The new and improved Firefox Browser, Quantum

Whether you know nothing, a little, or a ton about browsers and their capabilities to enhance your ability to utilize the web, here is a little info on the new Firefox Quantum. So far, Google Chrome has been the leading browser but Firefox has a new, shiny, and much improved browser out there for the competition.  I found these articles to be both helpful to understand the new browser and how or why you would want to understand how your browser operates. Great reads and listen for the browser newbies and oldies. 


https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

https://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/

Techie Trivie: The web browser is actually named after the red panda of Southwestern China and Himalayas. The English word for red panda is "firefox". Their logo is in fact a red panda, not a fox.


Wired provides two great articles, one that leads to a podcast about web browsing and net neutrality, the other is a review of the new browser, "Ciao, Chrome", by David Pierce. He overviews his expectations for the browser, a comparison with chrome, and the realities of what Firefox Quantum has to offer. "It's better than Chrome, faster than Chrome, smarter than Chrome. It's my new go-to browser", a quick read that definitely gets you on the bandwagon. 

Of course, Mozilla has a proper introduction for their new advancements, "It’s by far the biggest update we’ve had since we launched Firefox 1.0 in 2004, it’s just flat out better in every way." The specs, "Fast for Good", and when a company doesn't have to over exaggerate their product you can trust that it's at lest worth a look.

We've done a little trial of our own here at amt and found the browser to live up to the hype. Well, that's why we chose to write about it after all. Firefox Quantum definitely has speed capabilities that have yet to be seen in a web browser. It's strange to notice a greater speed capability than Chrome, but Quantum is just that much quicker. Whether you're using the web to listen to music, research, upload, or listen to podcasts during a busy work week, Quantum can handle it with speed. Not only is Quantum quick, it also provides additional layers of security. If you decide to take the leap, I doubt you'll be disappointed. Plus, their icon is a red panda, who doesn't love pandas?

Techie Gift Guide

In honor of Thanksgiving week and the holiday season upon us, here is a little gift guide to some techie toys that are worth mentioning. 

Lenovo Yoga Book 

Lenovo Yoga Book 

Whether you've been a PC user all your life or have strictly conformed to MACs, anyone would be impressed by the speed and mobility of Lenovo's Yoga book that has combined design with insane capabilities that "adapts to your everyday life with ease".  You can find other Lenovo gift ideas here

MIT's Technology Review has an excellent list for tech centered gifts for the cook to the kids and even for your pet. Petcube Bites launched a pet surveillance system that not only allows you to keep an eye on your furry friend from your mobile device but also the capability to award them with a treat for good behavior. 

odditymall.com

odditymall.com

 Tech Crunch Provides a broken down and slightly exhaustive gift list, if you really want to get into the latest techie gift ideas. Our favorite are their 17 STEM inspired tech gifts for kids, including a game that teaches the kids five and under to code early-on. 

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techcrunch.com

If these ideas don't get your motor running then check out Forbes "Best Black Friday Tech Deals For Under $100" and if you want to go big and go home, make it $500 and under.

Happy Techie shopping!

 

 

 

 

Be Prepared. Be Aware. The "Krack" Edition.

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When approaching the issue of the latest news of the new found vulnerability in the industry's WPA2 standard, I knew we'd need to interview one of amt's experts, a Technical Account Manager (TAM). Jon Van Cleve was more than willing to clarify the issue in the most straight forward and to-the-point manner. Below is a quick review of what to know, do, and prepare for when approaching the possible vulnerabilities within your network.

What is “KRACK”? – KRACK stands for Key Replacement AttaCK and is a flaw in the WPA2 wireless security standard. WPA2 has been the main method of securing wireless networks since 2005 or so, and is very common.

How can it affect my network? - It can allow someone who is connected to your network to see all non-https traffic on your network. This includes sites visited, passwords typed in, and any other information between you and the non-https site.

What can I do to protect myself and my work environment? - You can update all your devices, phones, laptops, PCs. Unfortunately, many devices won't see updates such as older devices and hardware. Apple and Windows automatically updated IF you are in-line with current updates and newer systems. Double check all carriers and devices to be sure they are covered and updated.

How is the WPA2 standard vulnerable and what is the "4-way handshake"?  – Part of WPA2 is built-in encryption, which is supposed to keep your data private. However due to a flaw in WPA2, someone already connected to the wireless network can get the encryption key during authentication, more specifically in phase 3 of the 4-way handshake. Once they have this key, all internet data is potentially vulnerable across all devices on the network.

What does it mean to be patched and how can I make this process happen? - The best process would be to research your device model and KRACK attack procedures. To be patched means having the latest updates of your manufacturing device/network and maintaining suggested standards of security. Microsoft, Apple, and others have release patches.

For more information you can check out this Wired article that does a good job at approaching the issue. If you're one of our clients, please contact us if you have further questions and concerns. 


Jon Van Cleve, Technical Account Manager & Kendra Smith, Marketing and Sales 

 

America Recycles Day with the Town of Vail

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All Mountain Tech is joining the Town of Vail on November 15th to celebrate America Recycles Day, "one day to celebrate an entire year to act". This event will be free to the town of Vail residents, property owners, and employees. The day will be dedicated to collecting e-waste items such as old computers, phones, TV's, and stereos as well as educating the public on how to properly dispose of electronics in the future. If you have excessive quantities of electronics charges may apply. 

As of 2013, the state of Colorado prohibits the disposal of electronics to Colorado landfills. If you are living in Eagle Country you can take your e-waste to the Eagle County Household Hazardous Waste Facility that is located near the landfill. The cost to recycle these materials is .20 cents a pound.

Why should we properly recycle electronics you ask? Well, there is a long list of reasons, but I'll give you the short answer. 

Electronics contain numerous harmful substances including mercury, lead, and lithium. When these items are thrown into local landfills their harmful toxins can seep into the ground and eventually into our ground water. Besides already being toxic to our natural environment, e-waste is very harmful to the human body when found in local water. This is why it is important to properly dispose of our household and business e-waste.

Whether you are local or remote, we look forward to you participating in America Recycles Day!

Ooooh, that Surface Book 2

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Microsoft Surface Pro 2, 15" and 13"       lh3.googleusercontent.com

Here at amt, we don't just manage your IT services and keep your systems running smoothly, we also like to provide products that enhance our users experience and workplace. So here it is; the slick Windows Surface Book 2. Saying we're a little excited about it would be an understatement.

What's the big deal? Oh, just...

4 times the power of the previous Surface Book

Battery life up to 17 hours

15'' or 13.5'' displays

1TB of super fast storage and 16GB of RAM

Graphic performance that out-measures the original by 5 times

4 modes of use: Laptop, Studio, View, and Tablet

Dynamic ports

Surface pen and on-screen  Surface Dial inputs

...and much, much more. The new Surface Book 2 can operate under multiple use of large design programs all while providing crystal clear graphics through their PixelSense™ Display.

Plus, you'll feel pretty cool flipping your laptop around into a tablet and, oh, into view mode while you show off what you've been working on with a projector. Overall, I'd say we're pretty pumped to be a partner with Microsoft.

 

 

 

Microsoft Announces the End of Support for Office & Outlook 2007 as well as Windows 10 November Update

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This news comes after a decade of the launch of Office & Outlook 2007 and an end of added support for Microsoft 10, November update. The end of the addendum for these products doesn't mean that they are unusable, but it does mean they are not protected by Microsoft and will no longer receive updates as the company and technology moves forward. It is extremely important to update with Microsoft as this will move you forward in the tech-savvy world, but most importantly protect you and your files. 

An easy way to check if you are working on the old Windows 10 system would be to type the word, winver, in the search box that is located on the task-bar and press Enter. The About windows dialog box will open and display which version is currently working on your computer.

If you have anything earlier than Windows 10 version 1511, its time to update!

You can find out more about the Windows Creator Update here an here