Techie Tips: How to free up space on an iPhone or iPad

With the plethora of business applications available for mobile devices, iPhones and iPads have become indispensable tools for busy professionals. A problem we all seem to run into is that these applications, along with the eBooks, music files, and photos take up a huge amount of space on the devices.

iPads and iPhones don’t have file systems you can see, but there are still apps and files eating up space. You are able to see what’s consuming that limited space and free it up.
Each bit of data on your device is associated with an app. For example, downloaded Kindle eBooks are tied to the Kindle app. Music files are part of the Music app, videos are part of the Videos app, and photos are part of the Photos app.

 

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Here are 5 ways to free up your data:

1. View Per-App storage usage
2. Delete Apps
3. Clear an Apps Documents
and Data
4. Delete Music, Videos, Photos
and Other Media Files
5. Erase browsing data

Use these tips to free up space and allow full functionality of your device!

How does your business lead the way in sustainability?

Did you know a lot of your company’s carbon footprint is from traveling to work? Many companies are transforming their business models to embrace energy efficiency or resource management.

Tech Networks of Boston has an electric vehicle, the Mercedes Smart available for company use. We also offer employees an MBTA program in which we reimburse half of their MBTA pass. These perks save our company travel expenses going to and from client sites, and are great incentives for employees to stick to using public transportation.

At TNB we are investing in clean energy through renewable offsets, cutting down on our waste stream, and purchasing new lighting technologies to make our building more energy efficient.

What are your favorite ways to increase your organization’s sustainability? Send your stories to marketing@techboston.com or comment here!

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The Help Desk is now our Client Services Team

We have upgraded our Help Desk Services to better suit your needs. Our former Help Desk Team is now called the Client Services Team and they are geared up to help you right away. Client Services is prepared to help you with any and all requests on the spot – no need to leave a message or wait for your request to be delegated. It’s part of our commitment to constantly innovate to bring you the highest-quality service possible.The Client Services team is fully included for all of our valued clients. Upon submitting a help desk request, you will receive a notice confirming we are aware of your issue, and our system will generate updates as we solve your problem. Our techs Stephen, Justin, Evan, Colin, Nasir, Tarique and Mike look forward to assisting your needs with friendly and efficient service.

New Business Showcase: Cookie Boss

TNB discovered a cool new student-run business who created cookies for our most recent BARS Boston event and for the TNB Roundtables. Cookie Boss is a Boston-based company run by students in the BUILD Boston program. These students work hard every day to create delicious treats that come in a selection of different shapes, textures and flavors. The cookies can even be designed with your company logo or picture! We ordered rectangle sugar cookie flavor of our TNB logo, round TNB logo cookies, and round BARS Boston logo cookies for our event on June 24th. The cookies come individually packaged so they are great for giving away as gifts. They tasted great too!

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BUILD Boston’s mission is to use entrepreneurship to excite and propel disengaged, low-income students through high school to college success. Students create businesses at a young age and use the confidence and skills gained to propel them into college and rewarding careers.

Learn more about Cookie Boss and BUILD Boston on their site.

CALC leading the charge against the rising flood levels with Boston Businesses Acting on Rising Seas

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As CALC looks forward, we see a future for Massachusetts and our small businesses impacted by rising seas. For this reason, we are joining our partners at the American Sustainable Business Council to spearhead the project Boston Businesses Acting on Rising Seas. This project follows from ASBC’s work with South Carolina Businesses Acting on Rising Seas (SCBARS). This project will engage Massachusetts’ coastal businesses and municipalities to demonstrate the ultimate physical and economic consequences of climate change and rising sea levels, as articulated in a recent report from The Boston Harbor Association. The businesses will publicly display where sea level rise will reach by the year 2050 in a 100-year flood on the interior and exterior of their buildings. Through their engagement, businesses will take a step towards engaging the in advocacy necessary to mitigate and adapt to the change the science shows is coming. They will begin by sparking the conversations in their communities, and hopefully join CALC in taking action and advocating for robust policy at the municipal and state levels.

Susan Labandibar speaks at CommonBound Conference June 8th

Susan spoke at the CommonBound conference on June 8th about technology’s role in the new economy. This topic encompasses our strategic priority of contributing to the missions of organizations that improve our community. Susan highlighted that as the economy changes, you must also evolve the way you use technology, such as TNB using technology to create successful collaborations.

One example of the new economy creating opportunities for technology is the creation of B Corporations. Tech Networks of Boston was recently granted B Corp certification, which legally allows a company to prioritize mission over money. The government is realizing that encouraging businesses to put community before profit increases innovation for the greater good. Information Technology is becoming more and more useful for building community and the CommonBound Conference was a perfect showcase for the like.

CommonBound 2014 is the New Economy Coalition’s largest and most significant convening yet. This conference showcased a wide variety of new economy strategies, and participation from organizations such as the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, Demos, Climate Justice Alliance, Shareable, PolicyLink, and more.

To learn more about the New Economy Coaltion (NEC) visit neweconomy.net.

Here is her full speech:
“ What is the new economy? It’s human scale, resourceful, restorative and compassionate. Just like in colonial times, it’s profoundly DIY and it’s profoundly democratic. But unlike colonial times, it is built on highly sophisticated technology that is so simple to use and so affordable, that almost everyone can use it.
Why is this so important to the development of the new economy? Well, let’s step back for a second and let me tell you that we already know how to live within our planetary means, even with a population of more than 7 billion people. All we need to do is reduce the standard of living worldwide to that of the average citizen of Bangladesh. Now that doesn’t sound so appealing. The new economy is more than just the democratization of technology, but let me tell you, there is no way we’re going to build durable economies without it.
The democratization of technology has had profound implications on the business I work in, Tech Network of Boston. Tech Networks is an IT services company that started twenty years ago delivering used computers to inner city college students. When computers became cheap and ubiquitous, we shifted our focus to maintaining computer networks for local area non-profits. Then, guess what happened? The same thing. Email, shared files and applications began to move to the cloud. Software in particular became so easy and cheap to use that almost anyone could download and install them on their phone. So then we started helping people use technology to collaborate.
For three years now, our mantra has been: “We’re Better Together.” And over time, we’re learning how to build even more powerful collaborations and break down silos. Some people think that we earn our living by maintaining servers and building network infrastructure, but that’s becoming less relevant. We are helping non-profits use information technology to serve their employees and their constituents, to scale in size and impact, and to innovate.
But Tech Networks, like so many other social enterprises today, is itself an innovative organization that defies traditional labels. We’re a Certified B Corporation on the road to becoming a Massachusetts Benefit Corporation. That means that we are legally allowed to prioritize mission over money. Thank God. If I had investors they would have fired me a long time ago!
Our mission, like the new economy itself, is complex. In the new economic ecosystem there are no clear boundaries. Yes, we enable positive change in the world by helping non-profit organizations take advantage of IT. But we have many other relationships within the community, including our IT community of practice, our workforce development partnerships, and our initiatives outside the IT field, like Southie Trees which focuses on maintaining and expanding tree coverage in South Boston, and the Climate Action Liaison Coalition, which enables businesses to take action against climate change.
Tech Networks is extremely grateful that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has created a legal status for businesses like ours. But there is so much more that government could do to encourage the growth and development of the new economy. For the last thirty years, the City of Burlington Vermont has explicitly followed an economic development plan that features government, small businesses and non-profit organizations working together to build a durable economy that meets the needs of all residents. It’s my hope that cities and towns across the nation will take notice of the success that Burlington has achieved by following this model.
I’m going to wrap up with a story with a personal story about government, the new economy, and an opossum in a trash can. One of the crowning achievements of the Department of New Urban Mechanics at the City of Boston was the “Citizens Connect” iPhone app. Whereas, prior to the app, City of Boston employees used to drive around the City, looking for potholes and other problems, the Citizens Connect application allows any smartphone user to snap a picture of a broken street light, pothole, or other annoyance and automatically report the location to the City. There is also a Twitter feed, so people can follow along as the problems are reported and fixed. I had just downloaded the app after learning about it at a neighborhood association meeting. I was bored, it was 11:00 on a Friday night in the middle of winter. I clicked on a few pictures of potholes, and then I saw a picture of a red trash can with something in it.
The accompanying text was: “Possum’ in my trash can. Can’t tell if it’s dead. How do I get this removed.” I got on my coat, walked ten minutes to the trash can location, and, sure enough, there was an opossum trapped in a trash can. 15 minutes later, I filed the return tweet: “Possum? Check. Living? Yep. Turned the trash can on its side. Walked home. Good night, sweet possum.”
Talk about “We’re Better Together” When citizens, businesses, and governments work together, you never know what can happen. Sometimes, you might even save an opossum.”

 

Boston Businesses Against Rising Seas Launch Event: Climate Adaptation for Small Businesses

The rising sea levels in Boston have been a rising concern in recent months. Businesses are realizing they need to put climate change in their business plans and take precautionary measures to protect their data.

Please join us June 24th, as Tech Networks of Boston, the Climate Action Liaison Coalition and the City of Boston launch the Businesses Acting on Rising Seas (BARS Boston) program. Tech Networks of Boston’s President Susan Labandibar, and other key speakers will focus on specific steps business can take to prepare for rising sea levels and other anticipated climate disruptions, including moving data storage to the cloud to improve business continuity.

The BARS Boston launch event will take place on June 24th, 2014 from 6:00-8:00pm at the District Hall in Boston, MA and you can register here. This event is free and open to the public.

Check out these scenes of how the rising sea levels will eventually impact our city! We hope you will join us!
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Microsoft suffers cloud outage

Microsoft is currently reporting an outage across businesses throughout the US for its Outlook, Office 365 and other Microsoft services. This problem stemmed from its Exchange Online service which is used to run e-mail, calendar and contacts service. Microsoft reps issued a statement that engineers are currently working on a solution to the issue.

Windows support for XP and Office 2003 ends today….What you need to know!

The day has finally come…support for Windows XP and Office 2003 will end today, April 8, 2014. We recommend you replace your old machines to benefit from dramatically enhanced security, broad device choice for a mobile workforce, higher user productivity, and a lower total cost of ownership through improved management capabilities.

What this means for you: You will no longer receive security updates or program updates for Windows XP. You will still be able to use the operating system, but you will no longer be able to update your machines or get technical support.

Common Concerns: If you continue to use the older machines your computers could be subject to malicious attacks and reduced data security.

What you can do: Contact TNB for quotes for some newer machines and to upgrade to Windows 7 or 8, and take advantage of the trade in offer!

Trade-In Offer: If you would like to earn some money back from your old operating system you can follow a few easy steps:
1. Buy a new Windows 8 tablet, phone or PC
2. Get a quote for your old device
3. Mail your old device to Clover Wireless
4. Receive cash back in the form of a Visa prepaid card or check.
If you are interested in this buyback program you can get started here.

Tech Networks of Boston recommends you upgrade your old machines at your earliest convenience. We want to ensure your operating systems are up-to-date and remain secure to enable your organization to operate at the most proficient level.

Make the transition to a Cloud based environment to combat Climate Change

Threats from extreme weather can cause a real disruption to small businesses. Research conducted by the American Sustainable Business Council  has shown that small businesses are highly vulnerable yet a majority are not taking the proper steps to increase their preparedness. Since many small businesses only have one location, an event that prevents customers, vendors and employees from accessing the building can result in significant lost business. Even more damaging, having centralized data can threaten a business’s security by temporary power loss, or worse, power spikes and flooding could lead to a complete loss of your customer information and any improperly backed up data.

Many coastal cities on the Eastern seaboard are preparing for storm surges and other impacts associated with rising sea levels and extreme weather.  This calls for small businesses to plan ahead and make sure they are not vulnerable the next time extreme weather hits. We recommend you to move your company’s data off site by using Microsoft’s 365 cloud platform. This will remove the need for any onsite server, reducing your vulnerability as well as your energy costs. Microsoft will back you and your customers’ data to their network of servers, allowing it to be out of harm’s way and allowing you access from anywhere.

Small businesses can also increase their extreme weather preparedness by guaranteeing access to the internet. Having more than one viable point of connection provides an alternative when extreme weather brings their main line of connection down. Towerstream is a leading wireless service provider delivering advanced, reliable, high-speed internet access to businesses at a lower cost than traditional providers. They guarantee 99.99% network availability through their Service Availability Guarantee and have built their infrastructure to withstand any extreme weather events.

A secure business is a prepared business. Let Tech Networks initiate your company to be proactive in making the transition to a cloud based environment, and use Towerstream to prevent any future obstacles for your IT department. Having a reliable, secure, updated network will keep your company ahead of the curve and operating at its full potential.globe