Tech Thursday (7/25): News from Staples, Nuance, Billtrust, and Leef Technology

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.



Workers More Productive Today Than Five Years Ago; Still Room for Improvement

Staples Advantage offers solutions to improve worker productivity

While nice weather and too many meetings rank high on the list of things that decrease productivity in the office, more than 70 percent of both office workers and managers believe that workers are more productive today than they were five years ago, according to a recent survey from Staples Advantage, the business-to-business division of Staples, Inc.

“We’re seeing a trend in the right direction with 70 percent of workers and managers saying they’re more productive now than five years ago,” said Tom Heisroth, senior vice president for Staples Advantage. “Providing employees with the right tools and resources is essential to improving office-wide productivity. At Staples, we make it easy for businesses to be productive with everything they need including technology, breakroom supplies, furniture and office products.”

For the entire press release, click here.


Nuance Dragon Notes Cloud App Now Available in the Windows Store

Nuance’s Note-Taking App for Windows 8 Supports More than 25 Languages

Nuance Communications, Inc. announced the availability of Dragon Notes Cloud for the Windows Store. Dragon Notes Cloud in the Windows Store expands support for Windows 8 devices, including Windows RT-based tablets such as the Microsoft Surface RT. Dragon Notes Cloud is a convenient and fun app that gives people a simple way to speak notes, to-do lists, reminders and emails, and to easily share notes to popular apps such as Microsoft OneNote through the Windows 8 Share charm.

Dragon Notes Cloud in the Windows Store supports more than 25 languages across North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. Its multilingual capabilities use the cloud to provide access to all languages once the English-language version has been downloaded.

For all the details, click here.


Billtrust Announces Invoice Central 2.0: New Connectivity with A/P Networks and Accounting Apps, Integration of Open Balances

Popular eBilling and ePayment Service Growing at Record Pace; Version 2.0 Adds Even More Convenience for Billers and Their Customers

Billtrust, the leader in Customer Centric Billing, today announced the debut of Invoice Central 2.0, adding new features to its groundbreaking, cloud-based business invoice network. The additions, which offer benefits for both vendors and their small-to-medium business (SMB) customers, include a new invoice data import capability for bill recipients; a new Open Balance functionality that reflects all forms of payments made; and the ability to seamlessly link with leading Accounts Payable (A/P) networks OB10 and Avidxchange, all to make invoice processing easier than ever.

For vendors, Invoice Central delivers a fully electronic billing and payment solution that allows them to automate the billing and payment posting and reconciliation process. Invoice Central delivers an easy-to-deploy eReceivables solution. Version 2.0 of Invoice Central adds new capabilities that make it even easier to manage the receipt and payment of invoices.

For all the new features, click here.


Leef Technology Introduces Bridge, First USB Flash Drive for Android Phones and Tablets, Macs and PCs

Leef Technology announced Leef BridgeTM, the first USB flash drive for file sharing between Android phones and tablets, Macs and PCs. Leef Bridge is a simple, innovative USB flash drive that allows users to easily transfer files to other devices without the need for cables, cloud services, Wi-Fi or any type of data connection. 

Leef Bridge features a micro USB connector and full-size USB connector that access the same memory so users can share content, photos, videos, music and documents to and from any compatible device. The memory utilized within Leef Bridge has fast read and write speeds to ensure slick video and music playback directly from the USB drive, without the interruptions or delays that accompany low-grade USB flash drive products. Designed in California by the Leef Design Team, Leef Bridge boasts a unique design featuring an exposed slide-and-lock tray, which enables users to easily switch to the USB connector appropriate for their device connection.

For all of the press release, 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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