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  • 4 Ways to Use Square in Your Small Business (Or Your Global Business)

    Small businesses increasingly turn to Square to process payments without the hassle (and expense) of custom card-reading hardware. There are other benefits to the service, including analytics and online sales modules, as well as opportunities for larger enterprises to better serve customers.

    Written by Jen A. Miller22 April 14 22:41
  • How Mobile Developers Can Win Customers' Trust

    Many of today's mobile and Web applications collect personal data. This makes plenty of users pause before downloading. To ease user's minds -- and to help developers demonstrate that they have legitimate reasons for collecting that information -- MyPermissions has established a permissions certificate process to deem apps 'trustworthy.'

    Written by Paul Rubens05 Feb. 14 16:56
  • Is Coin the One Payment Card to Rule Them All?

    In an era when consumers' wallets are filled with credit cards, rewards cards, gift cards and other cards, Coin aims to be the universal payment option of choice. But can it stand out in a growing market of smartphone apps, digital wallets and NFC technology?

    Written by J.D. Sartain30 Jan. 14 19:37
  • Taking the Road Less Traveled to Mobilize Desktop Software

    Moving complex software to the iPad is no small task--a fact not lost on PerkinElmer when it needed a mobile version of its popular desktop chemistry product. It avoided the temptation to contract young mobile hotshots and instead relied on its veteran desktop team.

    Written by Tom Kaneshige26 June 13 19:31
  • How Facebook Hashtags Impact Your Privacy

    Following in the footsteps of Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr and other social networks, Facebook finally gets hashtags. Here's what you need to know about the new feature and a look at how it does--and doesn't--impact your privacy settings.

    Written by Kristin Burnham13 June 13 17:48
  • 3 New LinkedIn Features You Need to Know About

    LinkedIn launches two-step verification, a redesigned 'Who's Viewed Your Profile' and adds the capability to upload photos, video and documents to your status updates. Here's what you need to know about the changes.

    Written by Kristin Burnham07 June 13 15:50
  • Twitter Plans Two-Step Authentication to Prevent Hacks

    Following Tuesday's hacking of the Associated Press' Twitter account, the microblogging site is reportedly working on a two-step authentication security solution to help prevent future hijackings.

    Written by Kristin Burnham24 April 13 19:26
  • Facebook Likes Are Worth $174 to Your Brand

    According to a new report, the value of a Facebook "like" has increased 28 percent over the last three years. Here's a look at other findings from the survey, plus tips for how you can continue to use Facebook to build brand loyalty and drive sales.

    Written by Kristin Burnham23 April 13 21:38
  • 5 New LinkedIn Tips for Power Users

    Have you kept up with LinkedIn's latest features? To help you zero in on the most significant enhancements and maximize your social networking success, here's a rundown of the latest changes and updates.

    Written by Kristin Burnham11 April 13 19:07
  • 5 Enterprise-Ready Google Reader Replacements, Plus 2 to Watch

    The demise of Google Reader means many of your employees will soon be without an easy way to read technology news and educational articles. Here are five worthy replacements, along with two new services that show potential.

    Written by John Brandon18 March 13 14:26
  • Facebook Redesigns Timeline...Again

    Facebook announces a new, simplified Timeline and a few new features. Here's what you can expect as it rolls out over the next several weeks.

    Written by Kristin Burnham13 March 13 20:51
  • How to Use LinkedIn's Alumni Tool to Network, Job Hunt

    LinkedIn's redesigned Alumni tool helps you find contacts from college and gives you insights into the companies they work for, the fields they work in and where they live. Here's how you can use the tool to help find an MBA program or land that dream job.

    Written by Kristin Burnham01 Feb. 13 16:29
  • How to Collect $10 From Facebook

    Facebook settled a class action lawsuit that sets aside $20 million for users whose image or name was featured in Sponsored Stories advertisements. Here's how to find out if you qualify for a paycheck.

    Written by Kristin Burnham28 Jan. 13 20:56