Churches Across the U.S. Are Welcoming and Utilizing Technology
Sep26

Churches Across the U.S. Are Welcoming and Utilizing Technology

Churches have been around for centuries and aren’t going anywhere for the foreseeable future. The world is rapidly changing, however, and even religious organizations are welcoming the emergence of all this technology that now surrounds us. Contrary to popular belief, churches are successfully adopting new technology across the country and the globe. Today, 77.3% of churches are using Twitter and fully 98.9% of churches are using Facebook — and that’s not all. According to Arkansas Online, Life Church, an Oklahoma City-based evangelical church founded by Craig Groeschel in 1996, has utilized technology in order to grow from its initial two-car garage place of worship to a multisite church found throughout 10 states. Life Church now uses technology to spread its message and reach viewers all over the country, and not just within the confines of the church walls. Groeschel videotaped a sermon on Saturday night and broadcasted it on Sunday morning. “Everyone was still listening and raising their hand to God Sunday morning,” said Rachel Feuerborn, Life Church spokesperson. Another parish welcoming the intersection of theology and technology can be found in Nashville, Tennessee. According to Baptist Press, LifeWay Christian Resources is hosting its first-ever Faith Leads Tech conference in November to bring together Christians who are also passionate about technology and innovation. “The vision for this conference revolves around inspiring Christians by sharing what God is doing to grow His Kingdom through products and apps that exist in the world today — or that could exist tomorrow,” said Kevin Old, a LifeWay architect and creator of the tech conference. The tech conference will hold 24 TED-style talks from Christian professionals including data scientists, software engineers, church communication directors, tech entrepreneurs, and pastors. The conference speakers will address topics such as: The need for agile leadership in Christian culture. How a gospel mindset can impact technology. Why pastors and theologians need designers and coders. How artificial intelligence can serve as a tool for ministry. Ways Christians can properly utilize...

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Prop Movie Money For Entertainment Only Now Used In Many Counterfeit Schemes
Sep26

Prop Movie Money For Entertainment Only Now Used In Many Counterfeit Schemes

We’ve all seen the movies where gangsters have briefcases full of money, or there’s a huge bank robbery, or a rich person has a vault in their home filled with bills. What you might not know is that money is all fake. It’s called prop movie money. While it’s used to entertain the masses in films, it’s now being used by criminals in counterfeit schemes as well. One of the first accounts took place in Middletown, Ohio. Police are looking for a man who bought cell phones with three $100 bills marked “For Motion Picture Uses” only, according to the report. Two people told police officers that they were selling iPhones, cases, and chargers on the internet for $260. After receiving the $300, the sellers gave the man $40 in change. He then took off running. According to the Counterfeit Detection Act of 1992, reproduced bills have to be either less than 75% or more than 150% the size of a real bill, and they must be one-sided. Another case of counterfeit money came up recently in Texas. According to the Copperas Cove police, the counterfeit bills have red Oriental style writing on them. During the investigation, it was discovered that the counterfeit money, which was fashioned as $100, was prop movie money. The counterfeit money was purchased on the internet, and the man claimed to have distributed the bills at various locations throughout the city. He also claimed that this was done as a form of entertainment, according to police. If citizens attempt to spend this counterfeit money, criminal charges can be filed. The man, 20-year-old Matthew Bush, was trying to buy computer equipment with the money, and he was caught in early September. He faces three years probation when he gets sentenced on November 5. Unfortunately, these are not the only cases in which people have used counterfeit money in financial transactions. Sherrif’s offices around the country encourage employers to make sure employees are aware of the possibility of counterfeit bills and to apply due caution when accepting...

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InterVision Buys Out Infiniti, Buffing Up Cloud Storage Capabilities
Sep26

InterVision Buys Out Infiniti, Buffing Up Cloud Storage Capabilities

InterVision announced their acquisition of Infiniti Consulting Group on Tuesday, Sept. 11, making it their fourth deal of this kind in two years. Infiniti has provided managed IT and cloud services in California for fifteen years, working with the state government on many projects over the years. InterVision is also a provider of managed IT services, and has instantly expanded their capacity to deliver large and complex cloud services by acquiring Infiniti. Huron Capital, a Detroit-based private equity firm, invested in InterVision in May 2016 and helped them buy out Infiniti. Since that investment, InterVision has also acquired or merged with Bluelock, Netelligent, and Independent Technology Group. Before the buyout, Infiniti achieved official partner status with Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure. These tech giants are two of the largest infrastructure providers on the market. Infiniti provides services that include DevOps, and cloud and hybrid storage architecture and security. This kind of technological backup is slowly spreading through businesses across the country. Approximately 50% of businesses report using cloud-based technology, while 96% say they have a disaster recovery solution. According to InterVision CEO Aaron Stone, Infiniti’s proficiency at providing cloud storage services to these businesses and their partnership with other major industry players was a major benefit in acquiring the business. “Infiniti has one of the deepest benches of AWS and Azure experts in the U.S., with 15 years of experience delivering advanced cloud services to hundreds of organizations,” says Stone. The beginning of Infiniti’s 15-year history was with the California State Teachers Retirement System and the state’s Department of Transportation. They went on to work with other California departments as well as the Alabama Office of Information Technology, giving them invaluable experience in the public sector as well. According to Scott Drossos, the President of Infiniti, having this relationship with InterVision will be beneficial to all parties. InterVision has a massive portfolio of clients who use its infrastructure solutions, managed services, and professional services. Infiniti is looking forward to applying their tried and true methods from their experience in the public sector with this new array of private...

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