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    Review: Up close with NetSuite's deep ERP

    Posted June 13, 2012 - 10:55 am

    NetSuite offers extensive ERP, CRM, and other business management functionality to organizations that recognize the value proposition associated with SaaS
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    Review: 3 Web stack monitors in the cloud

    Posted June 6, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Monitoring services from Boundary, Circonus, and Librato combine simple setup and richly different capabilities
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    PayAnywhere review: a feature-rich mobile payment processor

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:50 am

    With PayAnywhere's free card reader and app for iOS 4.0+ devices, Android 2.1+ phones (but not tablets), and BlackBerry 4.7+ devices, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards with a transaction fee of 2.69 percent per swipe. Keyed-in transactions are subject to a fee of 3.49 percent plus 19 cents.
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    Intuit GoPayment review: processing system includes a sturdy card reader

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:44 am

    The Intuit GoPayment mobile payment processing system includes a free card reader and apps for iOS 4.0+ devices and most Android phones and tablets. Using this pay-as-you-go service, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for a fee of 2.7 percent of the total sale for swiped transactions, or a 3.5 percent fee for keyed-in transactions. Opt for Intuit's $13-per-month subscription plan, and your fees drop to 1.7 percent per swiped transaction, or 2.7 percent per keyed-in transaction.
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    Square mobile payment system review: tiny reader, simple apps

    Posted June 2, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Square offers a free card reader and app for iOS 4.0+ devices and Android 2.1+ phones (it also works on some Android tablets, but none are officially supported). Through the Square service, you can accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards for a transaction fee of 2.75 percent per swipe. You have the option of waiving signatures for charge amounts less than $25 (but customers can't add tips unless they sign). The fee for keyed-in transactions is 3.5 percent plus 15 cents. You can issue full refunds (but no partial amounts) within the app or via the Square Web interface.
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    Four mobile payment systems tested and compared

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    Accepting credit cards used to be expensive and complicated: You needed to set up a merchant account with a bank, you had to buy or lease a card reader, and you had to pay a setup fee, subscription fees, and fees on every sale you made. Today, a swarm of credit card processing apps for smartphones and tablets has rendered the process easier, cheaper, and highly mobile.
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    Consider desktops in the cloud for BYOD

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:29 am

    Desktop-as-a-Service is an interesting way for IT execs to provide cloud-based Windows desktop sessions, as well as shared resources such as storage. DaaS can help companies roll out new desktops and support Bring Your Own Device policies.
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    Hands-on with Google Docs's new research tool

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Google Docs has unveiled a new research tool meant to help writers streamline their browser-based research, making it easier for them to find and cite the information they need while composing text.
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    5 great Android apps for cloud admins

    Posted May 16, 2012 - 9:55 am

    If you administer cloud servers or services, such as those from Amazon Web Services or Rackspace, you might be relieved to learn that you don't need access to a notebook or desktop PC to perform routine administrative tasks.
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    Review: Quickoffice Connect is a poor iCloud clone

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Stick with the original Quickoffice HD app and either Dropbox or Box instead for a more reliable, cheaper alternative
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    Dell simplifies the blade server

    Posted April 28, 2012 - 7:02 am

    Dell's PowerEdge C6220 squeezes four two-socket servers into 2RU, delivering blade server density at a rack-mount price
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    Google Drive review: Adding cloud storage to the mix

    Posted April 25, 2012 - 12:07 pm

    The new Google Drive cloud storage service offers 5GB of storage and some nice features, but it's not yet an undisputed winner.
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    Hands on with Google Drive

    Posted April 25, 2012 - 7:03 am

    Start your engines: Google’s long-rumored Drive service is officially out and ready for a test… well, drive. The search giant’s answer to services like Dropbox, Drive offers 5GB of free online storage space that also syncs with a local folder on the desktop of your Mac or PC. (An Android app is currently available, with an iOS app in the works.)
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    Finally! An Office cloud service for iPad worth using

    Posted April 12, 2012 - 6:12 am

    Products like OnLive Desktop have given desktop-as-a-service a bad name; CloudOn may fix that blemish
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    Lapdock: From avant-garde to awful

    Posted February 28, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Motorola's laptop dock for Android smartphones has terrible hardware -- and faces a new generation of post-PC competition
  • Review

    Node.js tools: Server-side JavaScript comes of age

    Posted February 22, 2012 - 7:16 am

    Node-inspired development environments and cloud platforms are rapidly remaking the Web application stack
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    Hands on with Amazon Storage Gateway

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 3:57 pm

    Amazon's new Storage Gateway offers a twist on cloud-based backups, but beware of the rough edges
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    Flexing NoSQL: MongoDB in review

    Posted February 8, 2012 - 7:15 am

    MongoDB shines with broad programming language support, SQL-like queries, and out-of-the-box scaling
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    Free, cloud-based word processor Zoho writer shows promise

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 8:39 am

    Zoho Writer is an online (with offline and syncing functionality) word processing application that offers a nice amount of functionality, especially given the limitations of the Web as a platform for productivity tools. After creating a free account with Zoho, you can access Zoho Writer. It looks a lot like most word processors, so if you've used any major program in this category, it will take no more than a few minutes of poking around to learn how to do things. This is good, because the "Help" is in the form of a FAQ, not a tutorial or index of functions.
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    OnLive's train wreck: Office on the iPad

    Posted February 7, 2012 - 7:11 am

    The OnLive Desktop service shows just how wrong desktop virtualization can be
  • Review

    Online backup services keep your data safe

    Posted February 6, 2012 - 3:26 pm

    It's a fact of modern life that archiving data is essential to prevent a data disaster. Still, something like one-third of computers are never backed up, according to 2,257 respondents in a recent Backblaze poll carried out by Harris Interactive. The survey came to the dismal conclusion that a scant 7% of users practice safe computing by archiving their systems on a daily (or nightly) basis.
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    Enterprise Hadoop: Big data processing made easier

    Posted January 18, 2012 - 7:21 am

    Amazon, Cloudera, Hortonworks, IBM, and MapR mix simpler setup of Hadoop clusters with proprietary twists and trade-offs
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    For, fast, free file-sharing at work: Get Ge.tt

    Posted January 15, 2012 - 8:56 am

    I spend a lot of time emailing files to folks. Sometimes, it's just a small Word document that I'm firing off to an editor, but often the files are a little heftier, containing multiple images or videos. I often send an email containing all of the files, and then a follow-up message, just to confirm that my oversized message arrived safely. But not anymore: Now I'm using Ge.tt (various pricing, starting at free). This free file sharing service has made my life a whole lot easier.
  • Review

    First look: Zend's PHP developer cloud

    Posted January 11, 2012 - 2:34 pm

    Zend Developer Cloud woos PHP developers with enterprise-grade development features, snapshots for easy recovery and project sharing, and promises of single-click cloud deployment
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    The year's best hardware, software, and cloud services

    Posted January 9, 2012 - 7:11 am

    These 2012 Technology of the Year Award winners make life better for the people who toil in service of the enterprises.
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