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iPhone and BlackBerry users can now add accounting to the list of business tasks they can tackle during commutes or lunch breaks.
Waltham, Mass.-based Intuit announced this week that it would begin making its QuickBooks Online accounting software available to both mobile platforms. Users can check their bank and credit card balances, track how much money is owed by clients, find vendor and customer contact information through Google Maps, and stay up-to-date on their companies' profits and losses.
Instructions for installing both applications are available at www.IntuitLabs.com. Pricing for QuickBooks Online starts at $10 per month, though existing users can add it onto their gadgets for free.
Excel.com, a Dallas-based firm providing telecom and Internet services for businesses, has launched a selection of online tools aimed at maximizing the marketing efforts of smaller companies.
Dubbed Online Business Relationship Management, or Online BRM, the services include VoiP with local search, Microsoft Exchange, and tracking of both phone and online lead management. By signing up for the Excel Analytics service, business owners can list one store location in multiple area codes in order to attract a wider range of potential customers. They can also document search terms customers are using online to find their products or services.
Prices average about $120 per month per user. For more information, visit http://excel.com.
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Toshiba America Business Solutions has boosted its line of mid-volume color printers with the e-STUDIO2330c, a printer that includes security features, an estimated monthly printing capacity of to 50,000 sheets, and a speed of 23 pages per minute.
Among its security features, the new color printer allows users to password-protect documents when creating scanned PDFs or, with the optional Data Overwrite Kit, erase all digital scans after a job is completed. Printing or scanning can be done from portable USB memory drives, and the signature Easily Replaceable Unit allows the machine to finish a print job at full capacity even if it's low on toner.
Windows Vista users can tap into Toshiba's line of Vista-specific services, including the ability to print 2007 Microsoft Office documents without file conversion.