Tip of the Week: Disable Wi-Fi Calling on Your Android Device

As mentioned in the title, this article is for Android users and Wi-Fi calling. As an Android user, you probably noticed the Wi-Fi calling option you get when you make or receive a call while connected to a network. This can be a great tool to use if you ever find yourself without cell service. On the other hand, there are situations where you might not want Wi-Fi calling enabled. 

Why Would You Disable Wi-Fi Calling?

Of course, there are times where you may want to utilize Wi-Fi calling, such as if you’re loading a long video or downloading something that is quite large. Other times, a slow Wi-Fi connection can mean choppy and interrupted phone calls. Also, the connection might not be secure if it is done over your Wi-Fi. Sometimes, it is just better to use your mobile data over Wi-Fi. 

Continue reading to learn how you can disable Wi-Fi calling on your Android device. Some of these settings may vary, depending on your operating system, but they should typically be very similar.

How to Disable Your Wi-Fi Calling

To disable your Wi-Fi, you can do this by going to your Settings app and finding your Wi-Fi & Network options. You would then select SIM & Network. From there, select SIM Card, turn off your Wi-Fi Calling, and then slide the slider to the Off position. This will disable your Wi-Fi calling on your Android smartphone. 

If you ever need to disable your Wi-Fi quickly, you can do this easily from the call menu by clicking the Wi-Fi calling button straight from the menu. This should ensure that the quality of your call is good throughout. 

For any additional information or for help with your technology and its connections, contact our professionals at AE Technology Group at (516) 536-5006.

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Blockchain Technology and it’s Function

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Since it was first developed in 1991, the main purpose of the blockchain is to store data in a secure way. With its unique methods, this can be utilized in a variety of work industries as it enables sharing of information in a quick, accurate, and secure manner. To fully appreciate the idea of this technology, it is important to understand how it works.

The Blockchain Operation

The primary benefit of the blockchain is that saved information cannot be amended without documentation of the change being made. The blockchain is an open ledger that was developed to allow several users to have access to it. Each transaction in this system is recorded resulting in a “block” which includes all the details of the transaction. Most importantly, each member of the blockchain is required to authorize the transaction.

The process begins with a user requesting a transaction. The request is then sent to all the peer-to-peer network of computers and requires authentication of the transaction from all users using known algorithms. Following this, the transaction is merged with other transactions to form a block of data that is unalterable and permanently added once the transaction is completed. 

As a result, the blockchain is extremely secure. One wouldn’t have to hack only one computer to retrieve information; but instead, one must hack dozens of computers, all at the same time. 

Other Types of Blockchain Technology

Today, many people know about the blockchain as it relates to cryptocurrencies and NFTs. There are many more practical utilizations of the blockchain. Blockchain technology can be used in healthcare settings where health information should be kept private and without risk of security breaches. The blockchain would allow information to be shared more securely between healthcare providers with documentation of any changes or updates that may have been made on a patient’s medical record. Financial institutions can also benefit from this technology. It would result in quick and cheaper settlements while also providing privacy for customers, transparency, and reducing transaction costs. Voting locally, state-wide, and nationwide will benefit from the security of the blockchain as voting can be more accessible and fair, all while producing immediate, verifiable results. Any attempts to alter the the data will be recorded, ultimately regaining voters’ trust. Safety within the food industry can use the blockchain in order to track their food from its origin to its destination allowing the identification of any possible contaminants or other health issues that may have crossed its paths.

Prospective Features

As mentioned earlier, the technology cannot be altered without a record of it being changed; therefore, it can be applied across all work industries. From healthcare industries to automotive industries, blockchain technology allows for accurate tracking, cost reduction, and increased transparency. 

If you’re interested in finding out more about what today’s technology can potentially do for your company, speak to one of our IT professionals at AE Technology Group! Call us at (516) 536-5006 today.

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How Popular Culture Influenced Our Technology

It isn’t unheard of for entertainment to blur the lines between fiction and reality. From tablets to autonomous-driving cars, the imaginations of the past often inspire the everyday items that surround us in the future. Today, let’s consider a few technological innovations that first appeared in popular culture.

Tablets in Star Trek and A Space Odyssey

The modern tablet is widely known to have started with the first Apple iPad in 2010. However, this was not the first time tablets appeared in pop culture. The show Star Trek featured a tablet called a PADD – or personal access display device – which allowed crew members of the Starfleet to easily access various information on the small handheld device. The PADD is often thought of as the original inspiration for the modern-day tablet.

However, Star Trek was not the only time a tablet-like device appeared in entertainment. In 2001, Stanley Kubrick’s film, A Space Odyssey, featured tablet devices. This film was used to block Apple’s attempt to copyright the form factor and, because the innovation had been used in entertainment before, Apple’s bid failed.

Autonomous-Driving Cars in Total Recall

Self-driving vehicles are a popular innovation nowadays, but they were first seen in 1990’s Total Recall with “Johnny Cab”, a car that drove itself with an advanced computer system.

Smart Watch Technology in Dick Tracy

Smart watches like Apple watches and Fitbits have only grown in popularity since their development. However, the idea of a smart watch first appeared in the 1930s with the comedy series Dick Tracy. The series’ titular detective possessed a watched that served as a two-way communicator with authorities.

3D Printing Technology in Star Trek

Another technological development to begin with Star Trek is 3D printing. Any Trekkie should remember the replicators that the crew utilized to produce nearly anything and everything. 

Most 3D printing is currently carried out by running a strand of material in a computed pattern until an item is produced. However, a 2019 version uses rays of light to shape objects, and its creators say it was inspired by the famous replicator.

The Defibrillator in Frankenstein

This technology actually comes from a book, instead of a television show or film. In Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein, which many consider to be the first piece or modern science fiction, she details a possible defibrillator-like device with the quote,


“With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being into the lifeless thing that lay at my feet.“

The “spark” she is referring to is most often interpreted as a spark of electricity. Thus, creating the very valid argument that this inclusion inspired later research and development of the modern defibrillator in 1930.

What other pieces of technology or innovations do you remember from popular culture and entertainment that we now have today? List them out in the comments! And, visit our blog for more fun tech content!

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Future Technology in Today’s Workplace

It’s fun to fantasize about the future of business, but what kind of technology can we realistically expect to make a difference in the way ordinary businesses function? Today, we hope to answer this question by examining three emerging technologies we think might make a splash in the business environment moving forward. 

Artificial Intelligence 

Artificial intelligence promises to be a major game-changer for businesses moving forward. Still, AI is not the most far-along technology out there, but as more businesses use it, the possibilities could expand. The idea here is that smarter technology will use machine learning to continue to learn and grow, leading businesses to focus more on operations and support. Still, despite many IT professionals cautioning users against its implementation, AI is not going anywhere; it’s here to stay, but it takes a certain implementation to bring about enough ROI to make it worthwhile. 

There are AI-fueled applications out there that have helped businesses overcome their operational inefficiencies, but the fact of the matter is that these applications have not yielded a significant return on investment––at least, not one comparable to the ones that smaller businesses need to justify such an investment. AI requires that the system be configured appropriately so as to increase value, and that value does not come cheap. Furthermore, AI systems also bring into question infrastructure and governance, both of which must be considered to adequately implement AI. 

The verdict: AI can provide significant growth potential, but it requires considerable investment to make it happen, and you must first determine how and where it fits into your business model before committing to it. Some applications you might consider implementing are a ChatBot software to help with customer support or cybersecurity tools that respond to the current threat landscape. 

Internet of Things 

Smart devices and Internet of Things devices are technologies that can be put to great use by small businesses. They can be used to hodgepodge together systems to improve efficiency and reduce costs, and the neat thing is that there are solutions out there that fit into just about any business model. Whether it’s a barcode scanner or a smart lock, businesses can use IoT devices for a variety of reasons and purposes. Plus, these devices can also collect data that can be used for assessment of operations!  

The IoT is expected to grow to 50 billion connected devices by 2025, so you can bet that the applications for these devices will only grow in scope and scale over time. While the connectedness is one of these devices’ greatest strengths, it’s also one of their greatest weaknesses, as they are known for having subpar data security and for sharing data a little too freely. You’ll want to invest in security if you want to use the IoT to your advantage. Thankfully, you can just give AE Technology a call for any of your security needs! 

Cloud Computing 

We know you’re probably sick to death of hearing about how the cloud can be transformative for your business, but it really is that important. Let us explain. The cloud gives your business the ability to fulfill just about any task in computing without investing massive sums of capital into your infrastructure. It can save you from purchasing application licenses, too. All it takes is paying a monthly fee to manage and maintain your cloud platform. 

While this is a technology that is actively being used, cloud computing is so dynamic that the ways businesses can utilize it are growing by the day. Plus, it is becoming increasingly more cost-effective to use the cloud for these purposes. We recommend that you monitor your cloud usage so that you don’t accidentally wind up over-utilizing (or underutilizing) your cloud resources. 

If you want some help with bringing your technology infrastructure into the future, AE Technology can help. To learn more, reach out to us at (516) 536-5006. 

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Is Your Business Ready for Windows 11?

For the past few years, Microsoft led customers to believe that they would be building on Windows 10 for the foreseeable future. Of course, in tech, nothing ever stays static and they have now released Windows 11 for PC. For the business, it starts a clock that can get quite uncomfortable if not planned for. This week, we thought we’d take a look at the system specifications for Windows 11, and what you need to know for when you decide it’s time to upgrade. 

 

Before we get into the specifications, we’d just like to say that there is no rush to move your business’ workstation OSs to Windows 11; if, like many businesses, you’ve moved to Windows 10. For businesses still using Windows 8.1, however, it is definitely time to consider an across-the-board upgrade. Microsoft has announced they will be completely retiring that OS on January 23, 2023, so you have just under a year to make your move before you lose Microsoft’s comprehensive software support.  

Windows 11 Hardware Requirements 

The Windows 11 operating system requires a 1GHz multicore processor, which by today’s standards is a pretty low bar. As for memory, Windows 11 requires at least 4 GB of RAM, as well as 64 GB of onboard storage. The display requirements are higher as well, needing at least 720p to run. 

 

For more on the specific requirements, Microsoft has provided all the specifications here.   

 

For context, most modern PCs will have very little trouble running Windows 11. In fact, the only problem users may run into is that your processor doesn’t meet the TPM or Secure Boot requirements. You’ll want to download Microsoft’s PC Health Check app, and it will tell you if your PC is compatible, and if not, why. A workstation from 4 or 5 years ago might not be readily compatible. 

 

For the individual user or remote worker, even if your PC has no problems, we don’t recommend making the jump to Windows 11 without speaking to your IT administrator. They may have certain issues that demand that you are running a certain operating system. 

Let Us Help You Upgrade Your IT 

Support for Windows 10 isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, so there is no real rush, but there are some things that you need to prepare for if your organization is thinking about upgrading to Windows 11. The IT professionals at AE Technology Group are here to help your business upgrade any of your technology. Give us a call at (516) 536-5006 to learn more.