Is This Normal? Loud MacBook Fans

May 15, 2018 Articles
Today’s blog post stems from a recent experience I had with my brand new 13-inch MacBook Pro. Earlier this year, I decided to upgrade to the new MacBook Pro with the TouchBar. I’ve loved the performance and user experience that Apple is renowned for, but I was really surprised to hear the fan run loudly and feel the body of my laptop rapidly heat up.

Google I/O and Microsoft Build: Conference Highlights

May 15, 2018 Articles
During the week of May 7th 2018, both Google and Microsoft hosted their annual developer conferences. Microsoft Build took place in Seattle, Washington, and Google IO was held in Mountain View, California.

Highlights from Google IO:

Assistant Duplex technology: Google showed a stunning demo of Google Assistant’s upcoming capabilities, using Google’s work with natural speech to make autonomous phone calls on the user’s behalf.

Windows 10 Update: Delayed and its Features

April 20, 2018 Articles
Microsoft’s next big update for Windows 10 is fast approaching, but we’ll have to wait a little bit longer. The update is speculated to be dubbed the "Spring Creators Update" following the previous "Fall Creators Update", but an official name has not been released.

It's Always Phishing Season

April 19, 2018 Articles
Although they are pronounced the same, phishing is far from the favorite childhood pastime associated with boats and dads. The only similarity comes from the term “phishing,” referencing the act of casting a baited hook with the hopes of catching a bite.

AR vs VR: What's the Difference?

March 12, 2018 Articles

Two rising tech terms that we frequently hear are augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). It can be difficult to distinguish the difference between the two, so for this month’s newsletter we have broken them down.
Understanding the basics
For background, both AR and VR fall under the concept of mixed reality (MR). According to Reality Technologies’ article, “Mixed reality…attempts to combine the best of both virtual reality and augmented reality.

The CEO's State of the Union

February 5, 2018 Articles

Each year SWAT picks an overall theme to rally behind.  This year we have chosen KAIZEN.  This Japanese word means “continuous improvement,” and as SWAT turns 18 it is a perfect time to focus on just that. Our goals, accountability, and transparency will all mesh to make our final years as a teenage company the best they can be.

Meet the Goonies' New Team Lead!

January 30, 2018 Articles

Our adventurous group of misfit engineers have gotten a new leader: Jordan Ritchie.

Their previous leader, David Talley, is still with the Goonies but assists in a supportive role as he takes on a new endeavor. Jordan originally joined SWAT Systems in 2015 as a Systems Engineer.

7 last-minute gifts for your favorite techie

December 19, 2017 Articles

Technology enthusiasts are some of the most difficult people to get a gift for. They normally take care of buying all technology-related items themselves. If they do want something, it’s usually too hard to remember what it was, or it’s pretty expensive.

Understanding the Global Wifi Security Scare

November 15, 2017 Articles

On October 18, all of the top news broadcasters and tech bloggers were covering the breaking news that took the world by surprise. A flaw was found in the most-used protocol that password-protects a wireless network. It was now a race between developers and hackers.

Top Five Things to Protect Against Malware

July 3, 2017 Articles

While hackers are getting smarter and stealthier with their attacks, humans are still capable of putting up a good defense. You may not know this, but a lot of malware attacks are successful because of their ability to trick people into giving them access to their computers.