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How to set up a productive working environment

2:49PM | Friday, 3 February 2012 | Brad Lindenberg

Having the right working environment early on sets the stage for faster learning and growth in the long-term. BY BRAD LINDENBERG.

Online community launches Work At Home Person Week

2:49PM | Thursday, 2 February 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Home-based businesses are being encouraged to make contact with online community Support a Work At Home Person, as it launches the inaugural International Work at Home Person Week.

AppAddictive scores $1.2 million for Facebook tools

1:49PM | Friday, 20 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

US-based start-up AppAddictive has secured $1.2 million in funding for its Facebook creation tools and platform, designed to make it easier for businesses to build their Facebook pages.

Twitter to shut down Summify following acquisition

1:20PM | Friday, 20 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Twitter has acquired social aggregation service Summify for an undisclosed sum, two years after its Romanian-born founders relocated to Vancouver.

Consider creating a mobile website

1:00AM | Thursday, 19 January 2012 | Taskmaster

Does your website look any good on a smartphone or tablet? Borrow an iPhone and an iPad and a few similar devices and do some checking.

Government looks to spark home-based business surge with National Telework Week

1:38PM | Monday, 16 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

The Federal Government will stage National Telework Week in November in a bid to highlight the benefits of working from home, on the back of the National Broadband Network rollout.

Broadening your target market

1:34PM | Friday, 13 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Setting your sights on the higher end of the market can work wonders for your business, but you also run the risk of limiting the scope of your potential customer base. As Only Logistics founder Scott Carson found out firsthand. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Keep in contact through Facebook on your desktop

1:33PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Many businesses are now using instant messenger programs to keep in touch with staff, as it saves money on phone calls and allows instant communication.

Consumers still shop locally but overseas sites beckon: PayPal

1:55PM | Thursday, 12 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Electronic goods, toys, sporting goods and clothes were at the top of consumers’ shopping lists last Christmas, according to PayPal, with 70% of items purchased from Australian retailers.

KPMG report downplays influence of social media

1:36PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A global study by KMPG reveals 86% of the consumers surveyed actively engage in social networking regularly, but only a third say social media influences their purchasing decisions.

Most complained-about ads of the past decade revealed

1:56PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Start-ups can spice up their marketing with more risqué material but shouldn’t rely on it, an expert says, after the advertising watchdog released its most complained-about advertisements on record.

Resume videos at stopping points on iOS

1:49PM | Wednesday, 11 January 2012 | Patrick Stafford

If you’ve ever watched a video on an iOS device, then you’ve probably had to stop watching and then do something else, leaving your video half unwatched. But there’s a way to resume videos from where you left off.

Use the phone, not email

1:33PM | Tuesday, 10 January 2012 | Taskmaster

Here’s my new rule. I won’t let anyone reply to an email more than twice. They can send two responses, but after that they need to pick up the phone or go and see the recipient in person.

Big names set to dominate new domains

1:58PM | Tuesday, 10 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

An advertising expert says small businesses need to decide whether they can justify the cost of the new domain name regime, which will open up to include company names and brands as of this week.

Open apps directly from iOS lock screen

1:50PM | Monday, 9 January 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Did you also know you can open apps directly from the lock screen?

Apptopia to help app developers sell their wares

1:56PM | Friday, 6 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Apptopia, a marketplace designed to help broker the sale of mobile apps, is to launch with the aim of providing an exit strategy for developers and an opportunity for other entrepreneurs.

How to import a backup file into Outlook

8:05PM | Tuesday, 9 August 2011 | Patrick Stafford

If you’ve saved all your Outlook emails through a backup file, then you’re probably left wondering what to do with it. Fortunately the way to get those files back into Outlook is pretty simple.

Top 10 technology trends for 2012

1:15PM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

Technology trends in 2011 were heavily influenced by the uptake of mobile devices, namely smartphones and tablets. So what’s in store for the year ahead? StartupSmart picks out the top technology trends for 2012. BY MICHELLE HAMMOND.

Change iPhone home button functions

1:00AM | Thursday, 5 January 2012 | Patrick Stafford

Did you know you can change the function of the home button on an iPhone?

$1 starting price for iPhone app highlights developers’ struggles

1:20PM | Wednesday, 4 January 2012 | Michelle Hammond

A mobile app developer is selling his iPhone app on eBay for a starting price of $1 to escape the costs associated with the app, suggesting the market is becoming less viable for smaller players.

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