SMB Trends To Watch In 2010
Technology consultants Access Markets International Partners have pointed to six trends among small and medium businesses that, they say, deserve more attention.
The Fritz & David Show: What a Week! Apple, Oracle, Rant
January 2010 won't go quietly, nor will Techweb's Chief Content Officer, David Berlind and I in our second podcast version of The Fritz & David Show where we give some of our final thoughts no the Apple iPad, and summarize the announcements coming from Oracle this week.
HP Extends Financing Plans
SMBs can get 0% lease financing on HP products for either 12-month or 36-month terms, with an option to purchase at the end of the lease. Both programs go into effect on Monday, February 1..
Search Keywords Mean Business
Businesses that focus on branded searches may be missing out on the visitor traffic that comes from generic search terms.
Mobile Handset Sales Rebound
Manufacturers shipped 15% more mobile phones in the fourth quarter of 2009 than in the third quarter, researcher says.
Google Makes Calling Directly From Ads Easier
Heaven forbid we actually have to dial a phone number any more. That would be awful. Google is saving smartphone owners, once again, from exercising their thumbs by adding a click-to-call feature directly in mobile ads.
HTC Makes Sense Available To Its Magic Phone
Those who jumped on the Android bandwagon early by purchasing the HTC Magic when it hit store shelves in mid-2009 take heed. HTC has made a new version of the system software available for the Magic, and it includes HTC's Sense user interface.
Motorola To Become Leading Android Supplier
Motorola is predicted to become the leading supplier of Android devices, pushing HTC to the number two spot. Motorola got real serious with Android with the launch of the Verizon based Droid and it looks like that is paying off.
iPad And SMBs, Take Two
Now that we've all found out what Apple has had up its sleeve all these months, we can start to assess the iPad's usefulness for business more confidently. At least one possible use case is clearly out the window -- at least for now -- but the demo introduced one no one had thought about.
Full Nelson Video: iPad Revealed
View a video demonstration, and read my thoughts on why I wouldn't buy Apple's latest must-have device if it were available today.
The iPad: I Don't Get It
Good grief. Yesterday's breathless blogging would have you thinking the technology world has been changed forever with the new Apple iPad. So let me go on the record with a contrarian viewpoint. The iPad seems like an interesting device, but I can't see where it fits into most personal or business IT needs.
RatePoint Helps Resolve Customer Disputes
Customer review and survey service RatePoint claims that businesses who use its online testimonial services can resolve 90 percent of customer disputes before they turn into negative reviews. That's one of several pieces of advice the company offers small businesses trying to manage their online reputations.
Motorola Working On Google Nexus Phone?
Today Motorola confirmed that it is working on a new Android phone that it plans to sell directly to consumers through Google. Will its unnamed device be the Nexus Two? Perhaps.
Tech Resellers See Revenue Gain
Commercial resellers saw a rise in sales in December, indicating that tech spending among small and medium-sized businesses is on the rebound.
Apple's iPad To Nickel And Dime Customers
Apple is ruthless with its product pricing. It charges the maximum price it can get for a given product...and still leaves out essential ingredients, forcing customers to buy over-priced accessories. The iPad is no different.
Will The iPad Bring AT&T To Its Knees?
One of the more surprising elements of Apple's iPad launch event was news that the company is sticking with its long-time wireless network partner, AT&T. Was that the right move? Can AT&T handle the iPad in addition to the iPhone?
Apple Releases iPad SDK In Beta
The software development kit is available to individuals and enterprises who wish to build proprietary tablet applications.
Verizon Thinks BlackBerry Users Don't Consume Enough Music
This morning Verizon Wireless announced a new music-focused service specifically for BlackBerry users. Despite offering 1,000 songs on a microSD card, the service is clearly meant to coax BlackBerry users to download more music from Verizon's V CAST Music Store. Updated.
AT&T Settles Early Termination Fee Suit
AT&T settled a class action lawsuit yesterday for $18 million in New Jersey. If you paid an early termination fee to AT&T Wireless or any of its predecessors between January 1, 1998 and today, you may be eligible for a piece of the settlement.
Oracle Outlines Post Merger Roadmap
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Sun Microsystems will add $1.5 billion to Oracle's profitability within a year of the just-completed merger of the two companies.
Live Blog From Apple's iPad Launch
Being one of the lucky few to have scored a press pass into Apple's highly secretive launch event today, I will be live blogging the announcement with text and photos as it happens. So, starting at around 11:30 AM ET, be sure to refresh this blog entry (and refresh often) as I frantically attempt to bring you all there is to know about Apple's tablet (or whatever it is) in real time.
MSI Launches Atom N450 Netbook
The Wind U135 is powered by Intel's 1.66-GHz "Pine Trail" processor, which enables manufacturers to build smaller, more energy efficient netbooks.
Apple iPad Promises Media Revolution
The early speculation is that the tablet brings publishers hopes of new revenue for digital content while ushering in a shift in how users interact with the Web.
Trade Commission To Investigate Apple
The U.S. International Trade Commission will explore Nokia's complaint that Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe on the phone maker's patents.
PC Graphics Chips Rebound
In the fourth quarter of 2009 Intel led the market with a 55.2% share, followed by Nvidia with 24.3%, and Advanced Micro Devices with 19.9%.