Tech Thursday (4/25): News From CellControl, Samsung and DocuSign

It’s Tech Thursday from Smallbiztechnology.com. 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tablets, Laptops and Other Mobile Devices Creating Major Distracted Driving Issue For Both Mobile Employees and Their Employers

 

50% of Customer Inquiries by Fleet Operators Reveal that Laptop and Tablet Use by Employees in Company-Owned Vehicles is Bigger Distracted Driving Concern than Cell Phone Use

 

Cellcontrol, the leading developer of distracted driving solutions, announced that tablets, laptops and other mobile devices (i.e. Intermec, Motorola and others) are becoming a bigger distraction than cell phones for employees. According to internal company reports from Cellcontrol, over 50% of inquiries by fleet managers since the beginning of 2012 revealed that laptop and tablet use by their on-the-go employees was a bigger risk concern than cell phone use while driving. As a result, Cellcontrol business customers that are based in multiple markets such as professional services, energy, and transportation services, were some of the first brands in the world using the Cellcontrol anti-distracted driving technology to ensure their employees were not distracted by a cell phone or a company-owned laptop or tablet while driving.

According to the most recent National Highway Transportation Safety Administration report, issued this past October, 10% of all fatal accidents in 2010 were caused by distracted driving Currently no data is available for the number of distracted driving accidents caused by the use of a non-mobile phone devices, but in 2012 corporations have quickly increased the need to find a technology solution that can enforce company policies regarding the use of mobile devices by employees who are operating a moving vehicle. Earlier this year a landmark court judgment regarding distracted driving and employer mobile device policies was made against Coca-Cola for a salesperson who had caused an accident while using a hands-free mobile device in a company owned vehicle.

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Samsung Brings Power and Portability to the U.S. with the Galaxy Note® 8.0 Tablet

Galaxy Note 8.0 delivers an unparalleled tablet experience for work and play

 

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announces that the Galaxy Note 8.0 is coming to the U.S. market on April 11. Unveiled globally at Mobile World Congress in February, the Galaxy Note 8.0 will be available in stores and online at retailers including Amazon, Best Buy/Best Buy Mobile, h.h. gregg, Newegg, P.C. Richard & Son, Staples and TigerDirect.com

A mid-sized addition to the Galaxy Note family of products, the Galaxy Note 8.0 has the power and advanced technology to enable multi-tasking at home, at work or on the go. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is the perfect size for entertainment and productivity, with unrivaled multimedia performance in a compact format. The S Pen has evolved to improve everyday usability with Air View; and Multi Window now supports more apps to perform tasks simultaneously allowing users to do more.

“The Galaxy Note defined an entirely new smartphone category and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet redefined the tablet experience for consumers,” said Travis Merrill, vice president of Samsung Electronics America, Inc. “With the Galaxy Note 8.0, we fully expect to ignite the mid-size tablet market Samsung pioneered with the first Galaxy Tab. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is small enough to fit in your pocket or purse and packs the power needed for full mobile entertainment and productivity.”

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Latest DocuSign Ink for Android App Makes It Easier, Faster to Send and Sign Documents

DocuSign Ink Downloads Grow 175% vs. 62% Average Growth In Download Volume Across U.S. App Market

 

DocuSign, The Global Standard for eSignature®, announced a new version of DocuSign Ink for Android to help consumers and businesses eliminate the hassles, costs, and lack of security in printing, faxing, scanning, and overnighting documents for signature. Built on the world’s most trusted eSignature network of more than 35 million users, DocuSign Ink downloads grew at 175% as compared to the average growth in U.S. app downloads at 62% (according to Distimo Analytics).

“The dramatic growth in DocuSign Ink downloads is another sign that electronic signatures are a mobile must have,” said Robin Ducot, vice president of product development, DocuSign. “What once may have been a nice to have is now indispensible to busy, on-the-go consumers and professionals simplifying their lives with mobile apps like DocuSign Ink. DocuSign Ink is simply a better, faster, more convenient and secure way to do business.”

Safe, secure, and legally binding, DocuSign Ink for Android leverages some of DocuSign’s most powerful commercial service features with an even more intuitive user experience tailored for Android users across 4-, 7- and 10-inch screens. DocuSign Ink makes it even easier to get and give legally binding signatures on documents – from contracts and rental agreements, to account openings, parent permission slips, and more.

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About Carolyn Crummey

Carolyn Crummey is a business and technology strategist and the owner of VirTasktic (www.virtasktic.com), 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.