Tech Thursday (2/21): News From BenQ, Verizon Wireless, SugarSync and YouMail

It’s Tech Thursday from Each week we take a quick look at business and technology news and updates for the small business community and shares them with you in a quick and simple round-up.





New BenQ Interactive Projectors Bring Handheld Tablet Connectivity to Classrooms and Boardroom 


Projectors Feature Third-Generation PointDraw™ Technology Offering iPad® and Android™ Tablet BYOD Integration


BenQ America Corp., an internationally renowned provider of digital lifestyle innovations, today announced the latest additions to its PointDraw™ line of short-throw
projectors: the MW821ST and MX822ST. Supporting BenQ’s third-generation PointDraw interactive projection technology, the projectors facilitate a more immersive experience in classrooms and boardrooms by enabling integration of iPad® and Android™ tablets, and greater interaction with new PointDraw Pen 3.0.

BenQ’s third-generation PointDraw technology includes the new PointDraw Pen 3.0 to create more engaging presentations. Now with improved pointer accuracy and decreased lag, the optional PointDraw pen enables teachers and presenters to write on any projection surface whenever enhanced interactivity is required. The QDraw3 app is available for download from the Apple® App StoreSM or the Google Play™ Store and can be used via wireless connection with iPad and Android devices. The interactive software is also compatible with Mac® and Linux® operating systems in addition to offering tile-friendly Windows® 8 compatibility, and can be downloaded from the website. A license key is included in the PointDraw pen package, which is available for purchase separately.

For more information on these new items from BenQ, click here.


Verizon Wireless Rounds Out Mobile Payments with Square


Accepting Mobile Payments Comes Full Circle for Small Businesses


Verizon Wireless, a go-to mobile technology resource for small businesses, and Square are making the Square Card Reader available in Verizon Wireless retail locations across the country. Powered by the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE network, the Square Card Reader makes it easy for small businesses and on-the-go entrepreneurs in any industry to accept credit card payments. With the Square Card Reader, small businesses can enhance their company’s productivity and efficiency, while gaining a competitive advantage in their industry.

For more information, click here.


SugarSync Announces All-New Business Plans & Pricing

SugarSync recently announced some exciting news for business users, teams and organizations looking for the best way to unleash the power of the Cloud: all-new SugarSync for Business plans and pricing, featuring unlimited storage and unlimited users/seats! Now businesses or teams of all sizes can leverage the power & flexibility of SugarSync, while scaling up as big as your business requirements do.

But it’s not just about lower prices and more storage & seats: we’ve listened to our business customers (and users on personal accounts who have wanted to move to SugarSync for Business) as well as worked with companies of all sizes around the globe to better understand their needs, pricing and storage considerations — resulting in a dramatically simplified yet easily scalable new offering which we believe will delight business customers across the full range of sizes. Whether you need 3 seats or 3000, you now get unlimited storage for no extra charge. SugarSync for Business starts at $550/year and includes 3 users, and then businesses can add additional users anytime for $125/user. All with unlimited storage, regardless of the number of users!

For more information on the new plans, click here.


YouMail Opens For Business

Mobile Voicemail in the Cloud Hits New Growth Milestones and Launches New Business-Oriented Premium Service


YouMail, the leading provider of personalized cloud-based voicemail, today announced that it has cleared four million registered users. In addition, YouMail announced it now has registered users from over 150,000 different businesses and enterprises, working in over 15,000 different occupations, and with up to multiple thousands of YouMail users active within a single enterprise. YouMail also
announced the launch of its “YouMail – Business Edition” service geared toward its large and growing audience of business and professional users.

“We’ve added one million users in just the past six months, as YouMail is now spreading organically to our user’s family, friends and colleagues,” said YouMail CEO Alex Quilici. “And we’re now seeing a big chunk of our base using YouMail as a business productivity tool, whether it’s within a small business or a large enterprise.”

For more information on this story, click here.



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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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