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Traction Watch: Talkdesk Lets Businesses Create a Call Center ‘In 5 Minutes'

Editor's note: Traction Watch is a new column focused obsessively on growth, and is a companion to the DEMO Traction conference series, which brings together high-growth startups with high-potential customers. The next DEMO Traction will take place in Boston on September 16, 2015. Growth companies can apply to present, or those similarly obsessed can register here to attend.

Written by James A. Martin13 June 15 02:44

Amazon adds array of Fire TV apps and Echo enhancements

Amazon's technology products aren't always a success -- consider the ill-conceived Fire Phone, bless its bumbling little heart. And the ecommerce giant sure draws a lot of "fire" -- check out this 5,000-word Amazon.com controversies Wikipedia article.

Written by James A. Martin09 June 15 01:16

Polar Beat is the best app for real-time heart rate monitoring

My top exercise goal is to keep my heart rate in my peak zone for 15 to 30 minutes at a time. Despite the seemingly endless array of activity tracking apps and devices I've used, however, I had never found anything that made it easy to know exactly how long I am in my peak zone while I'm exercising.

Written by James A. Martin02 June 15 01:39

Microsoft Surface 3, OneNote and Surface pen are killer combo

As if to offer a mea culpa for its previous, woefully inadequate Windows RT tablets, Microsoft delivered the Surface 3 -- a super-cool tablet and laptop that is particularly useful (though not flawless) when combined with Microsoft's OneNote app and the optional Surface pen.

Written by James A. Martin30 May 15 01:40

Microsoft Surface 3, OneNote and Surface pen are killer combo

As if to offer a mea culpa for its previous, woefully inadequate Windows RT tablets, Microsoft delivered the Surface 3 -- a super-cool tablet and laptop that is particularly useful (though not flawless) when combined with Microsoft's OneNote app and the optional Surface pen.

Written by James A. Martin30 May 15 01:18

Facebook Messenger is king of IM apps, but people still prefer SMS

Facebook Messenger is currently the most popular mobile instant-message (IM) app, though the majority of people prefer SMS texts to IMs and 80 percent use texts for business purposes, according to a new survey of 509 people commissioned by RingCentral. RingCentral is a cloud-based communications system for SMBs with desktop and mobile apps, SMS capabilities and a variety of additional features.

Written by James A. Martin29 May 15 00:40

TomTom MyDrive app aims to keep dedicated GPS devices relevant

As you head out on your Memorial Day getaway, you'll likely use a smartphone navigation app to guide you. However, GPS device maker TomTom hopes you use one of its portable navigation devices (PNDs) along with the companion smartphone app.

Written by James A. Martin22 May 15 01:08

Experts bust Android security myths

Thanks to its inherent "openness," the open source Android OS is vulnerable to a variety of security risks, but how often do people you know actually fall victim to Android malware or other attacks?

Written by James A. Martin20 May 15 23:36

8 Android security tips for IT, corporate users

The security pros interviewed for our article, "Experts bust Android security myths," offered up the following eight Android security tips for IT administrators and users

Written by James A. Martin20 May 15 23:25

Is Microsoft Band a better fitness tracker than Fitbit Surge?

I've been wearing a Microsoft Band fitness tracker off and on for several weeks. Although I have some reservations, there's a lot I like about the $200 activity-tracking wristband. It's a solid options for people in the Microsoft camp -- especially those with Windows 8.1 smartphones -- but how does it fare against market leader Fitbit?

Written by James A. Martin19 May 15 02:25

How to read The New York Times for free online

The New York Times Web paywall lets you read up to 10 free articles a month online. If you want more, you have to pay for a digital subscription.

Written by James A. Martin14 May 15 01:45

3 easy ways to rack up Fitbit steps while you work

I admit it. I'm addicted to racking up as many steps as possible on my Fitbit. However, I do not plan to buy a pricey treadmill desk to feed my step addiction. I searched for apps that can help me get steps while I work, and I found one: Nuance's Dragon Remote Microphone, which is free for Android and iOS.

Written by James A. Martin12 May 15 01:17

New IFTTT 'recipes' help you do more with Amazon Echo

The initial novelty of Amazon's Echo smart home device quickly wore thin, and I find myself using it less and less. However, the "Siri with a speaker" gadget, which is still available only by invitation (or via eBay), just got a bit more useful, thanks to new integration with IFTTT.

Written by James A. Martin07 May 15 01:04
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