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This Laptop Deck Turns the HP Elite x3 into a PC and Phablet in One

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2016-10-21 09:30

The new HP (NYSE:HPQ) Elite x3 is a full featured phablet with a hefty price tag, and for small businesses that can afford it, the Lap Dock is the perfect accessory to make it a complete system.

Businesses now want a mobile device that can handle Microsoft’s Office applications just like a desktop, HP seems to be betting. They want their employees to have all the tools they need when they are outside of the office, which is what the HP Elite x3 delivers. But when they get back, it is important to seamlessly connect to peripherals that let these devices to continue functioning like a desktop. The Lap Dock makes that possible for the x3 with a very slim form factor device.

At first glance the Lap Dock looks like a regular laptop, but it is far from that. It is solely designed to extend the capability of the x3, and essentially has no guts. That means no processor, hard drive, RAM, etc.

When you open the device, you get a nearly borderless 12.5-inch diagonal LED-backlit Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, a backlit spill-resistant keyboard with drain and a large touchpad. It delivers the audio with integrated Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers, noise canceling microphones and stereo headphone jack.

The ports and connectors include micro HDMI, 1 USB Type-C for data and charging, 2 USB Type-C for data and power in/out. The whole thing is powered by a 4-cell 46W/hr battery that is powerful enough to charge the x3 when you run out of juice.

Pairing the x3 and Lap Dock is made possible with Miracast and WiGig technologies. All you have to do is place the phablet next to the dock, and you are ready to go. Continuum and HP Workspace take care of everything else.

The Lap Dock will be available November 14, 2016 for $599. So, with the HP Elite x3 starting at $799, price will clearly be the biggest barrier for budget conscious small businesses.

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This article, "This Laptop Deck Turns the HP Elite x3 into a PC and Phablet in One" was first published on Small Business Trends

Homewood Suites Opens New Hotel In Tyler, TX

Hotel Interactive - Fri, 2016-10-21 08:33
TYLER, TX--Homewood Suites by Hilton, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) industry-first All Suites portfolio, announced today its newest property, Homewood Suites ...

5 New iOS Dropbox Features Let You Work from Wherever

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2016-10-21 08:30

A new version of the Dropbox iOS app is now up for grabs in the App Store.

The app includes five new features that are designed to make working with files on iPad or iPhone a breeze.

This update quickly follows the July launch of new features for Dropbox Enterprise and Dropbox Business administrators. In August, Dropbox entered the team collaboration market, launching the open beta of Dropbox Paper.

A Peek at the Latest Version of the iOS Dropbox App

The new features now give you the ability to:

Digitally Sign PDFs

The process of signing and returning a PDF can be painstaking. Normally, you would have to print the PDF, sign, scan and then fax or email it back. However, with the new app, you can now sign PDFs-in-app. You can also add text to other fields in the PDF. This makes the process of sending PDFs back and forth a lot easier and faster.

Share Dropbox files in iMessage

You can now collaborate with your teammates without leaving the messages app. The iMessage extension allows you to quickly find and share photos, documents and files in-line with your conversation. You no longer have to switch back and forth between apps.

Create and View Files Without Unlocking your Phone

Wish to quickly view files without having to unlock your phone? This is now all possible thanks to a Dropbox widget. Adding it to the lock screen allows you to create shortcuts to the most commonly used workflows.

View Changes to Files in Realtime

Besides being able to view files without unlocking your phone, the Dropbox iOS app also notifies you when someone saves a new version of the file you’re viewing. Reload it with a tap to see the changes.

Given that staying in sync with your team across shared files can be tricky, this is a most welcome change. And it’s one that many business people who are always on the go will appreciate.

Enjoy Split Screen Support

Dropbox says that it will be adding split-screen support in the coming weeks. This should ideally allow you to work within Dropbox and other apps simultaneously. Now though, the new Dropbox iOS app supports picture-in-picture. The function allows you to watch a video from your Dropbox while working in another app on your iPad.

Image: App Store

This article, "5 New iOS Dropbox Features Let You Work from Wherever" was first published on Small Business Trends

Baby boomers swap Corvettes for comfort as U.S. sports-car sales fall

AutoNews - Fri, 2016-10-21 08:14
Baby boomers are starting to outgrow their midlife crisis years, and that's bad news for automakers who want to sell sports cars.
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Revealed: Which area of Sunderland is the city's fast food capital?

Topix - Fri, 2016-10-21 08:06

New data published by Public Health England shows how many fast food outlets, including burger bars, kebab and chip shops, are in each local authority - and also shows a ward-by-ward breakdown.

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Sheraton Unveils Revamped Sheraton Grand London Park Following Multi-Million Pound Renovation

Hotel Interactive - Fri, 2016-10-21 05:30
LONDON--Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, part of Marriott International, Inc (NASDAQ:MAR), today announced the official unveil of the Sheraton Grand London Park ...

IHG Releases Third Quarter Trading Update

Hotel Interactive - Fri, 2016-10-21 05:19
LONDON--IHG released its 2016 Third Quarter Trading update this morning. Among the highlights are global Q3 comparable RevPAR is up 1.3%, ...

Get me out of the two-party system or give me death

Topix - Fri, 2016-10-21 03:57

When I ordered my car, I got to select my interior color, leather pattern, wood panel style, and several other options. As I drive through my favorite fast food restaurant I can tailor my meal as to which options I wish to have from side salads to French fries.

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Analytics ROI vs. the high cost of ignorance - Fri, 2016-10-21 01:00
It's best if restaurateurs approach analytics by first asking themselves what their highest value questions are and then consider the many ways those questions might answered.

Anger after KFC staff 'swore at' son

Topix - Thu, 2016-10-20 23:49

A GROUP of schoolboys claim they were 'kicked out' of a fast-food restaurant by a staff member whom they allege swore at them. Rachael Walsh said her 12-year-old son, Matthew Crossley Walsh, and his friends were told to leave the KFC restaurant in Bury New Road, Prestwich, and she believes it was due to them wearing Nike and Adidas sports clothing.

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Dash cam video shows cop saving boy's life

Topix - Thu, 2016-10-20 19:35

Dash cam footage caught a Texas police officer saving a young boy's life with CPR at a local KFC. Recently released dash cam footage shows a police officer saving a young boy's life at a fast food restaurant in Texas.

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Tesla says it will roll out Uber-style ride services program

AutoNews - Thu, 2016-10-20 17:59
Tesla plans to announce details of its planned ride-services program next year. The electrical vehicle maker picked an unusual spot to provide an update on the effort: a website disclaimer.
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SimpleBusiness Gives Small Companies Buying Power of Large Firms

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2016-10-20 17:30

SimpleBusiness is a brand new community that offers small businesses discounts and best pricing on many of the products and services you purchase regularly.

Founded by Scott Gerber and Ryan Paugh, the duo behind Young Entrepreneur Council, SimpleBusiness aims to help small businesses get the same type of buying power that large firms and corporations enjoy. Since those large companies often benefit from volume discounts and preferred pricing, it’s difficult for small businesses to get the best rates without the size and leverage of larger businesses.

Small Businesses Can Leverage Purchasing Power, SimpleBusiness Claims

But by bringing all those small businesses together, SimpleBusiness says it can level the playing field. Small businesses that join the SimpleBusiness community enjoy exclusive rates on things like business travel, printing and even shipping and fulfillment services, the company says.

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Currently, SimpleBusiness offers members up to 60 percent off hotels and car rentals, up to 40 percent off tech products, up to 30 percent off marketing tools and services, and even discounts on things like workspace and payroll services. Some of the big name vendors that SimpleBusiness works with include QuickBooks, Budget, Xerox, HubSpot, AT&T and Staples. The group also plans to add new member benefits as times goes on.

To get involved, you can purchase a membership on the group’s website. The current annual rate is $200 for a limited time, though you can lock in that rate moving forward. In addition to the member rates on business products and services, members also get a full-time Business Services Concierge team to help you find the right benefits for your needs and budget, the company says.

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Red Robin expects 3Q same-store sales to fall 3.6%

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:46
Operator feels impact of “weakening industry trends” Operator feels impact of “weakening industry trends”

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Subaru prices redesigned 2017 Impreza $100 above outgoing car

AutoNews - Thu, 2016-10-20 16:00
Subaru, in a sign of ongoing weakness in the U.S. car market, is pricing the redesigned 2017 Impreza sedan and five-door just $100 above the outgoing 2016 model, despite a larger footprint and additional safety and communications equipment.
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New Airline Baggage Regulations Highlight Importance of Customer Experience (Watch)

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2016-10-20 15:30

If you’ve ever had an airline lose or delay your luggage, you know how much of a hassle it can be. And if you had to pay extra fees to bring that luggage with you in the first place, then you’ve likely experienced even more frustration. But that experience might be getting a bit less frustrating for consumers — though the specifics are still murky.

The Obama administration just announced a new rule that would require airlines to refund baggage fees if a passenger’s belongings are “substantially delayed.” Currently, there’s not a strict definition of what that means. And there’s also not a specific date where this new rule is set to go into effect either.

Rules and regulations like this one are generally intended to protect consumers. But they aren’t always fun for businesses to deal with. It’s up to businesses of all sizes to make their voices heard, but also to consider the customer experience.

The Importance of Customer Experience

Regardless of the exact rules and regulations in place, businesses need to try to provide a positive experience for customers. And sometimes sacrifices are necessary in order to keep customers happy, even if that means refunding a fee or putting in some extra work.

Luggage Photo via Shutterstock

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BJ’s Restaurants blames presidential campaign for consumer negativity

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2016-10-20 15:13
Operator pulls back on growth plans to focus on sales Operator pulls back on growth plans to focus on sales

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