Tech Thursday Round Up – July 29, 2010

  • Easy Ways to Integrate Your Data Using the Small Business Web (Podcast)
  • Acer Launches New Line of Ultra-Thin, Space-Saving Displays with Advanced Eco-Friendly Tech & Packaging
  • Store, Transmit or Process Credit Card Data? 4 Things You Need to Know
  • New List of Awards and Contests for Entrepreneurs
  • Jim Blasingame Discusses Mobility and Growing Businesses with Ramon Ray
  • Telecommuting Could Save You $32,000 a Year in Savings

Easy Ways to Integrate Your Data Using the Small Business Web (Podcast)
All growing businesses might not be able to have their data in ONE place. Between a contact management application, CRM service, email marketing provider and more, your data is often spread between two or more applications.
Fortunately, many of you are using online applications, which makes it easier to share the data than it would be using software installed on a server.
Unfortunately, many of you are not taking advantage of the ability to integrate your data between these applications. Furthermore, not all of the applications you use make it easy to share data. Read the rest on Smallbiztechnology.com
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Acer Launches New Line of Ultra-Thin, Space-Saving Displays with Advanced Eco-Friendly Tech & Packaging
acer.jpgSAN JOSE, Calif., July 26, 2010 – Acer America today debuts a new line of ultra-thin LED monitors that feature an eco-friendly, space-conscious design. The new S1 series displays combine the latest LED technology with a slim 13mm to 15mm profile, making them ideal for users with limited space for work or entertainment.
The S1 series LED monitors come in a range of sizes, delivering excellent video performance and innovative display technologies to deliver crisp, clear images.
The S1 series of monitors leverages some key eco-friendly, energy-saving technologies. All of the S1 models feature white LED backlighting, which does not contain hazardous substances such as mercury or halogen gases, making it safer for the environment. Additionally, white LED technology consumes less power, providing up to 68% power savings to users. See www.acer-group.com for more information.
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Store, Transmit or Process Credit Card Data? 4 Things You Need to Know

Thumbnail image for ProPay.gifFor companies that store, transmit, or process payment card data (credit or debit cards),
compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is mandatory.
Some of those companies must also validate compliance to meet the requirements of the card brands and banks. The PCI DSS is a set of 12 high-level requirements and approximately 220 sub-requirements. Most that have had to comply with the standard would likely agree that using the word ‘difficult’ to describe achieving compliance is an understatement. Quite frankly, achieving and maintaining compliance with the PCI DSS is an extremely challenging and expensive undertaking. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce the headache and associated cost of PCI DSS compliance.
Don’t store, transmit or process Cardholder Data.
While this may not sound feasible, many if not most, small businesses can leverage technologies that reduce or completely remove the data that is stored.Read the rest on Smallbiztechnology.com
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New List of Awards and Contests for Entrepreneurs
Don’t miss the latest list of contests, competitions and awards for growing companies, brought to you by Small Business Trends and Smallbiztechnology.com.
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Jim Blasingame Discusses Mobility and Growing Businesses with Ramon Ray
What does the future look like with mobile apps and your small business? Ramon Ray joins Jim Blasingame to talk about the new technology advances in mobile computing, including smart phones and the i-Pad, plus how your small business should be preparing for mobile. Hear the discussion here.
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Telecommuting Could Save You $32,000 a Year in Savings
Protus, owner of email marketing firm Campaigner, myFax and myVoice clued me in to a white paper from the Telework Research Network (TRN) that says they can get a saving of more than $32,000 a year by simply allowing workers to spend half of their time telecommuting.
Of course YOUR savings cost will be different. But the principle that you can save money by implementing a telecommuting strategy is real.
Citrix Online has a very good PDF of this here. If you’re interested in how telecommuting could work for you, this paper is an excellent read. Read the rest on Smallbiztechnology.com

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