September 2012
In this issue

> Game Changer
> Fake Virus Alerts
> iPhone 5 Introduced
> Get Real About Security
> PowerPoint Trick
> Business Continuity Tip
> Cartoon/Quote

A Clever PowerPoint Trick
reprinted with permission from the HP Technology at Work

Microsoft€ PowerPoint users often miss the mark when trying to produce effective presentations, especially when they rely only on the software€s more rudimentary capabilities. It's no surprise; the learning curve for beginners is fairly shallow, as PowerPoint€s basic tools and menus mirror that of its Office siblings, such as the ubiquitous Microsoft Word. Most beginners quickly intuit how to input information, add slides, add pictures, adjust slide layout, change text colors and add basic lines and shapes.

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Business Continuity Tip

National Preparedness Month

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in partnership with the Ready Campaign will kickoff National Preparedness Month (NPM) this September. The campaign encourages all Americans to take the necessary steps to ensure their homes, workplaces and communities are prepared for disasters and emergencies of all kinds.

Here are a few tools and resources worth checking out:

Please forward this newsletter to anyone else in your organization who might be interested!

Windows 8: A Game Changer?

Microsoft will be releasing their latest version of their Windows operating system, Windows 8, later this year. This OS is unlike any version of Windows we have come to know. How? It€s designed with mobile devices (smartphones, tablets) in mind. According to the Microsoft website, €It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices.€

Metro User Interface

One of Windows 8€s most hyped features Microsoft€s Metro UI. The Metro UI has been used on Windows 7 phones and is also the layout of the Xbox 360 dashboard. The Metro UI features a new tile-based start screen that strongly resembles that of the Windows Phone. Each tile represents an application, and each of those tiles can display relevant data about the application, i.e. number of unread emails on the e-mail app, or the current weather on a weather app.

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Watch Out for Fake Virus Alerts
reprinted with permission from the Microsoft Safety & Security Center

Rogue security software, also known as "scareware," is software that appears to be beneficial from a security perspective but provides limited or no security, generates erroneous or misleading alerts, or attempts to lure users into participating in fraudulent transactions.

How does rogue security software get on my computer?

Rogue security software designers create legitimate looking pop-up windows that advertise security update software. These windows might appear on your screen while you surf the web.

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Apple Introduces iPhone 5
used with permission from Apple

Thinnest, Lightest iPhone Ever Features All-New Aluminum Design, Stunning 4-Inch Retina Display, A6 Chip & Ultrafast Wireless

SAN FRANCISCO€September 12, 2012€Apple today announced iPhone 5, the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever, completely redesigned to feature a stunning new 4-inch Retina display; an Apple-designed A6 chip for blazing fast performance; and ultrafast wireless technology*€all while delivering even better battery life.** iPhone 5 comes with iOS 6, the world€s most advanced mobile operating system with over 200 new features including: the all new Maps app with Apple-designed cartography and turn-by-turn navigation; Facebook integration; Passbook organization; and even more Siri features and languages.

"iPhone 5 is the most beautiful consumer device that we've ever created," said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. "We€ve packed an amazing amount of innovation and advanced technology into a thin and light, jewel-like device with a stunning 4-inch Retina display, blazing fast A6 chip, ultrafast wireless, even longer battery life; and we think customers are going to love it."

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Get Real About the Security of Employees' Tablets, Smartphones
used with permission from the Cisco Small Business Resource Center

How many iOS, Android, and other mobile devices are using your company network?

Hint: The numbers are higher than you think.

"A client thought that they only had two or three iPad users on their business network," says Clay Ostlund, senior systems engineer at Marco, a Cisco Premier Certified Partner.

"When we polled the network with a Cisco Identify Services Engine ISE, it showed there were 100 iPads active."

Welcome to the new work culture of bring-your-own-device (BYOD).

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Quote of the Month

"Children have never been very good at
 listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."

- James Baldwin

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