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Gartner Says the Personal Cloud Will Replace the Personal Computer

The reign of the personal computer as the sole corporate access device is coming to a close, and by 2014, the personal cloud will replace the personal computer at the center of users' digital lives, according to Gartner, Inc.

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Startup America Welcomes New Sponsor NYSE Euronext and Over Twenty Additional Partners to Help Startups Grow

New National Partner Commitments From American Airlines, Cisco, and Jones Lang LaSalle Announced at Startup America Live in Austin, Texas. - In the heart of SXSW Interactive's Startup Village, the Startup America Partnership today announced that NYSE Euronext has joined as its latest and final corporate sponsor. Twenty-two new partners have also enlisted to provide valuable services and resources to help young companies grow. This group gathered today at Startup America Live, the Partnership's meeting and studio space at SXSW. For more information, and to register as a Startup America Firm visit www.s.co

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Cloud Computing Lowers SME Business Entry Barrier

Cloud computing is changing the way that midsize enterprises do business, says John Engates. In a recent interview on BBC News, Mr. Engates described some of the ways in which small and midsize enterprises (SMEs) have used this technology to their advantage. Some of the key benefits of the technology include enabling midsize businesses to compete effectively with even bigger businesses, thanks to the ability to harness increased computer power. This, he says, has both industrial and economic benefits. Via InfoBoom

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Austin gets $8 million for small business growth

The city of Austin has received $8 million from the federal government to establish reduced rate loans for small businesses looking to expand.

The business loan pool was granted as part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Loan Guarantee Program to the city’s Small Business Development Program in the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office. Capital CDC

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New customer loyalty card good at 100-plus Austin businesses

Belly, a new service launching in Austin, offers perks to repeat visitors at more than 100 shops, restaurants and other area businesses — all available with a single card.

"Loyalty for small businesses is all about building a relationship between the business and its customers," LaHive said. "Each business has a completely unique loyalty program." Full Story At The Statesman

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Tech trends: the year of the cloud

There's an awful lot of hype around about cloud computing, but so far very little take-up. Research by Optus shows that only four per cent of small businesses use cloud solutions in their business.

But experts say 2012 will be the year small businesses truly embrace this new technology model.

Rhys Evans from IT consultancy Thomas Duryea says one of the reasons why 2012 will be the year of the cloud for small businesses is because computer hardware increasingly comes with cloud-based applications installed. Read more: At The Sydney Morning Herald.

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Enterprise Mobile Apps: Let the Revolution Begin

In the same way that personal computers and the Internet revolutionized business in the 1980s and 1990s, Enterprise Mobility Applications (EMAs) powered by smart mobile devices and innovative networks will transform the way we work in the decade to come. This transformation has already started, and for CEOs and CIOs the stakes are high. Organizations that succeed with EMAs will achieve a competitive edge, while those that fail will risk obsolescence in a world of always-on, always-on-the-move business functionality. In Depth coverage at Industry Week.

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Yelp Overview: A Look at Deals, Reservations & Other Services

Yelp is one of the largest online local business search, review and recommendation service, which enables consumers to access ratings, and read reviews and opinions about local businesses like hotels, restaurants, salons, dentists and mechanics on their website. It competes primarily with other online business review services like Google Places, Yahoo Local, Angie’s List, CityLocal and Gumtree; display advertising players like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and AOL; and daily-deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial. Great Speculations on Forbes.

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IBT's Tech & Trend Top 5 Business Apps for Android

Check out the list of top five business apps that are there in the market for long and rated as one of the best applications by the reviewers and the users. All these business apps are for Android 2 or above

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