Business owners and managers are kind of funny when they get together for drinks during the holidays.
For whatever reason, after reviewing the big deals that were won or lost over the past year, people seem to want to talk about the latest ways they're rolling out and using all the coolest new office technologies to bring in much more business in the new year.
So that you're not left in the lurch when someone turns to you and asks, "So what new office technologies are you leveraging next year?", following are some recent office technology headlines that will help you carry your end of the "my smartphone's better" holiday party techno chit-chat.
Here comes the Windows Phone Hail Mary! by CNN Money
If you're a business owner that is "all in" with Microsoft as your business productivity platform then read this article to learn that industry critics think Microsoft has finally rolled out a winner in the smartphone marketplace with the Windows Phone 8. Read this article for a big picture "office suite" understanding. Here's a couple YouTube videos to help: Windows Phone 8 Rant, Windows Phone vs. Android
Yes, this is the phone in those mocking TV ads about Apple groupies, obsessing over their impending purchase while a happy Galaxy S III owner saves a place in line ... for his parents. In the 2012 Q3, The Galaxy S III shipped 18 million units worldwide, compared with 16.2 million for the iPhone 4S. For more info view the "Wirefly Smackdown" on Youtube.
Recently several U.S. wireless carriers implemented the first part of a national strategy to deter cell phone theft: a joint "blacklist" database of identifying information about cell phones reported lost or stolen. As of now, cell phone dealers are supposed check this database before honoring requests to reactivate allegedly "locked-out" phones, in order to prevent people from using stolen phones.
Feast Your Way through Google Business Tips by Google & Your Business Blog
Apparently your business can use Chrome, Gmail, Google+ and Google Calendar in a sophisticated business manner and this blog writer wants to show us all the tricks. More Google business tool tips.
Seriously, if your business is one of the 50% of US businesses without a website by now then there's something seriously wrong with you or your business (or both). Google is giving away business websites and showing you how to put them on the web with their GYBO initiative. Click here to do it now!
Is Google in a hurry to get 2012 over with? Probably not. But that didn't stop the snarky headlines after it was discovered that a buggy app in the new version of Google's mobile operating system omits the month of December.