Tech Thursday (14 July): New Book, eBay Fetch, LogMeIn, oDesk, Verizon Wireless

New Book: How To Use The Web To Find Find Local Business and Market Information

Fetch: Connecting Local Merchants with Local Shoppers on eBay

Anytime, Anywhere Transfer of Photos and Videos Between PCs, Macs, iPads and iPhones Now Available with LogMeIn Ignition

Work Opportunities on the Rise This Summer, Opportunities More Than Double Year-over-Year

Verizon Wireless Introduces Next Generation Droid Delivering Power and Performance: THE DROID 3 BY MOTOROLA

New Book: How To Use The Web To Find Find Local Business and Market Information

Even in our global economy, businesses are still hungry for targeted, localized information about customers, companies and trends. It doesn’t matter if you’re a CEO of a Fortune 500 company or one-person operation, if you’re entering a new market, tracking competitors, identifying possible strategic partners, getting to know your buyers, or raising funds, you’re probably asking questions about specific, and sometimes very small, geographic areas. And as with any type of research, you look for answers on the Internet. But as skilled searchers know, adding the element of geography to any research project creates new challenges.

In her new book Research on Main Street: Using the Web to Find Local Business and Market Information, research professional Marcy Phelps presents a unique and useful guide to finding business and market information about places—including counties, cities, census blocks, and other sub-state areas—using free and low-cost online resources.

She provides powerful techniques and strategies for location-specific research, including advice on how to tap local sources for more in-depth information about companies, people, local business and economic conditions and outlooks, and national issues.

In addition to sharing her own well-honed expertise, Phelps incorporates a wealth of advice from her fellow business researchers throughout in the valuable “Tips from the Pros” sections in each chapter. More information here.

Fetch: Connecting Local Merchants with Local Shoppers on eBay

In December, eBay acquired Milo, a local search engine, and as a result, has started integrating local products on eBay in the search results, providing more choice for consumers who expect to be able to shop for whatever they want, whenever they want.

Currently, eBay is connecting independent retailers and local shoppers like never before with a free public beta called Fetch. This featureallows small and medium-sized retailers to upload their local inventory and automatically share the real-time availability of their products with the millions of shoppers on eBay, the world’s largest online marketplace. It’s an easy, low-maintenance way for small businesses to have increased visibility on the web and for owners to drive foot traffic into their brick and mortar locations.

Fetch is low maintenance for the small business owner: after a one-time installation, Fetch automatically updates the retailer’s inventory every 15 minutes, leaving the store owner free to do what he or she does best – focus on the customer. Get more information here.

Anytime, Anywhere Transfer of Photos and Videos Between PCs, Macs, iPads and iPhones Now Available with LogMeIn Ignition

New update to popular app lets users transfer multimedia files over the internet

Apple iOS device owners can now copy videos and photos stored on their PCs and Macs directly to their iPad or iPhone – and vice versa – over the internet without having to synch devices.  Available as part of a new update to LogMeIn Ignition, the top-grossing third-party iPad app of 2010 from LogMeIn, Inc. (NASDAQ: LOGM), the new features give users all their photos and videos on their iPads with just a few clicks, even if those photos and videos reside on a computer thousands of miles away.

The update extends LogMeIn Ignition’s unique file management capabilities, introduced in March 2011 – the ability to move, copy and save files from remote PCs and Macs to the iPad.  With the update users can now transfer video and photo files between their iPad and iPhone’s photo libraries and their PC or Mac.

Demonstrations of the new capabilities are availablw at http://B.LogMe.In/category/ignition/.

“iPad and iPhone users can now easily carry their photos and videos with them wherever they go, with the option of connecting to their entire collection, regardless of location,” said Andrew Burton, LogMeIn’s vice president, Access & Management. “Whether it’s grabbing photos of the trip to the Caribbean that never made it on to Facebook or that home video of the kids at the pool this summer, the new update to LogMeIn Ignition means never having to leave a video or photo behind.  And for all of us that are on the go this summer, it offers a simple way to use an iPad to get a little freedom from the office while still having fun – a productivity app with an entertainment bonus.”

Work Opportunities on the Rise This Summer, Opportunities More Than Double Year-over-Year

oDesk Report: More Hiring and Income Around the World for Remote Workers

Summer is traditionally associated with vacations and downtime, but the June 2011 “Online Employment Report” from leading online employment platform oDesk states that workers around the world were busier than ever. In fact, 1.25 million online contractors are working nearly twice the number of hours than they did last June.

Employers worldwide are offering more opportunities for remote, online contractors—and nearly 300 new full-time workers join the online workforce every week. As a result, more money is being earned online than ever before. Employers spent $18 million on online contractors in June alone, a 93% jump over the same time last year.

“Many of today’s most innovative businesses are taking advantage of the borderless economy and hiring those workers with the best skills, regardless of their location,” said Gary Swart, oDesk CEO. “More and more, we’re seeing that work is not a place, and that the influence of the international workforce is far greater than the sum of its parts. The money being spent on online work crosses borders, it creates opportunities, and it generates employment for workers both in the U.S. and abroad.”

Twenty-four percent of the money spent on online work last month went to contractors in India, which also is home to the largest population of online workers. Philippines-based workers brought in 16 percent of the total earnings, followed closely by the United States at 14 percent. China has proven to be the biggest up-and-comer, gaining one percent of the total money earned online this month and surpassing Canada to earn eighth place.

Verizon Wireless Introduces Next Generation Droid Delivering Power and Performance: THE DROID 3 BY MOTOROLA

DROID 3 by Motorola Available Online Today

Verizon Wireless and Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI), today announced the new Android™-powered DROID 3 by Motorola, a global smartphone that delivers power for work and play without making compromises.

DROID 3 by Motorola is the world’s thinnest full QWERTY smartphone ever, and still delivers the power of a dual-core 1 GHz processor for fast multi-tasking.  Customers can take stunning photos with the 8-megapixel camera or capture the moment in 1080p HD video. Equipped with Android 2.3, the DROID 3 by Motorola features a brilliant 4-inch qHD display, a roomy 5-row QWERTY keyboard and 3G Mobile Hotspot capabilities, with the ability to connect up to five Wi-Fi-enabled devices.  DROID 3 by Motorola delivers the power needed to conquer the day whether customers are at home, work or somewhere in between.

 

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One thought on “Tech Thursday (14 July): New Book, eBay Fetch, LogMeIn, oDesk, Verizon Wireless

  1. Pavan

    I’ve used odesk before and it’s a great site. Posting opportunities on there is a bad idea, because everyone applies to them and they’re usually not qualified in the least bit. It’s better to use the contractor search and hone in on qualified contractors and contact them individually.

    Crowd sourcing when hiring for a very specific type of job isn’t a good idea.

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