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Dell Has A New Tablet, iCloud Prices Drop

Tablet on the goEDIT
Tablet devices of every shape and size have begun to proliferate and cloud prices are dropping. It’s hard to keep track of the technology that can make your business run more efficiently. Not to worry. The Small Business Trends editorial team has your back. Here’s our Small Business Trends roundup of the latest tech and other news important for running your small business this week. Enjoy!

Technology Trends

New Dell Tablet Features 3D Camera

Dell says its latest tablet, the new Dell Venue 8 7000 Series, is the thinnest on the market to date. But it may be more than the thickness of the new Dell Venue that gets people’s attention. In fact, the camera is the same thickness as the Galaxy Tab S 8.4 (6 mm). No, what’s really impressive about the tablet is the Intel RealSense Snapshot Depth Camera.

Apple Drops Prices for iCloud Data Storage

Apple has dropped prices for data storage on iCloud. The company announced the changes in conjunction with the release of a new set of iPhones and new mobile operating systems, iOS 8 and OSX 8 Yosemite. The new pricing was eclipsed by the announcements of the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, and by Apple Pay, a mobile payment platform that allows users to pay with their smartphones.

New HTC Smartwatch Expected in 2015

There may be another new player in the smartwatch arena by early next year. A new HTC smartwatch could be available by the beginning of 2015. If so, it will be entering an increasingly crowded market. At the same time, it’s a market filled with consumers still lukewarm to the idea of smartwatches or any other wearable smart devices.

HP Will Acquire Eucalyptus Systems, Boost Cloud Service

HP will acquire Eucalyptus Systems, a cloud startup. The companies have not disclosed financial terms of the deal though Information Week and other sources have speculated it could be around $100 million. The move is said to be an acquihire, an effort to obtain cloud computing talent HP needs to enhance its own cloud service offerings.

Social Media

Instagram Hyperlapse Allows You to Create Time Lapse Videos

Recently, Instagram announced on its blog the release of its new app “Hyperlapse,” a fun way to film and create your own high-quality time lapse videos. Time lapse videos are sped up videos to show longer footage in a shorter period of time. For example, you can record an entire sunrise and use time lapse to show all your footage in seconds.

New Pinterest Notifications and Analytics Boost Business

Visual social media marketing site Pinterest recently rolled out its new Analytics dashboard, in a move sure to delight businesses that use the site to market their companies. Facebook has long offered detailed analytics to business users.

This Entrepreneur Built a Business on Facebook Exclusively

Plenty of businesses use Facebook as part of a larger marketing strategy. But Wendy Gavinski used it to market her business almost exclusively. Her company, Divas SnowGear, is a retailer of women’s snowmobile clothing and accessories.

Management

Handling Dissatisfied Customers Successfully, To Win Them Back

No matter how great your products and services are, you’re going to lose customers at some point. But the question is: How do you get them to come back? Of course, you can’t make every dissatisfied customer give your business another chance. But to entirely disregard anyone who leaves your business would be a mistake too.

Tips for Tracking Employee Time Effectively in Your Business

As important as tracking employee time is for organizations, it is typically tough to get employees jazzed about it.  From their point of view, it’s at best a minor administrative nuisance. At worst, it’s a waste of time entirely. Companies have tried various ideas to make time tracking more fun and less of a chore for their employees.

Marketing Tips

HubSpot Adds Sales Platform and Free CRM to Its Marketing System

Today at its #Inbound14 conference, HubSpot announced the launch of its sales platform. The platform consists of Sidekick, which is a sales acceleration product, and the HubSpot CRM system. HubSpot is known for its marketing platform, and today serves 11,500 customers with it.

eBay Plans a New Mobile Ad Network

eBay plans a new mobile ad network to be launched by the end of 2014. The network would allow advertisers to target 4.6 million daily visitors to eBay’s mobile app. The company unveiled details with a new page on its official website recently.

10 Tips for Making Your Sales Video Stand Out

We’ve all seen stale sales videos. What’s rare are creative and compelling ones. But how do you make that happen while relaying important information? To find out, we asked 10 members from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question: “What is one way to make a sales video stand out?” Here’s what YEC community members had to say: 1.

How to Get Your Products Discovered with Videos

If a picture is worth a thousand words, is a video worth a million? With the passage of time, it seems that online video is growing at an incredible rate. More and more people prefer to watch online videos than ever before.

Retail Trends

Local and Ecommerce Merchants Pick Up On Facekini Trend

Retail trends can come in the strangest forms. But no matter where they happen in the world, the smartest entrepreneurs know how to spot them, promote them and turn them into a viable business. The facekini, a cover for the face and head made from wetsuit material, may look strange to people in most parts of the world. But in Qingdao, China, it’s a growing trend.

Sales

Twitter is Currently Testing a New Buy Button

Following a path also being blazed by Facebook, a new Twitter Buy button is currently in testing. Twitter says it is partnering with companies like Fancy, Gumroad, MusicToday, and Stripe to implement the Buy button into Tweets.

Small Biz Spotlight

Spotlight: elMejorTrato Runs a Startup With No Bosses

Can a startup function without bosses? ElMejorTrato.com has proven that it can work. Two years ago, the tech company decided to get rid of managers and instead trusts its team to do their best work without direct superiors. The business also uses four-day workweeks instead of traditional five-day weeks, and has some non-traditional methods of communication and collaboration.

Small Business Operations

Ways You Can Reduce Your Email Clutter Starting Today

Email is the blessing and bane of modern business. A tool that singlehandedly can change your marketing, communication, customer service, and project management for a company. At the same time, email has become the never ending relentless march of communication that becomes an impossible burden to keep tabs on in business.

Getty Sues Microsoft: Why It Is Risky to Grab Images Off the Web

Microsoft has removed its Bing Image Widget after Getty Images, a major provider of licensed photos, sued the tech giant recently. That removal by the Redmond, Wash., tech giant came only a few days after Getty Images sued Microsoft in U.S. District Court.


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[HIGHLIGHTS, PART 2] National Black MBA Conference Continues

The National Black MBA Association Inc. continues with its (NBMBAA) 36th Annual Conference and Exposition in Atlanta, with much more in store for attendees coming up on the final day of the event, is one of the largest gatherings of college graduates, professionals, executives and entrepreneurs in the nation.

Today, attendees are privy to more career development resources via the Career Success Network Center, sponsored by Cox Communications, as well as the Career Expo, where a variety of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies are recruiting for top talent. More sessions are being conducted as well, including “The Elastic Executive,” sponsored by GlaxosmithKline, “A Match Made in Professional Heaven,” sponsored by LinkedIn, “What Does a Corporate Board Have to Do With You,” sponsored by the Executive Leadership Council,Why MBAs Should Consider Project Management Certification,” and “Cracking the GMAT: Strategies for Success.” Also, a keynote luncheon will be held, with insights from Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America.

Later in the afternoon, excursions are available for visits to landmarks including the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum and the National Center for Civil and Human Rights Museum.

Check out more highlights for recent activities from this year’s event below:

Calling All Travel Lovers: JetBlue Extends New Non-Stop Service to Curaçao

With fall weather slowly coming upon us, you may be looking for another opportunity to jet-set to the Caribbean. Those in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut area will have an additional option: JetBlue Airways has announced its new non-stop service from New York to Curaçao. Beginning December 2, 2014, JetBlue will become the only airline to offer non-stop flights from New York to Curaçao. If you’re like me, this has been the announcement you’ve been waiting for, for more than a decade!

“We have been working closely with the team at JetBlue to bring this flight to the island and are thrilled it has come to fruition,” said Curaçao’s Minister of Economic Development Stanley Palm. “Curaçao continues to thrive as one of the Caribbean’s most diverse and culturally rich islands and we look forward to now being able to share it with more visitors. New York is a top market for the island and we are confident that the new non-stop service on JetBlue will meet the demand we’ve seen from the Northeast and international.”

Flights will operate twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Saturdays, between New York’s JFK International Airport and Curaçao’s International Airport. Flight service will depart New York at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays and arrive on the island at 2:30 p.m. Return flights will depart Curaçao at 3:30 p.m. and arrive at 7:14 p.m.

“This beautiful island is one of the nicest Caribbean escapes for discerning travelers thanks to its pristine beaches, and Curaçao is continuing to gain traction as one of the Caribbean’s premier islands,” said Robin Hayes, JetBlue’s president. “The new route allows even more travelers to seamlessly experience the island’s extraordinary cultural heritage and unrivaled offerings.”

For more information on the island of Curaçao or to plan a visit, go to http://www.curacao.com/.