17 Sep 2016

Identity Theft

Cyber Crime is the number one consumer complaint of the last 15 years. The issue gets worse every year. Have you ever had a virus or malware on your computer? If so, then you have been hacked. This is not really understood by most consumers. The fact that even the smallest or ostensibly most insignificant malware is actually a breach goes over most of our heads. When thinking about all the ways to keep your information and Identity safe, there must be a conversation in your family about how this is achieved. We will develop tools and sell a product that can your family do just that. Stay tuned for more information from our website. Join us Tuesdays at 7:00pm for our weekly information sessions.

 

Identity Theft Protection

Identity Theft

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20 Jun 2016

My first week with Ubuntu Touch

Since the release of Ubuntu Touch, there has been many articles written on the platform. And the consensus seems to be that it is not ready for prime time. I purchased the BQ Aquarius M10 tablet and I use it as my everyday tablet(I traded in my iPad. Using the Ubuntu Touch device as my everyday tablet has been extremely difficult for one reason in particular. No cloud! While others have focused their reviews on such things as the quality of the M10 or on the speed of the OS, or even the many bugs in the system, I believe that those things pale in comparison to a lack of a cloud. All the aforementioned things can be overlooked as this is a new OS that is groundbreaking. But we cannot over look the lack of a cloud.

Ubuntu Ecosystem?

The Ubuntu Ecosystem?

Ubuntu One was the infamous cloud that Canonical ran for several years til one day they announced that they were dismantling the program. This was a very bad idea. Canonical did not release any usage stats or numbers on how costly it was to keep Ubuntu One going. We suspected that it must have been low for them to get rid of it. Whatever the case, it seems that it was a poor choice especially considering that they were planning to release a mobile operating system, thus creating an ecosystem. However, they must not understand the notion of a modern tech ecosystem. No cloud, no ecosystem. Tech ecosystems rely on the cloud. Microsoft has Onedrive, Apple has iCloud, Google has Google drive. What does Ubuntu have? Own cloud? Well it’s certainly not there and not integrated.

Without such integration, I firmly believe that this project will fail in it’s current form and be abandoned. Canonical, we must have a cloud. Please bring back Ubuntu One or work in conjunction with Nextcloud. Something has to give.

Now on to the rest of my review…

The M10 tablet looks pretty sleek. Like everyone else, I believe that it seems like a mid range Android tablet in look and feel (Although it feels a bit better in my opinion). The battery life is astonishingly good (not as good as an iPad) and seems to last through the day on a full charge. However, this isn’t fully tested given the sheer lack of apps and the time that it takes for apps to load. Load time for the apps are important as this discourages use throughout the day. waiting up to 10 seconds for an app to load in 2016 makes many users move on to another task and causes distractions, and everyone is easily distracted these days.

Aquarius M10 from BQ

Aquarius M10 from BQ

The OS it self feels much different than Windows, iOS, or even Android. The concept of scopes is brilliant! It took awhile getting used to not having a home screen nor a home button. The touch maneuvers required to operate the device became more and more intuitive over time. I think the scopes method is a good idea and have now fully bought into it. But, there are not many native apps and the web apps seem to perform better than the native apps in terms of load time and crashes. I feel very disconnected from my information on this tablet as there is no cloud! Something as simple as taking down notes is a pain as my notes are stuck in 2005. I can’t put things in notes and move on to another device and pick up where I left off. This was a huge benefit to my previous Apple ecosystem with iCloud. I find myself using the tablet less and less for this very reason alone. With no cloud, I have to revert to devices where I have a cloud.

I haven’t had the chance to explore the apps and web apps as much as I would like, and there isn’t much written yet about the many apps and web apps that are available, so I may be missing some things that would solve my cloud issues. As I discover more about this OS, I will share. I am however fully invested in the Ubuntu ecosystem, mainly because it is the best Linux ecosystem available so far. But Canonical must provide a seamless cloud solution to make this OS into a bonafide ecosystem. See more from me on ecosystems here: Ecosystems.

I am still waiting on an opportunity to purchase an Ubuntu Phone. The Meizu Pro 5 seems like the best option. However they are all out of stock and have been for a few weeks! The OnePlus 3 just dropped and there will be a port for it from UBPorts. Which ever is available first, the port or the Pro 5, I will attain to help make my transition to a full Linux ecosystem.

Stay tuned….

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10 Jun 2016

What is the tech ecosystem?

What is a tech ecossytem

What is an Ecosystem

 

I have been a huge fan of the Apple ecosystem for a while now, and I still am. I first want to explain what an ecosystem is and why it is so important. An ecosystem is a collection of software and devices that help to allow for a seamless OS experience. It allows the information user to easily store and retrieve information as well as represent it from any device anywhere. A person fully committed to the Apple ecosystem may have the following devices:

iPhone 6s Plus

Macbook Pro

Apple TV

iPod

iMac

Airport Extreme

iPad

While it may seem as simple as “buy everything that apple makes and you will be better off,” there is more to it than that. The operating system is very important. There was always opportunities to buy every product line up that a company produced, what changed was the internet and the cloud. Cloud connectivity and apps created the ecosystem. This allowed one to store there information on one device and access it on another. It allowed for using an application on one device, and then picking up the work on another device. This was a huge game changer, and many don’t fully appreciate or even realize the value in ecosystems. It’s the software which really defines and ecosystem. I will argue here that for an ecosystem to be developed in its most rudimentary form, there must be a few key software integrations. Let’s take Apple for example. The following software is key to apples ecosystem:

itunes

keychain

a browser, Safari

icloud

productivity software (in the cloud)

Without these basic components, the ecosystem doesn’t really fully exist, and the cloud is the one critical component that brings it all together.
Thus if there were a proper way to name such ecosystems, it would be the name of their respective clouds that should be used. For instance, instead of the Apple ecosystem, we would have the icloud ecosystem; instead of the Windows ecosystem, it would be the OneDrive ecosystem; instead if the Android or Google ecosystem, we would have the Google Drive ecosystem. This begs the question, does Samsung have an ecosystem? Does LG have an ecosystem. Well the term has been used loosely to describe many similar things, but not quite what we’re talking about here. Do we need a new term? As we discuss this issue in further posts, we will establish some well thought out definition and term to define what is being described here.

An ecosystem is software driven and focused and there must be a cloud at it’s center as a driver and engine, to hold all the software together – to be complemented by additional programs like Canada’s best facility management software for business needs, etc. Device classification is important too, especially as the internet of things become more ingrained; but only important as far as software is concerned. For hardware is only a tool of software. It’s the software that is the most important. We will continue to explore the ecosystem, what it is, what defines it, etc….

Windows Ecosystem (OneDrive)

Windows Ecosystem

Windows Ecosystem

Apple Ecosystem (iCloud)

Apple ecosystem

Apple ecosystem

Google Ecosystem (Google Drive)

Google ecosystem

Google ecosystem

 

Ubuntu Ecosystem (No Cloud!!!!!! Where is Ubuntu One!!!!!)

Ubuntu Ecosystem?

The Ubuntu Ecosystem?

 

 

 

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25 May 2016

Tammy Barvian of Barvian Realty

This week Casanova became acquainted with Tammy Barvian of Barvian realty. Barvian realty handles both residential and commercial realty in the Plainfield, Illinois area.

Barvian has more than 8 agents on staff with tons of experience to help you sell/buy a home or to manage your real estate property and to make sure the client was able to find it here too.

Barvian submits all their properties to the MLS with a virtual tour. Barvian is a forward thinking realty company that incorporates technology to help you sell your property. They handle 24/7 Internet marketing on 82+ websites (like zillow.com), they display a sign with QR code & instant text information, and create you tube videos and face book pages for all their listings. We were particularly excited about the SEO potential of Barvian Realty’s use of technology and can’t wait to see what other technology that Barvian Realty will incorporate next. Maybe Augmented Reality?

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13 May 2016

Rick Johnson of WJOL | Web Video Realty

Rick Johnson of Web Realty shared some good information today on the benefits of digital targeted advertising. As a marketing guru and Account Executive at the local radio station, WJOL, Rick Johnson has extensive knowledge on how to drive traffic and customers to your business. Mr. Johnson explained how radio is a very important means of marketing that shouldn’t be overlooked. This creates a huge opportunity for local businesses to have a traditional and ever growing way to promote their business. Mr. Johnson explained how radio is something that is easily consumed in the car and that many people still tune into radio than one would think.

“What do people do while they are in the car?”

“How often are people in the car?”

These rhetorical questions asked by Mr. Johnson really helped to set the tone on how important radio is to anyone’s budget. Rick Johnson also explained new targeted digital advertising which was just amazing. This new service allows you to follow your customers with geo-fencing technology. This technology allows you to target an ad at specific customers when they enter specific geographical areas. Targeted digital advertising also allows you to utilize information collected about your potential clients, so that you can target them at the right time in the right place. Like on a specific website, or app, at a specific time, on a specific date. While the service seems very invasive, it is highly effective and allows you to make significant income while also being a better option than some PPC services.

Mr. Johnson is also into commercial and residential real-estate in the Shorewood Plainfield area. His realestate business can be reached at:

http://www.webvideorealtyil.com/

Casanova is currently discussing SEO and social media signaling with Mr. Johnson’s company. We highly Recommend that you reach out to Mr. Johonson!

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12 May 2016

Becki Hackett of Mary Kay | Shorewood Illinois

Becki Hackett of Mary gave an excellent presentation today on the products of her Mary Kay business. Becki provided great information on the changing laws for UV protection and sun screen. She stated:
“Every time the laws change, Mary Kay changes their policies and procedures right away to be in compliance”
Becki Hackett had a string of products that she showcase, allowing everyone in attendance to learn more about their beauty and wellness needs. Becki Hackett spoke with Casanova Information Services about web design and SEO and how much of an impact they can have on any business.
If you are in the market for beauty and wellness products, be sure to contact Becki Hackett of Mary Kay.
Becki Hackett can be reached via her website at:
http://www.marykay.com/beckihackett/

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10 May 2016

Jodi Knows Homes visits Casanova | SEO | Web Design 

Jodi Heifner-Divierto of “Jodi Knows Homes” visited Casanova last week. We had an extensive conversation about realestate, SEO, and web design. We even discussed some new technological developments in the Augmented Reality space and how that will affect the realestate market. 

Check out Jodi’s website at: http://www.jodiknowshomes.com
Augmented reality provides many visual aids and supplemental information for realtors to provide to potential buyers. Imagine holding your phone up to a beautiful cabinet in a home and getting a video or other information on the cabinet. Or even holding your phone up to a yard sign and watching a 360 video and tour of the inside of the home!

We also discussed SEO and how important it is to the real estate market. Contracting a seo marketing company provides any business owner, especially a realesate agent, the ability to get their information in front of their customers online. 

It appears to be a seller’s market in the Naperville-Plainfield-Oswego and Will county area. If you are looking to sell your home contact Jodi at her website:

http://www.jodiknowshomes.com

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09 May 2016

Casanova Visits Postnet of Shorewood!

Casanova visited Postnet of Shorewood this past Thursday. Postnet is a printing, marketing, and shipping company located in Shorewood, Illinois. Postnet delivers small business solutions that can help to grow your business. Anything from printing business cards, fliers, newsletters, and custom branded merchandise, Postnet delivers. Postnet also offers postal services and is a drop-off and pick-up location for all the major shippers. They also host P.O boxes for small businesses which are very helpful, especially for SEO purposes. Postnet offers printing and copy services and can be a huge help as far a marketing your business.

Postnet has college educated graphic designers on staff who all hold bachelor’s degrees in graphic design from accredited universities. This speaks volumes to their ability to serve your graphic design needs. Casanova is currently in talks with Postnet about a potential partnership which would entail Casanova providing web design and SEO services to their customers. If you haven’t visited Postnet yet, we highly recommend that you stop by and see all that they have to offer!

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09 May 2016

The Knowledge Graph – SEO, your Website, and your Business

The knowledge graph was introduced by Google in 2012. It is a way for information that you are searching for to be presented more easily as opposed to looking a SERPs, or search engine results. The knowledge graph for businesses (which we at Casanova refer to the “business showcase”) is huge for representing your business interests online. If your business doesn’t appear in the knowledge graph, then you are seriously losing out. How do you get into the knowledge graph? The three major search engines, Google, Bing, and yahoo, each have their own knowledge graph (But they have different names) and methods for entering it. Google my business is the way to enter the knowledge graph for Google. Google my business allows you to enter business information and to get a google+ page for your business which does wonders for your SEO. Bing Places is the way to enter the knowledge graph for Bing. These tools are paramount to your businesses’ online presence and should not be overlooked by any business.

The knowledge graph is aimed at semantic search with three main goals: answer, converse, and anticipate. The Knowledge graph seeks to become a robot that humans can talk to get information and to learn. Where do you stand with understanding the knowledge graph and how it relates to your business?

 

 

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06 May 2016

Computer Repair | Shorewood, Illinois

Computer repair in Shorewood, Illinois is not only an important service but is a necessary service for citizens of Shorewood. We decided to put our first location in Shorewood, Illinois because we believe in the magic of the town. Shorewood is a wonderful place to live and work with some of the best citizens in Illinois. The small town of Shorewood is growing fast and the economic environment of Shorewood is very vibrant. As more roofs go up, the need for reliable technology assistance is paramount for residents. Casanova Information Services not only provides great service, but also provides learning opportunities to the village. We host weekly workshops at our office to make learning about technology a top priority in the village.

Our classes are every Tuesday at 10:00am. In these courses we discuss a wide range of technology issues further helping our community cope with an ever evolving tech world. If you are in the Shorewood, IL area and are looking for technology advice, please stop by our office at Black Rd and 59, next to Maciano’s, to receive free technology advice and education. We look forward to meeting everyone in the community.

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