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8 Great Collaboration Tools For HR

6/22/2011
In the era of the "social enterprise," collaborative activities can make a big difference not only in HR efficiency but in employee satisfaction. Take a look at these eight leading HR platforms and examples of what their collaboration features have done for other companies.

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Top 10 Mobile Apps For Business Collaboration

3/3/2011
Collaboration is one of today's strongest business trends, fueled in part by advances in (and employees' experiences with) social media. The ability to exchange ideas and communicate about activities has proven wildly popular in the social sphere -- why not in the business one as well? And recognizing this demand, vendors are making tools available that enable teams to keep track of each others' progress on a group project, exchange information about tasks and contacts, and otherwise work togeth

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Great Lost Software: 16 Gone But Not Forgotten

2/22/2011
Software comes and software goes. Most that fall into the latter category deserve their fate, because either they weren't very good or they were superseded by a better option. Though such also-rans are soon forgotten, some defunct software still holds our affections, whether because nothing as good has come along or because it was our "first love" in a category. Software may seem a funny thing to be sentimental about, but when you use a tool every day, you can grow quite fond of it. We ransacked

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Building The Mac Office

2/10/2011
Building an office around the Apple Macintosh has long been a good business strategy, particularly for SMBs. Macs generally require fewer IT resources and retain their value better than Windows-based PCs -- that's a key consideration for cash- and resource-strapped small and midsize businesses. And the iPhone and iPad, with their strong Mac integration, make it easier for businesses to move into the new era of mobile computing. But before you can Go Mac, you need to know how to get your Mac offi

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SMBs Expanding Marketing Options In 2011

1/21/2011
According to Ad-ology Research, the numbers of small businesses planning to invest in online video and mobile marketing are both sharply up from last year, part of an overall increase in planned ad spending.

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Top 10 Apple Stories Of 2010

12/22/2010
Apple makes news every year, and ever since Steve Jobs returned to the company in 1997, the news has mostly been good. But any big company will make a few missteps, and Apple is no exception. No company can escape the occasional misstep, but with Apple, the stumbles get the same kind of "generous" coverage that the successes do. Apple is hardly a shy, retiring company that prefers to hide from the spotlight -- even people who've never owned an Apple product can probably name several, whether bec

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Office For Mac 2011: Re-Activation Heck, Part I

12/17/2010
With the latest version of Office, Microsoft has introduced a requirement to "activate" the software, which ties your copy to your computer. Unfortunately, upgrading your Mac can break that association, requiring a long, complicated reinstallation and reactivation procedure that can grind your business to a halt.

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Top 10 Google Stories Of 2010

12/13/2010
Google may be the company of the decade -- the previous one, if not the next one. As such, its actions are closely scrutinized, and its steps and missteps make news. What started as a search engine is now a company that's shaping our technological future, with initiatives in mobile phones, tablet and netbook computing, telephony, and TV. Unburdened by decades of legacy tech and customer expectations, it's proven more nimble at exploiting new niches than its competitors. From successful forays in

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Marketing Website Builder Adds Analytics, Lists

12/10/2010
The SMB- and entrepreneur-oriented web design platform Clover now supports list pages and provides a quick statistical view of a site's traffic. The do-it-yourself website builder offers nice options that do a lot to overcome some of the drawbacks of Flash sites.

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Intelius Debuts Reputation Management Service

12/8/2010
The personal information broker that supplies the data for several people search site is rolling out tools for discovering and managing your online reputation. The service is intended for consumers so far, but it would also be useful for small businesses named after their principals.

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Casper Goes Mobile

12/3/2010
Version 8 of JAMF's Casper Suite extends the company's Mac management and provisioning tools to iOS mobile devices.

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SMBs Ignoring Online Reviews At Their Peril

12/1/2010
According to a survey from RatePoint, a customer review management service, small businesses may not be giving as much weight to online reviews as they should, considering what other research has shown about how much consumers pay attention to them.

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LaCie Continues USB 3 Rollout, Includes Macs

11/22/2010
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.

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Cloud Legal Service Adds Diagnostic Tool

10/20/2010
Rocket Lawyer, an online legal services solution for small businesses, has launched a free "Legal Health Score" tool with which businesses can assess their level of compliance, extent to which they have all the documents they should, and so on. The company also released the results of a survey of SMBs' legal concerns.

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15 Mobile Apps For Better Health

10/5/2010
From helping you monitor your condition to making suggestions for improving it, today's smartphones can become valuable healthcare partners -- with the right apps. The iPhone App Store, the Android Market and the BlackBerry App World are chock full of applications that can help keep you in the pink. The Health, Wellness, and Fitness categories in the various mobile app stores are full of applications that promise to help keep you healthy. Some of them are backed by major pharmaceutical firms, wh

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ShareFile Gets Easier To Use

10/1/2010
The secure file transfer service gets a redesigned interface and new features that streamline common actions. And the company CEO explains why they're not just another cloud-based shared folder.

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Carbonite Focuses On Restore

9/23/2010
Version 4 of the online backup service introduces new features for managing the process of restoring files. The company plans other extensions to the basic backup function in future versions.

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Liaise Launches E-Mail Collaboration Tool

9/17/2010
The Outlook add-in automatically captures dates, action items, and more from e-mail messages and creates to-do lists and calendar items, making it easier to work with the information that's often lost in an Inbox.

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15 Budget Busting Technology Projects

9/16/2010
Large-scale information technology projects can balloon to inconceivable figures very quickly with endless revisions, change orders and delays pushing budgets into the stratosphere. Sometimes the cost of an IT project can be measured simply in dollars, but just as often these projects costly in other ways -- in reputation, for example. With government projects, it's easy to look at the budget and see how much it costs -- or at least how much it's supposed to cost. In the private sector, it's not

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19 Gadgets That Changed The World

9/15/2010
Every so often, a device comes along that changes the way we live our daily lives and things are never the same again. With today's digital technology, such devices may come more frequently than in the past, but our list revolutionary gadgets extends back two centuries.

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HP Announces New Notebooks, Netbooks

9/2/2010
Starting today and continuing over the next few months, HP will be introducing new Pavilion and Envy notebooks and new Mini don't-call-them-netbooks. The Pavilion and Minis could appeal to many business travelers.

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Best Mobile Apps For Busy Professionals

8/30/2010
Today's smartphones have led to the development of hundreds of thousands of mobile apps. Apple's iPhone, RIM's BlackBerry and phones based on Google's Android all have access to extensive libraries of apps that you can download and install for our increasingly mobile world. When you're always on the go, having the right smartphone app makes it easy to transition from business to pleasure and back again without skipping a beat so you can get the most out of every minute. Here we pick 17 of the be

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Top 20 Android Productivity Apps

8/27/2010
Android handsets are pouring onto the market every day and there's a deluge of Android apps competing to fills those screens. To sort through the storm surge of app choices, we've trolled through the Android Market to hauled in 20 Android apps that no business user should be without.

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MyFax Gets iPhone Client

8/24/2010
The new MyFax iPhone app lets subscribers to the online fax service receive faxes on their smartphones directly rather than as e-mail attachments.

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Top 15 Google Apps For Business

8/12/2010
The Google Apps Marketplace is a gold mine for businesses offering dozens, if not hundreds, of generally inexpensive, cloud-based software solutions for everything from project planning to invoicing. Here are 15 of the best.

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LaCie Rolls Out SMB Servers

8/6/2010
Two new variations on the LaCie 5big storage configuration rely on Windows server software to provide file sharing or network backup for multiple computers, including Macs.

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Small Business Employment Grows, But Slowly

8/4/2010
According to Intuit's Small Business Employment Index for July, the sector accounted for about 40,000 new jobs in July, down from June's revised total. Compensation and hours worked, on the other hand, continued to rise.

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Apple Kicks iMacs Up A Notch

7/27/2010
The popular all-in-one Macs get Intel's latest-architecture chips -- the i series -- and faster graphics. The company has also introduced a standalone version of the multitouch trackpad found in its laptops.

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Apple Extending Small Business Outreach

7/23/2010
According to newspaper reports this week, Apple is gearing up to provide systems inegration, networking and server assistance, and other technical support to small businesses through its retail stores.

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SmartDraw Simplifies Diagramming

7/16/2010
The so-called "visual processor" aims to make it easy to describe processes, document brainstorming sessions, create project timelines, and perform many other business-oriented graphics tasks..

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'Move Now' Eases SMB Windows 7 Migration

7/13/2010
Laplink and Microsoft have teamed up to include a free copy of Laplink's PCmover with every Windows 7 Upgrade Open License bought through Ingram Micro. PCmover supports many more upgrade paths than Windows 7 itself does.

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You Are Your Own Case Study

6/10/2010
This was going to be a post about a new online marketing service for SMBs. Here's how it turned into a warning about making sure what you show reinforces what you tell.

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New PDF Tools For Windows, iPad

5/25/2010
Nitro PDF Software's new, free Reader application is a full-featured program for reading, annotating, and manipulating PDF files, while the new version of iAnnotate for the iPad adds e-mail integration.

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Drobo FS Adds Time Machine Integration

5/20/2010
Data Robotics has made its Drobo FS network storage unit, designed for small businesses, compatible with the Mac's built-in time Machine backup software, giving Mac-based companies a flexible option for workgroup backup.

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Apple Updates iPad Apps

5/14/2010
The iPad versions of the three productivity apps in Apple's iWork suite have been given upgrades that add foreign language support, improve compatibility with other applications, and fix some minor issues.

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Foxit, Solid Documents Release New PDF Tools

4/29/2010
Two new programs for working with PDF files have become available this week. Foxit Phantom PDF (for Windows) is for creating and manipulating PDF files, while Solid PDF to Word for Mac is for turning PDF files into documents editable by standard office programs.

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Mac Vendor Launches SMB Sweepstakes

4/27/2010
MacMall, a leading Mac mail order company, is holding a sweepstakes in which creative studios and related businesses can pick up a complete Mac-based work station (except for the Mac).

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TextFlow Comes To Desktop

4/27/2010
Nordic River has released a desktop version of its document comparison software TextFlow, previously available only as an application within Box.net. TextFlow makes it easy for businesses to manage the process of collaborating on a document.

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iPad Gets Productivity Apps

4/6/2010
Several vendors have announced iPad versions of their business- and office-oriented applications, while problems are surfacing with Apple's own contributions to the genre.

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Alfresco To Launch Content Management For SMBs

3/5/2010
Enterprise content management and collaboration solution vendor Alfresco has announced its intention to launch a version of its service for SMBs and has opened its Early Access Program for a limited number of businesses to test.

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