Mobile with Mario: HP ProBook, Google Chromebook & BlackBerry Conference Calls – May 26

Welcome to our weekly Mobile with Mario column.

Each week we bring you articles from Small Biz Go Mobile’s Mario Armstrong – tech expert, commentator and digital lifestyle expert – featuring hot topics, products and trends in mobility and small business.

Google’s Clous Laptops Announced at I/O Conference

Google is getting set to bring cloud computing to the masses with their Chromebook-branded netbooks coming to market this summer. What’s so different about a Chromebook? Well, for one, the fact that the operating system, security options and programs/apps are all stored in Google’s cloud. No data will actually be saved to the device, which makes for a faster computing experience (8 seconds to boot up according to Google). The Chromebooks can connect either via WiFi or you can add a 3G option that will make the device self-reliant when it comes to a network/data connection. Check out our coverage to learn more about the upcoming Google Chromebooks.

Your Blackberry Can Still Make Conference Calls

As interactive as our digital lives have become thanks to Skype, Twitter, Facebook, and instant messaging, there are times when you actually have to make a phone call. Strange right? But that doesn’t mean your collaboration and productivity has to take a nose dive if one of your colleagues, business partners, or clients can’t “connect” using new-age methods.

Three-way calling and/or conference calls are still the sure-fire way to make sure everybody is present and everybody receives all of the information when you can’t meet face to face. And don’t forget, your BlackBerry can still make conference calls!


The ProBook 5330M: A New Business Laptop from HP combines Sleek Design with Pro Media Features

You’d be forgiven if at first glance you mistook the HP ProBook 5330m, pictured right, for a MacBook Pro. The brushed aluminum chasis and backlit chiclet keyboard are both plays straight out of Apple’s book. These are a part what HP is calling FORGE, a new design framework that brings a contemporary look to HP’s line of professional laptops.

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