Tech Thursday (4/18): News from Anoto, Freshdesk, Lenovo and Zoho

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.




Anoto Live™ Forms Launches in the U.S. and Europe

World leader in digital writing technology offers increased speed and efficiency 

Anoto , the world leader in digital writing technology, today announced that the Anoto Live™ forms digital writing solution, which helps organizations simplify and expedite their paper based data capture processes, is now readily available across the U.S. and Europe.

Anoto Live™ forms is a modern alternative for organizations seeking to streamline their business processes without having to invest significantly in new systems and user training. The user’s handwriting is transformed into live information using the digital pen platform which can convert it into various computer readable formats, making it immediately available to back-office systems.  Along with the interpreted data, a complete image of the form is also created, making it ideal for signatures and drawings. Working with independent software vendors (ISVs), the Anoto Live™ forms solution provides a means for digital writing technology to be seamlessly embedded into current processes, resulting in a robust solution with economic and social benefits backed by measureable ROI.

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Freshdesk Brings Deepest Customizability to Customer Support with the Launch of FreshThemes

Customer support leader helps businesses break out of boring suited-up help desks and give customers a unique support experience, with the first ever Support Theme Gallery


Freshdesk, the fastest growing cloud-based customer support platform, launches FreshThemes, a suite of new customization capabilities that allow companies to tailor their customer support offerings to the preferences of their customers. WIth FreshThemes, Freshdesk is further bridging the gap between business software and the consumer, with the first ever gallery of ready-to-use support themes

WIth FreshThemes, Freshdesk is further bridging the gap between business software and the consumer, with the first ever gallery of ready-to-use support themes. With FreshThemes, Freshdesk hopes to give businesses the flexibility and ease of use that they have so far only enjoyed with consumer focussed tools like WordPress and Tumblr. With FreshThemes, businesses can completely customize the look and feel of their help desk using their own cascading style sheets (CSS), JavaScript and layouting.

For more on these new features click here.


Lenovo Expands AIO Portfolio to Fit Small Budgets and Workspaces

ThinkCentre Edge 62z Delivers Space-Saving Design and Power Efficiency for Education and Healthcare.


Lenovo announced the latest addition to its all-in-one (AIO) portfolio – the ThinkCentre Edge 62z. With an 18.5-inch LCD screen, the Edge 62z is ideal for workspaces with a requirement for multiple PCs but where space is at a premium, including nursing stations and school computer labs. Coupled with an affordable price, starting at just $549, the Edge 62z offers great value in a compact form factor.

The 18.5-inch screen of the ThinkCentre Edge 62z provides more than 65 percent space savings1 when compared to a 20-inch monitor, which allows organizations to place more AIOs in each workspace. Equipped with up to 3rd generation Intel® Core i3 processors, the ThinkCentre Edge 62z packs powerful performance in a small form factor

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Zoho Launches Revamped Zoho Projects 4.0 with Mobile Apps


Zoho completely redesigns user interface for both web and mobile editions of Zoho Projects.


Zoho announced major upgrades to the online and mobile editions of Zoho Projects, its online project management and team collaboration solution. The company also announced the new Zoho Projects mobile app on Android and upgrade to Zoho Projects on iPhone. This major update, dubbed 4.0, packs significant upgrades to the user interface designed to improve both the speed and simplicity of working with Zoho Projects on mobile device as well as online.

Zoho has completely redesigned the user interface for both web and mobile editions of Zoho Projects. Users of the web version will find that Zoho Projects’ new design makes it easy for effective collaboration, especially among remote workers. Similarly, the redesigned Zoho Projects for iPhone and new Zoho Projects for Android have also been optimized for collaboration. New features in the iPhone app include:

• Access to feeds and activities across all projects

• Support for push notifications

• Access to project documents

For more on the upgrades 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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