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New Dell Workstation Addresses Small Business Need for Increased Computing Capabilities

As more small businesses demand increased computing capability, manufacturers are making workstation computers available at more affordable prices. The new entry-level Dell Precision models — including what Dell (NYSE: DVMT) is calling the world’s most powerful 1U rack workstation — are the latest examples. These new workstations have a small footprint, deliver powerful performance, and are competitively priced. And this has workstations available to a whole new customer base of individuals and small businesses who need increased computing capability. Rahul Tikoo, Vice President and General Manager of Dell Precision, says in a recent press release, power has become a standard in the next generation small footprint workstations. Tikoo explains, “Dell is leading the way in this evolution with these new entry-level workstations designed to deliver the ultimate in performance with a substantially smaller footprint.” This very point was also addressed by Jennifer Huffstetler, Vice President and General Manager of Datacenter Product Marketing at Intel Corporation. She added, “The combination of the Dell Precision 3930 Rack with the Intel Xeon E processor is bringing new levels of performance in a small form factor to data- and graphics-intensive fields.” The New Entry-Level Dell Precision  Workstations Dell Precision 3430 SFF Tower The 3430 Tower is the smaller of the two towers, with Dell saying it is 40% smaller than the competition. Even though it is small, it comes with the 8th Generation Intel Core (i3, i5, i7,) and Xeon processors along with up to 64GB of RAM. The internal storage can go as high as 6TB and it supports graphics solutions from NVIDIA Quadro and AMD Radeon RX Pro. The 3630 Tower The 3630 Tower is slightly bigger than the 3430 and this allows the unit more expansion possibilities. While it has the same configurations all around including CPU and RAM, you can get up to 16TB of storage. And when it comes to the graphics cards, the 3630 allows for dual card configurations for the AMD Radeon Pro, Radeon RX and NVIDIA Quadro cards. The 3930 Rack The Dell 3930 Rack is according to the company the most powerful 1U rack workstation in…

New Lenovo ThinkStation Provides Budget Friendly Computing Power for Small Businesses

As small businesses continue to increase their digital presence and capability, the computers they use have to handle the ever-growing workload. The new ThinkStation P330 family of entry-level workstations Lenovo just released look to do that at price points small businesses can afford. The Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Tower, Small Form Factor (SFF), and Tiny come in several configurations and at several price points. Starting at just $746.10 and going all the up to $1,899.00, these workstations can be configured to address the needs of the vast majority of small businesses. Having a robust digital presence is essential for any small business. Everything from daily operations to e-commerce, social media, video and image editing and more require a computer which will not slow you down. The new ThinkStations have the specs to make this possible and the ability to expand as your needs grow. In addressing the capability of this new line, Jennifer Huffstetler, Vice President and General Manager of Datacenter Product Marketing, Intel Corporation, explains how the new Intel Xeon E processors in these computers will perform. ? In a press release, Huffstetler says, “The new Intel Xeon E processor delivers a powerful combination of performance and capabilities for entry workstations. With the addition of the Intel Xeon E processor to the Lenovo ThinkStation P330 family of professional workstation solutions, Lenovo continues to deliver the performance, capabilities and diverse requirements demanded by creative professionals around the world.” Whether you are a small architectural, engineering, game designing, or video editing firm or just a small business which needs more computing power, having the right workstation computer will help run your company more efficiently. The Lenovo ThinkStation P330 Family The Tower and SFF have been redesigned with a new mechanical design which has decreased their size by 30%. The Tiny on the other hand still has the same dimension as the previous version. The new models give you the option of upgrading to Intel’s eighth generation processors, including the Intel Xeon E for the Tower and SFF. The Tower can have up to 2TB of 2666 Mhz DDR4 memory, up to 60TB…

New MacBook Pro May Be Perfect for Small Businesses Seeking Speed and High Functionality

Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) just announced the availability of the new 13″ and 15″ MacBook Pro line of laptops. And if you are in the market for a powerful laptop for your small business, make sure you at least take a look at them (even if you are not a Mac person). The specs and the price will definitely get your attention, so it is fair to say this is not for everyone. But for those who demand this level of high-end hardware, the price may well be worth the efficiency it is designed to deliver. After all, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing, Philip Schiller, said in the press release, “The latest generation MacBook Pro is the fastest and most powerful notebook we’ve ever made.” The Specs of the 2018 MacBook Pro 15-Inch MacBook Pro 6-core Intel Core i7 and Core i9 processors up to 2.9 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.8 GHz Up to 32GB of DDR4 memory Radeon Pro discrete graphics with 4GB of video memory Up to 4TB of SSD storage True Tone display technology Apple T2 Chip Touch Bar and Touch ID Four Thunderbolt 3 ports Starts at $2,399 and can all the way up to $6,699 for the 4TB SSD version ($3,200 of it is for the storage). 13-Inch MacBook Pro Quad-core Intel Core i5 and i7 processors up to 2.7 GHz with Turbo Boost up to 4.5 GHz and double the eDRAM Intel Iris Plus integrated graphics 655 with 128MB of eDRAM Up to 2TB of SSD storage True Tone display technology Apple T2 Chip Touch Bar and Touch ID Two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports Starts at $1,799 New Features The new Intel processors will give you more speed, which according to Apple can be up to 70% faster on the 15″ and up to twice as fast on the 13″ compared to the previous generation. And when you are ready to type, the third generation keyboard is supposed to be quieter, and Apple is really highlighting this development. This is because the company is currently facing lawsuits regarding the “butterfly…

How to Prevent Your Business Website from Being Flagged by Google Chrome

Starting this month, visitors to your small business website might see a notification near your address that says your site isn’t secure. Google Chrome is behind the move that’s flagging the HTTP format in your URL in favor of the more secure HTTPS version. Small Business Trends spoke with Stefan Schulz, Chief Operating Officer of Orpical Group on how to prevent your site from being negatively affected by the update. He started the conversation by saying the URLs starting with HTTP had been on Google’s radar for quite some time. His company focuses on this niche migration. “It had been a ranking signal since 2014,” he said, “but there was an article published on the Google Webmasters blog in 2017 that announced they were going to start making the shift by marking all the http pages that collected sensitive information.” Chrome Not Secure Notifications Coming Soon That was then and this is now.  At first, big company and ecommerce sites endured the heaviest scrutiny. Starting this month when Chrome 68 is released, all websites with this highlighted designation will be flagged. So, what exactly does a smaller enterprise do to avoid potential damage to an online business or a website that’s an important part of your marketing efforts? Web Migration Is What’s Needed, But Wait… An SSL Certificate is a big part of the solution for the website migration needed according to Schulz. However, there are some issues you’ll need to avoid. “We invested a lot of resources and time, into this” Schultz says. “In our experience, there was a lot of pitfalls that happen with these HTTPS migrations. We’ve seen people who bought the wrong SSL certificates.” He goes on to say that even the people who buy the right certificates sometimes don’t go far enough and tie up all the loose ends they need to by making the right installations afterward. Chrome Has Too Large a Share of Search to Ignore This is a concern small businesses need to take seriously at least partially because Chrome makes up the largest portion of the browser market share on the…

Wilson Electronics Introduces Cell Booster to Connect Your Business Fleet

When the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published the new electronic logging device (ELD) rules, it meant fleets had to install more reliable communications technologies. weBoost Drive 4G-X Fleet The launch of the new weBoost Drive 4G-X Fleet by Wilson Electronics is going to ensure fleet vehicles will have reliable cellular communication. The device has been designed specifically for public and private fleets, including first responders such as police cars and commercial vehicles. Whether it is to meet the new ELD mandates or making sure you are always in touch with your drivers, small fleet operators can’t afford to lose track of their drivers. Losing cellular reception is an issue for drivers and the right signal booster can solve these problems. Bruce Lancaster, CEO at Wilson Electronics, explained why it is so important to have a strong cell signal. In the press release Lancaster said, “Fleet vehicles are always on the move, but unfortunately, good cell signal is not always available, making it difficult for fleet operators to stay connected.” ? He goes on to say more fleets now rely on cellular systems to maintain efficient operations, “We designed the weBoost Drive 4G-X Fleet specifically for fleet vehicles so teams can enjoy stronger cell signal for uninterrupted data and voice connectivity, helping their businesses serve their customers more effectively.” The weBoost Drive 4G-X Fleet increases cellular signals so fleets can communicate, process mobile payments and transfer data in areas with weak signals. The cellular signal is enhanced using a new Motorola (NMO)high-performance antenna. This antenna is approved for the maximum 50 decibels (dB) system gain by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This gain improves 4G LTE and 3G network signals up to 32 times. Once it is installed, the antenna is able to access all cellular and voice signals and send it to the booster. The booster than amplifies the signal and becomes a touchpoint between the user and the closest cell tower. The device is compatible with all US wireless carriers including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, US Cellular, Straight Talk and others. What is ELD? The new electronic…

New Nokia X5 Phone May be Perfectly Priced for Budget Conscious Small Businesses

Nokia (NYSE: NOK) may soon be in the news again with a new low-priced phone perfect for budget minded small businesses. HMD Global has started licensing the brand with a view toward providing more affordable devices. The Nokia X5 or Nokia 5.1 Plus is the latest budget smartphone looking to make a splash in a crowded segment. Nokia X5 The announcement of the X5 has not been officially made by the company to the Western press, but Techradar and other outlets are reporting there was a teaser posted by HMD on Weibo, a Chinese microblogging site. This might be a hint by the company it will only be available in that market. However, Techradar is also reporting the phone would be marketed under the name 5.1 Plus if it becomes available outside of China. Techradar has reported there will be an official announcement on July 11 along with images of what the phone will look like. Nokia and the Budget Smartphone Segment HMD Global has introduced a range of affordable smartphones to once again build the Nokia brand. During the announcement of a new line of phones in May of this year, Juho Sarvikas, Chief Product Officer  for HMD Global, explained why the company is making budget phones. He said, “We are encouraged by the response that we are getting to our products. With our renewed portfolio, you can now enjoy a premium smartphone experience without paying a premium on the price.” The Specs Without an official announcement, the specs are based on earlier leaks of the Nokia 5.1 Plus. Processor –MediaTek octa-core chipset Display – 5.9-inch HD+ display Cameras – 13MP and 5MP Memory – 3, 4 or 6GB of RAM Storage – 32 or 64GB Battery – 3,000mAh battery Connectivity – 4G VoLTE, Bluetooth Operating System – Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box The Price According to Techradar, this is a low to mid-range phone depending on the configuration, such as memory and storage options. The low-end variant is slated to start at around $120 and it can go as high as $150. However, it’s important to note, the only thing…

Microsoft Surface Go Delivers Affordable Tablet Technology to Small Businesses

At a starting price of $399, the new Surface Go from Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) is the most affordable PC from the popular line. At half the price of the cheapest Surface Pro tablet, this move by Microsoft will give small businesses as well as individuals, and even enterprises, access to a very popular device running Office applications. Panos Panay, chief product officer for Microsoft, wrote on Microsoft’s Windows Blogs  the goal was to deliver a device that was, “lightweight, productive, and accessible to more people.” So What Does Microsoft Give you for $399? At first glance, it looks like Microsoft didn’t skimp on the design. The Surface Go is just as sleek as its more expensive big brothers. This includes a new Surface Go Signature Type Cover with four optional colors and a built-in kickstand with full friction hinge that extends to 165 degrees. The Go comes in two models, a $399 and a $549 version with more storage and RAM. Here are some of the key specs for both versions of the Go Processor – Intel Pentium Gold 4415Y CPU Display – 10″ 3:2 aspect ratio 1,800 x 1,200 pixel resolution Memory – 4GB or 8GB RAM Storage – 64GB eMMC storage or 128GB/256GB SSD storage and microSD card Cameras – 5MP Windows Hello face sign-in camera and an 8MP rear-facing autofocus camera Ports – USB-C 3.1 port with charging capability and video and data out to external devices Connectivity – WiFi with LTE model coming later this year Operating System – Windows 10 S Home or Pro Battery – 9 hours ? Accessories Just like the Surface Pro, you will have to pay for the accessories. The Type Cover starts at $99 for the black color and goes up to $129 for the Alcantara, red, blue or silver. The Surface Pen also comes in at $99, and if you want a mobile mouse, you can add $34.99 to the grand total. Business Use Microsoft is going to give Surface Go buyers access to its full Office productivity suite along with Windows 10 on a $399 device. For many…

Amazon Prime Day Could be Huge for Small Businesses Selling on the Platform

Amazon’s Prime Day 2018 is going to start on July 16 with more than one million deals around the world. Starting at 12 PM Pacific or 3 PM Eastern Time, Prime Day will run for 36 hours through July 17, a six-hour increase over 2017. This year’s event will also include deals at all US Whole Foods Market stores, which was purchased by Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) last year for $13.7 billion. Prime Day has become an event worthy of notice not just for shoppers but for small businesses who sell via Amazon too. In 2017, customers ordered more than 40 million units from small businesses, double the volume of orders in 2016. Business owners have described the event as their best sales day in several years. With Prime Day, Amazon has created excitement during one of the slowest sales periods in the calendar year. During the peak of summer, consumers are more interested in having fun in the sun and less interested in shopping. With big deals and a short purchasing window, the marketing effort has paid off well not only for Amazon but for the small businesses using  the platform to sell their products. Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO of Worldwide Consumer, says in the press release, “Prime members will enjoy a day (and a half) of our best deals, with 36 hours to shop more than one million deals worldwide. More than 100 million paid Prime members around the world will find our best Prime Day celebration yet.” This year Australia, Singapore, Netherlands and Luxembourg have been added to the number of countries able to participate. They will join the U.S., U.K., Spain, Mexico, Japan, India, Italy, Germany, France, China, Canada, Belgium and Austria. ? Deals will cover everything from everyday essentials to TVs, smart home devices, gadgets, electronics, computing devices, kitchen and grocery products, toys, fashion, furniture, appliances and back-to-school supplies. Amazon devices such as Alexa-enabled Echo, Fire TV and Fire tablets will also be discounted. Benefit for Small Business As a small business, you will be able to increase your audience with Prime Day by having the eyes…

Visme Emerges from Beta Ready to Help Small Businesses Crush It with Visual Content

Visme just came out of beta after years of testing in real-world scenarios with 1.3 million users. These include users in over 100 countries, Fortune 500 companies, many different organizations and individual users. But what is Visme and how does it help your small business? So what is Visme? Visme is a browser-based application simplifying the creation process for presentations, infographics, animation, web banners and more. With a free Basic, $12  Standard and $20 Complete versions, Visme offers an affordable solution for businesses of any size. This is important as visual communication has become essential for a digital presence. Being able to quickly create and post content online allows you to interact and engage with your audience. Unlike PowerPoint or Photoshop, which are more expensive and have a high learning curve, Visme looks to do away with the complexity associated with content creation. For small businesses, Visme delivers a low learning curve, affordability and a proven platform which has been tested for years. ? What Startups Can Learn From Visme’s Extended Beta Period With 1.3 million users, including companies and organizations such as IBM, Sony, WorkDay, NASA, National Institutes of Health (NIH) and others, Visme was already profitable. However, the company still remained in beta to perfect its product before it launched it for general availability. On the official Visme blog, founder Payman Taei explains his company is “On a relentless pursuit to empower people to communicate with one common language: visual content.” This relentless pursuit was to deliver a content creation platform which was easy to use and flexible with a great user experience. And this, according to Taei, was not easy. As a matter of fact, he readily admits “… we got it wrong many times — by a lot!” But the end result is a solution customers can use without the glitches commonly associated with products launched much too soon. If you believe in your product, take your time as Taei and his company Visme have done to get it right. This will ensure the long-term success of your business and the continued trust of your customers. Features Visme has…

Cracking the Code on Cybersecurity with Advice from Dell Small Business

We often hear about big corporations getting hacked and having sensitive data stolen. While most news coverage is on large companies, small businesses are frequently the target of cyberattacks. Small businesses typically say cybersecurity is too complex and don’t know where to start when seeking protection. Many don’t know about resources like the Dell Small Business advisor program, which happens to be free and run by a trusted brand. Small Business Trends spoke with Erik Day, vice president and general manager for Dell Small Business, about what small businesses can do to keep their data safe. Why Cybercriminals Target Small Businesses Small Business Trends: Why should small businesses be concerned about cyberattacks? Erik Day: The FBI has tracked more than 4,000 ransomware attacks occurring every day, yet small businesses don’t see themselves as targets and believe their security programs are good enough. In fact, 90 percent of small and medium-sized businesses in the U.S. do not use data protection for company and customer information, and less than half of SMBs are securing company e-mail to prevent phishing scams, according to McAfee. These numbers are concerning considering small businesses’ vulnerability to cyberattacks. Small businesses identify cybersecurity as too costly and are less likely to make an investment in the appropriate security tools and solutions. Hackers know this is the case and take advantage of small companies’ relaxed approach. And unfortunately, the impact of an attack can be extremely harmful and disastrous for a small business — even more so than their big business counterparts. The National Cyber Security Alliance says 60 percent of small businesses will go out of business within six months of a cyberattack. Small Business Trends: Wow, that’s a lot of fatalities. Do you have any simple tips for small businesses to prioritize security? Erik Day: Taking a few critical and simple steps can make a great difference within a small business’ data security strategy. Maintain secure access. Data should be protected at all times, at rest and in motion, and using methods such as password protection, multifactor authentication and other network access controls can help. Proactively prevent threats.…

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