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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Apple Releases iPad SDK In Beta
The software development kit is available to individuals and enterprises who wish to build proprietary tablet applications.
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.
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.
Google Friends Surveilled For Cyber Attack
Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister of France's King Louis XIII, is generally credited with saying, "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
Richelieu's claim attests to the ease with which information can be misused. It's a lesson that Internet users might want to revisit in this age of online insecurity.
Warning Signs Preceded Cyber Attack On Google
The news of a cyber attack from within China on Google and other companies has prompted a range of reactions, including Google's decision to reassess its operations there and a rebuke from U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But no one should be surprised by what happened. Two months earlier, a U.S. government report warned that the private sector was susceptible to this very risk.
AOL Buys Online Video Firm
The $36.5 million acquisition of StudioNow will allow AOL to distribute professionally created video through its Seed.com site.
IBM, Mayo Partner On Aneurysm Diagnostics
Advanced medical imaging, analytics, workflow software, and private clouds are helping Mayo Clinic doctors detect the brain disease -- and the technologies could aid other research.
Symantec Announces Backup Exec 2010 To Address Duplicate Data Issues
Backup Exec 2010, a new backup and deduplication service for midsized and growing businesses released today by Symantec is aimed at the explosive growth of data experienced by businesses of all sizes. The elimination of duplicate data promised by the company also promises to cut storage costs and reduce recovery time in the event of a disaster.
Calling All Cloud Computing Developers, Innovators & Startups
If you're a cloud computing startup, innovator, or just a developer who is tinkering with that pet cloud project in your "garage" and you're looking for some prime time exposure (including free exhibit space at Cloud Connect), then you should be thinking about putting yourself in the running for Launch Pad at Cloud Connect. I, along with fellow InformationWeek editors John Foley and Fritz Nelson, are among the 10 jury members a
HP And Microsoft To Compete Against Oracle/Sun
Two weeks ago, HP and Microsoft announced they would jointly spend $250 million to better integrate their hardware and software systems. That's one of the first reactions to Oracle's expected acquisition of Sun Microsystems and its entry into the hardware business. More such alliances are likely to spring out of the ranks of Oracle's competitors.
Tech Venture Deals Down In 2009
The networking and equipment category recorded just a 5% decline in venture capital investment -- a relative bright spot in the technology sector.
How Much Office Do You Want?
With Microsoft Office 2010 due to ship in the middle of this year, now may be a good time to take a look at how you use Office applications and whether it makes sense to plan for an upgrade. There's certainly a lot of interest in Office 2010; Microsoft says the beta is generating 40,000 downloads per day earlier this month.