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Microsoft Office 2019 Release Upcoming

As anticipated for the last year, Microsoft is releasing Office 2019 for Windows and Mac – today. The newest version is designed for consumers and businesses that haven’t converted to Microsoft’s Office 365 subscription service. Office 2019 is includes many of the features that have been added to Office 365 over the past three years, including updates to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

Office 2019 will include a roaming pencil case and ribbon customizations across all Office apps. Microsoft is also bringing focus mode to Word, alongside a new translator, and accessibility improvements. Morph transitions, 3D model support, play in-click sequence, and 4k video export are all coming to PowerPoint. Alongside these individual feature updates, Exchange Server 2019, Skype for Business Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and Project Server 2019 will also be released for businesses in the coming weeks.

Interested in upgrading to MS Office 2019? Contact us today for special discounted release pricing!

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As Seen on TV (ABC 11 News) – Clear Personal Data Before Selling Old Computers

With the rising battle of cyber crime and identity theft, it’s now more important than ever to safeguard your private and confidential information; especially where the majority of it lives – your computer. ABC’s “Taking Action” reporter Jackie Callaway put consumer’s privacy to the test: Is your confidential information from your old computer securely deleted, or ready and waiting for the highest-bidding hackers?

As it turns out, most people don’t even realize their old data can survive a catastrophic failure – even when the computer doesn’t turn on anymore. Jackie did a little searching on Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace, and quickly struck gold! With a very small amount of money, and even less effort, Jackie met sellers in fast food parking lots across Pinellas County, picking up computer for between $10-$60.

 

Some were sold “for parts” and hadn’t been turned on in years, others were thought to be already cleared out – but in all six units, Pinellas Computers’ CTO (Ryan Malize) found the hard drives completely intact! “That’s where all of the information lives…”, and in some cases, findings included read more…

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Keep Your Information Safe – Wipe Data on Old Computers

Let’s say you just upgraded to a new computer or laptop – what happens to your old one? Some will donate their to charity, many liquidate to apps like LetGo and OfferUp or at a local pawn shop, and some others sell theirs online on platforms like Craigslist or Ebay. But what about your private data that still resides on you old machine’s hard drive? As it turns out, many consumers and small businesses don’t think twice about what they’re discarding, and more importantly – what can be done with the information.

Some charities will offer to wipe contents on donated machines, as will many pawn shops. After all, they want the computers to function “like new” for the next owner. However, this outcome isn’t always the case. In many scenarios, computers get quickly “refreshed” by adding a new user account and deleting previous users. Other times, users will simply do a quick sweep and delete their personal files found in the desktop, documents and pictures folders. And sometimes, nothing is deleted at all! *GASP* read more…

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Windows 10 Creators Update – April 2018

Version 1803, coming soon to a Windows 10 PC near you! The latest Windows 10 feature update includes the first public release of the “Timeline” feature, as well as dozens of smaller enhancements to the Windows 10 user experience. Here’s what you can expect:

One of the most common complaints about earlier feature updates is that the update arrives unexpectedly and commandeers the system for an hour or more, usually at a time when the PC’s owner is unprepared for it. This update addresses that complaint in two ways. First, there are additional options to warn that the update is about to be installed, with options to schedule the installation for a convenient time. Second, most of the update takes place in the background, which means that the visible port will take less time and allow you to get back to work more quickly!

Timeline adds history to the familiar Task View switcher. The signature feature of this update offers a radical change to what happens when you press Windows key+Tab, or click the Task View icon on the taskbar, or swipe up with four fingers on a precision touchpad. That option still displays icons for all running apps, but version 1803 lets you read more…

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We Are Hiring – Multiple Tech Positions

Are you a Technology Enthusiast, Computer Repair Expert, or IT Rockstar? We want you! All of our locations and employees work together as a team to provide expert technology support and outstanding customer service. We are only interested in the most qualified candidates to add to our arsenal. You must be able to stay on task, work through distractions, and create solutions and not excuses. Interested? VIEW AVAILABLE POSITIONS HERE!

In-Store IT (Tech Support) – Device Diagnostics / Customer Service / Sales Rep
On-Site IT (Tech Support) – Residential Support / Customer Service / Sales Rep
On-Site IT (Tech Engineer) – Business Support / Client Service / Sales Rep

 

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2017 Winners – Angie’s List Super Service Award

Pinellas Computers is extremely excited to announce that, ONCE AGAIN, we’ve received the Angie’s List Super Service Award at ALL OF OUR LOCATIONS! After previously winning the awards at our 3 locations in 2016, our team worked extra hard to maintain our title as SSA service providers. Only the top 5% of computer repair and technology service companies in Pinellas County are eligible to receive the award, and EACH of our locations must separately meet that criteria to receive the award. Well, we did just that!

Following an incredible year of technology service provided to our clients, Pinellas Computers was one of only 2 companies in the Tampa Bay area to win the award in 2017. Now 7-time winners of the award, Pinellas Computers is proclaimed as the #1 technology service provider in the tri-county area!

“Only the top 5 percent of companies of each specific service category in their geographical territory have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award. It’s a really high standard.” – Angie’s List Founder, Angie Hicks.

The Angie’s List Super Service Award reflects company’s that offer a consistently high level of customer service and receive overwhelming positive feedback. SSA winners must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade, along with read more…

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As Seen on TV – ABC Action News Ch11 – ISP’s Sharing Your Private Data

With the growing number of security concerns for consumers personal data, the minimal privacy American’s are holding onto is, for lack of a better term – under attack. ABC’s “Taking Action” reporter Jackie Callaway gets expert insight from Pinellas Computers on the new data sharing changes governing Internet Service Providers. “Your internet carrier has never been allowed to share your search history until now. The repealed regulations will allow your internet carrier to sell your browsing habits.” With the realistic need for Internet, your ISP has the upper-hand in choosing how to use your personal data, and you don’t have many options. That is, short of calling and emailing them (and all your other account providers) and politely asking them exclude you with an opt-out (which may not even be offered by the account provider). Luckily, Pinellas Computers found there is another solution that’s easy, secure, fast and affordable – a Virtual Private Network (VPN)

Having trouble viewing the video, or want to read the original story? Click Here to view the original article on ABC Action News!

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ISP’s Collecting and Selling Your Data: Protect Your Privacy with a VPN

We all know our web surfing habits are the fuel of online retailers and the advertisement industry, but a new player just entered the game of collecting and selling your personal browsing habits (and they’ve been there all along, waiting). That’s right, it’s your Internet Service Provider (ISP) – aka Spectrum/Brighthouse, Frontier/Verizon FIOS, Time Warner, WoW, AT&T; this list goes on and on. But, how is this only happening now – haven’t they been there all along, doing this forever? Not quite…

In the past, only internet websites (like Facebook, Google, Amazon, etc) have actually been able to collect, package, classify, price and sell your information. What – don’t remember giving them permission to do that? It was all a part of their absurd fine print and terms we agree to (but never read over) when we first sign up for service or an account with them. Sigh – oh yeah, those terms… It’s okay, we all do it. But the matter at hand is – the big search engines, social media sites, and online retailers were the only one’s with the “good details” about you. Who else know’s the juicy details about your hobbies, favorite places to eat, and things you’re thinking about buying? How about… read more…

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New Saturday Hours – Starting February 2017

By popular demand, Pinellas Computers will be adjusting our business hours on Saturdays to better serve you. This change will have us open (and close) THREE hours earlier on Saturdays. Previously opening at noon, we will now be open bright and early at 9AM, and will close at 2PM. Effective starting February 1st 2017 – come by and see us!

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3X Winner of Angie’s List 2016 Super Service Award

Pinellas Computers is extremely excited to announce we’ve received the Angie’s List Super Service Award at ALL THREE of our locations! After winning the award in 2015, our team worked even harder to keep our title as an SSA service provider. Only the top 5% of computer repair and technology service companies in Pinellas County are eligible to receive the award, and EACH of our locations must separately meet that criteria to receive the award. Well, we did just that!

Following an incredible year of technology service provided to our clients, Pinellas Computers owner Ryan Malize received a phone call from a dedicated Angie’s List representative informing him of the incredible accomplishment.

“Only the top 5 percent of companies of each specific service category in their geographical territory  have performed so consistently well enough to earn our Super Service Award. It’s a really high standard.” – Angie’s List Founder, Angie Hicks.

The Angie’s List Super Service Award reflects company’s that offer a consistently high level of customer service and receive overwhelming positive feedback. SSA winners must meet strict eligibility requirements, which include an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade, and review period grade, along with read more…

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As Seen on TV – ABC Action News Ch11 – Sneaky Windows 10 Upgrade

ABC’s “Taking Action” reporter Jackie Callaway conducts another interview with Pinellas Computers. This time regarding a Microsoft update that many are calling “forced”. Windows 10 upgrades are taking consumers by surprise; downloading and installing without warning, even after users have tried closing the prompts with the red “X”. Jackie from ABC Action News speaks with technology expert Ryan Malize on how the update alerts are delivered, what your options are, and what to do if you don’t want Windows 10 yet.

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Windows 10 is Coming for You – Ready or Not

To abort or adopt? Microsoft has not left many with a choice. Taking steps that many companies are calling “pressured”, “sneaky” and even “criminal” leaves many consumers wondering just how great the operating system may or may not be. Most recently, Microsoft officially revoked an update that gave users no choice but to move forward with upgrading to its newest OS. With the options of: “Upgrade Now” or “Upgrade Tonight”, users were left with an ultimatum, along with a lot of frustration.

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But that’s not where the headache ends. Many Windows users went to their fail-safe “Click the red X” option to close the prompt altogether and put it off until another time. Little did they know that clicking the red X would actually read more…

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