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Internet Marketing: The Basics to Getting Your Business Noticed

[Editor's note: this blog post is a companion piece to an episode of our podcast, created in an effort to make our podcast more accessible to people with hearing difficulties]. The big idea behind Internet Marketing, the reason why we s...
Tuesday September 3rd, 2019

Chasing the Improbable: Troubleshooting Challenges

A big part of being a successful local computer repair shop is understanding the philosophy and process of diagnosing computer issues. Although it may seem like magic, we consistently use concrete steps and procedures that guide us from one...
Tuesday August 20th, 2019

Armor Repair Corner: Nexus 6P Battery Replacement

Smart Phones. They're magical. They are with us every second of every day, providing us with communication, answers, and entertainment in just a few touches or swipes. But for something that is so incredibly useful, they still have terr...
Monday June 24th, 2019

Technical Debt, and how it should influence your business choices

Software is a highly competitive field. This is great because it gives users a large number of options to choose from when they need something, but the downside is that it makes it complex to choose the right tool for the job. When a busine...
Thursday May 16th, 2019

Small Boxes, Big Games: Streaming Right to Your Living Room

For nearly the past decade, the field of cloud-based and locally-based game streaming has matured from a niche field into a fully developed set of products and services. As startups and large companies have continued to fight for your livin...
Monday May 13th, 2019

Protecting Yourself from Ransomware

As more and more of our lives are online, the chance of encountering a cyberattack increases. One of the most popular versions of cyberattacks today is through ransomware. But what exactly is ransomware, how can we protect ourselves and our...
Thursday May 9th, 2019

Using Digital Space to Declutter: Online Sales Apps

Between having too many things, not having enough time, and the recently booming minimalist market, everyone has something they're looking to get rid of. Many times, this process becomes increasingly difficult when the item has some sor...
Monday May 6th, 2019

May 2019 Security Newsletter

Welcome to a new month, same problems. Last month, it became public knowledge that the city of Chicago had paid over $1,000,000 to a currently unnamed person or persons. How? The city was tricked by a phishing email that asked them to chang...
Thursday May 2nd, 2019

Games, but Done Really Fast. Speedrunning? | The Armor Techs Podcast

Instead of our regularly scheduled blog post today, we like to remind our readers that Armor Techs has a podcast. In our most recent episode, co-hosts Ryan and Stephen discuss the art of speedrunning. and the wonderful work done by Games Do...
Monday April 29th, 2019

A Brief Review of JavaScript: How we used JavaScript to write a media library

We've talked previously about what JavaScript is, we've talked about Why we use it on the front end, but let's go into the specifics on How we use JavaScript to extend the functionality of websites. How we use JavaScript. Most m...
Thursday April 25th, 2019

Change in Email Service: Users can no longer send themselves emails

There has been a particularly common scam/exploitation email going around recently. In the email, the scammer claims to have control over your email account, have evidence of some of your behavior that you wouldn't want getting out to y...
Tuesday April 23rd, 2019

A Brief Introduction to JavaScript: JavaScript as a Front-End Language

Welcome to the second installment of the "A Brief Introduction to JavaScript" series. In this post, we'll be discussing JavaScript as a front-end or client-facing language. JavaScript has become, and is to this day, the de-fac...
Thursday April 18th, 2019

How We Approach Website Optimization

This blog post is more of an explanation for our clients, and anyone interested in what we mean when we say we are optimizing a website, than one of our more traditional posts. This post is about how we achieve some of what we do, but more ...
Friday April 12th, 2019

Spring Cleaning: Reduce, Repair, Recycle Your Old Electronics

We've all had issues with our electronics. They start glitching, will not start, and cause a level of frustration like the long bathroom line during Comic-Con. So, what is the best thing to do with your failing personal device? Your fir...
Monday April 8th, 2019

April Security Newsletter

I don't know if you've been watching the tech news space recently, but if you have, you've probably at least seen mention of the fact that Facebook apparently stored some user's passwords in plaintext. Plaintext, of course, ...
Thursday April 4th, 2019

Arrow Over Wordpress: A Year Plus Later

Almost a year and a half ago, I wrote a blog post about why you might to choose our in-house CMS Arrow over the more well-known option WordPress. A lot has changed in that time, both for Arrow and WordPress. A Difference in Design and Goals...
Monday March 25th, 2019

Armor Game Corner: Google Stadia Edition

GDC2019 and Google Stadia The Game Developers Conference (GDC) is about to wrap up this week, but we absolutely need to talk about what is arguably the biggest announcement at the conference—Google Stadia. Google announced this new pr...
Thursday March 21st, 2019

My Recent GPU Shopping Trip

It was time to upgrade . . . I recently started playing the new Resident Evil 2 remake (RE:2), as I'm sure many of you out there have. With the proper hardware, this game looks amazing! Having a good graphics processing u...
Monday March 18th, 2019

A Brief Introduction to JavaScript: What Is JavaScript?

Take a moment and think back to a time where you visited a website, any website, and you thought to yourself, "This particular feature of this website is really slick! I love the way it does the thing it does!" Well, maybe not exa...
Thursday March 14th, 2019

The Most Common Computer Problems

We all have problems with electronics, especially with our computers. It is extremely frustrating when the devices we rely on do not work. It's okay . . . there are places to go to get them fixed or to buy a used or new o...
Monday March 11th, 2019

March Security Newsletter

Oh man, Wordpress 5 is a thing now, and has been for a while now (since December 6th, for those keeping count at home), but have you updated to it? The tone of a lot of these security updates might make you think I'm joking, but I'm...
Thursday March 7th, 2019

Visual Composition: the Importance of Framing

Composition is one of the most important aspects of visual art, and it is one of the easiest for beginners to overlook. Have you ever seen someone doing that thing where they frame a shot using their hands? It may look silly, but what they&...
Monday March 4th, 2019

Modding Minecraft Part 1: An overview

Minecraft, while it was formally released in 2012, has been in active development for ten years: from its original inception as a single programmer's attempt to mimic and expand on the gameplay of the older and less successful Infinimin...
Thursday February 28th, 2019

Reach Out and Touch Someone: A brief history on expanding the web platform into your desktop.

The Reasoning The internet is a wonderful network. Despite being built on nothing but aging hardware and infrastructure not designed to withstand the use we are now putting it through, the advantages of it as a platform far outweigh the con...
Tuesday February 26th, 2019

More CSS Magic: Using CSS Custom Properties

So, relatively recently I wrote a post praising the CSS Grid system of styling websites and web applications. From the ease of implementation and use, to the fact that you have minute control over each element of your site, while still havi...
Thursday February 21st, 2019

Security Myths You Need To Stop Believing

Security Myths You Need To Stop Believing This guest post was witten by Jack Foster To read more of his work, head over to VPN Geeks. The Internet is a fantastic resource for information, where anyone can upload his or her knowledge to the ...
Monday February 18th, 2019

Logitech G710+ Keyboard: An Armor Review

Logitech G710+ Keyboard: An Armor Review ___ $124.79 (Amazon) INTRODUCTION Recently, half of our office upgraded our set of keyboards to the new Logitech G710+ series and my goodness, has it led to some interesting conversations. Let’...
Thursday February 14th, 2019

Is Your SEO Running? … Well You Better Go Catch It!

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? SEO takes the technical and creative elements of a website and focuses on making them play nice with search engines. SEO is the process of optimizing your online content so that a search engine will...
Monday February 11th, 2019

Feburary Security Newsletter

It's 2019, and if we could sum up technology news from the last year, it would probably sound a little like this: Big Data is invasive, everywhere, poorly protected, and often used without ethical consideration. Accepting all of that is...
Thursday February 7th, 2019

The Apps Boss, The Apps! Or, Why Your Phone Has the Battery Life of a Potato

Smart Phones. They're magical. They are with us every second of every day, providing us with communication, answers, and entertainment in just a few touches or swipes. But for something that is so incredibly useful, they still have terr...
Monday February 4th, 2019

A Beginner's Guide to HTTP Status Codes

If you're reading this blog post, I can accurately assume that you're someone who is on the internet with relative regularly. Piggy-backing off of that assumption, we can also assume that you've encountered at least one of the n...
Thursday January 31st, 2019

Operating System Decay

Have you ever tried using a five-year-old computer to get something done? It's frustratingly slow, right? That's because, over time, the operating system decays. During the normal lifespan of a computer, you can expect to install an...
Thursday January 24th, 2019

Backup, Backup, Backup: The 3-2-1 Data Backup Method

INTRODUCTION One of the most common problems we see here at Armor is failing/failed hard drives, and more often than not, the customer does not have a backup of their data. People are often surprised by the failure of their hard drive. Howe...
Monday January 21st, 2019

Getting Good at Google

This blog post is a follow-up to the Armor Techs Podcast S2E4 and outlines all of the features of the Search Engines we discussed. For readability's sake, I'll be splitting this post into the same two sections as the Podcast: the Co...
Thursday January 17th, 2019

Reciving a Refund from a Vendor in Quickbooks Enterprise Desktop 2018

Receiving a Refund from a Vendor in Quickbooks Enterprise Desktop 2018 So you own a small business and chose Intuit QuickBooks software to help you run your business. Well, here at Armor Techs, we made the same decision and while it does a ...
Monday January 14th, 2019

Step Out of Your Automatic Comfort Zone into Manual ~ The Beginner's Guild to Manual Photography

Start Looking Like a Professional Photographer! Welcome back! Or if this is your first time here, WELCOME TO THE GLORIOUS WORLD OF ARMOR'S BLOG! One of our goals at Armor is to bring you helpful and valuable tech information that you ca...
Thursday January 10th, 2019

Transparency In Tech: Meet Ryan Miranda

One of the most important things a tech company can do in the digital age is to remove the anonymity from your employees. We live in an age where you should almost certainly expect the person on the other end of your phone call to be outsou...
Monday January 7th, 2019

Jan 2019 Security Newsletter: Two Hackers Walk Into A Website . . .

Two hackers walk into a website . . . This isn't just the start of a joke, it's a very real occurence, and what happens next can depend on a number of factors. Types of Hackers First, you have your white-hat hackers. These are secur...
Thursday January 3rd, 2019

A Belated Introduction To Stephen Kennedy

One of the things we've always tried to push here at Armor is that when you work with us, you're not just working with some outsourced stranger from another country, but you're working with a passionate individual with a depth o...
Monday December 31st, 2018

Convincing Spam Emails Contain Macro Malware

Email has long been the preferred method of communication for businesses and individuals across the internet. Unfortunately, with the popularity of this medium and the fact that it can be relatively insecure, email has also been a preferred...
Thursday December 27th, 2018

Wi-Fi 6: the Next Generation of Wireless Technology

INTRODUCTION Not all Wi-Fi is created equal and figuring out which generation of Wi-Fi tech your devices use can be a bit confusing. Do you know the order of Wi-Fi standards? It's 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac. Well, thin...
Thursday December 20th, 2018

How the Weather Is Predicted and How YOU Can Predict the Weather at Home

How the Weather Is Predicted When meteorologists predict the weather they use several different types of equipment. They use Doppler radar, satellite, radiosondes, ASOS II (automated surface-observing systems), supercomputers, and AWIPS (Ad...
Monday December 17th, 2018

Topical Tech Gifts for The 2018 Holiday Season

It's that time of year again—a time filled with friends, family, and (unfortunately) cold and snowy weather. It's also a time of tradition, community, and, maybe most recognizably, gift giving. Finding the perfect gift for tho...
Thursday December 13th, 2018

The Importance of Being Earnest: Online Brand Management and Transparency

Online brand management is something that every company deals with at some point, whether it is big name companies like Papa John's or Amazon, or small companies like yours or mine. The importance of this brand management is sometimes o...
Monday December 10th, 2018

What is an Armor Tech?

What is an Armor Tech? An Armor Tech is a member of a group of technicians, developers, innovators, data entry and internet technology administrators who are always training and keeping abreast of current technology. An Armor Tech is moving...
Thursday December 6th, 2018

December 2018 Security Newsletter

Happy Holidays everyone. Did you know that the United States Post Office left an unpatched security vulnerability in an API that let users scrape information about any one of the millions of people in their database, and more terrifyingly, ...
Tuesday December 4th, 2018

How To: Optimize Product Pages on eCommerce Websites

How To: Optimize Product Pages on eCommerce Websites This late in 2018, we're fast approaching an era of shopping online, delivery right to your door, and an ease-of-access to the things we need and want that we've never seen before...
Thursday November 29th, 2018

A Color Primary: Using Colors to Control Emotions and The Advantages of Using Hexadecimal Codes

Today is a very colorful day! I get to talk to you about the general understanding of colors. What are colors, Pantones, and color hexadecimals? Sit back and relax; it’s time to learn! Colors To understand colors, we need to start wit...
Tuesday November 27th, 2018

Microsoft Remote Desktop vs. TeamViewer vs. LogMeIn: Which Is the Right Remote Software for You?

Being able to remote into a computer that you are away from can be a very handy thing sometimes—e.g., you're sick and have to stay home from work, but you have crucial work that needs to be done in order to make a deadline. Or may...
Tuesday November 20th, 2018

The Internet of Abbreviations

Working in 2018 inevitably means working with the internet, and with it comes working with internet slang, abbreviations, and acronyms. If you didn't grow up with internet-enabled devices, especially if it was the time before smartphone...
Thursday November 15th, 2018

FAQ: What You Need to Know About Armor Techs' Services

Armor Techs has been in business for over 15 years, and each year we come across some of the same hurdles when communicating with our current and potential clients. In order to facilitate this, and to hopefully remove a lot of the confusion...
Tuesday November 13th, 2018

Triathlete Tech: Smart Sports Watches and How to Find One

Tech has become a part of nearly every aspect of our lives. This is no different when it comes to the world of sports. While there are many devices on the market to boost performance and training, we will narrow our scope today to sports wa...
Thursday November 8th, 2018

The Economics of Security: It pays to plan ahead

What a month October 2018 was: Facebook had another breach; Google was caught not disclosing their own, and in reaction shuts down the consumer service for Google+ (and it's 2 users). And hey, turns out there's a scandal brewing abo...
Tuesday November 6th, 2018

GOOGLE DUPLEX - A Huge Step Forward in Voice AI

INTRODUCTION A long-standing goal of human-computer interaction has been to enable people to have a natural conversation with computers, as they would with each other. In recent years, we have witnessed a revolution in the ability of comput...
Thursday November 1st, 2018

Blockchain: The Trend to Pave the Path of the Future

At this point in 2018, we've all heard of the blockchain. We've seen companies hopping on what some are calling a trend, from Long Island Iced Tea Corp changing its name to Long Blockchain Corp and even Kodak adopting blockchain tec...
Tuesday October 30th, 2018

The Top 3 Free Antivirus Programs

Introduction Everyone using a PC nowadays knows how important it is to have some sort of antivirus installed. The question usually comes up, but which one should I install? Should I pay for antivirus software? Do I need to install more than...
Thursday October 18th, 2018

Get Your Tip Top Typography Tricks To Teach To Others

What Is the Difference between Text, Font, and Typeface? Typefaces are important to designers because they can make or break a design. When creating a design, you have to be aware of who your target audience is and what you are designing fo...
Tuesday October 16th, 2018

Oh F@$% No, or How I Learned to Let Go and Accept the Windows Updates

Illinois, May 2018 Let's set the scene. I have just dropped my fiance off at the airport early in the morning and won't see her again for three months. I get home after the drive to O'Hare, and I pull up my laptop to start off m...
Thursday October 11th, 2018

What is Internet Marketing?

It's 2018: Businesses Are Online It's 2018, and that means that businesses have been on the internet for over two decades at this point. Whether you sell products online, or you simply have a website meant to funnel visitors to your...
Tuesday October 9th, 2018

The Benefits of Local Hosting

The Benefits of Local Hosting I'll have been with Armor for two years come October, and I've been our Server Admin for a year and a half at this point. In that time, I've dealt with clients hosted everywhere from Arizona to Germ...
Tuesday October 2nd, 2018

Web Layouts of the Future: Why You Should Use CSS Grid

The History of Web Layouts Web design and development has evolved a lot in the last thirty years. We started in the mid-1990s with table-based layouts, spacer gifs, and desktop-only design (nobody had smartphones or mobile data). Moving for...
Thursday September 27th, 2018

Looking to the Future: True Wireless Charging

INTRODUCTION Nikola Tesla first envisioned a wireless power transmission system in the early 1890s; he even attempted to build an experimental station, Wardenclyffe Tower, which he hoped would be the first in a worldwide wireless system. To...
Thursday September 20th, 2018

Mirror, Mirror On The Moon

History It all started on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 landed. Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin left a mirror on the Moon’s surface 49 years ago. This mirror was placed so that astronomers could fire lasers...
Tuesday September 18th, 2018

September Security Newsletter

Happy September everyone. The internet is still a vast hellscape of people who want to steal from you. So, business as usual. This month's topic is email, and all the ways it can be used to steal from you or damage you or your company&#...
Friday September 14th, 2018

Additional Security: The Importance of Two-Factor Authentication

The (Sad) State of Internet Security The Armor Techs' blog is full of posts discussing security and passwords, and this post is going to be in much of the same vein. The security of your data on the web is becoming (read: has always bee...
Tuesday September 11th, 2018

Optimizing Google Chrome through Extensions

Optimizing Your Google Chrome Experience The internet has become one of the biggest tools we use in our everyday lives, and what browser we use is how we experience everything the web has to offer. Google Chrome is one of the biggest and be...
Thursday September 6th, 2018

A 4 Step Guide to Your Phone's Long, Happy Life

In 2018, it's uncommon to see anyone without a mobile device. It's even rarer to come across someone who hasn't had issues with their device, from screen cracks, to broken charging ports, and just about everything in between. Wi...
Sunday September 2nd, 2018

7 Signs that Your Computer or Phone Is Hacked...and What You Need to Do about it

The main idea I want to discuss in this post is what to do when your device is compromised. If you have been hacked or a virus has been found on your computer, make a list of all the recent passwords to accounts you may have used. Remove yo...
Friday August 31st, 2018

Monkeying Around: Donkey Kong Country

Welcome to Donkey Kong Country I find it extraordinarily hard to believe that this post is going to be foreign to anybody—with a series that's been around since 1994, most people reading this blog have had it around for a good chu...
Wednesday August 29th, 2018

The Robotic Ecosystem of Artificial Life

What companies come to mind when you hear about autonomous robots? Tesla? Google? Well, there's another company coming out with some pretty fantastic tech in that area: Rolls-Royce. They have teamed up with Harvard University to develop...
Tuesday August 21st, 2018

Dawn of the Killer Robots

Dawn of the Killer Robots Terminator, Aliens, The Matrix: these are just a few of the movies that come to mind when thinking about artificial intelligence (AI) gone awry. There's always a stage where humankind has reached a point where ...
Wednesday August 15th, 2018

Why Not Build It Yourself?

Our owner was working with a client recently trying to collect on an invoice that had stretched too far, when the client responded with a rather interesting justifcation: "Well, I just don't understand what I pay you for? I was tal...
Tuesday August 7th, 2018

August 2018 Security Newsletter

A Quick Change Of Format We've been watching the statistics on these security blog posts, and they are among our least read content, so we're going to mess with the content a little. Instead of taking more of a marketing/newsletter ...
Friday August 3rd, 2018

SEXTORTION: The Latest Internet Plague

INTRODUCTION Here’s a clever new twist on an old email scam that makes the con far more believable. The message claims to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you...
Wednesday August 1st, 2018

The Four Phone Accessories You Should Be Using

The Four Phone Accessories You Should be Using 1. Durable Cases The OtterBox Defender Series Case, shown in the color Vinyasa. Even though many people are opting out of repairing their phones due to many cellular service providers offering ...
Tuesday July 31st, 2018

At The End of the Phishing Pole.

A basic diagram of what Phishing boils down to. What is it? Phishing (pronounced "fishing") is the process of "fishing" for more information about a person, often by posing as a source they would have no qualms about giv...
Friday July 27th, 2018

The Wonderful World of Pixels: Understanding The Unit That Makes Up Everything Digital

Pixels, The Unit of Measurement Pixels: smaller than the point of a needle, able to be nearly 200,000 different colors, and something you stare at basically all day. Pixels are everywhere, from your TV screen to the screen on your smartphon...
Thursday July 26th, 2018

Lights Out: A DARK WEB!?!?

Is it really a Dark Web? Well, first of all, not really. It's been called many things, the dark web, the private web, the anonymous web, the Tor network, the onion network, they all are the same thing. And while some of the names like T...
Friday July 20th, 2018

Real Life in a Virtual World

Real Life in a Virtual World "LOOK OUT!" This phrase has preceded countless catastrophes. It is one of the last things you want to hear when on the worksite. "How can we prepare for this?," a question all doctors ask the...
Wednesday July 18th, 2018

TROJANS & MALWARE & RANSOMWARE, OH MY! - The Necessity of an Antivirus

INTRODUCTION Every week, someone brings a device into Armor because of malware. Every day, the AV-TEST Institute registers over 350,000 new malicious programs (malware) and potentially unwanted applications (PUA). These are examined using t...
Tuesday July 17th, 2018

THE PROBLEM WITH PASSWORDS: Looking at Future Solutions

INTRODUCTION The problems with a password are obvious: the login system was first designed for time-sharing computers in the 1960s, working on mainframes that took up an entire lab. To use the computer, you tapped in your login name and pas...
Thursday July 12th, 2018

GDPR and You: What You Need to Know about Europe's New Privacy Laws

Introduction to GDPR If you're even a semi-regular internet user, you've probably seen this in the last month: you log into your favorite service, like Facebook or Twitter, and see a huge notification, "We have updated our priv...
Tuesday July 10th, 2018

Love Yourself and Love Your PC: 5 Steps to Prolonging the Life of Your Machine

Introduction Computers, unlike a lot of technology in our lives, should have regular maintenance done to keep the machine running in tip-top shape. Between too much data on your storage device, malware and viruses, and even the dust buildin...
Thursday July 5th, 2018

3D Printed Homes - Is This The Future of Housing?

3D Printing Future If you’re into tech and scroll through your social feeds on any given day, chances are you’ve seen something related to new 3D printing technology. The advances come in many forms, some are for the medical fie...
Wednesday June 27th, 2018

Subnautica: The Escape from 4546B

The Spoiler Warning I feel the need to preface this post with a spoiler warning. I will be discussing the underwater-survival game known as Subnautica, from its nuances and weaknesses to its strengths and story. If you haven't had the o...
Tuesday June 26th, 2018

A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Equations: A Technological Examination of a Screenshot From Ni No Kuni 2

Let's talk about this image: All rights to this image and the game Ni No Kuni 2 belong to Level 5 and Namco Bandai, and it is used here to discuss the underlying graphics technologies behind the game This is from a game released this ye...
Saturday June 23rd, 2018

The Armor Techs' E3 2018 Recap

E3 season has come and gone, and a ton of major announcements were made throughout the conferences this year. Check out the Armor Techs' E3 Recap below, and let us know if there are any games you're looking forward to from this year...
Wednesday June 20th, 2018

The Art of Speedrunning: How Players Dominate Our Favorite Games

What is Speedrunning? Speedrunning in video games is a concept that seems foreign and even questionable to most. The idea of playing video games should be for leisure, which implies we should do it at our own pace. While this approach ...
Tuesday June 19th, 2018

Gamification: Entice Your Employees to Succeed

Games of all kinds have become an integral part of our day-to-day activities. Whether it's that mobile game you hop on for a few minutes to complete your daily quests, to more dedicated gaming on your game console with friends, and even...
Thursday June 14th, 2018

BATTLE OF THE SMART SPEAKERS: (and Their Respective Assistants)

INTRODUCTION At the start of the year, I wrote about smart home automation, and the two main choices: the Amazon Echo (Alexa) and Google Home (Google Assistant). At the time, I found Alexa to be the clear winner. Now that it's June, I w...
Tuesday June 12th, 2018

Night Of The Living Pop-Up

Picture it: you're on Facebook doing the usual—checking on family, clicking links to interesting articles that might come up in your feed, or even playing those (sometimes ridiculous) Facebook games. Out of nowhere, a window appea...
Thursday June 7th, 2018

Right To Repair: The Act That Is Changing How We Preserve Devices

Each day, the amount of devices in our lives grows: from the tablet your child(ren) just had to have to the kiosks that you use to order McDonald's at lunch. Now more than ever, you're likely to have some device that isn't worki...
Wednesday June 6th, 2018

The Armor Techs Crash Course for E3 2018

It's that time of year again, when video game developers from around the world gather in Los Angeles to give us news and a sneak peek into what they're working on and what new titles we can expect to see in the coming year. Thi...
Friday June 1st, 2018

Understanding the Value of Time: The Ploy of the Service Industry

Time and the Service Industry Whether you're aware of it or not, the service industry is all around us. From lawn care to plumbing to graphic design and more, just about anything where somebody does work for you is part of the service i...
Thursday May 31st, 2018

If You Love Food, You Should Have These Four Apps

I don’t know about you, but I think about food what feels like all day. I’ll complete one meal and almost immediately start thinking about the next one. Being raised in a primarily Italian household, I’m pretty useful in t...
Tuesday May 29th, 2018

THE NEW GMAIL: Google Is Breathing New Life into Email

DO MORE WITHOUT LEAVING YOUR INBOX The refreshed design is appearing for Gmail users on the web, bringing it closer to the company’s tweaks for Gmail on mobile devices. Google is implementing smart replies for Gmail on the web, the sa...
Thursday May 24th, 2018

The Quick Guide to Facebook Live with Open Broadcaster Software

Engaging with followers and friends on social media has become an ever-changing activity. From text posts, to links, images, and now videos, all types of media can be used to create these interactions and to get your followers the informati...
Thursday May 17th, 2018

Make Your Own VR

There are two things you need to accept before we go forward: Virtual Reality is awesome. It is an experience that is still awkwardly growing into its own, but when it is done with care for both the experience and the user, there is nothing...
Monday May 14th, 2018

Pet Tech: The 6 Best Gadgets For Your Cat or Dog

We live in a world where we use technology to make almost everything in our lives easier. We set alarms on our cell phones, we ask our Google Home what the weather is, and we use apps to start our cars when it's cold out. All of these t...
Thursday May 10th, 2018

Make It Useful Again: Turn That Old PC Into a DIY Home Media Server

One of the more ridiculous aspects of technology is just how quickly a piece of tech can become outdated. There's an old joke among hardware enthusiasts that by the time you can afford the best hardware available, it's already been ...
Saturday May 5th, 2018

May 2018 Security Newsletter

General Security News In the good news column for April, Dutch Police raided and took down the online DDoS marketplace Webstresser, which sold DDoS attacks for relatively low prices. Additionally for the first time ever, Microsoft developed...
Friday May 4th, 2018

The 2018 Pokemon: Go Crash Course

It's about that time of year again: the birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and it's not dark already when you get off of work. With the coming of spring comes a reawakening in the popularity (and playability) of the cult classi...
Wednesday May 2nd, 2018

Google is Rolling out Mobile-First Search Indexing

  WELCOME TO THE NEW INTERNET   You invested thousands of dollars to rank on Google. And it worked. You rank higher than your competition for several top keywords. Your organic search traffic is going through the roof. You are in ...
Tuesday May 1st, 2018

Parallax Implementations: Three ways to use this eye popping effect

Parallax is a fairly old visual effect. The effect works like this, by varying the speed of the movement of two or more flat planes, we can simulate depth, lending the 2D elements a feeling of 3D space. In modern web design, parallax effect...
Saturday April 28th, 2018

Passive Income: 3 Ways to Make Your Website Work For You

When most people think of a website, they don't see it the same way a business does. They don't see it as a business asset, meant to generate leads and drive users down to your product or service, with the ultimate goal of making a ...
Tuesday April 24th, 2018

PC Gaming: Custom Builds to Get You Started

Custom desktop PCs are something people seem to be very interested in but are intimidated by—between cost and the plethora of parts available, building a custom PC can be a headache, especially when keeping future upgrades i...
Friday April 20th, 2018

Corsair VOID Gaming Headset - An Armor Review

Corsair VOID Headset: An Armor Review Features: Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound RGB Dynamic Multicolor Lighting Microfiber/Memory Foam headband and ear cups Fully adjustable headband Noise-Cancelling Microphone USB Connection Interface A few month...
Tuesday April 17th, 2018

Epic Games Epic Game: Fortnite Battle Royale

Epic Games: The Beginning Epic Games has been around since the early '90s, where they started as Potomac Computer Systems. After publishing his first game ZZT, the CEO Tim Sweeney changed the name of the company to Epic MegaGames, and t...
Wednesday April 11th, 2018

Tech-xercise: Keep Your Kids Moving

Techxersice, Keep your kid moving. Too often, I see my kids playing video games. Then their behavior gets a little out of control, so then we end up implementing a TECH STRIKE! No video games, no television, no tablet; just blocks, art,&nbs...
Tuesday April 10th, 2018

Crypto Miners Ate My Server

The news is filled with companies changing their names to things like “Long Blockchain” to boost their stock prices, and other seemingly ridiculous news stories as the financial word whips itself into a fervor over BitCoin, Cryp...
Saturday April 7th, 2018

April 2018 Security Newsletter

Chicago-based Orbitz was in the news this month for a data breach. The consensus seems to be that the breach took place sometime between October 2016 and December 2017. If you're wondering how a company that builds itself on successfull...
Wednesday April 4th, 2018

Artificial Eye-telligence: How Google is Using Your Eyes in Medicine

AI + EYES = ♡ Google’s New AI Can Predict Heart Disease just by Looking at You ___     INTRODUCING VERILY     What’s that old proverb, “eyes are the window to the soul?” Well, they aren’t;...
Tuesday April 3rd, 2018

Browsing Browsers: What Should You Use To Surf the Web

The Selection of Browsers At this point in the Internet's lifespan, most (if not all) of us are aware of at least a few different browsers used to navigate the web. All of the big names in technology have one: Google Chrome, Microsoft E...
Tuesday March 27th, 2018

The Four Essentials For Successful Email Marketing

Sending out emails for your company can be a totally nerve-wracking experience. Anxiety gets built up by asking yourself questions like, “What if my content doesn’t get clicked?”; “What if a bunch of people report me...
Thursday March 22nd, 2018

The Business of I.T. and Time Relativity: A Brief History of Armor

To start a business or not to start a business, that is... not the question. The real question is do you want to learn the hard way or the right way? — David Galica Over the span of 15 years, Armor Techs has evolved into the diverse I...
Friday March 16th, 2018

Forest Cities: One Man Brings Kashyyyk to Life

Or, One Man's Solution to Battle the World's Pollution Problem ___     INTRODUCTION   In the wake of President Trump's decision to remove America from the Paris Climate agreement, you'd be forgiven for feeling...
Friday March 9th, 2018

The Ins and Outs of Search Engine Optimization

What is Search Engine Optimization (SEO)? A quality product speaks for itself. Your business excels in its field, and you need a website that won’t sell you short. Armor websites have the quality and unique content to put you on the c...
Thursday March 8th, 2018

8 Seconds to Failure: Attracting Visitors in the Digital Age

In the age of digital media, the average user of any website, app, etc. has an attention span of between 6 and 8 seconds. With only a fraction of a minute to convince a visitor to use your website for whatever purpose they may have in mind ...
Tuesday March 6th, 2018

March 2018 Security Newsletter

Let's be upfront: it's 2018, and if you've been paying even partial attention to the news, you know that the trend for technology stories is [Company] Data [Breach/Leak] day after day. According to self-reported data, compa...
Friday March 2nd, 2018

How To Dominate The Ever Changing World of SEO in 2018

Get on Top of Your SEO with These Quick Tips   What a crazy world we live in. Technology is constantly changing, and it's increasingly difficult to stay on top of the times. This is especially true for businesses trying to maintain...
Thursday March 1st, 2018

Logitech G430: It's Blue

If you’ve ever come into our office, it would be pretty easy to see how much we favor Logitech products here at Armor. We’ve got Logitech keyboards at all the development stations, as well as Logitech track balls and Logitech wi...
Monday February 26th, 2018

Mobile App Standouts: Our Top 8 Mobile Apps of 2017

Between Google Play and the App Store, there are over two million apps to choose from. Without a copious amount of time to wade through all of these apps, it can be hard to find the quality ones in the pool. Without having some quality apps...
Thursday February 22nd, 2018

Smart Cities: Impressed by Smart Home Devices? Just Wait to See What is Coming.

INTRODUCTION At this year’s CES, there were more vendors listed as selling smart-cities technologies than gaming products. According to research firm Gartner, smart cities will house 9.7 billion IoT devices by 2020, with more vendors ...
Tuesday February 20th, 2018

A Practical Guide to Arrays

I've long held that good code is like poetry (and I'm far from the only one). Everything should have a purpose, and if you ever repeat yourself, there should be a good reason. With various high-level coding languages, you can enable...
Sunday February 18th, 2018

Email Etiquette 101: Five Best Practices for Writing Professional Emails

Email Etiquette 101: Five Best Practices for Writing Professional Emails While it may seem like email is on the out and texting is now the standard—email is still the main way that businesses communicate with one another and within&nb...
Tuesday February 13th, 2018

Creative Content Counts: Why Content Creation is Key

Managing a business in the age of the internet has fundamentally changed. Advertising is a rapidly evolving and dynamic market, where only the most original, engaging, and relevant content benefits your business and generate a return on inv...
Thursday February 8th, 2018

Built for Failure: The Unfortunate Truth about Consoles

Picture it: you're coming home from a long day of work or school and you're ready to kick back, relax, and pwn noobs on your game console. You sit down, grab your controller and start up your console, only to be greeted with a black...
Monday February 5th, 2018

The Virtual Tunnel You Never Knew You Needed: A Brief Guide to VPNs

A virtual private network (VPN) is a technology that creates a network-encrypted tunnel into your firewall, maintaining a level of security that is often important for businesses. This basically simulates an internal network connection thro...
Thursday February 1st, 2018

Project Fi: Google Throws Down the Gauntlet to Traditional Carrier Plans

Introduction Even though Google introduced Project Fi over 2 years ago, chances are that you haven’t heard of it. I’m here to convince some of you to ditch your old carrier for Fi—Google isn’t even paying me to write...
Tuesday January 30th, 2018

The Bite of Bytes: The Importance and Challenges of Software Preservation

Software has advanced incredibly in the last few decades. From operating systems that help manage and universalize the interactions between software and hardware, to small applications that simply tell you the time. The way we interact with...
Wednesday January 24th, 2018

Logitech MX ERGO: An Armor Review

Logitech MX ERGO Advanced Wireless Trackball: An Armor Review Price: $95 (Amazon) $85 (Newegg) Features: Wireless Functionality Battery life of up to 4 months (1 minute of charge can give up to 1 day of full use) Adjustable hinge, allowing ...
Monday January 22nd, 2018

Social Media Marketing Tips: I Post, What, When, and How?

Running your business’s social media accounts can be a daunting task. This is especially true when you realize the time and dedication it requires. Sure, it’s easy to run a personal account and post random thoughts you have thro...
Thursday January 18th, 2018

Smart Homes: Why We Love Smart Home Automation (And You Should, Too!)

INTRODUCTION What if all of the devices in your life could connect to the internet? Not just computers and smartphones, but everything: clocks, speakers, lights, doorbells, cameras, windows, window blinds, hot water heaters, appliances, coo...
Thursday January 11th, 2018

Top Ten Open Source (Free) Software to Save Your Business Money

Open-source is defined as software for which the original source code is made freely available and may be redistributed or modified. Generally, open-source software comes with an application that is ready to go out of the box. This software...
Tuesday January 9th, 2018

Your Passwords are the Weakest Link: Here's How to Improve Them

We've all heard it for at least a decade: passwords should have at least one uppercase letter, one symbol, and one number. That'll make them secure and hard for someone to guess, right? Well, that's not entirely false, it will m...
Tuesday January 2nd, 2018

Social Media Sematics: Targeting on Facebook

    Many businesses are struggling to keep up with present-day marketing trends, especially when it comes to methods of capturing your ideal audience on Facebook. Facebook is a blessing for small businesses, as it’s ano...
Thursday December 28th, 2017

Heads in the Cloud(s): Why We Love Cloud Storage (And You Should, Too!)

Introduction All physical storage media, including hard drives, flash drives, and even solid-state drives fail eventually, and without a backup, your precious data could be lost forever. Moving your files, photos, and documents online to th...
Thursday December 21st, 2017

A Short Guide To Password Security

All of the online security in the world can be useless if it depends on a weak password. Statistically speaking 95% of users use an insecure or repeated password that puts them at much greater risk for breach of data. In 2015 2 in 5 people ...
Friday December 15th, 2017

Razer Kraken USB Headset - An Armor Review

Razer Kraken USB Headset: An Armor Review Price: $60 (RazerZone) $60 (Newegg) Features: Advanced 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound Engine Unidirectional analog microphone Padded headband and ear cups Fully adjustable headband Driver Suite that all...
Thursday December 7th, 2017

Inbound Marketing and You

One of the most challenging hurdles for businesses to overcome, in our experience, seems to be keeping a consistent sales flow—no matter the industry. Finding good, consistent leads to convert into customers for your products or servi...
Saturday December 2nd, 2017

Why Choose Arrow Over WordPress?

One of the most common questions I get asked by new clients and consultants is why we use a custom Content Management System (CMS) in 2017 when there are widely available free and Open Source frameworks like WordPress. The answer is that Ar...
Tuesday November 14th, 2017

The Logitech G710 Keyboard - An Armor Review

Logitech G710 Mechanical Keyboard: An Armor Review Price: $120 (Newegg) $90 (Amazon) Features: Cherry MX Blue, high-speed mechanical keys Adjustable dual-zone backlighting Six programmable G-Keys, 3 Macro settings 26-Key rollover, 110 anti-...
Tuesday November 7th, 2017

Clear Text Login Discontinued

On Monday October 2nd at 6:00pm we will be changing the password transmission policies of our server. Up until this point we have permitted cleartext logins and logins with older encryption protocols, while adding support and recommending n...
Wednesday November 1st, 2017

Inbound 2017 - Armor Goes Outbound to Boston

Inbound 2017 Armor Goes Outbound to Boston   Last month Armor had the opportunity to travel to HubSpot’s Inbound 2017 Marketing Conference in Boston. With several sessions, big name keynote speakers, and the chance to meet thousa...
Friday October 27th, 2017

Digital Marketing Sales Funnel

The internet has opened up a lot of things to our world: cat videos, forum trolls, and digital marketing. Salesforce.com estimates that consumers are 75% of the way to making their decision to buy your brand BEFORE they ever visit your stor...
Friday September 9th, 2016