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posted in December 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
The new activation requirement for Microsoft Office for the Mac means your software might stop working if you upgrade your computer. And that can lead to hours of lost productivity.
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.
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
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.
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.
Version 8 of JAMF's Casper Suite extends the company's Mac management and provisioning tools to iOS mobile devices.
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.