Survey surprise as new data suggests tablets may already be more popular than notebook computers among small-business owners.
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Natalie Gagliordi is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in Louisville, Kentucky, covering business technology for ZDNet. She previously worked as the editor of Kiosk Marketplace, an online B2B trade publication that focused on interactive self-service technology, while also contributing to additional websites that covered retail technology, digital signage hardware and mobile payment trends. Natalie attended George Washington University, where she studied communication sciences, and also the University of South Florida, where she received a B.A. in News-Editorial Journalism.
With AdLeads from Pontiflex, small businesses pay only for actual signups, not for accidental clicks that often happen while people are using their mobile device.
Adoption of paid cloud applications and infrastructure services is especially rapid among companies with two to 10 employees, according to an SMB survey sponsored by the software giant.
Since 3Rivers Archery started using the PowerReviews platform to drive customer feedback, the volume of reviews has increased by 30 percent.
The free version of the iPhone application lets you write text messages up to 30 days before you want them delivered.
Integrated application allows small-business professionals to present PowerPoint presentations stored on Box with their Apple iPad tablet computers.
The Card Case application will now be known as Pay with Square; it boasts a new user interface and geolocation features.
New publishing platform from Wix.com helps Web sites load more quickly, while supporting more interactivity through video, audio and animations.
The RingCentral CloudFax service allows one-clicking faxing from Box, Dropbox and Google Docs.
The SycurityMax Business Suite is designed to help small and midsize companies prepare for and respond to an identity theft incident or data breach.
The site, available in about 250 U.S. cities, alerts companies when someone from their local community may require their products or services.
Real-time translation service currently supports Windows Live, Google Talk and Facebook Chat services; a plug-in for Microsoft Outlook is also available.
Manta, which claims about 30 million monthly visitors, adds features for creating social connections and collecting customer recommendations.
Adobe EchoSign helped George Street Photo turn contract management into a digital workflow, cutting six days out of the time needed to collect client signatures.
Apparently, PayPal is gearing up for a mobile payments makeover by May 2012; its initiative will mark another turning point for small-business solutions options in this space.