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The Advantages of Using Google+

Hangouts are just one of the ways in which Google+ is trying to persuade social media users to move over to their network. The aim of these is to bring the thrill of bumping into friends when you are out and about, into the home so that is can happen more often. They allow users to bring up to nine friends into their world to socialise and chat with each other. Read the rest here »

Google+ Now Open to All That Want to Join

This Tuesday, Google opened up its social network Google+ to all who would like to join. Up until this point it has been by invitation only.

Google+ is Google’s response to Facebook.

The largest issue Google has to deal with is to persuade users who are active in other social networks to regularly use their service as well. Read the rest here »

Working Remotely is on the Rise for Small Businesses


The Office Depot Small Business Index shows small businesses are increasing in the use of remote work places.  The survey was conducted from June 21, 2011 to June 29, 2011 will 1104 small and medium business being interviewed. Read the rest here »

Internet Security Without Software With OpenDNS

OpenDNS is a service that offers internet filtering at the DNS level. This means that bad sites and/or sites with objectionable content can be stopped at the source, without having to install and update software that may slow down your PC. Read the rest here »

Google Adds Custom Search Layout For Tablets

Google search result listings have recently been re-designed for browsing on a tablet (iPad and Android models).

The layout of search result pages now better accommodates browsing and clicking with a finger, featuring a simplified layout and more room between page elements like links and buttons for easier navigation.

Other enhancements include larger, quicker loading image thumbnails and continuous scroll support. Portrait and landscape view are supported, and the new features are being rolled out in 36 languages.

Go to google.com of course, to try it out on your tablet.

New Business Notebooks & Desktops w/ Win 7 Pro

New HP Business Notebooks

HP PROBOOK 6555B BUSINESS NOTEBOOK AMD:P520/ATIIX2-2.3G 4096MB/2-DIMM
160GB/7200RPM LS/DVDRW MR 56K GBE 802.11B/G/N TPM
ATI-RADEONHD4250/256MB 15.6HD W7P-64 6-CELL 5.5LBS W/ HP LAPTOP BAG
3YR $480

HP PROBOOK 4320S BUSINESS NOTEBOOK INTEL:I3-370M/CI3-2.40G
2048MB/1-DIMM 250GB/7200RPM DVDRW MR GBE 802.11B/G/N+BT TPM WEBCAM
INTEL-HDIGP/763MB 13.3AGHD W7P-64 9-CELL 4.7LBS 1YR $560

HP PROBOOK 4320S BUSINESS NOTEBOOK INTEL:I3-370M/CI3-2.40G
2048MB/1-DIMM 320GB/7200RPM DVDRW MR GBE 802.11B/G/N+BT TPM WEBCAM
INTEL-HDIGP/763MB 13.3AGHD W7P-64 6-CELL 4.7LBS 1YR $565

HP PROBOOK 4320S BUSINESS NOTEBOOK INTEL:I3-380M/CI3-2.53G
2048MB/1-DIMM 320GB/7200RPM DVDRW MR GBE 802.11B/G/N+BT TPM WEBCAM
INTEL-HDIGP/763MB 13.3AGHD W7P-64 6-CELL 4.7LBS 1YR $575

HP ELITEBOOK 8440P BUSINESS NOTEBOOK INTEL:I5-520M/CI5-2.40G
4096MB/2-DIMM 250GB/7200RPM LS/DVDRW MR 56K GBE 802.11A/B/G/N+BT FPR
TPM WEBCAM NVIDIA-NVS3100/512MB 14AGHD+ W7P-32 6-CELL 4.7LBS 3YR $848

New lenovo Business Notebooks

LENOVO THINKPAD T410/2522 BUSINESS NOTEBOOK INTEL:I5-520M/CI5-2.40G
4096MB/2-DIMM 320GB/7200RPM DVDRW MR GBE 802.11A/G/N WEBCAM
INTEL-HDIGP/1696MB 14WXGA W7P-32 9-CELL 5.2LBS 1YR $745



Laptop Memory Upgrades (new with lifetime warranty)

4GB DDR3 1333 SODIMM $23.50

2GB DDR3 1333 SODIMM $13.50

Laptop Hard Drive Upgrades (new with 1 year warranty)

500GB 2.5″ SATA Laptop HDD $62

750GB 2.5″ SATA Laptop HDD $90

90w Universal Power Supply (new) $24

New Lenovo Business Towers

LENOVO THINKCENTRE M58E/7268 BUSINESS PC MT INTEL:E5400/PDC-2.70G
2048MB/1-DIMM 250GB/7200RPM-SATA DVDRW GBE INTEL-GMA4500/DVMT5.0
W7P-32 1YR $368

LENOVO THINKCENTRE M58P/7483 BUSINESS PC SFF INTEL:E8500/C2D-3.16G
2048MB/2-DIMM 160GB/7200RPM-SATA DVD-ROM GBE NVIDIA-GEFORCE310/256MB
W7P-32 1YR $379

LENOVO THINKCENTRE M58E/7298 BUSINESS PC MT INTEL:E8400/C2D-3.00G
2048MB/1-DIMM 160GB/7200RPM-SATA DVDRW GBE INTEL-GMA4500/DVMT5.0 XP
PRO-32 1YR $400

LENOVO THINKCENTRE M58E/7408 BUSINESS PC SFF INTEL:Q9500/C2Q-2.83G
2048MB/1-DIMM 160GB/7200RPM-SATA DVD-ROM GBE INTEL-GMA4500MHD/DVMT5.0
W7P-32 1YR $460

Bundle Internet Security

2012 Panda Internet Security OEM $18

2011 Trend Micro Internet Security (3 user) OEM $15

New HP Business Notebooks

LinkedIn Announces Job Application Website Plug-In

Business networking service LinkedIn recently added a feature that lets job seekers quickly apply for a job using a new “Apply with LinkedIn” button. The website plugin is free and allows job applicants with LinkedIn accounts to quickly apply for a position by grabbing information from the existing profile.

Applicants can edit their profile before submitting an application, and can track the jobs they’ve applied for in their LinkedIn profile. Employers can also request additional information from applicants before accepting.

More details and the free plug-in can be found here »

IDrive App for Android Lets You Check Backups, Files

The IDrive online backup service recently released a free Android app for mobile devices that lets you manage and view your backups. The software allows IDrive users to monitor backup status and sizes, search files, share and download files on the go.

The app required Android version 1.6 or higher. A free version is also available for iPhone (iOS 3.2 or higher).

Multiple Call Support For Gmail

Gmail has added support for multiple voice and video calls, including incoming call notifications and the ability to put calls on hold and then resume them. The feature works for PC to PC voice and video calls, as well as PC to phone calls. Read more at the official Gmail blog »

Google Docs for Mobile Device Requirements

Google’s online documents service is a great way to store and share business information, and they’ve been gradually improving mobile access for smartphones and tablets (like the iPad).

The latest update allows you to to sort and share multiple docs in your mobile docs list. However, these features don’t work reliably on older devices. Here is a list of known compatible mobile devices:

  • Android devices with the Froyo operating system (version 2.2) and above.
  • iPhone and iPad devices with iOS 3.0 and up

Earlier version of these mobile operating systems may work, but aren’t supported. To try it out, go to docs.google.com from your mobile device’s browser.