Tip of the Week
Choice is great, right? It sure is, except when the options leave your head spinning. Businesses have a lot to consider when purchasing computers these days with touch screen laptops, Chromebooks, Windows 8 vs. Windows 7, and choosing between desktop computers, laptops and even tablets.
This may be the post-PC era, but if youíre running a business, you almost certainly need traditional computers to stay productive and manage everything from payroll to projects. In short, the line between business computers and home computers may have blurred considerably in recent years, but that doesnít mean any computer will do for your business.
As you evaluate your options, consider these factors and tips from Staples, which helps small businesses make more computing happen:
Support: Many businesses, especially small businesses, rely on hardware and software makers for support. If you donít have your own IT staff (and even if you do), think about buying a computer with prepackaged support assistance.
Security: Your computers hold valuable data, and you donít want to make it easy for thieves to walk off with that information. Aside from the security measures provided by your operating system, be sure to check if your machines can be secured to a desk.
Portability: Even if your business has typically used desktop computers, donít dismiss laptops. Todayís laptop computers and tablets pack a lot of power and can handle just about any computing task. Look for laptops with at least 8 gigabytes of RAM and a 750-gigabyte hard drive capacity for storing all your files and apps.
ó Brandpoint

BBB Watch
Using Caller ID spoofing technology and a look-alike website, scammers are posing as Verizon Wireless and conning victims into sharing personal information. Scammers are apparently using a recorded phone message to tell people theyíre eligible for an account voucher. They claim to be Verizon Wireless technical support and say you need to visit this website to claim it. The website looks very similar to the real Verizon Wireless site, but itís important to note that the company typically sends its customers notifications through text messages. Officials say be wary of a phone call.
ó Better Business Bureau

The List
With donations rising just 0.6 percent last year, United Way remained the largest U.S. charity receiving $3.9 billion in gifts in 2013, which was $24 million more than the previous year. The top 10 largest U.S. charities are:
1. United Way
2. Salvation Army
3. Task Force for Global Health
4. Feeding America
5. Catholic Charities USA
6. Goodwill Industries
7. Food for the Poor
8. American Cancer Society
9. YMCA
10. World Vision
ó Forbes.com
Number to Know
15 to 20: When working at a computer, the top of the monitor should be at or slightly below eye level, and the center of the computer monitor should normally be located 15 to 20 degrees below horizontal eye level, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration.
Tech Talk
Most of todayís computers are powerful enough to handle the vast majority of typical business tasks. But if youíre planning to do serious graphics work, video editing or other processor-intensive tasks, be sure youíre buying a computer with extra power, like 8 GB of RAM and Intel Core i7 and AMD A10 processors.
ó Brandpoint
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