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posted in January 2010

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.

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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..

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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.

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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.

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Intuit, Microsoft Join Forces On Web Apps

Microsoft and Intuit have announced plans to integrate the two companies' cloud services development platforms to make it easier for software developers to create and market QuickBooks-compatible applications.

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Apple STILL Doesn't Sell Cheap Computers

Two research and analysis firms have come out with figures for the PC market at the end of last year, and both show that Apple enjoyed dramatic growth year-over-year. Why, then, will you read about how badly Apple did?

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Apple's Slate To Get Videoconferencing, Multi-Touch Business Apps?

According to reported statements by a French telecom executive and to newspaper sources, the long-awaited Apple "iSlate" will be an advanced videophone and will enable gesture control of productivity applications. These two capabilities, if true, could make the device a much more attractive business tool.

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iPhone Gets A Full-Size Keyboard

ION, best known for its line of USB turntables, has announced a physical desktop keyboard for the iPhone. Does it point the way to the kind of peripheral that could make an Apple tablet a real business computer?

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Verizon Introduces Wireless Broadband Internet Continuity Service

SMBs whose operations rely on guaranteed Internet access can be severely impacted by an Internet service outage. Verizon customers can now choose a package that automatically switches to the company's 3G mobile network in the event of a primary service interruption so that businesses can stay connected.

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