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What Impact Will the Repeal of Online Privacy Laws Have on You?
What Impact Will the Repeal of Online Privacy Laws Have on You?
May 2017
The recent repeal of an Obama-era law that would have required Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to obtain users' permission before sharing their personal data with marketers and other third parties has created...
Free Up Space on Your iPhone
Free Up Space on Your iPhone
April 2017
If you keep a lot of data on your iPhone without a periodic cleanup, you’ll reach a point when you don’t have available space for the apps you want to access most. The default settings in your...
Oops! Recalling Emails
Oops! Recalling Emails
March 2017
Perhaps it's a glaring typo in a business email or a hastily written rebuke that you regret sending, but probably everyone wishes at times we could undo the send button. Depending upon which email program you use...
Major Trends at CES
Major Trends at CES
February 2017
Industry gurus and eager consumers often face a tough task separating breakthrough trends from over-hyped gimmicks amidst the clamor and marketing frenzy that characterizes the annual Consumer Electronics Show...
Tech-Fueled Marketing Trends for 2017
Tech-Fueled Marketing Trends for 2017
January 2017
Technology experts anticipate that certain strong trends that debuted in 2016 will gain further momentum in the New Year. Here are some of the tactics and strategies that marketers expect to see...
Technology: Cool Tech Gifts for the Holidays
Technology: Cool Tech Gifts for the Holidays
December 2016
’Tis the Season to be racking your brain thinking of gift ideas for family, friends and colleagues. Technology gifts can fit the bill for all ages and for all pocketbooks,...
Technology: Handling Negative Online Reviews
Technology: Handling Negative Online Reviews
November 2016
If you have a business that deals with the public, it is almost inevitable that you’ll get a negative online review at some point. To a small business owner, a highly critical review can be alarming,...
Technology: Data Breaches - What To Do
Technology: Data Breaches - What To Do
October 2016
It is hard to know which is more alarming – that a security breach can affect more than 500 million people, or that it has taken nearly two years for the public to be informed of such an incursion. Yahoo’s...
Technology: Update on Chip Card Technology
Technology: Update on Chip Card Technology
September 2016
Back in October 2015, retailers experienced a liability shift when the onus for absorbing the cost of counterfeit transactions shifted from the banks to the individual merchants if the retailers had not migrated...
Technology: Biometrics = Better Banking Security?
Technology: Biometrics = Better Banking Security?
August 2016
Earlier this year, one of the world's largest banks, The Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp. (HSBC), announced the largest rollout of biometric security technology in the U.K....
Technology: Security Reminders Courtesy of Zuckerberg
Technology: Security Reminders Courtesy of Zuckerberg
July 2016
Being an acknowledged leader and innovator in social media doesn't provide immunity from cyber attacks. It has been reported that Mark Zuckerberg, head of Facebook, recently...
Technology: New Payment Options - Smart Cards Versus Smart Phones?
Technology: New Payment Options - Smart Cards Versus Smart Phones?
June 2016
Things have changed at grocery store checkout lanes and retailers everywhere. Initially, Oct. 1, 2015 was the date initially established for the majority of liability for credit card...
Technology: 5 Ways to Safeguard Your Online Privacy
Technology: 5 Ways to Safeguard Your Online Privacy
May 2016
There are no fast fixes that will guarantee your online security, but here is a simple checklist that can help keep your data and your identity secure...
Technology: Ransomware - Insidious and Growing Fast
Technology: Ransomware - Insidious and Growing Fast
April 2016
Imagine a major hospital crippled by a deliberate effort to block its access to patients' records. After the hospital pays online extortionists a hefty ransom, the cyber crooks will...
Technology: What's at Stake in the Apple vs. FBI Battle?
Technology: What's at Stake in the Apple vs. FBI Battle?
March 2016
The encryption issue is not new. It started in the '90s when encryption became more commonplace in consumer products, and has escalated to a full-scale...
Technology: Leveraging the 'Gig' Economy
Technology: Leveraging the 'Gig' Economy
February 2016
The so-called “gig” economy allows individual workers to freelance their skills to meet the on-demand needs of clients by using mobile technology. In 2015, the gig economy...
Technology Encryption and National Security: Will Encryption Become Obsolete?
Technology Encryption and National Security: Will Encryption Become Obsolete?
January 2016
In light of the recent terrorist attacks, domestic and foreign governments have questioned how much access they should have to encryption keys and electronic backdoors. The debate...
Technology: Leveraging Holiday Website Traffic
December 2015
E-commerce is a major factor for most businesses, but never more so than during the holiday season. Online sales figures continue to climb - increasing by a whopping 15 percent in 2014...
Technology: Senate Gives Nod to Long-Delayed Cybersecurity Bill
November 2015
A much-delayed cybersecurity bill aimed at combating cyber crooks by encouraging companies and Government agencies to share relevant information without fear of privacy...
Technology: Ready or Not, Microchip Card Payment is Here to Stay
October 2015
If you travel internationally for business or pleasure, you may already know that magnetic strip credit cards are consider something of an anachronism in many other countries. Offering...
Technology: Google Makes Changes to Local Search Results
September 2015
As if getting listed among local search results on Google wasn't tough enough, recent changes make it even more difficult. Google has revised the results you get from a local...
Technology: Embedded Technology = New Security Challenges
August 2015
Lately the news media has been stirring up concern over yet another computer security issue. This time, the culprit is the spread of embedded technology - the computer technology...
Technology: Data Security is Everyone's Business
July 2015
In today's world, most people know a bit about cyber thieves and data breaches. This being the case, why do we continue to learn of major data breaches here and worldwide?...
Technology: Bitcoin Comes of Age with Embedded Chips for Smartphones
June 2015
There was excitement in the bitcoin community recently when 21 Inc. announced plans to market embedded chips for consumer devices - thus allowing smartphones and other devices...
Technology: Digital Etiquette for Small Businesses
May 2015
The Internet, email and instant messaging give us speed and efficiency, but sometimes the efficiencies come at a price. If you've ever been on the receiving end of a message that...
Technology: Google Announces Pending Search Algorithm Changes
April 2015
When Google officially announces changes to its search algorithm (the sorting mechanism that determines how prominently a specific business or product is ranked by the Google...
Smart Cars, Data Security and Consumer Privacy
March 2015
Internet security - or lack of it - is in the news headlines constantly. Whether it's the recent White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection at Stanford University,...
TECHNOLOGY: CES 2015 - Trends and Innovations
February 2015
The vast Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which is held in January every year, overwhelms attendees with a huge range of new products from automobiles, TVs and skateboards to...
Technology: Resolutions for Entrepreneurs
January 2015
A new year brings fresh determination to establish goals. Alongside the perennial favorites, why not take a minute to think about some resolutions to improve...
Technology: Strategic Technology Trends for 2015
December 2014
As 2014 draws to a close, technology experts across the nation try to predict which technology trends will prove most significant for businesses in the New Year. Here are some ideas...
Technology: Online Banking - A Boon or a Bust?
November 2014
Online banks are increasing in popularity, and many small businesses and individuals are opting to go this route. As a rule, online banking works best for individuals who are comfortable...
Protect Yourself from Retailers' Security Breaches
October 2014
Target, Neiman Marcus and now Home Depot have all joined the ranks of retailers that have been hacked. Such breaches expose customer data to cyber crooks...
Making Social Media Marketing Really Count
September 2014
Social media marketing is a tool many entrepreneurs just cannot ignore. However, the cost and time needed can be difficult for marketers with relatively small...
Technology: Smart Phones Need Smart Security
August 2014
About 4 million smart phones were either stolen or permanently lost last year. Despite this and the increasing sophistication of cyber...
Technology: Staying Safe on Public Wi-Fi
July 2014
Look around any coffee shop, hotel lobby or airport lounge and you'll see people working online, checking email or any one of a number of different tasks on their notebook, tablet or smartphone. It's...
Technology: Post-NSA Consumers Ponder Security and Privacy
June 2014
In mid-May, the House of Representatives passed legislation in response to the outcry over the wholesale collection of phone records by the National Security Agency. The bill did not include some of the tougher provisions...
Google Search Changes Create a Storm in a Teacup
May 2014
Ever since Google prohibited webmasters from tracking which keywords were driving traffic to their websites from Google, e-marketers have been waiting for the other shoe to drop. In early...
Will Wearable Technology go Mainstream?
April 2014
Predictions that wearable smart technology is about to become a major force in the industry have been around for a while. Previously regarded as a niche market confined to fitness and...
Technology: Who's Tracking You?
March 2014
In the 2002 sci-fi thriller "Minority Report," the hero played by Tom Cruise lived at a time when electronic billboards sensed who was passing by and churned out special ads reflecting...
Technology: Tweeting - Smart Marketing or Spam
February 2014
Like most social media platforms, Twitter offers business owners new ways to reach potential customers and existing clients to build a profile in the community. Used...
Trends and Predictions for 2014
January 2014
In 2013, we saw some major developments as major technology companies tried to wean us from our smart phone dependency and tempt us with wearable technology. What will 2014...
Learning From HealthCare.gov
December 2013
Smart people learn from their mistakes, but really smart business owners learn from someone else's mistakes. That being said, the recent launch of HealthCare.gov presents lots of practical...
Managing Security Risks of Personal Technology in the Workplace
November 2013
When you run a small business, allowing your employees to use their smart phones and other mobile devices for work often just happens without any real concern or discussion. Unfortunately, this...
New iOS 7 has Special Appeal for Business Users
October 2013
Perhaps you were one of the many iPhone, iPod and iPad users who eagerly awaited the new version of Apple's mobile operating system at the...
Facebook and Privacy
September 2013
Most people recognize that despite the various options Facebook provides, the site is not for people who cherish their privacy. Recent media stories have highlighted the plight of...
Government Surveillance Efforts Attract Ire of Tech Leaders, Civil Liberties Groups
August 2013
Civil liberties groups and technology companies - including several that had been frequent targets of privacy advocates in the past - have banded together to urge the President...
Technology: Free Ways to Use Online Recruiting Tools
July 2013
Perhaps you have no trouble finding talented people when you need to fill a position. If so, you're fortunate. Many...
Technology: Online Privacy
June 2013
Much of the media focus on consumer online privacy has centered on major companies and social networking giants. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues...
Technology: What's All the Fuss About Digital Currency?
May 2013
Bitcoin, a decentralized virtual currency (which means no coins or notes exist in the "real" world) has been around since 2009 and exists only as strings...
Technology: Six Essential Steps to Thwart a Cyber Attack
April 2013
Don't want to be one of the many companies - two thirds of all those hacked - that end up out of business within six months of a cyber attack? Then take some action right now to put...
Technology: Don't Let Social Media Time Sideline Productivity
March 2013
The Internet, smart phones, email and many of the other innovations we take for granted make our lives easier and our work hours more productive. While we...
Technology: Top Trends From the Consumer Electronics Show
February 2013
Despite Microsoft's decision to not participate in the LasVegas-based show that kicks off every year, the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show did...
Technology: Data Brokers Face Federal Trade Commission Scrutiny
January 2013
Breaches of users' presumed privacy, and social networks' policies on sharing information were constant topics in business news throughout 2012. It's likely that these issues will continue to...
Technology: Website Advice for Your 'About Us' Page
December 2012
Except for your home page, About Us is probably the most popular page on your website. Potential customers will come here to find out if they want to do business with you. With that in mind,...
Technology: Getting the Most Out of LinkedIn
November 2012
LinkedIn can be a powerful tool for making business connections, but its effectiveness is up to you and is dependent on the effort you are willing to put into presenting your information and keeping...
Technology: Do You Really Need the New iPhone5?
October 2012
The question is academic for the throngs who camped outside Apple stores to get their hands on the Apple's latest smartphone - but do you really need the new iPhone5. First of all, improvements...
Technology: Spear Phishing - An Insidious Tactic Targets the Scam-Savvy
September 2012
We all know to sidestep the misspelled email from a temporarily insolvent Nigerian prince who needs a little help and the details of our bank account. This type of clumsy email con typically goes...
Technology: How Small Businesses Survive Search Engine Tweaks
August 2012
Google has again changed the way its search engine ranks websites in an effort to counteract sites suspected of boosting their ratings by dubious means. When this change took effect, many...
Technology: Could The Flame Virus Affect You?
July 2012
Since March, cyberland has been seriously shaken by the discovery of a huge and powerful computer virus dubbed Flame - the most complex discovered to date. As if the 20MB size and the complexity...
Technology: Where is Hand-Gesture Technology Headed?
June 2012
If you can't imagine working on your computer without your mouse and keyboard, you might be in for a surprise. Major technology leaders and gutsy startups are exploring the possibilities...
Technology: Anti-Piracy Issue Stirs Up Controversy
May 2012
Legislation to penalize Internet companies that publish or sell pirated content sounds like a good idea, doesn't it? Many legislators and online businesses seemed to feel that way,...
Technology: Low Profile Has Its Merits
April 2012
If you run a business, you’re cautioned constantly about the dangers of being “invisible” on the Internet, or of failing to leverage your website to achieve...
Technology: Marketing the Facebook Way
March 2012
Like it or loathe it, Facebook has more than 800 million users and might be one of the easiest, least expensive ways to connect to customers. You don’t have to be an avid Facebook follower...
Technology: Understanding How Google’s Search Engine Changes Affect You
February 2012
Staying on top of search engine optimization (SEO) is critical for all marketers, whether they are Fortune 500 companies or small businesses. This can be daunting for small firms without IT departments...
Technology: Freedom of Expression Trumps Twitter Stalking Concerns
January 2012
Until a decade ago, many people thought that the Internet might be a panacea for the many ills that afflicted our world in the late twentieth century. Access to information and real-time, inexpensive ways...
Technology: Debate Regarding Cell Phones, Robocalls Intensifies
December 2011
Since 1991, The Federal Communications Commission has provided consumers with legislative protection from pre-recorded telemarketing calls. For years, a lively debate has been going on between various trade groups and the FCC...
Technology: Protect Yourself From Cell Phone Hackers
November 2011
Cell phone hacking caused the downfall of The News of the World, Britain’s largest and most famous tabloid. This scandal has alerted cell phone users to the mayhem that hackers can create. An ever-increasing...
Technology: What You Need To Know About Complying With CAN-SPAM Act
October 2011
The CAN-SPAM law has been around since 2003. Designed to be friendly to Internet business efforts, it was passed to stop marketers from using fraudulent or misleading representation to hook customers, and...
Technology: Pros and Cons of Password Management Tools
September 2011
Have you ever counted the number of passwords you have – for banking accounts, for your email, for online retailers?  If you’re like most people, you have a lot and...
Technology: Social Engineering Scams Threaten Computer Security
August 2011
Business owners have learned to delete suspicious attachments that might contain viruses or malware. We’ve learned about phishing and other email-generated scams. With our focus on the technology...
Technology: Mobile Payment Firms Target Small Businesses With Lower Pricing
July, 2011
Consumers are ready to embrace smart phone payment options as long as the systems involved are safe. The question now is: are more small businesses ready to consider using them – especially since...
Technology: SEC Considers Revising Rules for Online Funding
June, 2011
inding new ways to raise capital is important to many small business owners, especially since traditional credit has slowed following the recent financial crises. New challenges require new solutions. To that...
Technology: The True Cost Of High Tech Counterfeits
May, 2011
The most obvious impact of counterfeit high-tech goods might not be the most serious issue emanating from the current flood of fakes. Undoubtedly, fakes hurt the companies that developed and...
Technology: Keeping Email Safe
April, 2011
No matter how careful you are with security and virus protection on your computer, you might still fall victim to unscrupulous individuals who attempt to use your email account to send spam or steal data. There is no...
Technology: Turning Online Prospects into Clients
March, 2011
If visitors to your website far outnumber actual sales of goods and services, it might be time to take steps to improve conversion rates. E-commerce has changed all the rules when it comes to...
Technology: Smartphones Usurp User Privacy
February, 2011
Recent media reports show that smartphone applications are regularly breaching the privacy of their users, sharing personal data widely without the knowledge or permission of their users. The...
Technology: Top Strategic Technologies for 2011
January, 2011
Information technology continues to evolve and change at a breakneck pace, making strategic planning and purchasing decisions difficult for businesses large and small. Here’s a review of some of the major...
Technology: Best Smart Phone Apps
December, 2010
‘Tis the season when tech writers everywhere start compiling their year’s-end Top 10 Lists. When they turn their attention to iPhone apps, this is especially useful because it helps to know which ones among the...
Technology: Boost Customer Traffic with Geolocation Technology
November, 2010
Smart phone users have become comfortable with using programs such as iWant and Yelp to find nearby restaurants, gas stations and almost everything else. Now, savvy small businesses...
Technology: Tracking Technology Inroads Create Consumer Backlash
October, 2010
Online tracking devices – commonly referred to as cookies – and the industries involved in their proliferation are attracting increased attention from lawmakers in response to an...
Technology: Getting Your Money’s Worth Out of Ink Cartridges
September, 2010
Have you ever loaded a new cartridge on your inkjet printer only to have the low ink indicator come on within days? Or perhaps your color inkjet printer appears to go through new cartridges at an alarming rate...
Technology: Tech Winners and Hot Products for Small Businesses
August, 2010
Keeping up with the constant stream of technology innovations and sorting out the winners from the losers is a mind-boggling challenge for any busy small business owner. It’s a real help when someone else does the...
Technology: Do You Need An iPhone App For Your Business?
July, 2010
If your customers or clients are dedicated smart phone users, a mobile application might be an excellent way to keep your services and cutting-edge accessibility uppermost in their minds. When it comes to reaching...
Technology: Use it to protect and strengthen your business
June, 2010
In addition to protecting your company’s infrastructure, your IT system can also help you avoid unpleasant surprises and maximize employee productivity in tough times. Consider the following checklist...
Technology: The iPad…decisions, decisions, decisions
May, 2010
If you are as technologically dependent as most bosses and business owners today, you’ve been watching the launch of the iPad and wondering whether to get one. Here are some thoughts to mull over if you are contemplating...
Technology: Cyber Crooks Target Small Businesses
April, 2010
Don’t assume that your business is too small to merit the attention of a hacker. These crooks don’t care how big or small your company is. When it comes to stealing...
Manners Matter: Cell Phone Etiquette at the Office
March, 2010
Cell phones in all their forms, from simple to smart, are a fact of life for most of us. They allow us to be accessible, provide endless convenience and help us manage our jobs and lives...
Technology: Cell Phone Signal Boosters
February, 2010
Several manufacturers unveiled new cell phone signal boosters at this year’s International Consumer Electronics Show. These new offerings tackle the most fundamental and frustrating problem that can...
Technology: What’s Ahead in 2010?
January, 2010
The experts have looked at the fastest-growing segments of the technology sector – and those that are faltering – to try to anticipate what might shape technology’s growth in the New Year. Of all the prevailing...
Technology: Avoid the spam ambush
December, 2009
If your legitimate email messages have been caught or blocked by an Internet service provider, you’re not alone. Many small businesses and individuals have had perfectly legitimate messages returned or...
Technology: Website Filtering Proves Tricky in the New Web. 2.0 Environment
November, 2009
Few businesses operate without using the Internet for some of their operational needs. The Internet represents big business for crooks, too. The Federal Bureau of Investigation calculates that Internet fraud...
Technology: How to Blog and Why You Should
October, 2009
logging has come a long way since weblogs began as online form of journaling. Today, blogs are well established in popular culture as a way to share experiences, expertise and news. The list of bloggers continues...
Technology: Can Social Networking Boost Your Business?
September, 2009
You might think that your Website is all you need to build business in the Web 2.0 world. That might not be true anymore. Technology in the form of networking sites, where users share information online,...
Technology: Frugal and Smart IT Spending
August, 2009
The economy is showing signs of improvement, but some of our newly acquired financial habits are likely to linger. Business executives and personal shoppers are expected to remain thrifty and continue to look for ways to trim...
Technology: Understanding And Outsmarting Computer Viruses
July, 2009
Viruses are a threat to every computer user — whether at home, on the road or in the office. As computer users turn to the Internet for social networking, work, travel, hobbies and a variety of informational needs, the...
Technology: Introducing New IT Systems
June, 2009
When it comes to embracing new technology, employees, regardless of their seniority or age group, tend to resist change. Perhaps it’s just human nature to get comfortable with a certain way of doing things –even if it’s not...
Technology: Moving photos from your mobile phone to your computer
May 2009
Depending upon which mobile device you are using as a camera, the options you have vary in complexity --depending upon your hardware and, sometimes, on your phone service provider. Here are a few...
Technology: Data Retrieval--Search and Recovery
April 2009
Losing data doesn’t always spell disaster, but it can cause some big problems. If it hasn’t happened to you, odds are it will…sooner or later. We’ve probably all fallen prey to the disappearing file syndrome—when the...
Technology: Malware—Avoiding …and Removing it
March 2009
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. This rings especially true when it comes to avoiding the accidental acquisition of malicious software (commonly known as malware). Unwanted software...
Technology: New Functions And More Security Challenges For Cell Phones
February 2009
As hand-held mobile phones continue to evolve –we’ve seem them go from simple cell phones to mini-PCs accessing the Web via WiFi—people have continued to enjoy the convenience and value of their new, expanded functions and...
Technology: PR Online—Simple and Cost Effective
January 2009
The Internet enables small business owners to handle many tasks in-house that previously would have required hiring a specialist or outsourcing the project. Thanks to the proliferation of websites,...
Technology: New Security Requirements for Online Transactions
December, 2008
In the wake of headline-grabbing thefts of confidential data from large retail and financial institutions during 2008, the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Security Standards Council (founded by...
Online Customer Service Basics Are Key
November 2008
If online sales are crucial to your business’ success, it may be time to make sure that the high tech experience your customers receive is also high quality. Providing a quality experience...
Technology: Green Computing
October 2008
Thinking about saving energy and money around the office? There are several simple choices we all can make to cut energy costs—moves that reduce costs with minimum...
Technology: Cloud-computing -- Web-based Applications Take off
September 2008
You may have heard of “cloud computing” but what you may not know is that some of the world’s biggest computing companies are joining the cloud computing bandwagon. Some may approach the new infrastructure...
Technology: Build Reputation, Customer Loyalty With an Online Forum
August 2008
Looking for ways to stand out from your competitors and build customer ties? An online customer forum may be just what you need. Providing customers with place on your web site to post suggestions...
Technology: new navigation tool links real-time business data with GPS
July 2008
If you are one of those road warriors who can’t function without their GPS, then you may want to check out Dash Express, a new navigation device that...
Technology: Voice Mail to Text Function Makes Smart Phones Smarter
June 2008
Technology has helped us to become more efficient and more accessible to our customers and our business colleagues. With increased accessibility come greater expectations. We expect everyone...
Technology: Top Skills That Businesses Need Today
May 2008
New technology initiatives and an increasingly competitive marketplace mean that the IT skills of five years ago, or even last year, won’t deliver the benefits small businesses need to stay profitable...
Technology: Preventing Online Identity Theft
April 2008
As a business owner, you must do everything possible to make sure customers can shop safely on your website. Visitors to your website should see a prominent display of information that lets them know you...
Technology: Promoting Your Web Site
March 2008
Leveraging Web technology to get the word out about your e-business is a savvy way to expand your customer base. With just a little effort, you can adopt the techniques used by larger companies to generate...
Websites—What’s Legal And What’s Not
February 2008
The Internet has opened up a whole new perspective on copyright and ownership issues. For the most part, the same principles that govern publishing (software, books, magazines...
Technology: Optimizing Software Applications
January 2008
Of all the many high tech features that touch our lives, perhaps none is more important, or more taken for granted, than the software applications we use for work and for play. Keeping your software updated with...
Technology: Software Licensing Enforcers Target Small Business Owners
December 2007
You may have never heard of the Business Software Alliance (BSA), but the odds are good that you might get to know them all too soon, This organization is a global copyright enforcement agency that...
Technology: Ban on Internet Taxes Extended
November 2007
With the expiration of the ban on Internet taxation imminent, the Senate approved a further seven-year moratorium on October 26. The original moratorium, which was...
Technology: Technology Trends And The Small Business
October 2007
As technology continues to evolve, it brings not only new products but also new ways of doing business and new expectations from customers. A recent survey, the Intuit Future of Small Business Report, undertaken...
Technology: Before You Hire A Technical Consultant…
September 2007
How do you find the right person to help you manage and address your IT needs? If you’re not especially technology-savvy in the first place, how do you know what to...
Technology: FCC Moves to Open Access; Boost Cell Phone Freedom
August 2007
Freedom from restrictive contracts may be on the horizon for beleaguered wireless phone users in the U.S. Most of us face a ludicrous proposition if we want to move to another...
Technology: Internet Phone Service –Good and Cheap and Here to Stay
July 2007
A real asset to small businesses, Internet phone service has proved to be both inexpensive and efficient. Despite the legal matters involving patent infringement...
Technology: Big Broadcasters Strike Back!
June 2007
In the past, the Internet’s new media have caused a few headaches for the honchos at the large broadcasting companies like ABC, Fox and Time...
Technology: Measuring your Website’s Success
May 2007
We’ve come a long way since the days when tallying “hits” was the way to determine how well a website was performing. Today more than 70...
Technology: Increasing Online Sales
April 2007
Complacency is the enemy of online sales. What worked last Christmas is probably not going to work in spring 2007. Successful entrepreneurs know that web-based...
Technology: Lawmakers Aim To Revamp Patent System
March 2007
Though disagreements among powerful industry groups have derailed previous efforts to revamp a patent system that many business leaders decry, hopes are high that a new panel, headed...
Technology: Is Microsoft's Vista Right For You?
February 2007
Microsoft's newest operating system, Vista, is finally here. With great new features and offering a smooth, intuitive experience...
Technology: Hard Drive Versus Flash Memory
January 2007
Hard drives are the standard means for computer users to store data, offering large storage capacity at an affordable price. Hard drives have been doing their job...
Technology: Jump-Start That Sluggish PC
December 2006
If you are spending more time at the keyboard waiting for programs or files to open, it may be time to perform a simple "jump-start" effort to see if the...
Technology: Whither Windows...
November 2006
If, like many people, you’ve been waiting for the next version of Microsoft’s Windows before buying new hardware, the long wait may soon be over. Vista, the new...
Technology: Help! My Browser’s Been Hijacked
October 2006
Malware is everywhere. If a malicious program, or malware, attacks your system and begins to direct your web activity - changing your default home page, directing...
High Tech: Software Mashups - Mixing It Up
September 2006
The term may have originated in the music industry, where parts of two songs were combined to make something completely new, but in the computing world "mashups"...
Technology: Get Your E-Mails Read
August 2006
E-mail marketing used to be a breeze. Fast, easy and cheap, it was a boon to marketers everywhere. But what a difference a few years makes. The sheer volume of...
Replacing Your PC-Is It Time?
July 2006
As a rule of thumb, most small business owners plan on replacing their computers every five years. However, depending upon the type of business you have, or the software...
New Products Offer Solutions to Common Headaches
June 2006
Technology may make our communications and business functions faster and more productive, but with it we also acquire new frustrations and a whole new class of...
Finding Online Bargains - Vertical Search Engines Can Help
May 2006
Google is fast, and offers shoppers a simple way to track down information, goods or services. Its no-nonsense approach has made it the king of all search engines, but some...
Data Protection Planning
April 2006
Disasters come in many disguises. Over the last 12 months, we’ve seen major hurricanes and floods in the U.S. hit the headlines. Disasters don’t have to be headline...
Technology Leaders Offer Small Businesses Safer E-Mail; Better Identity Management
March 2006
All companies face constant problems maintaining the security of their e-mail systems. The problem is particularly troublesome for small business owners...
Technology: New VOIP-based Phone Equipment Brings Cutting-Edge Features to Businesses
February 2006
If VoIP advocates have their way, the traditional analog phone is heading for the scrap heap. In its place, they predict we’ll be using a new generation of phones...
Technology: Laptop Docking Stations & Port Replicators - What's Best For You?
January 2006
If you like the flexibility of toting your laptop with you when you visit clients or take a business trip, but also want a full size monitor and keyboard at your permanent workstation, a docking station...
Technology: Hand Held Devices Challenge Laptops
December 2005
Is the day dawning when you can leave your laptop at home and stay in touch with work via a smaller, lighter hand-held gizmo? It is beginning to look that...
Something in the Air - Beware Wi-Fi Security Risks
November 2005
At a time when all PC users are aware of Internet security issues, a surprising number of business executives let their guard down when using Wi-Fi networks on the road. Perhaps they would be a bit more careful...
Technology: Building a Better Password
October 2005
On-line theft and fraud cost its victims some $1.25 billion in 2004. As on-line businesses proliferate, our risk of a security breach - of someone obtaining our credit...
Technology: Gone For Good-Complete Data Erasure
September 2005
First the bad news: even if you have "deleted" files containing sensitive data from your PC using your Windows program, some of the data will linger for a while (months or...
Technology: File-Sharing Technology - Down But Not Out
August 2005
The defeat of the file-sharing companies, Grokster and StreamCast Networks in the Supreme Court was undoubtedly good news for the music and movie industries...
High Tech-Virtualization: Making Computing More Efficient and Cost Effective
July 2005
Hailed as the next revolution in the computing world, virtualization is rapidly becoming a powerful force in the industry. Although the concept has been around for...
Technology: HDTV- Ready For Prime Time
June 2005
Prices have dropped and Americans are buying high definition (HD) TV sets in record numbers. Attracted by the design - a flat screen which can be mounted on a wall - as much as by the technology behind...
Technology: Is It Time To Take Your Business Wireless?
May 2005
Wireless networks have become more affordable, and small businesses are joining the ever-increasing ranks of wireless converts - companies that recognize the benefits...
Satellite Radio - What's All The Fuss?
April 2005
Satellite radio is here to stay. If you had any doubts, the recent flurry of news announcements from the two radio satellite companies, Sirius Satellite Radio and XM Radio, about...
Technology: Radio Frequency Identification Cones of Age
March 2005
Radio Frequency Identification (or RFID) has been around for a long time. But, in recent years, we've seen it evolve from its simpler forms to give mega stores...
Steer Clear of Phishing Scams
February 2005
On-line fraud is a huge problem - especially for small businesses and consumers - and the losses generated are soaring. The Annual CyberSource Fraud Survey estimates that online scammers bilked their victims...
Web Site Visibility - Improve Your Search Engine Rankings
January 2005
You may have a great looking, user-friendly site, but unless it pops up on the first pages from a search engine, chances are that interested customer will...
Website Planning - An Investment That Pays Off
December 2004
Whether your company is large or small, the success of your website depends upon how thoroughly you do your homework before you sit down with your...
Beware Spyware-Tackling Infestations That Slow Computers
November 2004
Spyware is a relatively new problem for small business owners. Almost unheard of a year ago, spyware now has the dubious distinction of being as big a headache...
Technology: Do You Know Where You Are? Your GPS-Enabled Cell Phone Does
October 2004
You’ve seen cell phone ads trumpeting "GPS-enabled," or maybe your phone already has GPS built into its many features. You may have wondered what GPS is, why it is attracting...
Technology-Information Retrieval Gets Faster & Smarter
September 2004
Perhaps the most frustrating problem that any computer user faces-whether they are a Wi-Fi whiz kid or not-is the speedy, accurate retrieval of files, data and...
High Technology - Biometrics - ID At Your Fingertips
August 2004
Imagine paying for your groceries at checkout by placing your fingertip in an electronic reader - no more rummaging in your wallet for cash or for your credit card. If you think this scenario belongs in a sci-fi...
E-BIZ - THE SEQUEL. WHICH INDUSTRIES WILL BE NEXT?
July 2004
After a couple of year’s respite, e-biz seems poised for another growth spurt as it makes in-roads on new areas of business. Once again, large companies are looking over their shoulders at Internet upstarts who are...
TECHNOLOGY - LINUX - A NEW BUSINESS COMPUTING OPTION
June 2004
Linux began as a fun project - a pastime of a student called Linus Torvalds who lived in Helsinki. Torvalds developed the Linux operating system in 1991 and posted his self-described "hobby" on...
INTRANETS AND EXTRANETS-WHAT CAN THEY DO FOR YOUR BUSINESS?
May 2004
Small businesses have embraced the Internet, using it to communicate via e-mail, establishing web sites to sell products or services and tapping its considerable...
TECHNOLOGY--PROMOTING YOUR WEB SITE ON-LINE AND OFF
April 2004
You’ve finally got the great website you need to boost sales and profits. You are happy with the graphics and the content. It is user-friendly, well organized and easy to negotiate. You think you are...
MIGRATING DATA TO A NEW PC - STILL A TRICKY TASK
March 2004
The joy of buying a new computer can rapidly turn sour as soon as you start to think about transferring files, programs and setting from your old PC. It is a tedious, time-consuming process that...
MONITORING TECHNOLOGY TRACKS EMPLOYEES’ PERFORMANCE OFF-SITE
February 2004
For many managers and bosses, the days of strolling through the halls to check on their employees are long-gone. Today, some 25 percent of all employees...
WIRELESS SURVEILLANCE - GIVING BUSINESS OWNERS AFFORDABLE SECURITY
January 2004
Setting up surveillance systems to monitor your retail locations or offices used to be a somewhat clumsy and complicated business. Now, thanks to the spread of 802.11 wireless...
AVOIDING DATA LOSSES
December 2003
If you've ever had the hair-raising experience of seeing your computer screen go blank right in the middle an important task, you are by no means alone. Current statistics suggest that about 1/3 of the 50 million laptops in use today will...
“DESKTOP REPLACEMENTS”—PCS WITH POWER + PORTABILITY
November 2003
If you are in the market for a new computer and conduct business in various different locations, you might want to check out the latest generation of “desktop replacement...
TECHNOLOGY—THE NETWORKED CAR
October 2003
The mainstays of the Information Age--laptops, cell phones, wireless hand-held text messaging devices, and personal digital assistants (PDAs) allow us to keep connected to our offices, business contacts, friends...
HI TECH NEWS---48 HOUR DVDS--A REVOLUTION IN THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS AND MORE…
September 2003
The debut of a new 48-hour DVD last month is expected to revamp the video industry—from blockbuster movie rentals to employee training videos—and, in the future, to provide marketing gurus with a slew of new...
HI TECH NEWS - Coming To A Screen Near You
August 2003
A completely new type of screen technology for laptops, cell phones and other hand-held devices is on the horizon. Based on organic light-emitting diodes—more commonly known by their...
Cell Phones--When You Just Want To Talk
July 2003
Today’s cell phones can take photos and let you email them to your family, friends or colleagues. In your idle moments, you can use them to play games or watc...
Going Wireless - What the WI-FI Revolution Means For Your Business
June 2003
Step into a Starbucks in downtown Dallas or pop into a pub in London’s Financial District and along with your beverage of choice, you can get high-speed wireless Internet...
IP Telephony - Latest Developments in Hight Tech Convergence Offer Increased Savings and Productivity Gains
May 2003
Good, reliable communications are the lifeblood of any enterprise. Most recently, Internet Protocol-Based telephony--or IP telephony as it is more commonly...
What Microsoft .NET Vision Means for Businesses
April 2003
Microsoft has created an advanced new generation of software that will drive the Next Generation Internet. This initiative is called Microsoft® .NET, and...
Dangerous Email? Yes, It's Out There
March 2003
Danger is lurking in your email, warns the National Consumers League (NCL), a nonprofit consumer organization based in Washington, DC. Based on...
What Is a Virtual Private Network?
February 2003
A VPN (virtual private network) is a way to use a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or individual...
Using Holograms to Store Data
January 2003
We have come a long way in storage media, 20 years ago the common way of transferring files from location to location was via a 5¼-inch floppy disk...
Well Folks, Where Do We Go From Here?
December 2002
You’ve all seen the Microsoft advertisements that ask us where we want to go today. This article will ask you where you want to go tomorrow....
Make Sure Your Computer files are Protected, Whether it’s a Personal Computer or a Network
November 2002
Without an internal PC security plan at your business, all of the files on your company PC’s could be available for anyone in your office to see. That could...
The Amazing New World of Wireless Technology
October 2002
During the next decade, the wires connecting our electronic devices to the Internet and each other will disappear. Telephone, computers, handheld devices...
“This Site Cannot Be Found”
September 2002
Don’t scrimp when you pick a Web hosting service unless you want your greeting to be “This Site Cannot be found”. Unreliable Web-hosting services, which are...
What Time Is It?
August 2002
Since most months we have discussed what is new and amazing in the world of technology gizmos, we thought perhaps we would slow down the clock a little this...
I’d Like a Dell in a 42 Regular...
July 2002
“Future” is a common word. Some people are afraid of it. Some people are busy making it. Others don’t care. Some feel, like many good science fiction...
Where In the World Are We?
June 2002
For the lost, the wanderers; for those looking for their place in the world, now there is GPS. What once was spoken only by the most avid Bass fishermen...
What’s In a Word?
May 2002
The Sum Of Silicon Existence constant evaluation and constant consumption the sum never adding up to one human life slowly we drift within...
Who’s In Charge Here, Anyway?
April 2002
Joseph Campbell, noted author on mythology, told a story about one of the first computers made by the US government back in the 1950’s. The top computer...
Test Your IQ
March 2002
The Internet was initially designed and built by the US Department of Defense to facilitate communication between researchers scattered across...
Analyze This!!!
February 2002
There’s nothing worse than being told to analyze your financial statements without being told how to do it in a simple and straightforward...
How 'Bout Some KM With That BSP and a Little PDA On The Side?
January 2002
There is an unprecedented proliferation of gadgets, widgets, and thingamajigs that are guaranteed to make your life easier. Sound familiar? The...
Well Folks, Where Do We Go From Here?
December 2001
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Has Microsoft Really Learned From eXPerience?
November 2001
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The Good and the Bad
October 2001
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Where in the WWW????
September 2001
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Adaptive and Assistive Technologies: Saving Your Greatest Asset
August 2001
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Ten Common Mistakes (When Investing in Technology)
July 2001
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2b or Not 2b2b?
June 2001
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This Spam Just Might Eat You!
May 2001
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Tax Free Shopping? Think Again!
April, 2001
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ASP and Ye Shall Receive
March, 2001
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Charitable Giving-Don't Give Until It Hurts!!
February 2001
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Lifelong Learning – A Requirement in Technology
January 2001
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Don't Forget Your Vaccination!
December 2000
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On the Go and In the Know
November 2000
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Windows 2000 and Me
October, 2000
Regardless of what you may personally think of Bill Gates, you’ve got to admit he’s got this Year 2000 thing...
Web Wise!
September 2000
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You Have an Invitation to the Inauguration!
August 2000
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