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Future Of Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is no more just a part of sci-fi movies. It is something that was a dream earlier but has now become much a part of our lives. This technology is helping us envision the future and has redefined the way we look at world. Through this technology the user can actually see a computer generated image in real world for an augmented experience. It produces real time results & experiences and literally brings thing to life by objectifying them. The audio, video and graphics, all equally contribute to enhance the realism.

AR generally requires a person to see through the screen.  It then blends additional information to a recognized picture or video and displays the result virtually. This technology is hooked up with smart devices to modify the user’s view of reality. 

It has tremendous potential for growth in future. Here’s how – 

E- Commerce – AR shall revolutionize the retail and business sector. It will enable you to visualize the items you are considering to buy. That day is not far when stores would offer a virtual fitting room to enable you to try the apparel. Not just clothes but glasses, jewelry, footwear, furniture; you would be able to try anything live.

Geolocation – This will give dimension to maps and literally bring them to life. It will act as a GPS and also notify users about restaurants, gas stations, grocery stores, bars etc. located nearby.

Education – The technology can be used as a modern educational resource. It would bring a paradigm shift in the methodology of teaching. If this technology is reinforced into the education sector then it would surely make learning easier and fun for students. Imagine how interesting it would be for students to learn history, science, mathematics when they are virtually able to see what they study. From reading about galaxies to historical events, the 3D imaging and presentation of content would surely help them understand better. 

Medicine & Healthcare – With AR in healthcare sector, surgeons would be able to perform simulative surgeries. You shouldn’t be surprised if someday you are virtually being given medical advice by a doctor in case of an emergency. Also with AR coming into picture, it would be easier to perform medical research and impart anatomy training to medical students. 

Advertizing – A plethora of advertizing opportunities will open up for business houses. This technology is surely going to rule both online & offline advertizing in near future. 

Military Operations – Through specially enabled AR helmets, military personnel’s will be able to get precise information of their surroundings along with detailed 3D maps. 

Manufacturing Industry – It shall bring along a drastic change for this industry. From design, manufacturing to product simulation, anything and everything will be computer aided. 

For more information about Augmented Reality and its implications in future, contact Centex Technologies at (972) 375 - 9654.

Facebook Overhauls The News Feed Policy

Facebook which initially started off as a networking tool for Harvard students by Mark Zuckerberg in 2004 became a sudden hit when it was made open to public in 2006. What once had a humble start has reached billions of people today. As per statistics, there were 2.072 billion monthly active users as on January 1, 2018.

The primary purpose of Facebook was to help people connect with their friends & family. It was to be used as a tool for sharing important stuff related to one’s life with their near and dear ones. However, with time, things changed and there was more of “passive content” as Mark Zuckerberg, the company’s Chief Executive states. This includes videos and articles that are meant to simply sit back and watched or read by the user. 

Facebook, however has made certain important announcements and has decided to overhaul the news feed. In his post Mark mentioned, “At its best, Facebook has always been about personal connections. By focusing on bringing people closer together -- whether it's with family and friends, or around important moments in the world -- we can help make sure that Facebook is time well spent.”

So, the users will now witness numerous change in the kind of posts that will appear on their feed. Facebook is planning to use various algorithms to highlight the content that friends and family share. This will however understate posts and advertizements from publishers and brands. The idea behind this major change is to maximize and prioritize meaningful interactions and increase utility for users. This is all being done to make Facebook purposeful. People should feel positive and optimistic after going through their feed.

However, the after effects of the news feed overhaul shall be far reaching for publishers, small venture owners & entrepreneurs who majorly rely on Facebook for marketing their product or service. They won’t be able to reach as much audience as they were earlier subjected to.

So does this mean Facebook will see fall in revenues? Definitely not. Facebook Ads would become even more popular and the change in news feed will push businesses to create “engaging” content while promoting their businesses. Both factors will contribute to increased Facebook usage. From marketeer’s point of view, the social media strategy will now focus on creating engaging posts rather than making newsfeed a billboard for business promotions.

For more information & to know more about latest Social Media Strategies, contact Centex Technologies at (972) 375 - 9654.

Cloud Computing Security

There are numerous cloud security providers who offer a wide array of services to their clients. Albeit, the cloud providers take measures to secure physical data centers and server hardware on which the virtual machines run. However, it is the responsibility of the business to protect their virtual machines and applications. So cloud computing security is a mutual responsibility that both need to share in order to keep the data stored on cloud completely secure.

With more and more organizations progressing towards cloud it has become important to take a note over its security. So here we have listed certain cloud computing control measures that you must take -

Know What You Are Responsible For –
The level of accountability differs for each service provider. So you must know what are your roles and responsibilities and what all falls under your cloud provider.

Use All Available Security Tools -

Try to figure out the security services that your cloud host provides. Make sure that you use the available security tools to protect your data that has been stored on cloud. Since, it is also your responsibility to keep your data secured so make sure that you take every possible step to ensure complete safety.

Opt For CASB Technology –

CASB stands for Cloud Access Security Brokers and is a software that assists businesses in keeping their data secure on cloud. It is used to monitor traffic between user’s device and the cloud. It immediately informs the user if any unauthorized attempt is made to gain access of vital information, logins or credentials. 

Control Cloud Access -

Not all employees need to know about sensitive and crucial information of the company. So, employers need to limit the access. They must decide the key persons and ensure that the vital information is made available to trusted employees only. Also, it is important to have a multi layered protection plan to ensure that if one security measure fails, the other one can be at rescue and save your data stored on cloud. 

Some employees might have an ill intention towards the company and so may be a threat to the cloud data security. However some others may become a cause of data breach due to their negligence. So it is important to train your employees about the cloud security tools and ways to use them.

Protect The Data –
The smartest move is to encrypt the data before you store it on cloud. Encryption minimizes the risk of misuse to a large extent. It is a foolproof method that can help you keep your data and vital information protected.

Cloud computing security has become a matter of concern and must be taken seriously to avoid any data breaches in future. For more information, contact Centex Technologies at (972) 375 - 9654.

Growing Our Diverse Business Position

Centex Technologies receives its MBE certification in Georgia

Killeen, TX, January 16, 2018– Centex Technologies is pleased to announce its newly awarded Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) certification through the Georgia Department of Administrative Services (DOAS), in cooperation with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). By passing the particular review and requirements, Centex Technologies may operate as a Minority Business Enterprise and Minority Subcontractor within the state of Georgia, receiving contracts working with state and local agencies.

Centex Technologies previously received its Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certification in the state of Texas in 2016. Through the DBE interstate application process, Centex was able to apply for and receive its DBE certification with the state of Georgia in 2017, as an advantage for our Atlanta office.

DBE‐certified businesses in Georgia that meet the state’s MBE qualifications are automatically eligible for MBE certification.

According to the Georgia Minority Supplier Development Council, MBE certification provides emerging firms with invaluable business development resources. With certification, enterprising business owners gain unprecedented access to corporate buyers and executives who are interested in working with certified minority business.

For more information about this certification and other work Centex Technologies performs in the government division, please contact Christopher Walton, Vice President and Legal Counsel (Government Division) at cwalton@centextech.com

About Centex Technologies
Centex Technologies is an IT consulting company with offices in Killeen, Austin and Dallas, Texas; and Atlanta, Georgia. Our goal is to provide innovative IT solutions that exceed expectations. We assist our clients through a wide range of comprehensive and cost‐effective services to advise, install, service and repair, configure, maintain and teach Information Technology. Our highly skilled and professional staff has extensive experience serving medium‐ to large‐scale organizations in diverse technical areas such as Network Administration; Technical Support; Project Management; Search Engine Optimization (SEO); Internet Marketing, and custom Web, Application, and Software Design and Development. Additional information about Centex Technologies can be found at www.centextech.com

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GDPR Compliance & Its Impact on US Businesses

A large amount of customer information is collected each day. Even a slight carelessness in managing sensitive customer information can cost the business dearly. General Data Protection Regulation i.e. GDPR is new standard that provides a set of rules which the companies operating or doing business in Europe must comply to. The European Parliament adopted it on April 14, 2016 with an intent to protect personal and private information of customer’s. 

The soaring figures that account the data breaches validate the importance and need of GDPR. It covers a total of 99 articles and would regulate data protection laws and policies. As per the reports by Ovum, a London based analyst and consultancy firm, two- thirds of U.S. companies might have to reconsider their strategy in Europe owing to GDPR. 

What Will Change –

Businesses (Including US businesses operating in Europe) would now have to be extra careful while managing customer databases like an individual’s IP address, social security number, name, cookie data etc. Stringent state rules will now govern a company’s customer data protection policies. It will come into force on May 25, 2018 and companies not adhering to GPDR will be have to pay a hefty fine. 

Which Companies Will GDPR Affect –

A business or company that -

  • Operates in Europe  
  • Processes personal data of European citizens

How To Prepare Your Company For GDPR –

Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has come up with a guide which companies can follow to prepare themselves for GDPR –

  • Cognize your staff about GDPR.
  • Systematically organize, manage and share the customer information you hold.
  • Review your current privacy policies and make necessary changes to harmonize them with GDPR.
  • Check your procedures and make sure that they cover all the rights individuals have.
  • Update your procedures and decide the ways you will handle requests within new time frame.
  • Decide the lawful way to process personal data.
  • Check whether your consent seeking mechanism complies with the rules of GDPR.
  • As per GDPR you would need parental consent to process a child’s personal data so setup a system through which you can verify an individual’s age.
  • Ensure that you follow an appropriate and quick mechanism to detect and report a data breach. 
  • Get well acquainted with ICO’S code of practice on Privacy Impact Assessments.
  • Hire someone to act as the Data Protection Officer, whose main role would be to keep a check whether data protection policies are being complied or not.
  • Determine your lead data protection supervisory authority.

Enforcement of GPDR would mean less data breaches which will ultimately benefit the end user by protecting their private and confidential information. It is a revolutionary step by the European government for the best interest of their citizens and US based companies operating in Europe will have to do the required modifications in their policies and online applications in order to adhere to the norms. 

For more information, contact Centex Technologies at (972) 375 - 9654.


How To Secure Your Home Wireless Network

Wi-Fi networks allow multiple devices to access internet simultaneously. The moment a relative or friend drops in at your place, they tend to ask your Wi-Fi password. You may boast of high speed, amazing internet connectivity & range but an important factor that we all generally miss is the security.

Your wireless network can become host to various vulnerabilities and threats. So, it is extremely important to take all necessary steps to secure your home wireless network.

Potential Threats To Your Home Wireless Network -

  • Loss of Sensitive information, credentials and logins
  • Network Intrusion
  • Data Interception
  • Bandwidth Stealing
  • Financial losses owing to loss of confidential information

Here We Have Listed Certain Ways To Secure Home Wireless Network -

Change The Name Of Your Wireless Network – Simple and easy Wi-Fi network names can pose a serious threat. Often, we do not change the network name of router which has model name and other details in it. One must change it as this will prevent hackers from knowing the type of router you have. Otherwise, they would easily be able to discern the manufacturer of the router and also type of vulnerabilities the model is associated with.

Set Up A Unique Password – Setting up passwords as simple as your name or date of birth is an open invitation to hackers. They can easily guess and exploit it for their personal benefits. So make sure that the password you set has at least 20 characters and is formed using a combination of alphabets, numerals and symbols.

Placement Of Router – It is highly beneficial to place the router somewhere close to middle of the house. This will not only ensure that you get the wireless signal in all the rooms but also make sure that the signal range does not reach outside your house. This will prevent any fraudulent use of your network data.  Also if you are not using the wireless network overtime then it is advisable to disable it for that time being.

Update Your Router’s Software – It is important to regularly update your router’s software for security reasons. This will help you avoid unpatched vulnerabilities.

Filter On Mac Addresses – Devices that are connected to the wireless network have a unique Media Access Control (MAC) address. So you must always change the router settings and physically type in MAC addresses of only those devices that you wish to allow on the network.


Some Other Ways

  • Do not broadcast the name of the network
  • Enable encryption
  • Double up the layer of firewall
  • Turn Off Guest Networks
  • Set up a strong administrator password
  • Reduce the range of Wi-Fi signal

For more information about IT security, contact Centex Technologies at (972) 375 - 9654.

Big Data Benefits

Companies have been collecting large amount of information each day. Big Data is nothing but huge chunks of data which is collected from the customers/ different sources which is further processed and analyzed to generate useful insights out of it.


As per International Data Corporation (IDC), worldwide revenues for big data and business analytics will grow more than $203 billion by 2020. These facts validate the power of Big Data and demonstrate how it has brought a substantial breakthrough.


Here we have listed some benefits of Big Data to the business organizations -

  • Understanding Customer’s Need – Companies are increasingly resorting to big data analysis to leverage the benefit of customer information available on the web.Businesses can use this information to better understand the needs of the customers and then design their marketing strategies accordingly
  • Risk Analysis - It allows you to scan the business environment. You can stay ahead of your competition by successfully predicting the market trends. Immediate action can be taken, whenever you sense any potential risk.
  • Cost Savings – Businesses don’t need to keep a manual record of databases now. Big Data tools such as Cloud- Based Analytics, Hadoop etc. can store tons of data and help companies use it proficiently.
  • Opening Up New Opportunities - It has opened up a plethora of revenue generating opportunities. The information derived from data can be used to venture into new projects and make a parallel business line.
  • Personalize Your Portal – It allows you to personalize your portal in real time. You can individualize the experience for each customer depending on the kind of search they make. This can be done by showing them other related options or useful searches made by other users.
  • Managing Your Reputation Online –Big data tools let you know what people say about your business on various online portals. You must comprehend on this information as it can help you monitor and control your online reputation.
  • Faster Decision Making – Better analysis can help you take better decisions within no time. With faster decision making procedures, businesses can take advantage of any potential opportunity which comes their way, thereby improving their bottom line figures.
  • Customer Interactions – You can actually reach out your customers and have a real-time conversation with them using the big data tools.

For more information, contact Centex Technologies at (972) 375 - 9654.