Tag - Small business
We've talked about the issue with printer ink before, about how many people tend to buy a brand new, cheap printer on sale every time they run out of ink, as it is often cheaper to do so than buy a full set of ink refills. If you have a home office or a small business, a decent quality printer isn't as disposable. Brother has a solution, though; the Brother MFC-J985DW XL, a print station for small business use that aims to make high ink costs a thing of the past. Does it pass muster? We'll let you know in our review.
Electronics do-it-yourself repair resource Fixya is launching a new service that offers users the ability to connect with local repair shops and service providers. Named Fixya Pro, small businesses can generate traffic in their area through the site by listing what services they provide to what regions, and including their contact information. Businesses can post a free listing by signing up for a Fixya Pro account.
Wednesday marked the release of DODOcase's iPad mini Folio, the latest in its line of part-case, part-notepad tablet covers. Described as an "all-in-one solution for digital and analog needs," the case features traditional craft techniques in its production, including bookbinding practices. The interior of the iPad mini Folio includes DODOcase's signature bamboo precision-carved tray on the left side, with its right side occupied by a reporter-style twenty-four page refillable notebook.
Acclivity today announced AccountEdge Basic 2 for Mac and Windows. The new version of the accounting application includes improvements to sales, banking, and customer management, in addition to other features designed to make small business owners' bookkeeping tasks easier.
NEC has lined up a new monitor for the budget inclined. The AS192WM is a 19-inch AccuSync LED backlit display that offers a 33-percent reduction in power consumption, partly due to removing the Cold Cathode Fluorescent Lamp backlighting that its predecessor used. The Energy Star 6.0 compliance, EPEAT Silver rating, Eco-mode and carbon footprint meter tools also help it save power and be more environmentally friendly.
Facebook is offering free advertising to small businesses in an effort to encourage more advertisement sales in Europe. Qualifying companies operating in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain can receive a free advertising credit on the social network through its Small Business Boost promotion. This comes at a time when the effectiveness of advertizing on Facebook is questioned, with General Motors dropping paid Facebook ads altogether.
Oranged Software's Studiometry, a business solution for client- and project-based small businesses, has been updated to version 9.1, a free upgrade for all 9.x users. The new version offers an all-new summary report called Assigned Projects, adds the ability to import entire iCal calendars directly into the program (including events and to-dos) and now supports Sparrow as a default e-mail client along with many other minor upgrades.
FileMaker has released a new set of Bento templates designed specifically for small business owners. The Bento Business Organizer is a free set of customized database templates for managing orders and inventory, tracking products, coordinating events, and more. The eight featured templates include: Contacts, Products, Sales Orders, Inventory, Projects, Events, Tasks, Voice Memos, each offering a unique set of tools for different business management functions. The Bento Business Organizer weighs in at 10.9MB and can be found on Bento's website.
Acclivity has released AccountEdge Basic for Mac, a slimmed-down offering of its professional software, now simply called AccountEdge. The AccountEdge Basic app, geared towards small businesses, tracks sales with customizable quotes, orders, and invoices, providing an accounts receivable tracking system while managing both banking and customer contacts. It uses command centers to organize sales, banking and accounts, with a card-file system to track customers, employees and vendors. The command centers and card file form the primary menu bar for the app.
Acclivity has released an update to its small business accounting software, launching AccountEdge 2011 today. The premier feature of the new update is integration with AccountEdge Mobile for iPad and iPhone, with the iOS apps launching alongside the update. The new iPad app is launching with the release of AccountEdge 2011 and the iPhone version will arrive shortly. The iOS apps will sync cards, items, jobs and activities, while creating quotes, orders, billing for services or time and record expenses. The iOS apps communicate with the desktop software via the online storage service Dropbox.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE