Tech Thursday (3/14): News From Basecamp, Constant Contact, Mozy and Brother

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 share them with you in a quick and simple round-up.





The Official Basecamp App for iPhone

Basecamp announced the first iOS app developed completely in-house at 37signals

Basecamp announced the first iOS app developed completely in-house at 37signals: the official Basecamp app for iPhone.

Get it now for free on the App Store

Here’s what you can do with it:

  • Check in on your projects from anywhere. Basecamp for iPhone shows you the latest news on each project.
  • Jump in on a discussion and post your thoughts.
  • View progress as team members complete to-dos and upload files.
  • Look up anything in a project. Refer to a document or make a decision no matter where you are.
See more about the new app and it’s features here.


EventSpot from Constant Contact Brings Mobile Advances to Check-In and Ticketing Process


With EventSpot’s Passbook® integration, Constant Contact takes first step in making Passbook relevant for small businesses and nonprofits


More Americans now own a smartphone (45 percent of adults) than a traditional cell phone. This tipping point represents a tremendous opportunity for small organizations to more efficiently engage with their customers and members through mobile technology. To support this growing trend, EventSpot from Constant Contact®, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTCT) has introduced mobile-enhanced features that allow small businesses and nonprofits to promote and manage their events in a dynamic new way. 

EventSpot’s new features streamline the ticketing and check-in process. Tickets generated for each event attendee contain valuable, time-saving registrant information, including name, payment status, guest information, fee type, items purchased, and a QR code. With the Event Check-In for Constant Contact App,
event planners and attendees benefit from an accurate, fast check-in, alleviating lines. 

You can see more about EventSpot from Constant Contact here.



Mozy Cloud Backup Now Available on the Upware Marketplace from Comcast Business

New online app marketplace from leading communications provider meets evolving needs of growing businesses


Mozy by EMC, the most trusted provider of cloud backup and access, has joined the Upware marketplace<>from Comcast Business to offer the industry-leading Mozy backup service to small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

The Upware™ marketplace is a suite of cloud-based business solutions that can be purchased through one easy-to-use web portal. It contains a carefully selected list of third-party, cloud-based business applications from industry-leading companies in key categories such as data backup, data security, document collaboration and web collaboration. Upware is designed to meet the needs of small and medium businesses looking to use cloud-based solutions to simplify their IT systems, control costs and increase productivity.

Mozy is available now on the Upware marketplace for Comcast Business at. You can see more about the Mozy addition to Comcast here.




Brother Introduces A Digital Color Printer Under $300 Featuring Wireless Connectivity And Duplex Printing

New Brother Digital Color Printers Deliver Professional Results and Big-Business Features for the Small Business Budget


Brother International Corporation, a leader in small business technology, today announced the launch of its new HL-3000 series of digital color LED printers that allow small businesses to produce professional-looking color documents at speeds up to 23 ppm, giving them a competitive edge in the marketplace.

A recent study among small business owners by Brother reveals that presenting their business in a professional light is the most important influence for printing in color1. With this in mind, Brother recognized the need for small businesses to print high quality, professional color documents at speeds up to 23ppm without spending time and money at local copy centers or over-spending on expensive printers to get the business-focused features they wanted.

Brother’s new HL-3000 printer series is an ideal solution for those needs. The low starting price of just $249.99 makes them affordable to small business owners and the new cost-saving high capacity replacement toners (approximately 2,200 pages) can help reduce their cost per page. Additionally, fast print speeds, two-sided (duplex) capability, advanced wireless and mobile device printing; all in a compact footprint give users a host of features previously unavailable in a reliable digital color printer under $300.

You can see more about the new Brother printer 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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