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UNCOVERING MISSING OR DELETED PHOTOS AND FILES
Let’s suppose that you went on vacation and took some amazing photos, but then you hand the camera to your child, who accidentally deletes all of them. Thankfully, there are a few tricks that you can use to try to get your photos back. When a file is deleted, it is removed from the computer’s directory, but the information still exists on the hard drive. You can do a free trial of a file recovery program, or even invest in one full time to be safe. Read the full article here:
https://nyti.ms/2qBURTR
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SQUEEZING MORE BATTERY JUICE OUT OF A SMARTPHONE
In today’s world, phones are essential to everyday life, and running out of battery can be a pain. However, don’t rush to upgrade your phone just because you want more battery life. Instead, try some of these tips to see if you can improve your battery performance on your own.

Many factors can affect a smartphone battery, including environmental conditions, age and apps. Start by making sure your phone is up to date with all the available software for its apps and operating system, and restart the device.

Read more about this article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/06/29/technology/personaltech/squeezing-more-battery-juice-out-of-a-smartphone.html?smid=pl-share
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KALAMAZOO 'HIDDEN FIGURES' ARE LEADING YOUNG WOMEN IN COMPUTER SCIENCE
KALAMAZOO, MI — The recent Hollywood movie “Hidden Figures” highlights the history of how a team of brilliant African-American women helped NASA launch the program’s first successful space missions through their knowledge in science, math and technology in the early 1960s. Today, Hidden Figures is an inspiring story for girls who want to be successful in science.

When it comes to aspirations in technology, young women at the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center are showing again that women can be among the nation’s brightest in computer programming.

Two of our interns, Paige O’Connor and Ava Wood, are featured in this article. Read more about the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center computer science program here:
http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2017/03/kalamazoos_hidden_figures_are.html
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PROTECTING YOUR COMPUTER WITH FREE SOFTWARE
Many people want protection from computer viruses, but it can be hard to know which software to trust. The web is full of choices, but if you are looking for free protection for your computer, go with a program from an established security software company. You can find roundups and reviews online and the AV-Test.org site has a list of well-known software creators. Programs that pepper your screen with pop-ups or try to convince you that your computer is full of worms and viruses are often spyware or scams themselves.

Read a whole article about how to get free protection software for your computer here: https://nyti.ms/2u9tbYL
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IF YOU USE WIFI ON YOUR IPHONE OR IPAD, GET THIS SECURITY UPDATE
On Wednesday, Apple released a major security update for iOS devices, such as iPhones and iPads. One of the main security concerns addressed by this update was a damaging exploit in which attackers could remotely take over a device if it was searching for a Wi-Fi signal.

If you want to be safe from a Wi-Fi based attack, you should update the software on your phone immediately. Hackers are always looking for ways to take advantage of people with outdated technology.

Read the full article here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/if-you-use-wi-fi-on-your-iphone-or-ipad-get-this-security-update/
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RANSOMWARE IN WEST MICHIGAN
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Hackers are increasingly holding computer networks hostage.
Zach Briggs, one of the developers here at Technology Solutions of Michigan, was interviewed to discuss this topic. Security experts say they’ve seen a huge uptick in ransomware attacks here in West Michigan.
Ransomware involves the victim’s computer being locked, the victim unable to access their computer files. A message will often pop up, asking the user to pay the ransom in the form of bitcoins in order to regain access to their files.

Check out the article here: http://wwmt.com/news/local/west-michigan-sees-big-uptick-in-ransomware
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AVA WOOD
Ava, the youngest team member at Technology Solutions, discovered computer science while attending the Kalamazoo Area Math and Science Center. Propelled by her interest at school, she started as a summer intern at Technology Solutions before being hired as a web developer. In her spare time, Ava enjoys playing soccer, golf, and violin. She plans to attend Columbia University in New York next year.
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MICHAEL WHEELER
Michael was raised in Portage, and from an early point in his high school career, he knew that he had an interest in computers. After taking a class in C++ programming, he was sure that he wanted to pursue the field of computer science. Following high school, Michael attended Michigan Technological University to study computer engineering, where he learned more about programming. After two years, he joined Technology Solutions to continue learning as a developer.
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BETSY BELDOCK
Betsy Beldock has moved around quite a bit during her active and diverse career. Originally from Midland, Betsy is a graduate of Ludington High School and Calvin College in Grand Rapids, where she studied business and psychology. After college, Betsy worked as an account manager at Acucorp, a software company in San Diego. After five years, Betsy returned to Michigan, where she took a managing position at Wolverine bank. Eventually, Betsy came to Kalamazoo, where she was a manager at Medical Weight Loss Clinic. After a few years as an insurance producer, Betsy met Steve, the President of Technology Solutions of Michigan, and she decided to join the Technology Solutions team.
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DARRELL WAGAMAN
A native to the Kalamazoo and Portage areas, Darrell spent the first 5 years of his business-to-business sales career in the foodservice industry. With a solid track record in outside sales under his belt, Darrell then migrated to technology. For the next 27 years, Darrell marketed office equipment technology to much of Southwest Michigan, during which time he and Steven Heystek established a friendship and working relationship. Darrell sold the technology while Steven’s IT group supported the network printing, scanning, and faxing. Throughout his career, serving others has always been Darrell’s primary focus.
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