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There is so much happening this week that I have multiple immediate posts!

iOS 8  makes email, contacts and calendars work better.

So iOS 8 is out, should you update?  For those using iPhone 5 or 5S or newer iPad models I say yes, for those using older versions iPhone 4 and older iPad models this update is larger and requires more processing power so you may want to make sure you have a good local (meaning to your PC) backup and then test the update to make sure you can go back to your previous version if you have issues. For a quick slideshow of some of the new features, click here...

Read more:  iOS 8, What's new!!!

Are you ready for iOS 8? Here is the list of compatible devices.
iPhone 4S (iOS 8 does NOT work on iPhone 4!)
iPhone 5
iPhone 5S
iPhone 5C
iPhone 6
iPhone 6 Plus
iPad 2
iPad 3
iPad 4
iPad Air
iPad Mini
iPad Mini 2
iPod Touch 5G

Windows 9 Releases September 30, 2014

Yes, Microsoft has sent out invitations for the media to meet and "discuss" the new changes to Windows on September 30th, 2014.  Quick Recap of what we think we know:

There are no displayed Windows version numbers, aside from the internal version 6.4, adding fuel to the argument that the next version of Windows will be called simply "Windows." Windows Phone is already in the process of becoming Windows.

The desktop's Start Menu returns, with Windows 7-like cascading menus on the left and Metro tiles on the right. Menus and tiles can be dragged, dropped, pinned, unpinned, resized, and sliced and diced. We may also see the next generation of fully interactive tiles, which have not quite yet made it real time.

Metro apps running in resizable windows on the desktop. There appears to be some debate about whether the Charms bar will get the axe in the process, but all of the Charms you're likely to want will be in the right-click menu in the upper-left corner of the title bar.

Virtual desktops, which will undoubtedly get some sort of whiz-bang marketing name, because "virtual" is supposedly too spooky for consumers. (Windows has had virtual desktops since Windows XP, but you had to install a third-party app to get them to work.)

A Notification Center, which displays and lets you get at both bubble and toast notifications. It's long overdue.

Storage Sense and Wi-Fi Sense, two Windows Phone features will likely make their way into the Technical Preview.

So basically this is a much improved version of version 8, integrating the things people really missed from version 7, with a major marketing shift that should reflect the new direction in the Microsoft world without Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.

Open Systems Announces Point of Sale for TRAVERSE

Open Systems, Inc. announced this week the release of its TRAVERSE Point of Sale (POS) solution. “TRAVERSE Point of Sale is a retail management system that takes advantage of the latest touch-screen, scanning, and bar-coding technologies for rapid transaction processing. The TRAVERSE POS is fully integrated with the TRAVERSE business software solution, providing strong financial reporting capabilities and seamless coordination with inventory. TRAVERSE POS is designed to improve the profitability of retail businesses, as well as providing robust reporting and analysis capabilities. I have had great experience recommending Open Systems TRAVERSE over the years as an excellent, fully integrated one stop software source for SMB so have no problems mentioning the product here. I have recommended this software solution to a number of small manufacturing and distribution as well as Not For Profit organizations and am pleased that I can now include them for retail solutions as well. Good job team Open Systems.

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