Tech Thursday (5/9): News from Brazzlebox, Dell SonicWALL, Hiscox and HooteSuite

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.






Neopost USA to Offer Award Winning Digital Printing Solution throughout the U.S. Powered by OKI Data Americas


Customers to benefit from both organizations’ long standing reputations in excellence


Neopost USA, an innovative solutions provider in the postal and related digital communications industry, and OKI Data Americas – an industry leader in printing technologies – announced an agreement through which Neopost USA will enhance its wide product offerings to include Neopost HD Office Printers powered by OKI Data Americas. This agreement draws on Neopost USA’s broad range of mailing, shipping and customer communications solutions and its expansive customer base, as well as OKI Data’s expertise in the development and marketing of innovative printing technologies.

Some of the key features of the Neopost HD Office Printers include exceptional high definition print quality with LED print heads, microfine toner, advanced print registration and auto calibration.

You can read more about this new offering here.


BrazzleboxLaunches Out of Syracuse, New York

The social network for small and home based businesses launches in New York and begins nationwide expansion


Brazzlebox is a community based social network for small and home-based businesses. Our key features will help promote business, allow the creation of exclusive local and national professional networks and connect businesses directly to their community.

Brazzlebox is now live and launched beginning in the cities of Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Utica and Albany, New York. They will soon expand into all of New York State and then nationwide. Small and home based business owners, agents of business, business consultants, community groups and consumers can all join Brazzlebox for free.

You can read more about this new social network for businesses here.


Dell introduces SonicWALL Hosted Email Security 2.0 Cloud Service


New service provides multi-layered email threat protection


Dell today announced SonicWALL Hosted Email Security 2.0, a cloud-based service providing advanced, multi-layered email threat protection backed by world-class 24×7 online and phone support.

Hosted Email Security offers powerful inbound and outbound protection from threats including spam, phishing, zombie and malware attacks at an affordable, predictable and flexible monthly or annual subscription price. At the same time, it minimizes upfront deployment time and costs, as well as ongoing administration expenses.

  • Powerful, inbound and outbound email threat protection from a security industry leader
  • Efficient to deploy and manage, easy to use
  • Available globally with data centers in the US and Europe; includes 24/7 worldwide phone support

For more on this new service from Dell, click here.


Hiscox Authors Series launches 2013 program with small business expert Gene Marks


Hiscox Authors Series for Entrepreneurs shares tips, tools and guidance for small business owners


Hiscox, a specialist insurer that provides U.S. small businesses with the simplest way to purchase customized business insurance online or over the phone, announced today the second installment of its Hiscox Authors Series for Entrepreneurs. The Hiscox Authors Series is a three-month thought leadership initiative that shares expertise, insight and guidance from well-known entrepreneurial authors to help others in successfully launching, running and building their small businesses.

Gene Marks , author of, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash — Simple Lessons from Smart Business Peoplewill share what he has learned from his own experiences as an entrepreneur. His direct approach to guidance includes everything from taking the leap to start a business and the associated risks, to the happenings in Washington and economic trends relevant to small business owners.

As part of the 2013 Hiscox Authors Series, small business owners will have direct access for three months to tips, tricks and tools through Hiscox’s website, live events and various social media channels, including blog posts, Google+ Chats and webinars. Visit Hiscox’s Facebook Twitter and Google+ social media channels for up-to-date information on the Hiscox Authors Series with Gene Marks through the end of June.

For more on the Author Series, click here.


HootSuite Continues Global Expansion with Apps for Tencent Weibo, and Russian Language Version


HootSuite’s newest apps Tencent Weibo and empower customers to reach broader global audiences within the HootSuite dashboard



HootSuite, makers of the market-leading social media management system, extends their App Directory with the introduction of two major social media networks: Tencent Weibo, China’s prevailing microblogging platform with over 540 million registered accounts, and VKontakle, more commonly known as – Russia’s largest social media network with over 200 million registered accounts. A new Russian language version of the dashboard has also been added.

Tencent Weibo and users can now manage their localized social media accounts alongside other networks including Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+ Pages, Foursquare, and more within the HootSuite dashboard. These new integrations empower HootSuite’s over six million Free, Pro, and Enterprise users to reach broader global audiences.

For more 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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