SMB Printers Now Have Apps
Hands-on review shows that the approach has some merit, if using paper as an output device is not too retro for you, and if they can improve reliability.
Constant Contact Builds Partner, Customer Bases
Constant Contact, a provider of marketing and survey tools for SMBs, has upped the ante by integrating its product offerings with social media and marketing services from the likes of HootSuite, Yelp, and Foursquare.
Security Risks In iOS And Android
Both Apple and Google are faced with security issues in their platforms that may put user's data at risk. The more computer-like smartphones become, the more they become at risk for having security holes and being the target of attackers to exploit those holes.
Windows Phone Crushed By Android
Microsoft has not shared sales figures for its newly launched Windows Phone 7 platform, but one retailer says Android is out-selling WP7 15 to 1.
Hacking Windows Phone 7
There is news on two fronts on hacking Windows Phone 7. The OS was released last month in Europe and is less than a month out of the gate in the US and already someone has found a way to bypass Microsoft's Marketplace application store. Microsoft is fighting back though on more serious hacking attempts, like custom ROM images.
Google Cloud Connect Changes Everything
Just last week I looked at the fight for your domain and thought that Microsoft's Office 365 might have the edge. The next day, Google announced Cloud Connect and changed the balance again.
Tips for Installing 'Big Business' Applications on an SMB Scale
In this series, we've been following the exploits of a particular company in the small to midsize business (SMB) category as it implemented the type of enterprise resource planning solution typically associated with Fortune 1000 firms. In fact, with its four full-time employees, Torelli Bicycle Company in North Hollywood, Calif., may be among the smallest companies to ever install an integrated ERP system from a leading software provider such as SAP.
Angry Birds Running Poorly On Some Android Phones
One if the most popular apps in mobile phones is the addictive Angry Birds by Rovio Mobile. They have brought the game to the Android platform, but if you have an Android phone, don't assume you can run the game.
Kids Want iPads
Nielsen asked a bunch of kids want they are interested in acquiring at some point in the next six months. Thirty-one percent said the Apple iPad.
Surviving 'Mack Truck Syndrome,' Part II
In our last installment of the InformationWeek SMB On Location blog, we talked with Torelli Bicycle's Product Design Manager Christian Feldhake about the benefits of his company's new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
Jury Decides: SAP To Pay Oracle $1.3 Billion
Oracle wins its landmark copyright infringement case in a landslide, as the jury awards an unprecedented figure. The case is likely to be appealed, and its outcome will linger for years.
Google's Office Trojan Horse
It's no secret that Google has been eying Microsoft's lucrative Office application franchise since the release of the premium, supported version of Google Apps a couple years ago.
RIM Kicks Kik Out Of App World
Research In Motion said that award-winning Kik violated contractual obligations and pulled Kik's application from BlackBerry App World.
iOS 4.3 To Include 'Daily' Newspaper App Code
News Corp has confirmed that it is working with Apple to deliver an iPad-only digital newspaper called "The Daily." New reports suggest that Apple will need to perform a system update to make it work.
VAR Helps Wholesaler Boost Efficiency With Analytics
Pop Quiz: How can a business turn a mish-mash of data into a neat set of statistics it can use to make intelligent decisions about day-to-day operations? Hint: The answer is a technology I mentioned in one of last week's blogs.
Ready for 150M Broadband Connections?
Faster networks have been an ongoing desire among small and medium businesses since the days of 50K bps modems. Trying to gain the high ground in the never ending speed war, Verizon boosted its top speed to 150M bps.
Is Android Too Open For Google's Benefit?
Google has never really cared about selling services to the consumer. Instead, they want to give you something that keeps you on their site so they can generate advertising revenue. This is the strategy with Android, but that may be backfiring as handset makers replace Google as the default search engine.
LaCie Continues USB 3 Rollout, Includes Macs
Over the past few weeks, the storage vendor has introduced several new systems that support the new, faster peripheral connection standard, including a pocket drive. LaCie has also made it possible for some Mac users to take advantage of the increased speeds.
Novell Bought By Attachmate? Really?
Viewed through the prism of tech history, Attachmate acquiring Novell seems strange, but given today's realities, the deal makes sense and could be good for Novell and its customers.
Torelli's ERP Platform: Protection from 'Mack Truck Syndrome'
What's the best part of having a new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system running your small business? For Torelli Bicycle Company's Product Design Manager Christian Feldhake, it's all about taking the guesswork out of operating the business.
Top Wireless Turkeys Of 2010
People in the US will be gathering together with family this week and dine on millions of pounds of turkey. The wireless industry delivered a few of its own turkeys this year as well. Cox, the Kin and Palm were just a few.
Google, Microsoft Fight For Your Domain
Google has built a lot of services, plus several from acquisitions over the years. Last week, the company made most of those services available as part of Google Apps. Microsoft has an answer for that.
Torelli's 'Uncloudy' Cloud Moment
There is an old folk song that talks about the promise of "an uncloudy day," a time and place where everything is clear, serene and peaceful. Sounds pretty tempting - especially if you operate a typical small to midsize business (SMB), where clarity and serenity are seldom the order of the day.
Six Security Tips For The Holidays
Employee vacations, workplace celebrations, unexpected visitors and hours and hours of online shopping loom. Time to take a pre-holiday look at your seasonal security preparations.
TPC Results: Not Crystal Clear
IBM is boasting that its one of its x86 servers beat an HP x86 server on a TPC benchmark by 27 percent. But when you look closer you see that life is not that simple.