Tech Thursday (6/6): News From Nuance, harmon.ei, and GoDaddy

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.




Nuance Introduces Dragon Notes for Windows 8 Devices


New Dragon Notes App Lets People Quickly Capture, Organize and Share Notes, Lists and Ideas, Just by Speaking

Nuance Communications, Inc. announced Dragon Notes, a new app for Windows 8 that lets people quickly speak notes, to-do lists, reminders, status updates, web searches and emails – or anything that comes to mind. Dragon Notes is optimized for Microsoft Windows 8 touchscreen tablets, including the Microsoft Surface Pro. Dragon Notes is also great for quickly capturing and organizing notes and ideas on Microsoft Windows 8 touchscreen PCs and Windows 7 PCs.

Dragon Notes is a quick and fun app that gives people a simple way to capture notes and ideas in the office, at home or on the go – keeping all those sticky notes and paper lists at bay for a more organized digital lifestyle. Dragon Notes takes full advantage of the Windows 8 touchscreen and tile interface – just tap the app and speak to save a note, share a post, send an email or search the web. Whip up a shopping list, share that great recipe via Facebook, or send an email of the action items coming out of a meeting – Dragon Notes even lets you search the Web.

For all of the press release, click here. Brings Microsoft Office to BlackBerry, Google, and Apple Mobile Devices 4.0 Native App Brings Secure Office 365 Experience to iOS, BlackBerry and Android Devices, the user experience company for the mobile enterprise, forever changes the way people use their mobile devices to do work.  That’s because the hundreds of millions of iOS, Android and BlackBerry mobile device users have no way to effectively use Office 365 and SharePoint. This was corroborated by none other than former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates in a recent interview on CNBC.

While Microsoft hopes that iPad enthusiasts will move to Windows tablets and smartphones, industry analysts say otherwise. Analysts at the recent Gartner Portals, Content & Collaboration Summit stated that “by 2015, over 80% of the handsets sold in mature markets will be smartphones, and only 20% of those handsets are likely to be Windows phones.” 4.0 offers workers, for the first time, a native app which bundles Office Web Apps to edit, collaborate and share documents with colleagues on iPads and other mobile devices. With the advent of 4.0, workers now have a consistent, unified user experience of Office Web Apps, SharePoint, Yammer and SkyDrive Pro, in all the places people want to work – mobile devices, the desktop and the cloud.

For more information, click here.


GoDaddy Launches Specialized Restaurant Websites


Complete Mobile-friendly Online Presence with Menus Using Website Builder & Locu

Recent surveys reveal 80 percent of individuals say it’s important to have a menu online. In stark contrast, of the nearly 340 thousand independent restaurants, only 4 in 10 have their menu posted on their website. GoDaddy and Locu are giving independent restaurants the tools they need to leverage the power of the Internet. Website Builder provides hundreds of customizable designs and many ways to change the appearance – making their digital identity exactly like their restaurant. Seamless integration with Locu provides a menu manager, letting restaurateurs quickly and easily update their menu.

“Restaurants have an ever-changing menu and they need a website that can easily keep up,” said GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving. “Website Builder with Locu was specifically designed for ease-of-use and versatility – giving restaurants complete control of their identity and menu without wasting time. GoDaddy is doing whatever it takes to help our customers cross the digital divide to take advantage of technology previously only available to the big guys.”

For all the details, 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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