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Mobile Storage Review: IoSafe Rugged Portable SSD

IoSafe’s Rugged Portable SSD can protect data from just about every threat imaginable and, thanks to USB 3.0 capability, it offers speedy file transfers, too.

Mobile Small Business Trends for 2012

The mobile revolution is in full swing. Will 2012 be the year it takes hold in the small business market?

A Small Business Buyers' Guide to All-in-One Printers

Choosing the right multifunction printer can save you money and boost productivity. We look at the points you need to consider before you buy.

A Windows Tablet Review: Fujitsu Stylistic Q550

The Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 may live in the iPad's shadow, but it does offer a secure, easily integrated alternative to its flashier competitor.

A Look at IBM's Small Business Cloud

IBM, like just about every other vendor, is promoting cloud computing solutions. Here two of its customers demonstrate that those services work.

Samsung Tablet PC: Excellent, But No iPad Killer

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is a worthy standard bearer for Android but no killer competitor.

How to Deal with Wireless Dead Spots

We look at ways that you can breathe life into Wi-Fi dead spots and even -- with a little skill and a little luck -- avoid them altogether.

A No-compromise Ultraportable Laptop Computer

Lenovo’s ThinkPad X220 may be the perfect notebook PC for the small business road warrior.

Is the iPad 2 Right for Your Small Business?

The iPad 2 is a solid, if incremental, step forward. However, as you consider your mobile options, don't expect it to be a game-changer.

On the Road with iPad Travel Apps

We look at a collection of mobile apps and accessories that turn the iPad into an efficient travel companion.

A Guide to Online Collaboration Software

Does your small business use an online collaboration suite? We look at the benefits of collaboration software and how to select one to fit your needs.

Soonr Doubles Up: 2 for 1 Online Backup & Collaboration

This cloud-computing service offers small businesses a mix of collaboration, data backup and file synchronization features. Is it the right mix for your business?

Proxy Servers for a Small Business Network

Can a proxy server help improve your small business network? Take a look at what it can do for your business.

10 Cloud Computing Security Tips for Small Businesses

These 10 tips will help you perform due diligence when choosing a cloud computing vendor so you can keep your data and your business operations safe and secure in the cloud.

Wireless Network Security: A Place for MAC Filtering

Forget safety in numbers. When you're talking networking, there's safety in layers. We show you when -- and when not -- to use MAC filtering to make your wireless network more secure.

iPad at Work: How to Display Video to Enhance Your Business

Here's everything you need -- apps and more -- to display video on the iPad. Why? It's an awesome tool for one-on-ones, sales presentations, and lots more.

Critics' Report: Lenovo IdeaPad U260 Notebook Computer

Read our one-stop report as we poll five tech journal reviewers for their verdict on Lenovo’s gorgeous new ultraportable small business notebook.

Dell Evolves Into a Small Business IT Services Provider

Dell's transformation from hardware vendor to a complete small business IT services company has evolved over the past three years. We look at what Dell offers small business today.

Pack Mobile Wi-Fi Wherever You Go

The EnGenius ETR9330 Wireless N Travel Router let's you stay mobile by turning any wired Internet connection into a Wi-Fi connection.

Local Online Marketing For Small Business

Marketing tips for small businesses that want to reach their local customers online.

Mobile Apps: 4 Ways to Print with an iPad

What's the best mobile app for printing from an iPad? We put four iPad printer apps to the test to see which one you should add to your mobile office tool kit.

Small Business Storage: LaCie USB 3.0 Drive Review

We look at two external storage drives, one mobile and one designed for your desktop, built to take advantage of the new USB 3.0 standard. Does the speed match the hype?

SMB Security: EncryptStick Digital Privacy Manager Review

The consequences of losing critical data can be severe, and they can even shut down a small business for good. Here's a handy way to encrypt data on any hard drive that's on -- or off -- a network.

Small Business Notebook Review: The HP Envy 14

The HP Envy 14 isn't for everyone. But if you're looking for a high-performance small business notebook that rivals a MacBook in design -- but not price -- the Envy fits the bill.

Notebook PC Review: Sizing Up the Dell Inspiron M101Z

The Dell Inspiron M101Z may be the just-right laptop choice for small business computer buyers with a Goldilocks complex.

Small Business Technology: 10 Tips to Green IT

Reducing the amount of energy your company consumes is a smart way to conserve both business and natural resources. Our 10 tips will show how you can save money while serving the greater good.

IT Management 101 for Small Business

IT management isn't just for the Fortune 500 crowd. SMBs need to manage their technology just as much, if not more. But how can small companies tame the IT beast?

Business Communications: A Review of Virtual Office Pro

Virtual Office Pro from 8x8 isn’t perfect, but if you're looking for an affordable way to add unified communications capabilities to your business communications system, it does the job.

Is Business Intelligence for Small Business, Too?

Business intelligence software helps you keep a finger on the pulse of your business and make informed decisions. But is it easy and affordable enough for SMBs?

LCD Monitor Review: LG Flatron E2350V

Ideal for small business computing, this wide-screen LCD monitor looks good and also does double duty as an HD video monitor.

Disaster Recovery For Small Business

You may not be a Boy Scout, but the best way to protect your small business is to be prepared. We look at disaster recovery options to help you stay one step ahead of trouble and to sleep better at night.

5 Ways to Use an iPad for Small Business

Although it was designed primarily as a consumer product, the iPad is finding its way into the workforce. We look at five different business scenarios where the iPad could earn its keep.

Top 10 Marketing Tips for Great Email Newsletters

A well-executed email newsletter campaign can help to drive your business into the black. But a misfire can drive customers away. Our top email marketing tips will get you driving on the right road.

Digital Signage for Small Business

Digital signs are proven marketing tools that can boost sales revenue, and they're becoming more affordable and less complex. Are they right for your business?

FileMaker Pro 11: Database Software Review

FileMaker Pro has been considered essential small business software for years. We review the latest iteration.

SugarSync: Online Backup and Synchronization

Despite a few flaws, SugarSync offers small businesses a way to synchronize files across multiple computers and smartphones. Plus, it includes online data backup.

Business Continuity: Email Backup for SMBs

How long could your business last if you lost your email access and data? We look at a couple of Internet-based email backup and recovery options for different sized small businesses.

How to Save Money on Small Business Technology

Should you upgrade your IT infrastructure, or should you make do for awhile longer? Even the experts are conflicted. Either way, we have tips that can save you money on your small business solutions.

Windows 7: Seven Tips for a Smooth Migration

If you’re thinking about migrating your small business over to Windows 7, we’ve got the lowdown on making the transiton as easy and painless as possible.

Top 10 Hardware Products for Small Businesses

The Consumer Electronics show isn't just about the latest gadgets. We found plenty of hardware that could make life easier for small business owners. Take a look at our 10 favorite picks.

A Small Business Guide to Online Collaboration Tools

While the right collaboration tools can help small businesses be more efficient and productive, sifting through the tangle of options available can be a daunting task. Our buyers’ guide has what you need to know to get the job done.

Top Ten Mobile Tools for Small Business

We pick 10 essential tools and services to help mobile professionals get the job done on the run.

A Small Business Guide to Buying Desktop Computers

Laptops may be a hot ticket item, but the desktop PC remains a reliable, affordable workhorse. From size and shape to processors and video, our guide looks at all the specs you need to know to buy the right desktop PCs for your small business.

How to Find Small Business Legal Resources on the Web

Hiring a lawyer can cost a bundle. Not hiring one can cost a fortune. Still, there are times when an online legal resource can save you money, or help you find the right lawyer. We take a look at the best options for small businesses.

Vidyo Offers Web-Based Video Conferencing for SMBs

The company claims that its appliance produces tele-presence at near-HDTV quality without breaking the small-business bank.

Data Backup: Iomega StorCenter ix4-200d

Storage and data backup for small businesses just keeps getting easier and more affordable. Iomega’s StorCenter offers big capacity, features and peace of mind at great price.

Should You Upgrade to Windows 7? 7 Pros and 7 Cons

Will you stick with XP and Vista or will you roll the dice on Microsoft’s latest, and some say greatest, operating system? We offer our take on the pros and cons of a Windows 7 upgrade.

Review: SimpleTough USB 2.0 Portable Drive

SimpleTough lets you take your data to go without worrying about the bumps and dings of a mobile work style.

The Small Business Case for CRM

CRM software used to be expensive and complex, but now even the smallest companies can easily and affordably monitor, track and analyze every aspect of their business.

Tune In to Low-Cost Video Conferencing

Thanks to Web-based services, video conferencing costs less and saves you more just when you need it the most.

Review: The ViewSonic VPC100 Desktop PC

The first PC from a company better known for its monitors, this all-in-one deskltop could be a fit for your business…as long as you don’t require high-powerred performance.

PBX Review: 8x8 Virtual Office

You won’t need a VAR or a consultant to set up this small-business hosted PBX service.

Hasta La Vista, Baby. Hello Windows 7

Word on the street indicates Windows 7 is what Vista should have been all along. We talk to analysts and small business owners who took part in early testing to get their perspective.

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