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Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps

Microsoft Office 365 vs. Google Apps | Technology News | Scoop.it
Web browser or Office suite? Microsoft's and Google's office productivity and collaboration clouds pit rich and complex against simple and lean.
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Good article on both products. Have a read and share your thoughts/opinions. Keep in mind Google Apps entire package is free for education. Microsoft has a limited offering for free and could be more costly if wanting to take advantage of all features discussed in this article. Office 365 is a great product, but like the article suggests, many people within an organization do not require or use all the features within the product. I like what Microsoft has to offer, I just worry about overall costs for large organizations. Google does the job for many and has many features for business and enterprise that were not really touched upon, but lacks the bells and whistles of Office. If informed decisions are to be made, than an organization really needs to understand costs associated to licensing/maintenance vs. user needs and requirements. The morrow of any story when selecting software is to make sure you are making an informed decision for your organization and employees. Would love to hear your opinions. Hmm, tough decisions for organizations. Isn't competition grand! 

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Tip: How to Use Track Changes in Google Docs - PC Magazine

Tip: How to Use Track Changes in Google Docs - PC Magazine | Technology News | Scoop.it
“ Work smarter with your collaborators in Google Docs by turning on this essential feature.”
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Jeanne Munoz's curator insight, January 12, 8:39 AM

Make your collaboration more powerful by turning "Suggestions" on for your documents.

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Set an Auto-Expiry Date for Shared Files and Folders in Google Drive

Set an Auto-Expiry Date for Shared Files and Folders in Google Drive | Technology News | Scoop.it
You can set an expiry date for your shared folders and files in Google Drive and the shared links will automatically get disabled at the specified date and time.
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Smart devices think you're 'too lazy' to opt out of privacy defaults

Smart devices think you're 'too lazy' to opt out of privacy defaults | Technology News | Scoop.it
The uproar over Samsung's "eavesdropping" SmartTV last week reveals a potentially invasive type of factory preset — one that consumer and privacy advocates worry gets too easily lost in the fine print.
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As the Internet of Things (IOT) becomes more and more prevalent in our lives, it is critical to uncover all the privacy settings in your mobile devices, applications, entertainment equipment and appliances. The first step to take when any device is connected to the internet is to explore the privacy and security settings. If you are not comfortable sharing the information with the Vendor, turn off the access. 

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Google Sheets now lets you add miniature charts within cells - The Next Web

Google Sheets now lets you add miniature charts within cells - The Next Web | Technology News | Scoop.it
“ I never thought I’d describe a chart as ‘cute,’ but Google just added some neat new functionality to its spreadsheet software – you can now add miniature charts, called sparklines, into…”
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Jeanne Munoz's curator insight, January 12, 9:39 AM

Add visual interest to your Google Sheets

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15 Essential Apps to Install on Your New iPad | WIRED

15 Essential Apps to Install on Your New iPad | WIRED | Technology News | Scoop.it
“These 15 apps epitomize the iPad experience on iOS 8.”
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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, December 28, 2014 7:59 PM

Now that Santa has given you a new, powerful iPad 2 to play with, how will you equip this digital tool to help you through the day?  "Wired" reporter Christina Bonnington offers 15 suggested downloads--total cost:  about $27 for the entire group. Among my favorites are:  Flipboard, Digg, iA Writer, Yahoo Weather, Spotify, Spark, and Pinterest.  Your mileage may differ.  Have fun...I'm jealous. Aloha, Russ.

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Dynamically remove Google Form options after they have been selected by someone or reach defined limits

Dynamically remove Google Form options after they have been selected by someone or reach defined limits | Technology News | Scoop.it

You can imagine the scenario, you’ve got a Google Form perhaps setup as a booking form and a select option for picking timeslots. As the slots fill up you’d like the option to be removed. I was surprised not to find an example of this so here is a rough sketch of some code that might do the job.


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Spice Up Your Spreadsheets: Boosting BI with Google Spreadsheets

Spice Up Your Spreadsheets: Boosting BI with Google Spreadsheets | Technology News | Scoop.it
Google Spreadsheets isn’t as simple as you think it is, it’s actually a serious Business Intelligence asset. For those of you that may be scoffing, I’m not kidding.
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Intel's $150 HDMI Stick Turns Any TV Into a Windows Desktop

Intel's $150 HDMI Stick Turns Any TV Into a Windows Desktop | Technology News | Scoop.it
Got an HDMI port handy? Sure, you could plug in a Chromecast, Fire TV Stick or Roku Streaming Stick to get your Netflix fix. Or you could pay $150 to get a full Windows 8.1 PC in the same form factor.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, January 11, 12:32 AM

Now, this is interesting. Why pay for a Chromcast, Roku Streaming Stick, or Fire TV Stick just to get Netflix?  Pay a little more and get a complete Windows 8.1 PC in the same form.  Imagine carrying a complete PC in your pocket or purse.  I need one of these.  Aloha, Russ.

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5 Technologies You Ought to Adopt in 2015

5 Technologies You Ought to Adopt in 2015 | Technology News | Scoop.it
These five technologies show how much potential for change there is in 2015. At the same time, innovations not even on the radar will likely be noticed as well.
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22 Key Big Data Terms Everyone Should Understand

22 Key Big Data Terms Everyone Should Understand | Technology News | Scoop.it
I have attempted to provide simple explanations for some of the most important technologies and terms you will come across if you’re looking at getting into big data.read more
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Does the Future Lie with Embedded BI?

Does the Future Lie with Embedded BI? | Technology News | Scoop.it
In the near future we might see BI take another direction: Rather than companies merely purchasing dashboard reporting software for the purposes of internal usage, we’ll be seeing a surge in companies looking to integrate advanced analytics and...
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Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015

Gartner's Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015 | Technology News | Scoop.it
By David Cearley Gartner, Inc. Gartner’s top 10 strategy technology trends have the potential for significant impact on organizations in the next three years.

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Big Data and the Internet of Things: Two Sides of the Same Coin? | SmartData Collective

Big Data and the Internet of Things: Two Sides of the Same Coin? | SmartData Collective | Technology News | Scoop.it
What is the relationship between big data and the Internet of Things? Are they related and/or are they two sides of the same coin?
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Google Docs makes it easier to edit Office files from Gmail, adds support for ... - The Next Web

Google Docs makes it easier to edit Office files from Gmail, adds support for ... - The Next Web | Technology News | Scoop.it
“ As popular as Google Docs is, Office remains the dominant suite of productivity apps. Google knows this, so it’s making it a bit easier to work with Office files with…”
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Jeanne Munoz's curator insight, January 12, 8:48 AM

Google and Office are playing better together!

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Why is it important to develop a learning organization? Steve Heilenman, CIO at Computer Aid, Inc.

“ Steve Heilenman is currently CIO for Computer Aid, Inc. (CAI), a global IT services and outsourcing firm that is currently managing active engagements with o...”
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Everything You Need To Know About The Internet Of Things

Everything You Need To Know About The Internet Of Things | Technology News | Scoop.it
“ A few months ago I wrote a post called, A Simple Explanation Of The Internet Of Things where I tried to provide some clarity around what this new connected world means for all of us. In the article I mentioned some of the driving forces behind this. "Broadband Internet is become more [...]”
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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 29, 2014 7:07 AM

Do you know what "the Internet of Things" means? This article and infographic from Forbes explains what this new interconnected world means and how this new interconnected world may impact our future. A portion of the infographic is shown in the image above. Additional information is available in the article as well as a link to a previous article published by the author, A Simple Explanation of the Internet of Things.

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Must-see: ‘The Queen of Code’ gives the lowdown on Grace Hopper, who should be a tech household name

Must-see: ‘The Queen of Code’ gives the lowdown on Grace Hopper, who should be a tech household name | Technology News | Scoop.it
Considering the scandalous lack of women entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, and the debased treatment some receive in the industry, it can be hard to remember that women helped form the backbone of computing when it mattered most.
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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 31, 10:11 PM
She's been my hero for a long time..
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Edit All Your Calendar Events at Once with This Google Script

Edit All Your Calendar Events at Once with This Google Script | Technology News | Scoop.it

Editing individual events on Google Calendar isn't difficult at all, but changing all of the events? Pretty hard without some sort of program, like this bulk edit calendar script.


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How to make Google Spreadsheet editable only at certain times - Web Applications Stack Exchange

How to make Google Spreadsheet editable only at certain times - Web Applications Stack Exchange | Technology News | Scoop.it

"With the following script you can restrict access (view only) to your Google Spreadsheet."


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BI & Analytic Trends of 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

BI & Analytic Trends of 2015: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly | Technology News | Scoop.it
It’s the time of year when analysts, consultants, vendors and industry pundits publish their predictions on the trends that they feel will have significant impact on the industry in the New Year.
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From Police to Partner: The Changing Role of IT

From Police to Partner: The Changing Role of IT | Technology News | Scoop.it
IT professionals must adopt a new role that strikes a balance between employee needs and preferences and security.
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Google wants to turn your car into a computer - News & Observer

Read stories, articles and news on Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, Cary, Apex, Wake County, Durham County, Orange County, Chatham County, Johnston County, Research Triangle and North Carolina crime, communities, education, environment, government,...
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More Moves In The API Platform Space--Restlet Launches Its "API PaaS" - Forbes

More Moves In The API Platform Space--Restlet Launches Its "API PaaS" - Forbes | Technology News | Scoop.it
One area in technology that is enabling organizations to deliver tight, consistent and integrated solutions is the rise of the Application programming Interface (API).
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Why the BlackBerry Classic is critical to the new BlackBerry - CNET

Why the BlackBerry Classic is critical to the new BlackBerry - CNET | Technology News | Scoop.it
Hint: It's not about smartphone sales volume or market share.
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Ford dumps Microsoft for BlackBerry infotainment system

Ford dumps Microsoft for BlackBerry infotainment system | Technology News | Scoop.it
Ford upgrades Sync system that spanned customer complaints, replacing Microsoft operating system with one from BlackBerry.
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Great news for Blackberry!

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