why regular backups are important.

Viruses and Malware Affecting Your Data

Let’s face it. Hackers want your data, and they’ll try as hard as they can to get it. The most dangerous of them all are ransomware hackers. These hackers install malicious code that slowly encrypts your data without your knowledge. They then deny you access to your files until you pay a ransom. Since they have the decryption key, it’s impossible to retrieve your information unless you pay up. Many companies, hospitals, and even law enforcement and sheriff’s offices have been forced to give in — only because they didn’t have a backup of their files on hand.

System Failures

What will you do if your computer, network, server, or system suddenly crashes? This happens all the time, and you’ll need a backup file to restore everything back to normal.

Natural Disasters

Power outages, storms, hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes — these are all natural disasters that can ravage your offices and ruin your files. You have no control over these occurrences, so you need to be prepared.

It’s not enough to just back up your data; you need to back it up the right way. One of the wrong ways of backing up is by keeping some sort of connection between your computers and your backup files — if hackers gain access to your computers, they can gain access to your backup files as well. Contact us for professional and automatic backup solutions, so that you can set it and forget it.

3 Web Apps Your Business Can Use Right Now For Better Productivity

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If you have a PC, laptop, or smartphone, there are a ton of web apps that can make your life easier and more pleasant.

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Here are 3 great web apps for our computer tip of the day.

  1. Mint is a free app that lets you keep track of expenditures. It helps you stick to a budget or to track expenditures in certain categories. Mint will provide you with a graph of how much you’ve spent vis-à-vis income for a given month. Additionally, send reminders when you are approaching the top end of a budget category. It can be set up to synchronize with a checking account, or amounts can be entered manually.
  2. Want to watch the latest from your favorite TV show? Or are the election results on your schedule and not on the network’s schedule? Google Cast and you can do it. Google Cast, a free app, needs to be used with a smart TV. Additionally, a piece of hardware called a dongle. It is available at most places that sell computer software. Then, the dongle is inserted into the television. Then, the Google Cast app will stream anything you want to watch from a PC, laptop, smartphone or tablet to your television screen. The advantage is that so much is available to stream, and you no longer need to watch any show at the time the networks decide.
  3. As family and friends become increasingly far-flung, it’s great to be able to talk to everybody live, as it were. Using Skype for Business you can chat and see how everybody’s doing physically as well as by voice.

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