Tech Thursday Round Up – February 10, 2011

New Dell Vostro 460 Gives You Power for Today and Scalability for Tomorrow
Dell announces they’re adding some more muscle to our desktop line with the Vostro 460. Like their laptop counterparts, the latest Vostro desktop is designed specifically for small businesses. Customers seeking reliable IT solutions will make the most of their technology spend with the Vostro 460, benefiting from easy-to-configure features that are highly productive. The Vostro 460 is also the first SMB desktop PC offering the new Intel Sandy Bridge Quad Core processors, allowing small businesses to multi-task to the max. In addition, Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 gives you more power when and where you need it.
While the Vostro 460 offers ample technology out of the box, customers can choose extra features they need to stay on task and grow with their business. There’s plenty of storage space with a hard-disk capacity expandable up to 3TB to safe keep work files, photos, music and more. With a large 350W power supply and up to 150W of graphics-card power, you’ll never run out of juice for your upgrades. And, after a long day of hard work, entrepreneurs can let loose with the Vostro 460’s Blu-ray Disc™ drive and 7.1 HD sound.
Designed for the demands of today’s small business, the Vostro 460 helps customers keep operations running smoothly without missing a beat. Need IT support? Customers can choose their own level of 24×7 IT support with optional Dell ProSupport™ services. Dell Support Center comes pre-loaded in the 460 and data security is also a breeze, with protection services that are simple to use and require little or no maintenance.

AT&T Office@Hand App Helps Small Businesses Easily Set Up, Manage, and Access Their Office-Based Phone Systems in the Cloud
AT&T announced its AT&T Office@Hand app for iPhone, a mobile PBX application which allows small businesses with an existing wireless account from AT&T to configure and manage their office phone system on-the-go.
The AT&T Office@Hand app works with existing mobile or fixed-line phones, offering professional phone system features such as auto-receptionist, multiple department and employee extensions, voicemail, rules for call handling, faxing, on-hold music and more. The app not only provides small business owners and employees access to these features, but also enables them to update, configure and manage their office phone system while away from the office. There is no hardware set up or technical skills required to use the app.
Sage Mobile Payments Lets Small Business Owners Turn Cell Phones into Card Swipe Devices
Sage Payment Solutions, the payments division for Sage North America, announced general availability for Sage Mobile Payments. The product comes bundled with a Sage merchant account to allow SMBs to expand their payment options by accepting credit and debit cards on 400+ types of mobile phones and computing devices, across all major wireless carriers. Sage Payment Solutions is offering the mobile payments product for a monthly fee as low as $10.95 and no incremental mobile processing or transaction fees.
Sage Mobile Payments is available with an optional card reader, with end-to-end encryption from the card reader device to the application. It is also Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant, and adheres to the highest possible standards in the payment industry. All customer data flowing through Sage Mobile Payments is encrypted before it leaves a customer’s cell phone; no personal data is retained on the phone or mobile computing device.
Intuit GoPayment Mobile Payment App for Android 3.0
Gets You Paid on the Spot Using Android 3.0-based Tablets to Process Credit Cards
Intuit GoPayment, which lets anyone who sells products or services get paid via mobile devices, is one of the first mobile payment apps being developed for Android™ 3.0, Honeycomb. Building on the capabilities of Honeycomb, GoPayment makes it easier and quicker for people and businesses selling products or services to process credit card payments no matter where they are – on the road, in a store or at their home. GoPayment for Honeycomb makes it easy to get paid fast and lets users:

  • Take photos of frequently sold items – Using a device’s camera, save time by photographing products and storing details to create a visual product list to quickly take customer orders.
  • Drag and drop frequently sold items from a product list – Quickly complete a sale by dragging and dropping items into the shopping cart and easily add or delete items as needed.
  • Work within an easy-to-view, large-screen environment – Easily view transactions and work faster when processing payments on a tablet. GoPayment is optimized for tablet form factors building on Honeycomb’s “fragment” technology.
  • Find data quickly – Find items in a product list or locate past transactions using new search capabilities.
  • Authorize transactions with touch screen signature – For added security and professionalism, customers can quickly sign a tablet’s touch screen to authorize their transaction
  • Swipe cards within seconds – Save time and money by swiping a card instead of entering numbers manually with support for a variety of credit card readers. All compatible card readers also encrypt the credit card data for added protection.

ProPay Debuts Mobile Payment Application for Smartphones
ProPay announced the debut of its new social mobile payment (m-payment) platform, provisionally named Zumogo™ in its initial release during the 2011 Sundance Film Festival®. It is a mobile payment application that facilitates payments and bi-directional communication between merchants and their consumers, allowing customers and businesses to connect in a powerful new way. With Zumogo (pronounced “Zoo-MOE-Go”), businesses can efficiently market to new and existing customers and improve operating efficiencies, while customers can communicate with and make payments to businesses — all through their Smartphone. Both groups can benefit from the efficiency and security of the application. Importantly, no sensitive payment data is stored on the customer’s Smartphone or in the merchants’ systems, as Zumogo is designed to deliver state-of-the-art security.
Consumers no longer need to carry all of their payment cards with them to make a payment. They can locate nearby Zumogo merchants, and even announce themselves to the merchant and ask questions via Zumogo’s chat function. Businesses can more efficiently service their customers while developing a deeper relationship with them. In addition, Zumogo can enable businesses to expedite the payment and checkout processes, allowing them to more efficiently serve their customers.
Guide to Going Paperless
Every day, businesses come to the realization that the time has come to “go paperless.” Maybe a document went missing and resulted in financial loss, filing cabinets are taking over office space, or customers wait for callbacks while customer service searches for their file. Whatever the reason, and there are many more, business owners and managers are looking to get rid of operational bottlenecks caused by outdated methods of storing and retrieving documents. What seems on the surface to be a pretty simple concept – convert paper to images and keep them on the computer – can become a challenge without some guide to help you put together a plan.
However, every business is unique, so Cabinet NG has created a “Guide to Going Paperless” that offers ideas for planning and executing the transition to a paperless office in a way that will match a company’s specific requirements and resources
ZyXEL’s new MWR211 mobile wireless router
ZyXEL Communications Inc., a leading provider of secure broadband networking, Internet connectivity and routing products, launched the MWR211 – a battery powered, 3G mobile wireless router. This palm-sized secure device offers multiple connectivity options that include wired and 3G wireless carrier-agnostic Internet access, in addition to 11n Wi-Fi for anytime web access. To support the sales of the MWR211 and other mobile solutions, ZyXEL also announced a value-added reseller agreement with Blackstar Networks (BSN), a distribution leader for all wireless mobility products.
ZyXEL’s MWR211 can operate using either AC power or its rechargeable battery, ensuring continuous Internet access regardless of whether a power source is available. The router is highly secure with an SPI firewall / anti-DoS attack shield that is easily configured. It also supports an unlimited number of friends, family or business colleagues and features data usage alerts to avoid bill overages. A sister product, the MWR222, which has two Ethernet and USB ports, is a similarly-designed device that enables automated business machines, as well as business travelers, to stay connected. The MWR222 keeps users connected wherever they are, using either Ethernet or Wi-Fi connectivity, and either electrical power or the MWR’s rechargeable battery. Both units support most major wireless carriers and mobile broadband adapters.

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