Tech Thursday – Vistage , Optimum Business, Toshiba, Android App, OPEN, HP – June 16

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  • Vistage Launches A New Blog – Executive Street Blog
  • Optimum Business Expands Voice Offering For Small Biz With Up To 100 Employees
  • Toshiba Launhes It’s First Tablet -“Thrive”
  • New Android App: My Receipt Manager
  • AMEX OPEN Launches New Android App
  • HP Introduces New Notebook Portfolio Powered by AMD

Vistage Launches A New Blog – Executive Street Blog

To satisfy the growing appetite for content specific to the needs of small business CEOs and senior executives from around the world,Vistage International has refreshed its Vistage Buzz Blog and created Executive Street.   The new look and feel provides unprecedented access to trends and thought leadership from the Vistage community.  The announcement was made by Vistage Chief Marketing Officer, Jeff Werderman.

Vistage has been increasing the effectiveness and enhancing the lives of small business CEOs and their leadership teams since 1957,” Werderman said.  “Executive Street provides a platform that extends and enhances our ability to share the rich content developed by our Vistage community with small business executives everywhere.”

The new site, developed by Brainstorm Media, features blog entries from dozens of contributors, a new Q&A small business forum,  the ability to subscribe to specific authors, notices about upcoming webinars, and instant access to special announcements, podcasts and other content from Vistage.

Optimum Business Expands Voice Offering For Small Biz With Up To 100 Employees

Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced the expansion of Optimum Voice Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking from Optimum Business.  The enhanced offering delivers a high-quality, reliable voice service to small businesses through a converged voice and data network that can scale as needed for up to 100 employees.  The service is designed for customers that want to take full advantage of a small business IP PBX system, while avoiding the cost of an analog gateway and traditional T-1 solutions.

Optimum Voice SIP Trunking is now compliant with Avaya IP Office 6.0, adding to the growing list of technology partners working with Optimum Business to deploy an affordable, easy-to-manage communications system.  Optimum Voice SIP Trunking is available through Optimum Business as well as third-party resellers in the New York Metropolitan Area.

Toshiba Launhes It’s First Tablet -“Thrive”

Toshiba’s Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today confirmed details around the upcoming launch of the Thrive™ Tablet, its first Android™-powered tablet for the U.S. market. Previously introduced as the “Toshiba Tablet,” the Thrive Tablet is set to deliver a more complete tablet experience by offering to consumers a tablet designed to deliver more performance, features and connectivity options than other tablets.

“The Thrive Tablet is a reflection of what consumers have come to expect from Toshiba products – finished innovation,” said Jeff Barney, vice president and general manager, Toshiba America Information Systems, Digital Products Division. “Designed to be complete, customizable, connected and convenient, the Thrive Tablet stands out from other tablets as it gives users features that are already familiar to them, as well as the freedom to integrate the device into their digital lifestyles.”

Powered by the NVIDIA® Tegra™ 21 and Android 3.1, Honeycomb, the Thrive Tablet offers a convenient new way to connect, browse and enjoy videos, movies, games, photos, books and more. From its 10.1-inch diagonal high-resolution (1280×800) multi-touch LED backlit widescreen display2, consumers can enjoy a more complete web experience with fast browsing. Get full details here –

New Android App: My Receipt Manager

It seems as though there has never been a time when calculating mileage and tracking receipts for accounting and tax purposes was not a burdensome act for all of us. And everyone in business, from executives at Fortune 500 companies to sole proprietors, knows the vital importance of keeping of accurate and timely records. Accurate records, more often than not, allow for bigger tax refunds, more tax deductions, and consistent reimbursements.

Today Iconosys releases My Receipt Manager™, the Smartphone and Smart device app that provides you a quick and easy way to manage your expenses, by storing digital/watermarked copies of your receipts, invoices, purchase orders, contracts, and/or other accounting related documents. With this handy app, you are able to categorize your stored images and extrapolate time driven reports, sorted by category or organized for purposes of regular submission to an accountant, bookkeeper, tax preparer, or company supervisors. There is even a pre-set feature that enables reimbursement reporting submittals for individuals operating with monthly budgets or expense allowances.

Additionally, if you have ever struggled with mileage tracking or reporting, the app’s GPS and Google Mapping, API-driven Mileage Log system will accurately provide you a timely database of your mileage reports — with details –, and with the app you are always ready to submit your stored records for reimbursement or compensation from your employer, contractor, or clients

AMEX OPEN Launches New Android App

American Express is announcing the launch of a free Android App for OPEN Forum (, the financial services company’s acclaimed online resource and networking site for small business owners. The new app joins the existing iPhone App for OPEN Forum, helping to showcase why Forrester Research noted its actionable value for entrepreneurs.

Originally launched in 2007, OPEN Forum is a site designed to help business owners grow their enterprises by helping forge meaningful business connections and providing access to practical information from some of the best minds in business.

OPEN Forum re-launched last week. New features and functionality help entrepreneurs find the content they’re looking for faster, consume actionable insights remotely and on multiple platforms, and interact more frequently.

Now with the new app, today’s on-the-go business owners will have access to actionable advice and insights from Guy Kawasaki, Henry Blodget, Anita Campbell, Mashable bloggers and more – virtually anywhere, anytime.

Here’s a rundown of the features of the new Android App for OPEN Forum:

Read the latest articles from OPEN Forum experts in categories such as innovation, lifestyle, managing, marketing, money, technology and the world;

Watch videos from thought leaders such as Guy Kawasaki in full screen; Bookmark articles for later reading; Share articles with friends and followers on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn; Search for articles on particular topics, keywords or authors.

Additionally, the iPhone App for OPEN Forum has just enabled AirPlay, allowing users to stream videos from OPEN Forum authors to their Apple TV. More details here

HP Introduces New Notebook Portfolio Powered by AMD

HP  expanded its consumer and business notebook portfolios with 11 new models utilizing AMD’s latest VISION Technology for exceptional performance at an affordable price.

Powered by AMD’s A-series Accelerated Processing Units (APUs) that combine leading-edge CPU cores and powerful discrete-graphics onto a single die of silicon, HP’s new notebooks offer solutions for consumers, small and midsize businesses (SMBs) and large corporations.

— The HP Pavilion dv-series (Pavilion dv4, dv6 and dv7) provides the ultimate entertainment notebook experience and is equipped with innovative features such as HP CoolSense, HP True Vision HD webcam and HP Beats™ Audio (Pavilion metal dv6 and dv7). The dv-series also offers more than two times the graphics performance compared with previous-generation integrated graphics.(1)

— The HP Pavilion g-series (Pavilion g4, g6 and g7) balances productivity with efficiency for ideal everyday performance. The addition of AMD technology provides rapid page loads, which can enable programs such as Internet Explorer 9(2) to run even faster.

— The HP ProBook b-series (HP ProBook 6465b and ProBook 6565b), featuring AMD VISION Pro technology, offers enhanced security and increased performance, while sporting an attractive new tungsten-colored design with a bead-blasted aluminum display enclosure and smudge- and wear-resistant HP DuraFinish.

— The HP ProBook s-series (ProBook 4535s, 4435s and 4436s) combines a durable brushed-aluminum finish in a metallic gray color in addition to a touchpad with gesture support and an integrated high-definition (HD)(3) webcam.


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