ITS Newsletter – Pass IT On
Summer has seem to come and gone in a flash and somehow it is already September, which we all know means that is back to school time. Whether you’re planning on going back to school or know someone who is, in this month’s newsletter we’re focusing on gadgets that might make the transition a little easier with some helpful gadgets and apps.
What’s in September’s Newsletter:
· Nexus 7 Tablet
· Take Note
· Comings and Goings
· Deal of the Month
· Tech Tip of the Month
· This Month in Tech History
· September Events
Nexus 7 Tablet:
Thinking of a new tablet? Check out the recently released Google’s Nexus 7 tablet.
This new 7”, HD, tablet give you everything that matters and what you would expect from a tablet, and it is one of the most competitive prices starting at $229.00. One of the most comparable items on the market now would be the iPad mini which is starting at $559.00.
The Nexus 7 sports the latest version of the ever popular Android operating system, Jelly Bean, and made for Google Play giving you access to over 600,000 apps and games, a selection of over 4 million eBooks and thousands of movies.
This lightweight gem makes it perfect for every member of the family for most types of trips, just pick up and go whether you are an avid YouTube viewer, love your reading, or have work to catch up on, the easy on the eyes screen give you great HD quality, with crisp text.
Weight: 0.64lbs (290g)
Size: 7.81 x 4.72 x 0.41 inches (198.5 x 120 x 10.45 mm)
Battery: Up to 10 hours- Standby : 82 hours
Screen: 7” – 323 pixels/inch – 1280 x 800 high-resolution display
Touchscreen: Multi- touch
Camera: 1.2 Mega pixel
Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Pre-loaded software: Hangouts; Google+; Google Earth; Currents; Face Unlock; Gmail; Google Play; Google Play Music; Google Search
Check out what people are saying about it:
CTV News Review
Android Authority Review
Livescribe Sky, a smartpen that allows the user to write notes and then wirelessly save them on the cloud or on a mobile device. No more losing half of your lecture notes or spilling coffee all over them, rendering them illegible, hurray! Sky also has a camera and a microphone allowing you save pictures, videos, and audio files to go along with your notes, and uses optical character recognition of your handwriting to make it easy to search through later. The price tag isn’t cheap however, but if you’re someone who spends a lot of time taking notes it may be well worth the cost. Learn more about Livescribe here.
If handwritten note taking isn’t for you, there are plenty of apps that allow you to save, share, edit, and organize typed notes onto your mobile devices. Evernote is by far the most effective, and is the app that works with Livescribe. There are however an endless array of note taking apps; the most popular being Evernote, Google Keep, OneNote, and Simplenote. Here’s a comparison of the best.
Comings and Goings:
These past months we have been seeing some big changes to the ITS family.
As many of you already know Derek Petersen has stepped down as a business owner of ITS to move him and his family to Belize, which has for some time been a dream of theirs. Derek hasn’t fully left ITS though and has stayed on to remotely manage our helpdesk, from what I assume is a hammock on the beach with a very long Ethernet cable connected to a laptop.
At the beginning of this month we will be saying goodbye to an exceptional member of our team. Alexandra Verkuil-Wood is leaving us after 4 years of keeping the ITS team in check. She is pursuing her goal of becoming an interior designer with a design firm in North Vancouver. She will be greatly missed by all the staff here at ITS and we wish her the best of luck for the future.
Replacing her as our administrative assistant is Sara Ekuba who joins us after spending a few years in England. She has been working in the hospitality/administration industry for some time now and will be bringing her organizational skills and cheerfulness to the team.
We wish the Petersen’s and Alexandra the best of luck in their future and hope that you will all help us welcome Sara to ITS.
Deal of the Month:
Each month we will supply you with a product that we believe is a great deal and may suit your business or personal needs. This is an opportunity for you to save time and energy shopping around for what’s best at the best price, because we have done it for you!
WD My Passport 1TB Portable External Hard Drive Storage USB 3.0 (Black)
Price: $ 115.00
*Tax and Shipping not included
If you are interested please contact the sales team at
Tech Tip of the Month:
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When you spell check an email, document, spreadsheet or presentation, do you find yourself ignoring the same names and technical terms over and over again? Rather than ignoring them each time, why not add them to the dictionary. Then the spell checker will not flag them as being misspelled and you’ll finish spell checking more quickly.
To add a word to the dictionary when running the Spell Checker, click on the Add to Dictionary button (Add button in earlier versions).
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This Month in Tech History:
· September 8, 1930 – Scotch Tape invented
· September 21, 1937 – The Hobbit is published
· September, 1995 – eBay is founded
· September 7 – Fiesta Mexico Independencia
· September 7 – 8 – Luxury Supercar Weekend
· September 8 – National Grandparent’s Day
· September 19 – International Talk Like A Pirate Day
· September 26 – October 11 – Vancouver International Film Festival
Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great September!
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