Tech Thursday (1/10): eFax iOS App * Lenovo Windows 8 Touch Devices * AWeber Integrates With Etsy * Plustek 2013 Product Line

eFax® App for iOS Makes It Easier to Fax on the Go


Lenovo Unleashes New Windows 8 Touch Devices


AWeber Announces New Integration with Etsy


Plustek Unveils Its 2013 Product Line at CES 2013



eFax® App for iOS Makes It Easier to Fax on the Go


Integration with more cloud apps and enhancements for new iPad Mini and iPhone 5 improves mobile faxing


LOS ANGELES, Calif. – eFax®, a provider of online fax services and a brand of j2 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), today announced its latest iOS app which makes it even easier to send, receive, sign, and print faxes directly from an iPhone®, iPad®, iPad Mini and iPod Touch®. The iOS app incorporates the most requested new features and provides eFax customers with new and improved ways to fax anytime, from anywhere.

In November 2012, Apple reported that more than 3 million iPad Mini® and fourth-generation iPad devices were sold during the devices’ launch weekend.

“These devices are driving increased productivity in the office, on the road, and at home,” said Kyle Flowers, marketing director at j2 Global. “Enhancements to the eFax iOS app ensure that users can send and receive important faxes whenever and wherever duty calls, such as signing a contract from a cab, sending an invoice from a hotel room, or approving an expense report from the couch.”

Email attachments or documents stored in popular online cloud solutions can now easily be faxed directly from the enhanced eFax iOS app. The latest
features include:

  • AirPrint on the Go – Print faxes easily to AirPrint-enabled printers using WiFi
  • Organize Contacts – Manage eFax contacts directly from the Home
  • Squint Less – The updated eFax app takes advantage of the enhanced
    screen size for the larger iPhone 5 display and the new iPad Mini
  • Send Any Document in Any Form* – Fax email attachments, documents
    from popular cloud storage services, or photos on the handheld device

eFax is a pioneer in the fax business, with a string of technology and business firsts dating back to 1988. eFax remains an important communications tool for over 11 million subscribers worldwide, as well as companies of all sizes, from sole proprietors with a single fax number to Fortune 100 and 500 companies with thousands of fax numbers.


Lenovo Unleashes New Windows 8 Touch Devices

10 New Window  Touch Devices Reveled at Consumer Electronics Show 2013


LAS VEGAS– Lenovo revealed a lineup of consumer and business Windows 8 touch-optimized devices at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. Headlining the collection are new additions to the ultra-portable IdeaPad U Series Ultrabooks™ and the multimedia intensive IdeaPad Z Series laptops as well as new models of IdeaCentre all-in-one desktops, from the sleek and stylish A Series to the affordable and space-saving C Series.

Lenovo also introduced an extreme performance gaming desktop PC, the Lenovo Erazer X700, designed for enthusiast-level gaming and graphics-hungry applications. For small businesses, the ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531 laptops introduce a unique Lenovo OneLink technology for new docking capabilities, and to complete the new range of Windows 8 touch devices, the ThinkPad Mobile Monitor makes a great companion as a second display, especially for complementing non-touch devices with touch functionality.

“People love touch. It’s everywhere in today’s PC Plus world and is driving new interactions with devices and digital content,” said Peter Hortensius, president, Product Group, and senior vice president, Lenovo. “We’ve aggressively integrated touch across our consumer PCs so that we have one of the largest portfolios of Windows 8 touch products available.”

Included in the new lineup are:

  • The IdeaPad Z500 Touch: Available starting in April with prices starting at approximately $699
  • The IdeaPad Z400 Touch: Available starting in March with prices starting at approximately $699
  • The IdeaPad U310 Touch: Available starting in March with prices starting at approximately $779
  • The IdeaPad U410 Touch: Available starting in April with prices starting at approximately $850
  • The Lenovo Erazer X700: Available starting in June with prices starting at approximately $1,499
  • The IdeaCentre A730: Available starting in June with prices starting at approximately $1,499
  • The IdeaCentre C540: Available starting in February. Non-touch models start at approximately $549. Touch models will be available in June.
  • The ThinkPad Edge E431 and E531: Available starting in May with prices starting at approximately $539
  • The ThinkPad OneLink Dock: Available starting in May. with a price of approximately $99
  • The ThinkVision LT1423p Mobile Monitor Touch: Available during Q2 2013 and the price will be approximately $449.


AWeber Announces New Integration with Etsy


New drag-and-drop tool provides Etsy sellers a simple way to collect email subscribers and sell products


Chalfont, Pa – AWeber, an email marketing software serving over 100,000 small businesses around the world, announced an integration with Etsy that allows sellers to add customers as email subscribers at the time of purchase and easily promote products in email with a drag-and-drop product feature.

“Email is an awesome way to keep in touch with your customers and remind them about products in your shop,” said Amanda Gagnon, AWeber’s Senior Education Marketing Associate and owner of the Etsy shop Cocoa and Shea. “Our integration with Etsy makes it super simple to add featured products to your emails. With just a few clicks, you’re on your way to a better connection with your customers.”

Through AWeber’s new tool, Etsy sellers have access to a broader range of marketing opportunities using the power of email. “Email marketing, in my opinion, is crucial. Not only is it crucial, but highly underused in the Etsy world,” explained Bethany Dasko, owner of Humerus Wares.

AWeber users can immediately access the application by logging into their AWeber account and selecting the Etsy app in the “My Apps” showcase.


Plustek Unveils Its 2013 Product Line at CES 2013


 2013 Line of Products include Network Video Recorders, Document and Film Scanners


LAS VEGAS – Plustek Technology Inc, a manufacturer of consumer, prosumer and professional imaging devices, will exhibit a full line of new scanning and surveillance products at the world-renowned 2013 International Consumer Electronic Show (CES) at the Las Vegas Convention Center. New products to debut at CES 2013 include C500, PS456, VS 540i, and nDVR 580.

Products on display at Plustek’s 2013 CES booth include:.

  • Plustek NVR Slim240Pro – a digital video recorder with an integral hard drive bay and network switch, requires no PC to run and connects up to 4 SD or Megapixel IP cameras (RTSP protocol supported). High temperature resistant robust edge design is designed for rough and extreme environment.
  • Plustek nDVR 540 – a 4 channel networkable digital video recorder surveillance system designed for use with existing CCTV cameras, including PTZ cameras.
  • Plustek nDVR 580 – a 8 channel networkable digital video recorder surveillance system designed for use with existing CCTV cameras with intuition operation and configuration.
  • Plustek VS 540i – a dual stream video server that digitalize four analog cameras. Includes RS485 for PTZ camera support and a convenient TV-out function.
  • Plustek C500 Document Camera*- a document camera type scanner that uses a 5 Megapixel color CMOS sensor. It enables visual presentation, image capture (scanning) ,video recording and projection of documents or objects.
  • Plustek SmartOffice SN8016U – an 80-page-per-minute departmental class A3 size ADF scanner with network and USB connections.
  • Plustek’s SmartOffice PS456U – an 80 ppm departmental class document scanner with advanced image processing, ultrasonic multi-feed detection, ISIS and TWAIN drivers.
  • Plustek OpticBook A300 – a A3 size book scanner that scans at 2.5 seconds per page and features Plustek’s patent pending Shadow Elimination Element technology.
  • Plustek OpticFIlm 120 – a professional grade 120 and 35mm negative and slide scanner with auto feeder, 5300 dpi true resolution and dynamic range of 4.01.
  • Plustek OpticFilm 8200i Ai – a prosumer 35mm negative and slide scanner that is ideal for converting slide collections to digital format.

All Plustek products can be purchased from authorized resellers, DMRs, VARs, and distributors NewWave Technologies, and Ingram Micro.

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Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (, an agency dedicated to providing high-level virtual services to small businesses and entrepreneurs. A lover of technology and small business, Carolyn has built a career on the intelligent use of technology to increase business efficiency and productivity, which ultimately leads to greater profitability. Carolyn works closely with her clients to understand their challenges and helps them integrate the best technology solutions into their businesses so they too can enjoy great successes. You can follow Carolyn on Twitter at @CarolynCrummey or @VirTasktic.

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