Category Archives: News

Taco Bell to Beta Test Alcohol in Restaurants

wicker-park-taco-bell-1In a developing effort to reinvent itself, Taco Bell is trying something new.

In addition to preparing more of their menu with all natural ingredients and dropping artificial coloring in its food, Taco Bell will now sell alcoholic beverages. A new Taco Bell location in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago will serve beer, wine, and mixed drinks.

Taco Bell is looking to rebrand itself from the grudgingly beloved, ultra-cheap, late night fast food favorite, to a give customers a more modern, Chipotle-like experience. Taco Bell has already established a collection of upscale locations overseas in the U.K., Seoul, and Tokyo. These restaurants feature an open kitchen, bar seating, and exposed brick walls.

Android Text Hack

android-devil-malware-100247149-carousel.idgeAttention Android Users!

With just a simple receipt of a text message, your Android can be hacked. This is likely the biggest smartphone flaw ever discovered, CNN reports that, “it affects an estimated 950 million phones worldwide.” The issue is rooted in the way in which Androids are programmed to analyze incoming text messages, even before they have been opened. For instance, with Google’s Hangouts app, any media file that you receive (pictures, videos, audio) is automatically processed as soon as it is received. Because of this, “a malware-laden file can start infecting the phone before it’s even opened.”

Facebook vs Privacy Rights

Reality check: your Facebook profile isn’t actually private. CNN reported that, “in a decision that raises crucial issues in the digital age, a New York state appeals court ruled this week that Facebook cannot protect users against search warrants obtained by law enforcement officials to access users’ digital information.” Manhattan prosecutors are currently investigating a huge social security fraud situation, which required approximately 381 search warrants to access users’ private profiles. Facebook tried to refuse this request, but the appellate court voted against the right to do so this past Tuesday.

The Return of the iPod

ipodtouch24321Welcome back, iPod, it’s been awhile.

Apple recently announced the release of the new iPod Touch – nearly identical to 2012’s version physically, with drastically updated guts. But for many, the 2015 iPod stops making sense once you have a smartphone, as it is essentially an iPhone 6 without cell service. Is there still a market for such a device?

Gmail’s Hidden Talents

gmail:blueGmail is a free, cloud-based, webmail service that is backed by the powerful Google. It is considered one of the world’s most powerful and well-built tech tools, but you might be surprised to learn there’s more to Gmail than you think. CNN shared a handful of different ways in which you can customize your Gmail account through the Settings and Labs tabs, and also through ways that have been built in by third party developers. Here’s a look at how you can take your Gmail game to the next level.

The Facebook Shopping Mall

facebook shoppingThe new word on the street is that Facebook may become something of a “virtual shopping mall.” Considering they’ve already tackled the art of advertising (their main source of revenue), and communication, why not add purchases and shipping to their infamous network?

CNN explains that, “the social network will help businesses transform their Facebook pages into e-commerce.” As Facebook moves to enable businesses to sell their products and services directly through the social media platform, they will be in essence creating one of the largest ecommerce platforms to date. Not only does this greatly simplify the buying process for the consumer (as they never have to leave the site),  but it is good for the companies who are trying every way possible to get their products out there and make sales. Customers will also, “be able to chat with businesses and track packages within Messenger, and transfer money between friends.”

Male Trolls Threaten Women Across The Internet

Women At Computer, ShockedFor some, it’s hard to believe that gender inequality still exists in today’s society. With Hillary Clinton running for President, and many women holding CEO, CFO, and other high-ranking positions within the workforce, it is concerning that men are given undue superiority to women. Yes, men and women have their differences, but that should not affect the fields in which they work.

Instagram, Instasearch

instagram_update_search_explore_iphone_android_ios_june_2015Instagram introduced a newly overhauled search feature to its .com website this past Monday. Instagram created, a web-based platform of its popular photo sharing mobile application in 2013. Originally just a larger (some would say more beautiful) representation of the app,’s new update marks the first time the company has added search features to the website. Users can now search for people, places, and hashtags via the web platform. Additionally, a “top posts” feature has been added to the website, which will provide results for most frequently searched photos, as well as recent posts.

Is Clover Mini the Ultimate Utility for SMB?

clover miniLast month, First Data announced the launch of Clover Mini, the newest member of the Clover family of products. The Mini rethinks the payment terminal, giving business owners an “all-in-one” solution to help streamline operations, expand business and customer intelligence, and improve overall customer experience, all while securely processing payments with the very latest technologies available.

Clover Mini’s specs are impressive; the device includes an integrated magnetic stripe reader, EMV Card “dip”, built-in NFC (for Apple Pay, Android Pay, Samsung Pay), front-facing camera, audio jack, SIM Card slot, and integrated thermal printer. Businesses can connect the Mini to their infrastructure through WiFi, 3G Mobile Data, or even Ethernet.

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GoogleAdWords_redBig news, we’ve teamed up Google to help grow your organization’s online footprint.

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