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Macro Systems has been serving the Metro Washington, DC area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

The FCC's New Speed Test App

The FCC's New Speed Test App

Broadband Internet access is an imperative consideration for today’s world, considering how much of daily life and business is now conducted online. That being said, Internet access is still far from a given. In the United States, the Federal Communications Commission wants to work to fix this; however, to do so, they need data. To help collect this data, the FCC wants you to install a speed test application on your smartphone.

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Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

Modern Tools and Solutions that can Help Your Business

With every business having at least some revenue generation as a priority, it is critical that businesses comprehend how technology can help eliminate inefficiency via improved collaboration and productivity. Consider a few modern tools and solutions that can help a business as it strives towards its goals.

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Artificial Intelligence Can Help in Business

Artificial Intelligence Can Help in Business

Some of the topics discussed here may seem to be inaccessible to modern small and medium-sized businesses, bordering on science fiction. For example, consider the topic of artificial intelligence in business.

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How A Document Management System Can Help Your Business

How A Document Management System Can Help Your Business

Do you know how much paper you use each year? Do you know how much paper you have stored in your office? Do you realize that none of that is necessary? Modern digital filing systems as a part of a document management strategy can stop you from wasting your business’ resources on paper, filing, and printing. 

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The FCC is Giving Internet Service Discounts, But is it Enough?

The FCC is Giving Internet Service Discounts, But is it Enough?

Whether you’re referring to someone's personal needs or their work-related responsibilities, the Internet has become a required component to most processes. Alas, financial limitations often make sufficient connectivity unattainable for many, which is why the Federal Communications Commission stepped in last month to provide some assistance.

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Data Recovery Strategies You'll Need if Disaster Strikes

Data Recovery Strategies You'll Need if Disaster Strikes

Most people are aware that data backup is critical, and when things go wrong, you’ll be glad your business has it. However, it’s not enough to have a copy of your data when you need to restore it, you’ll also need a recovery strategy. This is because getting your data back working for you is arguably as imperative as any other part of the process. Listed below is a look at data recovery strategies that will get your business back on track after a disaster.

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How Evolving Technology is Affecting Human Resources Departments

How Evolving Technology is Affecting Human Resources Departments

Human resources (HR) may not get the attention that many other areas of your business do, but it remains critical. HR plans and coordinates most of the administrative issues of a business, deal with onboarding and offboarding personnel, are a big part of a business’ strategic planning, and function as a bridge between a business’ workers and its decision makers. With all that responsibility, HR can sometimes get bogged down with work, putting a business behind. 

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How to Write Emails Faster with Gmail Templates

How to Write Emails Faster with Gmail Templates

With so much work time being spent involving email, and Gmail holding a 33.7 percent market share, it shouldn't be a surprise that many companies wouldn’t mind it if a little less time were spent in Gmail. As it happens, rewriting similar emails over and over again, one of the most irritating expenditures of your time, can be eliminated by creating Gmail templates.

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Explaining IT Buzzwords

Explaining IT Buzzwords

Nothing will irritate tech-savvy people more than listening to someone that essentially doesn't know what they are talking about, but uses technology jargon to seem like they do. It’s confusing for the non-technical too. This annoyance is largely due to the gap between using words and understanding complex and detailed technology processes. So, while there is some respect given to people who work to comprehend the terminology, most of the time, it’s just too much.

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How Blockchain Technology can Change Healthcare

How Blockchain Technology can Change Healthcare

Healthcare is a heated issue regardless of where you live. As a result you’d think that the industry would be one of the first to implement new information technology. Alas, the healthcare industry has sometimes lagged behind other industries on the deployment of new IT tools. One technology that is being used in the development of new IT tools for healthcare is blockchain. How blockchain technology is being utilized and how it can change the face of healthcare going forward is listed below. 

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Apple Devices May Not Be As Secure As You Think

Apple Devices May Not Be As Secure As You Think

For a very long time, Apple has been asked to share a workaround for their platform security with law enforcement, which the company has refused to do. Apple's argument has been that doing so would inherently undermine their lauded security. Well, the feds have given up asking, because they went ahead and developed a workaround themselves; in doing so, have revealed that iOS isn’t quite as secure as it was purported to be.

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Enhancing Society Via Technology

Enhancing Society Via Technology

Ask someone what they think social media has accomplished for society, and you will probably hear a series of complaints about how it is the driving force behind the most divisive period in our history. While their perspective is interesting, it is also incorrect. Below is a look at how some of today’s most controversial technologies are working to enhance society. 

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Some IT Changes Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Company

Some IT Changes Can Have a Negative Impact on Your Company

The past year have made some organizations look to adjust their operational strategies and look to technology deployments as a way to make these adjustments. However, If the deployments don’t go as planned, it can have a significant effect on business operations.

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How Businesses can Benefit from Automation

How Businesses can Benefit from Automation

While a lot of the focus on any organization's use of technology may be on its front-facing solutions, there’s a lot to be said about the technology solutions that power these organizations behind the scenes. Listed below are a few ways that companies are benefiting from automating some of these background processes.

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Google Docs' Handy Features

Google Docs' Handy Features

Within Google Workspace is Google Docs, a helpful word processing solution that can be accessed via your web browser. In case you’re new to using Google’s productivity software, we have decided to assemble a short introduction to some of Google Docs’ most useful tools and features.

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How Going Paperless Can Save Your Business Money

How Going Paperless Can Save Your Business Money

Printing is costly. The charges come from nearly every direction: paper, ink, machines that seemingly always need some type of maintenance, the list of costs goes on and on. Some businesses, looking to get away from rising printing costs, and from paper files in general, are starting to do their best to eliminate printing and filing costs. Listed below is a brief look at how going paperless can save your business money in the long run.

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Three Apps that can Boost Your Team's Collaboration

Three Apps that can Boost Your Team's Collaboration

Boosting collaboration is a central theme to many businesses' operational strategies. The more that people can do as a team, the less expensive operations have to be. That is a sound business strategy. Many modern businesses are looking to software to build a successful collaborative situation. Listed below are three such apps that, if utilized properly, will help any business enhance their team’s ability to work together. 

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IT Trends for Small Business We Expect in 2021

IT Trends for Small Business We Expect in 2021

Small businesses are facing one of the toughest periods in decades. The COVID-19 pandemic and many other problems have made them change the way they approach operations, sales, and other aspects of their operations. They need to explore more strategies that can support customers who also have had to adapt. Listed below are a couple of the trends we expect to see in IT in 2021. 

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How Artificial Intelligence can Help 'Clean Up' Internet Comments

How Artificial Intelligence can Help 'Clean Up' Internet Comments

Artificial intelligence can be utilized in numerous ways, but one way you might not have anticipated is as a means of making sure people on the Internet mind their manners. Inappropriate and rude comments are remarkably common online, so it stands to reason that many companies and developers are looking for ways to reduce them. Let’s look at what some have implemented, utilizing artificial intelligence to their advantage.

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Technology that Failed in 2020

Technology that Failed in 2020

2020 has been hard for a lot of people. With so many problems arising this year, technology wasn’t immune. Let's look back at some of the technology that failed miserably as the world changed abruptly. 

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