How to Get Started With Infographics

Media and publishing professionals know that infographics are hugely popular, and are more likely to be shared via social media than a standard blog post or article. By combining images with data, infographics get much more mileage than text or graphics alone. You can use them for news, presentations, or press releases on your company blog or website to attract publicity and show off your expertise.

Companies without a graphic designer on board or on budget couldn't easily take advantage of infographics in the past. However, thanks to online chart and map creation tools, any business can now turn an interesting concept into an engaging infographic. Here's how to get started, along with tools that can step you through the process.

This infographic from Kissmetrics strikes the right balance between design and data.
Choose Your Graphics and Data Wisely

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Tablets Favored Over Laptops, Say Small Business Owners: Survey

More independent business owners use tablets than either laptops or desktops according to a recent poll that measured the computing tastes of over 1100 respondents. Furthermore, 55 percent of business owners expect to use a "tablet or other device" in the future.

The poll, conducted by The Small Business Authority, found that 28 percent of business owners currently use tablets to run business applications, while that number dropped to 19 percent for laptops and 17 percent for desktops. When asked what they planned to purchase next, 45 percent selected "a new tablet," compared with 41 percent for "a new laptop" and just 14 percent for "a new desktop."

"We are surprised but closely focused on the growth of the tablet as a tool for independent business owners," said TSBA president and CEO Barry Sloane in a statement. "Our client base in excess of 100,000 business accounts when surveyed indicated that over 50% are utilizing the tablet as one of their several devices for business applications."

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What's in Your Bag? David Rusenko, Weebly CEO

Dave Rusenko, Weebly CEO
PCWorld Business Center's "In Your Bag" series takes an intimate look at the essential tech gear that small-business leaders carry with them.

Nearly half of small businesses still don't have a website, but David Rusenko aims to change that. He's the CEO of Weebly, a do-it-yourself website-building service that PCWorld named one of 2011's top 100 products.

More than 10 million people have created Weebly websites. Its WYSIWYG tools are popular among a variety of small businesses, like realtors, restaurants, photo studios, retail stores, as well as schools and nonprofit groups.

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What the PayPal Here Mobile Payment System Promises

The PayPal Here mobile payment service launched last week to a select group of retailers, and it will be available later in 2012 to all businesses. How does it appear to stack up against Square, Intuit GoPayment, and other mobile payment systems that use a card-reading device?

PayPal Here lets you accept all major credit cards, debit cards, cash, checks, as well as PayPal payments. It also allows you to invoice from the app--arguably its greatest selling point. Nearly all other mobile payment systems only accept credit cards and don't allow for debit processing.

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Evernote Adds Speech Recognition to its Android App

The popular free note-taking and organizing software Evernote has added speech-recognition support to its app for phones running Google's Android operating system.

Android Ice Cream Sandwich
Android Ice Cream Sandwich
However, the new feature only works with phones running Android 4.0, also known as Ice Cream Sandwich, which was on less than once percent of Android phones at the beginning of the year.

Evernote for Android has always supported audio notes, but with this latest edition--now available from Google Play, which was formerly the Android Market--the software, which is used by 20 million consumers, will turn what you say into text.

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Streamlined Windows Server 8 Offers Key Benefits

Windows Server has always been a bit different.
Windows Server has always been a bit different. It looks like your desktop computer, and includes dozens of features that you have no interest in using.

Some would say that’s not a problem, since you can just bypass the features you don’t need. Yet, then there are the potential vulnerabilities in those unneeded services, or the need to reboot when a patch is issued for a service you don’t even use.

Thankfully, Windows Server 8, now available in beta, will enable a core that can selectively add and remove components, much like Linux, so businesses can only run what they need.

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Three Ways Windows 8 Will Fit Your Screen

Apple’s new iPad is dominating the news with its Retina display that "takes your breath away." Microsoft wants everyone to know that Windows 8, said to be released this October, will support many types of displays, including Retina-like quad-XGA displays. This is to enable Metro apps to look good on both tablets and big screens, yet be easy for developers to create.

On Wednesday, David Washington, a senior program manager on Microsoft’s User Experience team, detailed on the Building Windows 8 blog how Windows 8 will accommodate not only devices of various screen sizes and resolutions, but also screen densities.

Here are the three ways to measure a screen, and how Microsoft is addressing them in Windows 8.

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