Top 3 business products from the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show

This year’s Consumer Electronics Show showcased many great ideas and devices that will influence businesses of all sizes. Now that the show is over, let’s reflect on three of the top products that could have an effect on small businesses in 2011.

 

 

BlackBerry Presenter

 

This mobile presenter connects to any conventional projector and enables you to run PowerPoint wirelessly from your BlackBerry. This eliminates the need for a laptop, which is great for one-day trips. It also gets rid of the common complications that come with hooking up a laptop to an unfamiliar projector.

 

 

Splashtop Remote app for Android

 

The Splashtop Remote program first popped up on the iPad and is now easily available for use on Android devices. This application permits you to log in to your home or office computer and perform many vital functions such as:

 

  • Maneuver around the desktop
  • Use programs and applications based on your computer
  • Watch videos
  • Access documents, images and videos that are stored on your computer

 

This application is especially useful for people who do a lot of work on the go. The Splashtop Remote app currently works on Android 2.2 and up.

 

 

For more information on the app, check out the Splashtop website.

 

 

PlasticLogic QUE proReader

 

Called a “wireless briefcase” by PlasticLogic’s CEO, the QUE proReader is much more than just an eReader, as it was initially intended to be. The QUE proReader:

 

  • Syncs with Microsoft Exchange
  • Allows for “print-to-device” technology
  • Reads PDFs and Microsoft Office documents
  • Lets BlackBerry users transfer information from their phones
  • Already has deals in place with all of the top business periodicals

 

The QUE ranges in price from $650 to $800, making it a little steep for some small businesses, but with all of the features it offers, it will likely prove itself to be worth the money.

 

 

These are just three of the many remarkable products that were showcased at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, but they are sure to be some of the most beneficial to small businesses. For more information on devices and services that were popular at this year’s CES, check out the Consumer Electronics Show’s “Trends” page.

Did you mistakenly erase a critical file? How to undelete it

Accidentally deleting essential files is a common mistake and can cause you quite a bit of trouble. The good news is that if you catch the problem quickly enough, the file will likely still be on your computer and in one piece. Keep reading for tips on how to undelete files before they’re gone for good.

Before you freak out:

Check to see if you inadvertently saved the file to a different location. People frequently save files to their Downloads or other folders without knowing it, so do a search of all your documents before presuming that it’s gone.

Check out recovered files. Often, if you close a program or your computer shuts down without warning, there is a recovered files folder that saves whatever you were working on. Search your system for those files before losing hope.

Search your email. If you emailed a copy of the file to somebody, it may still be in your Sent Messages folder. Checking here first can save you a lot of time and stress.

Check your Recycle Bin, as this is where many files hang out until they are entirely removed.

When those don’t work

There are some times when these tricks simply won’t be able to retrieve the files you need. If this happens, your best bet is to contact your IT services provider for help.

Losing files can be frustrating. Fortunately, they’re usually not totally lost. These tips are straightforward and easy to follow – and when they don’t work, your IT services provider is usually just a phone call away.

IND Receives Third Inc. Designation

For the third consecutive year, Inc. Magazine has ranked IND as one of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States.

Now in its third year, the Inc. 5000 list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

The list measures revenue growth from 2005 through 2008. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2005, and $2 million in 2008.

“Savvy trend-spotters and those who invest in private companies know that the Inc. 5000 is the best place to find out about young companies that are achieving success through a wide variety of unprecedented business models, as well as older private companies that are still expanding at an impressive rate,” said Inc. 5000 project manager Jim Melloan. “That’s why our list is so eagerly anticipated every year.”

Moretrench Develops Employee Portal

Moretrench American Corporation, a leader in construction geotechnical contracting, required a cheaper, quicker alternative to printing and mailing out weekly paycheck stubs (most of which were automatically deposited) to hundreds of employees, as well as statements for their employee stock ownership plan.

Moretrench engaged the IND software development team to design and implement a secure portal that would integrate with their employee Intranet Web site and back-end payroll system.

“IND’s developers swiftly guided us through their process – and we’ve had excellent feedback about the new application from employees across the organization,” noted Moretrench’s Craig Berry.

IND utilized its phased development methodology to first analyze the requirements and develop the technical specifications. During the analysis, IND held joint design sessions with the key stakeholders at Moretrench, and created a wireframe.

With the primary architectural pieces in place, IND was able to swiftly develop the application using an object-oriented approach. The application makes extensive use of AJAX technology in order to provide a streamlined experience for the application’s users and administrators.

First Financial Reverse Mortgages Launches New Web Site

First Financial Reverse Mortgages, one of the first lenders in the country to exclusively provide reverse mortgages, has launched their new Web site at www.firstloans.net .

The new Web site was developed by IND, New Jersey’s premier provider of software and Web site development and enterprise network services.

The site contains educational material and tools to educate home owners and help them determine if a reverse mortgage is right for them.

“IND guided us through the entire development process,” said Mike Gruley, President of First Financial. “Their web-savvy insights and customer service enabled us to complete our Web-site on-time and within our budget. I am very happy with our new website, and highly recommend the IND team.”