Google Calendar in ‘The Office’

On August 9th, 2012, wrote:

Monday morning.  8 am. Dwight runs haphazardly into the office, completely out of breath and panting. Everyone in the office stops what they’re doing to see what the commotion is and, when they see that it is Dwight, their faces fall and disinterest returns. Dwight weezes: “I have been searching for Michael EVERYWHERE.  He told me on Friday to meet him in the parking lot. I waited and waited and waited and WAITED. Michael never showed. From there, I began the search. First, I checked Michael’s place; then, I went to some of his favorite novelty shops and restaurants. He’s nowhere to be found! I haven’t eaten, showered, OR even closed my eyes this whole weekend. I have been looking non-stop. MICHAEL IS MISSING.” After a passionate pause and scanning the room. “Why do you people show no concern that our fearless leader is MIA?!” Jim, who has been smiling quietly to himself as he listens to Dwight’s rants, turns – Read the full article

5 Must-Have Apps for Internet Marketers

On May 25th, 2012, wrote:

With so many apps around that claim to help businesses market themselves more effectively via Internet channels, it can be hard to know where exactly to put our trust. Whether you are a professional Internet marketer, an SEO professional, or are just interested in finding out how to make the most of the marketing opportunities the Internet provides, these top 5 apps are some of the best in the business for saving time and working more efficiently.   1. Hootsuite This handy little app is just what you need to manage all your social media accounts from one place. For the casual user, there is the ability to update your feeds all in one place instead of having to log in to multiple sites. For the professional marketer, this is one of the most powerful social media marketing tools in the business. Messages and tweets can be pre written and scheduled for slow release, to keep your feeds alive even – Read the full article

Essential Cloud Computing Tools for Business

On April 3rd, 2012, wrote:

“Working in the Cloud” is big news these days for businesses of any size. For small and medium enterprises, cloud technology can be an invaluable tool that gives access to services and functionalities previously only available to larger operations. For those considering starting up, or already up and running, finding good cloud computing services can bring savings in both time and money. It can also reduce IT problems and offer incredible flexibility, however large or small your business operation is. Finding the right cloud computing tools for your business may take a little research but some key tools are listed below. (Editor’s note: Be sure to check out our previous post on the “Best Cloud Computing Services and Apps for Small Business”, too.) Essential Cloud Computing Tools for Business Google Play: Google Play has just been launched. This cloud solution may well be most appropriate to those working in the creative industries. It allows you to remotely store media, including books, music and – Read the full article

Are Companies too Scared to Adopt Cloud Solutions?

On January 24th, 2012, wrote:

Cloud computing solutions are the latest popular development in technological advancements. However, a number of businesses still fear that adopting these solutions would not be in their best interests. So what are the major concerns held by businesses and are they well founded? Concerns on Security, Implementation, Reliability? Research has suggested that the main concerns surrounding cloud technology include security worries alongside adoption or implementation difficulties and reliability. The truth is that while SaaS (Software as a Service) can be exposed to a number of vulnerabilities and dangers, such as those listed, the services are all protected with high security measures in order to ensure that ultimate safety and security of data is maintained. This means that a number of businesses could be needlessly rejecting cloud computing solutions based on unfounded or misguided concerns. (Editor’s note: Be sure to check out our post on the best cloud computing services and apps for small businesses!) Security of Data and Information Perhaps – Read the full article

A Look at Amazon Silk

On December 23rd, 2011, wrote:

With the introduction of the Kindle, and Amazon’s growing tablet features, a web browsing solution was needed. This solution came in the form of Silk, a new browser designed by Amazon for their Wi-Fi enabled tablets. Silk was built from scratch and utilizes Amazon’s cloud computation service, Amazon Web Services. Silk is based on a series of small threads that strengthens the connection. How it Works Amazon’s cloud consists of stronger components than that of the Kindle, which allows for their cloud to do the computing as your Kindle does the browsing. The use of cloud services has already proven to assist with computing by using lesser components and still operating as if they were larger computers. The continued evolution of features for cloud computing is leading companies such as Amazon to develop cheaper electronics that operate at a higher level than before. With the cloud doing the work and the Kindle reaping the rewards, we may see a trend – Read the full article

AT&T Acquires T Mobile USA for $39 Billion

On March 22nd, 2011, wrote:

Today’s explosive demand for mobile broadband has led to one stunning deal Sunday. In a move described as a “fast, efficient and certain solution to impending spectrum exhaust challenges” facing the company, AT&T announced that it will acquire T-Mobile USA from Deutsche Telekom in a cash-and-stock transaction valued at approximately $39 billion. In return, Deutsche Telekom will acquire approximately 8 percent of AT&T and gain a seat on AT&T’s board of directors. The transaction, pending regulatory approval, will soon make AT&T the largest carrier in the U.S.  It will also expand the company’s LTE 4G-based deployment to 95 percent of the US population, reaching an additional 46.5 million Americans, including those in rural communities and small towns. Currently, AT&T and T-Mobile USA have a combined total of over 125 million subscribers, while Verizon, AT&T’s closest rival, has over 93 million. “This transaction represents a major commitment to strengthen and expand critical infrastructure for our nation’s future,” said Randall Stephenson, AT&T – Read the full article

Best Cloud Computing Services and Apps for Small Business

On December 13th, 2010, wrote:

Cloud computing is one of the fastest-rising technologies on the Web today. There are a number of large businesses and corporations who have already adopted the “cloud” to replace their existing computing platforms – and small businesses aren’t far behind. What is cloud computing and what can it do for you? Simply put, cloud computing is a set of computing resources delivered online. It’s also an emerging model for delivering information technology services, one that offers scalable and virtual resources. (Geek speak alert! Don’t worry; we’ll break it down for you.) The term “cloud” is used as a metaphor for the Internet, which basically serves as a hosting environment for applications like E-mail, productivity, file backup and storage, and more. Previously, all the data and applications of a user were stored and hosted by a hard drive on a computer or a set of servers at the IT department; with cloud computing, there isn’t going to be any need for – Read the full article

Google Previews Chrome OS and Launches Chrome Web Store

On December 9th, 2010, wrote:

Google offered another preview of the upcoming Chrome OS Tuesday in a media event in San Fransisco, introducing a fourth option for operating systems – after Windows, Mac, and Linux – while opening the doors to the new Google Chrome Web Store. The event also launched the Chrome OS pilot program and highlighted the search giant’s ongoing efforts to build “an operating system that is essentially a browser, (which helps) make computers faster, much simpler, and fundamentally more secure.” An open-source, lightweight operating system, Google Chrome OS leverages the Internet by delivering a speedy operating system in which all applications are Web applications (instead of hard drive-based). It is scheduled for release in the middle of 2011. Chrome Web Store and Cr-48 Chrome Notebook Along with these developments, the company introduced the Google Chrome Web Store, which features apps, extensions, themes, and collections for users of the Google Chrome OS. Developers have already started uploading apps, and one of these – Read the full article