The number of Internet users who play social games at least 15 minutes per week has doubled in the past two years.
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Heather Clancy is an award-winning business journalist specializing in transformative technology and innovation. Her articles have appeared in Entrepreneur, Fortune Small Business, The International Herald Tribune and The New York Times. In a past corporate life, Heather was editor of Computer Reseller News. She started her journalism life as a business writer with United Press International in New York. She holds a B.A. in English literature from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, and has a thing for Lewis Carroll.
Two separate surveys about SMB social-media strategies point up ongoing angst over how much time should be invested participating in social platforms.
The latest SMB security awareness research from Symantec suggests that while more than half of businesses are up on the latest threats, they aren't protecting themselves against them.
Payment options have also been expanded for online retailers.
The Prezi application, now used by more than 5 million people, allows presenters to zoom into images at random for more detail as they give their presentations.
The AFINGO platform supports a social network of "curated" production resources appropriate for small or midsize companies in the fashion industry.
Mobile application converts PowerPoint and other presentation formats into a form that can be more easily navigated on the popular tablet computer.
It used to be that notebook design was inspired by desktop systems innovation. Now, however, that equation has been reversed.
Export Now will work with e-commerce giant Alibaba to list U.S. companies' products on two sites focused on online Chinese consumers.
Within four years, more than 50 percent of e-commerce sales could be initiated via mobile devices and social networks.
New research from CompTIA suggests that almost half of businesses were able to cut IT expenses at least 25 percent by shifting some to some managed services relationships.
Companies that included an online sales component from early on were bigger, on average, than those businesses that stuck strictly to 'real world' sales activities.
Payroll preparation and tax filing service can be accessed from within the small-business owners online banking site.
Solution will let smaller companies deploy virtual desktop infrastructure more quickly; works with hypervisors from Citrix, Microsoft and VMware.
Even if the idea of supporting employee-owned smartphones, tablets and notebooks is a pipedream, it will alter how your organization approaches mobile technology.