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Oktoberfest - East Peoria Chamber of Commerce Premiere Business Expo

Stop by the Prairie Technology Alliance booth at the 2014 Oktoberfest - East Peoria Chamber of Commerce Premiere Business Expo on Thursday, October 2 between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm. Oktoberfest is held at the Par-A-Dice Hotel in East Peoria. Hope to see you there!

http://business.epcc.org/events/details/2014-oktoberfest-east-peoria-chamber-of-commerce-s-premiere-business-expo-921

Facet Follies

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Facet's very own comic strip developed by the staff at Facet along with our cartoonist, Mike Wright. We will be introducing new characters and making fun of our profession as the cartoon progresses. We hope you enjoy our attempt at humor!

Sign up for Facet’s monthly newsletter to be one of the first to see our new comic strips, “Facet Follies. Go to our website, www.facettech.com, and scroll to the bottom right to sign up!

http://facetfollies.com/

TripIt Travel Organizer

TripIt

Pretty soon summer will be wrapping up and fall will be rolling in. With that in mind, we thought we would bring you an app that would help simplify any last minute summer trips you have planned.

TripIt Travel Organizer is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store. TripIt organizes your trips by bringing all aspects into one central location. Whether it’s your hotel reservations, flight plans, car rental, or restaurant confirmations, TripIt tracks it all and creates an itinerary for you to follow. Email all your travel details to plans@tripit.com and they create an itinerary for you based on what you have provided. If there are any changes to that schedule, you can manually adjust your itinerary. TripIt provides directions, maps, and weather details for any destination you are heading to. Share these plans with anyone via email or through social media.

TripIt makes traveling more enjoyable and stress-free, as it should be.  

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/tripit-travel-organizer-free/id311035142?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tripit&hl=en

Favado

Favado

What’s one of the most daunting and expensive tasks that has to be done by every family each month? Grocery shopping. This week’s App of the Week will help speed up the process and offer big savings. Favado is an app that is available for free through the Google Play Store and iTunes. Favado helps you discover the best sale and coupon combinations from over 66,000 stores nationwide.

Favado lets you plan out your shopping list and compare prices to get the most savings possible by bringing you the most recent sale data and any coupons that may be available.

Favado can help the average family save around 70% from their shopping lists, those are substantial savings from a free app!

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/favado-grocery-sales/id703787093?mt=8

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.savings.android.grocery&hl=en

Amazon Instant Video

Amazon

This week we aren't presenting a new app, but definitely a worthwhile app. Amazon Instant Video is an app that allows Amazon Prime members to take full advantage of video streaming and downloading. Amazon Instant Video is free app available through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Amazon Prime is $8.25 per month. Amazon Instant Videos gives you access to 40,000 movies and TV episodes, available instantly with your Prime membership. Watch up to 200,000 videos that are available to rent or purchase through the app and download them for offline viewing. See a movie you want to watch, but don’t have time now? Add it to your “watchlist” and watch it later.  

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/amazon-instant-video/id545519333?mt=8  

 

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.avod&hl=en

Computer Damage

Summer heat can be rough on your electronics. We’ve mentioned before that the biggest factors in pre-mature electronic device failure are heat and dust (and of course liquid damage). Just remember that if you have your computer in a desk all year long, it’s a great idea to take it out and make sure it’s not too dusty, and also getting proper ventilation, whether that be from the built-in fans or just proper air flow around the device. Also, there are many cooling devices for electronics. For example, laptop cooling mats with built-in fans or cases that allow for more air ventilation. Enjoy these hot summer days while they last! Before we all realize, we’ll be shoveling snow again.

Level Money

Level Money

Now that it’s summer time and the warm weather has welcomed us, there are a lot of items on everyone’s summer bucket list. With that in mind, we are bring you an app to help better monitor your money from your mobile device, so you can monitor all the funds you have to put towards all the activities you want to accomplish this summer. Level Money is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Level Money keeps track of all of your bank accounts by linking to each bank account, monitoring the transactions, and updating your available funds. Level Money will tell you how much money you are able to spend today, this week, or this month. Level Money will also monitor your income and fixed expenses to show a complete picture of your financial situation.

If you want to make the most of your summer and monitor your spending, or just need help monitoring your spending period, Level Money is the app for you!  

 

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/level-money/id706366965?mt=8  

 

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.levelmoney.mobile&hl=en

4th of July!

Our tech tip this week is to simply have a fun and safe Independence Day weekend! With all of the fireworks, family fun, and friends getting together, remember to use your devices and take plenty of pictures and videos to keep the memories forever! Also use your cloud storage apps to make sure the new memories are safe in case of water balloon fight accidents or if you decide to go for a swim with your gadget still in your pocket. Facet Technologies wishes everyone a Happy 4th!!

Stitcher Radio

stitcher

We were recently introduced to an amazing podcast app that is definitely worth sharing! Stitcher Radio for Podcast is available for free through iTunes and the Google Play Store.

Stitcher offers a variety of news, comedy, sports, and talk radio shows and podcasts on demand. Create a customized playlist of your favorite shows and podcasts. You can stream or set your playlists to download so you can enjoy your playlists offline. Once Stitcher has an idea of what you are looking for, they will provide you with recommendations based on your past listening patterns. Stitcher will also provide you with news alerts, displaying the biggest stories on the front page or through audio alerts.

Stitcher is a great app to pull all the talk radio you want into one place. Discover great podcasts and get all the news the interests you with Stitcher!  

 

Google Play Store: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stitcher.app&hl=en

iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/stitcher-radio-for-podcasts/id288087905?mt=8  

E-mail Attachments

Be very careful opening attachments from your e-mail. Even if it’s from someone you know or trust. Always make sure it’s a safe file and not questionable. The “crypto-locker” virus is very active still and even more infectious. It tends to infect a machine after opening an attachment in a fraudulent e-mail. Once infected, it will encrypt your files on your machine and spread across any other machines on the network and encrypt their files as well. These files often cannot be retrieved, and are permanently lost. Unfortunately, there are many other viruses that act similar and are just as infectious. Keeping a close eye on e-mail is paramount in keeping your machine safe from threats.

Featured Review

The ​Unland Companies

“As with most small businesses, our employees are dependent on our computer system to perform their work. Facet Computers has served as our system tech for the last 8 years. They have invested time to understand our automation system. When the occasional system breakdown occurs they are quick to respond to getting us back up and running. They are a true business partner. I would recommend their computer services to businesses, large and small.” - Afton Booth, President 

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